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  1. Use the Browse tab at the top of the forum, and it is the left-most option underneath the tab bar.
  2. Temporary access Is being provided to David while his membership is being reinstated (still having issues with PayPal), so feel free to PM if you wish. Edit - membership issue resolved!
  3. The whole area inside of Pierce Island and New Castle is very protected from the Piscataqua and well suited for many recreational boaters, as long as they keep their distance from the river. This is one of the first places Cathy and I went when we started kayaking (actually rented here a couple of times) and it is where we got interested in ocean kayaking. It is entirely possible that something happened in these “calmer” waters (still challenging in high winds) and the empty kayak was taken by wind and tide to Wood Island where it was found. it is a sad and unfortunate outcome, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.
  4. I would say, from personal experience, that fears about tipping over and not getting back up are NOT irrational! However, while I will agree that learning to roll is an incredibly valuable skill, I place just as much value on bracing to prevent needing a roll and re-entry for when a roll fails. I just feel that, too often, the idea of learning how to roll is seen as an be-all-end-all of skills with others being put down as lesser.
  5. This is, in my opinion, the most important part of the conversation. There is NO kayak that will prevent you from having a harrowing experience in a storm along the Maine coast, but skill will make the situation better. If you choose a kayak based on where your skills are now, your skills will remain where they are. If you are willing to "grow" into a more capable boat, you will learn quickly and be happier with the results. My suggestion would be to renew your membership and take advantage of as many lake sessions, skills sessions, or professional trainings, all of which can help you work on your stability and bracing. This is a critical first step in getting comfortable in any sea kayak, and will have a profound affect on which boat you choose next. Who knows, maybe you will be back in an explorer before you know it!
  6. Actually, the recommendation for hot packs was specifically in research for Man O'War, which happens to not to be a jelleyfish. However, I got the impression that vinegar will work for most, if not all, jelleyfish stings, and the researchers are trying to get information out that it will work well for the Man O'War as well, and therefore a unified approach to any jelleyfish-like creature could be utilized.
  7. Might be worth packing a bottle of vinegar in the boat if paddling the warmer waters of the southern NE coastline. New research has identified that vinegar is best at neutralizing the toxins. They also state to NOT rinse with salt water, as that seems to just spread the micro-stingers and increase the reaction. If you can have some sort of heat pack as well (there are some reusable gel heat packs on the market), those might help as well to reduce swelling after stingers are removed (need gloves to remove). Without getting mired in rescue-scenario details, based on the individual's reactions to the sting, I would follow up with an immediate evacuation, either return to the put-in, the nearest populated landing (for readily-gained assistance), or possibly call for a May-Day if chest pains or shortness of breath ensue. Basically, the individual should be gotten off the water and seek some level of medical attention, even if just simple home remedies will suffice.
  8. Could be a kink in the cable right at the skeg, so I would suggest starting to look there. Might also loosen the cable at the control knob and see if the knob itself is sticking. Beyond that, I am at a loss. Others may have further insight, so feel free to update this thread with your findings.
  9. There is probably a problem with the slider system, since you shouldn’t need that much leverage to move it. Slider should move easily with the push of a finger. I would investigate the system and see if there are any kinks in the cable or if the sleeve is binding somewhere. Also check that the sled itself is not binding.
  10. Directly with Werner. I shipped the paddles ( pay for insurance when shipping paddles!!!). One year warranty is standard with most anything you buy these days.
  11. I have had issues with sticky buttons on random paddles, and Werner replaces them under warranty. Worth giving them a call.
  12. There are two aspects of the Annual Solstice Paddle and Post Paddle Pot Luck that have made it such a special event for the club: gathering with friends, both old and new; and sharing an amazing array of food together afterwards. Due to the current pandemic situation, both of those aspects are nearly impossible to do and enjoy. Although there have been discussions of ways to hold the event while still technically abiding by the recommendations, the reality is that it would not present a positive image of our club and/or our sport to the general public or officials to coordinate 20 to 30 paddlers at one location. NSPN has seen almost all of the first half of 2020 cancelled in some way, from pool sessions, to workshops, and several annual paddling events. Still, I am sad to announce that NSPN will not be holding this traditional "season starter" event, since we seem right on the edge of being able to do it. Although we are cancelling this event due to the typically high level of attendance, we are encouraging members to hold their own unique solstice trips if they choose, with an emphasis on following all recommended guidelines to keep yourselves and those around you safe. As we approach the day of longest sunlight, and the temperatures continue to rise, let's keep in mind to avoid having multiple groups launching from one location. Keep in mind that private trips, as well as groups from other clubs and organizations, will make this more challenging, so be as proactive and flexible as possible. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer, and we hope to see you one the water sooner or later!
  13. I don’t think it makes sense due to the 10-person gathering limit and not being able to do the Pot Luck afterwards. A final decision will be announced Wednesday.
  14. The need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival is only if you plan to stay. For example, if you have two homes, one in Nevada, and one in Maine, and decided to move to the Maine house, you would need to quarantine for 14 days. There have been no requests for quarantine during the course of commerce, health needs, etc, otherwise it would have been impossible for inter-state deliveries and essential workers to perform their jobs.
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