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  1. TracRac on (of course) a truck, bars are almost 70” and it’s rated for 1250lbs. The original ad for this rack had a large truck with a small Toyota on the roof rack! 😂 I’ve had 4 kayaks on the rack and I could probably carry five.
  2. As others have said a warmer sleeping bag will help, you could also add an overbag to your existing bag. I had one I used for a summer bag and then for a layering system in spring/fall. A better sleeping pad makes a huge difference, I love my Exped DAM (down air mattress) and they make a less expensive synthetic filled mattress. Be warned since it’s warm, packs small, and is light it’s not cheap. As they say strong, light, inexpensive.... you only get to pick two. As far as tents IMHO those really light weight all mesh tents should be called 1.5 season tents. Get something that has good ventilation but isn’t all mesh. My favorite all around tent is/was the Walrus Terromotto, 3/4 season convertible tent with big mesh panels on the inner tent that could be zipped closed in harsher weather. That said that REI tent sounds fine.
  3. I still lurk from time to time, lol I've got to get out again soon, lately I've fallen into the role of "Dance/Theater Dad" drive Zoe to 8 million lessons/rehearsals. My first paddle back will be a rescue clinic because I'll be swimming a lot.
  4. If you carry a foam paddle float something like this might be helpful. https://northwater.com/collections/paddle-floats-re-entry-aids/products/fourplay-multi-use-paddle-float
  5. I wouldn't use a dry bag or paddle float on a rocky shore, too much of a puncture risk.
  6. They are generally higher volume, A 17'9" Cetus MV is 88 gallons (all hatches and cockpit) a 17' 11" Mariner II is 105 - 111 gallons. "West coast" boats tend to be higher volume, look at old North West Kayaks, Pacafic Water Sports, etc..... They are not Greenland style boats. Having said that by most accounts they're nice boats. I would want to paddle one first. What is your friend paddling now?
  7. A club member had a Coaster, but I’m drawing a blank on his name. I remember he loved that little boat. I’ve got an old Mariner 1 with the sliding seat hanging out in the barn. I liked it but for speed I preferred my Foster Shadow. The Mariner definitely had more initial stability. Definitely try to paddle it, higher volume boats can feel a bit like a cork sometimes, bobbing to the top of every wave.
  8. Someone, maybe kayakfit.com, sold foam called thin skinz. It was thin and durable, perfect for glueing to the inside of your hull. btw. I've worn through the heel of booties that didn't have a rubber cap, so I feel your pain.
  9. I would check out Kelty tents, they actually have a full rain fly unlike most car camping tents. I have an old Mantra 7 that is so large it's frightening, but it built really well.
  10. Sears sells an inspection mirror that should give you a view of the nut. One one those and an extension ratchet should do it. It's important to get the sears inspection mirror because the mirror detaches and it turns into a magnetic pick up tool.
  11. I've got one of those Thule roller/slider pad combo things that I've been meaning to sell. Not sure if that would work or not.
  12. I was definitely taught the duffek or bow rudder for crossing Eddie lines and peeling out in white water classes. The high brace seems like a half commitment to the duffek (I mean no offense) since if the brace is placed forward it puts the blade in a similar position. This does put your arms/shoulders in a vulnerable position. If you keep the blade in its proper position it will work buts it's probably less effective then the duffek.
  13. It's going to be heavy and slow. It's a short(er) plastic kayak, the polylink 3 material was pretty durable and stiff but it was heavy. If you're paddling calm rivers and lakes it should be ok, I would guess around $300 would be a fair price. I think it's 16' long, 23" wide, it probably weighs around 55-60lbs
  14. I think there's a difference between the trip Suz is describing and a weekend trip during on a mild winter weekend. On any longer trip things get more complicated, if you read about serious winter expeditions you'll find they use vapor barriers in their sleeping bags to stop them from absorbing water from your body. The big issue I see on a multiday trip is keeping your paddling gear dry and not being able to dry out gear that gets wet. A closed cell pad added to your summer sleeping will help a lot. Something like an Exped DAM will make you wonder how you ever used a thermarest. A tent that's not 2/3 season will make a huge difference, those all mosquito net tent bodies will not work. The coldest overnight I ever did was Mt Lafayette, it was -20 overnight. A four season tent, a zero degree bag, and a thermarest with a closed cell foam pad worked well. I was wearing proper winter gear, like koflach boots, gIant down jacket, etc...
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