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AL-r's~~Kayak's Available for MANSFIELD HOLLOW Trip
Hi Everyone, This write up is for those desiring to reserve one of my last few kayaks i own for the trips posted and delivered to our kayaking site a short time before the meeting time so be there earlier too or we leave without you. Remember i have to load or un-load them on my kayak trailer at about 8-8:30 am in the morning of the trip day with all paddles and life jackets for YOU.....Please cancel or reserve before that time which makes things much better for me and you. REFUNDS: If i have to cancel due to bad weather or water conditions, i will do the refunding of any doughnations at the time of the paddle trip cancellation. Next day reschedule allows you to still have reservation priority unless you desire refund. If you carelessly cancel after i have already left on the trip and i bring a boat 100+ miles and it sits in a parking lot all day ---> the Doughnation will go to the Group BBQ's and you can paddle with some other group. ALL SEA KAYAKS ARE SUPPLIED WITH TOP RATED: WERNER's KALLISTE CARBON PADDLES http://wernerpaddles.com/paddles/kalliste KOKATAT's Mz FIT TOURING LIFE JACKETs https://kokatat.com/product/msfit-tour-pfd-lvumft IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THE SPECIFIC KAYAK DESIRED, PLEASE INDICATE SO AND I WILL RESERVE IT SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU. If you are not sure, i will do the best at guessing based on your skill and size. ( I personally take the one that has not been specifically reserved or least appropriate for your use.) FULL DAY Boat use Doughnation of $ 25.00 is appreciated and used to update equipment for our events, transport to and from site, repairs to boats, trailer, car, and general upkeep of accessories. At certain times paddlers can switch boats with each other based on paddle skill due to changes in water conditions or fit if the others feel it is OK. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- KAYAK #1: Eddyline Wind Dancer Fiberglass+Kevlar, RED, Rudder Equipped 18' Long @ 24" Wide. This is an older large expedition style sea kayak designed for heavy loads and can handle rough sea conditions. Highly stable (initial & secondary), heavy weight @ 52 LB. For almost any sized paddler with an approximate weight and size between (100 to 230 lbs) with beginner and up skills. --- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- KAYAK #2: Necky Eliza Advanced Composite (Un Modified), RED and White, Skeg'ed Version 15'-3'' Long @ 21" Wide. Entry Level Sea Kayak, Light weight @ 45 LB. Ergonomically designed cockpit geared for a small to medium female frame approximately (95 - 150 lbs) with Beginner and up skills. This is the medium size opening of the Eliza series. http://staging.neckykayaks.com/kayaks/touring/eliza_composite/ --- ------------------------------------------------------------- KAYAK #3: Necky Eliza Composite Special Ultra Light Version (Very Thin Fibreglass), YELLOW, Skeg'ed Version 15'-3'' Long @ 21" Wide. Entry Level Sea Kayak, Light weight @ 40 LB Ergonomically designed cockpit geared for a small to medium female frame approximately (95 - 150 lbs) with Beginner and up skills. This is the lightest of the Eliza Series and also with the smallest opening. http://staging.neckykayaks.com/kayaks/touring/eliza_composite/ --- -------------------------------------------------------- KAYAK #4: Guillemot Kayaks Wood Cedar Strip Night Heron , pre-set and permanently deployed Skeg Please enter and exit this boat parallel to shore using your paddle as a brace. PLEASE DO NOT "DRIVE" this (or any boat) UP ON THE ROUGH CEMENT BOAT RAMP like the untrained and UN-skilled biginners do in their cheap plastic recreational boats or drag it by the bow rope all the way from the water to the car on the tar road. 18' Long @ 19.5" Wide. Overall a stable and predictable Sea Kayak with a hard chine, low rocker Greenland style hull, heavy weight @ 50 lbs. Medium Sized Paddler (apx 100 - 200 Lbs) with between NOVICE TO INTERMEDIATE skills suggested to control this boat. http://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/guillemot/node/51/details (http://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/guillemot/node/30/detail) Additional Option: A Greenland style Paddle available also if specifically REQUESTED. http://www.cricketdesigns.com/greenland.htm . --- ---------------------------------------------------------- KAYAK #5: NDK GREENLANDER PRO, Fiberglass, Red, Skeg Equipped. Greenland style, faster kayak for ocean cruising. 18' Long @ 21" Wide, heavy weight @ 50 lb Full Greenland style hard chine hull sea kayak. Medium sized paddler (apx[masked] lbs) Intermediate paddling skills suggested for this boat in ocean conditions (Lakes and gentle water --- biginners will sometimes do OK). http://www.sea-kayaking-scotland.co.uk/ndk-sea-kayak-shop/greenlander-pro/ --->No Longer Available-Taken for the whole 2018 season --- Reserved by CAROLINA B. --------------------------------------------------------- I wish you all a good safe day.. See some of you soon.. al-r

Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch Area

300 Bassetts Bridge Road · Mansfield Center, CT

$25.00

What we're about

Public Group

Hi Everyone, Welcome, Fellow River & Sea Kayaker's ADVENTURES & ~~KAYAKING~~ in CT-MA-RI

This is NOT a professional kayak tour group or kayak instruction group, it is just a group of friends sharing a hobby and other shared interests. ( DOWNHILL Skiing is with AE SKI CLUB.COM , Bike Riding is with CASUAL BIKER's GROUP, Hiking is in a Social Paced Features Exploring Nature by us. )

Kick the Kentucky Deep Fried Chicken Bucket into the trash, it is time to start getting in shape for the new 2018 paddling season and other associated activities.

I am planning on having a very productive season every year exploring some new paddling locations and returning to the favourites of the past few years also.

First Timers, Beginners to Advanced paddlers, and Recreational to Sea Rated Kayaks are welcome on all of my events and locations listed.

IMPORTANT: If you have a recreational Kayak you can still join us, however for everyone's safety it would be good to have flotation bags in the front and rear.

http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/s... (http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat227.html)

This Kayak group introduces paddling events in the cooler weather on the Flat Water Rivers generally in the Connecticut & Massachusetts area during the Spring and Fall season. Further away areas will be introduced when sufficient strength is acquired to handle a longer trip.

As soon as the air and ocean water temp reaches a point where it is safe enough, we will start to explore the selected CLEANER WATER shore areas generally between GUILFORD CT to WAKEFIELD RI AREA'S put ins.

Coves, estuaries, tidal rivers and some open ocean paddling out to a few islands are part of the mix for all to join in on.

I have a few new areas of exploration and i plan to introduce them as the skills of the majority increases. This helps the new paddlers just joining us for the first time to explore with us and it enhances the feeling of security to them.

Please remember: "Don't buy junk kayaks or junk equipment" (I learned the hard way) but if you already have purchased your boats or can't afford the good equipment, join us anyway. The primary goal of this group is to enjoy paddling while helping each other to naturally gain skills. You will learn what kinds of kayaks and equipment is safer and how to use them without overspending.

One of the best things to learn is Self Rescue because you never know when you will go into the water especially when no one may be around to get to you easily or in a timely way.

Please watch the following video: Paddle Float Entry:

( In the Summer you will be able practice this with us in real OCEAN CONDITIONS @ the 4 Mile River Event or other lake river event prior to the ocean) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyoT0ylenvU

Heel Hook version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QGG03uMWCs

Should you learn Rolling ???

http://www.useakayak.org/reflections/reflec_rolling_5_02.html

To Interactively Learn some Kayak Principles a fantastic site:

http://kayakpaddling.net/

A good thing to practice is the "Assisted Rescue" Heel Hook re-Entry:

> The now swimmer floats parallel to their boat on back in water with head towards his/her stern resting until ready while you are holding the boat steady for them up against yours.

: have them raise their OUTSIDE leg and HOOK their leg under the fore deck of their boat.

: using that leg as a lever, their inside arm can be used to also steady against any life line (you can also help pull on the outside arm), then have them roll themselves toward you so they end up on to their boat with their stomachs down above the seat.

: From this point have them roll in either direction to an upright position while sliding down into the cockpit position until they are ready and comfortable enough to start to paddle again.

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All Events will be chosen to be in places where there are: NO boat launching FEES and adequate parking.

I plan the events based on river flow rates, ocean tides, water temp, wind speed, and other weather conditions to provide the best outcome for all.

With all events, there is the Traditional Pot Luck Barbie-q's, a fire pit and plenty of time to enjoy socializing into the evening so please plan to join us for the whole day.

I have a "Hopeful" course and destination when i post an event. There is usually an unknown exact paddle time on the water since things change as we go along, as a group some can cut the course short and meet us at the Barbie-Q spot The others can continue to the paddle destination as listed. It is always more of a group decision as to when its time to call it "Dinner Time" or when we have had enough for the day.

You have to carry a PFD *Required by Law* and if possible attach a whistle to it to alert others if you are in danger.

It is not always necessary, However, Please wear your PFD at all times (this makes it easier on everyone in the event you do capsize especially if you don't have the proper skills to get back in efficiently, are physically out of shape, or are injured in any way) the whistle alerts more people to your need). I wear mine at all times because i learned the hard way once and live to tell you to wear yours now, i don't want to tow a dead body with a drag rope all the way down the river or to the shore then have to answer legal questions on why you are dead.

If possible, and if you can afford it, get a small light or a headlamp which is ok (not really leagal, but better than nothing) for the very few evening paddles i may have or for finding your stuff in the dark, a paddle float for re-entry, http://www.outdooreyes.com/paddlefloatrescue.php3 ,a paddle leash and a hand water pump (or bailing sponge) are also nice to have available on your yak. Think of the items as your own Cheap Life Insurance.

Spray Skirts are NOT Required in this group yet are encouraged after you have mastered a few wet exits and feel comfortable in their use.

Since UN-planned conditions vary greatly, i prefer novices to get out of their kayaks quickly and a spray skirt without many practice wet exits is more of a liability than help.

If you are using a spray skirt and you need to extricate your self quickly, please have a WHITE ball on the Grab Loop so you can find it easier while being upside down in darker water.

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DISCLAIMER: Water sports are inherently and obviously more dangerous than most activities found on Meetup, however its much safer if you know how to self rescue, have some safety equipment, and are willing to learn some new skills along with being in acceptable physical shape.

Your way of knowing if you are in shape is to try to any self re-entry procedure at least 3 times successfully in deeper water while we are with you to assist if you need it along with being able to paddle for a few hours.

As you join us from the beginning of the season you will gain enough strength to handle the ocean trips of apx 11 miles or so naturally.

As a group we will attempt to save you as best we can given our own limitations, you have to do your part by being prepared for emergencies too. Please don't hold me or the group responsible for your actions if they are beyond our help, control, or reasoning.

This is a group of paddlers that enjoy the group environment, we learn things from each other, attending some events that promote safety, ( DEP, Coast Guard..our own practice..etc).

This group is not a business, a dues paying club or professional tour group, and there no kayak instructors are involved.

It is just a group of paddlers sharing in an enjoyable activity while learning as we go along.

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My Useful Links:

Fishing Tournaments for us to avoid:

2017

http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/gen... (http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/general_information/fishingtour.pdf)

Basic Weather Overview : http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/mesoanalysis/new/viewsector.php?sector=16

River Flood Conditions: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/CT/nwis/current?type=flow

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/nerfc/

CT River Temps: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01194... (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01194750)

Average Water Temps: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/natl.html

APR 1-15=47*, APR 16-30=51*, MAY 1-15=54*, MAY 16-31=59*, JUN 1-15=62*, JUN 16-30=66*, JUL 1-15=68*, JUL 16-31=72*

Sound Temperatures: http://www.mysound.uconn.edu/wlisgw_wq.html

General Water Data: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

Ocean Weather: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/okx/

Aviation Weather: http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KHFD&state=CT

Farmington River Flow Rates: http://www.frwa.org/river_flows.html

Tides Graphic: http://www.ezfshn.com/Tides/USA/Connecticut

Tides 1: http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/connecticutsites.html

Winds: http://www.usairnet.com/weather/maps/current/connecticut/wind-speed/

Kayak info, safety and other: http://connyak.org/

http://www.Paddling.net

http://connecticutwatertrails.com/

Waveology: http://www.seafriends.org.nz/oceano/waves.htm

OK see you all on the water soon..

al-r

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