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  1. I have a reservation for this sunday and monday nights on the group site (up to 12people) on Moon Island, Squam Lake. Sadly we are not going to be able to use and I wanted to offer it to my NSPN colleagues. If interested, pm me and I can exchange the details. If you have not paddled squam lake before its an absolute treat. Easy parking, launch and great places to explore.
  2. My 12 year old is rapidly outgrowing his beloved Perception Scout. Looking for recommendations for a replacement in the ~ 14 foot range, that retains "real" sea kayak performance characteristics and aesthetics. Also if you have a lead on ones for sale or that might become available would be much appreciated. Thanks Barry.
  3. Hi David, We have paddled in the area a couple of times. We launched from Brooklin (we had prior permission to park and launch from the Wooden Boat School, but you could also launch from the public launch at Naskeag point). From there it's an exposed but relatively short crossing to the vicinity of Opechee Island and then a sheltered run down to the north shore of Swan. The shoreline of swan is beautiful and interesting. In summer, a swim in the freshwater quarry is very welcome. There are a couple of MITA islands in the area; but also check the website of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust as they have a couple of stunning islands you can camp on, including Marshall and Hog (near Brooklin). PM me for gps tracks or any other questions. On the return this year we paddled directly from the northern end of Marshall to Saddleback in the Stonington archipelago; conditions were ideal for the ~ 4 mile crossing, but it is very exposed otherwise. Barry.
  4. Painful to watch, I think we all know how difficult surf can be to deal with and he clearly does not have much (any?) experience in it. On another topic, I also find it painful to see how people can sit and video another human being struggle and not offer/provide any assistance so they can get the lulz on youtube. I've helped rec boaters launch many times, even helped push a power boat off the sand at Crowninhead Island. It's what you do! Barry.
  5. Thanks for the tip Gary, I just got my set (of course, I had to order all 3), doing a quick check it seems to include all the landings that I might have considered 'obscure'. These are a 'must have' for any Maine paddler. This year we had luck for extended parking with local land trusts and private business (Wooden Boat School). Ask nicely! As a reminder, the Mass Office of Coastal Zone Management publishes a guide to access points on the north shore. Currently out of print but you can access the online content here. Barry.
  6. Katherine, Jason https://goo.gl/maps/GrGh1 Also on my list, the half mile crescent beach is supposed to be spectacular. I think Peter Brady and some others may have paddled it a bit back. Barry.
  7. Ugh! Just spoke with Werner support. They received my paddle but apparently it's "too old" to repair (despite the fact that I told them it was at least 6 years old before I sent it in). They are going to send it back to me. My only thought now is to somehow fuse the two halves to make a one piece paddle, not very convenient but better than none. Good idea or not ? And if so, what's the best adhesive/technique to fusing it ? Thanks for all your help! Barry.
  8. Thanks Liz, McNetts seal cement and your tip about using duct tape worked really well. I didnt do the prettiest job, but it's a strong watertight repair. Barry.
  9. Thanks Sal, Deb, Nate & Christopher! I spoke to Werner and just shipped my paddle out to them for repair. The estimated cost is ~ $50 plus shipping, and they said they would turn it around in a week. So all told I'll be out ~ $100, which is still better than the almost $500 a replacement would cost. I'll try to treat my repaired paddle better! Barry.
  10. I have been mostly using my greenland lately, but use my Ikeleos as a spare, stored in two halves. Trying it out the other day I noticed that it is not locking in place when I join the two halves; they join easily but then I can rotate one blade independent of the other and I can then separate them easily without depressing the button. Obviously not something I would want to rely on. Has anyone experienced this or have any ideas what might be wrong. Also any experience with Werner support ? It's a few years old and out of the warranty period. Thanks!
  11. Thanks, I just ordered some McNetts. Sure beats a $100 skirt replacement.
  12. Great thread! Tons of useful information and timely as I now have a skirt seam repair to do. I have had my $7 tube of Aquaseal about 2 years now and have performed 3 or 4 repairs with it, refreezing it after each use. Has worked great each time.
  13. Lisa, Phil, Paul, Jason & Scott, Thanks for the great information! The photos really helped, I'm amazed that you can actually achieve this with 40" to 48" of space. I have a pair of LB50 bars from a previous setup and just need to get the right feet for my current truck. I already have a Thule Hull A Port (ie. J rack style) and am now considering either pairing that with another one and using Lisa's approach of putting the 3rd boat in the middle on foam blocks or pairing it with a stacker which can take 2 boats side by side. Scott, point taken on the safety aspect ... I have seen the aftermath of a loose kayak caused accident on the highway and it's not pretty! thanks again, Barry.
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