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offshore31
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new lh mk2

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My new mk2 showed up, and of course winter will not abate. A friend with his folbot and i am hoping to go sunday down at the beach (all lakes are still iced in) if the wind lays down. Ocean water temp is 41f, but i hope my new wool undergarments along with kokatek drysuit, and most importantly staying upright will keep me warm and safe. Excited to try the new boat. First time for everything.

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Wind at the beach was too high, but a local lake was free of ice. Boat paddles very nice, tracks straight without the rudder, and like it’s on rails with the rudder down. Only excitement was getting back in after lunch. Not as flexible as I used to be, and trying to get my leg under the spray skirt I wound up sliding off into the water. I should’ve used the paddle to brace myself. Live and learn. Very nice boat, getting better/faster putting it together. And comes apart real easy. Love pulling up with 3 bags, and a little while later there’s a boat :) hope to get out on the big lake once we get ice out

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Good to hear your paddle was a great success. That darn wind can be a problem. And nice to hear your winter is almost over, We almost need a falling in the water group, I have done it so many times it almost became the normal way to get out of my boat.

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Hi John

Cant wait for the water to warm up. I plan to spend a day practicing wet exit and entries. These folders are great. I can understand why people have multiples of these. Lots of fun

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Congrats on the new boat! Mark makes an excellent product.

Consider getting a small electric pump to help with those wet exits... hahaha, makes life a lot easier and you can bail while you continue to sail or paddle. Moving in inclement weather generally makes the boat more stable... like a moving bike.

Cheers man, post some pics!

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Took her out again 2 weeks ago on a cold and rainy day. Had my drysuit on, and was all cozy tucked in under the spray cover. There was still ice on the lake as we launched, so it was chilly, water ~47f. Spent the paddling and trolling for land locked salmon. Dropped 2 but managed to land a nice little 2lb LL. Boat did great in the wind. Spray skirt and dry suit kept me nice and dry, couldn't even tell i was out in the rain all day. And i did better getting in under the spray skirt, stayed in the boat this time.

the only thing i wish was the spray skirt opened up just a little further forward so i don't have to fold my leg so much. maybe going to have to take up yoga :)

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Minus 47, I would have thought the ice on the lake would be about 4 feet thick. up in northern Ontario where I lived the ice on the local lake would allow pick ups to drive on so holes could be bored for ice fishing. Here on the Scilly Isles this last winter it dropped down to minus 2c on a couple of nights and we had 2 days of light snow which is very unusual. Some children had never seen snow that they could touch.

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Sorry John, i meant the water was around 47f.

Sounds like your used to the cold. Northern Ontario? that's a little bit north :) Up there i'll bet you've seen some serious ice and snow.

I used to ice fish. We did the same, when we got about 2ft of ice we'd take the trucks on it too. Actually on the big lake (winnepesaukee) every winter they have an ice airport runway. There's a big carnival up there every winter with planes coming from all over. one of the few ice runways in NH.

its fun when it snows, and people that've never experienced it get to enjoy it. On the other hand, once they've seen one or two northern winters, they head back to the warmer climes :)

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