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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: Today at 06:08:25 PM »
Sailing with Mr. X:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C8Qaw2SNMfq/?igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

Very cool video.

Towards the front of the race, Team Brio is currently 5th, and it looks like they are trying a radical shortcut. It'll be interesting to see if that pays off.

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General Talk / Re: I bought a Hobiecat 18
« on: June 14, 2024, 08:46:21 PM »
There is one parked right next to mine an in better shape for $100 on facebook market place

I'm going to have to get that for the next R2AK...

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 14, 2024, 08:03:06 PM »
I'd be tempted to just make it out of aluminum tubing. Bend one long piece to the desired shape, get the next size larger pipe to sleeve the joint, and braze in place. Lightweight and will outlast the kayak.

That's a good idea. I might give it a try. Any advice on bending aluminum tubing?

You could get a pipe / tubing bender, but aluminum is pretty fragile. I've never bent 90 degree turns with aluminum tube, but I'm sure there is a method. Maybe just heat it with a propane torch? I've done that with some success before, it softens up pretty easily, and won't crack then. Could take some practice to get the bends just right though.

I wish I could afford this machine...


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Kayak Sailing / Re: How much water is too much inside Hobie AI ???
« on: June 14, 2024, 08:00:20 PM »
Another technique that people sometimes use is to put a "shower cap" over the front hatch--it's discussed a bit in this thread from the Hobie forum:

https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=51145&sid=f2afbc3054b8c831b026e4a1db588ae1

I made such a "shower cap" out of thin neoprene, and I figured out how to get it to seal really well. However, I never tested it out, as I was convinced that my silicone tubing was doing the trick. Now that I'm having doubts, I'm going to use the shower cap approach, along with my silicone tube gasket, and see if it makes a difference. If no/little water gets in, I'll know it was the front hatch--otherwise I'll know to look elsewhere.

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 14, 2024, 07:53:13 PM »
I just checked the Tracker.  :smt001  Forget-Me-Knot has covered 53 nautical miles in the last 24 hours.

Yes, I've been watching that one closely too. That is amazing sailing on a TI. Just from the track, you can tell when she's had headwinds, as her tacking has been brilliant.

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General Talk / Re: Cue up the tuba
« on: June 14, 2024, 07:48:32 PM »
When I saw the subject line, I assumed it was going to be a fart joke.

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General Talk / Re: Getting squid ink stains off kayak
« on: June 14, 2024, 04:34:27 AM »
Leave it. Think of it as a Badge of Honor!!

+1

It should be against the bylaws of NCKA to remove such stains from a kayak, and anyone doing so should be excommunicated!

This!!!

Hah. You're the squid king. How come your kayaks look like they're scrubbed and polished in your videos.

Busted!

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 14, 2024, 04:33:16 AM »
I'd be tempted to just make it out of aluminum tubing. Bend one long piece to the desired shape, get the next size larger pipe to sleeve the joint, and braze in place. Lightweight and will outlast the kayak.

That's a good idea. I might give it a try. Any advice on bending aluminum tubing?

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 07:21:25 PM »
Great adaptation, very cool.

If this is the iteration you are satisfied with, Id consider re-making it from HDPE pipe. Reason being that PVC degrades and can break into shards with sharp points and edges.

HDPE (harder to find and more $) will stretch and rebound until it is under much higher stress and then will tear, but not filet your backside.

Wouldn't HDPE pipe be too flexible in a similar diameter?

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 06:02:44 PM »
Beautiful build. The only downside is PVC is brittle. It will eventually break. It's only a matter of time. But I guess having a broken seat at sea is not catastrophic.

Painting it would probably extend the life by quite a bit, as it get more brittle from UV exposure...

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General Talk / Re: Tarp / cover for storing kayak outside
« on: June 13, 2024, 06:00:22 PM »
I store my main AI right-side up on PVC bunks on a trailer, while my backup is hanging upside down under the deck. I've never had any warping issues.

IMHO, the best way to support any Hobie is right-side up on a pair of PVC pipes that run lengthwise. Besides being super-cheap, if you let the PVC flex a little bit in the middle, the bunks form nicely to the hull, and provide better support than the official Hobie cradles.

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Kayak Sailing / Re: How much water is too much inside Hobie AI ???
« on: June 13, 2024, 05:50:19 PM »
I noticed a lot of water coming through the rudder line holes. In roughish water and at speeds greater than 5mph, the stern of my AI will sometimes take a dip under the surface. Note: I am stern-heavy since I am motorized.

Do you think it's the rudder line holes or possibly the rear round hatch? In my case, I use larger diameter rudder lines and can't believe that a lot of water gets through those holes. But, both of the round hatches could be an issue.

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General Talk / Re: Getting squid ink stains off kayak
« on: June 13, 2024, 05:47:07 PM »
Leave it. Think of it as a Badge of Honor!!

+1

It should be against the bylaws of NCKA to remove such stains from a kayak, and anyone doing so should be excommunicated!

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 13, 2024, 05:44:27 PM »
I don't know if other people find the R2AK live tracker as addictive as I do, but I find myself looking at it constantly throughout the day. Here's a few things that caught my eye...

Mr. X was in the doldrums for quite a while today, but this afternoon he seems to have caught some decent wind, and he's making progress. It looks like he will have sailable conditions the next 2 days (a little less consistent the following 2 days) and he might be able to pass at least a couple of other boats.

Some of the other contestants are really impressive too. The one that I find the most amazing is Team Boogie Barge, which the R2AK website describes thusly:

"After 8 years of R2AK-genuity, a lot of crazy and/or bad ideas have been attempted to get to Ketchikan. And heres yet another one: build two wooden torpedoes and slap some bikes on it. No sails, no sleep."

It's just 4 guys pedaling, they are currently 6th overall, and they've gone about 1/6th of the distance (97NM covered, with 496 to go). It's hard to imagine that they can keep going at the same pace the whole way, but if they can, and the winds are light, they might even be a contender for 2nd place.

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 11:26:21 AM »
I've been considering doing the same thing to the Tarpon 140 I just got. My concern is that raising the center of gravity will compromise the stability. Thought's?
It will make it tippy, which isn't a concern when you have outriggers.

Al's correct, at least if you raise it as much as I did. My butt is about 4 or 5 inches higher, and it would definitely affect the stability if I used it in kayak mode.

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