Easy to wheel from home to a fetid nearby canal, where I quickly pumped up and rigged. A key challenge had been finding a 70+ liter drybag large enough to hold the pump wrapped up with the carrybag, which then fills most of the rear cargo area. I should have just lowered my fanny from land to boat, but tried a standing entry which left me in a split for a while, then a dunking. This may have saved me a puncture from a hidden metal stake directly forward, but exposed some open wounds to this famous denizen of the canal:
Vibrio vulnificus is scarcely recognized by many microbiologists, less so by the public. Yet, in this country, the bacterium causes a disease with over a 50 percent mortality rate, and it causes 95 percent of all seafood-related deaths.
Anyway, my turbo fins just slung me down the canal; it was too bad all traffic was oncoming so I couldn't compare speeds. The only minor issue was the large rudder needed so much fine tuning... always turning it one hair this way or the other. Since the control is a slight stretch for me, I tried weightshifting the boat to adjust but that didn't affect a turn. So I will move seat forward to get the turn control more in reach.
Anyway I reached the busy harbor, which was a blast. The boat seemed to love riding choppy boat wakes... almost like it broke suction and the thing would leap happily forward. Easy to maneuver around the boats and piers except when reverse was needed, I headed for open ocean where I took a dunking to wash off that bacteria. For the first time it seemed less than rock stable, with the rear especially being susceptible to skidding from a large following wave. I had forgotten to read the wave size predictions, so turned back to savor that learning experience on another day.