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by Chris S
Fri Jul 16, 2004 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New sea kayak video
Replies: 1
Views: 938

New sea kayak video

I think you can get it by downloading an order form from the website and sending a "cheque", whatever that is.

p068.ezboard.com/fukriver...=459.topic
by Chris S
Wed Jul 14, 2004 10:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weymouth paddlers? Portland Bill?
Replies: 12
Views: 8895

Portland beach

<t>I've paddled from there up the Fleet. You might be able to put directly into the Fleet but its very shallow there, plus you'd probably be crashing rather blatantly through a sensitive nature reserve disturbing rare terns etc. What I did was to portage across Portland Beach Road (bit like Frogger)...
by Chris S
Wed Jul 14, 2004 9:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sculling support, a useful stroke or not?
Replies: 44
Views: 3981

Top Elephant Tip for the Day

No. 35 "Coaching complex skill is like eating an elephant, best done in small bites over a long period".

by Chris S
Wed Jul 14, 2004 8:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New paddles
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Top Elephant Tip of the Day

No. 35. "Coaching complex skill is like eating an elephant, best done in small bites over a long period".

by Chris S
Wed Jul 14, 2004 1:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Prijon Invader for Sale
Replies: 4
Views: 2524

Prijon Invader Light

Sue, did you ever find an Invader Light? I know someone who might have a cheap but OK one for sale.
Chris
by Chris S
Tue Jul 13, 2004 11:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sculling support, a useful stroke or not?
Replies: 44
Views: 3981

Pink Elephants

Glad to see that nobody has been thinking about them! Well done, and keep it up.
by Chris S
Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sculling support, a useful stroke or not?
Replies: 44
Views: 3981

Sculling

<t>Yes, it devotes a whole section to it. Whereas Plas y Brenin's "Top Tips for Coaches" (no. 36) states baldly: "Don't bother teaching sculling for support."<br/> <br/> I'm not knocking "Top Tips", but some of the tips are a bit opaque. For example no. 232 is "DON'T think about pink elephants!". Th...
by Chris S
Mon Jul 12, 2004 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS & Charts
Replies: 8
Views: 6280

GPS, Charts etc....

cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISA...13693&rd=1 but be careful - I have not seen anything suggesting that this is certified for use in the UK. It should work here though...
by Chris S
Mon Jul 12, 2004 9:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sculling support, a useful stroke or not?
Replies: 44
Views: 3981

Genotype

<t>I watched Genotype at the weekend as well. It comes down strongly against sculling over the back deck and committing all your weight to the paddle. It does advocate sitting up/forward and keeping in balance while sculling. Although the sculling must give some support, the object seems more to do ...
by Chris S
Sun Jul 11, 2004 10:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS & Charts
Replies: 8
Views: 6280

GPS & Charts

<t>"...it would seem that using a chart within the GPS would make this easier."<br/> <br/> I don't have practical experience but I think the most viable system would be a hand-held pc (which can be loaded with electronic maps/charts) with a wireless link (Bluetooth) to a GPS. <br/> <br/> There are a...
by Chris S
Fri Jul 09, 2004 7:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bad news
Replies: 7
Views: 1073

Thermacline/Polartec

Reed Chillcheater stuff does the job and the shorts and trousers come in a special paddler cut with a high back. I've found it very useful kit.
by Chris S
Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New forum
Replies: 2
Views: 454

New forum

<t>Every time this happens the new forum becomes no. 1 and all the previous inlands are renumbered. This might be a dumb question, but would it be slightly easier to find previous threads if the oldest inland was number one, the second oldest number 2 etc. so there would be no need to renumber all t...
by Chris S
Sat Jun 26, 2004 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic sea kayaks - any good?
Replies: 23
Views: 16754

Plastic sea kayaks - any good?

<t>I called in at Berkshire Canoe and Kayak (Reading)today on my way back from Wales. (They are one of the shops listed on that flaky website). It seemed like a perfectly OK shop that looks as if it has been there for a while. The stock consisted of lot of Canadians, inflatables, sit-on-tops, and re...
by Chris S
Sat Jun 26, 2004 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety widgets
Replies: 47
Views: 18613

Re:Radio stuff

<t>There are two bits of paper you should have to be legit: an operators certificate of competence issued for life by the RYA on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (equivalent to your Driving Licence) and a Ship Portable Radio Licence issued by Ofcom for £15, renewable annually (equivalent...
by Chris S
Wed Jun 23, 2004 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic sea kayaks - any good?
Replies: 23
Views: 16754

Rainbow

Rainbow's website isn't very easy to find on Google so here's a link www.canoa.it/rainbow.asp
by Chris S
Wed Jun 23, 2004 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic sea kayaks - any good?
Replies: 23
Views: 16754

Flaky website

<t>Hi David, <br/> Rainbow is an Italian manufacturer which doesn't seem to have much penetration into the UK market. I don't suppose that website helps. I find it inexplicable that they have come up with such an effective "British" boat design with the Laser. None of their other sea/touring boats s...
by Chris S
Wed Jun 23, 2004 9:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety widgets
Replies: 47
Views: 18613

Leesonce

<t>That looks like a good buy. I'd recommend going on a RYA Short Range Certificate course so you at least know the correct procedure for making a distress call. Southampton Water Activities Centre does one. Its quite interesting and you will find out all about the wonderful one button DSC distress ...
by Chris S
Wed Jun 23, 2004 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic sea kayaks - any good?
Replies: 23
Views: 16754

Plastic boats

I've just spent several days paddling a Rainbow Laser in the Mediterranean. 8) I thought it was a really excellent boat. It was tested in moderate waves and fairly strong wind and proved itself to be a proper expedition capable sea kayak which tracked well, turned on its edge well and, despite not h...
by Chris S
Fri Jun 11, 2004 2:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campsites to canoe from
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Campsites

If you don't want to leave London at all you could try Chertsey which has direct access to quite a pleasant stretch of the Thames.
by Chris S
Mon Jun 07, 2004 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: French bureaucracy
Replies: 7
Views: 1396

French bureacracy

No idea what actually happens, but the rules are on here. In French. www.ffck.org/mer/index.html

by Chris S
Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Prijon Creeker?
Replies: 6
Views: 911

Prijon Creeker?

Joel Watersports stock Prijon boats.
by Chris S
Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 4
Views: 1727

Greenland paddles

<t>Hi Richard<br/> <br/> Thanks for that encouragement! Perhaps I will have a go if I can find some Western Red Cedar. I think its used for garden decking, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find.<br/> <br/> In case anyone else is thinking of trying this at home, Western Red Cedar is a "toxic wood"...
by Chris S
Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic sea kayaks - any good?
Replies: 23
Views: 16754

Plastic Kayaks

A couple of new(ish) models have come out: the Capella has been replaced by a new model and there is a plastic Aquanaut from Valley. Has anyone tried either of these?
by Chris S
Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues
Replies: 15
Views: 7538

deckfittings

Sea-Screw (oo-er missus)seem to do the same quick release fitting as Scottish Paddler supplies at £5.73 inc. VAT. Described as Carbine pull for quick release for skiing. Not sure how well it would work with a slack line. www.marine-hardware.co.uk...ks_31.html
by Chris S
Sun Apr 25, 2004 6:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues
Replies: 15
Views: 7538

Towing again

<t>Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to incorporate a quick release for the tow-ee in their end of a towing system? For example Scottish Paddler Supplies' sell a stainless Quick Release Snap Hook (for about £9.50). When you clip on you would hand the victim the end of a length of light line attached...
by Chris S
Sun Apr 25, 2004 1:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues
Replies: 15
Views: 7538

Towing again

Yes, I agree with that Phil.

by Chris S
Sat Apr 24, 2004 10:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: vhf radio
Replies: 33
Views: 11812

DSC VHF with integrated GPS

I didn't think such an obviously useful product existed. Simrad make a DSC handheld with the red button but you would need to attach it to a ship's GPS via the charging cradle to get it to send a position with a distress alert. Now this seems to have all it needs to have, actually rather more with t...
by Chris S
Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues
Replies: 15
Views: 7538

Towing

<t>(I've seen a suggestion that its a good idea to tow two boats by running your tow line thro the deck-lines of both boats - - - )<br/> <br/> If you are towing two rafted up boats e.g. a casualty supported by an able paddler, it is best to lead the rope under the casualty's decklines near the bow a...
by Chris S
Fri Apr 23, 2004 9:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 4
Views: 1727

Greenland paddles

Thanks, I'd forgotten about that thread. As it happens Richard and Clive who posted there were the two greenland paddlers I was talking about. I'm not sure I have the skill or patience to carve one out of a bit of four by two though. I think I might try Windslicer in Scotland www.glenburn.care4free....