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    Kayak racing, fishing and touring; road bike racing and touring; ski touring; swimming and fitness workouts.

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  1. Hmm, Jim, can we count your post as another hijack?😀
  2. If you look just behind the top of the restricted area sign, you'll see a white SUV. There were two Secret Service guys there. When I started to enter that driveway on my bike one of them immediately came towards me with a machine gun pointed at the ground. I told him I was just taking some pictures and asked if I could take his picture too. He emphatically said no, but I could take a picture of the sign. It was a handheld machine gun not nearly as big as the machine gun mounted on the bow of the CG boat guarding Mar-a-lago in the picture below. The other picture below is what Mar-a-Lago looks like from the bay side (Palm Beach is a barrier island). I took both pictures when I paddled to Mar-a-lago along the bay side. It was the day when Prime Minister Abe was there. The CG wouldn't allow me to get close enough to get pictures of people. I've sailed and paddled to Mar-a-Lago on the ocean side too; however, whenever Mr. Orange is there the CG forces you out farther from shore or makes you turn around.
  3. Okay, here goes: I had been trolling for tarpon in the ocean along the shore of Palm Beach. After an hour or two I gave up and began paddling back into the bay. The bay (it’s called the Lake Worth Lagoon) is connected to the ocean via the Palm Beach Inlet. Half way back through the inlet I spotted the two women on SUPs in the middle of the channel frantically trying to paddle against the current but making no headway (the ebb tide was flowing at about 2 knots). Given that there were fast cruisers in the inlet’s channel I thought the gals were in danger so I raised the Riviera Beach Marine Unit on channel 16. But, because of the immediate danger (see the picture of what it looks like when cruisers are barreling through the inlet) I decided the gals had better get out of the channel ASAP. I didn’t have a tow line so I unfastened my paddle lanyard and told the first woman to fasten it to my stern toggle, hold the end and for the second woman to hold the back of the first woman’s SUP, both lying down. When that was completed, I towed the two of them close to the jetty far away from the busy channel. Then I began a slow tow towards the beach at Peanut Island in the bay (there were some whistling fisherman on the jetty enjoying the view). As we approached Peanut Island the marine unit came out to meet us. We were all safe at that point so the gals let go, stood up on their boards and paddled the rest of the way to shore. I followed them and someone took the picture I posted above. So, that’s the short version of the story that I told my wife. It’s basically true. Separately, I include three more pictures from yesterday when I biked over to Mar-a-Lago.
  4. Yes, that was a great day towing Bob Burnett and a train behind him, Sir Christopher. Another memorable day for me was towing the great Derek Hutchinson and a half dozen kayaks behind him after the Run of the Charles race. Since then, it's been easy tows for me like rescuing two nondescript women on SUPs who were caught in a strong ebb tide in the Palm Beach Inlet.
  5. Thanks from Leon in Florida. Although my current Snap Dragon sprayskirt has a year or two of remaining life, I just ordered perhaps the last Glacier Trek Breathable in my M M size.
  6. I dunno. I've been fishing from a sea kayak since the '90s and it's more fun that way. You can cover distance faster, especially useful if you see a feeding blitz 1/4 mile away. I've caught Tarpon in Florida ~50 lbs (Tarpon over 40 inches MUST remain in the water, not that I could lift one into a 20 inch wide kayak).
  7. Another problem with the Yakima roof rack system is that the round bars sing loudly in the wind. I cut down the volume by covering the two bars with insulated pipe covers. I must use the Yakima system because Thule doesn't have a system to fit my 2015 Impala. Although the Yakima roof connector parts seem to be superior to that of the Thule system (which I use on another car) the Thule rectangular bars are superior for wind and connecting kayak carriers.
  8. Sir Christopher, Two problems with your solution: 1. On my trip to Florida, once the kayak is sitting almost sideways on the carrier thingies, I load all of my kayaking gear into both hatches and the cockpit. If the cockpit was upside down the stuff in the cockpit would pop the cockpit cover and fall out. And even if I preloaded the boat, it would be difficult to hoist it onto the car (The weight of the gear alone is probably 40 pounds). No room in the car’s trunk and back seat for all of this stuff in addition our luggage for the trip. 2. For such a long trip at generally >70 mph highway speeds driving south I wouldn't trust the kayak sitting on noodles (not enough yaw friction). As it is, I depend on my bow and stern tie downs to hold the kayak firmly in the J carriers. My trip out of America (to Florida) begins Friday. Best Leon-san
  9. Hi Paul, Slack is not the problem. You tighten a pair of plates against the cross bar. The problem is that there insufficient friction on a round bar. Look at the video - it's almost the same model carrier that I have. You gave me a good idea, though. I think wrapping the bar below the carrier with some rubber sheeting might provide sufficient friction as you tighten the plates against the bar.
  10. I can't tighten the Thule metal straps to the cylindrical Yakima bars tight enough; the whole unit easily rotates in the vertical plane unless I over-tighten the bolts. Of course, with the kayak in the carrier there is no torque in the vertical plane so I guess it's not a problem. Any suggestions?
  11. Please send some of that refreshing cool water to southeast Florida. It's about 86 F down here now. I have the opposite of a cold water gasp when I practice rolling.
  12. Bet they're good at roll tacking.
  13. Wouldn't it be nice if a cylindrical dry bag (or even a paddle float) could double as a blow-up roller?
  14. Kate, I used to use blow-up rollers to pull my sailboat onto the beach. Something like these but they come in smaller sizes. -Leon
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