Getting Ready for Spring Gear Swap
We're thrilled at the turnout we've got for the Spring Gear Swap! From diving suits to mountaineering equipment, there is something for everyone:
-Kayaks and accessories
-Lots of wetsuits and PFDs
-Bikes, helmets, panniers, shoes, etc.
-Thule and Yakima roof-racks and accessories
-Camping equipment (tents, stoves, sleeping bags, etc.)
-Downhill and cross-country skis and boots
-Telemark skis and boots (we've got an AWESOME selection of tele gear to choose from)
-Ice skates, and hockey gear
-Bags, Packs and kid-carriers
-Jackets, clothing, shoes, and boots
-Boating stuff, including an outboard motor, a trolling motor, fishing outriggers, life-jackets, and even a sailboat!
-And so much, MUCH more!
The sale starts 10am Saturday May 9, and will go until 4pm. The spring and fall gear swaps are fundraising events for the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation. Leam more at: mtashwabay.org/swap
This pair of beautiful mahogany kayaks will be available at the Spring Gear Swap. One is 17' and the other 18' and both were hand-built locally from assembly kits. A spray skirt is included with each, and we've got other accessories for kayaking available, including paddles, wetsuits, spray jackets, and more.
From the family selling this 1976 Janus Ghost sailboat:
Asking price is $450 for the whole package
Small one design boat that was popular in the seventies. I have seem an episode of The Price is Right where one of the final prizes was a Ghost. Still active club participants in the Midwest. We bought this boat three years ago for $100 and immediately had to put $1000+ in to make it usable.
What we replaced:
All new stainless shrouds with turnbuckles (@$800) Good for another 20 years.
‘New’ used mast (the mast we got was broken and welded, then damaged when the rigging failed) Shipping alone on a mast this size is $500…
All lines were replaced
Although not pretty, the boat is sound. I did some glass repairs to fix some leaks and make the hull stronger. Planning to paint it, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Could use some new varnish on wood work. Rudder and centerboard are not original, but work well. The main is usable, but very old. I repacked the trailer bearings.
I sailed the boat for two seasons. It is a sailor’s boat-not a good choice for beginners (LOTS of sail and not much boat). These boats are famous for their light wind abilities-they will make their own forward progress with some light sculling. When the Lazers are sitting you can sail circles around them and leave them wondering. The boat is an absolute hoot in winds up to 10 knots. With a partner to hike out it is good in bigger winds. The hull design handles good size seas-I have had some fun on a 15+ day out on Chequamegon Bay with waves at 1-2+. That said, I have never had the boat over (it will tip!) so I cannot attest to how easy it is to right it (you will need to practice).
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