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Hobie Kayaks / Hobie Compass vs Passport 12 ?
« on: May 20, 2020, 06:31:13 AM »
I'm asking for my brother, who mostly fishes for bass on modest-sized midwestern lakes. He's a cheapskate and so the real question is whether the Compass is worth $500 more than the Passport 12.


Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Shimano Tekota: New vs Old
« on: May 14, 2020, 08:16:06 PM »
I've had a pair of Shimano Tekota 500 (TEK500) reels for a while, and they served me well:


Sadly, I lost one of them to the big blue last year, and I'm looking for a replacement. There is a new (as of 2018) version, which is here:


I'm wondering if anybody has any experience or thoughts on these. I don't mind spending the extra $30, but I like that I can do all of my own maintenance on the older version--thanks to  world-famous Alan Tani:


I'm not confident that I'll be able to do the same with the new, more compact version...

I was in Santa Cruz today and I can verify that the launch ramp is open...  If you happen to have bought a season pass before it closed.

I'm usually a fairly mild-mannered person, but seeing that, I wanted to throw things into the harbor, and generally go berserk.


General Talk / multitasking
« on: April 25, 2020, 12:57:03 PM »
It was brush chipping day in the neighborhood, and my AI trailer was up to the task. We hauled 12 loads of this size or bigger. Unfortunately, that only represents about 20% of what needs to be cleared, just for fire safety. And that's not counting the 120' douglas fir that eventually needs to go.

General Talk / Good news wrt the famous virus
« on: April 19, 2020, 07:26:07 PM »
In case you haven't seen this yet, it's a must-read:


The upshot is that the they find the actual infection rate here in Santa Clara county is somewhere between 2.5% and 4%, which means that the death rate is pretty low, like 0.2%. It's quite possible (likely, I would say), that they have underestimated the infection rate, since they did not try to account for homeless, prisoners, or other groups that are likely to have higher infection rates. If so, that would mean the death rate is even lower.

Also, since we're at the 1 month anniversary of shelter in place, that's worth considering too. I was never a big fan of it, and can't see that shelter in place has done anything significant for us here in Santa Clara county. If you want to see my reasoning (and some discussion of various related topics), here's a video I made when taking a break from my real job.

Btw, I probably won't be on NCKA much for a while (busy time of the year for me), but if you send me a PM, I'll see it.

Safety First / Leash self to kayak?
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:42:49 PM »
OK, I know this has been discussed before and the consensus is that itís a bad idea to leash yourself to your kayak. But itís winter and people need something to get their mind of recent events, so I thought Iíd post the question again...

Actually the reason I thought of this now is because I stumbled across a surfski forum, where there was universal agreement that a paddler must leash themself to their surfski. In fact, it was generally agreed that such a leash is as important for safety as a pfdóif not more so. While Iíve never paddled a surfski, they look a lot like a cross between a sea kayak and the SOT kayaks most NCKAíers use.

So, why is a self-leash essential safety gear on a surfski, yet a bad idea on a SOT? Of course, you donít want to be leashed to your kayak in the surf zone, but I think it would be a good idea when away from shore, especially on a windy day. 

General Talk / some good news in coronavirus battle...
« on: March 22, 2020, 12:51:26 PM »
This French study showed impressive results using a combination of well-known drugs to help patients fight coronavirus:


They used an anti-malarial drug (hydroxychloroquine, brand name Plaquenil) in combination with a particular antibiotic (azithromycin, brand name Zithromax Z-Pak). The anti-malarial drug has shown promise on its own, but in combination with the antibiotic, it seems to be much more effective.

There's also an article in today's Wall Street Journal by a couple of doctors in Kansas City who are using this treatment with success.

It's not a cure, but it does shorten the duration, and hence the chance of infecting others. Here is the main takeaway from the WSJ article:

"But researchers in France treated a small number of patients with both hydroxychloroquine and a Z-Pak, and 100% of them were cured by day six of treatment. Compare that with 57.1% of patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone, and 12.5% of patients who received neither.

Whatís more, most patients cleared the virus in three to six days rather than the 20 days observed in China. That reduces the time a patient can spread the virus to others. One lesson that should inform the U.S. approach: Use this treatment cocktail early, and donít wait until a patient is on a ventilator in the intensive-care unit."

General Talk / Why do I get fed ads like this on NCKA?
« on: August 11, 2019, 07:43:40 PM »
I'm baffled...

Places to Launch and Camp / info on Gaviota?
« on: August 01, 2019, 08:01:31 PM »
My younger kid had a college tour on Monday (Cal Poly) and another on Tuesday (UCSB), so I camped in my tent at Gaviota those 2 nights. I'd planned to bring my kayak, but my kayak-carrying car had some last minute problems so, sadly, no yak.

Tent camping there is a challenge, as the wind was strong/gusty both nights, a long train trestle is practically overhead (with late night trains sounding like they were going to run me over), a campground host whose favorite line was "Damn people!" as he peeled out on his golf cart to rush to the "scene of the crime", and toilets/showers that are (not) cleaned by volunteers (I guess it's unrealistic to expect paid help, when they "only" charge $45/night for the privilege of pitching a tent in a tiny field that wouldn't even make a decent cow pasture...).

In spite of those issues, it's actually a pretty great place. I did briefly try surf casting, but there was a lot of debris in the water, so that was kind of pointless. On the other hand, kayaking seems like it could be awesome, as it's an easy launch, with small surf and level access. But, the offshore wind is kind of intimidating. One guy showed up with a Hobie PA, and he didn't even launch due to the wind. In 2 days, I didn't see any kayakers out there at all.

I've seen a few posts here, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of info on that location. So, I'm wondering if anybody can provide more details for somebody who has never fished there...

Craftsmen's Corner / ABS vs PVC pipe
« on: July 21, 2019, 07:01:18 AM »
I'm building a "haka" bench for my AI. Most people on the Hobie forum use wood slats, while some have used spine boards, various aluminum ladder-like things, and several other creative options. But, I've never seen a design based on plastic piping, and for my purposes, I think this will be the best option.

As compared to PVC pipe, ABS is stronger in the sense of being more impact resistant. It also seems to me that ABS is much stiffer, which should allow for slightly smaller diameter pipe (a good thing).

So, I'm leaning towards using ABS pipe, but was just wondering if there is any advantage to PVC that I'm missing. It seems that PVC pipe is generally used for DIY projects, while ABS is rarely used...

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...



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