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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:47 am 
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I'm going to try to go storm sailing again today, and that's the kind of activity that breaks boats. I was kind of surprised nothing broke yesterday.

What do you carry along?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:30 am 
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Location: Maui, Hawaii
My toolkit I carry on my AI contains:

Needle-nose Vice-grips
8" Crescent wrench
9/16" box wrench
1/2" box wrench
7/16" box wrench
3/8" box wrench
Short #2 philips head screwdriver
5/16" allen wrench
3/16" allen wrench
1/8" allen wrench
Leatherman multi-tool
Lighter

All tools have a (string) loop on them to clip to a Hobie Gear Keeper (#72020001) mounted to my PFD

Also in a baggie:
Wire ties
Spare rudder pins
Spare plastic shear bolts
Spare drain plug
Small piece of 1/2" garden hose (for nose of Mirage Drive
Spare spectra line
odd and end bolts, nuts, washers & cotter pins
duct tape

All tools and small parts fit in a loc-loc waterproof plastic box in the back of the seat.

I also carry a complete Aka Brace Assembly #79523101 with a cotter pin for quick change out on the water (in the hull).

Also a spare Mirage Drive if going more than a comfortable paddle distance from shore.

Be sure to leash everything in and on the boat (i.e. Mirage Drives).

Safety Items include:

A surfboard leashes on all boats (captains leash!) .
A waterproof Marine radio
An EPIRB
Hand pump
Knife mounted on the PFD
100' throw rope bag

You can never be too safe (until the boat sinks from all the extras) :)

Kayaking Bob


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:26 pm 
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Do you bring along an extra Mirage Drive mast? My wife bent one once, but it didn't seem to affect efficiency very much. We didn't even know it until we got back to the dock an hour later, and this was on a kayak-only trip, so the drive was the main propulsion.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:47 pm 
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Howdy!

I've got the tool kit down, but would love a list posted of various stainless steel nuts and bolts the AI uses. Some wrench turners can look at a items and know exactly what the diameters and dimensions are... Not me.

Not being a savant in such matters, what nuts and bolts should I throw in my kit (from the sail down to the drive).

Happy Trails!

Chris

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 Post subject: Surfboard Leash?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:00 pm 
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Howdy!

Kayaking Bob wrote in a list of his safety items: "Surfboard leashes on all boats (captains leash!) ."

Living in Wyoming, we have no surf shops. I need help, or by golly, I'll have to visit Maui again!

Quick questions:
-Where do you attach the leash to the AI, and where to your body (ankle, wrist, waist, neck?).
-Can you please tell us what kind of surfboard leash you've found works best, and provide a URL to an internet dealer?

Happy Trails!

Chris

P.S. If I didn't live in Jackson Hole, I'd strongly consider Paia.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:17 pm 
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I use a 9' surfboard leash attached to the rear aka support. It came with a soda can cuzie that holds the excess loops but releases easy when pulled on. I keep my end attached to the left seat side strap and when needed I can just un-velcro it, pull a little, and put it on my ankle. I don't even need to take my eyes off what I was doing.

That length lets you work on the boat in the water without crowding but never lets it get out of reach.

I ordered them from my dealer, the day after a friend dove off our other AI and could not swim fast enough to catch it himself (in little wind, with the sail rolled up). I had to stop it for him with my AI, and he is a good swimmer.

I wear it when kayaking alone and in larger wind and waves.

Be safe,

Kayaking Bob


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 Post subject: Surfboard Leash?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:52 pm 
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Howdy!

Kayaking Bob wrote:

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I use a 9' surfboard leash attached to the rear aka support. It came with a soda can cuzie that holds the excess loops but releases easy when pulled on. I keep my end attached to the left seat side strap and when needed I can just un-velcro it, pull a little, and put it on my ankle. I don't even need to take my eyes off what I was doing.

That length lets you work on the boat in the water without crowding but never lets it get out of reach.


Any chance you can give us a URL to order it, or the name of the company we can google?

Happy Trails!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:11 pm 
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This is what I bought:

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http://www.plentypupule.com/surfleash.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:24 am 
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Why not tie the surf leash to the bow line? That way if you fall over you are a sea anchor that turns the boat into the wind, keeping it from speeding along pulling you around? Maybe this just can't happen, I'm interested in why you chose the rear aka brace.

Jeremy


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:01 am 
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The rear brace is where I have mine also. You need space for the leash loops and don't want entaglement with the drive.

Jolly

You want to be close to the yak to get her upright. You waste energy swiming back. Plus you want her upright fast, as if you huli it's probably in bad conditions.

Note I do use the bow line when working out swiming over reefs scoping stuff out. The yak just trails behind. ..Well I used to do that ..getting up there a bit in years...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:14 am 
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rudder pins...
rudder pins...
rudder pins....


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:15 am 
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I would add at least two if not four socket cap screws part 8030781

At least two 1" X 1/4 scews for the ball braces 8030212

Plus a ball brace 79525001

At least one shock cord set up for the ama including the end fittings and the tool to insert remove them

3-4 of the plastic ball bearings for the mast bearing plate

Good & fat stubby screwdrivers, regular and philips

Socket wrenchs for all fittings (think there are four),

If you have to make repairs bobbing around without being able to land, wrap a towel or your shirt around the drive to catch the screw, nut, item you will envitably drop. Another reason to carry two spares minimum.

I like Sifito's earth magnet idea for lures etc here to help you through repairs by holding the dang things for you.

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