Good News: the hatches for the new KayakPro Marlin finally showed up.
Bad News: when putting the front hatch cover on, the plastic hatch rim popped right off of the kayak.
Very disappointing but with a bit of duct tape I was still able to go on the Chesapeake Paddler's Association Pirates of Georgetown Thursday night paddle on the Potomac (pictures courtesy of Page D.) It was a beautiful evening to paddle, with air temperatures in the low 50s and just enough breeze to keep it pleasant. The water temperature has just barely broken 50, so it is still dry suit weather. It will be nice to ditch all the extra clothing soon.
The cherry blossoms were out in a big way so it made for a very scenic paddle. It was a nice leisurely paddle - the only other boat traffic was the college rowing crews returning from training paddles. Very different from the land traffic, as the Tidal Basin area was jammed with blossom viewers. On the way back to Jack's newly renovated (and unfortunately much more homogenized) boathouse, Cyndi and I pushed the speed up a bit. We held 5.5-5.8 mph fighting a current, and I figured out I needed to lengthen my paddle a bit. Afterwards, a quick trip to Chipotle in Georgetown and then back home to emailing with Kayakpro about how to get this hatch situation fixed.