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by jamesl2play
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 952

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

There is a nice Tercel for sale on Racing Canoe Clubs Sales and Wants FB page. You will have to be quick though.
by jamesl2play
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Changes to Moderate Water Sea kayak Leader (4*)
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Changes to Moderate Water Sea kayak Leader (4*)

I went for the training a few years back and it cost me over £300 for a weekend. I came away so disillusioned by the quality of the training that I have never bothered going for assessment. It also occurs to me that given the restrictions placed on the Leader there are not many trips to be done with...
by jamesl2play
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 952

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

I am dubious if a Masters K1 would suit. I recently sold an Elio Puma K1 which was listed as a Masters K1 and rated stability 6. It was a copy of a Kirton Tor also rated 6. The Puma was a nice boat but took a lot of paddling. Both the Puma and the Tor are fully fledged racing boats and as such I can...
by jamesl2play
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 952

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

I would just like to second what Jim has just said. Venture Easky or old Capella is what I had in mind. I liked the look of that old Olymp 6. I had an Olymp 4 back in 1972 and strangely enough I was a member of Wey Kayak Club then. Good luck with your quest, don't be afraid to ask more questions. Yo...
by jamesl2play
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 952

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

the club were against me joining as they thought i would be ‘off pace’ That statement is a pretty sad indictment, but I am not surprised. Elitist is probably the other word that you are looking for. How about looking at one of the shorter plastic sea kayaks. I am not that familiar with that sort of ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 952

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

'old Avoncraft Slalom style kayak' I am not surprised the boat is twitchy and all over the place. That is what the boat is designed to do. Its a white water boat designed for a slalom course so as such it is fairly advanced for a beginner. 'fibreglass racing style kayak at a local club' Was this at ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Too much torso rotation?
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Re: Too much torso rotation?

Who knows if this is correct but here goes. I read somewhere in, I think it was the Paddle Circles book that there are twenty five thousand muscle movements in a single kayak stroke. If we take an experienced paddler going at 80 spm over 1km that is 12 million muscle movements. That speed is also ab...
by jamesl2play
Tue May 12, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1584

Re: Boris says...

For the first time ever, I am glad that we have a Devolved Parliament here in Wales.
by jamesl2play
Fri May 08, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can anyone identify these kayaks?
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Can anyone identify these kayaks?

The red one is easy it has Perfekt written on it. The yellow one I think is an Olymp 4.
by jamesl2play
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1713

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Any thoughts on getting a Paddle Ergo ?. They do take up a bit of space though.
by jamesl2play
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals riding on deck!
Replies: 12
Views: 1315

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: 951

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: 2513

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: 2513

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: 18
Views: 2107

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: 1846

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: 1846

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: 1890

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: 1932

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: 1155

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: 1616

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: 778

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: 1719

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: 890

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: 1490

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: 1490

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: 673

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: 716

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: 445

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: 4047

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...