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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:16 pm 
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This is an inquiry for the Hawaii folks on the forum. I live on West Maui and have had my TI for a couple of years now and have enjoyed all the posts on this forum, I just haven't had much to contribute thus far. Once I figure out how to get my pictures up here I'll post some mods I made for a backup steering system, which works really well. I've been out with Kayaking Bob a few times and he has helped me tremendously with getting everything rigged up and modification ideas. (Thanks Bob!)

Anyway, I'm wanting to kayak/sail the Napali coast on the north shore of Kauai and I'm starting to plan out the logistics and figured I'd start here. I'm sure there are some people on this forum who have done it so I was hoping to get some advice and/or suggestions. I know summer is a more ideal time to do it since there's minimal winter swell and plenty of downwind trades. I feel like it can be done in one day but I'd like to camp at least one night along the way, pulling in to some beach somewhere.

So, my first question is if there are any places on Kauai that rents TI's so I don't have to ship mine over and then rent a car with a trailer. I'm also wondering about logistics with regard to where to launch, (Hanalei?) and where to end, (Barking Sands?) if I wanted to do a one-way trip.

So if there's anyone out there who has any info and can offer it up, I would greatly appreciate it. And if anyone else wants to join, by all means the more the merrier!
-robert


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:29 pm 
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Aloha Robert!

Great mods I saw on your TI, the last time we saw each other. Please post them, others would enjoy! Here's a post by Matt on adding pictures to forum posts: http://www.hobiecat.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=12574

Kelly at P&P Kayaks is also the Hobie dealer on Kauai and does sail the Napali coast a couple of times each year as a group sail. He may also rent to a experienced Island sailor like you. Contact him for more info.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:30 pm 
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Thanks Bob for the info! I keep seeing your posts on the Maui sailing group list and am going to make it down south again one of these days soon. It seems we go out on the same days, except I'm just staying closer to home. I need to fix my trailer lights before I head too far away.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:02 pm 
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The trip is about 17 miles from Ke'e Beach to Barking Sands. I've not sailed it, but kayaked in a tandem a few summers ago. It is easily a single day trip since you are heading downwind. With a sail and some wind, it would be that much faster. It was easily one of the best trips I've made - at times I felt like I was in a Disney movie. There are several fantastic sea caves to explore. Technically, you may need a pass to camp on the coast and these can sell out so I would research this well in advance.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:49 pm 
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A guy who is selling an AI on Kauai claims that it's 40 minutes to sail to Kalalau and three hours to return against the wind.

http://honolulu.craigslist.org/kau/boa/4901524092.html

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:27 pm 
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Let me know what you find out, I'd love to do this as well but the logistics of getting my boat to Kauai are a bit prohibitive. I've got some free time this summer.
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