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  1. cougarmeat

    Anyone using Zoleo? How do you like it?

    Ah, another foray into the world of “keeping in touch while away.” I stumbled on this device as a ad while watching a camping YouTube video. I’ve seen a few comparison videos and it might be just the ticket for me. I don’t need built-in maps on my device. And though real time tracking is nice...
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    MSR Dromedary or Dromolite Bags

    I was hoping REI carried them so I’d have another target for their occasional 20% off. But though they carry REI gear, they don’t carry the Pack Tap. At first I was puzzled because the 10L just showed Red color and they showed different color choices. But the colors are specific to the bag...
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    metal zipper

    Is the drysuit useless because the fabric/gaskets are not waterproof or is it useless because of the zipper issue - because zippers can be replaced. What size is it?
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    Savvy Navvy

    What gets me is, unsubscribe or not, they already have your email address to sell to someone else. My experience with iNavX is you can download charts and they are there for you to use even if your subscription runs out. If I were traveling the world, that wide area charts/tides/currents would...
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    Yeah, I don’t think anyone plans to have an unforeseen accident. :) Though it’s not uncommon to put oneself in a situation where skills can be practiced.
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    Fort Ward & Middle Point, central Puget Sound, WA 10–11 Apr 2021

    Alex, I looked at the tide table a few months ahead to see if there would be a time when the High Tide was lower than usual, giving you a window for the evening. No joy on my first pass. Even though there were days when the high tide was 7 ft instead of 10 or 11 ft,,it would rise to about 12 ft...
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    I think about that (expensive) helmet too. It’s like I’m always wearing a hat anyway. Seems better to wear it than having all those dollars just sitting on the shelf. But I think of a helmet as something to wear when intensionally rock gardening or surfing. As those activities have never been...
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    The Day Hatch, usually behind your right hip, is built for the young. Perhaps if I worked more on my ardha matsyendrasana I could reach it. :) The one thing I remind myself about with safety gear is the assumption that I will be able-bodied when I need to use it. Able-bodied as in conscious...
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    SalishSeaNior, I am absolutely not telling you how to live your life but for fun, you might try putting that PFD on while you are in the water. I hear it's a lot of fun. Temperature control is a challenge. Sometimes a choice between a drysuit and wetsuit top and bottom is made. In my case, I...
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    MSR Dromedary or Dromolite Bags

    I have a few of those spigot caps on my bags and they work great. I was concerned about leakage while traveling - and still am - but they haven’t leaked once. On the other hand - two of those caps with the flip-up nozzle have been replaced by MSR. Don’t know if it’s the flip-cap itself or...
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    Carrying signal gear requirement

    Hey Mac50L, If I don’t make it to New Zealand in this lifetime, maybe the next. Might even arrange to be born there. You guys (and gals) rock. Congratulations on America’s Cup win and thank you for bringing the boat design back to monohulls. It reminds me of the kerfuffle over compound bows...
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    Carrying signal gear requirement

    Wait - I’ve tested it out. And you know what, I can hear my whistle at night too! If the whistle - an audible signal, qualifies as a signal during the day, then, assuming it is still audible at night - which mine is - then I’d think it should still qualify as a night signaling device. Someone...
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    Carrying signal gear requirement

    I read a post in another tread about a paddler who was stopped for inspection. In addition to a PFD, there was mention of required (in Washington) signaling devices. If you are paddling with a group (one or more others) must everyone have their own flares or flashlight, etc.? I understand the...
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    MSR Dromedary or Dromolite Bags

    AlphaEcho, how do you mange the drinking tube? I’ve satisfied myself that a tube running from the water-pak, clipped to my PFD, would easily slip off if I had to unexpectedly exit. But the mouth end of the drinking tube would be subject to saltwater (occasional spray) such that my first sip...
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    Alex, T’wer it me, if I had to take my life jacket off end hand it to them for inspection, you just know that somehow I might tip over - and now I’m not wearing my life jacket and someone may have to jump in to help me. Sorry Officer - just not used to taking my life jacket off WHILE I’M ON THE...
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    Easter weekend escape to Portland

    The beauty of a hammock is it can go up just before you go to bed and come down as soon as you get up. With both tarp and hammock (with underquilt) in their own sleeves, you just pull the sleeve on and unclip the tree support. We do bring a tent because sometimes people are more comfortable...
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    Easter weekend escape to Portland

    KayakWriter, Thank you for the current (dual meaning) information on Portland Island and sharing your adventure and meals. It is so inspiring to read the trip reports as I live in the middle high desert country where our high lakes are snowed in 6 months out of the year. I have to break way from...
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    MSR Dromedary or Dromolite Bags

    I’m going to try a product called One Step. It’s a clearner for items like drinking tubes/lines (commercial - like in a bar. I’ve had my dromedary bags for years and give them a little Clorox rinse at least once a summer. As far as taste, I seldom drink water from them straight. Usually the...
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    MARINER EXPRESS EX

    Shane91227 - Yep. if I lived alone, your boat would have been gone by now. But life isn’t just about me. Life isn’t just about me. Life isn’t just about me …...
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    MARINER EXPRESS EX

    Dang! That color scheme matches my Max. It would make a nice pair.
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