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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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    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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    Archimedes idea needs some help.

    As my partner’s granddaughter is now tall enough to assist at the kitchen sink, I can show her the fun of sinking the floating dishes at wash time. I’ll try to do it without militaristic overtones (or humming the “Sink the Bismark” song). And I was thinking of explaining that if something is...
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    Kayak seat height and GreenLand Paddle question

    I have a pretty short torso and sit deep in the Mariner kayak on a foam seat. Long ago, when my friend got an EddieLine Fathom LV, the rep said something about putting some "lift" in to sit higher after some experience. I assumed that applied to most boats given our short stature (5’ 5 - 5’6”) I...
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    Tow or Throw

    Trying to start 2021 without highjacking someone’s tread. In the Gear section there was mention of Tow line or Throw line. In the past, I though Canada required a Tow line. I know many of us bought some “fanny pack” tow line. Shorter for the USA and for those of us who bought the Canadian...
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    Cypress Island status requested

    One of our paddling group (of three) would prefer to see sea critters that ducks. So we may pivot from the Columbia River area to crossing from Washington County Park in Anacortes to Cypress Island. It seems facility access is changing every day. I know there was a post a while back about...
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    Trip info wanted on Columbia river - east of Astoria

    I didn’t see anything in first two pages of Trip Reports when I searched for Columbia River. I’ve gotten a suggestion to paddle from about Clatskanie to the mouth of the John Day river (ref: Canoe and Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon by Philip Jones). My reference is Paddling the Columbia by...
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    Tow line or Throw line.

    Long ago, I was told (or read) that a tow line was required in Canada and it had to be 50 ft long. The same was true of the US, except the requirement was only about 30 ft. I recall several of us got our quick-release, around the waist, tow lines and tied the usual butterfly knot at about 30...
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    Vancouver visiting status?

    Last I read, the B. C. Provincial Parks were only open to locals. At least once a summer, I like to drive up and treat a friend to The Salt Springs Saturday market and/or the Butchart Gardens in Sidney. Of course there’s be some paddling. What’s the deal now? Can USA cross the broad and spend...
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    What VHF weather area is best for San Juan and Inside Passage?

    When I listen to the VHF weather broadcasts there seems a rule that I must start listening just after the announcement for my area of interest is finished. But frankly, I’m never sure if I’m listening to the correct announcement. Given four areas, San Juan Islands, south east side of Vancouver...
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    Boating Humor

    Maybe this deserves its own sub-category. I just figured in these times (those in the future: Google Covid-19) a little humor couldn’t hurt. And, as it seems many of us are older folk, we have young’ns in the family - perhaps grandchildren or great grandchildren! They need these tales to prepare...
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    What is best treatment for a mast

    I apologize for a non-boat question but I’m guessing the same supplies/materials apply. I need to make two masts to put a radio antenna up in the air - just a wire, not big hardware. I plan on using 2 x 3’s - maybe two parallel with a “spacer” - a 2x3 segment (maybe 2 ft long) sandwiched between...
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    Customs check-in from US waters to Canada

    In the recent Trip Reports, there was mention of having to paddle several miles from the intended destination just to check into customs. How serious is that customs check? If you were just going to run over, touch shore, and return, is that monitored? I'm thinking of Rum Island just about a...
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    Half a drysuit is not a drysuit?

    Opened this tread instead of hijacking a post in Trip Reports, there was mention of wearing a drysuit open to the waist until "it was needed". But my experience is, tipping over has always been a surprise. And if the weather turns dicy enough that I'd need to put the top half on - by top half...
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    Looking for iPhone7 lifejacket case - any ideas

    I'm looking for something for an iPhone7 like the accessory LifeProof floating, orange, "lifejacket" I have for my LifeProof iPad Mini case. The LifeProof case itself gives it waterproofness, the orange lifejacket allows it to float. Joy has an iPhone7 which is suppose to have some kind of...
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    Weakest Link analysis

    Wasn't sure if this should go in Safety or Gear forums, but I needed a short break from a whirlwind house cleaning as a surprise when Joy returns from visiting her kids. Note to self - make sure the electric toothbrush is completely off before removing from mouth. During my last trip, several...
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    What is best knot for bungee in eyelid

    Arrrrrgh - auto correct is not your friend. Before posting it did say Eye Pad. Going to be adding some rigging to the kayak and wonder what knot you use with bungee to anchor it to the eye pad - or for loops/hitches with bungee in general? If it makes no difference I can pull from my static...
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    Can you launch from Boat Harbour between Cedar and Ladysmith

    Reading my 2004 Snowden Gulf Island book (NSA - relax, she's a different Snowden) two launches to Pirate's Cove are mentioned - one at Blue Heron Park and one at the end of Fawcett Rd. According to Google Earth, between those two points - and closer to my destination - is Boat Harbour. So I'm...
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    What Wax do you use?

    We've seen the ad - a yellow muscle car and one wave of color and it's good for 3-4 years - Rust-o-lium. So I looked at the box. It's not one process - there's a cleaner applied, then wait, then the "polymer" then wait, then wipe clean. Looking in the box - there are two toothpaste size tubes...
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    Looking for info on Pirate's Cove Camping

    I'm looking for current information (logistics, not flow) on Pirate's cove. On my last visit I experienced ... 1) there was water from a pump - don't recall if it had to be treated/boilded or not 2) there was a fairly clean composting toilet 3) the campsite are located up a trail to the right...
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