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Diving for Lobster for Fun

On this hot day in July, a friend of mine asked me to take her 12-year-old son, Joe, free diving.  I had already made plans with Peter, the grumpiest old fisherman in the neighborhood; so after an equipment  upgrade and a pep talk about the ornery captain who we were accompanying, we were on our way. Before we even left the dock, Peter, our 66 year old captain, was griping about the sand on Joe’s fins which were making a mess of his old and worn New England fishing boat.  As we steamed to a fish tank-like dive spot, Joe’s eyes were sparkling with excitement even as the captain continued to find issues with not only Joe, but it seemed every other vessel on the water. It was not long before we dropped anchor and prepared to enter the water.  

We were all kids again, just some with more experience than others.  Peter loved showing Joe tricks he’d learned over the years, like how to spear a fish without ruining the filet or how to pull a New England lobster out of a cave with one breath.  The video below shows Joe swimming in the red suit and Peter diving down and grabbing the lobster with its claws out in full defense mode from a dug out cave.  I know you’re wondering why he released it – well in Massachusetts we release the bugs that are twice the size of the gauge used for measurement so they can reproduce.

One thing I brought back from this trip that is at the core of Zest for Life is that you should share the fun!

How to Repair a Kayak

How to Repair a Kayak

Here is a great solution to how to repair a kayak. I have tried many different ways to repair watersport equipment like kayaks and surfboards, and this by far is the best option. The product is actually not even meant for repairing such things, but it sure gets the job done. The product I am talking about is Finish Perfect. Finish Perfect is a two-part solution that when mixed together creates a very strong bonding epoxy which can successfully fix a crack in plastic. In order to use Finish Perfect effectively, one must prep and treat the kayak before applying it. This preparation, as demonstrated in the video above, will make or break your kayak.

Finish Perfect

As you will see in this video, the kayak’s previous owner attempted to fix the crack with another epoxy which left it a mess and with only a weak bond. Finish Perfect is more flexible when it cures compared to other repair methods like fiberglass. Fiberglass tends to be stiff and will crack over time, and it will also melt the plastic it’s applied to. Finish Perfect is primarily used for arts and crafts to preserve and protect project exteriors, but it also makes a fantastic flexible glue-type hold.

To prep your kayak for the Finish Perfect, use a very rough piece of sandpaper in and around the crack to give the solution something to grab onto. Be sure you wear a mask when sanding plastic. I used Vaseline along the crack on the outside of the kayak and then taped the crack. The Vaseline keeps the tape from sticking too much to the plastic. The tape allows me to V-out the crack a bit so that more Finish Perfect can get in there.

To help strengthen the repair, I also am going to use a small patch of fiberglass cloth on the inside of the kayak where the three-way part of the crack is. The Finish Perfect will adhere and strengthen this part so that it will not break again.

Leave questions or comments below about any projects you might want to use Finish Perfect for, and share your stories with me too. Also, feel free to share your own tips and tricks to repairing seemingly impossible things. Thanks for watching!

Surfing the Leftovers…

 coming in from a fun session

coming in from a fun session

On a warm day in December…                      

Most often surfing in New England starts out big with victory at sea conditions, but you go because many times it is flat the next morning, this was the last of three days of waves.
Early in the morning, my neighbor, Mark, saw me loading my board in my truck. He had missed the previous days of swell and was chomping at the bit for some action. We drove to our favorite spot only to find it empty with chest high waves peeling down the coast and perfect glass. As I remember, the water was the same temperature as the air, mid 50’s, and we were both testing the limits of our 3/2 wet suits, but luckily the sun was out making it a very pleasant day. We surfed for 3 hrs, just the 2 of us, often splitting the peak or yelling “Yea, yea!” as the other flew down the line.
As the tide came in, the waves died and the wind came up making it a clear decision that our session was over. Both of us were lucky as we rode a good wave all the way in to the rocky shore. A friend recently sent me this photo and it brought back great memories of that day and the ones before it. Now, I look forward to the ones to come.

Diver Down Flag Tapestry Picnic

Last night we had a post-swim feast atop the Diver Down Flag Tapestry. Lobster, corn on the cob, potato chips, and fruit was just what we needed after a rigorous day of diving and beach fun.

Diver Down Flag Tapestry Tablecloth

Our Diver Down Flag Tapestry being used as a tablecloth for last night’s lobster dinner.

This is what I love about the dive flag tapestry. You can fly it on the boat while you’re on the ocean, and then you can throw it on a table as authentically nautical decor.

Diver Down Flag Tapestry Tablecloth

And what’s super great is that it’s machine-washable, so the next time you fly it, it’ll be looking good as new, even after feasting on it.

To top off the evening, the clouds decided to be extra beautiful as the sun was setting. We can’t wait for the next dive day.

Diver Down Flag Tapestry Sunset Dinner

Check out the Diver Down Flag Tapestry right here at Zest for Life.

The Diver Down Flag Bandana

Wanted to share this useful item with you guys. A diver down flag that is also a bandana. Never again will you forget your dive flag OR your bandana when you’re out at sea. Check out the awesome little guy here.

This is such a cool piece. When I’m not out on the boat diving, I hang this little flag up on the wall in my house. The material is a nice sturdy cotton, and it’s nicely hemmed around the edges. The minimalist design of the flag is right in my style wheelhouse, so I love to have it up. Friends always comment on it, saying how it gives my house a cool nautical vibe.

As you can see in the diver down flag video, this bandana looks rad on my head. What’s also good is that it makes me easy to spot in a crowd. Wearing this to a crowded beach is a great way for your group to stick together: just head toward the man with the red and white striped head.

To really drive the message home, check out the Diver Down Flag Tapestry.

Diver Down Flags

Diver Down Flag Bandana

Diver Down Flag Bandana

Sunshine Joy Diver Down Flag Tapestry

Diver Down Flag Tapestry