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  • Birthday 03/29/1959

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  1. josko

    Mitts/Gloves for Spring/Fall

    I like NRS Maverick gloves with sea+air temps <80. They last ~50 (fitness) paddling hours, and work fine in sub-freezing weather. If it's too warm for them, I go to Glacier pogies.
  2. josko

    NDK Explorer Kayaks

    I have an '04 that's still going strong and in great shape.
  3. josko

    PLB

    Here's some useful advice I got from USCG and Canadian Coast Guard: EPIRBS (and PLBs) are taken seriously and tracked down when activated. The responding agency is required to follow a false-alarm mitigation procedure, i.e. call the numbers in the registration, etc. This can add up to several hours before a responder is dispatched. When doing an Andros island circumnav, I was able to check in with the USCG Bahamas before departure, and they accepted my float plan (and physical presence/interview) in lieu of false-alarm mitigation. The officer was kind enough to show me how the system worked, from the screen in the dispatcher's office, to response gear on the SH60 helo used for the response. It's a state of the art system, quite expensive to operate. It's not meant for help with blisters. Similarly, in Nain, Labrador, the RCMP SAR coordinator also acceped a float plan in lieu of mitigation, but also asked that we check in with them on safe return. Both places actively discouraged me from using a commercial SAR beacon, explaining they are run by for-profit centers who earn money on rescue charges. Beacon owner purchases 'rescue insurance' along with the beacon. It is ESSENTIAL to understand what (other) persons that insurance alpplies to, and to whom it doesn't. if the accident victim is not covered by the beacon-owner's insurance, we're talking 6-figure rescue costs. Both Andros and Nain stations were awae of instances of very large costs levied on the rescued party. EPIRB response is paid for by SOLAS, funded by a a fee on international marine shipping traffic, They do not charge fees except in cases of deliberate fraud. Finally, I was told the above applies to the world's oceans only, and coverage ashore on fresh-water bodies is quite different. Generally, SOLAS operates on waterways navigable by transoceanic vessels. A hiking accident in NH would most likely be refered to anoher SAR entity. Also, an accindent at places like Charles river basin or Boston harbor, is much better handled bia cell phone/911 or VHF16. There is no reason to put a resource drain on the global SOLAS SAR system. I'd be glad to provide additional detail.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Anybody from NSPN going to the Gales this year?
  7. josko

    Group Buy-Pains Wessex Flares

    Alocal source of 12ga white flares would be welcome.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. josko

    Punting vs. Paddling

    I've decided to punt on this thread.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. josko

    BBC 2018

    Mel is - fast sea kayak division.
  14. Technically, a paddle is a surface-piercing hydrofoil, but airfoil and foil are both close enough, although 'airfoil' implies compressible flows.
  15. 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.
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