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Flying with Paddles

In a couple of weeks I'm flying to an out of town race. I want to bring my own paddles, but it doesn't seem like JetBlue will let me carry them on. I am a little nervous about checking the paddlebag.

In addition, it seems like the paddlebag will exceed the 62" width+height+thickness limit for standard luggage and require additional payment.

Any tips out there?

Tahitian design canoes

Heres some pics of that 197lb tahitian design canoe. I saw it in kona last year, I was so impressed by the design and workmanship I had to get some photos of it. I Also spoke to some of the guys who paddled in it and they were amazed by how fast it gets up to speed.

Tracrac Truck Cradle/Saddle Setup Options

Looking for some feedback from any of you guys with tracrac setups on your trucks. What kind of OC1 cradle/saddles are you using? I was thinking I could just use options from either Thule or Yakima however I've been told they won't fit. Any truth to this or can it be done? If yes, let me know if it just worked as is or if there was some customization work that needed to be done.

Thanks,
Isamu

Hihimanu...what have guys heard about it?

what have you guys heard about the hihimanu canoe.....any info would be appreciated...

OC-1 for kids

Maybe our local builders will take note. Check out the Gecko, I think it's great idea.
Get em hooked while their young.
http://www.allwave.it/

Outrigger Connection Seat Velcro

I recently modified the seat on my Fusion, by cutting a hole in the bottom for my water bladder. This required me to cut out the original velcro and put on new velcro. I have acquired some fine marine-grade velcro, but it won't stick to the foam. Then I noticed that the foam had been coated with a whitish-yellowish substance for the original velcro to adhere. Does anyone know what this wonderous substance is? Elmers Glue?

sunglasses

I'm looking into buying sunglasses for paddling. any suggestions? Polarized vs. UV? Brands? Price ranges?

John Martins anygood?

A friend has a john martin OC1 that is a couple years old...not too sure what model it is...all i know is that it's 24 ft long? do you know what model it is? or any help on info because i'm considering it as my very first OC1, to start in the sport...any info is helpful..

NEW TO PADDLING...GOT A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS..

so heres the story..im thinking about buying my first one man and i'm not too sure whats the right dimensions for me and if its the right one man. My friends selling a John Martin 24' fiberglass...one man for $900. I'm 6'1" and weigh 195 lbs. Is this one man the right size or am getting into a bad investment. Some people say just buy it and start paddling until you get good....need help.

Lightning versus Mirage

My club recently purchased the last (and possibly best) of the Bradley Lightnings made in Vancouver.

Last evening we practiced in preparation for a local race and noticed significantly different performance upwind and downwind between our Mirages and Lightning. Both had similarly sized/skilled crews and competant steersmen.

The Mirage easily walked away on the upwind leg from the Lightning ( 4-6' wind and wave swells) but Lightning struck on the way home, easily blowing the Mirage away on the surfing run. I was struck by the superior surfing ability of the Lightning hull, it seemed to sit in the wave more.

At the time of purchase it was discussed that "there may be a performance difference in our sheltered waters" and while we've only had her a short time, however I'm curious if others have seen this kind of performance difference between these two canoes.. I know it's like comparing a Lamborghini and a Ferrari but....any comments? thoughts? personal opinions?

Haiku? (actually I'm hoping for some good info before the thread degrades into our usual Friday foolishness :)

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