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Alex Debski

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  1. Unfortunately I may be busy on Sunday and Saturday’s weather looks nasty. I am also concerned about MA travel restrictions. A launch in Newport or Compton would not be recommended for those traveling back into MA. There are MA launch options in Mt Hope Bay in Swansea however Mass. waterfrontage is limited in that area- we would surely enter RI. Might have to scrap this plan
  2. https://www.google.com/amp/s/turnto10.com/amp/news/local/rhode-island-removes-new-england-states-from-travel-restrictions MA, NH, and ME paddlers are welcome!
  3. I have been worried about that myself having a MA license plate while living in RI for 4 months, because authorities wouldn’t know the difference. I’m not sure where to find official info on that
  4. Next weekend is looking quite warm for paddling and I will finally have a kayak down here in Rhode Island. If anyone is interested in paddling, either or both days, comment here! I am open for anywhere. We will be on fairly big tides that weekend. Best spots are Sakonnet Point or a trip around Newport. Upper bay is also great for Prudence Island or on the West passage to Dutch Island.
  5. I am thinking about a MAJOR project for my Black on White Explorer. After this repair I may look to sell the boat, or I may fall in love with her again and get back into my long distance paddling. Has anyone resurfaced a sea kayak 100%??? Hull and Deck, sand down the gel coat completely and reapply a new coat. Back in November I believe Pru and David suggested a fellow paddler had done this before. Who was it? My explorer has scratches and spider cracks and big cracks and chips all over. At this point it's just not worth grinding out each imperfection and filling them in. But I do wonder, could I possibly sand down the rough gel coat and reapply without those cracks showing through after a short time? Looking for some advice or someone to tell me not to bother trying!
  6. Jim, I was looking for this thread! I dive an OMS drysuit (purchased my DUI) with DUI ZipSeals silicone gaskets on wrist and neck -- I've tried the ZipSeal dry gloves too. This system is critical for replacing gaskets because even the smallest cut or stretch in a gasket makes the suit useless underwater. I love it, but I think my head is bigger than average. Similar to you I have a problem getting my head in the hard ring that holds the neck gasket. There's no good alternative for this really, glueing on gaskets is just impractical for my diving schedule. Just wanted to share my similar frustration!!
  7. I’m always up for a paddle! I’ll stay tuned for dates (zoom, too)
  8. Thanks for the tip! My skirt just split in two at the seam after 4+ years
  9. I tend to dress very light under the drysuit because I sweat so much. I have layers/cag to throw on in case I go for a splash or stop paddling and need to stay warm.
  10. This had been a major problem for me kayaking and now also diving! I have terrible finger blood circulation and they are always very cold. Paddling Pogies all the way, no additional gloves. But this doesn’t help... Diving Last Winter when the water got below 39F my fingers were getting very cold with just my 7mm Bare lobster mitts. I tried DUI dry gloves attached to my diving drysuit with two layers of wool gloves for insulation and my hands froze even worse. Now, I’m back to the mitts and I put chemical hand warmers on my inner forearms directly on skin under my jumpsuit. My blood gets an extra boost of warmth before heading out to my fingers and it does the trick even at 33/34F underwater! It’s cheap and easy!
  11. Does anyone else look at this picture and go, "where are their masks!?". 😂
  12. I will try to join you guys on the water. I'll be around! Alex
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