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  2. Thanks so much for your terrific, tried and true instructions Dan. With them and your and Paul's encouragement my boats are now done too! I will do the water test this week to be sure. I did spend many hours trying to remove as best I can the mess of silicone from previous sealing attempts that was really all over the place. THAT was truly the hardest part and from what I've learned I'll never ever use silicone to seal anything again if it may need to be re-sealed in the future since nothing sticks to silicone including silicone. Never knew this! Have a GREAT paddling adventure this week and hope to meet up with you sometime soon on the water!
  3. I believe it was in the channel that runs around the southern perimeter near Two Penny Loaf of Wingaersheek. Are there any current tables for that area? Karen, The only nearby current station I could find is near Annisquam light, way too far away to be useful in this discussion. There might not be a current station at the Essex Bay entry for the reason Joe pointed out : the area is perhaps too much " subject to continual changes" (shifting sands etc) to provide consistent & reliable data. Otherwise one might expect a current station there (like for Plum Island Sound and mouth of the Merrimack, though those two move a whole lot more water & would feature more significant currents than Essex Bay) as it is an area of commercial navigation interest, with lots of boats entering and leaving Essex Bay. If the " huge rip" area you mean is indeed the channel on the inside of Twopenny Loaf (around its southern perimeter) : it would be surprising to see a " huge ebb" there , through some standing wave action would not be impossible. As a general guideline for that little channel area, I would just avoid it on the ebb as it's diminishing in volume and becoming mostly mudflats (why paddle there?) anyway. But not sure if you actually mean this area. It would help if the area in question were more precisely pinpointed as the description (e.g. Wingaersheek is nowhere nearby, I suspect you mean Coffins) is confusing.
  4. It looks like we have a nice group of paddlers interested in this trip. There is still room for more to sign up. I will be monitoring the weather forecast throughout the week and I should be able to post location and launch details by mid-week. I'm looking forward to paddling with you all.
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  6. Today was a fantastic day for an easy paddle. Seven of us launched from Odiorne and made our way towards the bridge at Wentworth, where we found the flood current to still be running strong enough to make stopping to assess the passage challenging. The final call to just ride it through and collect up on the other side proved effective and enjoyable. After a quick chat about it all, we made our way through the inner bay with a healthy assist from the still rising tide. Discussions along the way included boat channels and how kayakers should interact with them. Despite the multiple channels in the area, crossings were inconsequential. As we made our way up along Pierce Island, the current brought us quickly through the small channel requiring a hard right turn to make the eddy at Four Trees Island for lunch (thanks for the brownies, Al!!). After lunch, the chart was laid out for a review of the overall area and a discussion about going down the Piscataqua side. Challenges were discussed, and a walk out to the statue to have a better view allowed for the decision to go for it. Once around the north point, it was obvious that we had hit the river at slack, as we encountered practically no currents or eddies. At least not until we got down to the lower end of the island, where we hit a massive north flow. Theories flying and debates current speed (maybe 2 knots?), we powered through the current field which offered no easy passage along the shore. Once through the worst of it, we paddled on through the now ebbing current under the New Castle bridge and back into the inner bay. The paddle back was leisurely and conversational, including more channel discussions. The ebb current at the Wentworth bridge was easily managed and even allowed for a run or two upstream. The day was finished off with Bill doing a few rolls before the final run back to the launch. Thanks to Sue, Brenda, Patricia, and Ricardo for coming along on such a fantastic day, and to Bill and Al for indulging in a bit of leadership practice and discussions.
  7. This is my friend's boat and I helped him buy it about 6 or 7 years ago. It was purchased brand new. It's the 17-7 (largest version) of the Etain; standard Valley composite lay-up. It has Valley's removable deck pod. The keel strip is a Keel-Eazy. This boat has literally been in the water only a few times. I'll reach out to him to check this board and update.
  8. Just back from Jewell, parking at Cousins with preliminary call to Yarmouth harbormaster, emailing car info ahead of time. No parking problems (some locals helped us carry boats back up the hill!). Jewell - one tick while walking through brush. I have seen it much much worse. Maybe there are so many people there this summer that the ticks have already found their victims? Campsites heavily used midweek - we found one only because we happened by just as a group was leaving. No problems with camping elsewhere in the bay.
  9. I will be joining the paddle also. Should be perfect weather.
  10. I just booked my parking spot online ($4 + $1 transaction fee). See you tomorrow if I don't oversleep!
  11. We will make the call on the weather tomorrow. The timing of potential wind and rain on Sunday is still uncertain.
  12. I leak-tested my boat this morning (it got a perfect score - all bulkheads leak to some degree!) and since we've finally got some dry weather and I've got a trip coming up next week, I decided to fast-track the resealing project. Some tips for others, and especially for me for next time: Lexel gets tacky in 30 minutes, and cures completely in 1-2 weeks, according to the label. I put the boat and the tube of Lexel out in the morning sun to dry and warm up. I always end up wishing I cut a wider opening on the squeeze tube - I'd go about halfway up the tapered nozzle next time. Start with the easy-access bulkheads - behind the seat and in the rear hatch, and once you've got the technique down, move to the more confined spaces. I don't bother trying to crawl up behind the foot pegs to do the inside of the forward bulkhead. Train a small child for that. I like to put the boat on its side and lay a bead of sealant down from the top/side edge of the bulkhead down to the keel line, then swap sides, flip the boat on the other side, and squeeze another bead down the opposite side. Before smoothing with a gloved finger, go squeeze a second seam on a different bulkhead. Then come back and smooth all of the Lexel in using a nitrile-gloved finger. For the nicest lines, swap to a clean finger on each pass. Discard the gloves and put on new ones and go squeeze and smooth two more seams. If the foam bulkhead is so separated from the hull that it freely moves, I would probably engage a helper to push it forward or aft so you can lay down a thick puddle of sealant, and then push it the opposite direction and work sealant well under the foam itself. I used an entire 5oz squeeze tube of Lexel to seal five seams on my three foam bulkheads with a fairly generous bead of sealant. It took about 15 minutes to do. I let the boat sit and dry in-place without moving it at all for at least 24 dry hours, and try not to cartop or paddle it for at least a week.
  13. A mutual friend (Jeff) was there last (?) weekend and said they were horrendous. (Maybe you were also there?) Anyway, one person's tent was COVERED in ticks. He also said permethrin on clothes worked to keep them off. Did not endear me to go there this year. YUCK.
  14. Hi, I am a new member. Are you meeting today (July 22) at the lake?
  15. You can find gaps by shining a flashlight through at night. Or, dry the inside completely, set a hose in the day hatch, and look for water leaking into the cockpit and rear hatch. By repositioning and edging the boat on your lawn and wiping away the leaks you can usually figure out how far up the foam the problem goes. Repeat for the front hatch.
  16. Every few years I buy a 5 oz squeeze tube of Lexel Clear waterproof sealant and reseal the bulkheads in my Tempest 170. It's pretty easy to do. Basically, spray out the kayak with a hose and get all of the sand and grit away from the bulkheads. Peel off any dangling, loose sealant strips. Let the boat dry in the sun. Squeeze the Lexel tube to run a nice bead of goo along the edge where the foam meets the plastic hull. There's usually a gap right at the keel line, and I start by squirting a bunch under there. You've got a fair number of minutes to work with the sealant before it sets up. I usually put on a nitrile glove and run a wet finger down the bead to smooth things out and get a good seal. Repeat on both sides of each bulkhead. Sashco 13013-2 13013 5oz Sealants Clear Lexel Adhesive Caulk, 5-Ounce: Adhesive Caulk: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific
  17. 3M 5200 sealant and plan on a week before it fully cures. Have you tested to see where the problem is? Really not hard to do yourself. I do not have time myself but there are others here who do this work.
  18. Time to properly reseal the bulkheads on my plastic Tempest. Does anyone know who does such repairs? I will check the kayak shops but wondering if anyone in our group has had experience and can offer recommendations. Thanks!
  19. This was a cool paddle as it turned out to be me and Bob plus 3 NEW NSPN MEMBERS: Jody Harris, Ricardo Caivano and Barb Ryan! So exciting to go out with new people — we love the good old people but it's great to see new faces in the club and on the ocean. It was also great because the expected bad weather did not close the curtains on our day. Far from it — instead, it never arrived. We had a lovely excursion out to Dread Ledge and then turned north along the rocky Swampscott coast to Devereux Beach, the little pocket of it that lies on the Neck side of the Marblehead causeway, which was our lunch spot. There was a light westerly wind at the outset which built a little bit to 5-8 kt during the day, but most of the time the cliffs protected us from even that. On the way back we did some assisted rescue practice with Bob and myself as swimmers. I can report that the water was not at all cold. Eventually everyone was back in a boat and we headed back to Fishermans Beach. Fishermans Beach is a lovely launch spot, by the way. There were perhaps a half-dozen parking spots or so when we arrived at 9 am, which is pretty amazing for a free parking lot right next to a beach in Massachusetts.
  20. Harbormaster informed - this was a shart call follwed by an e-mail to confirm make & model of vehicle and my contact details.
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