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  1. Given his SAR background I thought Ty was rather charitable in his books, especially in "Where You Will Find Me". At the same time, the normal dichotomy was presented of those who acted prudently and those who did not which is a little disingenuous. Seems to me everyone does stupid stuff. Amazingly, we nearly all get away with it. Some learn from the experience and become prudent or at least become better able to deal with things the next time they do stupid stuff. Some don't learn and either think it was because of skill or luck and that seldom ends well eventually. Ed Lawson
  2. Suggest contacting Harley at Nanuq Kayaks in Portland. He sells Reed stuff and probably knows the answer. Ed Lawson
  3. Out of curiosity, what constitutes an "expedition"? It seems such a commonly used word with regard to kayaks and kayak trips and applied to all manner of trips. It seems to to be used as a standard by which to judge kayaks which makes me wonder to what use it is meant to apply. Ed Lawson Shamelessly hijacking a thread.
  4. Heather: Some random thoughts of a biased mind. If your camping trips are three days or so, you do not need what are often called "expedition" kayaks unless you like carrying everything including the kitchen sink. Almost any 16' boat will do if you come from a backpacking background. Smaller boats are lighter, more fun to paddle, better for day use, and just easier to deal with. If you are worried about dragging a boat over rocks because you are doing solo trips, then a boat with thicker gelcoat and maybe a keel strip will give you peace of mind, but that will mean a heavier boat. My experience has been that most boats do surprisingly well being dragged over rocks now and then if you pick the right rocks. The resistance you must overcome to make a boat move at a given speed is remarkably alike for almost all boats under 3.0Kts which is a typical pace for many. Fast boats are considered faster because their resistance level is relatively less at higher speeds, but the resistance levels at higher speeds require more effort than most can provide over time. So a "faster" boat is not faster for most paddlers most of the time. In fact, a "fast" kayak can even be harder to paddle than a "slow" kayak at lower speeds. That said, some boats are more efficient at typical cruising speeds which means they feel fast in that speed range even if they are not a "fast" kayak. Such boats are great for touring as you can cover many miles at a good pace with an easily sustained effort. Not saying there are no slow kayaks, just don't expect a new kayak to suddenly enable you to be much faster. Typically people change what they like and want in a kayak as their paddling experience/skills increase. Often people will change views of what constitutes a stable boat or whether they prefer rudder over skeg for trimming a boat. As a result, it is not uncommon to go through a few boats till you hit the one that is comfortable/fits, works well for the paddling you do, and its negatives are outweighed by its positives. All boats are compromises and in my opinion the trick is to find the boat whose negatives can be lived with because its positives match what is important for you. And what is a negative to one will likely be a positive for another. I believe it often takes an active season of paddling to really form an opinion about a given boat so don't be in a hurry to say a boat is good or ill. Given the price of new boats compared to used boats, might not be a bad idea to go the used boat route unless you have spend enough time to really know what you like/need. There are some really nice used composite boats out there for @$1,000 and that is for high quality boats which will be good for another ten years at least of heavy use. Ed Lawson
  5. I suggest thinking carefully before moving the seat that far back. Likely to make a noticeable change in how the boat handles. As Jim suggests, Tom would be a very good resource in determining whether the Explorer could be made to fit well by reasonable efforts or, as Pru suggests, a different boat is the better solution. My prejudiced view is best to find a boat that basically feels right and tweak with outfitting as opposed to making drastic changes/outfitting in an attempt to make an ill fitting boat work.
  6. If someone wanted to have a local copy, then they could download the current version in their file format of choice from the Google Doc site. However, I agree with Joe that it should be left as a dynamic/work in progress item on Google Doc as opposed to a static file to be downloaded from the NSPN site. Ed Lawson
  7. Another source:: https://topkayaker.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=119_14&products_id=999&zenid=hvn6lp76h3q6rmbrk90a8qih51 Ed Lawson
  8. I should have mentioned Brian Nystrom, long associated with NSPN, who literally wrote the book on making Greenland Paddles. Ed Lawson
  9. GPs come in a large variety of shapes let alone lengths. Generally, they are more gentle on the shoulders than a EP or at least there are GPs which are. I believe they are best suited to touring and day trips that are not focused on rock play. I also believe ones made of wood and relatively narrow would be easier on the shoulders than ones made of carbon fiber and wider. Having said that, I strongly second the suggestion to talk to Harley and Turner if not someone local who uses GPs. A good GP is customized or at least fitted in more ways than length and width. The length of the loom, the shape of the shoulders and loom will have a big influence in how it works for a given person. I have several, and I use them all with selection depending upon trip and boat. Last, but not least, I suggest you have someone who knows how to paddle with a GP spend time with you on the proper techniques of using one. Very important. Ed Lawson
  10. Josko, actually there is something to that, but rather it is the commercial weather services that want to minimize, if not eliminate, readily available, free weather data from NOAA so they can monetize that data by packaging it on their websites, etc. Or at least that is one of the stories in Michale Lewis's book "Fifth Risk" Ed Lawson
  11. Fortunately the NERACOOS buoy data is up and current on its website. http://oceandata.gmri.org/data/recent.html Ed Lawson
  12. I hope this is not a thread hijack, but those who expect to rely upon GPS enabled devices for safety in "consequential" settings should look carefully at the specs and review literature on the effectiveness of various services and devices. In 2015, there was an unfortunate death in the Presidential Range where a winter hiker activated a device to indicate they were in trouble. Critically, a the second activation resulted in an inaccurate set of coordinates. Unfortunately, SAR used the inaccurate info, it was logical to do so, and the person died before they were found by using the the original set of coordinates. Absent the inaccurate coordinates, the person may well have be saved. Suffice it to say there are many ways for GPS systems to provide inaccurate info and for related systems to not perform well when it is critical that they do. Ed Lawson
  13. Second Jonathan's opinion. I wanted to like the Cetus LV as I like low volume boats, but I felt constrained in it. At 5'10", 170# and size 11 feet it just felt uncomfortably small. Volume wise it is about the same as a Cappella 161 if you believe the P&H numbers, but the 161 seemed roomier as the cockpit and depth are quite different. If you physically fit well and you camp like a backpacker, then the boat would hold the gear for 3 or 4 night trips quite easily. It would not dance, but anything under 225# payload is within P&H's weight range for the boat if you believe the numbers. Ed Lawson
  14. Or aim for 4 hours after HW and have the flood in your favor if late. Ed Lawson
  15. According to info presented here and that found in a cruising guide, the Lubec narrows current is predicted to be at slack 2 hours before St. John HW and 4 hours after HW. St. John tides are based on Atlantic time which adds a potential source of error. I have noticed the Eastport/Lubec HW times are almost identical to the St. John tides in that if HW at St. John is 1300 AST, then Eastport HW is 1200 EST. While the HW times are nearly identical, the LW times vary, but the current predictions are based off HW. So why would it not be easier to deduct two hours from the Eastport tides? Or have I totally mangled the times? Ed Lawson Who is busy planning trips between adding logs to the fire.
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