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Nancy Hill

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  1. Wayne and I have wrapped part of the shaft (where our hands are) with triangular silicone self fusing tape. It hardly adds bulk, but makes it much easier to hold. I was getting forearm strain from my death-grip on my Epic wing, but the tape has cured the problem and is holding up well (3 years now with no sign of needing to be replaced). -Nancy
  2. Thanks, Joe, for another splendid day on the water. Here are some of my pics.
  3. Another awesome day with a great group of paddlers. Let's do it again, say, on a Wednesday...
  4. Portuguese man o'war, lion's mane jellies and then there's these nasties that live in the eel grass in Cape Cod salt ponds. Oh, joy! https://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/mysterious-jellyfish-makes-a-comeback/ I will not be wading in or sticking my hands in a salt pond anytime soon.
  5. Al, to be honest, I am not sure if I was required to pay or not. I told him I used the beach to "launch" my kayak and asked if I should pay the "launch" fee. He said it would be appreciated. That is the word he used. It was really busy there with people trying to park all over the place at about 2:00 PM. He may not have been thinking clearly and everyone was hot (93 in the lot!), so I just gave him $5 and left. It's a small price to pay for a great spot, even if it is not expected or required for hand carries.
  6. Please put me on the wait-list for Friday if that is the day you choose.
  7. No charge for "parking", but the harbormaster said he would appreciate the $5 launch fee for hand carried kayaks. You pay up at a machine next to the harbormasters office with cash and you get a receipt to put on your dash. The machine does not give change, so have a five dollar bill with you. I have the feeling that you wouldn't get fined if you didn't pay when hand carrying a kayak to the water.
  8. OK, here are some photos. I excluded the ones of empty kayaks and bobbing helmeted heads.
  9. That's disappointing to hear. I know of a few people who have been regularly going to RI with no problems. Not sure where, but lucky for them, I guess. It's like a full time job looking for launches that are open to out-of-state and even in MA lots of places are residents only (of that town). Staying closer to home is not as easy as I thought it would be. Grrrr. I'd looked all over the RI State website and can't find anything about non-residents and boating (that isn't outdated). There was a 14-day quarantine a while ago, but I thought that had been lifted. Some beaches opened on June 1 and there are prices listed for residents, non-residents and seniors. I wonder if this policeman had the right to ask you to leave. Nancy
  10. It was so nice to get out on the water mid-week on a beautiful day. We had great weather (way better than expected), great company, and really great bird sightings.
  11. The Stohlquist PFD has been sold. I would have edited my original post, but that option is not available to me (although I can edit this post - weird). All other items are available. I am not sure messenger is working for me on the previous post. If you want anything send me an email. nanchillatgmail(you know the rest)
  12. Beautiful photos and description. Thanks!
  13. What a great day! I like it when conditions are such that kayaks disappear behind the swells and waves crash on rocks. Thanks for organizing, Joe.
  14. These are good ones, Gary. # 4 Butter Island took me a while, but I finally got them all. #3 you are on the western tip of Andrews. I got the rest of them, but I think you've already answered them in white. I checked to make sure I agreed with you and I did. It's fun looking at the chart and reminiscing.
  15. Many people err on the side of too long. If you could buy a paddle with an adjustable length, you could vary length and see what suits you. I have an Epic wing and I usually paddle with it set at 208 cm for general paddling, but extend it to around 213 for downwind surfing/paddling. I can adjust it from 205 to 215. When I am not using my wing, I use a GP. If you could try as many different types and lengths as possible, that would be good. Good paddles are expensive so take your time if you can. These days, without being able to get together in large groups, that is a little more difficult. I'd suggest you work on your "Turner" GP and seal it with Tung oil - Circa 1850 is a good one. It is polymerized, so it will cure quickly. Some Tung oils take weeks to cure. Other Tung oil "finishes" are not really Tung oil. -Nancy
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