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  1. Big Bird: You said the Explorer would tip over when parallel to boat wake, but I assume it did not, the boat wake was indeed a modest non-breaking wave, and you were tense trying to keep the boat level/under control. Based on this comment, my $.02 is stop thinking about buying a boat. The issue is unrelated to the stability or lack thereof in the Explorer and/or Chepeague in my opinion. Instead, invest is a few quality lessons, arrange a day's demo paddle at MICKO, get a decent paddler to accompany you, and take one of the suggested boats, Roany Surf seems a solid choice, around Peaks I. when conditions are modest. Maybe take the Explorer then the Romany. I'm not saying you won't end up with a new boat or that a good boat will not make paddling more fun and assist in dealing with more textured water. Just the boat is not always the cure, and the Explorer is such a solid boat that I doubt it was the problem under the conditions you described. Ever ride your bike though a deep sandy patch where it squirms and slithers about? I bet you learned not to fight the bike, but let it move about,, and ride it out by staying over it and and only dialing in some control when needed. Essentially the same in a kayak when the water gets textured. Ed Lawson
  2. Brian: What a great bit of writing is your review of the Sisu. I found many golden nuggets sprinkled throughout. So many small things can have a big impact on how a kayak works. Ed Lawson
  3. Here is the fist edition so to speak of Brian's opinion about secondary stability. https://kitchi-gami.com/2018/10/21/sea-kayaks-there-is-no-such-thing-as-secondary-stability/ I agree with the second edition far more than I do the first edition and I had intended to refer to this one in my post. Ed Lawson
  4. On the question of what is the primary factor in the amount of "primary stability", I believe most would say it is the kayak's beam as Peter said. No doubt the water plane when level is a p-art of that. The terms "primary stability" and "secondary stability" are rather slippery. You might find the following of interest although I don't buy everything he says. If for no other reason than once upon a time liked the P&H Bayiha very much and it, along with the Nordkapp, is usually considered a "tippy" sea kayak. https://paddlingmag.com/stories/columns/rock-the-boat/why-theres-no-such-thing-as-secondary-stability-in-sea-kayaks/ As for your feelings about how stable any given kayak feels to you, time in a boat and skill level are factors, but also very important are how much you weigh, your overall size, center of mass. Without that information, impossible to know what kayak would be suitable and then the question is suitable for what? Different paddlers enjoy doing different things when they paddle and that influences kayak selection. Often people migrate from one boat to another as their comfort level increases, their understanding of what they want in a kayak changes, and/or their interests change. As Peter says, it is a very personal choice. It is not unheard of for someone to initially not like a kayak, but become very fond and trusting of it over time as well as to doggedly keep paddling a highly touted boat even though they never really become comfy with it. This may seem like heresy, but I suspect the Chebeague is a perfectly nice boat, fast enough, seaworthy and adequate for weekend camping trips. So you could do a lot worse than just take the boat you have and go paddle it as much as you can in as great a variety of water as you can. Then you will develop a better "feel" and understanding of what works for you and that will be important when it comes time to get a different kayak. Ed Lawqson
  5. A prophet is without honor in his own country. Ed Lawson
  6. Gary: Did you Photshop those pictures? I don't believe I have ever seen it so flat around Popham. Have been thinking about that stretch for awhile and wondering how to make it not a long paddle. Now I know about Head Beach and how to do it as a reasonable day paddle...maybe even up to Perkins before returning. Ed Lawson
  7. It is amazing how bits of history show up at yard sales. A guide in Maine bought an old, well used Romany at yard sale for $50. Turned out to be one of if not first Romany ever shipped to US. Predated MICKO, etc. Still solid and still used last I heard. Ed Lawson
  8. I believe Derek talked about that boat in one of his books. Urban legend is that someone complained to Derek about one of his boats being twitchy and in response he asked how much kit they were carrying. When they said it was typical day paddle stuff he scoffed and said, " I designed it to handle right with a 100# of kit for tripping. What do you expect?". Maybe this was the boat that cuased Derek to say the right length for a sea kayak was no more than 18' because he could not make anything longer in his garage. A rare find and no doubt still sound and ready for an adventure. Ham radio people love to buy old tube gear often 50 years old to restore just for the fun of using them warts and all. Maybe someone will see value in doing same for old kayaks. Ed Lawson
  9. One thing not mentioned, but making sure the compass is aligned with lubber line is important. While it is not easy to hold a precise heading while paddling in less than calm water, having the compass properly aligned is important. Even a few degrees off can be a big deal if you do not rely upon a GPS. Confess I get very picky/over engineer this aspect of compass installation. Ed Lawson
  10. My experience has been it is OK to use the little screws that come with the compass. I have never used the template, but use a manual drill with a very small bit and use the compass itself for a guide. I tend to smear some 3M 4200 or 5200 on the screws, clip the portion of the screws that protrude into the hatch, and cover the screw end with a small dab of epoxy. Never had a problem with leakage or integrity of the installation. Of course you can over engineer it with bolts and nuts, etc. Nothing wrong with that approach, but not sure it is necessary. Ed Lawson
  11. Gary, I believe we are good to go. As in now! Ed
  12. Pierce Island too? And people complain about Maine.
  13. In the past the area across the bridge and opposite the ramp has been used for launching. Still available? Ed Lawson
  14. FWIW, a federal judge in Maine refused today to issue a preliminary injunction against the 14 day quarantine rule in a lawsuit brought by some campgrounds and individuals. The US DOJ intervened to support the campgrounds, but that did not sway the judge. So rule will stand during litigation or until Maine amends the rule. Interestingly, in NH to rent a campground site or motel starting next week ( up to now out of state folks could not rent rooms or campsites in NH), all out so state persons must attest they have quarantined in NH or their home state. I guess the wink-wink approach does not anger folks. Ed Lawson
  15. Suggest you get this book. It will be very helpful as you plan your adventure. Don't assume the MITA guide/app is comprehensive regarding places to launch. https://www.amazon.com/Kayaking-Maine-Coast-Paddlers-Cobscook/dp/0881507059 Ed Lawson
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