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    Fraser River, Agassiz to Mission

    Having recently removed the foam from the afr compartment of my Valley Rapier, I decided to make use of the newly found space by shoving a set of J cradles into my hatch and go for a paddle. I suppose a bit of set-up might be required. My paddling buddy met up at the Mission bridge, where we...
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    A (mostly) windless day on Indian Arm

    Today was forecast to have very little wind. I thought this would be a good opportunity to take the Stellar S18R I tried out a few months ago on a longer trip. Given how narrow it is, I figured flat water would be helpful as I continue to get acquainted with it. I've been taking my Rapier out...
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    Tarp storage idea

    In my last trip report I mentioned a few bits of gear that were in need of an upgrade. New rain gear has already been acquired, and I'm making my way through the rest of the list. One item that I didn't mention was my tarp. It's an Aquaquest tarp and has been wonderfully dry. My issue is not...
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    Pitt lake overnight

    I set out on a little overnight trip to Pitt lake. When I set out the tide was super low. The launch area is a bit of a mud pit, so I opted to load up the kayak and slide it into the water fully loaded. I headed out to Raven Creek. It's normally very popular with powerboaters, but given the...
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    Stellar S18R test paddle

    At work (Western Canoe and Kayak) we are carrying Stellar kayaks. They're pretty slick. We brought in a S18R as a staff boat, and I took it out for a quick rip around Cultus this morning. It's quite an interesting kayak. Just about 18 feet long with a beam just over 20". I felt it was quite...
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    New (to me) Winter Project

    Picked up a used Valley Rapier 18 today. There are some things that need work, but overall it's not too bad. The serial number ends in 09, so I assume it's a 2009 model if Valley follows the usual logic for serial numbers. The hull is carbon/kevlar, and doesn't have too much wear. The usual...
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    A weekend trip around Saltspring island

    I had two consecutive days off without anything else booked, a genuine rarity. So I figured I'd go paddle around Saltspring; an idea which has been rattling around my head for a while. Getting up early I loaded up the kayak and gear and headed out from my home in Maple Ridge to Tsawwassen...
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    Circumnavigating Saltspring

    Thinking about heading over to Saltspring island and making my way around it at some point soon. Starting to get myself organized. I will be picking up charts sometime next week, so will start pondering currents, and other issues. So a few things I'd like opinions on. I'm tempted to save some...
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    How to feel inferior about a sea kayak by paddling a recreational kayak

    I don't know if this is a trip report, or gear talk, so I've just put it in general discussion. We just picked up a few Stellar kayaks at work to look and decide whether to bring more in, and one of them is a sit on top. I got the opportunity to take it out for a little paddle today to see...
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    Overnight parking near Sechelt

    I'm thinking of trying to introduce my wife to kayaking with a little trip in Sechelt inlet in a few months. Nothing too ambitious, just a wee overnighter. What are the best options for launching and leaving a vehicle? There seems to be a public beach access in Tuwanek that's a promising...
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    Another Pitt lake weekend

    I don't frequently have two days off in a row, nevermind three. But due to some unexpected last minute schedule shuffling I found myself with a proper weekend. As this came as a bit of a surprise I opted to keep things close by. Once again I decided to venture out on Pitt lake to check out some...
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    Morning paddle on Alouette Lake

    Headed up to Alouette Lake on Tuesday for a little paddle. Weather was lovely; nice and cool with barely a breeze to begin. Unsurprisingly perhaps, I had the lake to myself. I like overcast days, personally. Really mild weather. I have sort of lost track of time due to the weirdness that...
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    Rudder controls

    I'm considering upgrading the rudder control of my kayak. I've got an old Necky Looksha IV in poly. The standard rudder control is not great. One has to move the entire peg to steer the rudder. Given that I'm usually only using the rudder when things get windy and rough, losing my connection...
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    A late November Pitt Lake Weekend

    Earlier this month I had taken an early morning paddle up Pitt lake. I had the goal of checking out a rumoured campsite on Goose Island. Conditions were good. A slight wind coming from the south sped my crossing to the island. I found the campsite with ease; it turned out to be closer to the...
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    VHF suggestions?

    I've been pondering VHF radios a bit, and would love to hear from you about features you like/dislike. I have some thoughts, but also questions. Waterproof: this seems like a big one. I intend to keep the radio in a PFD pocket. Even if I don't go for a swim, it's gonna get wet. That being...
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    Back on the Coast - New Member Intro

    Hi all. Found this forum a while back and was reminded of it during the online VHF course kayakwriter instructed. Felt as though I should give a bit of an introduction. I've been kayaking a few years now, having acquired a Necky Looksha IV second-hand when I was living in Victoria. At the time...
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