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  1. Ok, well....... I was told early on that having a "terminal loop", where something like the bow of a boat could get caught and trapped, was a bad idea, so it was suggested that the D-Ring on the belt be snipped so that the carabiner could pull loose if needed. However, I found that the carabiner pulled loose of the D-Ring too easily, and was just falling off constantly, so had to repair the D-Ring with a length of shrink tubing. To this day, I don't think I have had any entrapment issues with the rope connected to the belt. The repair has held up over time, only having to replace the heat shrink tube once after maybe five years? Although it holds just fine, just the fact of knowing the cut is there is always tickling the back of my brain anytime I pull or reconnect the carabiner. Apparently though, it doesn't bother me enough to replace it!! Other modifications made: - Reattached rope inside bag with a little extra line to hold a retainer carabiner which holds the daisy chain (note size of daisy chain links) - Removed float (found that it caught on deck lines. Also, I never leave the line in the water long enough to justify needing the float. - Secured tow carabiner using stitching, whipping thread, and heat shrink tubing - Don't recall if the carabiner is original, but like the attachment eyelet, and quality stainless steel has held up for nearly 10 years without any issues at all I am realizing that the retainer carabiner in the bag was just tied, and not secured like the tow carabiner. I don't think the retainer carabiner is as critical, and if it came off, that would not create potentially consequential situation unlike if the primary tow carabiner came loose. With that said, I might go back sometime and redo that connection. Maybe!
  2. As we get into the colder weather, along with it comes colder water, which presents serious dangers requiring thoughtful mitigation and management. In this workshop, we will have both interactive discussion and active immersion opportunities to experience what works for cold water management, and maybe identify any areas of improvement. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “winter paddler”, this workshop is just as useful (and maybe even more important) to prepare for the start of next season when spring temperatures begin to welcome us back outside while the water can still be deadly cold. This workshop will be a perfect opportunity to figure out how you might need to be better prepared and give you the time over the winter to get ready. The discussions will cover topics such as: - Clothing (layering and protection) - Accessories (hats, gloves, etc) - Prevention (ways to avoid you or someone else getting cold) - Mitigation (how to manage when someone does get cold) The immersion portion(s) of the workshop will entail simply walking into the water to test gear and kit, as well as getting into boats and figuring out how to incorporate it all together. Wet exits, rolling, and re-entries (self and assisted) will be welcomed exercises, but not requirements Details: Who - any current NSPN member can attend this workshop (email [email protected] for any help updating membership) When - Nov 20th (rain date of 21st). Start time has not been established yet, so stay tuned, but probably mid- to late morning Where - Location to be determined, but typically somewhere along the north shore How - To register, please go to the calendar posting and click the Going button Why - If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to post here or send me a direct message What to bring? Bring what you have, and let us know if you would like to borrow something. Here is a partial list to get you inspired: - Hot beverage - Hot food (like soup in a thermos) - Snacks (for energy) - Warm layers (base layer against skin and/or mid layer for added insulation) - Avoid any cotton, including socks and underwear, as it tends to hold moisture creating cold spots that hog body energy - Wool performs well as an insulator, even when damp, and tends to dry better than cotton - Synthetics perform very well, even when damp, and tend to dry fastest - Drysuit (if you have one). If you want to experiment with a wet suit, feel free, but generally they are uncomfortable in the boat - Paddling shoes or neoprene booties (crocks and such don’t provide any warmth) - Paddling gear and equipment (boat, paddle, PFD, spray skirt, helmet, tow belt, chart case, radio, etc) whatever you typically use - Warm land gear (jacket, hat, gloves, blanket, etc) - Shelter to hold warmth or escape wind (tarp, tent fly, etc) - sheet plastic is not recommended due to lack of breathability - Ground padding / insulation VOLUNTEERS - If you want to help with this workshop, or have extra gear to loan out, please get in touch with me to coordinate. Even if you have never helped with a workshop before and don’t want to be a presenter, there are other ways to help. Just let me know if you are interested in doing more than just attending, and we can discuss how we might be able to make that happen.
  3. Please see the Trips posting for details, and click on the Going button to the left if you would like to attend. If you decide later that you can’t go, please come back here and click on the You Are Going (leave event) button to remove yourself from the RSVP list.
  4. I won’t disparage Brian’s or anyone else’s gear modifications, but I would recommend that you consider holding off on permanent modifications until you are familiar with how the equipment performs for YOU and how YOU might want to modify it. I have done several modifications to mine that others might question, but they work for me. I have one modification that I did early on because someone I looked up to suggested it, and have regretted it ever since. The more “undoable” a modification, the more you need to decide if it is the right decision. Just some food for thought.
  5. Since we normally don’t need 50’ of line for typical towing, I woul recommend starting out by daisy-chaining to shorten it. This is done by creating a loop in the line a couple of feet from the carabiner, then reaching through that loop and pulling another loop of line, then repeat, repeat, repeat. Each loop should be loose enough to pull apart easily, but not too big as to become sloppy. Once your loops get up to the bag, you want to create a securing method that will hold the loops from pulling out but still allow you to release quickly if you need to lengthen the line. Most setups I have seen utilize another carabiner in the bag, but you can experiment with other quick-release methods and equipment if you desire. As far as packing away, a figure-eight pattern inside the bag helps the line come out of the bag with minimal binding. Having the line daisy-chained makes it that much more manageable too.
  6. You can check with Newbury Kayak and Canoe (soon to be White Rose Canoe) to see if they stock them. Kittery Trading Post has a few MapTech for sale on their website, but don't recall seeing them in the store (for what my memory is worth). West Marine tends to keep a pretty good selection of MapTech charts and chart book in stock in their stores. Sorry I don't have more info, but hopefully others will be able to contribute as well.
  7. Something else that I was just thinking about is immersion clothing. I think that many of us are guilty from time to time of thinking that what we wear will be sufficient because the people we are with will be able to help us out of the water in couple of minutes, especially on those hot summer days. Might be worth taking the occasional extended swim in a controlled setting to test our thought processes?
  8. Absolutely! Situations like that are always fluid (sorry for the pun), and decisions are rapid and frequent. The right decision in one moment could be the wrong one in the next moment. My only wish from the video was to have been able to see the lift into the fishing boat. I have been tossing images of that around my head for a bit, and can’t settle on what might have worked best. On a WW rafting trip, I had to pull swimmers back into the raft by grabbing the shoulder straps and just hauling their body over the side tubes. I might hesitate on that move with someone complaining of not being able to raise their arm (as opposed to a direct “my arm hurts”) since that is a lot of tarsal manipulation. Not sure there is any one “right” way of doing it, but whatever they did got him in the boat pretty quick, which is good.
  9. Knowing afterwards the extent of injury to his torso, I wonder if leaving him in the water actually prevented further injury.
  10. Today was a fantastic day for an easy paddle. Seven of us launched from Odiorne and made our way towards the bridge at Wentworth, where we found the flood current to still be running strong enough to make stopping to assess the passage challenging. The final call to just ride it through and collect up on the other side proved effective and enjoyable. After a quick chat about it all, we made our way through the inner bay with a healthy assist from the still rising tide. Discussions along the way included boat channels and how kayakers should interact with them. Despite the multiple channels in the area, crossings were inconsequential. As we made our way up along Pierce Island, the current brought us quickly through the small channel requiring a hard right turn to make the eddy at Four Trees Island for lunch (thanks for the brownies, Al!!). After lunch, the chart was laid out for a review of the overall area and a discussion about going down the Piscataqua side. Challenges were discussed, and a walk out to the statue to have a better view allowed for the decision to go for it. Once around the north point, it was obvious that we had hit the river at slack, as we encountered practically no currents or eddies. At least not until we got down to the lower end of the island, where we hit a massive north flow. Theories flying and debates current speed (maybe 2 knots?), we powered through the current field which offered no easy passage along the shore. Once through the worst of it, we paddled on through the now ebbing current under the New Castle bridge and back into the inner bay. The paddle back was leisurely and conversational, including more channel discussions. The ebb current at the Wentworth bridge was easily managed and even allowed for a run or two upstream. The day was finished off with Bill doing a few rolls before the final run back to the launch. Thanks to Sue, Brenda, Patricia, and Ricardo for coming along on such a fantastic day, and to Bill and Al for indulging in a bit of leadership practice and discussions.
  11. That’s great, Brenda! We are up to five now with room for more. If others are interested in going, please let me know sooner rather than later if you can.
  12. Nothing like fog to sharpen senses and attention. Nice trip!
  13. We can help you figure some things out, Patricia. Looking forward to seeing you and the others! There is still plenty of room on this trip. If enough people sign up, we will break into pods as appropriate. I already have one person signed up to help out, and I am sure I can find others if needed.
  14. If you are able to post some pictures, it might be helpful in determining the extent and feasibility of repairs. You can find instructions for posting pictures in the third post down in the General Forum.
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