Thanks for the video. That looks like a fun day out there. I really need to get down there for a weekend or two and paddle with y'all.
I had the chainsaw out last night until after dark, freeing up some kayaks. A tree snapped about 10' up from the ground. It was right next to the back corner of the shed, so it just bent the tin a little on the roof and rolled off the corner. Unfortunately, I have a kayak stand covered by a big tarp on that side of the shed with 6 composite kayaks on it. Son of a _____!
The tree wasn't huge, but the trunk was still over 14" in diameter all the way up where I sawed it in two to drop the heaviest weight off the top kayak bearing most of the load .
So the good news. The stand took some of the hit, before it cracked and splintered, and the top of the tree landed on top of the fence, which bent and gave some, but didn't collapse. The wood splintered and released the hardware and allowed the two top kayaks on one side to fall to the ground seemingly unharmed. The Carbon Kevlar Capella 169 on the other side bore the brunt as far as kayaks are concerned. The front strap holding the bow was attached to a lag bolt screwed into a 4x4 post, and it didn't give. The stern side did, and the stern came down and planted in the dirt, knocking down the kayak underneath of it, and somehow held up a good portion of the weight of the tree without completely splitting. So that Capella effectively saved the kayaks underneath of it by staying in one piece.
Unfortunately, there was definitely some crushing going on, and a hole right through the side of the Capella. I love that Capella 169 for the surf, and they don't even make that model anymore. There's a serious composite kayak builder around that does repairs, so I'm really hoping I can keep her on the water. This is a pretty recent picture of me in the Capella. I hope it isn't my last.
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