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by Aled
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FREE: Wilderness Systems, North Star, plastic double sea kayak FREE!
Replies: 1
Views: 183

FREE: Wilderness Systems, North Star, plastic double sea kayak FREE!

Yes! FREE! Wilderness Systems, North Star, double sea kayak, very faded (was yellow), very heavy (45kg ish?), very long (18ft), includes 2 spray decks which are in v.good condition, rudder works well, comes with 2 paddles (very old Lendal carbon Powermaster 216 RH and a split Mitchel in vgc). Come a...
by Aled
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1742

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

andynormancx wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:02 pm
I've spotted that the cockpit rim on my Xplore is no longer entirely rigidly attached to the boat.
Happy to assist/advise with troubleshooting this...
by Aled
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1742

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Best of luck, and thanks for contributing to the technical body of knowledge found within this forum.
by Aled
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1742

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

The Tiderace boats that were built in Thailand wont have any chopped strand mat in their construction, only woven cloth, biaxial cloth, some unidirectional fibres and the Soric core material. In comparison to hand-laid polyester boats which are more common, you'll find the thickness of the Tiderace ...
by Aled
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Xceed-S?
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Xceed-S?

Wishing you many miles of happy paddling! Aled
by Aled
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1174

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

I've used the 'scale' for Leadership training and assessment, peer group paddling decision making and trip planning. For training purposes scenarios can be envisaged and setup accordingly - it's a manageable process of discovering personal levels of comfort and stress out on the water. It can be use...
by Aled
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1174

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

For me Effective Leadership = Safe Leadership. Safe Leadership requires a Reserve. Reserve = skills & strength, knowledge, clarity of thought. When a situation puts a Leader close to the limit of their Reserve, then Effectiveness reduces. When a situation overwhelms a Leader, they become Ineffective...
by Aled
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Building a plug
Replies: 22
Views: 1012

Re: Building a plug

Is the foam polystyrene or polyurethane? If its polystyrene then only use epoxy as a resin to wet out the fibreglass cloth i.e don't use polyester or vinylester resin - they contain styrene which will react badly with the polystyrene and dissolve the foam. If its polyurethane then you can use epoxy ...
by Aled
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 59
Views: 9422

Re: Angmagssalik - new start?^

GregMiller wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:38 am
How would they have made the apex on the foredeck that pronounced without the ply fracturing?
3mm marine grade ply, something like Robbins Elite, would bend to this curve easily along the grain, and without splitting.
by Aled
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 59
Views: 9422

Re: Angmagssalik - new start?^

https://www.dropbox.com/s/efcdm3k1qcznc ... .eprt?dl=0
View the boat above in glorious 3D as an eDrawing file - 'eDrawings Viewer' software required, available free from https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/e ... gister.htm
by Aled
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 59
Views: 9422

Re: Angmagssalik - new start?^

I had a play-around with the offsets (which I found were way off in places - apologies to anyone who's tried using them - Mike) and Chris' photo and came up with this. The curve under the bow and stern have been redrawn to reduce the twist/stress in the ply and there's a curved deck with a bit more ...
by Aled
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2036

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Also, consider kayak surfing (in any kayak - sea, surf, WW, slalom, SOT etc) the skills are relevant
by Aled
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 2482

Re: Sea kayak speed

Here's an extract from a recent response to an inquiry about the speed of various Tiderace boats under certain parameters. All the boats were modelled specifically to the paddler's criteria in this case, and the results reflect this. A heavier paddler, greater load etc would have a different set of ...
by Aled
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Tiderace Xcite
Replies: 2
Views: 522

Re: Wanted - Tiderace Xcite

by Aled
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1742

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Re-posted and expanded from Facebook (for UKRGB community and to preserve Tiderace response continuity) Hi Andy, for a factory finish repair, consider sanding/grinding away the damage from the outside. Remove all the broken gelcoat, and stop just before you grind through the very last inner layer of...
by Aled
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: An interesting Ebay Kayak.
Replies: 18
Views: 2238

Re: An interesting Ebay Kayak.

Andrew UK wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:27 am
I don't suppose you know why Kevin went for pink?
Don't know the reason, but Kevin was into pink everything those days. I recall his pink ProTech helmet etc, it was very much his signature colour.
by Aled
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: An interesting Ebay Kayak.
Replies: 18
Views: 2238

Re: An interesting Ebay Kayak.

I've had a reply from Howard: I remember building it with Aled Williams (Tide Race) in about 1988 for Kevin Danforth. It was called the Ynys (Welsh for Island) & developed from an old design called the Lindisfarn from the NE. It was ahead of the the game in its day! Howard I'm very grateful to Howa...
by Aled
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming

mikkelkg wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:17 pm
Will a tube of gelcoat filler + hardener be enough to cover my needs?
Yes, it would be plenty, you only need half a teaspoon full at the most - with a couple of drops of hardner added to it - most of it would go to waste.
by Aled
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming

Hi mikkelkg, If you're in North Wales, pop in to my house, we'll have it fixed over a cup of tea... Or, contact Tiderace and have it fixed as a warranty repair... Or, fix it using some polyester gelcoat (the boat's made with an Epoxy Compatible Polyester Gelcoat on an epoxy composite laminate, but n...
by Aled
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?
Replies: 8
Views: 949

Re: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?

Are those little flat bottomed plastic boats meant to be a lot harder to roll than a sea kayak? Generally, the wider and deeper the boat, the harder to roll - WW boats tend to be wider and deeper (around the cockpit) than sea kayaks. All that width (think buoyancy) has to be pulled under your hips...
by Aled
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xtra Standard / HV
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: Tiderace Xtra Standard / HV

Same hull, same deck etc. Its purely a height difference for paddler size/fitting - from memory, 20mm reduction at the cockpit, tapering to 12mm at the ends (give or take a few microns :-)
by Aled
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: HIN Numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: HIN Numbers

by Aled
Wed May 02, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: UK Circumnavigation Presentation
Replies: 2
Views: 505

Re: UK Circumnavigation Presentation

Booking done. Also includes tea & cake - excellent!
by Aled
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 1094

Re: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak

It looks like damage from flexing rather than blunt impact or scraping. Was the boat transported on bare (un-padded) roof bars?
by Aled
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp
Replies: 12
Views: 859

Re: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp

You'll find out for certain when you start sanding the innermost hull layer (where the woven cloth / rovings tend to be) - if it all turns to white dust - it's glass (black dust, its carbon), if it's more resistant to sanding and furrs up white - it's diolene (furrs up yellow - it's kevlar).
by Aled
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 802

Re: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak

A surfski rudder setup as a retrofit would be possible - glass in a tube from deck to hull and have the steering T bar above the deck. It would involve routing the steering cables up onto the back deck (pipes?), and probably the hardest part would be aquiring, making or adapting a surfski rudder wit...
by Aled
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp
Replies: 12
Views: 859

Re: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp

My HM from this era was made of glass roving, csm and polyester resin.
by Aled
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp
Replies: 12
Views: 859

Re: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp

I'd estimate between 1975 and early 1980s, - It's fitted with Henderson cam hatches, which pre-date the plastic Henderson screw-on hatches, which pre-date the VCP hatches. The model is a HS (hatches + standard hull) on the original 'ocean' cockpit. Interestingly, it looks like it wasnt originally fi...