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  1. I agree after seeing the front of a canoe pivot horizontally across the lane to the left of a fast moving vehicle as the rear strap held the stern in place. If you do not have attachment points on your vehicle for bow and stern lines I have had a great experience with the following. Actually I use one for the front in the engine compartment, but use the Subaru supplied tow hook for the rear. I am told frequently the tow hook and a beaner will be unscrewed and stolen but not yet $15.00 - Seattle Sports Sherpak Quick Loops - Fast Kayak and Canoe Tie Down Anchor Straps for Car Hoods and Trunks https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0024AVPO4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  2. You are right. Noticed that as I began reading. Guess I will spend $3 after all!
  3. Thanks Kate, Just downloaded Tent Life in Siberia to my iPhone Kindle app on Amazon Prime for free. Al
  4. So well deserved. So many of us appreciate your leadership plus the helpful instruction and suggestions.
  5. Joe, Sorry, but I will not be able to make it today. Have a great paddle. Al
  6. Unfortunately I cannot make it. Enjoy.
  7. Sounds like a good choice to me. Have not been along that part of the coast in a long time.
  8. Thanks Pru, So am I correct that I am neither on the Saturday list or the waiting list? Al
  9. Thanks, Nancy. That is very useful info. I have been worried about how crowded the parking lot would be on weekends given the limited number of available put ins. I agree about supporting the facility. The employees have always been very helpful and the facilities have been spotless. I will post conditions here next time I paddle there. Al
  10. Hi Nancy, Thanks for the update, but I am wondering: Was the harbormaster "appreciating" the fee when referring to the formal ramp rather than the shore launch? There has been a $5 fee for using the ramp. However, there has never been a fee to launch from the shore (which is as easy if not easier than the ramp for me). He did not mention the fee when I spoke to him last week about the shore launch. Either way, it is a great facility and I am sure the town could use any income at this point. Al
  11. Sorry I was not clear. As far as I know, nothing has changed with parking/launching. There is just one large parking lot. Usually, I can park right next to the put in/launch rather than other spots in the lot.
  12. I checked with the Harbor Master who confirmed that the Winthrop Boat Launch is open (I have not yet launched there this year). It is about a mile paddle from the end of Deer Island. No charge to launch to the left of the formal, beautiful, new boat ramp. This is a primo launch. Usually you park right next to it. Carry down a very short, slight incline to the narrow beach. I have never had problems rolling my cart to the water. Never had any significant mud or soft sand. Make sure you follow the markings for parking. They are very serious about keeping the parking organized by intended use (cars with trailers, harbor master, etc). Note: In the past I have never had a problem parking but I have driven by on some weekends and the lot was. I have no idea how crowded it is now that so many people are not working. The great bathrooms/showers (at the right end of the Ferry Dock/Harbor Master building across the parking lot) are NOT open at this point.
  13. Lion’s mane jellyfish (the big ones) were spotted at Nahant Beach, Wintrop, Lynn, Revere and other locations over the weekend. The following Globe article lists some other areas were they typically show up and how to deal with their sting. https://edition.pagesuite.com/popovers/dynamic_article_popover.aspx?artguid=caf4691e-4eb3-42b2-a754-27481875b1d0&appid=1165
  14. Can anyone confirm if the Riverhead Beach, Marblehead boat launch and parking are available? I believe that is a state launch and I think state launch sites are open??
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