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Old 10-21-2011, 12:16 PM   #337
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We've been to Lake Powell several times and, yes, we would be interested in a kayak/Airstream rally next fall. we spend winters just below Lake Havesu and kayak on the lake as well as on the Colorado River.
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:13 PM   #338
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Would like to add a tandem kayak to the collection of toys to enjoy with my 7 year old son.

I have been reading reviews, etc., and have sorta keyed in on the following three options. If you have any thoughts on these or any other options/brand loyalties, I would appreciate it if you'd share them.
[*]Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL[*]Hobie Kona[*]Old Town Dirigo Tandem Plus
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We have the tandem sit on top Hobie. Patti and I love it. Stable and tracks very well. Weighs about 65#
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:41 PM   #339
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I've started a separate thread for the proposed rally.

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Old 11-23-2011, 05:06 PM   #340
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A beautiful wide wave

My paddling buddy Tony, ripping it up at our local surf break last week. Our boats are both NDK Romanys, ideal for such conditions.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:10 PM   #341
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WHAT a PERFECT wave!!!!

nose plug?

I have a Valley Avocet on loan, can't wait to get to the pacific 75 miles away for a test run...
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:47 AM   #342
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[QUOTE=doorgunner;1077158]nose plug? QUOTE]

We use nose plugs routinely when practising multiple rolls and rescues , rock-hopping and surf play, or when a tidal race is seen ahead. With repeated immersion when inverted, water can reach the vagus nerve, with potentially fatal results. There is a detailed discussion of it in the link below. Don't read this if you are an animal lover. There are some dreadful experiments reported here:

http://www.forensicpathologyonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=101&I temid=125

Personally, I get a severe and disabling headache if water gets up my nasal passages under pressure. Many people I know do not have this problem.
Last month my paddling buddy and I paddled out through a surf break. When we were about 150 yards offshore, and outside (we thought) the break, for some reason my buddy paddled over, grabbed my deck lines, and rafted up, just as "the biggest wave of the day" whacked us, and we both capsized instantly. Without nose clips I would probably have had to exit, and attempt re-entry in the surf break, after fitting my nose clips. As it was, with drysuit, helmet, gloves, sprayskirt, and nose clips, it was simple and painless to roll up and continue the fun.
I keep one set of clips on a short lanyard on my helmet strap, and another on a lanyard in a PFD pocket.
BTW, you made a great choice of the Avocet for a rough water boat, IMHO.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:03 PM   #343
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I have a Valley Avocet on loan, can't wait to get to the pacific 75 miles away for a test run...
You'll probably love it - I loved paddling my Avocet RM, but my Scorpio LV is much more comfortable and didn't sacrifice that much performance...

Just bought a pair of Lendal full carbon paddles (at steep discount) to go with our new folding Folbot Citibots. Can't wait to try them out in Florida in 6 weeks.

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Old 12-30-2011, 11:17 AM   #344
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Looks just like the Pygmy techniques, except for a few clever innovations in applying the putty and attaching the deck. I've been thinking that a sport boat (eg, surfing) would be good to have...

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Old 01-07-2012, 11:00 PM   #345
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Nick;
I was just jiving you about the nose plugs, I've a set attached to my helmet strap. Good article BTW.I have more of a problem with cold water in my ears so I'm looking into the nice earplugs that you can still hear the outside world. Have not tried the Avocet in the ocean since I injured my hip in late october. only got 70 days on the water because of that, I was hoping to break 100.
Tom;
I've a Lindal bent shaft with the touring blade, my favorite blade when paddling more than 10 miles at a time.
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you really need to build something other than those pygmees. lol
I'm converting my CLC Chesapeake 17LT into a crabbing skiff. Got 2 traps and will be on the ocean just north of san franscisco with about 30 others. We're towing the drainpipe over for 3 nights the last weekend of this month. should be a hoot. I'll post a few pics.
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:53 AM   #346
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you really need to build something other than those pygmees. lol
I'm converting my CLC Chesapeake 17LT into a crabbing skiff. Got 2 traps and will be on the ocean just north of san franscisco with about 30 others. We're towing the drainpipe over for 3 nights the last weekend of this month. should be a hoot. ...
Drainpipe?! How totally funny.

Wish I could be there with a Pygmy! Sounds like fun--30 yaks out on the ocean? Is this in a protected area/bay, or along the exposed coasst?

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Zep;

We're camping at Doran campground, Bodega Bay, home of the tastiest Dungeness Crabs on the west coast. bounce over and join us, no snow to drive thru, yet
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Have you tried Pro Plugs? Doc's Proplugs: The Doctor's Choice for Ear Protection
Helen Wilson recommended then during a roll class when I became nauseous. They've helped a lot.
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She's quite the paddler huh. We're lucky to have her out here on the left coast. yup those are the earplugs, my local kayak shop never seems to have them in my size.. guess I'll try the swim clubs. That's the nice thing about these earplugs , with the choice of sizes you actually get something that works. nice
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Crab Fest, Doran Beach 2012

We had a blast last weekend!! perfect weather, fun group of folks and plenty of crab!
Doran Beach campground is a nice spot, right on the Pacific Ocean. prime realestate for $28 a night.
Here's a few pics, I did not win any prizes, Linda Lu won a "T" shirt in the raffle.
93 participants and almost that many others that were supporting the crabbers or playing in the surf, etc.
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