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Safety First / Re: Safety Advise from ChatGPT
« on: February 04, 2023, 04:45:59 PM »
Smarter than me for sure

From 1972 to whenever I last fished maybe 4 or 5 years ago I fished solo and no radio device until cell phones came along

No other safety gear except water rope compass and knife Unless Im forgetting something

Also no pfd until sometime after 2000 cant remember but was glad I had it a few times

I cant remember the last time I saw a stable kayak

AI or TI maybe but they pretty much qualify for boathood

General Talk / Re: Surf's up...
« on: January 04, 2023, 10:02:44 AM »
Cowells 20-25 and Princeton jetty 25-30!

Well tour the coast tomorrow maybe SCruz to Pacifica just to see it

LM might be surfable and Friday should be good

General Talk / Re: Santa Cruz Sailing Club 1/2 Monday
« on: January 03, 2023, 09:48:57 PM »
Recently while we were surfing Santa Cruz one of the locals was telling me the baitfish are thick and furbags are gorging on them

I guess it would only be legal to fish them from shore right now?

General Talk / Re: Thursday Surf Forecast
« on: January 03, 2023, 02:53:01 PM »
One of the craziest forecasts is Cowells 20-25

We are doing the local road trip just to see it and look for a sheltered spot to surf, maybe LM or steamer if not too washed out

Even the hook is saying 15-20

For Sale / Re: Salmon size Igloo coolers best offer
« on: December 13, 2022, 04:49:24 PM »

Stealth / Re: Damaged my Fisha 555 - seeking advice
« on: December 11, 2022, 07:44:19 PM »
The glass might be strong enough but the rod holders are mounted with little screws driven directly into the glass

Reinforcing the glass seems like a safe enough thing if its done right This isnt a design where the idea of having sacrificial parts would work. If mine had failed in a typical rough water situation I wouldve had a long lonesome swim home

My profisha was the first shipped to the USA and an early version so they might have beefed up the glass in some spots since When I bought mine there were no stealths here to look at so I first had a series of calls with Bruce (Bretts father) who designed or at least engineered the build. I was mainly concerned whether it would work trolling weight for salmon which is my only fishing mode

The yak is designed as a double hull which is required in South Africa for all vessels

If the rod holders fail it opens the sealed hull to water and no such thing as pool noodles in this case since theres no access to the interior. Oddly when I communicated w Brett about one repair he suggested cutting a hatch into the sealed area to get access

Glass is strong material but screws threaded into it is too weak of an approach for a spot that will be under stress. Definitely not good for pulling any weight. When mine pulled out it came out so easily it was obvious the little bit of trolling I had done w the rod behind me was a mistake. Think I only tried that once

Either pop rivets or stainless screws/nuts would be better way to go

All this stealth talk has me thinking about getting my yak ready for fishing again

Stealth / Re: Damaged my Fisha 555 - seeking advice
« on: December 08, 2022, 06:56:24 PM »
How will you get plywood under there?

I still havent got out to look at mine but my memory is i epoxied a nut and washer on the underside before putting the rod holders back in

Threading little screws into glass like they did on mine was a recipe for failure

My rod holder pulled out when I was 50 ft from shore but it easily couldve happened while I was trolling 4 or 5 miles out

Whatever they use the rod holders for in South Africa theyre no good for trolling salmon

Then you have a problem

Stealth / Re: Damaged my Fisha 555 - seeking advice
« on: December 06, 2022, 01:46:49 PM »
Ill throw another little note in there

When the rod holder on mine came out it didnt take much force, I was just pushed in against the pier and my rod bent over until the rod holder pulled out of the yak if you can picture that. I had trolled salmon a few times with rod behind me so there would already have been that stress on the screws, but screws threaded into glass isnt the strongest way to mount them imo Must be the trolling in SAfrica is shallow w no weight so no need for more

I cant remember what all I did when I repaired mine but if memory serves I reinforced and then epoxied a nut on the underside for a screw to thread into. I dont think there was much room to turn the holders in any different position, but if you did enough reinforcement it wouldnt matter

If I was doing it now Id reinforce as much as I could then epoxy the screws sticking up from underneath instead, (which would be much easier than getting the nut in the right position underneath) in which case would just be a matter of getting the right screw length and maybe one of those cap style nuts whatever theyre called

In fact when I get around to doing some tlc on mine I may do a redo and seriously reinforce them so they can hold up to trolling a 2 lb ball which I dont think theyre built for

And maybe some other simple mods while Im at it

For Sale / Re: Free 4”” nylon strap sections
« on: November 29, 2022, 02:32:33 PM »
We were at sewers Friday  My son got one of his biggest yet

Winter is coming

Stealth / Re: Damaged my Fisha 555 - seeking advice
« on: November 28, 2022, 06:51:13 PM »
Good reminder why you should stow everything before you launch and land

My 575 had similar damage when I got blown against the old pier coming in at hmb with rods still in the holders

The rod holders on Stealths are one of the weak points in their design Basically just screws going into fiberglass

For Sale / Re: Free 4”” nylon strap sections
« on: November 22, 2022, 02:05:41 PM »
Side note

trying to convert it to a workshop I ransacked our garage and came across a part for the stihl

Also you didnt take the gas can

One of these days when the surfs looking good in sc Ill let you know in case you want to meet up and grab those

General Talk / Re: Pliny on tap?
« on: November 20, 2022, 11:49:25 AM »
Pliny in sf

General Talk / Re: Pliny on tap?
« on: November 18, 2022, 05:51:21 PM »
Any vatos know where I can score pliny on tap, or sold in growlers?

In South Bay only. Thx 🙏
Seems like I had it someplace in p.a.

Just a suggestion but you should try saisson dupont

In the big bottle w a cork

For Sale / Re: Salmon size Igloo coolers best offer
« on: November 03, 2022, 11:36:04 AM »
Be ready for next salmon season

PM an offer on either or both

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