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by Aled
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What hull shape is best for edging?
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Re: What hull shape is best for edging?

... harder chined hulls make it easier to edge, because they make it harder for you to fall over.

(up to about 25 degree of lean, on average, after that you're at the mercy of Gravity or the salvation of a support stroke).
by Aled
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?
Replies: 13
Views: 626

Re: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?

I used to fix neoprene issues like this by painting Sikaflex over the area with a brush - when cured, the Sikflex gives a smooth non-stick rubbery finish. Painted on thin but stippled into the fabric, the Sika would flex and stretch reasonably well. (There's a top tip from my competitive 'squirt boa...
by Aled
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lockdown.
Replies: 19
Views: 988

Re: Lockdown.

Again, not sure how it is elsewhere, but in Wales it seems to depend what sort of boating you're into: From my local sailing club: "Individual boating is still permitted as legitimate exercise if you “…have access to water local to you”. So the slipway will remain open but the clubhouse facilities, ...
by Aled
Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lockdown.
Replies: 19
Views: 988

Re: Lockdown.

I don't know what Canoe Wales are advising (I'm not a member), but the Welsh Gov position is clear: it isn't illegal to go kayaking/canoeing, they only request us not to. From the Welsh Gov website: "There are no legal limits on the kind of exercise that is permitted. However, in practice, this will...
by Aled
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 677

Re: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

The TrimTab has it's uses - but we don't often we see seakayaks with a setup that requires or makes use of this device in the UK. Some seakayaks are not fitted with skegs, but do have rudder placements. The TrimTab allows the rudder to be operated with a skeg like effect. Rather than incrementally r...
by Aled
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introduction and looking for advice.
Replies: 39
Views: 2188

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

+1 for https://seakayakingwales.com/
Anglesey is a great venue for sea kayaking - I recommend you try some tours and boat demos - seakayakingwales.com would be a good place to start.
by Aled
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing lost skeg
Replies: 12
Views: 537

Re: Replacing lost skeg

I think it's a Valley skeg...
by Aled
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better: click on or fully rubber kajaksport hatches?
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: What is better: click on or fully rubber kajaksport hatches?

I'd recommend going with the methacrylate and the ClickOn. The ClickOn are lighter, easier to put on and take off (I'm also a advocate of occasionally spraying and wiping on Silicone lube to the underside of the cover - it eases the friction and keeps water away - this works on both the rubber and C...
by Aled
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding strength to a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 591

Re: Adding strength to a kayak

Jim's given the high-tech approach - there is an old-school low tech approach to this... Turn the boat over (cockpit to the floor, sandpaper the underside of the deck that needs stiffening to scratch up the surface, clean off the dust with acetone. Cut 3 inch wide strips of 450gm CSM mat to just sho...
by Aled
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1497

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

The yachts may simply not have seen you. In a scenario where they could have been on a long voyage and if sailing short handed/alone its quite possible that they were catching up on sleep. They could have AIS alarm activated to wake them up if a big ship were approaching, or radar on alarm (more lik...
by Aled
Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 844

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

Hello 'andynormancx', Hopefully Nelo are addressing this for you... Why does this happen? Over the years, I've found 2 sources to this problem: the rim hasn't been sufficiently prepared for glueing or there's insufficient sealant leaving a small gap or burst bubble in the bonded joint. How is it fix...
by Aled
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg Problems...
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: Skeg Problems...

Smear bicycle inner tube repair glue around the end of the clear pipe (avoid the wire), push it firmly back in, give it a couple of days to set.
by Aled
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Direction of low brace turn
Replies: 9
Views: 711

Re: Direction of low brace turn

What's often lost in the process of teaching/learning strokes is the context and purpose. A low brace turn could be used: - Slowly surfing a one foot high wave to the beach, where you turn/brace onto the wave as it breaks and before the wave pushes you sideways towards the sand. - Crossing an eddyli...
by Aled
Sat May 09, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?
Replies: 21
Views: 1929

Re: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?

Yes, the ShoreLine did influence the Romany. Back in 1990, I had extended access to a couple of ShoreLines via Nigel's ASSC centre. The ShoreLine out-surfed any other kayak back then, and it was that performance aspect that I was keen to embed into the Romany. But there were other influences too - w...
by Aled
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17^
Replies: 69
Views: 22475

Re: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17^

Jannik wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:37 pm
Best downvind kayak... tiderace 17... No bagege... Any thougts
The Pace18 would be better suited than a Pace17Tour for this purpose.
Best, Aled.
by Aled
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Olaf Liunberg
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

Re: Olaf Liunberg

Sad news indeed. A real gentleman, it was always a privilege to paddle with him at the Anglesey Symposiums - I'll always remember his sparkling wit, inquisitiveness and warmth of character. Thanks for posting this Jon.
by Aled
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?

I'd highly recommend priming the ABS rim prior to using Sikaflex, or alternatively bonding the rim using a methacrylate adhesive e.g. 25ml syringe of MA from EasyComposites (no prep or priming required).
by Aled
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can anyone identify this one?
Replies: 12
Views: 1283

Re: Can anyone identify this one?

My tentative guess: an early McNulty Kodiak
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: 455

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: 3494

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: 3494

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: 3494

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: 9
Views: 1481

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: 25
Views: 2318

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: 25
Views: 2318

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: 1653

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: 11070

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: 11070

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: 11070

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 ...