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For Sale / Pair of Hobie I11S inflatables for sale in Pleasanton
« on: May 16, 2024, 01:53:39 PM »
Both boats complete and in excellent virtually unused condition. Can be used as a SUP as well. Maybe 4 trips total.  Both hulls were new from Wind Toys in 2019. All accessories included $3500 OBO  for the pair. I am getting a little too stiff/old for these and prefer my boat. Always stored inside.

For Sale / Custom made chuck box
« on: January 02, 2022, 03:24:07 PM »
Baltic Birch, leather handles. Super solid. Designed in CAD, laser cut and finished by me. Has Cutthroat Trout engraved on the lid.
Will fit enough cooking gear for 4 plus 2 burner stove and still have room left over for fuel, food and  tequila.
Adjustable top with locking pins. You can set your Coleman 2 burner on top and still access interior or take top off  to use as cocktail table. Made grab and go camping very easy without having to worry about inventorying cooking gear.

Surplus to ongoing operations since I bought an RV.

Functional art for $150.

For Sale / Wavewalker pedal kayak
« on: August 17, 2020, 06:37:50 PM »
Maybe 15 years old. NO CRACKS. Very stable fast pedal kayak. Has some holes drilled for gear. I recommend replacing rudder lines. Very comfortable craft with super efficient hull design.  Yellow color. Fully functional pedal yak for $750. Factory pic

For Sale / Boater gear
« on: August 10, 2020, 08:25:18 PM »
Ace Brutus 40 crab hauler for sale. Perfect shape. $550 new, $350 offer?
Smart Cart heavy duty folding dock cart $200 offers

Hobie Kayaks / I11S Inflatable reviews
« on: July 29, 2019, 06:34:52 PM »
We have been out of the kayak scene for some time  due to encroaching old age but since we got an RV we have been at some great paddle destinations with no way to take advantage. SO I looked old age square in the eye and  I bought a pair of Hobie inflatables. We did our first run Sunday. My wife and I hit Del Valle in 103 degree weather. Cost was $30 all in for launch, fishing permits, inspections and whatever other bullshit. RIDICULOUS. They insisted I remove the brand new boats, seats and drives from the vehicle to ensure compliance. It took 2 guys 10 minutes all the while pontificating on about the pernicious horrors of the zebra mussel. I re-packed my truck and fortunately there  was no one at the ramp. It took about 20 minutes to rig the boats with no significant hangups. After a bit of fiddling with rudder and drive deployment we headed up the narrows. Felt really great to be on the water. Del Valle was practically full with plenty of rental boats and their requisite fuckery laden crews. First issue is the steering is way too sloppy with large sweeps of the rudder handle to effect a turn. Debra's boat was much tighter so, note to self: bring screwdriver from now on. These boats are very stable. NO issues at all dangling 2 legs off the side while rummaging through the milk crate in back.  I started with the seats in the low position but once I changed to high the angle of attack was more comfortable. I am 6'4 230 lbs and wife 5'4 and 120 soaking wet. Pretty cool that these craft will suit that wide of a pilot size! I was hyper alert to the slightest  contact with sticks and rocks during beaching so there is that. In my hard shell kayaks I was quick to drag them over all sorts of abusive terrain. WE made it 3/4's of the way to the dam before the heat demanded we retreat. I had a really nice swim (on purpose) on the way back. I realized that I had not swam in anything but a bathtub for a couple years. That will change.

Packing them up for storage is a bit a PITA.  Those with visions of buying these craft take care to note the full packaged size of boat and gear. You get the impression that it all goes into a suitcase and you merrily hop on a plane.  The hull does and maybe the pump,  the seats and  drives will not.  The hull folds and fits into a VERY LARGE and heavy bag (after a bit of a wrestling match).  2 of them and all gear take up a fair amount of space in your climate controlled garage next to your fancy german car.  Conclusion: hella pricey bit of kit. Lots of cool engineering. Stable. Great exercise. They will get well used.

For Sale / LETS GO AERO Cargo Carrier
« on: June 18, 2019, 05:07:12 PM »
Lets Go Aero SP-6 Cargo carrier for sale. Purchased new in 2016. Accessories include 2 bike mount kit and  slide-out kit. This is a killer way to expand your SUV or RV storage capability. I bought it for my Sprinter Van conversion and on a typical trip could pack the following gear in it:
2 camp chairs
2 bikes
Ground gear (RV cords, hoses etc)
Camp stove and fuel
BBQ grill
Fishing gear
Folding tables
And more!
It is nice to keep your dirty smelly stuff out of the vehicle. The slide-out allows you to open the back door of your vehicle. I paid $2000 for all and will sell for $1000 cash money. Looks like the current model pictured here except the “house” on mine is grey.
Last pic actual unit.

General Talk / First time at Ocean Cove
« on: July 26, 2018, 06:20:49 PM »
I am  camping at  Ocean Cove Fri-Sun and may be launching a 16 ft Kingfisher aluminum boat. Is the launch sketchy? Fishy inside the cove? Looks like 5 ft  swell from the NW at 14 sec so is it likely the launch will be calm or do I risk getting my boat pounded?

General Talk / San Simeon from the beach?
« on: April 11, 2018, 06:23:48 PM »
Or the pier for that matter. I will be camping in San Simeon this weekend. Looks like perch are on the menu? Any tips or tricks for this area? For the perchers, any reason they would not bite on crappie jigs under a bobber? I am on a quest in 2018 to catch the most species I can on a bobber. Is the pier worth a shot?

General Talk / Craftsmanship in a new style of craft
« on: November 27, 2017, 04:30:43 PM »

General Talk / FOUND! SPOT locator beacon in Bodega Bay
« on: April 23, 2017, 05:54:22 PM »
I found a functioning SPOT locator beacon on HWY 1 Bodega Bay Saturday April  22nd.

General Talk / Kast Glove Kickstarter
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:50:30 AM »
Has anyone received their gloves? Looks like they may not be the best at communicating with their pledges.

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