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Jim Snyder

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About Jim Snyder

  • Birthday 10/15/1952

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    Canterbury
  • Interests
    Kayaking, cross country skiing, road biking

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    Jim
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    Snyder
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  1. Where is your ancient courage? You were used to say extremities was the trier of spirits; That common chances common men could bear; That when the sea was calm all boats alike showed mastership in floating.
  2. Since once I sat upon a promontory,And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s backUttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,That the rude sea grew civil at her song,And certain stars shot madly from their spheresTo hear the sea-maid’s music.
  3. A cause more promising Than a wild dedication of yourselves To unpath’d waters, undream’d shores, most certain
  4. My new battery arrived and sadly it refused to charge either. I got to work with my meter to try to trace the failure. There was good voltage at the charger so I cleaned the contacts on the side of the radio with electrical cleaner. Still the contacts in the battery housing seemed to have low voltage. I reluctantly disassembled the case and cleaned the four internal contacts. The voltage at the battery contacts went up to .6 v. I have no idea what the voltage should be but the charging icon came on when I put it on the charger. On a whim I put the old battery back in that the tech told me I had ruined charged right up. Now I have a spare battery.
  5. 2018 Carbon Kevlar Cetus HVLarge expedition lightweight sea kayakFits large paddlers and feet up to at least 13Light scratches on hull from normal use, kevlar keel strip Contact information in profile. $3200
  6. I'm getting ready to put my Carbon Kevlar Cetus HV up for sale.
  7. So my lithium battery in my Standard Horizon radio failed after about 2 years. I was talking to the tech support because the battery was still metering at the rated 7.5 v but wouldn't power up the radio. He said that it would drop immediately upon being loaded which my meter just confirmed. The interesting thing he told me which is the reason I'm posting is that I was ruining my battery by leaving it in the charging cradle all the time, that I should only charge it when it is low and then remove it from the cradle. What experience do others have?
  8. After much research I replaced the day hatch cover on my Explorer with a Sea-Lect: http://topkayaker.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18_95&products_id=1588 It's a little weird to put on, you have to press down in the middle as you're pushing it into place, then it pops back up and seems to seal well. There have been a couple of times when I thought I had it on right from the cockpit only to find it wasn't. Mine has a tether hole. Mine is a 1998 Explorer, I don't know if the hatch rims have been consistent over the years.
  9. I have two sea kayaks and am interested in making some changes. I love my older yellow explorer but feel the cockpit is a little tight on my long legs and big feet. I'm looking possibly for a Romany Surf and plan on demoing one soon. I also have a CK Cetus HV which I like but don't love. When I'm done I want to end up with one long boat, maybe my Cetus or Andy's Explorer HV and one Romany type boat. If you're interested in either of my boats or have something I might be interested in, let me know.
  10. Actually Prudence, it turned out fine. We found a new place to launch and kept close to shores and away from the mostly nonexistent traffic. I will admit to consulting Gaia on my phone to make sure I was on the right return track as I'm not as familiar with that area as some of you. I'm just not sure about the logic of closing for fog. Sure, the ocean side was very limited visibility but there were many safe places to go. Will they next close for swell over 3'?
  11. My wife and I planned for an afternoon paddle today out of Odiorne. We made our reservations a couple days ahead and arrived around noon. To our surprise the gate was locked. We drove down to the gate at the science center and were told the launch was closed due to weather. To be fair it was foggy and I can imagine rec paddlers could get in trouble pretty easily but they can do that in any condition. And my wife and I could have too but that should have been our decision to make. I pointed out that we made reservations and had driven over an hour. I was told the reservation was for both the launch and the science center and that we were welcome there. We drove to an alternate launch and had a lovely paddle amongst the islands west of Newcastle in the light fog. So be aware, a reservation may not be a reservation. Leaches Island
  12. Found dead three miles offshore. https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20200901/portsmouth-kayaker-found-deceased-off-maine PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth kayaker missing since Sunday was found deceased Tuesday off the coast of Maine, said local police. In a press release, Maine Marine Patrol said Donald Vardell Jr., 53, was found by a fisherman at approximately 10:30 a.m., three miles east of Ogunquit and approximately 12 miles from his kayak. His body was recovered and taken to a local funeral home, according to Maine Marine Patrol. Portsmouth police Capt. Darrin Sargent said local officers had drones in the air searching for Vardell for a second day on Tuesday. Vardell’s unoccupied kayak was found Sunday off Wood Island in Kittery, Maine, at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Assisting with the search were the U.S. Coast Guard, Portsmouth Police Department, the Kittery harbormaster, Kittery Police Department, New Hampshire Fish and Game, and the New Hampshire Marine Patrol. An investigation into the circumstances of Vardell’s death will be conducted by the Portsmouth Police Department, it was announced.
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