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General Talk / New car recommendations?
« on: June 10, 2019, 10:10:01 PM »
Looking to get a new car. Of course, the primary purpose is to haul my AI (car top or ultralight aluminum trailer). Looking for something cheap, reliable, good safety record, economical, and won't tip over around every corner with an AI perched on top. It would be a bonus if I could configure it so I can actually sleep inside, if need be.

I've currently got a 2004 CRV with 265k miles, and the wife says no more trips to the shop. With 3 pesky engine codes showing up (no matter how many times I reset them...), it looks like I'll need to get something soon.

Suggestions appreciated!

Hobie Kayaks / Hobies at REI
« on: April 14, 2019, 06:40:51 PM »

Other Kayaks / Sailing rowcruiser
« on: March 11, 2019, 07:56:12 PM »
Not exactly a kayak but still a pretty interesting boat. I saw that somebody even built one with a slot for a mirage drive...

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / NRS Chinook PFD
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:35:35 AM »
Thinking about getting a new PFD to replace my Stohlquist, and read lots of good things about the NRS Chinook. Any difference between the "Chinook" and the "Chinook OS"? One extra pocket and $20 more is all that I can see...



Gearing Up and Rigging Up / How to remove mold from Gore-tex?
« on: March 02, 2019, 09:55:06 PM »
Iíve got a gore-tex hat that is pretty great for rainy day fishing. Unfortunately, I left it outside for a while and it got quite a bit of mold. Iíve tried cleaning it following the recommendations online but it still has lots of mold stains on it. Is it possible to completely remove the mold and will it still function as it should? Any help would be appreciated!

Recipes / air fryer recipes?
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:15:41 PM »
My wife got an air fryer recently, and she thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. She has made some things with it that are pretty good, but the other day, when she insisted on using it to cook halibut, I was expecting total disaster. The recipe was super simple, basically just panko bread crumbs coating over 1.5" diameter strips of halibut (think gigaginormous fishsticks). Surprisingly, it was not bad, and not anywhere near as dry as I expected. With a bit of tweaking, I think it could be very good.

So that got me to wondering if anybody else has had any positive experiences using an air fryer to cook local seafood, or to cook anything else, for that matter...

General Talk / Calling on Hank Hill...
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:37:00 PM »
Weíve got a standby generator (B&S 7 kW) that runs on propane. Itís about 10 years old and has always been reliable, and has at least 1k hours of run time.

Last couple of times the power went out, it sputtered under light load and after a couple minutes stopped with ďlow voltageĒ error code. I think it is not getting sufficient gas flow. The propane tanks (got 3 connected together @ 120 gallons each) show about 20% full. Itís a pretty long run from the tank to the generator, but itís a 2-stage system with 1.5Ē pipe from tank to 2nd stage regulator.

Just wondering if the low level in the tanks could cause a lack of flow. Was also thinking it might be good to boost the pressure on the first stage...

For Sale / 36" interior door (free)
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:39:54 PM »
This is a 36" wide, 80" tall, 1 3/8" thick, 6-panel interior door. It looks just like the lightweight doors they sell at Home Depot, but this one is no lightweight--it weighs 55 or 60 pounds. It's extremely solid and blocks sound well.

It was used as a pocket door (which explains the racing stripe--no damage at all, just a smudge). I can even give you the pocket door hardware if that would be useful (rollers and 6' track, but not the framing as that was destroyed during removal). We're replacing the pocket door with a barn door setup, so this has to go.

Free to a good home!

For Sale / FREE -- Crack of dawn kayak seat, missing straps
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:49:33 AM »
Only used a handful of times, and has been sitting collecting dust for quite a while (like, maybe 3 years). I experimented using it on a Hobie, so I poked a couple of holes to install the seat pegs, and there looks to be a little damage where one of the lower straps attaches to the seat (these things are visible in the last picture). But, I'm sure it'll still work well, and it should have plenty of life left in it. It's a nice seat for a paddle kayak, and it gets great reviews.

You'll have to come and get it. We are located just off of highway 17, near the summit, between Los Gatos and Scott's Valley.

General Talk / fishing math
« on: September 22, 2018, 09:04:35 AM »

General Talk / is there a doctor in the house?
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:09:54 AM »
Weird things after fishing on Friday...

First, on Friday afternoon, I got a slight pain in my left elbow, which never happens. Through the evening, the pain got worse. It eventually got to the point where if I'd had the choice of that pain, or having an ice pick repeatedly jabbed into my elbow, it would have been a close call.

Then on Saturday the elbow turned more reddish, with slight swelling. Although the pain was not as consistently intense as Friday night, if anything touched it (even ever-so-slightly), it felt like someone had taken a propane torch to my skin. Saturday afternoon and evening, I had a slight fever and felt really rotten. I suppose the fever could be from a virus, but nobody else around here has been sick recently, and the fever only lasted about 8 to 10 hours, not the usual 24 to 48 hours.

Today, the elbow shows significant swelling, and it's kind of itchy, but not very painful. Other than that, I still feel generally lousy, likely the after-effects of the fever.

The only thing I can figure is that maybe I got poked by a fish spine, although I don't recall anything like that happening (certainly, no blood or anything dramatic). But, I've been poked in the hands by rockfish plenty of times--it's painful for a while, finger swells a little bit, then it's all gone in a few hours, or day at the most.

So, I'm baffled. Has anybody else ever had anything like this?

AOTY / AOTY login error
« on: September 03, 2018, 05:21:21 PM »
When I click on the link to AOTY I get the following error.


Service Unavailable

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

Additionally, a 503 Service Unavailable error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


I suspect this is a plot by KPD so that he can win the AOTY sail division without any competition, but I could be wrong...

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