1st presentation of the day - the Coast Guard talked about lifejackets. This was a good one.
Type I's - the top rating. This is the kind that will keep an unconcious person floating face up. This would be for offshore use & other serious stuff - if you ever had the misfortune to find yourself on a sinking Transatlantic liner, for example, this is the kind the crew would be distributing.
Type II, infant variety. A baby's or toddler's lifejacket really has to turn that tot face up. Another point that Bob made was that the presence of a strap that goes between the legs is extremely important - apparently non-swimmers tend to fling their arms up in the air as they fall overboard & can slip right out of that lifejacket. Even for a nonswimming adult, the auxiliarists said that it's not a bad idea to jury-rig a similar thing - once that PFD is off, it is not going back on.
Oops. I didn't get a picture of the Type III - that's the type that most paddlers like to use. Every single person who's paddling later in the slideshow is wearing a Type III. What's being shown here is a rather nifty children's hybrid - it's a Type III, nice & comfy & your kid won't fuss about wearing it, but when the kid goes overboard, it automatically inflates to I think Bob (the CG auxiliary gent) said was a Type I. This happens to be the one he uses for his own son when they're out. Pretty good recommendation!
Here's an inflatable. They come in automatic & manual activation models. The automatic kind are good for sailboats, where the vest will go from a non-hampering, low profile article of clothing to a working PFD the minute you go overboard; not so good if you're in a kayak, where you're way more likely to be voluntarily immersed! Manually activated inflatable PFD's are a nice compromise for racers - I see at least one K1/surfski guy at my club wearing one fairly frequently. They won't do you much good if you get knocked out by a powerboat, but if you get knocked off your ski by a freak wave & you & the boat part company, you just pull a tab & as long as you've taken care of the thing, blown it up every now & then to check for leaks & such, you're in somewhat better shape.
Here was a fun addition to the usual CG presentation!
That's Elizabeth, who's in charge of this whole shindig, and her standard poodle, Casey. Poodles were actually bred as water-loving hunting dogs - according to the AKC blurb on the breed's history, "Doubtless the English word 'poodle" comes from the German pudel or pudelin, meaning to splash in the water". The silly-looking haircuts some poodles (not Casey!) sport were actually originally meant to help the dog as it worked as a retriever. Casey joins Elizabeth for all sorts of water fun & as you can see, he's got his own PFD! Elizabeth said he loves it, too, fell for it as soon as he figured out how much easier it was to swim with it on.
Like the infant PFD that was shown earlier, most doggy PFD's have a handle on them. Makes it easier to just hoist the wearers back on board, when they don't understand the process themselves.
This was interesting, although completely inapplicable for kayaks. Apparently a lot of boaters will keep their vessel's PFD's in a big gear bag like this. What they don't realize is that given some time exposed to salt air, the zipper can seize up to the point that the bag can't be opened. The Coast Guard will test the zippers on bags like this when they do a vessel safety check. Another maintenance point that was made that IS applicable was that as part of checking your PFD's usability, you should tug on all the straps to make sure the stitching & fabric is all holding together. I've got a very old PFD, and I keep an eye on the seams & the fabric of the shell, but never tested the straps that way (although I do tug on them regularly as I adjust the PFD to fit whatever the day's gear is). That's why I always like to listen to presentations like these - I learn things.
First on-water demo of the day was the Long Island based North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak club, doing Boat Handling. Very nice presentation!
Here's a little contact towing, such as you might use for an injured or weakened paddler - it's a little awkward to paddle this way, but they are fully supported by your boat & you can see them & talk to them.
A manuever you could use to get a temporary patch on a hole in your hull if you can't land.
Always nice to see parents bringing their kids to a thing like this. That's hopefully 2 generations of safe boaters, right there!
Eskimo rescue to wrap things up.
The NACK demo team takes a bow!
Does anyone else spot a problem here?
How to show your boat that you care: Chuck the Thule bars. Deep-six the J-hooks, the Hully Rollers, the straps & tie-downs & just buy your carbon kevlar baby a camper van!
In the exhibit hall.
On-water demo #2 - a good canoe demo.
Only got to watch a bit before the Sebago crew had to go suit up, but it's always fun to watch a canoe being handled by a person who knows what they are doing.
Sebago getting ready for out Greenland demo.
Minh & Stevie in the skin boats, Kevin warming up with a little high bracing, me on the dock - Adele the Gardening Chair taking most pictures from here on!
Minh side sculls (or maybe rolls, it's hard to tell sometimes in pictures).
Stevie & Kevin side scull (or maybe roll)
Stevie continues to balance brace, Kevin either sidesculls or rolls
and so on
and so forth
OH NO! A TERRIBLE DISASTER HAPPENED! No, not really, but doesn't it look like a terrible disaster?
STEVIE LIVES! Dunno about the chick in the yellow boat.
I AM A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY! says Kevin
Stevie & Kevin
yup the chick in the yellow boat clearly has something wrong with her.
Stevie & I roll
I'm finishing a forward- finishing something or other.
Kevin, me, and Stevie
Invisible harpoon demonstation. I just killed an invisible seal.
Norsaq roll - before
Norsaq roll, after.
Behind-the-head roll setup
Finishing the behind-the-head roll
Only I blew it every time! I came up, but had to release one hand's hold on the paddle. I think maybe I haven't done this one in full winter gear before - there's this bit right before the finish where the inboard end of your paddle sort of slides across your back deck, and first my gloves seemed to get stuck, and then I took the gloves off, but somehow the paddle tip still seemed to be getting hung up somewhere. Interesting trying, though.
Minh prepares for a storm roll
Minh finishes a storm roll
Judging by the fact that I can see my face in this picture, I suspect that a minute later I was back upside down.
Balance brace, no paddle, very restful.
The Sebago crew. Not shown - Jerry, who stayed dry & narrated.
trying that #$%*in' spine roll again.
ok, so I can't blame the gloves.
Here comes the final on-water demo
I got to try!
First he gave me a quick demo of how to get on, stand up,
Turning was the tricky bit - you're supposed to move waaaay back on the tail & paddle back there - moving around on the board was a little tricky!
Paddling off kneeling
Up, but feeling verrrrrrry shaky...
OK...breathe...look up where I want to go...oh, ok here we go...
I did manage to turn around, but mostly using sweep strokes - still shaky about moving the feet much
But the knees were a bit less shaky by now!
Almost cruising! Whee.
OK...now I want to try this moving back on the board to turn thing...
uh oh...I think...
that I am about to go...
swimming. Oh well, that's fun too.
Back on the horse!
End-of-day presentations - flowers from the Coast Guard
A placque from Parks -
and raffle prizes!
And here was one really nice surprise at the end of the day - Container 13 has lights! Thanks, Paul & Pete - and thanks everybody for another really fun day on & in the water!