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by jamesl2play
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Three piece Romany Surf sizes ?
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Three piece Romany Surf sizes ?

I am not if this will help but to give you a bit of perspective. The centre section of my Taran 16 is 1830 long which fits with the NDK information. It fits neatly across the bike rack on my motorhome. The front and rear sections fit perfectly under the fixed bed which lifts up on gas struts. The re...
by jamesl2play
Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1086

Re: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?

A sit ON kayak is one you fall OFF if you capsize.

A sit IN kayak is one you fall OUT of if you capsize. As in you cannot roll it easily.

Clearly a K1 and a surf ski are sit on tops.

Unless you want to be snobby.
by jamesl2play
Thu Sep 30, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1086

Re: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?

Quote: I'm guessing that you are excluding surf skis from the category of 'SoT'. Well you would be guessing wrong then MrC of course a ski is a SoT same as your Cleaver and they will all make you feel less constrained because you will fall off if you capsize. What I am saying is look at what type of...
by jamesl2play
Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1086

Re: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?

They are two completely different tools. A SoT has the advantage of making you feel less confined but more constrained. You cannot use the edge to the same degree as a kayak with a cockpit so that limits what you can do with it. Try rolling a SoT or take one into a bumpy tiderace, or paddle a SoT in...
by jamesl2play
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS - Feathercraft Khatsalano folding kayak - now sold
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: FS - Feathercraft Khatsalano folding kayak

Hi Rowland, is this boat still for sale please ?
by jamesl2play
Sat Sep 04, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 2329

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

If you do not know the reason to spend some money on a decent paddle it is probably the time to get some forward paddling coaching /
tuition.

Why to people who use a a GP always sound like Born Again Christians ?
by jamesl2play
Mon Jul 12, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: taran vs inuk ultra 20?
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: taran vs inuk ultra 20?

Have you compared the lead in times for both boats ?
Only asking because I read a post recently which suggested that the waiting list for a Taran was around twelve months.
That probably answers your question as well.
by jamesl2play
Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam for outfitting
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Foam for outfitting

EFP30 is exactly what I ordered, following Chris's recommendation. I want to make my Taran 16 a little more comfortable following an excellent video by JW on outfitting. I have just added a Big Foot foot rest so the bulkhead is not of any concern. Unfortunately, I received this response after placin...
by jamesl2play
Sun Jun 27, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam for outfitting
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Foam for outfitting

That was easy, cheers Chris.
by jamesl2play
Sun Jun 27, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam for outfitting
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Foam for outfitting

A quick question for you nerdy types.

Anyone know where to get closed cell foam suitable for outfitting please ?.
I could use an old carry mat but I don't think it will last five minutes.
by jamesl2play
Sun Jun 27, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swan Hazard
Replies: 19
Views: 771

Re: Swan Hazard

Anyone who has done DW or the Watersides in recent years will be well aquainted with Sid the Swan at Pewsey.
If you want to see him in action have a look at the programme of Steve Backershall paddling DW.
by jamesl2play
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 30
Views: 2103

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

I use a Garmin 310 xt on the deck in front of me. That model is not made anymore so is cheap as chips on ebay. It has a nice big screen that you can read as you paddle unlike a watch on your wrist. You customise the fields to suit your requirements. I have speed, cadence and distance. I use speed to...
by jamesl2play
Thu May 20, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1304

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

I have had two Typhoon dry suits for sailing and neither of them were 100 per cent dry and both quite sweaty. When I bought my kayak dry suit I spent two hours in the shop trying on as many makes as I could. I left the Kokatat until last and there was just no contest. The suit has done six extended ...
by jamesl2play
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 2138

Re: techniques for beginners

I have never got and never will get some peoples obsession with rolling (Greenland or otherwise )
I would much rather stay upright. Mind you as I have got older my roll has all but vanished.
And don't start me on self rescues because that just doesn't happen.
by jamesl2play
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 2138

Re: techniques for beginners

I first sat in a kayak over fifty years ago and I swim like a brick.
Far better to learn how to not end up swimming in the first place.

Just like when people get taught how to roll first instead of concentrating on support strokes.
by jamesl2play
Sat Apr 24, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - double sea kayak
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Wanted - double sea kayak

Looking for a double sea kayak. We have one (Tahe) but need another to compliment it.
Anything about ?
by jamesl2play
Wed Mar 10, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 3169

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

I really don't get the obsession with wearing a helmet. I hate the things. Most of the time you will just be bimbling along looking at the cliffs and seals. Fair enough if you are rock hopping or surfing. I just don't get the idea of turning sea kayaking into to some hardcore extreme sport just beca...
by jamesl2play
Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 3169

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

This is an unusual post. Most of us on here are well older than you Bertie. You are going to be paddling in a fantastic location. Most of us spend more time travelling than paddling when we visit. From what I have read you will quickly outgrow a plastic boat. Despite the detractors there is no compa...
by jamesl2play
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4605

Re: Into strong head wind

I cannot see why the points being discussed should not apply to Greenland Paddles. A paddle is a paddle. There will be less lock with a GP so more spillage therefore the DPS will be less and the SPM higher. The catch is also less aggressive so going upwind or towing a seal they are going to feel mor...
by jamesl2play
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4605

Re: Into strong head wind

I reckon that I got away quite light there Jim.

A diving top hand means no Pivot. This is why mrcharly's Coach is telling him to try and keep his hand up and parallel to the water.
The top stays high until it drops for the Catch.
by jamesl2play
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4605

Re: Into strong head wind

Ha ha so now we get to analyse Jim's paddle technique :-) On the subject of Cadence, Chris mentioned Liam Heath in an earlier post. Well he will complete the 200 m in about 80- strokes in about 33 secs. So this gives him a DPS of 2.5m. When I am cruising in flat conditions my DPS will be about 2.25 ...
by jamesl2play
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4605

Re: Into strong head wind

This is a great discussion and I do not mind admitting that I am a self confessed Nerd when it comes to the forward paddle stroke. Apparently, there are 25000 muscle movements in one stroke cycle so achieving the perfect stroke is like searching for the Holy Grail. Anyway Surface Tension. Water has ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4605

Re: Into strong head wind

and there Chris is the difference in our thinking. Viewed from the side a locked paddle blade will enter and leave the water in the same spot. If the paddle slides further back from the point of entry this is spillage. No different to slipping the clutch on car. This might feel more comfortable but ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4605

Re: Into strong head wind

There is no way I am going to accept that there is any worthwhile drive after the hip. After the hip the blade should be moving out and away from the hull. The knuckles should also be facing towards the stern. Attempting to drive from this position is the sort of stroke a slalom paddler would use to...
by jamesl2play
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4605

Re: Into strong head wind

Interesting discussion again. I also disagree with the long stroke philosophy. On the point about paddling past the hip, try this - sit perfectly still, place the paddle in the water behind your hip and then try to go forward. You might achieve a bit of a stern draw but you will not go forward. Once...
by jamesl2play
Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 31
Views: 1499

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

Contrary to opinion it is not always about the length (of the boat)
I have a 5.5m boat for bimbling along with my mates and a 5m boat for zipping along on my own.
I enjoy getting obsessed with going fast, especially downwind.
by jamesl2play
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lockdown.
Replies: 19
Views: 1122

Re: Lockdown.

From the Canoe Wales web site: 'Therefore, to comply with advice from Welsh Government, Canoe Wales advises that all paddlers stay off the water for as long as Wales remains in Alert Level 4. All Canoe Wales-affiliated clubs must close from 20 December 2020, and all paddlesport activities and events...
by jamesl2play
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lockdown.
Replies: 19
Views: 1122

Re: Lockdown.

We cannot even paddle on a canal in Wales. No driving for exercise either.
If I could I would, if the surfers are local then good luck to them.
by jamesl2play
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4605

Re: Into strong head wind

My tips for turning upwind are: Lift the skeg or the rudder Make sure you keep the boat under way with forward strokes. Edge the boat as far away from the wind as you dare. Put in a long power strokes, on the opposite side to the wind and with plenty of rotation, up the wave face so that as the bow ...

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