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  2. Sue H.

    Help finding a boat repair location

    Thanks Folks, keep the info flowing !
  3. Brian Nystrom

    Help finding a boat repair location

    I remember well, Christopher. That space was in the same building as Richard's business and he actually rented it for the workshops.
  4. Pintail

    Help finding a boat repair location

    No, Brian: don't you remember that we had a member who had a dirty great workshop that we used, somewhere north of Boston off 128? He paddled an Explorer and I bought a digital camera from him (my first); but I cannot, for the life of me, recall his name... Perhaps it was just <one> winter session?
  5. Yesterday
  6. Inverseyourself

    Bold Coast / Fundy / Cobscook 8.2 - 8.5.19

    I didn't know that humpbacks fight back and Fin- and blue whales run! Interesting. I guess it's all about having long, powerful pectoral fins!
  7. Jim Snyder

    Bold Coast / Fundy / Cobscook 8.2 - 8.5.19

    Worth watching although the narrator came off as somewhat naive to me. I still maintain we were statistically safer paddling among whales than we were on the long drive up to the Bold Coast.
  8. Brian Nystrom

    Help finding a boat repair location

    Check the area where you want to hold it for vacant commercial space. Owners/Landlords are often willing to rent it inexpensively just to generate some income from it. That's what we did back when I was organizing outfitting workshops for the club.
  9. Last week
  10. spuglisi

    When did it start to go wrong?

    Definitely food for thought. I guess the lesson is that if you're uncomfortable with a situation .....trust your own judgement and speak up. Don't just follow others who may have doubts but don't want to speak up either. I don't know anything about the author of the article but, from comments and the fact that he was able to stay out there and help even though he was struggling himself, it sounds like he was well respected and capable. No one is infallible and anyone can make a bad decision.... especially when feeling the pressure of a group. Stay safe out there.
  11. Great post on a most unpleasant surf session in 2011 at Lumpy Waters. The post and discussion show how things can go bad before you even unload the boats, and how many opportunities there were for one good call to avoid it. Long post, so get a cuppa... http://blog.redalderranch.com/?p=89
  12. NPearson

    Cabin Fever Party

    We'll bring a gluten-free Chile sin carne (veggie)
  13. JanetL

    Help finding a boat repair location

    No leads (unless we want to travel to my brother's shop in Pittsburgh), but wanted to say I would LOVE to attend such a workshop! I hope someone has a space.
  14. Hi Everyone, NSPN's Board of Directors are looking for a well ventilated space (and heated during winter months?) to use for a boat repair workshop. I have been asking around and have not identified an appropriate location. A small barn, a detached uncluttered garage, a large workshop room with commercial ventilation etc. would work. If for example it was a small unheated barn, we might be able to rent a portable heater to make it work. Carl Ladd has told us he would be willing to conduct a hands-on boat repair workshop with a collection of member's boats. So, if you have a knowledge of a space that might work for the purpose of such a workshop, please let me know. Thanks for your help ! Cheers, Sue
  15. Vytas 'Vick' Marciulionis

    WTB: NDK Romany

    Bill I have a boat you might be interested. Emailed you more info and photos
  16. Bill Whalen

    WTB: NDK Romany

    Hi there - I'm looking for a older/used NDK Romany. I don't mind if it's a little beat-up as long as it's watertight. Anyone have one taking up space that you might considering parting with? Thanks! Bill whalen dot bill at gmail do com
  17. Joseph Berkovitz

    Bold Coast / Fundy / Cobscook 8.2 - 8.5.19

    On another relevant side topic, since this trip featured some close kayak encounters with whales, folks may be interested in this recent PBS Nature episode. It kicks off with a near-fatal episode in which a humpback breached and almost landed directly on the narrator’s kayak, clobbering it with a pectoral fin. A few inches difference would have resulted in death. While this piece is more about whales and their behavior, not about how dangerous they are, perhaps we should consider being more circumspect in future years? https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-whale-detective-5nsii3/20808/
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  19. Brian Nystrom

    Flags on kayaks, new NH bill

    What do you know? Maybe there's a semblance of sanity and a grain of intelligence in the legislature after all.
  20. Ken

    Winter reading

    I haven't read it yet but for Xmas I received -- https://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Water-Patterns-Puddles/dp/1615193588/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=how+to+read+water&qid=1578494129&sr=8-2 I'm in the middle of another book but as soon as I finish that one, I'll start the above. I flipped through it and checked out some of the pictures and diagrams and it looks comprehensive and facilitating. It covers things from how you can tell how clean a small stream is by looking at the insect larvae under a rock to determining which way the waves were breaking during the last high tide by looking at the ripples left in the sand. -K
  21. gyork

    Flags on kayaks, new NH bill

    Just spoke with Ken Vincent. He withdrew the bill this morning.
  22. Paul Sylvester

    Flags on kayaks, new NH bill

    Brian I agree it is doa but I have a slight distrust of the state to do the right thing. Andy, Sadly.........The term pisspots comes from when I worked in a high end yacht yard summers as a teen. It catered to wood boats and the term was referring to fiberglass boats. I have just borrowed it for my own amusement.
  23. Brian Nystrom

    Flags on kayaks, new NH bill

    So, the same stupidity has been introduced again? How many times in years past has this gone down in flames? This shows how lazy our politicians are that they don't even look into the history of this kind of nonsense before reintroducing it. Moreover, who introduces a bill based on "a constituent concern"? How many people complained about this, just one? More than likely, it was a wealthy donor or friend he was trying to appease. If he's getting mostly negative feedback and doesn't think it has any chance of passing, why doesn't he do the right thing and withdraw it? Moron!
  24. Inverseyourself

    Flags on kayaks, new NH bill

    They should also mandate protective goggles when traveling in pods of 2 or more so we don’t poke our eyes out during rescues. Or better the total face and neck masks the air soft gun crowd uses when they play war. BCU could create a new teaching segment specifically for masks. Pisspots.....right on, Paul!
  25. Jim Snyder

    Flags on kayaks, new NH bill

    Paul, first let me thank you for always being on top of these legislative idiocies in New Hampshire. Second, I was only kidding about pool practice with a flag. In the unlikely event this bill passes, I expect to proudly practice civil disobedience, and incidentally it won't be my first time. Third, for those of you who want to be prepared just in case, I found this: https://www.austinkayak.com/YakAttack-VisiCarbon-Pro-Light-CPM/ACK7483P.html Who doesn't like carbon fiber? It says it can be removed in seconds! What about a practice roll where you go over, remove the flag and tuck it in along side your paddle, then roll up and reinstall it???
  26. Paul Sylvester

    Flags on kayaks, new NH bill

    Pool roll might work but try it on the edges of the river where it can get snagged on the bottom, mooring lines or pot lines. Yes this probably is doa but better to kill it now then to have to reverse it. Below is my mail to Rep Vincent. Probably too long and direct but my filters are faltering as I age. There is a problem with education and teaching people that kayaks have NO RIGHT to occupy a channel or thoroughfare. We have a right to cross safely and as a cohesive group in a safe place when needed. Us “real kayakers” who know and teach safety cringe when we see the small plastic boats getting in the way of larger boats and we often will speak to them. Fact: A flag on my kayak would be a danger because if I flip over I roll my kayak back up with out exiting the kayak. Anything sticking up on either deck poses a hazard to my ability to sweep roll my kayak. Rolling is the experienced kayakers first means of self rescue. If my paddle didn’t hit the pole it could snag on the bottom or get caught in a lobster pot buoy line. Pretty scary thought for me. What about when I surf waves with my kayak and rolling is a regular part of the experience? Fact: The real problem is people with no understanding of on the water etiquette getting in the way of powerboaters. Powerboaters are only supposed to make headway speed within so many feet of another watercraft. The big boats don’t want to get slowed down in their channels and thoroughfares and I don’t blame them. Fact: Small cheap plastic kayaks are inherently dangerous because they often have no floatation of any kind and are often paddled by absolute beginners with no concept of cold water hypothermia, self -rescue or rules of the road. Fact: Many colleagues in the business have wanted to see safety manuals sold with all kayaks that detail the rules of the road and kayaking do’s and don’ts. Fact: We would welcome more active intervention and enforcement by the marine patrols of existing laws and to help with education. Fact: I am part of several paddling groups that paddle lakes, rivers and the ocean. When we go out we all carry an array of safety gear that includes handheld VHF radios in our PFD pockets. When we cross a busy channel like the Portsmouth Harbor entrance we will get on the VHF channel 16 and announce that we are a group of (x? ) number of kayakers crossing at a specific location. Then we get back on the radio and let them know we are out of the channel. Please contact me for further information and I will be glad to talk. It is an education problem and flags are a real danger for us. How about warnings for idiots that think it is ok to get in the way of powerboaters needlessly? Thanks and I await your response,
  27. Jim Snyder

    Flags on kayaks, new NH bill

    I had a nice talk with representative Conley. He says they've been getting a lot of input on this, mostly negative. He said the bill was a response to a constituent concern about kayaks creating safety concerns on the Piscataqua. He incidentally doesn;t think the bill has a chance of passing in it's current form. Just in case though I might mount a four foot pirate flag on my boat and see if I can roll it in the pool.
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