One of the Shellbacks is the originator, for sure. Maybe Steve, maybe Karl. Been in use down here fifteen years??? Shellbacks is/was a PDX centric elite corps of ocean paddlers. Neil S. probably knows better.chodups said:Ron,
It's just a rather crude and inelegant but effective means of storing a spare paddle securely on your front deck while making it readily available. Made of PVC waste tubes purchased cheaply from any Home Nightmare-type store. A contemporary of many DIY solutions and a predecessor of Paddlebritches. From what I understand it wasn't really Steve (Flatpick's) Invention but Karl (Otterslide's). Astoria Dave would know for sure.
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chodups said:Oh, so you own the C18 now. I spent a lot of time agonizing over this issue before I installed it and did a lot of testing before ever using it. I think it's solid and safe and installed the same system on my Tempest 170. Again I tested it a ton and have used it on many trips.
I understand that when stuff goes bad, bad things can happen but I am happy with my potential exposure here.
I don't do deckbags. I do keep my spare paddle on the front deck with Flatpick's Invention and bungies, map case and GPS. Back deck holds my helmet which is easy to detach and swim/paddle away from leaving a clean deck for self rescue. A prerequisite of any paddling footwear is that it either has no laces or can be pulled off without much effort in an entrapment scenario. This has a consequence on muddy beaches that I accept.
where do you carry the binoculars for reading the compass ?
chodups said:Lucky for me I can still see at that distance. It's the chart that is tricky. I wear a different prescription contact in each eye. I think it's called monovision? One for focusing at arm's length and the other for distance. Getting old is a bXtch.where do you carry the binoculars for reading the compass ?
I know this is way off the original topic but did the opthomologist say how long this may last?west_coast_russ said:One thing about getting older is when your eyes develop cataracts - then you go for lens replacement surgery, they correct your vision you walk out with young eyes! I am now 20/20 and great reading vision to boot. No more glasses or contacts after 41 years - amazing.