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SUP Advocacy / Re: Need Help Estimating SUP/Kayak Rack
« on: October 29, 2019, 09:14:06 AM »
Thank you. Those are good places to start.

We already have the launch itself. We just need storage. I found the architect who designed the beacon structure ( I guess I can just contact them about a new one? Again, I have no idea how to go about doing this.

SUP Advocacy / Need Help Estimating SUP/Kayak Rack
« on: October 28, 2019, 06:45:17 PM »
Hey everyone, my city of Peekskill just got a $10 million grant from NYS to develop the downtown and waterfront. I would love to have them build a permanent kayak/SUP rack and kiosk that my nonprofit would use and manage. I would like these to be lockable, preferably in cages, and roofed.

The problem is, I have no idea how much this would cost. The area is already zoned for this kind of project, so permissions aren't really an issue. I just need to let the city know how much I would ask for. Does anybody have any knowledge about this? I could use a little help in presenting this and estimating its cost.

I honestly think there's a good chance this will get approved. Since I started doing lessons at the waterfront, we have gotten some really good publicity and feedback from the community and local government.

There's a similar rack about 20 miles north of me which costs about $600K. This included solar panels, a fancy deck, and shoreline sculpturing, none of which I need. (Picture included.) I like the function of the cages and roof though.

Can anybody help a brother out?

Events / Re: Hudson Costume Paddle
« on: September 27, 2019, 08:13:17 AM »
My wife is very talented!

Events / Hudson Costume Paddle
« on: September 27, 2019, 02:19:16 AM »
Hey everyone, I'm organizing a costume paddle with my nonprfit HVH2O ( The date is October 19, and the location is the Hudson River at the Peekskill waterfront. We'll gather at 4 PM and get ready for a 5PM paddle along the waterfront. The distance is a little under 2 miles. The water should be in the low 60s. At the end of the paddle, we will gather at a local watering hole for a party

Tickets are $20, and $25 if you want a drink at the watering hole. Here's the event link:

We can arrange transportation if you want to drop off your board then park at the recovery site. This will be a fundraiser for HVH2O, but we probably won't make a lot of money. It's more to have fun. It should be pretty silly!

General Discussion / Re: Value of older SUPs
« on: September 08, 2019, 04:59:28 PM »
The value also depends on where you’re located. I’ve bought several boards in SoCal for under $500 that were close to new, prototypes, or very lightly used and not that old. Here in New England now, the market is much less flooded and people ask too much for boards and they don’t sell. If they’re priced right, they’ll go quick. Overall, value and used prices are coming down everywhere. Three months ago I bought a 1 year old carbon 18’6 unlimited for $500.

Agreed, the used market in the NE kinda sucks. I was lucky to get my NSP Race for $600. Most of the time it's low-quality inflatables or something expensive. Even finding a reasonably priced Bic takes work.

General Discussion / Re: APP World Tour Event on Long Beach NY this week
« on: September 05, 2019, 08:24:24 AM »
I wish I could get there. It's less than two hour away!

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: September 05, 2019, 08:01:26 AM »
Rich people have a tendency to think most normal people think like them. I want an e car, most people want an e car. That idea is BS. The e car aficionados will be long gone before that happens. In the mean time I will just enjoy my 2020 Transit 250 AWD eco boost 3.5 with leather,nav,electric cargo door and dual swivel seats.

Tesla's aren't for me either. They're too expensive and.., I don't know. I am as green as it gets, and I'm glad to see Tesla pushing the big car companies in the right direction, but I want my environmentalism accessible by normal folk.

Great video, Creek. Did you get some of the pics your friend took? I'd love to see them.

I have to say though, if you're in the path of one of those monster storms and you can leave, do it. Especially if you live in a loe-lying area.

Even inland the hurricane can have a big effect. Hurricane Irene wasn't a big deal on the coast, but when it went to upstate NY it caused a lot of erosion, flooding, downed trees. Do what Creek said, but also be prepared to be without basic services for a while. The underground stuff (water, gas) is usually fine but electricity is fragile. We always stock up on nonperishables, especially Parmalat for milk. (Same thing when a big snowstorm comes through.) Roads can be inaccessible too, so be prepared for that. Make sure you have a supply of necessary prescriptions.

I think too have some tools to prepare for downed trees on your property. Unless the tree is in a dangerous place, like leaning on power lines, it's not going to get taken care of immediately.

Random / Re: Users "Location" In Posted Messages
« on: August 27, 2019, 05:57:30 PM »
Thanks, I found that useful.

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:06:23 PM »
The electric truck..

From what I'm reading, Ford is working with Rivian to develop their electric pickups.

I'm starting to worry I'll never stand up without falling in or even be able to move.
I was on a large blue and yellow O'shea board (hope I've got the name right) which was 10'6 x 32 and as soon as I slightly shifted my weight, even into one bent leg, to try and bend the other to stand up, the whole thing was tipping to one side.

Is this the board?

If it is, it says 106x34x260L which should be ok for someone larger than you.  If not, there are larger and more stable boards.  I have had quite a bit of luck starting friends off paddling on similar sized or slightly smaller boards.  It takes a little while to get your sea legs.  Quickbeam's guidance sounds pretty sound.  Also these boards tend to be more stable when they are moving so oftentimes it helps to take a few strokes kneeling and then when the board has forward motion, you can try to stand up.  Hopefully you stay the course as SUP can give you years of health and happiness!

805, that board seems like it's the right width, but inflatables can be twitchy. A good hard board is easier. I use these. The plastic makes them a little easier to fall on.

I've taught people bigger than you, male and female. You're not that big for paddleboarding, trust me. What I use in my classes are 35 inch wide boards that are really easy to stand on. I tend to agree with the others that you need something wide to start on. You'll still fall, but so what? We all fall. That's a necessary part of learning.

Get on something really wide and work out your balance. If you need to stay on your knees, then that's fine. learn how to work your paddle, then when you're ready to stand, do so. Then you will probably fall, so just go over the whole process again. Soon you'll be getting up so quickly that the fall won't matter.

Also, put that leash on before you're on the board. That will solve that problem.

You can see me teaching a lesson on the pic I've included. (I'm in yellow.) The guy on the left (on the green board) weighs about as much as you do and he was trying SUP out for the first time. He stood and fell. He was on his knees and fell. By the end of the class could paddle okay, and he was stable on his knees. That's progress. Again, we were using my huge Imagine Surfers, but I actually got them because they're so stable. They give confidence to the beginner,

When you get on the water, think out your progression like that. Don't compare yourself with anyone else. And keep at it. Ask for a board extra wide to start on, like 34–35". Anything smaller might not be right for you. Once you get some skills down you'll progress to something smaller, but not yet. Go for wide and keep trying.

Random / Re: Electric Surf Vehicles in 2020
« on: August 22, 2019, 07:35:21 AM »
Yeah, I would buy one of these today if they were available.  370 HP, 300 Miles. They are doing a cargo version as well.  2022, though.  Faking emissions testing will be less of an issue with no emissions :).

Yeah, those new VWs are really cute. I can't see myself getting a full electric vehicle yet, but I like the progress. I wish there were more plug-in hybrids out there, especially ones that aren't sedans.

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