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  1. Millbridge public boat launch is close to Dyer Bay: launch there, paddle out the Narragaugus River into Narragaugus Bay and explore the wonderful islands of the area: Shipstern, Jordan's Delight, Bois Bubert, Pond islands. Paddle out on the ebb, return on the flood. Mind the tides, currents, shallows, ledges, mudflats; they're all more pronounced and more splendid and ... well, just more there : the water moves up there , and not a good place to paddle against the current or be surprised by anything.
  2. Glad you mentioned navigation challenges! At some point I realized that Squam is a deceptively challenging place to navigate: it looks simple because distances between points are not long , and consequences of errors are relatively mild, but islands and mainland blend into one another, everything looks the same: trees , rocks and water in all directions, with few discernible landmarks (lighthouses, cliffs, headlands etc) so its easy to goof if you're not on your toes. Its a great place for chart and compass work, and to have a navigation workshop within-a-workshop, as evidently you did. .
  3. Yes, I think it was recorded. A notification popped up on my screen at the beginning of the session.
  4. In the past United Divers in Somerville (Washington Street, near Union Square) did drysuit gasket repair and install work, and supplied gaskets. Not sure of their status now, but it might be worth giving them a call.
  5. I'm very surprised that the video shows only one tiedown strap around the boat. The bow and stern lines don't entirely prevent yaw while underway, which is the biggest hazard, and two straps securing the boat to the car would be much safer. Best if the forward strap is as far forward as possible.
  6. Saddleback. Not my photos, but somehow ended up in my files and they fit the bill...
  7. full moon paddle, Vinalhaven. The three little blips of light on the water are paddlers.
  8. I can now imagine an amphibious assault version of Burnham Wood coming to Dunsinane.
  9. The Bold Coast trail coast system within the Cutler Coast public land comes to mind as a potential coasteering venue. Also Cross Island nearby, which has a network of trails throughout the island, along with campsites. A Cross Island nautical circumnavigation plus land bound circumnavigation on island trails would be possible in one day, which would slake the thirst of the ambitious coasteer!
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    Eighth Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat, Bar Harbor, ME September 9-12, 2022 Initiator: Peter Brady This now-traditional 4 day event will be from Friday Sept. 9th to Monday Sept.12th , with group paddles each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday is a travel day, with options for a shorter trip winding down midday or early afternoon. Most people travel & arrive on Thursday afternoon or evening and depart on Monday afternoon. Some arrive sooner and leave later, There will likely be some options for biking the Acadia National Park carriage trails and day hikes in the area. Each day there will be organized paddles (likely two or three) around Mount Desert Island, based on weather and conditions that day. We have a menu of trips suited to this area, and experienced participants familiar with the area to lead trips . We can meet at Rose Eden every morning and around dinner time to create and confirm paddling plans for the next day. Our base of operations will be at Rose Eden Cottages Rte 3, Bar Harbor, Rose Eden is a cottage resort with some 12 cabins. We can gather there for car caravans to launch sites, and in the evening to plan next days trips. We have moved our base of operations for 2022 to Rose Eden, across the road from LLangolan Inn, to ensure reservations for more people earlier for the coming year. A number of yearly attendees will have already reserved at Rose Eden. Accommodations are on your own. Make your own arrangements (including reservations, cancellation deposits whatever) for your entire stay during this event. You are encouraged to make reservations (at Rose Eden or elsewhere) as far in advance as possible, as Bar Harbor is becoming more popular as a travel destination. Each day there will be organized paddles (likely two or three) around Mount Desert Island, based on weather and conditions that day. We have a menu of trips suited to this area, and experienced participants familiar with the area to lead trips . We can meet at Rose Eden every morning and around dinner time to create and confirm paddling plans for the next day. There is a full moon on Saturday this year, so we will try to organize a full moon paddle if weather and conditions allow. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP (" I’m going") here in the calendar posting on Sept. 9th. 2022. A Group PM with all of participants will get going in the months before the event , for information sharing, planning and communication . Some recommended lodging: Rose Eden: our vase of operations. 12 modest cabins, a gathering area in the rear , laundry facilities. Llangolan Inn & Cottages : across the street from Rose Eden; similar to Rose Eden with 8 bungalows and a few rooms in the main inn. Hadley Point Campground: this campground close by, on Hadley Point Road. With a laundry room and hot showers. Robbins Motel: not far from Llangolan on Rte 3 for those looking for the most economical no-frills lodging on the island. Eden Village: A cottage resort similar to Llangolan, a short ways away on Rte 3. Trenton (off the Island): Just across the bridge to Mount Desert Island, between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor there are cottages and motels that are probably less pricey than on Mt. Desert Island.  There are many other options for lodging in the area, including fine (but less conveniently located) campgrounds . This is a rain or shine event! This event has been a success because there is fine paddling to be had somewhere around the island in all but very harsh conditions, and if the weather is too crummy to paddle anywhere on the ocean we can paddle the inland ponds and lakes like Long Pond or Eagle Lake, or explore & hike Acadia National Park, or play tourist around Bar Harbor. People have often taken a day off from paddling to explore Mount Desert Island and there might well be an organized hike , bike safari or two mixed into the festivities. If you have any questions: contact Peter Brady (PeterB on the message board ) by PM Quote
  11. Eighth Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat, Bar Harbor, ME September 9-12, 2022 Initiator: Peter Brady This now-traditional 4 day event will be from Friday Sept. 9th to Monday Sept.12th , with group paddles each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday is a travel day, with options for a shorter trip winding down midday or early afternoon. Since this retreat has been a success for seven years years running it will be run on a roughly similar schedule as in past years. Most people travel & arrive on Thursday afternoon or evening and depart on Monday afternoon. Some arrive sooner and leave later, There will likely be some options for biking the Acadia National Park carriage trails and day hikes in the area. Each day there will be organized paddles (likely two or three) around Mount Desert Island, based on weather and conditions that day. We have a menu of trips suited to this area, and experienced participants familiar with the area to lead trips . We can meet at Rose Eden every morning and around dinner time to create and confirm paddling plans for the next day. Some favorite destinations are: the Porcupine Islands off of Bar Harbor in Frenchmans Bay, the Cranberry Islands on the south side of MDI, Bartlett Island and Sound, and Blue Hill Bay on the West Side, and the dramatic eastern shore of the island between Bar Harbor and Seal Harbor. In the last couple of years our variety of trips expanded further into the Gott Islands and Somes Sound, and new trip ideas are always welcome. There is a full moon on Saturday this year, so we will try to organize a full moon paddle if weather and conditions allow. Our base of operations will be at Rose Eden Cottages Rte 3, Bar Harbor, Rose Eden is a cottage resort with some 12 cabins. We can gather there for car caravans to launch sites, and in the evening to plan next days trips. We have moved our base of operations for 2022 to Rose Eden, across the road from LLangolan Inn, to ensure reservations for more people earlier for the coming year. A number of yearly attendees will have already reserved at Rose Eden. Accommodations are on your own. Make your own arrangements (including reservations, cancellation deposits whatever) for your entire stay during this event. You are encouraged to make reservations (at Rose Eden or elsewhere) as far in advance as possible, as Bar Harbor is becoming more popular as a travel destination. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP (" I’m going") in the calendar posting on Sept. 9th. 2022. A Group PM with all of participants will get going in the months before the event , for information sharing, planning and communication . Some recommended lodging: Rose Eden: our vase of operations. 12 modest cabins, a gathering area in the rear , laundry facilities. Llangolan Inn & Cottages : across the street from Rose Eden; similar to Rose Eden with 8 bungalows and a few rooms in the main inn Hadley Point Campground: this campground close by, on Hadley Point Road. With a laundry room and hot showers. Robbins Motel: not far from Llangolan on Rte 3 for those looking for the most economical no-frills lodging on the island. Eden Village: A cottage resort similar to Llangolan, a short ways away on Rte 3. Trenton (off the Island): Just across the bridge to Mount Desert Island, between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor there are cottages and motels that are probably less pricey than on Mt. Desert Island.  There are many other options for lodging in the area, including fine (but less conveniently located) campgrounds . This is a rain or shine event! This event has been a success because there is fine paddling to be had somewhere around the island in all but very harsh conditions, and if the weather is too crummy to paddle anywhere on the ocean we can paddle the inland ponds and lakes like Long Pond or Eagle Lake, or explore & hike Acadia National Park, or play tourist around Bar Harbor. People have often taken a day off from paddling to explore Mount Desert Island and there might well be an organized hike , bike safari or two mixed into the festivities. If you have any questions: contact Peter Brady (PeterB on the message board ) by PM
  12. This is an awesome thread! I've got a variety of ill- performing zippers, ( the bane of my existence : sleeping bags, gadget bags, rain parkas, zip- up beverage storage bags etc.) so I will be trying any and all of the zipper remedies mentioned here on my various poor performing zippers ! All I have to add is: I've aways used a disc of bees wax (Amesbury Industrial supply @ $2,00 : outstanding !) to maintain theperformance my Kokatat drysuit zippers , with good results. I also rub my hiking boot shoestrings with the same bees wax, as one of my major pet peeves is how hiking shoe laces tend to be round, and can easily loosen and untie, at the most maddenly inopportune moments....
  13. Helmets are a personal thing since head shapes vary so much. ; you need to try on before you buy. This is not an item to be bought online, at least not without a good return policy .You might discover that a helmet feels uncomfortable after wearing for a full day or longer as ill- fitting ares or pressure points become apparent. Popular high quality (more pricey) brands are Gath and Sweet Protection. Newbury Kayak and Canoe has Gath, and Zoar Outdoor (western Mass. ) has Sweet Protection, at least the last I checked. . Otherwise, NRS and Pro Tec Helmets are popular and a bit less pricey . I found the Sweet Protection helmets very comfortable, with a very good but simple padded interior, fewer straps, bands etc to create pressure points.
  14. I believe it was in the channel that runs around the southern perimeter near Two Penny Loaf of Wingaersheek. Are there any current tables for that area? Karen, The only nearby current station I could find is near Annisquam light, way too far away to be useful in this discussion. There might not be a current station at the Essex Bay entry for the reason Joe pointed out : the area is perhaps too much " subject to continual changes" (shifting sands etc) to provide consistent & reliable data. Otherwise one might expect a current station there (like for Plum Island Sound and mouth of the Merrimack, though those two move a whole lot more water & would feature more significant currents than Essex Bay) as it is an area of commercial navigation interest, with lots of boats entering and leaving Essex Bay. If the " huge rip" area you mean is indeed the channel on the inside of Twopenny Loaf (around its southern perimeter) : it would be surprising to see a " huge ebb" there , through some standing wave action would not be impossible. As a general guideline for that little channel area, I would just avoid it on the ebb as it's diminishing in volume and becoming mostly mudflats (why paddle there?) anyway. But not sure if you actually mean this area. It would help if the area in question were more precisely pinpointed as the description (e.g. Wingaersheek is nowhere nearby, I suspect you mean Coffins) is confusing.
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