The Mothership

I wonder if my boat misses me while I'm away?


We'll go visit the old girl and see how she is doing.  She needs some attention and we need to get some of those kayaks back home.

The attack on stretching continues!

It is getting pretty ridiculous that in this modern age we are still arguing about the effectiveness of stretching.  As a species we have been able to write down our findings for about 6 or 8 thousand years. And yet we are still deciding what is the best way to maintain ourselves in good condition.

Below is an article that says stretching is bad and then in the comments that follow the authors shares advice one how to improve range of motion in a complicated way that I basically reduced to using dynamic stretching.

I've had poor results from static stretching but no injuries from it.  I've also had painful results from yoga classes that put you in a difficult static pose and then have you hold the pose through the pain.

For the past few years I've been doing some very basic Tai Chi warm up exercises that most anyone would call stretches. However these are done without stopping, so no static stretching in one position.  Also these are done in a way so that the your full pain free range of motion is used.  So if you have any perceived tightness you are going to far.  After a few months of these warm up exercises or stretches my range of motion and my ability to walk and sit comfortably was greatly improved.  So it may be that static stretching is bad, but other stretching is good.





https://philmaffetone.com/dangers-of-stretching/

DIY Cheap Roof Racks

We built these racks for a john boat but they worked great for canoes, kayaks, and SUPs.




It is just a 2X4 cut to the right length for the roof and then attached to a suction cup handle with very heavy duty zip ties.



It rack has no trouble with heavier kayaks or other light boats.


This design only keeps the load off of the roof.  To keep the load and the racks on the roof you can see that we put straps though the doors and tightened then very snug.  ( Open the doors to strap down the load).

The suction cups are not what is holding this load down so please don't do something dumb and blame me.  In fact I'll just say don't try this at home!  I just think it might be neat for others to see what worked for me.

Roof Rack redo the best Kayak Roof Rack

OK, I've been running it like this for a while and I wanted to share it.  



These are 48 inch Yakima Bars connected to my curved roof with curved tracks from Proline Racks. The stacker is actually a set of Yakima cradles like this:



http://www.prolineracks.com/yakima-bowdown-folding-kayak-racks-240.jpg

This J cradle it mounted far over on the driver side as possible and then three boats can stack on the passenger side.  Additional accessories are pads on the passenger side of the bars and the all important bath mat for loading from the front, the side or the back.

Love LL Bean and Thule, but.......

Sometimes I wonder why they make an expensive problem that can be solved with an inexpensive everyday item.  In this case the Thule Water Slide is $39.95 which seems really expensive when a bath mat works better and the rubber grippy bottom side of a bath mat means you don't need to fiddle with any loops.

I've decided to offer a training class for kayak and canoe loading for $39.95 or $5.00 if you bring your own bath mat.


The Mothership

The plan is to modify the boat and add a top to carry kayaks and canoes just like our car carries them on a rack.  This will allow us to get to the coast on Friday night without the need for a hotel or a night paddle to a campsite to set up a tent.  Then on Saturday morning we are already where we want to paddle and we have a nice bed, kitchen, and shower nearby.

It will often be a mother ship for our kayaks and we are also naming it after our mothers.

Other than the hardtop we have a  lot of work to do to get this 40 year old boat in good shape.  But like our 54 year old house it has good bones and is worth fixing up.

Kayak's for fat Paddlers Update

Best Kayaks for Fat paddlers

I often see big heavy tall or fat paddlers looking for advice on their first kayak so I thought I'd start a list. Feel free to comment if you think something should be added to the list.

Here it is:

Wilderness Systems Pungo 140

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160

Wilderness Systems Freedom (Discontinued)

Wilderness Systems Ride

Ocean Kayak Scrambler

Ocean Kayak Prowler 15

RTM Midway

RTM Tempo

Valley Aquanaut HV

Epic V7 and V8

Romany Excel

With the exception of the Ride and the Scrambler, the above boats have a very good reputation for keeping up in group paddles with Sea Kayakers.

I'd be very interested to learn what others think about this list.