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    Parking at Little Espinosa

    Whether driving up from the water's edge or approaching by the road, there's plenty of room to diagonal park or right-angle park there. I've parked there a couple of times, and IIRC both times our car was the only one when we launched but there were a number of cars when we returned. And they...
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    InReach discontinued?

    Kate: @cougarmeat has explained the options more clearly than I could. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: For rescue- and rescue only - a PLB is the best satellite communication device. VHF is useful if there's anybody listening, and a DSC VHF - despite its disadvantages IMO- is probably the best VHF...
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    Leaking Air bag?

    Excellent. I have a few float bags, since sometimes Mariner kayaks have come to me with bags and left without them, after having bulkheads and hatches added. The main hazard I notice with the bags is that most of them have mold/mildew growing in the transparent fill tubes, and presumably in the...
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    Take-Apart Kayak from new Vancouver Manufacturer

    I agree - that's not the kind of service a reputable company would provide. Do you have pictures of the defective clamping bands from your kayak?
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    Leaking Air bag?

    Hopefully you'll never need the float bag, but if you do you won't regret buying a new one or making absolutely sure your repair is reliable. https://www.kayakacademy.com/products/copy-of-bow-float-bag-for-sea-kayaks? If I planned to day paddle on a trip, I'd probably just take along the float...
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    Leaking Air bag?

    A dry bag full of gear will probably keep you afloat, a float bag with a split seam or unattached valve patch won't.
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    Shoes news

    That's exactly what happens. Sand can wear away at fabric (like sandpaper) with repetitive paddling movements or walking. A small pebble will put a pinhole in a GoreTex drysuit sock in minutes if it's in a 'pressure spot'. When I wear sneaker-style water shoes with dry pants or a drysuit, I wear...
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    Shoes news

    Because in my part of the world an emergency (or even a planned) landing can put my feet on to sharp rocks, mussel and oyster shells, etc. and if I lacerate my feet I'll be a liability to myself and my companions. I won't paddle with folks who don't wear shoes.
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    Black Pearl

    Amen to that!
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    Shoes news

    If the deck on your boat is low enough to make it a tight fit for your feet (and shoes), shoes with protruding heels may require a trip to the disc sander. That's what I had to do with some similar shoes I got a few years ago.
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    Relics

    Is that a sea kayak or some sort of downriver boat? Usually I'm the only old guy ranting about (lack of) deck lines; it's nice to have some company. :) Please direct your attention to the 'Greenland' and SOF crowd and also the many many homebuilders of kit S&G and 'from scratch' boats. A quick...
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    Mariner foredeck bungees

    I'm not sure if it's the same for shock cord as line, but I've noticed that a lot of line sizes have changed a bit - either metric (EU/Asian) line marked in Imperial fractional sizes or the converse with US made line. And with line, the diameter changes quite a bit after it's...
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    Mariner foredeck bungees

    I use a tapered hand reamer a lot, so for only a few holes it might be a better choice (more long-term utility - I don't think I've used that tapered drill more than a half-dozen times) Perhaps I'm not brawny enough :) , but I find that the 1/4" doesn't stretch as much. I got used to using...
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    Mariner foredeck bungees

    I wouldn't drill them with a standard twist drill if I wanted to enlarge them. I'd use a tapered (hand) reamer, or alternatively a tapered drill. With either of those, once I'd determined the correct size, I'd mark the reamer with tape to replicate the size on the other holes. Do you have 1/4"...
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    Mariner foredeck bungees

    I've threaded a lot of shock cord through Mariner decks.. :) I think I read about the technique somewhere on the Mariner website, but I couldn't find it in a 30 second look just now. At the cut (not melted) end of the shock cord, grab the inner rubber strands with needlenose pliers and pull...
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    what's this stroke called?

    More tools in the 'stroke toolbox' are always good. :thumbsup: But for beginners, the priy could be a bit unstable? You can 'lean away' from a sculling draw, which can be reassuring.
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    Kayak Identification

    And, from Matt, the right paddler and the right boat:
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    Kayak Identification

    More from Matt Broze:
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    Kayak Identification

    On the hatches:
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    Kayak Identification

    In an email to me, Matt Broze (Mariner Kayaks co-founder with his brother Cam) added some excellent information which I will post here. On flotation and float bags: Reading the Flotation Manual on the Mariner kayaks website would also be a good idea.
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