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  • Birthday 03/29/1959

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    Woods Hole, MA

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    Josko
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    Catipovic
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  1. Just noticed that my Thule buckle straps are slipping. I first noticed it on the car, but then tied them in a loose loop around a tree and pulled: the buckles do slip a bit. I'm not sure if they always did this or not, but noticed that the area where webbing normally contacts the buckle is a bit 'pilled'. Perhaps it's this pilling, or the buckle spring, or the buckle serrations are less, or maybe they've always done this. Has anyone else noticed old cam buckle straps starting to slip? In general, how long a lifetima can one expect out of them? (Mine are probably ~10 yrs old.) I suppose it's time for new buckle straps all around, but thought I'd first ask.
  2. Just noticed that my Thule buckle straps are slipping. I first noticed it on the car, but then tied them in a loose loop around a tree and pulled: the buckles do slip a bit. I'm not sure if they always did this or not, but noticed that the area where webbing normally contacts the buckle is a bit 'pilled'. Perhaps it's this pilling, or the buckle spring, or the buckle serrations are less, or maybe they've always done this. Has anyone else noticed old cam buckle straps starting to slip? In general, how long a lifetima can one expect out of them? (Mine are probably ~10 yrs old.) I suppose it's time for new buckle straps all around, but thought I'd first ask.
  3. Anybody from NSPN going to the Gales this year?
  4. josko

    Group Buy-Pains Wessex Flares

    Alocal source of 12ga white flares would be welcome.
  5. josko

    Woods Hole area

    Paul, we'd love to see you come by anytime. FWIW, Paula, Greg, Ciro, James and maybe Rick are coming by Sept 7-9 for a spring tide weekend annual Woods Hole visit. Should be fun, especially if we don't loose Ciro again. 😉. Check with Greg, but we'd love to see you that weekend. If that doesn't work, just let us know when does, and you are welcome to stay over. On the GPS track, color is speed; on the topplot, yellow is where a headwind popped up; on the bottom one , both Mel and I needed breathers, so periodically we'd drift for a minute. We tend to not stop ashore so much when paddling, but there are plenty of places to do so.
  6. josko

    Woods Hole area

    Here's how this weekend turned out: Day 1: 25mile 'peaceful crank' down the Elizabeths'; Day 2: a techie tiderace and some roling Day 3, a 15 mile F5 downwind run I continue to be amazed at the sheer versaitlity of paddling tis area offers. Visotors welcome.
  7. josko

    Punting vs. Paddling

    I've decided to punt on this thread.
  8. josko

    Woods Hole area

    Not sure where to put this, so here goes: Mel and I would love to match up with NSPN'ers and show off our favorite area. FWIW, here are our plans for this weekend: Friday: WH to Cuttyhunk, wait for the SW seabreeze, and downwind surf back to WH Sat: if the SW 10-20 forecast holds, ideal conditions for tiderace play off Nobska point in the morning; I'll heal my sore parts in the afternoon, while Mel wants to put some miles on her new surfski. Sun: Downwind run from Bourne (bridge) to Woods Hole We'd love to see NSPN'ers come down for some of these fun trips, but not sure how to go about actually organizing a trip. Any insight welcome, and if you feel like coming down this weekend, let me know; there's most likely an extra bedroom or two at my house.
  9. I will add that the BCU taught me skills I had no idea existed and didn't think I'd ever need, and I was soo happy when proverbial $hit hit the fan and I had them.
  10. josko

    BBC 2018

    Mel is - fast sea kayak division.
  11. Technically, a paddle is a surface-piercing hydrofoil, but airfoil and foil are both close enough, although 'airfoil' implies compressible flows.
  12. I paddle a 215 Ikelos/Cyprus and my mid-wing seems to have settled on 214 in calm weather to 212 in rough. 60 degree feather, same as on Euro-blade.
  13. I can tell you what little I know. I'm used to paddling with a Cyprus the first month of the season and then switching to an Ikelos - guarding my elbow tendons, which seem to cause trouble if I start off too fast. On my timed paddles (around Elizabeths) I was spinning out the small-mid Epic; the mid-wing seemed to be just a tad larger (elbow-strain-wise) than the Ikelos. With Euro blades, I paddle my Taran rudder-up most of the time; in fact dropping the rudder slows my times a tad. With a wing, it's the opposite. I loose time if the rudder's up. I think it's because with a wing blade, I need to concentrate on power delivery. An occasional sweep/edge just slows the boat down. I gain about .2 kts with the rudder down. (Not sure if you know about hydrodynamics, but a lifting foil captures the leading vortex and releases the tail vortex. On the catch, you should see a SINGLE vortex, unlike the two a Euro-blade sheds. If you see two, it's stalling, i.e. not acting as a lifting foil, and all advantage is lost. You have to concentrate initially to get used to this - it's best if someone paddles just behind you yelling out the number of vortices they see in each paddle 'puddle'. Many local paddlers are routinely shedding the leading vortex at the catch, i.e., they are not getting ANY of the wing blade's advantages, while seeing all the disadvantages. They may be used to it, 'good at it', fast, or whatever, but two vortices at the catch + no lift. FWIW, I CAN get the Ikelos to shed one vortex, but only in flat conditions with minimal power delivery - I find it a great exercise.) Anyway, back to paddling. I noticed when I need to steer the boat, I start to shed the second vortex. I'm getting better at it, but have a ways to go before I can do it in conditions.
  14. josko

    Best rack for a VW golf wagen

    I have a Smartwagen with 50" Thule racks. It carries three NDK's on J-bars, no problem, although the middle one is easier to load with two people and needs to be tied down before the outside boats are put on.
  15. Monday, come prepared for a downwind surfing run from Woods Hole to Bourne bridge. It's a 12 mile run with a halfway bailout point. Meet at Pie at 9, and we'll have to do a car spot.
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