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    Greenland style paddle loop?

    I can't watch the video right now, but will do so when I get the chance. Good suggestion about various things at either end to keep it upright. Sort of what I was thinking I might be able to get the balls to do. I was at Home Depot today and picked up some tubing and two small plastic tee...
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    Greenland style paddle loop?

    This would be primarily for quickly stowing a full size GP. I agree that the one in the screenshot I posted does look a little big and loose. My plan was to make it tighter and closer to the bow to provide less space for the paddle to move around.
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    Greenland style paddle loop?

    This is actually what I've been doing up to this point. It works ok, but is still more fiddly than I'm aiming for.
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    Greenland style paddle loop?

    Yes, I understand how it's usually supposed to work. I was thinking they could also be used in a different way.
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    homemade self rescue stirrup

    That's very generous of you, but wouldn't it be nice if they would take responsibility for having whatever gear and well-practiced technique THEY need to get back in?
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    Greenland style paddle loop?

    Yes, now that I try to picture it with balls on both extreme ends of the loop I can see how that might be able to keep it upright. I might have to experiment with that. The boat is a Trak, which is unique in just about every way so most standard solutions to custom outfitting are out. There...
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    homemade self rescue stirrup

    That's fine, and it's Sarah's paddle, not mine so it's just my two cents. The point I was trying to make was that a stirrup isn't a good substitute for experience, knowledge and skill. Without practice in different scenarios, this is a piece of gear that can quickly turn from an asset into a...
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    Greenland style paddle loop?

    The tubing part I get, but what do you suppose keeps it from flopping over and laying awkwardly flat against the deck? Walrus might be a problem, but I could probably rustle up a sea lion. Would that be an appropriate authentic substitution?
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    Greenland style paddle loop?

    I've considered this approach as well but I think the one I asked about might work better for me.
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    Greenland style paddle loop?

    I was watching a video today and the thought occurred to me "that might work well for me" while looking at just how easily the paddle was stowed and retrieved. I'm wondering how that loop stays rigidly vertical and open. I looked around a while to see if I could find some info on boat building...
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    homemade self rescue stirrup

    Is this just gear for gear's sake, or do you really think you have a reason to need a stirrup loop? I'm blessed with a very strong upper body, so scrambling works particularly well for me. I've heard from many instructors and guides that stirrup use often results in people getting tangled up...
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    using whitewater safety gear for sea kayaking

    For the masochist, here's the full Canadian regulation: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2010-91/ A friendlier summary is in this PDF (skip to page 16 and make sure to carefully read all footnotes): https://tc.canada.ca/sites/default/files/migrated/tp_511e.pdf But for the...
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    Another one for the 'What were they thinking?' file - Vulcan Paddling Suit

    Oh, I don't know about that. Pictures of me in my drysuit with hat and sunglasses in a sharp boat are about the only ones of me I actually like.
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    Ocean Signal PLB1

    As mentioned, I've had mine for a few years now. It lives in a pocket of my PFD and is tethered inside that pocket on a cord about 1/2m long. I've done a LOT of rolling and wet work with it in there and have never experienced any issues. Testing is easy. I believe it's a 1 or 5 second press...
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    Ocean Signal PLB1

    Owned one for a few years now. Great unit!
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    What About the Trak 2.0

    In all respects it is the next best thing to a hard shell sea kayak. It is perhaps the best if you need portability. I also own a Pakboats Quest 150 and they aren't even in the same class to compare. However, there are certainly things I miss about my hard boats: Hatches and bulkheads, a skeg...
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    What About the Trak 2.0

    I have some experience in a Trak. What would you like to know? Do you have specific questions?
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    OT? Ferries

    Great tip. After reading this I found where to view the individual sailing statuses.
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    OT? Ferries

    Thanks for clarifying your intentions. It seems you unintentionally hit a nerve with me that I wasn't aware was inflamed. That said, I owe you an apology for overreacting and it is thus humbly offered. I only wish you'd have been able to get your say in sooner so that the rest of this thread...
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    OT? Ferries

    If you parse my rant carefully, you'd have difficulty finding any personal attack. Quite the contrary. I felt attacked and accused by the unnecessary reminder of the ongoing pandemic. I felt obliged to counter what I felt was the undeserved shaming of a perceived socially irresponsible action...
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