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When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang. - Herman Melville

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 on: February 02, 2018, 08:06:57 AM 
Started by RickyB - Last post by Tim
The ones I have seen are incredibly strong, drop from the car roof strong.  Will they get damaged on rocks in dynamic conditions - yes.  I would guess that if you can build one, you can repair one.

 on: February 01, 2018, 07:50:11 PM 
Started by RickyB - Last post by RickyB
Thanks, Tim. This is very helpful. One other issue: Can these boats take a hit and (if not) are they difficult / expensive to repair?

 on: February 01, 2018, 08:05:15 AM 
Started by RickyB - Last post by Tim
Chesapeake Light Craft boats are excellent kayaks.  They handle, and are amazingly light and strong.

Both options look good.  The Chesapeake will be relatively slower and more stable than the Shearwater.  There is also Nick

Schade's Night Heron in the line-up, which is probably the relatively fastest, least stable of the designs - read as amazing

handling.  It all depends on your friend's paddling experience and desires for the future.  A good move would be to talk to

Nick Schade, an amazing paddler and kayak designer based in Groton, CT.  By the way, his brother set up Chesapeake Light

Craft.  At least check out his website.

 on: January 31, 2018, 06:36:35 PM 
Started by RickyB - Last post by RickyB

A friend of mine has booked a week in April to build a stitch-and-glue kayak under the guidance of the Chesapeake Light Craft Company.  He is not an experienced sea kayaker, but would like to become one, and he likes the idea of building his own boat.   Can anyone tell me:

a) if these are good quality boats? and
b) if you would recommend the Chesapeake model or the Shearwater?

Thanks very much!

Rick Brooks

 on: January 31, 2018, 05:11:50 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by Cat
Hey Jon, thanks for taking and sharing your photos.  Is there any way to view the photos without signing into

 on: January 30, 2018, 06:26:41 PM 
Started by FredF - Last post by Tony M.
Looks like a good, efficient rescue, Fred. I think it would take some practice to get it down to 30 seconds. Maybe practicing in cold water would help speed it up! (just kidding).

 on: January 30, 2018, 08:20:54 AM 
Started by FredF - Last post by FredF
This might be fun to try when the water warms up a bit.

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cap1wHLDOW4

 on: January 28, 2018, 04:20:26 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin

 on: January 27, 2018, 04:00:45 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin
Wayne Horodowich responds.

Jon sent me an e-mail saying there was some discussion among RICKA members regarding my article “Paddling Alone” posted on Paddling.Com. I have to say I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the subject. I was fascinated about the Tim’s comment about sea kayaking being an aging sport and how the discussion thread followed that line.

Before I comment on your thoughts it is interesting to note I wrote that article over 15 years ago and posted it on my website in Nov 2002. Back then there were no comments about being older and the concerns raised in your recent comments. All comments were either for or against, with the focus on safety in numbers, which is a different topic that was also addressed in a different article.

As for sea kayaking being an aging sport I agree completely. When sea kayaking was in its infancy and the beginning of its growing curve (mid 1980’s) the demographics were ages 30 to 50.  We are now 60 to 80. The phone calls I now get from old paddling partners is not let’s go for a paddle. They call me with the latest joint replacement or who recently passed away.

Personally I spend less time on the water than years ago even though I am retired and have more time. I still teach kayaking classes and go on solo weeklong trips. I freely admit the degree of difficulty, regarding the paddling environment, has lowered as I have aged. I realize my brain wants to write checks that my body and skill level can no longer cash.

However, I still love to paddle alone and I am fully aware of my new limitations. As a side note, when I finished my 30 day Outward Bound course at age 26 I believed all limitations were self imposed. After my knee replacement, hip replacement, elbow surgery, shoulder surgery and occasional a-fib incidents I am fully aware of the fact that there are physical limitations. I am not even going to mention the challenges of the aging brain. I am tired of trying to remember why I come into rooms. Even with my new limitations I feel I have a good sense of what I can and cannot do. I constantly do risk assessments for all of my activities. That includes getting on the roof to blow of the pine needles.

After reading your comments I still believe in my reasons for writing the article, which are the confidence and satisfaction of being able to go out and do something on my own, even if it is a half hour paddle on a calm lake. I can still push my limits even as those limits decrease. I prefer to do that than say I can no longer do something just because of the date on my birth certificate.

When will I stop? When I can no longer do it. How do I know I can no longer do it? When I try it and I cannot. The key is to test yourself in controlled environments to see if you can still do it before doing it in a more risky situation.

I want to thank you all for your comments. It has motivated me to write an article regarding the aging paddler. I better write it now while there are still enough of us around to read it.

 on: January 26, 2018, 10:28:20 AM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by Tony M.
   Jonathan - Important aspect of paddling alone I failed to mention, the contemplative side to it...thank you for bringing it up!
   Fred - It is related, and an excellent point...NOTHING is bomb-proof. (just as anyone with kids knows nothing is unbreakable...my kids could break a cannonball!)

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