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  1. In addition to exploring the sea, I love to climb the high peaks of NH. If you haven't read Ty's books on two tragedies in the Whites, I highly recommend them. The Books are "The Last Traverse" and "Where you'll find me". Whenever I have friends interested in Winter climbing the High Peaks with me, I tell them to read both of these books before they decide to come along.
  2. Cetus LV in NY for $2900. No relation. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1423702911325187/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post&tracking=browse_serp%3A91c32e2e-44fc-4930-8bec-341e9c29cbd6
  3. At your budget, you can likely get any boat you want new! The best advice any of us can give you is to demo as many boats as you can before making your decision. Try the Rockpool Tarantella, NDK Explorer (Peaks Island ME), P&H Cetus and Scorpio (poly), and Valley if you can find a dealer. I have a P&H Scorpio Mk2 MV and after trying the full line of P&H boats (composite & poly), this one was the perfect balance of stability, speed, comfort, weight, storage, and price for me. I'm sure others with far more experience than I will chime in, but to me the difference between composite and poly is the composite boats are stiffer which translates into a more lively and responsive boat feel. They are also typically lighter than poly, but not always depending on construction. Pro's of poly boats are the indestructible nature of them rock hopping or dragging across rocks and sand without concern for damaging the gel coat (spider cracks) on a composite boat. And of course price. I no longer have the NDK Explorer in my signature. It's known as one of the most stable expedition boats ever made and often comes highly recommended. But, as a relatively new paddler, I just could never get comfortable in that boat. It always felt tippy so I could never relax. I'm sure it was more me than the boat and your experience may be completely different, but it just goes to show what one considers a very stable touring boat may not necessarily apply to everyone. Demo, demo, demo. Good luck in your search!
  4. Are you looking for a composite boat or plastic? And you didn't mention your budget? All of the suggestions so far are composite boats which are beautiful, but on the pricey side.
  5. This is great - thanks Joe and Bob for putting this together and sharing with those of us who couldn't attend the seminar.
  6. Thanks Kate sharing your experience with Beale. Sounds like a great guy to do business with. Do you have any thoughts on solid vs. laminated?
  7. Thanks Jim for the generous offer, but I definitely do not have the time or knowledge to carve my own
  8. Thanks very much Vick and Ed. Appreciate the referral to Nanuq Kayaks and Harley.
  9. Hello All - want to give a greenland paddle a go this season to see if it's easier on the shoulders (struggling with an injury). Any recommendations on manufacturer, material, and size (I'm 6'0"). Anyone have one collecting dust they'd like to sell?
  10. I posted here a couple of years ago about friends of mine who were paddling off Hermit Island (not far from Bailey Island). They said a shark came right up to them and was 6' - 8' long. Not a great white, but they weren't sure what it was as they were so scared they began paddling to shore as fast as they could. I've paddled around Casco Bay and often came across schools of fish flying at me followed by a couple of seals and I was always on the lookout for a fin or two, but never saw one myself.
  11. Brian, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your articles about stability and the one linked above. Although I never went cartwheeling on a wave like you did in the Nordkapp (WOW!), I can relate exactly on how you felt spooked trying to break through the waves to get back to the safety of the cove. The fear was real after I got caught in a storm in Casco Bay which motivated the sale of the boat after that trip. I like the P&H boat designs (swede form). I'm hoping the Delphin will be the boat to get me back out there. I will heed all of the good advice given by you and others in this thread to get some more instruction, and be patient with myself to allow my skills to improve with more seat time. Depending on the Covid situation, I also hope to join the pool rolling sessions over the Winter - I think that if I can learn to brace and roll, my enjoyment of sea kayaking will go up immeasurably.
  12. Thank you Ed for your thoughtful feedback. You are correct, I've never dumped the Explorer in boat wake and I've had tense moments trying to keep that from happening, especially on one trip in Plum Island Sound where I was riddled with huge motor yachts making their way from the Merrimac River out to the ocean in the same narrow channel that I thought would be a nice place to paddle lol I've paddled on several nspn outings a couple of years ago and had instruction from Rob, Cathy, Bob L., Jonathan, and Kevin. All were excellent teachers and taught me skills to relax my legs to not lock up the boat in tense moments. I learned to edge the Explorer and was so hopeful that I could grow into that boat. As I said earlier, the reality is I don't get out very often (<10x a year) and probably only paddled the NDK on a dozen day trips. In the end, it just wasn't fun anymore. But, that's more on me than on the boat. I know the NDK Explorer is well lauded as one of the most stable expedition boats ever made. Thanks again Brian about your insights to the P&H boats. It's very helpful. In addition to day touring, I'd love to aspire to learn how to surf which is another reason I'm considering the Delphin. I have plans to demo one later in the week.
  13. Thank you very much for sharing your experience given our similar height, weight, etc. I've never paddled a Nordkapp, but I've heard those are notoriously tippy so if you've paddled that boat for the last 15 years I'd say we are in very different categories in terms of skill level! As I said, I'm at the level where an NDK explorer feels tippy to me. I've had friends who are not kayakers "try" the NDK at Walden Pond and they said it was tippy. Another friend took it out into Casco Bay and tipped it over within 10 minutes in calm seas. So everyone who is an experienced kayaker says the NDK is a VERY stable boat, it just wasn't the case for me or friends of mine who are not experienced sea kayakers. Thanks for the recommendation Beth. I had written off NDK because of the Explorer, but it looks like the Romany Surf might be a good candidate. Challenge is I'm looking to buy used and these don't seem to come up for sale very often.
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