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  1. Mac50L

    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    So drawn to a logical conclusion, it is going to be a crime to die. Anyone dying will be given a sentence with no remission i.e. buried. As mentioned, some idiot without any protection, drunk or drugs, simply causing a disservice to everyone through total stupidity, why are we expected to do...
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    metal zipper

    Maybe this thread should veer towards how to get older zips to work again. Please, anyone with the best fix?
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    In the next long harbour round the peninsula from John I ran into a rock on the swell and had great difficulty getting off it. The swell was rolling in, almost a couple of cm high. And no, no helmets... or two means of communication, or flares or..... One of us might have had a whistle.
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    Carrying signal gear requirement

    We were out for a couple of hours yesterday. The wind got up, possibly to 5 knots and the waves were enormous, at least 3 finger width high (note widths not lengths), temperature about 22C... Gear? None other than wearing PFDs and a sack to collect pine cones in off the island for kindling for...
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    Carrying signal gear requirement

    And life goes on here as normal while the rest of the world has medical problems... REAL yachts, Yes? All my life of sailing has been in monohulls, except a short 10(?) minutes once in a cat. The bears we had walking past in the Queen Charlotte Islands, as soon as they spotted us turned and...
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    Carrying signal gear requirement

    What a marvelous set of instructions - mad. Previously mentioned, new law in Washington State - has it been passed yet? What is a VDS? One is required per the regulations, a Vanderbilt Divinity School, Virtual Dedicated Server, Virtual Distributed Switch? Correctly, use the abbreviation with...
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    Replacing footpeg rail stud

    Paul Caffyn gave a talk on his trip round Alaska and ending up in Inuvik. There were about 35+ people at the talk. This is in New Zealand. I pointed out at the end of the talk, during question time, that there were two people in the room who had been to Inuvik though not by kayak. Considering...
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    Replacing footpeg rail stud

    Commercial !!!! Side mount !!!! NO. I like good design, as do a few other paddlers, especially if they (not me) are going to paddle round Australia, Alaska, etc. :cool:
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    Replacing footpeg rail stud

    Stress holes through the hull - Yuk.... Maybe I say that because mine are not, ever, fixed by through hull bolts.
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    Portage system suggestions?

    A good Easter weekend but we weren't on the water, too busy at a Folk Music Festival, Oh well.... guitars and ukuleles would have got wet if kayaking. If kayaking, stick to playing tin whistles, pack more easily....... The pin shown in the picture I used to sometimes put it in the hole to stop...
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    Portage system suggestions?

    Yes, Ts glued to the tubing. From the top of a T to the bottom of the vertical is 7" on my usual ones so they should go in at an angle. To give a bit more plastic where the axle goes through I've taken a bit of pipe and split it lengthwise to make it big enough, expand it, to slide on to the...
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    Portage system suggestions?

    Mick Allen's questions about T trolleys and strength are totally justified IF anyone builds a trolley from one of the many websites showing how to make one. If you want to see bad design do a Google on "DIY kayak trolley". It appears common for them to use 3/4" and maybe 1" OD(?) plastic...
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    Portage system suggestions?

    And thank you for your acknowledgement of a very close to 80 year old's real world of seafaring. About 75 years of seafaring, off and on!!! This one looks to be the best but a bit expensive. Maybe that's the problem with being good? The yellow tube plugs need removing and throwing away and the...
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    Portage system suggestions?

    Why Trolleys Break There are comments about breaking trolleys. I'm not surprised if people build weak trolleys as shown on the web. Here are a couple off the web. Undersized tube diameter and over complicated construction. The wheels I use have plain bearing on SS tubing. No grit or sand...
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    Kayak seat height and GreenLand Paddle question

    Considering my kayak is very tippy and I've not capsized it except because the paddle jammed in the sand in a small bit of knee deep surf at a beach once in the last 20 years, who are these upside-down Greenland paddlers? Even seals clambering on deck only mean a bit of a brace, easily done...
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    Portage system suggestions?

    Sag? Bending? BENDING??? What? Are you talking about a folding kayak? My kayaks can not sag. As for T-bar carts breaking because of the design, I suspect my prototype might (note might) break under a 2 - 3+ tonne load. Except the wheels will have given up long before that and the stress...
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    Portage system suggestions?

    How heavy is your kayak? Less than 20 kg is reasonable. Not carrying water so no weight there. Gear - tent, sleeping bag, a change of clothes and the rest would be food. Hiking over mountains, same gear, you don't want to have more than 20 kg so where is the weight problem? Heavy-Lifter Cart...
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    Kayak seat height and GreenLand Paddle question

    A commonly quoted comment about the narrow blades. If a wide blade was any good they'd have made wide blades. Just a little bit of woodwork and lashing on the extra bit to make it wide. But they didn't. I find it hard to paddle well with a bat as a blade. The GP has shape that is used. An...
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    They have so little to do that they'd stop kayakers on the water? How do they prove you are not "out of State". "Yes, I have such a card, it is stowed so it won't get wet, in a sealed hatch." How can they truly identify anyone on the water? Do your kayaks needed to have identity on the outside...
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    Car Front and rear tie downs

    Seriously. I don't trust the firmness of the rack attachments to the vehicle so the ropes, kayaks to vehicle are what are trusted. As per the picture above, possibly with slightly thicker ropes (other side of the road, drive on the left). The ropes have hooks that hook to the tow loops. They are...
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