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 Post subject: New AI
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:28 am 
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I've been lurking around here for the pass year... and finally pulled the trigger today... will pick her up later this week ... I can't wait to get her in the water this weekend... :D :D

I'm in Western Connecticut ... any others Islanders out there? ... I'll be fishing it hard from New Haven to Norwalk Islands!


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 Post subject: Re: New AI
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:50 am 
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Location: Maui, Hawaii
Congrats on your new AI. I'm originally from CT and usually visit each year in late summer. Who'd you buy it from, Collinsville Canoe?

Please post some of your adventures here, as it's good to hear from people sailing around my old home area.

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 Post subject: Re: New AI
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 6:36 pm 
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I got her from Boat locker in Westport,CT
Will do lots of video from my new ride...

you can see my current ride at:


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 Post subject: Re: New AI
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 6:50 pm 
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I will be full of questions once I get her on the water.. I'v never been sailing before.... I've been doing lots of reading about it... seems simple enough with just the main sail ... but I sure the first couple times will be a lot of mistakes and learning!

first question .. we do a lot of night fishing here for stripers... anyone mount a light on top of the mast ?


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 Post subject: Re: New AI
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 8:56 pm 
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Some have mounted a white light on the top of their mast. Others have done the red, green and white, but you could be mistaken for a powerboat and expected to move quickly out of the way.

I just keep a bright white (and a spare) available to shine if any other boats come near. With enough of a moon, or if you have a fish-finder on dim, it's pretty easy to see each other kayak fishing even when sailing/trolling (at least here).

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 Post subject: Re: New AI
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 6:18 am 
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oh yes, it will be only a white light.


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 Post subject: Re: New AI
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 7:35 am 
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Location: Cape Coral, FL
kayakman7 wrote:
Hi,

I recently added a masthead light so I could sail at night and wanted to share the results.
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I very carefully drilled and threaded a hole in the masthead. Cut the head off a bolt so I had a SS threaded rod, double nutted to prevent the rod from backing out, and screwed on the light. It's an LED version of the standard battery powered light available at marine supply stores. I can't turn it on or off without unstepping the mast so if I might be out late I turn it on before heading out. There's also a short tether if something goes wrong.

Cheers,

J

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 Post subject: Re: New AI
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 8:15 am 
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perfect !!! thats the SAME white light I use today on the paddle kayak ... yep, batteries last a long time I'll just leave it on all the time.

I'll do the same , one on top of the mast and possibly one closer to me mounted on a rod holder (as a do today)

ps... not going to touch the AI with a drill until after a few trips ... until I get a better feel of it !! :D


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