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  1. AlphaEcho

    Gray's Canyon, continental slope, WA 21–22 Aug 2021

    I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking about the contrast in expectations of safety -- the open ocean was more manageable than accessing the safety of the harbor. Thank-you for your report and candid follow-up comments.
  2. AlphaEcho

    New (to me) Winter Project

    Good on you sir. It's winter somewhere...
  3. AlphaEcho

    Pyranha Everest 12'-9"?

    Q. Is it even feasible to put in mini-cell foam bulkheads?
  4. AlphaEcho

    Electric bilge pump users?

    I clicked on the video above, but did not find it very enlightening. Thankfully YouTube listed this other video after it, which I found much more useful: I think the "blabbermouth" check valve above would be effective and maybe a flap on the outlet to prevent junk from entering the outflow tube.
  5. AlphaEcho

    My longest Sunday afternoon trip to date

    Whenever these discussions come up, I feel compelled (and forgive me the compulsion) to point out that in recreational kayaking everyone's proportions are different. I don't mean by a little either. The point was driven home again watching various events at the Olympics in Tokyo. Elite athletes...
  6. AlphaEcho

    Lady Rose Marine Service - last sailing August 31

    Apparently the era will continue -
  7. AlphaEcho

    Let's talk rudders

    @JohnAbercrombie - all kidding aside, your gripes make sense. They fall under the heading of Things That Simply Should Not Be, and all the more because the issues could be resolved with only modest effort by kayak designers, kayak builders, and paddlers themselves. It rankles because we are...
  8. AlphaEcho

    Let's talk rudders

    I see your point. The spring is contrived such that pointed directly down is its neutral position. Any pressure on the leading edge by kelp or the ground would simply push the blade backwards until released, at which time the spring forces the blade back to neutral. Clever and it addresses one...
  9. AlphaEcho

    Let's talk rudders

    A spring, eh? Undoubtedly cunningly embedded so as to escape any harm or tamper, thus offering sufficient and infallible guarantee against fools, kelp, and stone. When it's up, it's up! When it's down, it's down! I am compelled. I withdraw my wholly unwarranted skepticism and leave the field to...
  10. AlphaEcho

    Let's talk rudders

    So, you're saying there is nothing new under the sun. Copy that and concur: some problems have a solutions envelope that is well defined. However, this particular design still seems ill-considered to me. Quick and dirty indeed. We're 8 pages / 13 years into this discussion. I will scan again...
  11. AlphaEcho

    Kayak sizing for smaller person

    @red kite: Yup. That discussion covers the waterfront. Taking my lawn chair over there ..
  12. AlphaEcho

    Kayak sizing for smaller person

    Pulling up my lawn chair, snacks, and drinks to watch this one develop. (I happen to be Filipino, so your description of your G/F fits most of my family and it's no surprise I've tackled this puzzle before. All I'm going to say is that the number of possible solutions has improved over time...
  13. AlphaEcho

    Let's talk rudders

    It retracts to vertical only??? That is a step backwards IMHO. Agree, the former is more elegant in form and function.
  14. AlphaEcho

    Windy vs. Current Atlas for slack times

    @kilroy - I'm a technologist and I've had the privilege of working in mining and commercial transport, two industries where Geomatic Information Systems (GIS) have exploded in the last 30 years. My entire career has focused on the transition from paper, analog systems to digital systems. I've...
  15. AlphaEcho

    Broken Islands by canoe

    Thank-you sir. I hesitated to recommend an area I haven't paddled myself.
  16. AlphaEcho

    Broken Islands by canoe

    It sounds like you are concerned with the effects of wind and waves and while that is a thing, it's not the thing you want to stop you from having a great adventure. I introduced my kids to paddling on Indian Arm and Sechelt Inlet just like @jefffski and his wife. I hope you dig into his site...
  17. AlphaEcho

    Broken Islands by canoe

    The Broken Group Islands are generally protected from the open ocean. It sounds like you know this if you are planning to skip the outer islands. There are plenty of folk who paddle open canoe here on the west coast. It's really OK if you are an experienced paddler with multiday trips on your...
  18. AlphaEcho

    Seeking best possible San Juan Islands paddle: weekend of 6/25-27

    I find the rock-climbing vs mountaineering even more apt after following this discussion. The ocean can go from glass to overwhelming maelstrom. That range is what makes it exciting and challenging to develop the skills and seamanship to know its many moods and the ways to navigate them. It is...
  19. AlphaEcho

    How To Poop in Canadian Waters

    BCMT team thrashed it out over past 4 years because the standard LNT guidelines were written by terrestrial folk. Not their fault they don't live on islands where 200 ft away from shore is .. wait .. darn, another shore.
  20. AlphaEcho

    How To Poop in Canadian Waters

    For Your Consideration: BC Marine Trails Code of Conduct