Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
As many of you know Miles Moore founder of FunToSAIL and Access To Outdoors (ATO) has been a large influencer in facilitating access to sailing, other water sports, and marine/outdoor facilities to persons with disAbilities.
If you notice in the Lessons section of this site we offer accessible/disAbled sailing specific classes/programs and also run the disAbled Hobie 16 sailing world championships annually, officially called the Hobie 16 Trapseat Invitationals. In addition we have worked with the Forest Service, BLM, and others to improve or create accessible marine and camping facilities.
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Access Board Chair Lance Robertson
The World Before the ADA
"The ADA: Breaking Discriminatory and Societal Barriers for People with Disabilities" (Documentary)
Achievements of the ADA
A discussion with Judy Heumann
How the ADA Has Advanced Accessible Design
A Presentation by Karen Braitmayer, FAIA
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Monday, July 20, 2020
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
If your Hobie 16 has a soft spot on the top of the deck in front of the forward pylon its time to fix it big time. Soft spots on any part of a hull means typically the fiberglass matting is delaminating. If one does not fix it the soft spot will likely expand, get bigger and bigger until like in this picture the hull will break off or crack, etc.
Loved this picture and had to post it. Stay tuned as I will add to this post on how to fix soft spots before a hull breaks.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Monday, April 27, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
The name Chain Lakes sounds like there are a series of lakes chained together but in reality it is one lake with a narrow section that gives it the appearance of two lakes. The two wide lake like sections do not have separate names but the whole body of water is called the Chain Lakes. The lake is located in a deep canyon this is very remote in a sense but is home to a small community of homes. The State of WA. owns a small narrow piece of land that acts as the access point to this lake with small parking area and trail. The short trail is just wide enough to walk on and at times can be difficult to take your lightweight watercraft through due to all the high grass, bushes, etc. along the trail, plus you have to lift your boat over a fence that has a narrow opening to walk through. Trail also includes a short small narrow wooden bridge. The put-in site is a narrow muddy cut through the marsh. One enters from the landing into the eastern portion of the lake. This portion of the lake is 60 ft at its deepest and void of any milfoil, etc. due to its rocky bottom and depth. I found it a nice place to paddle or sail, and the scenery is awesome with the high canyon walls. When turning south and west from the access point you will enter a short milfoil infested channel to the western portion of the lake. There is a channel through the aquatic plant life that is quite beautiful. Once you enter this portion of lake it drops to a depth of 125 feet and it too has a rocky bottom and thus no aquatic plant life to deal with. Going west you will come to the outlet that you can paddle a short distance in, the water is clear and when I was there last I saw a lot of large trout swimming in the channel leading into the marsh. During high water times of the year this marsh area can appear to be a small lake but is very shallow and during the summer when the water is low it is not navigable. Fishing: Brook and Rainbow Trout, Kokanee. Directions: From the town of Camden on Camden/Diamond Rd., North .25 miles, right on Wilms Rd. 1.5 miles to bottom hill access on left. Maps: To view a map see printable map below or click on google.com/maps and type Chain Lakes, Pend Oreille County, WA. or type in GPS coordinates 48.059268, -117.209502
Chain Lakes Landing
Landing site is just narrow enough for a kayak or canoe to launch from. During the rainy season the trail and launch is real muddy.
Saturday, April 11, 2020
So what to do?
2020 will be the year of recreational sailing. Some US states have closed parks and boat launches leaving waters open to only those with boats at private homes and in marinas that are still open. Check with your state agencies, businesses, etc. for launch and marina closures.
So again what to do? If you have a small light weight sailboat like a Super Sea Snark or Hobie Cat or Island, or other, one can launch from public land that does not have a launch as long of course its not closed off. The reality is no state can block every piece of shoreline to the public. As long as there is no stay-at-home order that restricts out door activity one can go sailing with appropriate social distancing (see boating rules below in pic). If you go to a location and there are a lot of people there just go somewhere else. Social distancing must be maintained during this time until lifted.
The words "beach cat" take on a whole new meaning when needing to launch from a beach, etc.
If you have never launch from a shoreline without a paved launch it takes planning and doing so from a place that is not deep with mud, etc. Sandy beaches are perfect or areas with gravel type surfaces. One will want to use a beach dolly or lay down a piece of carpet to keep the bottom of ones hull(s) perfect. If the surfs up one will need to learn to launch and land through the surf. If you have questions please leave a response at the end of this article. We also have a new book coming out that covers this topic and many more.
Visit Boating the Inland NW section of funtosail.com to find fun places to launch from in Eastern WA. and North Idaho. Sorry I have not finished the NW Montana section. Click Here!