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  1. Tarpon 140

    In addition to safety and equip fit, the ACA kayaking course covers a lot of paddling skills that may not be intuitive for many people. They weren't intuitive for me. I suppose it depends n the instructor too though so I'd check to be sure what's covered. I learned several paddling maneuvers years ago that I may neve have picked up on my own. It's definitely not a waste of fact it would be a hoot with a small group of friends. RE: the pedal power, I concur. Several TKF (fishing club) members have acquired PA yaks and seem to love them. Long paddle in 20mph + winds in open bay will definitely make you wonder if the budget and space could handle one more addition to the yak collection  I clocked a buddy in his Hobie at steady 4mph in breezy flats a few years ago. I was working my butt off and could not sustain that speed for more than a few minutes. He could go all day, and he could use his hands for other stuff, like drink a beer while trolling (and heckling me). 
  2. Tarpon 140

    I guess the average man would be around 5' 10" and go 160-180lbs in my mind, when I consider all my Kayak fishing friends over the years. I'm definitely on the large side at 6' 6" 330 lbs and size 16 shoe. Yes, shoe size matters on lots of boats, especially with rudder pedals and molded foot scupper trays. Leg  room in cockpit is a factor too for those all-day outings. Rudder is a must on any boat over 12 ft IMHO, especially in open water since most don't track real well to favor maneuverability (flatter bottom) or lateral stability (wider bottom) or both. The rudder really helps you keep the nose pointed where you want in sustained wind and/or current. Trust me on this. Another criteria that is a compromise is "dryness of the riding position". Most people consider it a no brainier to have a "dry" ride, but the price you pay is either more drag with lower center of gravity and draft, or a higher rocker, sides, and seat position, which can make you feel like a sail on windy long paddles. All of the above is magnified on open water. Lateral stability is really nice to have for those time when you simply need to reach awkwardly and prefer not to turtle. Drifter and Ride are awesome boats for stability, along with Cobra Fish n Dive, but they are so wide that long distances make them barges in any kind of wind.  It's nearly impossible to have just one kayak if you get serious about paddling. Pushing through the breakers to fish BTB begs for high rocker, wide stability. Where as bay paddling for miles calls for narrow boats with keel and rudder for less drag and superior tracking. Bayous call for short ish, maneuverable flatter bottom, boats with stability to match the pilots expertise and balance skills . Turning in place and backing up is easier when geocaching CLAPS using the bayou profile. As a big guy, you already are at a disadvantage since you are beyond most boats average design weight. Fully loaded you will notice your boat sitting lower in the water than, say a smaller BFF. They have a distinct speed/effort advantage with less drag with nearly all yak designs. That's one of the reasons many of my large stature friends paddle Malibu X-Factors or eXtreme SOT models at 15ft with rudder. They are built for 450lb or so, but still scoot along pretty well loaded. Cobra has some designed for 450-600 lbs too, but those are barges intended for divers or BTB. I realized years ago that serious kayaking required serious exploration and lots of demo rides. My initial thought was a Ocean Kayak or Wilderness too. I think I settled on a Scupper or Prowler after renting a few times to fish down in Aransas Pass. Then one day I sat in a Malibu eXtreme and knew almost immediately that this was my boat. It was designed for me. Every single yak is different, some amazingly so. I recommend trying out as many as you can. Most people have no problem with you sitting in their yak and taking it for a short put before or after an event - Fishing or Caching - that's how I figured out the Cobra Fish n Dive was *my* perfect BTB boat. FTU used to have a pool for demoing, it wasn't ideal, but it was something. For me it was rentals. I rented a shortlist until I found my perfects boats. After you finally find your perfect yak, then you can start on rigging it;)  Three other things worth mentioning: Awesome Paddle, Awesome Life Vest, and ACA certification. Get the very best paddle you can afford if you are sticking with yakking. Be sure to measure AFTER you have your yak. Carbon Fiber is worth it! Trust me on this. Life vest is a must, especially if you are ever alone on water. Every year at least one expert and several casual takers lose their life on the water...all failed to wear a Type I or Type II PFD. That's just sad. Type I and Type II will keep your face out of the water and on your back. Simple as that. Type III and IV vests and jackets don't do this. If you're alone, or in choppy conditions...wear a good PFD please. We don't wanna lose any caching friends! As soon as you get your YAK empty it of stuff, and take out into the water and fall out of it. And practice getting back into the boat. It's not as easy as it looks in 10ft or choppy water. You must know how to get back into your boat in the event there's no bank or bottom to help you. This is a key skill taught by the ACA. Their kayak paddling certification is one of the best things you'll ever do. You learn and practice a lot of excellent and useful skills. As always, your mileage WILL vary, but I hope this helps a little.
  3. Tarpon 140

    That's an interesting question. I always took the MFG ratings on yaks fairly literal, though not sure why. I'd get hold of the rep for Texas, and ask him to chase that down for ya. I wouldn't mind knowing how they come up with the limits if you find out. I do know, from first hand experience that they are a excellent yaks. esp the 140 and 160 if you are of modest stature. The 160 is a very fast boat, though not the greatest for pushing to and from the beach. But I digress...
  4. GBP TEXAS - soda tubes on tallows

    As we continue the geocaching game most come to appreciate the hardiness and utility of the soda tube. If elevated, tethered, and mostly upright, an intact dry log usually greets infrequent visitors and puts a smile on the COs face when that "Found it" email arrives.
  5. GBP TEXAS - soda tubes on tallows

    Sometimes you have to love the one you're with, and so Chinese Tallows look awfully good when few choices abound above ground. After the fire some years ago, it seems the two things that grew back quickly were Tallows and anything with thorns. You're right of course about the weak trees, and yes soda tubes are about the hardiest container for the task. They are used on Alphabet Soup and the Elements Series too, but they've held up incredibly well all things considered.
  6. Helllooooo

    Greetings! depending on which part of town you're at no doubt your cup runneth over with geocache choices to hunt. Several monthly social events to quickly connect with area cachers and cache owners abound so be sure to update your home area and watch for the Groundspeak weekly newsletter bulletin if you haven't already done so. see you in the logs...
  7. Garmin 64 series v4.00 Firmware Update Out

    I'll mess with it as soon as I can this evening.  BaseCamp has become a useful program, especially when interpreting and cleaning up tracks for publishing. Also good for building routes, and Adventures. It is also how I generally update my unit's firmware these days. However, I never use it to load or manipulate geocaches...that's GSAKs job for now;)
  8. Garmin 64 series v4.00 Firmware Update Out

    I think we're on to something here. Could we start using specific GC# geocaches so we can duplicate the scenarios for each other?  At that point we will be able to get the Garmin System Engs to replicate too...and resolve em.  
  9. Garmin 64 series v4.00 Firmware Update Out

    Hmmmm. I am also using non-garmin maps, but perhaps the combo could have some effect on displayed overlays of caches. One other thing I noted different between us, which may be nothing, but I ditched the Garmin Export Macro in lieu of direct export of GGZ right from GSAK for my phone, and also a direct SEND to GPS for the GPSMAP 64s(t) In file type just enter GGZ and it handles it perfectly. No macros,
  10. Garmin 64 series v4.00 Firmware Update Out

    I am unable to explain the difference in behavior between your 64 and mine using ver 4.00 firmware. I did verify that I was able to see everything as normal in map and list view, including events, multi's, and traditional with not chosen or unknown sizes where applicable. The only thing I can offer up is that I load the unit using only ggz format, and only via export out of GSAK ver 8. Also, my profiles are completely stock, right out of the box (geocaching profile active selected). I have noted many problems in the past related to corrupt profiles, so as a matter of procedure I always archive a copy of the virgin ones right out of the box.  FWIW: I have now upgraded to firmware ver 4.2 and the behavior continues to be correct. I noted that ver 4.2 had some bluetooth updates. I keep hoping with each release that I'm gonna get to bluetooth sync with my smartphone. Wishful thinking? I have noted some minor bugs. Most notable for me, right now, is the annoyance of hitting the page button while in compass screen, trying to get to map screen. It's rather random, but sometimes just refuses to toggle to the map. I generally will fiddle with the zoom then try again, or I'll switch to a different menu function then try. Eventually, it goes grudgingly;) Perhaps this minor irritation will be resolved now. I will say, that each release generally tightens things up rather nicely. My unit is virtually instant on now, after initial fresh load of 25K area geocaches.
  11. Garmin 64 series v4.00 Firmware Update Out

    I haven't noticed this behavior on my GPSMAP 64st either HC. I exclusively load GGZ from GSAK - usually my entire GSAK active DB. Problem is I haven't exactly been beating the pavement geocaching lately. I will make it a point to see if I too can recreate this behavior since unknown size caches are fairly common around here.
  12. 2katz is a Granny!

    Congrats!!  Kelly "2katz" is now a Granny!! Katarina, a healthy 8lb female future geocacher decided it was time to breath air this morning!!
  13. 6th Annual CLAPS MoonLESS Paddle Event 12/12/15

    Above: KR's Karaoke "Santa's Songs of Xmas" barge. Towing this barge behind Kayak in > 6 mph is not recommended. Below: 2k's Spectacular "Starry Night" barge. Note the Lasers aren't on in the photo at the request of a nearby airfield. We decided to withhold pics of the 2015 BFF yaks all dressed up, since life already has too few surprises as it is. Y'all just have to wait. Merry Christmas everybody!  
  14. 6th Annual CLAPS MoonLESS Paddle Event 12/12/15

     Darn, I will go ahead and contact the media and let them know. Also I'll call former President H W Bush's people and let them know he doesn't have to make the parachute jump tonight after all. 
  15. 6th Annual CLAPS MoonLESS Paddle Event 12/12/15

    Becoming windy with thunderstorms likely. Potential for severe thunderstorms. Low 66F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected. Looking like it's gonna be windy  I hate paddling in the wind. Just sayin' Is there a fallback plan that includes shelter and hot chocolate?