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Let's dance in the full moon light (and we'll do some paddling too)

 

Well let’s do Banana River again except this time under the light of the full moon. We leave from Kelly park at around 7 PM and head along the causeway to Ski Island where we can get out and frolic in the moon light and hang out on the island eat some treats and drink some libations (don’t forget to bring treats and libations).

This moon is the full Hunters Moon Native American Indians use the phases of the moon as a calendar. At this time they started to hunt in preparation for winter. This moon is the only moon to rise at sunset and set at sunrise.

Sunset is at 6:49 PM and moonrise is at 6:40 PM moonset is at 7:57 AM, the tide at this location will be on the rise or flooding at this time. High tide occurs at 7:52. Tidal rise is 4.72 feet. The tide does not produce a very big current here so it isn’t going to make a difference in what direction we go and the distance is only about 1.5 miles. Unless we decide to venture out to the other islands nearby.

Now what and who you need to be and what you need to bring you need to- be a proficient paddler this is not BEGINNERS paddle due to the fact it will be nighttime. Sea kayaks with two sealed bulk heads both forward and aft or a sit on top. NO REC. BOATS, a PFD and it must be worn. You MUST HAVE A WHITE LIGHT OR RED AND GREEN NAVIGATIONAL LIGHTS, (Coast guard regs.) LUMINESCENCE STICKS WILL NOT CUT IT. Bring some treats and libations to share.

When you get to the park you will go to the boat ramp which is the second entrance south of 528 the park closes at sunset but the boat ramp is open 24 hours.

Hope you can come see you then.

Donald

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  • Danno

    There was no Dancing, but the Full moon and high tide were a site to behold. Winds were up a bit so it made for a fun challenging paddle when in open waters. The bioluminescent was still active in some areas, and catching a big redfish swim under the yaks made for great entertainment. Thumbs up Donald for putting this together. Thanks again. :-)

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm good. Hobie Revolution 13. I just didn't know what recreational boat meant and didn't want to take a chance not asking. Thank you so much.

    October 18, 2013

  • Donald

    Oh and if you have sit on top that is fine easy peasy to right and get back on if capsized.

    October 18, 2013

  • Donald

    Yes Amy a rec. boat or Recreational kayak is a sit in boat that has no floatation in the front or the back what this means there are no sealed compartments that keep the water out of the boat in case of capsize. What happens when a rec. boat capsizes is the boat fills up with water some times it will fill just the bow or the stern (back or front) and the part that is not filled with water will stick out of the water. When both bow and stern fill with water the boat sinks. There is not a rescue that can be done in this situation without running the risk of making the rescuer a swimmer also and if you are in a boat channel this is very dangerous especially at night. And if you’re a 1/4 to 1/2 a mile from a beach that’s a long swim with no boat. I DON'T TAKE CHANCES WHEN IT COMES TO SAFETY PERIOD. SO IF YOU HAVE THIS TYPE OF BOAT I ASK THAT YOU TRY AND FIND A BOAT WITH SEALED COMPARTMENTS AND NOT RUN THE RISK OF PUTTING OTHER PADDLERS AT RISK.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does a rec boat without floatation mean a sit inside?

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you have kayak rentals available?

    October 12, 2013

    • Donald

      I am sorry Michelle I do not have rentals available

      October 12, 2013

    • Donald

      Yes Betty you can, but they must not be beginners and no rec boats without floatation.

      October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds AWSOME !!!!

    October 9, 2013

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