kross57

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  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    fishing, hunting
  • What I do for a living:
    enviro consultant
  1. https://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/jamaica-bay-kayak-trails.htm
  2. Just do a google search on "spearfish bill ny". There is some new legislation. http://legislation.nysenate.gov/pdf/bills/2013/S3823B
  3. From the article: "I have been testing a 4/3 Xcel infinity fullsuit by sea kayaking in it. I can say that it is very warm and when coupled with a kokatat fuzzy rubber bomber’s cap, I am toasty to the core in even 30-40 degree air and water temps. I tested by paddling hard in cold air and cold water and cold water and warm air. I quickly grew pretty warm in the suit on both days to the point where I had to roll to cool off. However, once I rolled it was really just a mild temperature fluctuation, it wasn’t drastic. I even did a rescue yesterday in the suit to see how cold I was going to get. My body stayed really warm, head, face, feet and hands were colder than my body. So I was warm enough and then cool enough as long as I stayed wet. " Doesn't sound like a good suit for fishing.. If you are fishing, you are not going to "stay wet". I use my drysuit for surfing my kayak in the winter. That puts far more stress on the suit than fishing would. Lots of tumbles, self-rescue, swimming, etc.. I was worried it might be too much, but so far, so good. No leaks or rips. And super comfy, even in the water.
  4. Physics.The drives are in raised wells with the openings above the water line. Stop the video at around 2:25.
  5. Point is, you can definitely fit a Mirage drive to another boat. Custom kayak makers should jump on it. I'd pay plenty for a REAL kayak with a Mirage drive.
  6. I really doubt it would be that hard. As you move the stresses out, the stressed area becomes much larger and the stresses to each spot, less. I mean, they put masts in fglass sailboats and wind surfing boards. Oar locks on racing sculls. Can you imagine the stress that creates? No cracks! Not a lot of weight either, because its a fairly small area. Foam pillars? Yeah, those must weigh a ton! lol. And they are stll used in our PE boats for the same reason. Have you ever built a glass boat? I have - several of them, including power boats. Strong like bull! Heck, reinforce it with Kevlar. My glass kayaks are 16 feet long and weigh less than an 11 foot revo. Believe me, weight and strength would not be the issue. Not sure about the aluminum but mine looked crystaline. But my first guess would be, it was "excreted". How's that for anal?
  7. I'm sure you are right. I'm not a metal whiz kid. I just know somebody who is. And I know the difference between "breaks" and "doesn't break".
  8. What's wrong with a 28? Plenty of inexpensive 28 gauge pumps out there and easy to cut a stock down.
  9. You might be right. Haven't seen one in a while. My mistake, If they are tubular, then they are really bad. Tubular cast aluminum with holes drilled in it! No wonder they fail.
  10. Not a bad idea. I am truly amazed that some custom maker hasn't built a glass or kevlar kayak with a well to hold the Mirage drive.
  11. The original shafts are solid. The new stainless ones are tubular. Try, try again!
  12. So you're saying that neither the stalks nor the drums can take the stress that is placed on them. Wow. It just gets better and better. And Jeff is right. With his components I've never heard of a drum failure.
  13. Jeff made mine out of tubular stainless stalks 1/16" thick. Probably lighter than the originals and super strong. Hobie had a marvelous concept in the Mirage drive. But everything else is crap. The paddle is crap. The hatches leak like crazy. The pedal shafts break. The hull cracks. The plastic is so soft it scratches horribly. They handle like turds without the rudder. The trouble is, people buy them anyway because there are no alternatives. Because of that, Hobie seems to think that they can do no wrong. Its a hell of a situation.