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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / SC 9/20/21
« on: September 20, 2021, 10:10:35 AM »

General Talk / NCKA express from Reno to San Jose vicinity?
« on: September 16, 2021, 02:35:48 PM »
Someone has just made me an incredible deal on some AI parts (specifically, aka bars, which are 1 5/8" aluminum tubing, about 4' or 5' long, plus a few smaller parts) that I've been looking for forever. The only catch is that they're in Reno and I won't be able to get there for months, if then. So, if anybody happens to be heading from Reno to anywhere near San Jose and would be willing and able to carry these parts, let me know.

General Talk / NCKA express to San Diego?
« on: September 06, 2021, 06:49:32 PM »
I know it's a longshot, but...

I've got some frozen halibut and rockfish that I'd like to ship to my brother-in-law in San Diego. If any NCKAer is headed to SD any time in the next few weeks and might be willing to make a drop off, let me know. I'd be glad to pay--better that the money goes to someone in NCKA, where it can be used for important things like kayaks and fishing gear, rather than to UPS.

Btw, he lives just a mile off of I-5 in Carmel Valley, so it would be a quick and easy drop off.

Craftsmen's Corner / Connecting shark shield to FF battery...
« on: August 22, 2021, 12:26:17 PM »
The battery on my older SS seems to be running out of steam, as it only lasts a short time. According to SS, the battery cannot be replaced, so I'm going to try running my SS off of my fishfinder battery. My FF battery is a 9Ah LifePO4 battery (an older version of the Dakota batteries, that are fairly popular on this forum).

I took apart the SS, and measured the voltage of its (fully charged) battery at 12.41v. My FF battery says that it's 12.8v, but I measured 13.14v. It seems to me that the difference between 12.41 and 13.14 is slight, and I should be able to run my SS directly off the FF battery. It's been a long time since my high school electronics class (where we spent more time burning shunts than learning about electricity), so if I'm incorrect, let me know.

Assuming I can directly connect the SS to my FF battery, then I just need to find a good waterproof disconnect. For connecting my FF battery to my FF (inside the hull), I use these cheapo things:


They're splash resistant, but definitely not sufficiently waterproof for connecting to the SS, which sits in the soak zone. Any recommendations for a truly waterproof disconnect?

General Talk / is there an electrician in the house?
« on: August 10, 2021, 10:33:37 PM »
I was in San Diego with the family the last couple of days. I got an ear infection, so was not having much fun and decided to head home early. The wife and kids are still in SD for a couple more days.

When I got home yesterday, I found that a tree had fallen on the power lines, broke off the pole next to our house. That pole did some damage to a car, and cracked the windshield on another car. Strangely, the power was still on, and no neighbors had noticed, so PG&E was unaware.

As bad as it looks outside, the worst damage was inside, as the microwave, a direct-vent propane heater, tankless water heater, and pellet stove are all non-functioning. The propane heater and pellet stove are both on surge protectors, so I was surprised that those were damaged. And I always turn off the power to the water heater when we leave (I had turned it off, but turned in back on for "just a minute"...).

The pole fairy put in a new pole last night. I have experience with trees on the power lines damaging the service entrance, so I was able fix that and the power was reconnected today. Electricity restored!

The next priority is hot water. I called Rheem today. I'd assumed that the control board would need to be replaced, but they had other ideas. Later, when pondering the phone call, it didn't seem to make much sense, so I'll call them again tomorrow.

Anyways, if anybody has any thoughts on how to diagnose the water heater, let me know!

Hobie Kayaks / Do Pelican ďhydryveĒ parts fit a Hobie mirage drive?
« on: July 31, 2021, 05:40:35 PM »
I was at West Marine today and they had a Pelican pedal drive kayak. Iíd 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, Iím wondering if the Pelican cables will work on a Hobie. I canít seem to find the hydryve cables online, but Iíd 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 NCKAÖ

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 »
Iíve got a jib (smaller sail in front of the main) for my AI thatís very useful in certain wind conditions. Itíll work best with a mast that is about 1Ē (or less) in diameter. Ideally, the mast would be 16í (minimum is 12í), reasonably stiff, and as lightweight as possible. I currently use a 3/4Ē PVC pipe (class 200, the thin stuff) for the mast. Itís 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 donít think Iíll find a 12í (let alone 16í) 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...

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