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by jamesl2play
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals riding on deck!
Replies: 7
Views: 461

Re: Seals riding on deck!

Eighteen months ago I was invited, along with some friends to share lunch we some locals.
All I can say is that seal with boiled potatoes was stunning.
I probably look at seals differently to the most other sea kayakers now.
by jamesl2play
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eigg
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: Eigg

Paddled out to Eigg from Arisaig last May. Quite a straight forward crossing if the weather is right. We headed for the gap between Eigg and Rhum and then camped on the Singing Sands Beach at Cleadale. As mentioned above, the tide was only an issue as we got close to the island. The surf was up the ...
by jamesl2play
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2152

Re: BBC filler

Thanks for the update Greg. I for one was interested just to see who was what.

I hope my comment about parties did not cause any offence. It was totally tongue in cheek and my
experience of Irish folk is the complete opposite.
by jamesl2play
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2152

Re: BBC filler

I have two of the boats in the line up. I reckon Fozzy has all of them.

Ps. I bet they are a barrel of laughs at a party.
by jamesl2play
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 16
Views: 1490

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

That is exactly my way of thinking Beryl.
I used to have a Palm Kaikoura pfd but I would liken that to being a para trooper on a combat jump.
I now use a resurrected Northsore deck bag with an Astral Willis BA.

VHF and plb go in the BA, flasks of soup, coffee and goodies go in the deck bag.
by jamesl2play
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1464

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

Yes that is it, well part of it.
The complete video has been split into various sections now. The original video is over an hour long.
by jamesl2play
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1464

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

If you are keen to understand the mechanics of the forward stroke there is an excellent video on You Tube of Ivan Lawler teaching a paddle clinic at Richmond Canoe Club. I would post the link if I knew how. I am not saying all that he says applies to white water. You would have to decide what parts ...
by jamesl2play
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak
Replies: 17
Views: 1516

Re: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak

Just asking, is this a serious post ?
by jamesl2play
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heading north...
Replies: 10
Views: 1632

Re: Heading north...

I am reading it on FB. Finding it a good read.
by jamesl2play
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?
Replies: 12
Views: 689

Re: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?

In my fleet I have a surf ski, a K1 and a Taran and I flip flop between them. My feeling is that if you are going to paddle on just a river then go for a stable racing boat (rocking horse manure) but with your budget you could easily buy new. Undoubtably you would need to try before you buy. The mai...
by jamesl2play
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a PLB
Replies: 13
Views: 1495

Re: Recommend me a PLB

Ok I will go first.
ACR ResQLink as recomended to me by my local chandler.

Not used it 'yet' so cannot comment on whether it works.
It gets replaced for free if I have to use it.

Thumbs up to Plan B Charity who persuauded me to buy one.
by jamesl2play
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 6
Views: 658

Re: Help needed please!

There is a bit of a retro slalom buzz going on at the moment. Recently there was a retro slalom reunion and competition at Lee Valley as part of the World Cup event there. A Canoe Slalom sales and wants page is on FB if you want to sell it I suggest you place it on there. I had an Arrowcraft Prem 2 ...
by jamesl2play
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1565

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

Maybe some Companies do not need to advertise. I recently had the good fortune to visit both the Rockpool and the SKUK factories and they seem to be doing very well thanks. The response by sloegin was spot on. Some paddlers spend too much time looking for a boat to give them the 'magic solution' ins...
by jamesl2play
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pembrokeshire family kayaking?
Replies: 9
Views: 713

Re: Pembrokeshire family kayaking?

This is going to be a shameful plug for a mate of mine but I suggest you give Mike Mayberry a call. Search for Mayberry Kayaking.
Mike is based at Goodwick near Fishguard and he speciazlises in family days out. He also has a vast knowledge of the area and will give you plenty of help.

Happy paddling.
by jamesl2play
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1008

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Sorry I totaly missed the point but I am trying to work out the mechanics with this one. Surely a Cadence Sensor on a wrist mounted device will not work. When you stop paddling to read the cadence it will say zero. Surely the device needs to be mounted on the deck or foot strap so that you can read ...
by jamesl2play
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1008

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Interesting thread ' Is stroke rate important in kayaking ?' That is quite a general statement because it depends what you mean by kayaking. Given the general standard of forward paddling in sea kayaking and the lack of a desire to become more efficient this forum is probably not the right place for...
by jamesl2play
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Steve Backshall in Greenland
Replies: 2
Views: 598

Re: Steve Backshall in Greenland

Been to Greenland loads of times, never worn a helmet once.
Its a personal choice. Why turn a bimble into a gnarly sport. Quite ridiculous if you ask me.
by jamesl2play
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cold feet fatigue
Replies: 2
Views: 647

Re: Cold feet fatigue

My view is that any upper leg bracing should be discouraged. It is not necessary in a sea kayak. The same goes for a back rest. Stablity comes from using the paddle the feet and the top hand. The footrest should be adjusted so that you can brace with the thighs either passively or dynamically depend...
by jamesl2play
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Kayak ergo or simular
Replies: 2
Views: 400

Re: Kayak ergo or simular

Just a suggestion, there is a Racing Canoe Clubs Sales and Wants FB page. They come up on there from time to time.
by jamesl2play
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 3375

Re: Sea kayak speed

A vast amount of information there but I am struggling with the basic point of it all. A fine example of a sea kayakers discussion though. I was very interested with Douglas's input from a surfski perspective. A surf ski certainly comes into its own downwind and is a real step up from most sea kayak...
by jamesl2play
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking Clubs in South Wales?
Replies: 12
Views: 1048

Re: Sea Kayaking Clubs in South Wales?

I have been a member of the Sea Kayak Cymru FB page since it was first started. Obviously peoples ideas of 'hardcore', epic and long distance vary considerably. I always thought we were quite a friendly bunch but apparently that is not the case. Sorry about the roof rack 'excuse' but I did actually ...
by jamesl2play
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Karitek ELRR
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Wanted - Karitek ELRR

Hi Guys, I obviously only need one roof rack. As a matter of courtesy I would like to wait until Captain Hook gets back to me, which he says will be any day now (25th). Also, his rack has come straight off a T5. If neither of you do not wish to wait then I am happy for Social1969 to jump in and do a...
by jamesl2play
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Karitek ELRR
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Wanted - Karitek ELRR

I am not in a great rush so after the 25th is fine.

Use email if you if it is easier for you jamesL2play@gmail.com
by jamesl2play
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Karitek ELRR
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Wanted - Karitek ELRR

I am after a Karitek Easy load roof rack to suit a van, actually a VW T5

Just wondering if anyone is selling one before I go down the new route.
by jamesl2play
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of named slalom prizes
Replies: 5
Views: 2245

Re: History of named slalom prizes

Would The Harwood Rose Bowl mean anything to any one?
by jamesl2play
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 4791

Re: Do you need a backband?

You do not need a backband for forward paddling. Whoever said that you don't push with your feet in a K1 has obviously never paddled one. If in doubt have a read about 'locking the blade' With the blade locked you actually pull yourself forward and almost off the seat, transferring the power through...
by jamesl2play
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg repair
Replies: 18
Views: 1127

Re: Skeg repair

Thanks Chris, I do not really know my way around this board.

I have found the photos on an old memory stick.

Stowie if you think they might be useful pm me an email address and I will send them across.
by jamesl2play
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg repair
Replies: 18
Views: 1127

Re: Skeg repair

I have found the thread Stowei, not sure how to copy the link to here though.
The last post was June 2009. The photos are no longer available on it.

Your problem seems similar to a lot of the problems being discussed.

The title is 'Island Kayak Expedition'
by jamesl2play
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg repair
Replies: 18
Views: 1127

Re: Skeg repair

I have owned two Island Kayaks Expeditions and my son has just sold his. All were lovely underated ( I thought) boats but the build quality was suspect on them. The skeg on my last one was a nightmare. The problem was discussed on UKRGB before a certain person disliked us discussing skegs on here. I...
by jamesl2play
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A cautionary tale?
Replies: 10
Views: 1684

Re: A cautionary tale?

I think some people have been watching too many movies.