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I was at West Marine today and they had a Pelican pedal drive kayak. I’d never looked closely at the Pelican pedal system (they call it hydryve), but the cables/chain look to be virtually identical to those on a Hobie mirage drive. So, I’m wondering if the Pelican cables will work on a Hobie. I can’t seem to find the hydryve cables online, but I’d bet they are cheaper than the corresponding Hobie parts. If so, it might be a good source for spare parts for a Hobie.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / DIY gaff (including hook)
« on: July 20, 2021, 06:15:21 PM »
I lost my gaff yesterday, and couldn't find one I liked, so I wanted to make one. While there's lots of good info on how to attach a gaff hook to a handle, I didn't see anything on how to fashion a hook. So, here's my attempt...

I got a 3/8" stainless (304 was all that I could find) rod, bent it in my DIY bending jig, put a point on it, and attached a custom (ha ha) PVC handle.

The hardest part was putting a point on it, but with some power tools, that would've been a lot easier. I heated up the end and tried to bash it flat to put a bolt thru. Suffice it to say that I'll never be a contestant on "forged in fire".

Anyways, I want to make a couple minor mods, but I think it'll work. I'm hoping to test it out tomorrow...

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Lost gaff in Santa Cruz
« on: July 19, 2021, 01:42:51 PM »
I lost my DIY gaff on the water somewhere around SC7. Given the wind and swell direction, I'm guessing it'll end up stuck in the kelp near Pleasure Point. Anyways, of you see a gaff with a PVC handle and orange pool noodle wrapped around the handle, let me know.

It would float hook-side down, so from above, it probably looks like something that should be attached to a crab pot.

There are some pictures of it here:


Kayak Sailing / AI jib 3.0
« on: July 18, 2021, 03:39:37 PM »
This is my 3rd attempt at optimizing a jib for AI. It still has a ways to go, so I won't be testing it for a while, but I thought I'd post a few details here and update when I get a chance to try it out (with luck, as soon as this week).

I'm using aluminum tubing for a mast and fashioned some end pieces out of starboard plastic. I'll have it all put together tomorrow or Tuesday, and then I just have to figure out how to transport it...

I was passing by the A dock just now and saw half of a Hobie paddle and thought it might belong to somebody on NCKA…

Hobie Kayaks / [FAIL] $0.56 Hobie V2 Mirage drive chain repair?
« on: June 22, 2021, 05:34:46 PM »
I broke the cable on one of my Mirage drive chains as I was coming into the Santa Cruz harbor today. Conditions were sporty, and it could have been serious if not for there being sufficient wind to sail unassisted.

A while back, I replaced a broken idler cable with bungee cord, and that's been working remarkably well. The bungee cord pops off the idler pulley about once every 20 miles of pedaling, but you can still pedals without it, and it's trivial to put it back on in real-time.

So, I'm wondering of there is a cheap fix for a broken chain. My plan is to keep the chain part, and replace the cable with sailing (i.e., no stretch) rope. I plan to tie the rope thru the first link in the chain, and then secure it at the same place that the cable threads into. Unfortunately, the rope in the picture is just slightly too large in diameter, so I'll have to make a run to West Marine.

I'm wondering whether anybody sees any obvious flaw in this plan. One obvious drawback is that it'll be a pain to get it tied to the correct length, and then it won't be adjustable. But, that's one-time work, and I think it's do-able.

Kayak Sailing / How to stiffen PVC pipe?
« on: June 19, 2021, 08:40:44 PM »
I’ve got a jib (smaller sail in front of the main) for my AI that’s very useful in certain wind conditions. It’ll work best with a mast that is about 1” (or less) in diameter. Ideally, the mast would be 16’ (minimum is 12’), reasonably stiff, and as lightweight as possible. I currently use a 3/4” PVC pipe (class 200, the thin stuff) for the mast. It’s the perfect diameter and lightweight, and it sorta works, but is way too flexible.

Is there any way to stiffen PVC pipe without adding too much weight? Some people claim that high-density (like 8 pound) expanding foam will do the trick, but I have my doubts. A wooden dowel inside the PVC pipe seems to add a lot of stiffness and not too much weight, but I don’t think I’ll find a 12’ (let alone 16’) dowel.

Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated!

Fish ID sub-forum / lunker sand dab?
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:45:23 PM »
I caught the pictured fish in 150+ fow out of Santa Cruz today. They all looked like sand dabs to me. Sea Forager says that 16" is as big as sand dabs get:


So, was the big one a lunker sand dab or something else?

General Talk / another smog test question
« on: June 09, 2021, 08:09:12 PM »
Last winter I posted a smog test question, and thanks in no small part to the discussion of cats and ancestry that that post engendered, I was eventually able to get my '04 CRV to pass. Now, I'm back with another smog test adventure.

I took our '09 Civic in for a smog test, and the nice Vietnamese gentleman who attempted to do the test told me that I'd have to call the smog "referee". I thought he was joking, or that something had been lost in translation, but it turns out there may actually be a smog referee. After some telephone run-around, I'm now scheduled to visit a putative smog referee in Livermore (an hour drive for me) next Monday. As an added bonus, the registration on that car has now expired, so it looks like I'll have the privilege of going to the DMV and paying $50 so that I can legally drive my car to visit the smog referee.

I'm thinking that this is some kind of elaborate prank that somebody is playing on me. Assuming that I'm wrong, and there really is a smog referee, my question is: Does a smog referee wear a shirt with black and white vertical stripes? If not, I'm going to be very disappointed.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / GoPro recommendations?
« on: June 09, 2021, 07:38:18 PM »
I've been using an ancient Garmin Virb for a few seasons, and it worked surprisingly well. Unfortunately, it has become flakey as of late. So, I think I'll upgrade to a GoPro, and was wondering if anybody has any recommendations.

Best Buy has the Hero 7 silver for $199, and that looks like a great price. But, the battery is not replaceable on that one, which seems like a big negative to me...

1/3rd of the way to a limit?

52 fow near Natural Bridges

Craftsmen's Corner / el cheapo DIY sinkers
« on: May 26, 2021, 07:43:25 AM »
I was Bass Pro the other day and the cheapest 10 oz sinker they had was $8, which was too rich for me.

Later, I was in Home Depot, and saw a heavy steel post, 3' long and about 5/8" diameter, with a bunch of tiny holes predrilled through. It only cost $5.

The light bulb in my head lit up, and this is now my new favorite sinker material. It weighs about 2 oz per inch, so a 5 inch length serves as a reasonable facsimile of a 10 oz torpedo sinker. The predrilled holes are awesome, as I simply cut it to the desired length with a hacksaw, and then tie on a piece of heavy mono.

I tried them out on Monday, trolling with a bounce-ball-like technique, and they worked fine. I think they'll work well in other applications too.

General Talk / short-term housing in/near Oakland?
« on: May 19, 2021, 08:02:14 PM »
My son is working at Highland Hospital in Oakland for the next 3 months and he couldn't seem to find anyplace nearby to live for that short of a timeframe. He eventually got a place in a small complex that's in Hoover-Foster, I believe. The apartment itself is not too bad, but the area is a bit sketchy. I was wondering if anybody might have leads/suggestions on somewhere else that would be a reasonable commute for working at that hospital. Thanks.

Craftsmen's Corner / DIY PVC gaff for less than $20
« on: May 05, 2021, 12:55:45 PM »
I mentioned in another thread that I'd made a gaff that I like for less than $20, so here are the details...

I bought this "Offshore Angler 3-1/2" Hand Hook" for $13.99 at Bass Pro:


The hook on it is pretty awesome, but the handle sucks. The handle is some sort of dense plastic, so I cut it down to fit snuggly inside 3/4" schedule 40 PVC. Then shoved it into the PVC as far as it'll go. drilled thru the plastic and put in a bolt to hold in place, and put a cap over the end (PVC glued).

Not too purdy, but I really like the feel of it, and I think it's bomb-proof.

General Talk / UFO in Santa Cruz!
« on: May 03, 2021, 05:15:47 PM »
I launched out of the SC harbor at 7:00am this morning and covered 9.45 miles in 5+ hours for a grand total of 4 rockfish. Mostly, I was trolling the sandy areas, and didn't fish the rocks much, so, I think there probably was a reasonable RF bite. But, I couldn't get anything else to bite. There was quite a bit of bait around, so there must be some bigger fish too.

From the chatter on the radio, I heard that someone caught a coho, so you might be extra careful to ID any salmon.

The big excitement for the day was when I spotted this UFO (unidentified floating object)...

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