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  1. Joe and Nancy are quite right, of course: you don't need any compass rose on your charts -- and, in any case, variation changes all the time (well, every year or two). Cleaner (on your charts) to make the correction in your head. (Cadbury's Dairy Milk Very Tasty tells you which way to go to make the addition or subtraction, where Cadbury's = compass; Dairy = deviation (irrelevant here, since no electrical circuits or ferrous objects in your kayak); Milk = magnetic; Very = variation and Tasty = true). As Nancy says, deviation is something quite different; but <was> relevant for me in a former life. It can be quite alarming to see your magnetic compass change its apparent reading as you turn on some electrical circuit or other!
  2. <Changing from the Thule Square bars that I've used forever, to the Tesla wing has proved a pain> Excuse the hijack; but Billy's point (see quote) is, indeed, valid: Thule have seen fit to manufacture equipment (bars and suchlike) that can last almost a lifetime if you take good care of them (as I do); but now, having changed vehicles recently, I find that the podium feet and adapters are no longer made to fit my bars -- major cost ahead, I fear! Damn! Sorry: you may go back to mainstream of the thread (I think it was already veering off-course...?
  3. Jim, I have no idea how sand gets into your ferrule; but I simply dry my paddles off on my towel, post paddle -- every time. No problems here. I second what Mike wrote above.
  4. <...at high water the island would be claustrophobic...> And ever increasingly so, due global warming and rising sea levels, Joe? Therefore thanks; but no, thanks! I reckon I'll hang onto my money...(anyway, who'd ever come and visit me???)
  5. You lot: what does DSC stand for, please? What does AIS stand for, too? Lord, you'd think we were all experts here, with the acronyms flying around all over the place...
  6. With all due respect to Dan (and the AMC), I was once on an AMC trip up at Beal's Island and was unimpressed with their organizational attitude/skills. The best part of the weekend was the side-trip that some of us attending NSPN members made up into the narrows above the camp. A group of us went up there to join forces and paddling the Sheepscot was the main event; but...leadership? Hmm... Much better to learn through NSPN! Somewhere I still have all my leadership training notes from Scott Camlin; but -- sorry -- I'm not sure I know where to find them right now.
  7. Good man, Leon: thanks so much for those links! I have a very tenuous connection to the area myself: on my solo cross-country, waaaay back, I landed on the disused airfield at Leiston (barely a mile inland from Sizewell, one of Britain's nuclear power stations, then under construction) when bad weather forced me down. The airfield seems to have almost disappeared now, returned to agriculture, although traces of the runways are quite obvious in the satellite pictures. Evidently it had been handed over to the USAF for the duration and was a fighter base (three squadrons of P-51s). What a courageous story, too! Thanks!
  8. Might this be of any interest, I wonder? (I have absolutely no experience of it, mind you) https://www.outdoorplay.com/products/malone-handi-kayak-roof-rack
  9. Mortsyn Nairb, Olleh! When are you going to grace us with your presence again? ;^)
  10. See here, too: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60662541 in which, right near the end of the article, someone is quoted as saying that they are on their way home via South Georgia "to pay their respects to "The Boss" " -- a rather touching finale.
  11. Oh, PeterB: the one man I might count upon to mention Burnham Wood and Dunsinane in the same breath! Good on yer, mate! ;^)
  12. <As many of you may know...> I had absolutely no idea, Les: thanks for the news, dear friend. I shall be writing...
  13. Glad, read Nick's post just three above yours, my dear... <Still available items: <AMP Dry Suit - $500 <Bomber Gear Touring skirt $40 <Immersion Research skirt $40> Understand now?
  14. ...and I'm guessing that they charged you forty dollars for the privilege? (No need to ask how I know -- and I've been <on> their tow trucks several times, too! Which latter is far more expensive) Joe: it sounds as though you had a nice day (I haven't been on the water for about two weeks, due no roof-rack on the car that is new to me: rectifying that shortly)
  15. <...the instructor who showed up didn't look the part...> I particularly like this comment!
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