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by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blade repair
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: Blade repair

There could be some confusion here. I read the original post as a hole 1 inch deep, meaning into the thickness, so near the spine, and I think Jim has understood the same. Steve Agar read it as 1 inch into the edge, so a 2 x 1 loss of blade area. The OP's latest post mentioned "lack of thickness in ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

Looking at the split, I agree a tube inside is the way to go. It looks to me like carbon fibre, not glass? You can buy carbon fibre tubes from may places, such as here . Buy the largest diameter that fits, and if it's not a close enough fit, make one saw cut down the length and temporarily push some...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 175
Views: 55918

Re: History of Slalom boats

Yes, you're quite right, Jim. I didn't feel Image was right (it was a model of boat), Impulse it was. The logo was graph with an impulse in it, like an ECG.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 175
Views: 55918

Re: History of Slalom boats

Mark Wignall still races in Prem, I knew he worked at Image in the past, I don't know if I knew it was a family business though? Pete is Mark's father. Image was originally a partnership between him and Nick Pink, based in Llangollen, then they split it and Pete set up his half in [Garstang?] and N...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 175
Views: 55918

Re: History of Slalom boats

Not sure who made the Spate but I think they were made in Lancashire somewhere?
I suspect you're right - you quoted El Pres having one, and he's Bolton CC. The only boatbuilder in Lancashire I can think of was Image, run by Pete Wignall (if I remember the names right) but I don't remember the Spate.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

Jonathan, I'm not familiar with the details of the joint on VE paddles. Would it matter if you built up the thickness on the inside of the tube? If the tolerances are tight you might be OK just running West 105 through the split. The stress on the male joint is lower at the end, if you'd split the f...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: Kayak trolleys

I have a C-Tug. It's light and strong, and the different parts will fit into various places in the boat, except the wheels take up a lot of space. The wheels have plain bearings, plastic on plastic, and that creates a lot of friction, so can be hard to pull with a fully loaded boat, and if you go to...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

Araldite is too viscous for glassfibre, I would use West 105 epoxy (it's useful stuff to have about, I usually mix 6ml at a time (5ml + 1ml) and the pack lasts years). Don't just try to glue one side of the split to the other, enlarge the split to a V groove and laminate in some glassfibre strands, ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blade repair
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: Blade repair

Not actually that specific repair, but I've repaired blades, and I've repaired carbon. It should possible, but if it's in a high stress position on the blade, ie, part that carries a lot of load back to the shaft, it will be harder to make a good job. "Inch deep into the blade" sounds like a structu...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

Replacing the cleats with better ones might be feasible - I'm not familiar with Exo, do you have a photo of the existing cleats?

I did Google for photos and found this thread but you'll have seen it already...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: community forum for coaching and committees
Replies: 2
Views: 221

Re: community forum for coaching and committees

That kind of topic generally gets discussed on the Whitewater and Touring forum, unless it's specific to one of the other areas like Sea or competition coaching.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 17
Views: 690

Re: Which Drysuit?

I have a Dam-X, the fabric is definitely heavier than my Typhoon, and it is more bulky, but I don't find it restrictive or uncomfortable and I agree it's robust. It isn't breathable, which is fine for day trips, but the breathability of the Typhoon is better on multi-day tours (sea and canoe). Howev...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 18
Views: 1084

Re: Gone very quiet

I do not encourage commenting on the automatic posts at the moment as this split the discussion between FB and the forum.
Thanks Mark. I agree.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What happened to Sea Kayak Size-Volume Comparison website?
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: What happened to Sea Kayak Size-Volume Comparison website?

It looks like the whole site has been taken offline. The Sea kayak size chart has been saved on archive.org. If anyone knows the copyright owner of the original site (pamf ?) maybe it could be copied and hosted elsewhere?
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Epic v5 and epic v6 surfskis for sale with 2 Braca paddles
Replies: 6
Views: 676

Re: Epic v5 and epic v6 surfskis for sale with 2 Braca paddles

I emailed you from this forum, but the email is just sent to me? PM sent. Emails sent via the Forum are copied to the sender, and will go to the recipient provided the email address in their profile is up to date. When you send a PM, the recipient gets an email to say it's there (again, assuming th...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: Off side roll

on the rocks , is your 'good' side for rolling the side on which your control hand is (if you use a feathered paddle)? If so, one problem might be getting the outboard blade at the right angle, or getting the inboard blade caught on the hull. For diagnosis of the problem, borrowing a paddle with di...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Drybag lost below Stanley on Tay
Replies: 0
Views: 80

Drybag lost below Stanley on Tay

Lost on 16 Sept, one dark grey drybag containing food and a Trangia stove. It's probably in the sea by now, but please PM if found. Thanks.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 1739

Re: VHF and training

Thanks, Phil. I think you're right in both respects, it won't be valid for DSC, and I'm not likely to buy a DSC radio.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 1739

Re: VHF and training

For much of my paddling, whether DSC would be better or not is academic as it just isn't practical unless you can recharge daily. if you want to use DSC in an emergency, you need to leave the radio on so that the GPS location is up to date. The battery in a non-DSC radio won't last long enough for a...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 1739

Re: VHF and training

My course was well before DSC was invented (although my certificate remains valid) but my understanding is that CG no longer maintain a dedicated watch, ie, there isn't somebody sitting with a headset on listening to Ch16, but they do still have a speaker and can hear transmissions. Certainly I've b...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download

Thank you, Simon, it's good to know you didn't mean to put them offline. I'm just loading some of the non-missing ones onto a USB for a long drive and looking forward to listening to them.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life

Thanks for the input. I do charge it every time I leave home, but not when I'm away from mains power. Since it was reporting a good charge, on a trip away I've saved the power bank for charging things that reported a loss of charge. I'll just need to either get another power bank or not keep a liste...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Standard Horizon HX300 battery life

I have a Standard Horizon VHF and have been quite happy with it. The battery life seems good, based on the indicator on the screen - but I've discovered a problem. Having been on 7 day trip, and perhaps had it on standby for half the time I was on the water, the battery still appeared to be fully ch...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Logos and livery
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: Logos and livery

I'm sure that photos of logos on the boats wouldn't break copyright, but geometrically correct reproducible graphics might.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Portage technique for K1 Marathon
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Portage technique for K1 Marathon

If you're serious about getting good results, I think you'll need to find a club to train with, and they will help you learn portaging - I assume you're not with a club now, or you wouldn't be asking here, and I appreciate there may not be a club near you. Training on your own you don't push as hard...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: WWR K1
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Wanted: WWR K1

I might have another boat to sell, a twin to the one I sold here but without the minor repair and a slightly higher price to reflect that. It's my son's, he may or may not want to sell - might you be interested?
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 34
Views: 6037

Re: sea kayak for big guys

There is no way I can get my legs in or out of the cockpit whilst my bum is in the seat however, so that makes some exits and entries more of a faff than I'd like. It does make a difference - it was a revelation to me the first time I sat in a boat where I could get my legs in without sitting on th...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download

Many of the podcasts on http://www.seakayakpodcasts.com/ seem to be missing, but I've managed to download 27 of them just now.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 982

Re: Towing eyes

With good J cradles (not too close together) and straps do you need front and back tie ins? Two reasons. I know of at least 3 people who have had sea kayaks come off due to failure of a roof rack / roof bar fixing or component - end restraints reduce the twist stresses in a side wind so may reduce ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heading north...
Replies: 8
Views: 921

Re: Heading north...

I'd post a whole lot more about this amazing adventure if folk were interested, but I can see that I have been hugely eclipsed by a query about towing eyes I take your point. While I suspect (but haven't quantified) that many UKRGB users are not Facebook users, and those who are will go to Facebook...