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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.
  14. Thanks Brian for the excellent feedback! I'm excited to hear that you think I will find the Delphin to be significantly more stable than the Explorer. Is that because of the flat hull beneath the seat? Also, can you explain the target audience for the Delphin say compared to the Scorpio? You're absolutely spot-on regarding locking up the boat w my legs. I just couldn't get myself to relax in the NDK. Even in relatively modest boat wake, if I was parallel to the waves, I could easily tip that boat over. In the Scorpio HV, paddling through the same parallel boat wake was just relaxing and even dare I say fun? In that harrowing experience I mentioned off the Maine Coast that led me to sell the NDK, my wife was paddling along side in the same confused seas in the Lincoln and she was having a ball while I was struggling to stay upright. It just took all the fun out of it for me. I'm not trying to over think this and I really do appreciate everyone's comments. I probably should just go buy the Scorpio HV and figure out a better system to get that beast on and off the SUV. It's just that I really don't need a multi-day sea touring kayak like the Scorpio so I'm really hoping the Delphin is a baby Scorpio HV in terms of almost equal stability, but at 15.5' is ideal for day touring, and less weight to transport?
  15. Also, several years ago my wife and I rented kayaks from a small shop in Rockport (I believe). We went out on the ocean on a nice day with a tour guide. I believe their entire fleet was Wilderness Systems. I don't recall the exact boats we were put in, but I'm guessing they were something like the Tsunami or Tempest. Narrow beams ~21.5" and 16' - 17' long and they never felt tippy. Is there something about the hull shape of the WS kayaks that causes the rental shops to use them knowing many beginners will be trying sea kayaking for the first time? Since my friend just bought a Tempest, I'll have to give that one a go.
  16. Thank you all for sharing your experiences and providing feedback. I've paddled with some of you in the past and enjoyed it immensely (Rob & Cathy, Jonathan, Bob L., and others). The reality is I don't live that close to the ocean (roughly an hour), and have limited time to go sea kayaking raising 3 teens. My wife and I get the most sea kayaking in for one week every August while camping up at Hermit Island in Maine w the kids. During this week, I paddle every day and she gets out a few times. We just enjoy day touring and sightseeing. The rest of the year, we're lucky if we make it to the ocean at all and usually end up at Walden Pond just to paddle and cool off. With that said, I'm looking to add another boat to the stable so we can kayak together (down to just the Lincoln now) and also go with a couple of friends who are beginner kayakers like me who recently bought used boats off CL (wilderness systems tempest 17' and necky chatham 17') so I want to choose something that I can grow into, enjoy day touring with my wife, and keep up with the guys on an ocean paddle. I'm 50 y.o. with the flexibility of the Tin Man and a lifetime of injuries from sports that I'm starting to pay for now. I'm 6'0 188lbs with a 32" inseam if that means something to someone on here. I still can ski the bumps in the woods all day long chasing my 17 yr old son (ok, well at least until noon) and enjoyed triathlon for several years. For the cyclists in the group, I ride a Cervelo S5 and I enjoy going fast. In other words, I'm not a couch potato so not sure why I have such horrible balance sitting on a balance beam (how the NDK felt)? Perhaps it's just the irrational fear of going overboard and not being able to get back in the boat? I do agree that if I could learn how to roll, I would probably be more open to getting back into an Explorer
  17. Hello! It's been some time since I've visited here, but the sea is calling me again. I have an issue with feeling stable in a kayak in the ocean. I know much of this is me and not the boat. However, in some boats, I feel the level of stability I crave, while in others I feel like I will tip over at any moment. The NDK Explorer (21.5" beam) is legendary for it's stability (as I've read) yet I could never feel comfortable in that boat. The slightest lean the wrong way and I was doing a half roll. I'm a rookie so I never figured out how to properly brace or get to the pool sessions to learn how to roll. I surmise that if I knew how to brace and roll, my fear would go away? Needless to say, after a harrowing experience in a storm on the Maine Coast, I sold that boat 2 summers ago. I still have a Lincoln Chebeague which is a total joy to paddle. High level of primary stability and secondary, but a bit short for longer ocean paddles at speed. The beam on this boat is 24". I demo'd a series of P&H boats after I sold the NDK and the boat I loved was the P&H Scorpio HV with a 24" beam. Felt rock solid stable while the MV felt less so (narrower beam). I've heard people say on this forum that beam width doesn't determine stability, but rather hull shape does? If this is true, then what hull shape am I looking for that will give me confidence inspiring primary stability with solid secondary to allow me to learn and grow with the boat without putting the fear of God in me out in the ocean? I'm looking to get into another boat and with Covid, I can't easily demo. While I love the Scorpio HV it's a beast to get on and off the SUV and I'm not doing any overnight paddles. I like the looks of the new Virgo in terms of beam width (23"), length, and weight but will it provide confidence-inspiring stability? Also considering a Delphin 155 (22.5" beam), but I'm concerned this boat will feel like I'm back in my NDK? Appreciate your advice.
  18. I was at Walden this afternoon paddling along when a loon came up out of nowhere! Still there for now.
  19. I wasn't able to attend the workshop, pool, or lake sessions, but I joined the group for the ocean paddle in Marble Head. It was awesome! There were 17 of us and plenty of support from all of the volunteers. I satisfied myself that I've got the first part of the roll down as I was the only one to get wet that day. As is sometimes the case in these situations, my skirt didn't quite release as fast as I expected (sorry Kevin for the mild heart attack), but Kevin, Al, and Alex quickly went to work and did an expert rescue and it felt like I was barely in the 55 deg water. Got to test out my dry suit and it worked - I was warm and dry. Can't emphasize enough the need to dress for water temp, not air temp! This is a great group of folks and can't thank Kevin and all of the others who volunteered their time to help us newbies out! Looking forward to paddling with you again and working on the second half of that roll -Bob D.
  20. Would love to join you all, but can't make it this Sunday. Will be there for Pavilion! If someone wants to come get a boat and gear from me, you're welcome to borrow it.
  21. Thanks Pru! Sent you a PM.
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