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  1. J

    How likely are whales to overturn you in a kayak?

    Was that you screaming? ;)
  2. J

    Pain or discomfort in the hip area?

    Scott, you haven't stated in detail where this pain is, but even if you did, diagnosis by distance (or Google) is usually flawed. While no doctor or physical therapist, I have had a few aches over the years, some of which were major, most not. If you are able/prepared to seek professional...
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    what's this stroke called?

    I use the sculling pry to push my kayak sideways when landing on a sloping landing ramp. The ramp, or beach, prohibits use of a draw. Works a treat.
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    Tent and sleeping pad on uneven ground

    SNAP!
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    Tent and sleeping pad on uneven ground

    Try using spare clothes etc under your pad to level your sleeping spot. It makes a world of difference to the comfort of your sleeping. It took me many, many years to learn this simple trick!
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    Kayak transport, looking for advice

    When I last carried a long double on a short-span roof rack I used an aluminium ladder. I used U bolts to secure the ladder to the vehicle's roof rack bars and then padded that and tied down the kayak. Bow and stern lines are essential in this case. I then drove very conservatory, and checked...
  7. J

    Anyone in the international freighting business?

    Thanks for the suggestions folks. I'll dig a little deeper based on them. John, out of interest, what did you bring in?
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    Anyone in the international freighting business?

    Or know someone who could advise on shipping a kayak from Victoria to New Zealand? The web has been less than helpful so I'm reaching out. Cheers John
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    SOLD! - Valley Nordkapp

    Doug, if I could easily ship it out I'd buy it in a heartbeat!
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    SOLD! - Astral Aquavest and Equipment

    +1 Doug, we had a few interesting discussions on 'PaddleWise' back in the day, and we actually met by chance on the street outside Ocean River Sports, on Store Street (is this correct, is that where they were?). I bought a bunch of your gear a few years ago, via Victoria-local Gary Jacek, and...
  11. J

    freebie online talk on stoves and provisions for sea kayaking

    Legend, thank you. Watching now.
  12. J

    freebie online talk on stoves and provisions for sea kayaking

    Thanks Philip, I'd love to watch this but the time difference makes this not-doable for me. Are they recorded for later viewing? Cheers John
  13. J

    Glasses vs. contact lenses

    Great answers, but I have additional questions for the group. I'm currently swapping between x1 hobby glasses for general wear and x 2.75 for reading etc. They are cheap at the supermarket. When paddling I've been using the x1 without sunglasses. When needing to read a map, check camera...
  14. J

    SOLD! - Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 for sale

    That's a shame Gary, I would have been happy for you to bring it as carry-on luggage when you and Jane next come over! :) I could do with another one.
  15. J

    Looking for first ‘expedition’ kayak

    Amazing trip and video, thanks Philip for bringing this to front of mind.
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    InReach discontinued?

    Does anyone have any knowledge about discontinuation of the InReach Mini? I ask because when I started searching Google with the intention of buying I saw posts to that effect. Looking further it seemed nothing was concrete, but I expect that members of this forum would have better information...
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    Pacific Rim Problem-No stopping in Pacific Rim Park Reserve

    With obviously no dog in this fight, but a more-than-passing-interest in freedom of expression, I'm curious if there are other groups who would take this fight to the appeals court? Freedom of expression issues generally attract qualified and talented persons, ready to do - legal - battle. It...
  18. J

    3 Person Tent Recommendations

    These puppies are game-changers for storing sleeping bags: https://seatosummitusa.com/products/event-compression-dry-sack I put mine inside a cheaper nylon stuff sack to give added protection. My 2 cents.
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    Carbon and epoxy, UV resistance?

    Thanks John. It looks like they use the KajakSport fittings, not the NDK/SKUK version. They may still fit, but I'll continue on my building mission. I may have to put a sign on the Romany, drawing attention to the custom carbon fittings! ;)
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    Carbon and epoxy, UV resistance?

    Thanks red kite, great points. The commercial ones would be the easiest option, but the exchange rate and shipping costs make them prohibitive for me. Considering them as consumables is sound: my Romany is of unknown vintage but it's had a really hard life before it got to me so they've held...
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