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  1. J

    G'day, New to the Forums

    In the 'fast sea kayak' category you could also add the P&H Valkyrie to the list. Interesting boat (fast rudder boat and plastic so not horribly expensive) with excellent review online by Douglas Wilcox. I don't know if there's a P&H dealer 'nearby', so perhaps more of the 'same-old-same-old'...
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    Barricaded Trails/Roads to Public Lakes or Rivers

    That's my understanding also. More of a concern to me is the government giving 'leases' of prime campsites (on Crown land) to private concerns, so that they can monopolize those sites for their own commercial kayaking activities.
  3. J

    Coaster kayak by Mariner

    Coasters are really good boats - legendary. Have you advertised in the BASK newsletter? Can you show more details of the seat back? How much does it weigh?
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    SOLD! - $450 Novorca Carbon Greenland Paddle - New

    Actually it was your mention of the Kalleq in the 'Stow Greenland Paddle' discussion that reminded me to sell that Novorca. I half-expected you to be interested... :) The Novorca is going to a good home, so I'm happy.
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    SOLD! - $450 Novorca Carbon Greenland Paddle - New

    Paddle is SOLD! Thanks! :)
  6. J

    G'day, New to the Forums

    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: Now that we have been set loose, look out!! :)
  7. J

    Neoprene boots

    I had a similar (funny) experience in the 70s. I'd been on a club climbing trip in the Selkirks for 2 weeks, then immediately after did another climb with my partner. After that all the wet gear went into the trunk of my Plymouth sedan. Overnight at a friend's place in Calgary and the next day...
  8. J

    G'day, New to the Forums

    All good info; thanks! Straying quite a bit from the 'FastSeaKayak' category when mentioning Sterling and NDK boats, CD Prana, etc. though! :)
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    SOLD! - $450 Novorca Carbon Greenland Paddle - New

    Blade width is 3.5" at tip, 1.75" at the shoulder The loom is 1.25" x 1 5/8" The absolutely straight section of the loom is about 21 1/2 " then there's about 3/4" of 'shoulder' taper (which starts quite gradually) up to the blade. The blade is about 3/4" thick in the middle, near the tip. I'd...
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    SOLD! - $450 Novorca Carbon Greenland Paddle - New

    Doug - Sorry for not providing those details - just a sec.... :)
  11. J

    SOLD! - $450 Novorca Carbon Greenland Paddle - New

    This paddle has only been wet once since I bought it in 2012. It's in like-new condition. It's been in its padded case, waiting for a new owner who can do it justice. Ron Steinwall's Novorca paddles were all custom made, and each one was truly a work of art. This video shows how Novorca...
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    Neoprene boots

    Thank YOU for asking the question! Without questions to stimulate input, discussion threads like this wouldn't exist, and wouldn't be here for others to find when searching for information.
  13. J

    Neoprene boots

    I have a good (??) collection of water shoes and boots. :) I have a couple of low-deck boats, so having a shoe that isn't too bulky can be important when I paddle those. It's also easier to swim in low-bulk shoes, so I think about that if I'm heading out to practice or demo rescues. Astral Hiyak...
  14. J

    G'day, New to the Forums

    I know this is off-topic, but... Is there a Tiderace dealer in BC? (Or Canada?) Rockpool Taran is another possibility for your list, I'd guess, along with the Epics and Stellar boats.
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    Current designs pisces

    Welcome to WestCoastPaddler! :thumbsup: That's a good price for a serviceable boat from a well-known manufacturer. Many designs from the 80s are still considered to be great boats. IMO, for beginners it's preferable to spend money on immersion clothing, a good PFD, lessons, a decent paddle, a...
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    G'day, New to the Forums

    Jon: I always find your writing interesting; thank you! :thumbsup::thumbsup: Of those recent blog posts, this one hit home: https://3meterswellflashbacks.blogspot.com/2020/10/marcel-speaks.html
  17. J

    What's going on w/ my dry suit??

    Excellent idea for a repair on a trip. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: Aquaseal does seem to 'get everywhere'. Especially when wearing gloves (necessary), one isn't immediately aware which fingers are transferring glue where it's not needed! Here's that link:
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    What's going on w/ my dry suit??

    If you are using the foam plug method, finding large elastic bands 'around the house' may be a challenge. I had some 'boot elastics' which the fishermen use to fasten their raingear pants to their boots - they are the right size for doing a neck gasket. Size 107 Nominal 7" x 5/8" Available via...
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    What's going on w/ my dry suit??

    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: George Gronseth (KayakAcademy) told me that on trips they always carry spare gaskets and the tools they need to do a repair. It can all go in a flat pack that gets taped to a forward bulkhead until needed. Watching videos of different methods helps me to...
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    What's going on w/ my dry suit??

    When i was looking for the Level Six video, I found this one from Bomber Gear: This looks like an excellent method to me. Using a cardboard form makes it easier to get the form inside the garment between the gasket area and any over-collars, whether fabric or neoprene. Rick Franken shows how...
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