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  1. I am five feet tall. I appreciate the hullavator, but they add weight and drag to the car, and must decrease gas mileage. If I were taller I would opt for a different system.
  2. Cath

    Muscongus Bay 6/15-6/18

    This photo sums it up!
  3. Cath

    Hermit island weekend

    Another photo (the other side). It was lots of fun, thanks Nick!
  4. The Vector XL tents from LL Bean get good reviews. They have 4 and 6 person tents. LL Bean is having a 25% off Labor Day sale until 9/5 too (for purchases over $50). I just experimented with the code (LABORDAY) and it does work for these tents, and likely all of them. At least you know the return policy is good! I have been a long time REI member and fan but my REI Quarterdome tent started leaking buckets after a few seasons of very moderate use. When I called customer service to ask if there was something I could do with the rain fly to make it waterproof again I was told that they only expect tents to last 6 years. I don't think I had even had it that long, and I know it only had light and careful use, but I didn't pursue it any further. My REI Passage has been a good tent for me, but has started leaking too, so I am not sure I would recommend an REI tent. I hope you have lots of good trips with whatever you pick out.
  5. I can do June 4, and I think the 22 would also work
  6. Thanks, good to know.
  7. I would be interested in doing it, I have been wanting to.
  8. Another alternative, have not tried this but might be helpful. https://www.amazon.com/Seattle-Sports-Sherpak-Boat-Roller/dp/B009PAAI5I/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
  9. Noticed this on another club site. Sorry about the ads. http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/121074981-story
  10. Cath

    Winter reading

    I am enjoying "Haunted Damariscotta: Ghosts of the Twin Villages and Beyond" and "Ghosts of the Boothbay Region", both by Greg Latimer. There is some fascinating history included and some ideas for Things to look out for on your visits up this way.
  11. Cath

    Survey ~ Meet Up

    SMSKN is using meetup. There is a little bit of a learning curve to it, especially if you are trying to post or revise/edit events. There are some glitches and tricks with posting events that took me some trial and error to figure out. There are also some differences with meetup depending on whether you are using a smart phone or computer. Overall the meetup site works best on the computer rather than a smart phone. I do not know if it is different on iphone, but if you are using the android phone app, the meetup site will show scheduled "upcoming" groups, but not "suggested" groups. If a member is not designated as a trip initiator or organizer, any event they post will hang out in the "suggested" category until 2 more people sign up, then it will be bumped over to "upcoming" where more people will notice it. Even when looking at the site on the computer, I think people miss the suggested events, as the focus is on "upcoming" or scheduled events. This has caused some frustration with people posting paddles that no one signs up for because the trip stayed under the suggested tab and was not noticed by other members. I believe the NSPN board could allow everyone to schedule trips to take care of this though, otherwise they need to designate specific organizers and initiators. On my phone, I can see my messages, and I can see comments on trips, but I cannot access "discussions". If I want to see that, I have to be on the computer. We (at SMSKN) are not an active discussion group anyway, but the more members rely on phones and tablets, the more limited the response to discussions may be. Currently when I view the NSPN site using the browser on my phone, I can access the message board. It seems that the ability to do that may go away if NSPN goes to meetup. I usually use the computer anyway, but it depends on what people want.
  12. Cath

    More sad news...

    more info on the death of Doug Tompkins: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151213-doug-tompkins-chile-north-face-rick-ridgeway-patagonia-yvon-chouinard-death-general-carrera-lake/
  13. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/business/douglas-tompkins-72-north-face-founder-dies-in-kayaking-accident.html
  14. Cath

    Coast Guard ID sticker

    I have not tried obtaining them from this link but it should work: http://flotilla-16.division-1.org.master.com/texis/master/search/+/form/paddle_smart.html I called Kittery Trading Post this morning and they did say they have them available free at the counter in the Paddlesports Department. I have seen them at other sporting goods stores as well, so it may be worth checking around in your local area. I obtained free ones at the New England Paddlesports Show at UNH last spring - they were by the cash registers. Maybe people can pick up a few if they do go next spring and pass them along to other kayakers. I think they are usually available at Paddle Smart events as well. Just an FYI - my husband purchased some last spring at a sporting goods store, and I was surprised he was charged for them. As far as I know the Coast Guard intends for them to be available free to the public.