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Old 02-20-2006, 05:00 PM   #71
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Can novice males participate in the Backing and Maneuvering seminars? BTW we stopped at Salisbury Beach Reservation this Saturday on our way to NH ... it was so windy and cold. Can't wait until April.
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Can novice males participate in the Backing and Maneuvering seminars? BTW we stopped at Salisbury Beach Reservation this Saturday on our way to NH ... it was so windy and cold. Can't wait until April.
Absolutely! These seminars are open to all interested.
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:03 PM   #74
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And for those of you kayak lovers, we just purchased our second kayak and would love to have a group join us on Saturday! There is a marsh area at the entrance of Salisbury Beach, where we plan to launch our kayaks.


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If it isn't going to be too windy we will bring the canoe if the tide charts look OK. Don't want to be going the wrong way when it's going out.
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Attached is the tide chart for that weekend

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If it isn't going to be too windy we will bring the canoe if the tide charts look OK. Don't want to be going the wrong way when it's going out.
Attached is the tide chart for the mouth of the Merrimack River during our rally dates...at first glance it looks like the tides are in our favor. For example, on Saturday morning the low tide is at 7:15 am. So just after breakfast would be a good time to head out as the incoming tide won't be too strong yet. Then in the late morning, the incoming high tide will help carry us back to our launch point. We would just need to make sure we are back between 1:30 and 2:30PM before the low tide "pull" starts up again.
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OK, so here's the map.
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/pab/pabpdfs/pab-76.pdf
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Lucky for us, we will be doing most of our navigating in that map area during high tide. Brian and I went kayaking in that area during low tide and it is a maze because you can't see above the sidewalls of the waterways. At one point, I stepped out of my kayak to try to see above the marsh to get my bearings. That wasn't a good maneuver as the low-tide muck was like quicksand and I was actually sucked into the muck up to my knees. Thank goodness I wasn't kayaking alone!

I would recommend we launch closer to the river and stay out of the maze! It is beautiful but dangerous.
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Wine? Sign us uf for that event to! I love spectator sports!
We'll bring some extra wood, evenins may be a bit chilly
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as a native of this neighborhood, I feel I must post this PSA about boating in the area. do not go into the river, unless you really really really know what you're doing, and are super-aware of the tides. The Merrimac has one of the most dangerous currents on the eastern seaboard. On the outgoing tide, a paddle-driven craft could easily be swept out to sea faster than you can say "Wally Byam".

I used to go sailing out there as a kid, in these small little boats...we'd need to have a motorized escort with us all the time, because the only way we could get back to the marina was by being towed. It was impossible to go upstream, even with a stiff seabreaze blowing straight up river. (and we weren't even in the channel, where the REAL current is...which, unmarked on Paul's map, runs very close to the shores of the State Park.) We used to get a kick out of "hovering"...set up the boat so that it was going full-tilt upstream...yet not actually moving, matching its forward speed to the speed of the opposing current. we'd just sit there and bob like a cork in the waves...but under full sail a lot of the time, we'd be moving backwards.

anyway....just be carefull.
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as a native of this neighborhood, I feel I must post this PSA about boating in the area. ....just be carefull.
Chuck...thanks for posting that info! It is important to know.

One of our favorite kayaking trips to do on the Merrimack River is to pack a lunch and put in at the Amesbury ramp about 3-4 hours prior to peak low tide. The Amesbury ramp is about 3-4 miles away from the mouth of the Merrimack. By doing that, we take advantage of the low tide current to assist us with the 3-4 mile trip out to the sandbar (right next to Salisbury Beach park) just before the mouth of the Merrimack. The best part about the sandbar, is it is located right in the middle of the river with views of Plum Island to the right, views of Salisbury Park to the left and the ocean straight ahead. And, as a bonus, the sandbar is only assessible by boat!

It should be noted that under no conditions should a kayak navigate into the mouth of the Merrimack because of the turbulence. It will literally eat you up and spit you out (as Chuck indicated in his post).

We then hang out on the sandbar, sunbathe, eat lunch and watch all the boat activity (the channel is only 20' away from the sandbar) and the seal activity for a few hours. In the meantime, the low tide will have peaked, ebbed and turned into the high tide cycle. After a while, with the high tide coming back in, we start to lose the sandbar so know it is time to pack up and head home. We take full advantage of the high tide current and can easily make it back to our launch point without even paddling!!!

It's a great trip and I would highly recommend it.
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sounds like a fun trip!

the "catch" w/ the river and the un-initiated is that it often appears deceptively placid. very common occurance for some citi-fied person to come up for the day, go exploring out on one of the jetties, slip and fall in (or get washed off the jettie by a rogue wave), and in the words of my 2 year old son, its, "OK! B'bye! SEEEEE YA! "

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Trust me, I'm stayin' out of the river!

Well, I kind of can't believe we did it, but we just reserved our spot at the rally with all of you. We're in D44....is that at least kind of in the same area as everyone? And since it will most likely be our first trip with our Airstream, can we arrange to have the towing/backing up demonstration to be scheduled at say, like, maybe......ON OUR ARRIVAL???
Mark may be sheepishly asking for help to get us situated. Or, better yet, you all get to see our first Airstream Screaming Match.

I also learned from reading that "coffee" is the preferred liquid, and "coffee cups" the preferred containers. Good to know. Please fill me in on anything else you can think of! Like pack the warm clothes and down comforters?

No turning back!
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Trust me, I'm stayin' out of the river!

Well, I kind of can't believe we did it, but we just reserved our spot at the rally with all of you. We're in D44....is that at least kind of in the same area as everyone? And since it will most likely be our first trip with our Airstream, can we arrange to have the towing/backing up demonstration to be scheduled at say, like, maybe......ON OUR ARRIVAL???
Mark may be sheepishly asking for help to get us situated. Or, better yet, you all get to see our first Airstream Screaming Match.

I also learned from reading that "coffee" is the preferred liquid, and "coffee cups" the preferred containers. Good to know. Please fill me in on anything else you can think of! Like pack the warm clothes and down comforters?

No turning back!
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Lizzie..you are correct...there is no turning back now!!! Your location of D44 is right in the middle of the Airstream parking. Depending on what time you arrive, and as long as it is after others have arrived, there will be plenty of willing volunteers to help you park your rig.
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