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  1. If you are using a tonneau cover you need to check with the rack maker to see if there is a way to attach that rack with the cover in place. My answer is to keep things simple, ditch the tonneau in the summer, and leave the bed open to the elements. Works for me. The other way, as shown in pic above, is to attach cross bars to a truck cap. A lot of people do it that way. But, these spring creek racks I have are excellent if they will work for you. You should speak with them before placing your order to make sure you get the right configuration for your circumstances. Upside down on cross bars with foam is the way to go in my opinion. Simple and cheap and effective. The pics below show my old version used with tripping canoes, (Prudence will be pleased to see the beat to cr**p condition of my truck and canoes which have all been to hell and back to carry myself and my buddies into some of the most beautiful places in New England and Canada). I use an open truck bed because all my gear is waterproofed anyway and the tonneau or cap just gets in the way. The pic shows a rack in the bed and a rack clipped to the cab. I ditched the rack clipped to the cab last year and now I use to racks attached to the bed rails. 051913_7521.JPG.pdf
  2. I know this is a very old thread, but, since it has been recently updated I want to share my experience. Like many of you all I have been using tarps on trips for a very long time. I've used pretty much everything out there. Some years ago I discovered Cooke Custom Sewing, (mentioned above). The tarps made by CCS are BY FAR the best tarps I have ever used. They are not cheap. They last. They are extremely well made by a guy who knows the very heavy use we all put these tarps too. How does he know? He knows because he is an avid paddler and he has a very substantial amount of experience in all conditions. The CCS tarps are available in wide range of dimensions and I believe he will do custom work as well, but you won't need it. The best of the CCS tarps pack down into a VERY SMALL package and they are VERY light. For what its worth, my experience is that a rectangular tarp is far more versatile then a non rectangular tarp. But, I know some see that differently. Using a rectangular tarp gives you almost unlimited options for pitching.
  3. Ok, thanks folks. This sounds like a go. We just need to be careful.
  4. Is there decent protected water paddling to be done around So. Bristol? My wife and I have a bead on a vacation rental in So. Bristol. We are very familiar with the paddling around Georgetown, Deer Isle, and the areas down from Bath. We like that area a great deal. Not so familiar with So. Bristol. Anyone familiar with the paddling in that area? We are looking for protected water, not open ocean.
  5. I respect you all. You have all been very kind and welcoming and you have helped me out a great deal. I understand your point of view. But, right now I am in a different place when it comes to paddling. I'm completely in favor of paddling with friends and helping new folks come along with their skills and making new friends. But, the awards stuff and the formalized training programs isn't for me. I would love to paddle with you someday, and I sure could use some skills. But, I'm not interested in the formal stuff. Maybe after I retire my attitude will change.
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    Do you wax your kayak?

    Why would you wax it? Its just a pick up truck for water travel.
  7. All I can say is this - imho, paddling canoes and kayaks is at its best when its about taking us into places we could not otherwise go to immerse ourselves in nature. Its not a competition. The more we take awards and competitions out of it, the better it is.
  8. Pintail - this is pretty much where I have ended up. My truck bed is open so I use Spring Creek aluminum racks that clamp on to the rails. I am very happy with them. No corrosion. They come with slide out extenders that actually work and they can be a big help when I am loading up by myself with my old man shoulders that have been cut open and fixed more than once. Highly recommended. https://www.springcreek.com/product/paddle-sports/one-tuff-truck-rack/
  9. I was just joking Prudence. I think you knew that. I think of my tripping canoes like old beater pickup trucks. They do get beaten on and I long ago gave up any concern about their appearance. These boats are tools used to help me get into beautiful places that I otherwise would never be able to experience. Now, these gleaming new composite kayaks are a little different I suppose. But, not to worry, it will be in the salt and it will have plenty of battle scars in due course if I can somehow find a free moment from my ridiculous work schedule that is turning out to be almost 7 days a week. But, you know about that as well. Also, I have to get myself on the winning side of my life long weight control battle! All of this will come to pass.
  10. Hmmm. You mean I actually have to put this thing in the water? Wouldn't that run the risk of scratching it? I thought they were supposed to just hang on the wall and look pretty, no? I don't use a cap on my pickup, just an open bed with two racks, about a 5 foot spread. I used to use a yakima clamp-on cross bar for the front. But, no matter how careful I am, the darn yakima clamp on system always seems to chew up the paint where it clamps on the door frame, and you do get some twisting between the bed and the cab. So, last year I switched to two racks attached to the pick up bed rails. Looks like you all do something pretty similar to what I do. I guess I'll stick with the flatish foam pad and upside down method. I've been through every rack, bar, and cradle system known to man.
  11. I have an Aries. I travel with a pick up truck. I have two racks in the bed spaced about 6 feet apart. the cross bar is high enough to carry the boat either way and the bow will clear the cab roof. I tend to use simple foam blocks that fit on each cross bar and provide a fairly flat - slightly v shape - foam surface for the boat. What do you think? Right side up? Or, upside down? My habit is upside down on the theory that it gives a more aerodynamic presentation and keeps any water out of the boat even without a cockpit cover. But, am I risking cosmetic or other damage to the deck from contact with the foam? I'm a rope guy, not a strap guy. I use a trucker's hitch with a locking finish knot. The hull gets snugged up pretty tight. Doesn't move much at all. Very stable and secure.
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    Fourth Annual NSPN Bar Harbor Retreat

    Hey, wait a minute, isn't that my Aries? (Pic#13). Looks like a nice bunch and a great time. I know for sure it is one of the special places on this good earth.
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    I have used handheld Garmin GPS units for years and years mostly on canoe trips in the Canadian Arctic and in northern Maine as well. But, last year I sold my Garmin in favor of the apple iPhone in a waterproof case teathered to my pfd and in a pfd pocket. I was surprised to learn that the newer iPhones and non-cell enabled iPads have a very good gps chip which, with power management practices, will provide excellent gps accuracy and very long battery life. On a long multi week trip you can carry a small recharge battery and easily make the iphone last the entire trip. There are apps galore available to do pretty much anything you like. I use the popular navigation app Gaia for common gps style map navigation. I see no need for a Garmin gps now, watch or otherwise. In fact, in my opinion, the iPhone is superior. Certainly, it is far more versatile in that it provides a host of other functions as well. Just get a really good waterproof case and test it. The other device that is worth considering is the "inReach" device, now owned and marketed by Garmin. I own an inReach and I like it a lot. It is not very expensive. Is is small and easy to carry. The service plans allow you to suspend during the off season. The gps function is as accurate as any. The gps is rudimentary and clunky to operate, not unlike a gps watch, but it works well I it may well do all that you want to do PLUS give you the ability to send messages, emergency and otherwise, when you are outside cell range. It works like a sat phone only no voice function, just text and e mail. I noticed last year that bush pilots in the Yukon are using it. I suppose along the coast you generally have cell service and maybe VHF is sufficient, so perhaps the satellite messaging is not that important. But, if you are going to an area with no cell service, where a VHF call might not find a response, the inReach is a nice fairly inexpensive way to communicate. I favor it over the Spot because it works in the high arctic, and unless things have changed in the last couple of years, I don't believe the Spot service is reliable up there. Also worth noting, the inReach device will pair with your iPhone via blue tooth to increase its utility in the messaging department. I do not use this feature because it uses battery power. But, others may like it.
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    The more I read your comments and watch video reviews etc. the more I am warming up to the Icon rear entry. Still worried about whether my old defective shoulders will allow me to get in and out by myself. I guess I should find a local dealer and try one. I do like the idea of eliminating that thick zipper across my chest and getting it up and out of the way. Tell me though, is there a way to leave the bottom of suit on when you are enjoying a shore lunch or in camp but remove the neck and wrists and let it drape somehow? Can you get, or do you need, suspenders like on the expedition. Also, does the back zipper interfere with your pfd fit?