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For Sale / SOLD Tarpon 160i Kayak for sale
« on: August 21, 2021, 04:12:40 PM »
   SOLD SOLD SOLD ON 9/5/21: I'm selling this for my son, who is in the middle of a several-months-long moving out-of-state process.  The kayak is now located at my place in Live Oak, Santa Cruz County.

   $450., negotiable

     It has always been stored covered.  The Tarpon was purchased new about 10 years ago,    It is in excellent condition, and it has only been used about a dozen times. 
    The Tarpon has a seat back and straps, but no cushion.
     Included in the sale price is a well used 220 cm Werner paddle.
     Send me a PM if interested.

Kayak Sailing / Is this a kayak*?
« on: July 27, 2021, 09:54:00 PM »
From the Race Results section of the August 2021 Latitude 38 sailing/cruising magazine (Google " 'Lectronic Latitude").
In non-covid years, this race is from Washington to Alaska (this year, it was entirely in Washington since Canada is closed), and the rules permit anything but power boats (sail, row, pole, paddle, peddle, or combo).  This kayak*(?) won.

General Talk / New CDIP Wave Buoy Inshore W. Santa Cruz
« on: December 09, 2020, 08:47:43 PM »
    There was an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/8/20 about a new CDIP wave-monitoring buoy located about a mile south of the intersection of Columbia St. and West  Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz.  By my calculation from my Fish-n-Map Co GG/MntryBay/etc chart (the one they sell at bait shops), it's in 60-70 FOW south of the blocky condo buildings just west of Steamer's and east of Mitchell's Cove. If you look at that chart, Columbia St. is just to the east of circular streets obvious on the chart and known locally, not surprisingly,  as "The Circles".  The buoy is close to, or right at, the "167" GPS location marked with a red dot on the chart.*
    Following the link given in the article,       cdip.ucsd.edu/m/products/?stn=254pl    , you'll find some very interesting charts of wave direction, heights and periods, currents, etc.. The data is updated every half hour and is plotted on a chart that compares it to a line showing the projected data.
     These CDIP buoys are located all along California's coast, as you probably already knew, and as I found out when I searched for Santa Cruz and wound up at a buoy near Santa Cruz Island in SoCal.
      I turned off a 65 year old cowboy movie starring Kirk Douglas to research this, so I hope you enjoy it.  I mean this buoy stuff, but the movie was kind of fun too. For Covid stay-at-home fare, that is.

*CDIP gives the coordinates as 36.93443/122.03397, and using the Fed's converter,
I came up with 36deg56min3.9474sec/122deg2min2.2914sec

General Talk / New Yorker cartoon 8/31 edition
« on: August 26, 2020, 09:41:42 PM »
See attached

I was mighty tempted to post this under Fish Reports.   From the June 8th&15th edition of The New Yorker:


The note about the Contributor near the Table of Contents reads:
"Ernest Hemingway ("Pursuit as Happiness," p.18), who died in 1961, won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature.  This previously unpublished story was found in his papers, and will appear in a forthcoming edition of "The Old Man and the Sea""

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Shark Shield mystery disharge
« on: June 02, 2020, 05:42:26 PM »
     Last time I went out, when I returned I did the usual: rinse the SS gently, drip dry, plug in, wait for the green light to go on, unplug, test by turning knob on, then knob off.  Yesterday, getting ready to go out today, I plugged it into charger (it only takes a few minutes to top it off), but this time it took 4 hours to get the green light. 
    The only thing I could find to explain it is that there was some "shellac" around the base of the charging prongs -thin brownish layer.  So I got out my electronic cleaner and toothbrush and cleaned the prongs and the area around them. I charged it for a few minutes and waited until this morning and plugged it in again, and the green light came on immediately, and it worked fine all day.  I'm hoping that the problem was just the electricity traveling between the prongs by way of the shellac.   
    You might want to make a routine of cleaning those  prongs if you don't already. 

General Talk / shark attack at Pleasure Pt, Santa Cruz 3/27/20
« on: March 28, 2020, 09:52:27 AM »
 Lee Solomon, KSBW TV (Salinas) weatherman and waterman posted on his  Facebook page that on 3/27/20 a shark attacked a teenager prone paddleboarder (one of two) outside the kelp at Pleasure Point (which is near 30th Ave in the county area of Santa Cruz, between Capitola and Santa Cruz city).  He posted pics of the board with a good-sized curve of tooth dings.  The paddleboarders were not hit or injured, but one was knocked off the board by the attack.

General Talk / Huey Lewis's old drug: Fishing
« on: March 14, 2020, 08:08:57 PM »
From The New Yorker, 3/2/20:

Best line: "Fishing is never as good as it's going to be or as it was."

General Talk / Seasickness Article
« on: August 05, 2019, 11:29:07 AM »

Begins on page 34.  Written by a doctor.  Covers a lot in a couple of pages. 
If the above link doesn't work, try "48North.com" (It's a sailing magazine.) then go to previous issues and select July, 2019.

Safety First / SC rescue assist 6/27/19
« on: June 27, 2019, 06:11:02 PM »
   I was paddling in, about 1/4 mile from the Harbor lighthouse and at least a couple hundred yards from Harbor Beach today when I saw a guy in a kayak near the kelp beds.  I wasn't close enough to see what he was doing, couldn't tell if he was fishing or just out for a paddle.  I looked away for a second, and when I looked back, he was in the water and his craft was upside down.  I still wasn't sure what he was up to, thought maybe he was just fooling around in the water, but I aimed toward him, and I could see that he was basically just holding on to the side of the craft and not trying anything I could see to tip it back up, etc.   So I came close and asked him if he needed help, and he didn't respond except to look at me. I asked him if he could try getting under water to get some leverage to push it over, and it seemed like he half tried but then just kept holding on.  I had the impression that he was dazed, or perhaps intoxicated, perhaps he was just in shock over the sudden dunking.  He was wearing a life jacket, but it did not fit and the sides came up almost to the top of his head. The wind had come up to maybe 12 k in the last half hour, and there were a few whitecaps and a lot of steep rollers.  I was able to paddle against it, but it was work.  He said he'd reached around to get into his tackle box and a roller hit him and tipped him over.  Something on the craft seemed to be snagged in the kelp, because it wasn't drifting.   
     I got up close and on the other side from him and tried reaching and pulling up on my side and told him to push dorn on his, but the "craft" - I'm not sure it was a kayak, it seemed very wide and square at the ends and had large bulges lengthwise on the bottom, and it didn't move more than a few inches with that manuever.  I think it was either very heavily constructed or partly full of water, or both.    I also noticed that he had a medium-sized cooler attached to the upside-down craft.   
     I have a tow rope, but it seemed that it would be impossible to tow the craft upside down with him hanging on to the end, and though it would have been a shorter trip to get to the beach than the harbor, I thought even towing him alone would be impossible in the conditions, especially since he seemed like a pretty large guy.  I thought it would have been foolish for me to jump in to try to help him (if he was able) to push the craft upright - we probably would both need rescuing, because it didn't seem likely that even both of us could tip the craft over, and I'd have to deal with my kayak too.
   So I called the Harbor office on my radio and asked for help.  They were having some trouble understanding me, and my radio volume was set too low to hear them clearly, what with the wind and wave noise (Got to practice increasing the volume on dry land - I don't like it barking in my ear when I fishing in calm waters.).
     It took about 10 mins before I saw a large jet ski and sled heading toward us.   The skier tried to lift and turn the craft but it was too heavy, so he had the guy get on the sled and he said he'd have a boat come out and retrieve the craft.  At that point, I headed in against some even stiffer wind.
     I don't what would have happened if he hadn't been pretty close to the harbor.  I suppose I'd just call the CG or harbor and make sure he held on to the craft, or onto the back of mine and just wait for help.


General Talk / Savvy sea lion
« on: April 26, 2019, 05:29:16 PM »
At the SC Harbor, I saw a guy walking down the dock carrying a nice salmon in one hand and some small rockfish in the other as a sea lion was flopping down the dock after him.  So the guy throws one of the small rockies toward him, and the sea lion sniffs it but keeps flopping after the salmon the guy was holding. 

General Talk / "Sail Flow" weather/conditions site
« on: March 20, 2019, 02:28:41 PM »
I searched this (NCKA) forum, and I was surprised I didn't get any results for this conditions site that I found in the Latitude 38 free sailing magazine (online at " 'Lectronic Latitude" or something like that):
 Sail Flow (name of location)
Has wind, waves, tides, etc.  Looks pretty good.  Will have to compare it to the dozen others available. And importantly, to actual conditions.

General Talk / Abalone for sale near Davenport
« on: March 16, 2019, 03:25:04 PM »
   I kinda knew that there was an abalone farm on Davenport Landing Rd just north of the village, and I assumed that the landing craft gathering kelp I've off of Pleasure Point on a regular basis was part of the operation.  And the farm never had any signs or anything else to show it was there, except for what looked like a couple of old small farm sheds in the weeds.
    Today, as I was driving up the coast, I noticed a bunch of "farm stand" - like signs that said abalone (and some other sea critters) was for sale at that location.   
    I'm naturally curious about what has changed and why.   

General Talk / Naked man jumps into shark tank
« on: October 16, 2018, 01:20:38 PM »
I'm really surprised this hasn't shown up on this forum.  Maybe save money by paddling naked rather than buying Shark Shield?

P.S.: He was a suspect in a nasty assault that occurred earlier - I guess his efforts to blend into the crowd failed.

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