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  1. J

    Pygmy Osprey Double questions

    I stand corrected on that. Thanks! :thumbsup:
  2. J

    Pygmy Osprey Double questions

    Those foot pedals that Mac50L has designed are worth considering. But few things are as perfect as we might like. I've built foot supports with a single center rail (years ago). If you use leg drive when paddling, they will shift a very small amount from side to side with every paddle stroke-...
  3. J

    Dual control?

    Mick- I can't understand how those work. What does the 'gas pedal' actuate? Can you explain the details? Thanks!
  4. J

    'Guide-approved' tips for launching kayak in rough conditions

    If you pick the 'right' day, it's not hard to find (much) bigger waves than those in the video crashing on the shore in Georgian Bay!
  5. J

    'Guide-approved' tips for launching kayak in rough conditions

    In even small waves, a lot of beginners will capsize when getting their legs into the boat if the boat is side-on to the waves (since they probably won't have their paddle ready with a brace or scull) . And if there's a capsize, his technique will put that beginner head/shoulder down to the...
  6. J

    'Guide-approved' tips for launching kayak in rough conditions

    If you landed there, you probably had to swim in? Perhaps a slower speed variation of the 'Speed Launch' would work? I've seen videos of expert paddlers tossing their boats into the water and then following them. Wouldn't work so easily for a loaded boat, I guess.
  7. J

    'Guide-approved' tips for launching kayak in rough conditions

    Good for a laugh? Here's my first tip for that 'guide': Never put yourself beween your kayak and the shore when there are waves about.
  8. J

    New Level Six Cronos Drysuit

    Update on the Cronos after a couple of paddling days: Summary: "What more could I want? It's excellent." I think of the Cronos as an improved and updated version of the Level Six Triton, which was the LevelSix non-tunnel (aka non-overskirt) suit, discontinued some years ago. Like A_C, I don't...
  9. J

    Pygmy Osprey Double questions

    If you have epoxy and fiberglass you can use anything you can get your hands on: doorskins, luan plywood? Once both sides are glassed with epoxy they will work; no need for marine grade. Strip kayak builders sometimes glue up a panel of strips and glass that. Or you could just lay up glass...
  10. J

    Pygmy Osprey Double questions

    I forgot to mention the excellent BigFoot rudder pedals from Expedition Kayaks in Australia. I've put those in two boats (Telkwa and Mariner Max) and they work well. https://expeditionkayaks.com/products/the-big-foot-kayak-foot-plate-system
  11. J

    Pygmy Osprey Double questions

    What Mick describes for fitting bulkheads is exactly what I do, too. :thumbsup: For rudders: I've used the Smarttrack rudders on several boats I've built and I'm happy with them. They use a coil spring in the blade to keep the rudder 'down' in the water, with a single line to retract. The blades...
  12. J

    Anyone using Zoleo? How do you like it?

    Like many 'tech' devices (computer printers, phones, etc) the 'ongoing' costs overshadow the intial purchase price pretty quickly. However the Zoleo is $275 CAD, the inReach Mini and InReach SE are $450 CAD. After a bad experience years ago with InReach those dropped off my list forever. A...
  13. J

    Anyone using Zoleo? How do you like it?

    I have a Zoleo but haven't used it on a trip - just a few tests around the back yard after I got it- sending and receiving a few messages. So not much real testing at all. The main thing that attracted me to it was the fact that it is much easier for folks from home to 'dial in' to me when I am...
  14. J

    Looking for an Osprey Double

    Excellent! :thumbsup:
  15. J

    Looking for an Osprey Double

    I don't know if you are still looking? I think I've seen other discussions about your quest for a double. https://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/Pygmy-Osprey-double-kayak_38118623 It's an almost complete build in Victoria. I have no connection to the seller; I just noticed this on my...
  16. J

    New Level Six Cronos Drysuit

    Given a choice of one area for 'doubling', and knowing little about suit design, I'd definitely opt for the seat/butt area. My older (discontinued some years ago) Level Six Triton suit has the seat doubled. But it may not make a great deal of difference - perhaps the two fabric layers rubbing...
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    New Level Six Cronos Drysuit

    On mine, the knees are definitely double layer - I can see the three small drainage holes at the bottom front of the knee panels to make sure no water gets trapped between the layers. Grabbing a fold of fabric and meauring with calipers, or just 'by feel' tells me the knees are double-layer. I...
  18. J

    New Level Six Cronos Drysuit

    Cronos suit just landed here. Looks good. Paddling tomorrow. :) I'll report back in a week or two.
  19. J

    lexel for skeg leak?

    You could get Blackline to remove those black blocks and add some glass reinforcement around the base of the skeg box, since you are going for the 'full treatment'.
  20. J

    Savvy Navvy

    If it was something that was a lot better than what is available otherwise, and something I'd use a few times a week, even $90/year wouldn't be unreasonable. I try to ignore any site that promises 'Free trial!!" , then requires my credit card info. It would be just as easy for the vendor to do...
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