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SUNDAY JUL 28 - Natch Hog River HTA -Via- Mansfield Hello Piggy Res + PotLuck

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Hi Everyone,

Weather: It actually looks OK..its not a great sunny day..But just OK enough..see those interested at Mansfield Hollow.. Please Drive Carefully.

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

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NATCH HOG RIVER HOT TUB AREA :

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01121330 Fenton

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ct/nwis/uv?site_no=01122000 Natchog

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Bring your chairs and pot luck food for the group BBQ after the paddle event.

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Weather: way too soon to know

Wind ? (this section of water is Ok for 8-10 mph wind but depends on direction)

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

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Getting There:
Mansfield Hallow Boat Launch:

For GPS use apx # 300 Bassetts Bridge Road Mansfield Center CT, (its close enough) for
mapquest or other, just compare the directions below to what you get, they should be similar.

From Hartford --- I - 84 East to---> I-384 East toward Bolton, bear right onto rte 6 at the (44 - 6 split) and follow rte 6 toward Willimantic.
- rte 6 and rte 66 will intersect at a light. Take a left on to rte 6.
- Follow this section of highway to the second exit, take the exit and go straight (=rte 633 or S. Frontage Rd.) it is actually a parallel to rte 6 as a connector to rte 195, (and heads towards the Mall & food store, etc)
- Signs for UCONN should be there somewhere too as a landmark.
- At the end of the connector, take a left and Go North on rte 195 towards UCONN for about 2 miles then turn right at the onto Basset Bridge Rd,
- Go apx 1 mile on Bassetts Bridge Rd.
- You Will see a pickanick area on left *but go a bit further (apx 0.5 miles) to the boat ramp access before the Bassetts bridge on the left.

- (The picknick area you passed is where we go *after* the paddling is done).

- *At the boat launch, i will park as close to the bridge tunnels as i can, so look for me in that area, i will be wearing my ORANGE HUNTING HAT till paddle time.

BBQ LOCATION.. if good enough weather : Mansfield Hollow Picknick area,

if possible rain :

Columbia Recreation Fields Pavilion.

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KAYAKS AVAILABLE:

The following Kayaks come with top rated paddles and life jackets transported to the put in site but must be specifically chosen and reserved in advance:

Boat use Doughnation is $20.00

Note: if you reserve a kayak and i take it all the way to the site and you do not show -- you will never join us again for any event.

These are my personal hobby boats and its asked you be sincere in showing up, besides i ask less than half of what a local shop charges and you get better equipment right at the event site's boat ramp.

Yes i will understand traffic may cause you to be late and if i hear of of any traffic via my GPS or by other arriving members, then we usually wait a bit longer than normal.

Please make sure you fit in the boats and have some paddling skills (check the info of the boats in the corresponding links provided with each boat).

Julie has Lisa's Eddyline Merlin loaded on trailer #9 spot.

KAYAK #1: Eddyline Wind Dancer Fiberglass+Kevlar, Red, Rudder Equipped

18' Long @ 24" Wide.

This is an 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 apx (100 to 230 lbs) with beginner and up skills.

http://www.epinions.com/otdr_Kayaking_Touring_Sea-Eddyline-Wind_Dancer

---> RESERVED FOR PAMELA

KAYAK #2: Necky Eliza Plastic, Fire Color, Rudder Equipped

15'-3.5'' Long @ 22" Wide.

Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*, moderate weight @ 49 LB, ladies kayak
Small to Medium sized paddler (100 - 160 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the heavier model and largest cockpit of the Eliza series. http://www.neckykayaks.com/kayaks/touring/eliza_polymer/

---> RESERVED FOR JEAN's GUEST

KAYAK #3: Necky Eliza Advanced Composite (Un Modified), Red and White, Skeg Version

15'-3'' Long @ 21" Wide.

Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*, Light weight @45 LB, Ladies Kayak.

Small to Medium sized paddler (95 - 145 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the medium size cockpit of the Eliza series.

http://www.neckykayaks.com/kayaks/touring/eliza_composite/ (http://www.frontenac-outfitters.com/kayaks/one_boat.cfm?ID=702)

---> RESERVED FOR DINA

KAYAK #4: Necky Eliza Composite Special Ultra Light Version

(Very Thin Fibreglass), Yellow, Skeg Version

15'-3'' Long @ 21" Wide.

Transitional *Recreation to Sea Kayak*, Light weight @40 LB, Ladies Kayak.
Small to Medium sized paddler (95 - 145 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.
This is the lightest of the Eliza Series and also with the smallest cocpit.

http://playak.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=5010:boats&id=2150:Eliza-Ultralite

http://www.neckykayaks.com/press_room/press_releases/eliza_paddlerspick/

---> RESERVED FOR JEAN

KAYAK #5: Wood Cedar Strip Night Heron design by Guillemot Kayaks, pre-set and permanently deployed Skeg

18' Long @ 19" to 20" 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 SOME NOVICE TO INTERMEDIATE and up skills needed 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 .

---> AVAILABLE

KAYAK #6: NDK Greenlander Pro, Fiberglass, Red, Skeg Equipped. Greenland style, fast kayak for ocean crusing.

18' Long @ 21" Wide, heavy weight @ 50 lb

Full Greenland style sea kayak. Medium sized paddler (100-175 lbs) with a MINIMUM of Intermediate to Advanced sea paddling skills needed for this boat.

http://www.maineislandkayak.com/ndk_greenlander.html#greenlanderpro

---> AVAILABLE

Kayak #7: THE HOME DEPOT CULL SCRAP WOODEN SPECIAL,

16 FEET LONG, 23 INCH WIDE. ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME INSTALLED even a toilet seat.

---> NEEDS SOME PLUMBING REPAIRS -- out of service, toilet seat ok but wont flush -- WILL CUT A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM or supply a poop bag..

----> RESERVED FOR HOMER

# 7 Trailer Space reserved by Strawberry K ????

I wish you all a good day..

See all those interested at this site.

al-r