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General Talk / Re: Prairie Creek Redwoods 9/20
« on: September 23, 2021, 07:45:29 PM »
One of the prettiest places I have camped, and the trails through the park are full of wonders - "octopus" trees growing out of downed redwoods, elk in the meadows, etc.   The tent did get a little damp after a few days, no rain, just cool humidity.   

General Talk / Re: Beach Rash
« on: September 21, 2021, 12:40:49 PM »
At 3-4 Knots, how much more effort could a scratched-up hull take to propel vs. a smooth one? One paddle/peddle stroke in a hundred? A thousand?   Unless they're deep enough to possibly cause leaks, consider them battle ribbons and
only affecting future sale price to a newby. 

Introductions / Re: Hail, and well met!
« on: September 10, 2021, 07:26:55 AM »
Welcome!  There's  an area in the San Joaquin Delta known as Five Fingers, always looked fishy to me, though I think it's a ways from anywhere you could launch.  Last time I was there was back before I got into this madness.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Santa Cruz Sunday 9/5
« on: September 06, 2021, 12:12:44 PM »
I gooped a pocket "Boy Scout" compass (has a clear plastic rectangle backing) on my yak right between my legs where I can see it at a glance, used a little denatured alcohol to clean the surfaces well before the goop.  It's helpful even when it's not foggy to keep a steady heading toward an area -even ball buoys disappear from sight with swell/fog.

Whistle/horn: It's required equipment on small vessels per this USCG Power Squadron chart.  I put my whistle on a leash on my PFD in case I fall in and my yak floats away.  I think it can be heard the required distance, but an air horn would be louder, if harder to carry on the PFD.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Santa Cruz Sunday 9/5
« on: September 05, 2021, 06:30:00 PM »
You did really well!   It's real easy to get turned around in the fog - just reeling in a fish will be enough time to do it.
In case you didn't figure it out:The Mile Buoy makes a continuous "groaning" sound in almost any swell, it's actually annoying when it's clear, but lovely to hear when it's not;  the Harbor Lighthouse makes a horn sound, maybe every minute, in foggy conditions, about like a trombone's pitch.  And from just about anywhere in SC/Capitola, if you have a compass, head North and you'll get close enough to shore to see where you are or hear the surf if it's up at all.

For Sale / Re: Tarpon 160i Kayak for sale
« on: September 05, 2021, 06:04:21 PM »
Tarpon 160I and paddle SOLD

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Making a rod float
« on: September 03, 2021, 08:44:17 AM »
   Good question!  Been wondering that for years, never dropped one (knock wood), so I just put as much foam as I can on it without interfering with the line.  When I first got into this madness, I used leashes, but I decided they were too dangerous - getting tangled in some way that I couldn't cut myself loose.
   If I had a swimming pool, I know what I'd do, but since I don't, I suppose I could take the reel off, weigh it, tie the same amount of lead to the rod seat, tie on a retrieval rope, and throw the rod off the dock. 

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Connecting shark shield to FF battery...
« on: August 28, 2021, 02:03:59 PM »
I'm wondering what kind of tool you used to loosen the bolts/nuts holding the parts of the case together -see pics.   

For Sale / Re: Tarpon 160i still available, Sold: Ocean Kayak Prowler 13
« on: August 25, 2021, 04:12:34 PM »
Prowler 13 sold along with Bending Branches Paddle.  Tarpon still available with well-used Werner paddle.

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Connecting shark shield to FF battery...
« on: August 23, 2021, 06:37:28 PM »
Just wondering (from someone who hardly knows an amp from a watt) - would those charging prongs that stick out of the case be of any use to hook a ff battery to (I suppose it would be good to open and disconnect the old battery, so it doesn't explode.)? 

Wowzer!  I think you've got the hardest part of the 40" club initiation done!

There was still a decent surfer's swell this morning in Capitola and Pleasure Pt (just to the west of Capitola), but nothing big, and wind O.K., so I'm going out from SC "Aldo's" yak ramp in the morning, 6:30 or so, heading out past the Mile Buoy trolling for hali's.  You're welcome to tag along, but with my record recently, you might be better off heading in the opposite direction. 

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.

I just looked at the harbor entrance cam - pretty foggy (drizzle), but during the minute I looked, the swell was not rolling into the entrance.  And I believe I saw a kayak angler going out the entrance, looked to be heading east.  Maybe the angler will give us a report, some do that kind of thing.

General Talk / Re: Catalina by Kayak
« on: August 18, 2021, 07:33:02 PM »
That's serious distance, wow!   But I thought Catalina was "26 miles across the sea ...".    4 miles shorter in a dry water year?

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