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by Chris Bolton
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Judge Sprint K1 for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Judge Sprint K1 for sale

No, it's still on the market.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Take care where your rescue knife is
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Take care where your rescue knife is

weapons such as flick knives and knuckledusters which are flat out illegal in the U.K. The Offensive Weapons Bill 2019, passed by Parliament and now waiting for Royal Assent, redefines what a flick knife is, and could (depending how the courts interpret it) include several types of 'one handed' kni...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Take care where your rescue knife is
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Take care where your rescue knife is

A recent legal appeal has upheld the conviction of somebody for carrying a butterfly knife in his car glovebox, despite his claim that he used it for work. When considering the defence of “reasonable excuse” for carrying an offensive weapon, even if used for work, in the case of a weapon that was of...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 12
Views: 303

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Is stroke rate important in kayaking? I think you've answered that, in a way, Jim - what you're saying I think is that a high stroke rate isn't necessarily important, but the right stroke rate can be. Once your coach has told you what you should be using, is it worth having a device to self monitor...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 day license, but... insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: 30 day license, but... insurance

The BC licence covers you, whatever you're paddling. So long as it's paddle propelled it's within the scope. You also get third party insurance included in the membership. I've just renewed mine and they sent me cardboard envelope 9" x 4" with a membership (licence) card and 3 bits of paper the same...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: When where who?

Interesting, Mike. Searching for more about the River Chaser led me to:

https://www.canoekayak.com/whitewater-kayak/innovators/

That dates the River Chaser to 1973, and also quotes a claim for the first fibreglass kayak in 1942. The USA might win that, Europe had other things to think about in 1942.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: When where who?

My thoughts, happy to be corrected!

Glassfibre - possibly Alan Byde (Durham??), Frank Goodman (Nottingham), early 1960s? Commercially or as a private experiment?

Plastic - possibly 1977, USA, Perception (Mirage)

UK plastic - possibly 1977+, Ace (Mirage as above)
by Chris Bolton
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Nose diving
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Nose diving

A lot of discussion in two previous threads (but it may take some reading!): https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=72243 https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=116724 I think a key point is that a long boat doesn't change attitude much when you lean bac...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Alaw Bach and Isel Deck Height
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Alaw Bach and Isel Deck Height

I would phone Mike Webb - he'll be able to give you the full context including the effect of other variables like seat height, knee braces, width at footrest, etc.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Please can you advise of Start Launch Sites on River Wye from Hereford & further upstream
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Please can you advise of Start Launch Sites on River Wye from Hereford & further upstream

In addition to the guides on this site
Good point, Andy - many people don't realise that the Forum evolved from the original Guidebook site (hence the name) and the Guides are still there and do get updated - just go to Rivers on the top menu, pick Wales, South and it's all there!
by Chris Bolton
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: J bars and strapping down
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: J bars and strapping down

…bolts with plastic heads you tighten by hand. Myself as a retired engineer am cringing at this set up… I haven't seen those, but would also cringe. I don't see the point of J bars; uprights are all you need, and strap down to the roof bar. Kayaks are robust enough to sit happily on edge on the roo...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof rack or inflatable kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 363

Re: Roof rack or inflatable kayak

If you're an experienced sea kayaker, I think you'd find an inflatable kayak very disappointing. A folding kayak, like Feathercraft made, feels like a real kayak - but they are even more expensive than roof racks.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat height?
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Seat height?

In my experience, while there may be a few occasions when a higher seat might be advantageous, most of the time it's not, and in a sea kayak I would want it as low as it will go.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare disposal.
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Flare disposal.

Thanks, OMarti. I believe it's illegal to practice with flares in the UK even inland or when the Coastguard have been told; they may only be fired in an emergency. jet, your post prompts me to mention a user on this Forum who asked the authorities for advice (the Police, I think) on flare disposal, ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare disposal.
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Flare disposal.

I contacted Holyhead Coastguard, who said they could dispose of them if I brought them to their HQ, subject to phoning a few days before to check whether the right people would be on duty to deal with them. Which is what I did. Then I bought a Greatland green rescue laser flare; I won't be buying an...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak

Sorry, my mistake, link fixed now.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak

There's a previous thread here about getting used to a Blenheim, or not. Hope it helps.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Gave du Pau - Canoe Trip?
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: Gave du Pau - Canoe Trip?

There's a brief mention of it on Song of the Paddle, and from the dates on the post was probably in June. On SOTP you can safely assume it was in a canoe unless stated otherwise.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I've never heard that advice, which doesn't mean it's wrong, but if you want for it to go tacky you'll have to make another mix. It goes off faster in the pot (less heat loss) than on the boat. Nor have I had brush marks in flowcoat. I would put the boat on its side so that the area was mostly horiz...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access officers
Replies: 5
Views: 823

Re: Access officers

Lower Lydbrook is in Gloucestershire which makes it BC South West Region.

The EA Guide to the Wye says "Launching for individual but NOT groups. Donations requested in honesty box". Maybe "individuals not groups" is the reason for the different posts.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3052

Re: GPS

Three posts back, I wrote that I'd check whether Memory Map charts can be loaded onto an Android phone. The answer is Yes. The Memory Map website has instructions for copying onto an SD card and activating the licence . I had already registered the licence on my PC and the licence covers five device...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?
Replies: 16
Views: 1726

Re: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?

I'd go back to your original question, kayak or canoe. Have you tried an open canoe? If not, it's worth hiring or borrowing one to see how you like it. For your size, I'd look at something at least 15ft-16ft long and 35" wide for stability (for some reason, canoe dimensions are rarely quoted in metr...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which way North
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Which way North

Although, the line drawn by OS runs through the Isle of Skye, where the compass needle often points anywhere but grid North!
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Looks OK - I'd fill the voids first (flowcoat would do), so that you can sand it all flat, including the hull surface round the mend, then flowcoat the whole area. If it all ends up a mm higher than it was before it will make zero difference to how the boat handles. Is the Tiderace logo moulded in?
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

The resin cures as a result of mixing the two parts and doesn't need air, so taping over makes no difference. Make sure you wear a mask and cover your hands and arms when sanding epoxy. It can sensitise you to further contact, a friend of mine can't even sit in an epoxy boat without getting a rash n...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

I guess you would need a subscription for the inreach and not the PLB? Yes. My Inreach costs me £24/year, plus £17 for each month that I choose to activate it for. The PLB has no oncosts other that a new battery and service every 5 or 6 years (about £80 for the McMurdo). Another difference is that ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

OK, I didn't know CSM for epoxy existed! In that case I think you're right to use CSM for the first layer, and the top layer, but I'd put at least one layer of woven in the middle.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I think I'd use woven. CSM is held together with a glue that dissolves in polyester resin, but not in epoxy. So you can't manipulate it round a curve as easily, if you're using epoxy. Woven is stronger as it has higher density of fibres. That also makes it harder to wet out, which is more of a probl...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 701

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

I'm wondering how much actual breathing a breathable suit does when it's covered with water and has a thick BA over it. I have a DAM-X and Typhoon Ps220. The difference in breathability is noticeable. The DAM-X is robust and will last longer, so gets used for day trips,when I can dry it at home bef...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: testing a plb
Replies: 7
Views: 412

Re: testing a plb

That's odd. Wikipedia redirect 'PLB' to ' Emergency position-indicating radiobeacon station' . This contains an entry for Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) which are are fairly expensive beacons for aviation use. This section says: According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, ground te...