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Hobie Kayaks / Re: Well. My 2022 Outback Hull cracked.
« on: March 03, 2024, 03:26:43 PM »
A guy I know who is a small dealer in nor cal (Chester) told me the new ownership pulled the plug on small dealers also

I was surprised to hear Hobie had sold the company

Hobie Kayaks / Re: Well. My 2022 Outback Hull cracked.
« on: March 02, 2024, 05:55:19 PM »
Good you spotted that while on dry land, imagine you’re x miles out at sea…

Seems like more cracks in yaks than years past? Plastic has always seemed so indestructible

Makes me glad I didn’t spring for a Hobie yet. They’re a great company but this shows even they can have their problems

I think the guy I brought in at Muir was on an OK that had been repaired. It was a stunning experience watching it go nose up and slide to the bottom

Back cover

If you want a sense of the scale of things and what the shift is all about this is a good read

If I had read this and a couple of other books prior to the MLPA process my involvement would’ve been entirely different…or maybe wouldn’t have happened at all. As it was I set myself up for the same boatload of frustrations that others on the wrong side of the divide came away with. The costs were pretty high but then most of us got off easy compared with a lot of people in commercial fishing community

General Fishing Tips / Re: Wetsuit vs. dry suit - which one?
« on: February 15, 2024, 04:03:13 PM »
I still have a drysuit that’s pushing 50 years old that I should stuff in the can for the next garbage day

I worked in it for a while and pretty quickly went back to my wetsuit for a couple of reasons the main one being the drysuit was awkward to swim in

The new suits might be different Seems like one of the divers from up north posted something here in their favor but keep in mind they are wearing fins. One thing a wetsuit has in its favor is floatation, not sure how the new drysuits are in that regard

My old drysuit has a valve on the chest that connected to my hookah rig to regulate floatation at different depths. One of the things I hated was as I moved around underwater the air shifted and would inflate a leg or whatever body part was up

Not a problem if you’re swimming at the surface and sporting a pfd but in my experience wetsuits are just easier to swim in

Craftsmen's Corner / Woodworking types
« on: January 10, 2024, 01:01:06 PM »
Look at the OG 1000 post section if you’re in the market for a good dust collector. My workspace is too crowded so I need to simplify and may eventually get rid of some other machines in favor of hand tools

Will float it there a while to give OGs first shot then put it on regular classifieds

CA Regulations / Re: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
« on: December 29, 2023, 01:41:06 PM »
The F&G Commission hired a consulting firm to train staff, and commissioners on JEDI. I watched their presentation, and listened to the public comments. The commenters stated that only 5% of the general public hunt, or fish. So to them JEDI meant that the commission members should reflect the general public and be 95% non-hunters, or fishers.

This whole thing so smacks of foundations’ involvement

General Talk / Re: Surf's up in Santa Cruz!
« on: December 28, 2023, 04:16:52 PM »
We were going but looked like getting in at steamer was dicey

General Talk / Re: Half Moon Bay
« on: December 22, 2023, 02:32:38 PM »
Or halibut

Safety First / Re: Inshore Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jackets Sale
« on: December 06, 2023, 01:13:33 PM »
I just learned about those big wave vests recently and they look neat as hell.  One feature that I thought was pretty trick was that they had multiple cartridges/charges so your day wasn't over or seriously delayed after one pull.

The ones we’re looking at have four rip cords. Two on each side probably to guarantee if you reach for it you’ll get hold of something

Safety First / Re: Inshore Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jackets Sale
« on: December 06, 2023, 11:52:19 AM »
Wasnt a serious recommendation. I wonder how reliable those inflating pfds are. The ones designed for mavs had a lot of testing and input from guys like Peter Mel

Even with all that some of them you have to sign a liability waiver in case they fail and/or take a big wave safety course

Would probably get ripped a new internet asshole here for asking if you even need one on those little lakes so I won’t

Safety First / Re: Inshore Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jackets Sale
« on: December 05, 2023, 02:45:49 PM »
We’re looking at inflation vests for mavs $1500 each but worth every nickel when it counts

Means $3k between us since I’ll be out there too

My last few kayak ocean swims gave me mixed opinions about standard pfd’s re I had to take mine off to get back on my stealth which is about as clean a setup as it gets

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Maker motivation. Greenland Paddle
« on: November 08, 2023, 06:26:54 PM »
Looks like a hand tool project

Cedar is amazing wood


I haven’t fished in maybe last 5 years With salmon closed I’m thinking about seafood options and not much to me locally that’s appealing

My friend used to get some monster lobsters on his trips south

Curious what the range of the lobsters is? My original free dive partner went to socal a lot to dive for them but I never went

My memory was he was diving around Catalina but memory banks aren’t so good these days

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