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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Wetsuit opinions
« on: May 06, 2021, 05:51:26 PM »
Iím spending a lot of hours in the saltwater and need something warmer and flexier than what Iím using now

My current suit is 4/3 OíNeil back zip, warm enough when Iím surfing but mostly Iím swimming the surf lineup w camera in hand and it gets chilly after a few hours. Typical day is 3-4 hours some days as much as 10

The custom double skin suits we used to get at Stanís dive shop in San Jose were almost too warm, after long day diving in winter there was steam when you peeled your suit. The other good thing about straight neoprene was stretch and fit, doesnít compromise your flexibility.

That suit was good for both work and play and was warm even in the iciest waters. Not sure what the thickness was but probably at least 5mm. Iím sure materials must be better nowadays

Iím on the hunt for something close to that old custom suit, the surf suits Iíve had over the last few years are not even close

Fitness is improving after some major speed bumps and Iím getting the freedive itch again, so thinking FJ and pullover jacket, maybe camo Not worried about price, we are in the water a lot

Anyway looking for opinions about whats good these days

Stealth / Anyone here have connection with Stealth?
« on: December 28, 2020, 01:14:19 PM »
I ordered and paid for parts from them in September 2019 which I never received, and was never given a tracking number so who knows where things went wrong

Since then have contacted them and was told this last October they would ship parts, still nothing...

My stealth 575 is in limbo until I get parts, and Iím wondering if anyone in the US is dealing with them since Headwaters severed their connections with the company?

Pay It Forward / Carport canopy for sale -> PIF fund (sold)
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:37:24 PM »
I used this 10x20 shelter as my woodworking shelter for the last two years and ready to send it off to a good home

They were $230 new at costco, this one is in good shape with a few years life on the canopy, I believe the replacement canopy is $60

I managed to pop one small hole right at the peak of the roof with a long piece of wood I was turning over but easy to fix. If I was keeping it Iíd do a reinforcement along the whole top of the roof which should make it good for a lot of years.

If interested PM me a phone number

Whatever the offer is, the cash will be paid direct into the PIF fund

Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Duck feet
« on: May 21, 2020, 03:46:35 PM »
duck feet was my go to fins for decades for all kinds of diving except deeper free diving w long fins

I was thinking they were probably out of production but now see theyíre still around

Looks like they still have the standard and the UDT versions, looks like the sizing is different for them and wondering if anybody here uses them and knows about that

Will probably buy both, just want to get the size right

Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Long fins
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:40:18 PM »
I need some long fins for kicking around in the surf when my son is surfing

We used some made in France back in the 70s canít remember the brand but we put grommets and laces on them to make them fit

Just wondering whatís good these days

I bought some short and wide boogie board type but they are killing my old knees

Safety First / Rescued kayak adventure angler running threa
« on: November 10, 2019, 06:45:44 PM »
Another rescue at HMB today (Sunday 11/10)

There was a yak with a lot of wet gear piled on it next to a harbormaster truck so we stopped in at the office to ask about it

The harbormaster folks seem to think this will be a regular thing

Recipes / Another striper recipe
« on: July 25, 2019, 03:31:31 PM »
I told BigJim Iíd post this recipe a few years back and just remembered Better late than never

It came from an old Japanese guy who was a striper fisherman and I used it a lot when I was still fishing stripers, but it works with any saltwater white meat fish thatís fresh

Boil water in a shallow pan with a lid

Drop in cuts of filet, cover and turn off the heat

In a sautť pan heat up peanut oil with some sesame oil, throw in some chopped up green onions and sautť them but donít let them get brown

Add soy sauce and turn it off

Plate the filets and drizzle the sauce over them

Stealth / Stealth decal issue
« on: July 22, 2019, 12:39:11 PM »
Minor thing but one of the decals on the 575 deteriorated, looked like mold was growing between the decal and the fiberglass. Only one of the decals did this, all the others look clean.

Wondering if anyone else has had the problem?

It was easy enough to get the decal off gracefully with a plastic blade, now am wondering what would be the best solution for getting the glue residue off and not damage the gel coat?

Hobie Kayaks / AI/TI questions
« on: May 08, 2019, 07:44:59 PM »
Iím thinking about changing vehicles and most likely would be the going from my Profisha to an AI

A few questions

1) Doing the research it seems like there can be problems with a plastic aka pin snapping and the ama flopping around

Looks like it happens in rough water conditions, which could be anywhere anytime around here

If itís an issue Iíd probably make a replacement from titanium aluminum or whatever

2) Also wondering about surf launches and landings

Not many launch points around here that arenít beach launches which narrows things down to HMB Bolinas Moss and a handful of other spots

Probably have other questions before I do it, like advantages between AI and TI etc


Safety First / You must remember this...
« on: January 25, 2019, 01:09:40 PM »
Something was posted about this before but I couldnít comment because privacy laws are strict to the point you most definitely will lose your job and potentially your license for posting anything on social media

The hospital has now made the story public so I thought I would post the link here, to make it more real for those of us who are invincible


Iíve had lots of close ones over the years, one of which was being passed within arms length by a big boat moving at full throttle outside the jaws at HMB. I took a chilly swim on that one but was lucky thatís all it was

Should make it clear this is about keeping up awareness, not about churning up the usual bull.... animosity toward boats and all the other pointless nonsense

For Sale / SOLD Stowmaster Tournament net SOLD
« on: October 25, 2018, 05:05:16 PM »
Hoop is 24Ē x 28Ē, handle 36Ē

Stows in the case in the picture

Cost me over $200 when I bought it, make me an offer

For Sale / Tarpon 160
« on: October 24, 2018, 12:00:47 PM »
With some regret Iím selling my trusty T160

One of the best hull designs of all the plastic kayaks. Good in rough water stable and fast

Big hatches fore and aft, I couldnít understand why WS eliminated all that stow space. Never need to lose gear if you can stow it

Great fishing and dive yak

Nice aftermarket rudder by The Blade

I will throw in a Swift paddle and nice PFD

$600 obo

We are in Menlo Park, PM me if interested

For Sale / Dupray Hill Injection Steam Cleaner
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:02:33 PM »
Great for auto detailing, or cleaning floors, sinks, windows, stoves, grills etc.

Cleans and disinfects without chemicals

They retail $2000 plus tax, we are asking $1000 + no tax is a great deal if youíre in the market for a pro machine thatís basically new

+ cleaning accessories for floors, windows, extra detail brushes with different bristle types for specific applications

You can see details here:


For Sale / Big Chief smoker
« on: October 18, 2018, 04:12:33 PM »
This is a few years old but some parts have been replaced, lightly used, clean and well cared for and still has the box etc.

I went over to a Traeger pellet smoker so this just taking up space in the garage.

We are in Menlo Park so if youíre near by and interested make a offer and we can arrange pick up


Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Latest and greatest GoPro?
« on: December 14, 2017, 01:34:45 AM »
If I want to get one I need to do it before Friday for a discounted price, just wondering what the best set up is right now if anyone has opinions about it?

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