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Alex



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Location: Singapore, South East Asia

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 5:31 am    Post subject: Singapore City tour by kayak Reply with quote

Singapore City tour by kayak


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Alex



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:45 pm    Post subject: Father and son expedition Reply with quote

Father and son expedition
St. John's Island and Sister's Island (3D2N)
13th to 15th June 2011


Thanks be to GOD for lots of sea breeze, very little HOT sun and no rain at all.

We launched our kayaks from St. John's Island.
The night before I had to decide between using a yellow AF Expedition OR
a red AF10.5 + a trailer raft.
And I picked the latter choice for more leg room in our kayaks and
to leave all the gear in the trailer raft.
However, in the midst of pumping up the trailer raft,
my son heard a hissing sound, upon checking,
a dreaded reality was confirmed, the raft had a half-inch rapture and air was leaking out fast.
As we would be back on this island the next day,
I decided to leave some of the heavier equipment behind.
(e.g. my anchor + 2 kayak trolleys and duffle bags)
So, with our packs bungeed to the rear decks and off we went.
In the back of my mind, I was and still am thankful that the leak happened BEFORE we hit the water
and not when we were out at sea.
Otherwise, I would end up losing all my gear or worse,
get pulled into the deep sea along with the fast sinking gear. *phew!!*



We did visual checks on the buoyancy of our kayaks and balancing felt normal.




Midway through our island crossing the winds and current picked up a little.
But all in all, we made it quite comfortably within an hour with a slight head wind.
Big Sister's Island is on the left (West) and Small Sister's on the right (East)
My son commented that coincidentally Big Sister's has more residential monkeys.





On Small Sister's, we recced the place and found this swing
made from a simple log hung from a branch about 30 feet above.
We felt welcomed by the surroundings and started to set up camp.





I had planned and packed for quite a fair bit of outdoor cooking.


And this is what I managed to whip up on my first attempt with rice. Almost forgot the tomatoes.




The next day, as dark clouds loomed,
we started early to head back to St John's island to meet my wife and younger son.





Back on St John's Island, with my full gear and my wife to watch over the kids,
I was able to target fishes for a fillet-o-fish dinner.





The rest of the time, we swam across the lagoon, caught crabs, spotted sea urchins....
...ate, played, laughed and spent quality time embracing nature together.
2 days after the camping trip, writing this blog, I still can't stop reminiscing the good times.

I am very sure there will be more of such trips in the near future.


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Pearly



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations for another great adventure!

That is quite an ambitious paddle for your son - he is doing well!
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Alex



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pearly wrote:
Congratulations for another great adventure!

That is quite an ambitious paddle for your son - he is doing well!


Thanks Ian, we have our anxious moments too.
The weather is very unpredictable these days.
Drastic changes can occur in just a few minutes.
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Alex



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:09 am    Post subject: Pipeless Rod holder behind kayak seat Reply with quote

Pipeless Rod holder behind kayak seat


Found this on the web.
Showed it to my wife.





And she did this to my AE Expedition seat.
Two holders, one on each side of the seat.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:06 pm    Post subject: Paradisial Punggol Reply with quote

Have taken to luring lately.
Replaced live prawns with this little bugger with whiskers.
It says "sure catch" on its back, so I gave it a shot.
Up came a few Grunters.
All caught and released for them to spawn and increase in population.


It is Grunter season now at Punggol, I hit 4 last weekend.
But I think it is my son who had the last laugh.
After reeling the fish in, he had to take off his live vest to cool off.
But soon, the ever alert CGs spotted us with the long range bino and headed our way.


Large Grunters don't taste so good, so we settled for our weekly treat of fish & chips.
Also doing our part on regulating the catfish population a little,
so that other species will thrive at our spot.
Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.
Used fillets from fishes around 1.5kg for tenderness.


Punggol is a good spot for morning fishing as well as evening.
Offers stunning sunrise and sunsets.


Launching from below the viewing deck offers shelter and
the granite steps offers a good platform from the sand.
Afterwhich, the coastline is just less than 10metres away.
The men in blue at the police post are familiar with kayak anglers
as they see me go through my ritual weekly, just wave and smile.

Preserve, persevere and perfect.
Paradisial Punggol.
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Alex



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject: Pipeless FishFinder & Transducer setup Reply with quote

Went for trolling and recce/survey trip today.
Thought I'd share my basic pipeless setup here.

For a really quick deployment.
Attach the console using a marine magnet below the red canvas.
Deploy the transducer with a carabina to one of the rear D-rings.
12V battery goes into the seat's rear pocket.
All within a minute.

Best advantage: there is no risk of gravel scratching the transducer
when I return to the beach, I simply lift the bottle unto the deck behind the seat.

Disadvantage: the empty bottle has a little drag.
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Alex



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:20 pm    Post subject: Nocturnal setup Reply with quote

Took up quite a bit of paddling lately.
More for the sunsets than anything else.


Due to global warming, diurnal kayaking adventures are getting more and more unbearable.
Day temperatures can reach up to 35 degree Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).
So, I am turning nocturnal to move my adventures nearer to the cooler dawn or dusk and beyond.
Here is my nocturnal setup.
12V, 11W, DC flourencent, 360degrees, weather-proof, whitelight

I usually have a trailing lure just in case I get lucky.
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sonar



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks to me your lucky enough to live in a very nice part of the world.
The blogs are interesting and the photos are great.

Ideas on how you use attachments to your kayak are well documented.

Keep up the great work.

Wish I was living a an area like that.
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Alex



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sonar wrote:
Looks to me your lucky enough to live in a very nice part of the world.
The blogs are interesting and the photos are great.

Ideas on how you use attachments to your kayak are well documented.

Keep up the great work.

Wish I was living a an area like that.


Thank you for your compliments.
We are really just a little red dot on the world map.
However, being an island we are surrounded by the sea.
The tropical climate can get scorching hot at times.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:14 pm    Post subject: Pipeless rod holders on the back of kayak seat (more photos) Reply with quote

Pipeless rod holders on the back of kayak seat
(more photos..)


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sonar



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex wrote:
sonar wrote:
Looks to me your lucky enough to live in a very nice part of the world.
The blogs are interesting and the photos are great.

Ideas on how you use attachments to your kayak are well documented.

Keep up the great work.

Wish I was living a an area like that.


Thank you for your compliments.
We are really just a little red dot on the world map.
However, being an island we are surrounded by the sea.
The tropical climate can get scorching hot at times.


Just a thought as you able to make some items I was thinking about the hot sun and you could use the rod holders fitted to the seat in another way.

A couple of plastic pipes and a small amount of cloth and you could have a sunshade.

Keep the height just above your head and remove it when it is a little cooler..
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the pipe holders constructed out of 4 strips of webbing all sewn together?

Is the bottom open as well.
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Alex



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sonar wrote:
Are the pipe holders constructed out of 4 strips of webbing all sewn together?

Is the bottom open as well.


You are right. The bottom is open and the pipe holders are constructed out of strips of "webbing" sewn together.

As for shade structures, they tend to catch the wind and I would end up "sailing".

Thanks for your suggestion, I may just try to put an unbrella through my rod holder for shade, when I am anchored, and there is no wind.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am sure your come up with something.

Over here with the rain and the cold i was thinking of a Kayak spraydeck with an attached hood bit like a waterproof cape.
another world Huh...
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