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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. Bet they're good at roll tacking.
  2. Wouldn't it be nice if a cylindrical dry bag (or even a paddle float) could double as a blow-up roller?
  3. 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
  4. I included and/or another self rescue technique. My roll recently failed but I had a backup. I shouldn't have said or. But I agree qualified friends are better.
  5. How about do you have a reliable roll and/or another self-rescue ability?
  6. Don't do that. The CG has enough trouble. https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Coast-Guard-Finds-Missing-Kayaker-Off-Gloucester-560365471.html
  7. Don't jump on fisherman. It's a recreational kayak problem. I've been fishing from sea kayaks long before recreational fishing kayaks were invented. I use long skinny kayaks like my QCC 700X, Epic 18X, Seda Glider and Falcon 18. Take a look:
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=9jw6S8hfQEI
  9. I thought Herr Hair drained the swamps and marshes.
  10. Recommendations for repair requested. Composite Engineering is too busy.
  11. It seems to me that the perfect fail safe way to design a handheld VHF is: Upon pressing the "CH16" push button the VHF radio will switch to VHF CH 16 on full power, no matter whether channel lock is set or not. Not operating this way is akin to a DSC radio that doesn't send the distress message when the distress button is pushed whenever you have channel lock set. Or, for an airplane, if the autopilot doesn’t disengage when the pilot presses the takeover pushbutton. I often practice Eskimo rolls with my Icom M73 VHF and it keeps on working. I just wash it in fresh water when I get home.
  12. John, From my point of view the problem is the following: If I want to quickly call, say channel 72, to check on a fellow paddler pressing the transmit button chooses a random channel from the scan set of channels. So, I have to press the channel up or down keys to get to 72. If, in the alternative, the radio is locked to channel 72 and one needs to make an immediate emergency call to the CG, the 16/C button (the emergency button to go to channel 16) doesn't work. So, one has to unlock the lock first. The latter is the heart of my complaint about handheld VHF radios in the associated thread (Unsafe VHF Design); i.e., the 16/C button should immediately override the lock. Given enough time, someone (especially one who needs to raise the CG ASAP and is, say, using a borrowed radio) will not be able to unlock the lock and a possible preventable catastrophe might occur. -Leon
  13. Robert and Dan, thanks. I didn't say dualwatch is an unsafe design. I said the lock channel mode is unsafe because the emergency channel 16 button doesn't release it. My race training use of locking channel 72 is not for emergencies. You might say it’s to determine if there is an emergency or if there is a change of plans. For example, I paddle through some rough water in a cut between some rocks and when I exit, I don’t see my partner following me. So, I call to make sure everything is okay. If there is no response I back track to see if there is a problem. If there is a problem that I can’t handle, then and only then would I call the CG. And I'd like to be able to do that by pressing the channel 16 emergency button (without having to unlock first). I just tested dual watch. Yes, if channel 16 is quiet, pressing xmit does transmit on 72; however, if the receiver is in the middle of listening to a transmission on 16, pressing xmit transmits on 16. That's not as bad as I thought it was, at least for me, but not for the CG. It took a while to demonstrate this because there wasn't any traffic on 16 for over half an hour. I'd still prefer a design where I could lock 72 and the channel 16 emergency button would release the lock and switch to channel 16. It’s as simple as that. -Leon
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