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  1. I heard some bad things about the boat design from experienced paddlers who demo' d it at Sullivan Falls.The boat's pronounced rocker seems to have been achieved by bending the boat at midpoint: it sweeps up to the bow and to the stern from some midpoint close to the cockpit. No real analysis on how this affects maneuverability or performance. Build quality is reported to be okay but not outstanding. The biggest issue with the boat is that the day hatch is on center, and with drainage trough and slots this results in an extreme low point , a larger than normal depressed area just behind the cockpit. In rough water, the boat does not shed water here, and waves can pile up on the back deck, destabilizing the boat. Experienced BCU 5* type paddlers were capsizing a lot at Sullivan falls due to this. That said , this could be a quirk which the paddler just gets used to and overcomes in that normal course of breaking in a new boat , and the boat was popular for a time - I saw quite a few of them at Popham Beach, maybe part of a Canadian group that visited there regularly.
  2. What a great trip report and photos: thank you! I've been on the sidelines this paddling season, so I especially enjoyed seeing this continuation of what now might be considered an established yearly NSPN event. I attended the past two years and aspire to attend in 2021. Very impressive that a trip of this level and quality has been so well planned and executed.
  3. This is their definition of self quarantine. I take this to mean that a trip to Bar Harbor can be done without a test in advance . If I : travel to Maine, stay in a single cabin, bring my own food and supplies, never enter any building (eg, restaurant, bar, supermarket, retail store, museum, restroom, convenience store etc) kayak alone or with my travel party , hike or bike while maintaining considerable (well over 6 feet) social distance from others, , order food for pickup ( I would define as: pay in advance & it's brought out and put on my car hood ) I am within the guidelines of self quarantine, with or without a test in advance. I think that I could manage a trip to Bar Harbor under those conditions. Q. What does quarantine mean? A: During quarantine, a visitor may not interact with others outside their travel party or go into public spaces like shops and restaurants. They may go outside for recreation in uncrowded areas provided they abide by physical distancing guidelines and avoid contact with other people. For example, if you can do the following a safe distance away from other people, you may: go for walks in uncrowded areas canoe and kayak Bike on uncrowded trails swim in lakes ,ponds, and rivers Take a scenic drive relax and take in the views get takeout and delivered meals
  4. Feeling of stability in a kayak is often a personal thing. Paddlers in one boat may just not feel comfortable in another, though being secure and stable in a kayak is a muscle memory thing, and feeling unstable is often overcome with time in a boat. I've seen an experienced paddler feeling initially shaky in an Explorer after switching from a Tiderace , where one is not objectively more stable than the other. Each boat has its own stability profile. But to generalize, yes , more beam likely means more intitial stability, with the tradeoff that a wider boat is often slower and less "performance" for paddlers looking for that sort of thing . So your 24" Chebeague is likely to be more stable , but as you paddle more and become more comfortable with the ocean and all its dynamics (waves, current, and so on) you may find yourself looking for a boat that can do more. As a general rule, most of the kayaks that experienced paddlers use are 21-22" wide : below 21", more skill and experience is needed to handle the kayak competently, above 23" most kayaks start to reveal limitations in speed and "performance ". The P & H Cetus is a big boat but famously stable with alot of handling & performance qualities, (but with some tradeoffs) so that boat would worth at least a look.
  5. I have been told by local sages that on the ebb , The current from the Kennebec wraps around and creates an eddy (purple on the diagram) that affords an easy ride from Cape Small to Popham Beach. I am not aware of experiencing this myself though I did paddle that route on the ebb once (arriving at Pond Island on the last of the ebb) and may have been enjoying a bit of a free ride but didn't realize it at the time. Your route looks like it was done on the flood ,so I don't now if this eddy would have been in reverse during your trip, would be inclined to doubt it . A trip from Cape Small out to Seguin Island ( typically timed to be done on the ebb & returning on the flood ) can encounter slow going because of this eddy: perhaps wiser to follow the shore and than peel towards Seguin once near White and Pond Islands. Returning to Fort Popham from Seguin ( again. usually done at the beginning of the flood after riding the ebb to Seguin,) can be a bit tricky if encountering the remnants of the ebb from the Kennebec, so peeling off towards Popham Beach on the return can be a a good idea.
  6. I would speculate that a tried- and- true T Rescue would pose relatively small risk to the participants, and in the overall scheme of things should command less attention and re-thinking in planning ones CV-19 paddling. The new methods shown here suggest to me that they would, like any new thing on the water, best be achieved after practice ( I certainly would want to practice these before "taking them to the bank" ) , which in turns means... more time spent with people in some contact with each other. I'm inclined to think that having a water- friendly mask of one kind (maybe a buff or neck warmer or a balaclava around ones neck ) at the ready., and deploying it in the event of a rescue, would provide an adequate barrier between paddlers for such a relatively short period of contact . Beyond that, my personal approach would be to paddle very conservatively (eg leave the rock play or paddling likely to result in a capsize for another time) to forestall the need for a rescue in the first place, and, most importantly , emphasize protocol during the loading/ carrying/ launching /landing phases of a trip where the contact between paddlers is inevitably closer.
  7. This from Bill Baker , Old Quarry Ocean Adventures Date: 5-5-20 From: Captain Bill To: All my wonderful campers, kayakers, sailors, etc. Dear Friends, I have retired to Greenville Maine. The campground and facility are now closed. The virus was part of the reason for the decision for this season. Mostly it is due to the fact I got completely burnt out last season. I had a headache EVERY single day until we closed in October. Apparently we can’t deal with stress as well as we age. I tried to find a management team but that did not work. Last fall I reached out to different agencies including the State of Maine, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Island Heritage Trust, Maine Island Trail, Chewonki Foundation and several other agencies. We had a sit down meeting at Old Quarry to discuss the possibilities. Everyone at the table knew and vocalized about the importance of Old Quarry to allow access and parking to the many islands that they all owned or had easements on. That is about 32 islands out of 60 in the Stonington archipelago. After the meeting the attendees went back to their offices to ruminate about it and to speak with their board of directors or supervisors. Simply, the result was again acknowledgement of the importance of the property and business to the public. None of them could however muster the effort and resources to make the purchase. That decision was devastating to me because I know firsthand how important this property and decision was. Through my 22 years of building the business I have seen and heard people’s appreciation of being able to enjoy the beauty of the property and the archipelago. I believe that something great and wonderful is about to be lost. This access will now be gone forever. I am so sorry that I could not pass this place on in perpetuity to the general public. If you know someone who knows someone who could perhaps do something to save Old Quarry please pass this message on. Thanks for reading this, Bill Baker Owner, Old Quarry Ocean Adventure
  8. Yes I've read that a zipped- up 4 season tent may add 3-5 degrees to your sleeping environment so that's worth something on a cold night but probably only your 3rd priority, after your sleeping bag and air mattress. It partly comes down to how much you're willing to spend. If money is no object, and you go with (from cheapest to most expensive) a Thermarest Neoair X Therm pad , a Western Mountaineering 20 degree sleeping bag , you cant go wrong. The X therm has a R rating of 5.7 probably higher with new rating system, in an R-value class by itself and the benefits of a sleeping pad like that (just a few are built to actually radiate body heat back upward) cannot be overemphasized. With sleeping bags : most brands ratings are inaccurate: your 32 degree bag will keep you comfy maybe to 40 degrees, probably not even that. A few smaller high end brands like Western Mountaineering have accurate ratings. In their 20 degree bag you'll be comfortable right down to 20 degrees. I'd recommend a Western Mountaineering 20 degree bag if you didnt freak out over the price. Also, Janice , you have to pack everything in a small boat (Avocet LV) so packability is also a bigger factor with you : a 20 degree 850-fill down degree mummy bag will pack down smaller than your current 32 degree synthetic bag. (keep it in a dry bag) So , for fall where you might get 30 degree nights, a 20 degree bag would be the minimum for most brands (like REI, Mountain Hardware etc) 15 degree probably better. If you're a sound sleeper who doesn't toss and turn (Im not): a mummy bag is more compact and more efficient than rectangular or a semi or rectangular bag.
  9. I should think that sea kayaking would pose roughly the same risks or lack thereof as other adventure sports or outdoor recreational activities so it would be worth keeping abreast of whats being practiced in other adventure sports. In other words, if group hiking and mountaineering and bicycling activities are largely suspended that would be good information on which to base decisions. Very good point about the of possibility of contact in up-close-and personal activities such as rescues or incident management on the ocean: otherwise with the normal suspension of kayak activities such as potluck meals, group hugs , post paddling group foodfests , I would think that the risks attached to handling boats together would be less than virtually any indoor activity., but would be worth getting more information about. In general, outdoor activities pose a relatively lower risk than virtually anything indoors, especially on outings with the kind of group communication and pre -trip planning thats encouraged to begin with. That said, I have read that much of the Appalachian Trial through- hike "community" has disbanded (right around now is the starting time for many northbound through hikers) though that may be more due to the inevitable congregation of hikers in shelters, group campsites and resupply towns.
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    7th Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat ; Bar Harbor ME September 11-14, 2020 Initiator: Peter Brady This will be our seventh annual Downeast Retreat for NSPN. For More detailed Information, check the trip posting in the Trips Forum of the Message Board As in the last six years, this four day event will span the weekend after Labor Day, beginning on Friday morning Sept 11 and will wind down on Monday afternoon, September14. Most participants arrive on Thursday afternoon or evening. Our base of operations will be at LLangolan Inn & Cottage Resort Accommodations and food are on your own. Every day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) we will organize group paddles in the area around Mt.Desert Island. Friday will be an all day paddle , so participants usually arrive on Thursday evening, although members are welcome to come for any or all of the four days they are able to attend . Monday is a travel day for many participants, so there can be a paddle the first half of the day, with travel home on Monday afternoon. There will be a Meet & Greet gathering at LLangolan Inn on Thursday 6PM and a Pot Luck in the barn at LLangolan on Saturday night. If you would like to come to this event: Please RSVP (“I’m going” ) here in the calendar posting. Your name will then be included in a PM thread for all participants, and we will share information in the months and weeks leading up to the event. This will include a google docs spreadsheet where participants can add their information for us to share. Please PM Peter Brady( PeterB) if you have any questions.
  11. I'll see you there. I don't see any problem with leaving Boston (Charlestown ) @ 3:45 today. Peter
  12. I can't attend this week: back in action next week, Tuesday or Wednesday. Peter
  13. Patricia, Thanks for sharing your info: The Mount Desert Island area is a great for paddling at a wide variety of levels . There are four sides to the island, almost always an area protected from the weather and conditions, and we can select the paddling areas each day best suited to participants. In addition , there are some very protected bays, sounds, and also lovely inland ponds to paddle on. With20 + people, there will almost certainly be several trips per day so that people of all comfort levels may be accommodated, even on days with not-so=good weather and conditions. Monday, the last day we'll have a Long Pond practice , skills and fun session, designed for people to hit the road in the afternoon, wash off, or just chill after 3 days of paddling. Peter
  14. This is an update on the Downeast Retreat, which is now 4 weeks away (!) : at this time 22 people are RSVP'd and listed as attending, and all are part of a group PM where we are sharing pre-trip information. If you are planning to attend, it's important that you RSVP (" I'm going') in the calendar posting (Sept. 6th) asap. You will then be part of our group PM thread and be able to update your information (when arriving, when departing etc) on a google spreadsheet that we are all sharing. With over 20 people we may have 2-4 trips each day, each day's paddles will be planned at fairly short notice so that we may have the best marine weather information on which to plan our paddles, so the more information we all share, especially our contact information, the better. Thanks! Peter
  15. A small handful of us were at Walden last night and had a good time. The small boaters/ handicapped parking was mostly occupied with an adaptive paddlesports program , which made the whole arrive/park/depart operation worse than it already is. That program will continue on Tuesday evenings for the next 4 weeks, so we talked about Wednesday as a possible day for Walden sessions. Wednesdays would work for everyone present last night. Any feedback?
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