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by Chris Bolton
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: testing a plb
Replies: 5
Views: 173

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...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 13
Views: 731

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

how many layers of 200gsm ish woven cloth do I need to aim for As many as it takes to build up to the surface level. the 3kg of gel coat I've ordered I don't believe you need gelcoat, as such, for the repair you're doing. Gelcoat is thickened resin without wax additive, for use as the first layer i...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 12
Views: 447

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

Is there such a thing as specialist drysuit repair glue, or will Super Epoxy work? Epoxy would not be suitable, it's too rigid and would just crack when the suit flexes. I would use Aquasure . It's a flexible sealant, not a glue, so you don't need tape, just apply a thin layer of it over the leak a...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 756

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

The day went like this:
Everything there is what you'd do for a paddler who wanted to learn how to go paddling, ignoring awards. Which says to me that the award is doing the right thing - it just (without being too heavy) formalises what a paddler should learn, for those who want it formalised.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 756

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

He was very clear that those wordy, kind of vague, documents aimed at the paddler being coached is all we are going to get That suggests to me that the vagueness is intentional, so that providers can be flexible in their interpretation to suit the paddler - for example, the ability of younger paddl...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Packraft advice
Replies: 6
Views: 275

Re: Packraft advice

I don't have experience of Packrafts (and I know they are lighter fabric than some inflatables) but as a general comment on durability, when the RNLI refurbish their Class B (RIB) lifeboats after something like 20 years, they scrap the rigid hull and retain the inflatable part.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Werner splits - grease for easier splitting?
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Werner splits - grease for easier splitting?

I've used the bike paste on a carbon paddle shaft for the opposite reason - to stop it creaking with every stroke. It was a very slightly loose fit, after being sanded down because somebody thought it was too tight... It's intended to increase grip, not as a lubricant, and contains fine grit. Pencil...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit identification
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Cockpit identification

As above, it's been very neatly done. The cockpit moulding appears to be an unusual shape; compared to other sea kayaks the rim is more pointed towards the front, and the seat is well forward. It could be from any kayak design, not necessarily a sea kayak, and given the neatness of the modification ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing

In general, you need a licence to canoe on most artificial waterways, that is, canal and canalised rivers. The cheapest way to get a licence is usually to join British Canoeing. A list of the waterways covered by membership is here: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-canoeing/access-and-environme...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Mixed single blades for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Mixed single blades for sale

Hi, can you clarify what the blades are please?

The photos are too small to see, except the one close-up, which shows a left blade, Kinetic Xti in carbon, with a paddlok joint. Can you describe the rest?
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 31
Views: 2655

Re: GPS

do you know if this will work solely on a tablet/phone or do you need the desktop app to manage the android device? I think it should be possible to copy the chart files from the CD and load them onto the android, but I haven't done it. You might need the PC software to manage the licence. I will t...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 31
Views: 2655

Re: GPS

How much do you pay for that bit? You can buy the 1:50k maps for the whole of GB (not UK, NI is not included) for £50 from Memory Map . The android app used to be £10 but I think it's free now. Memory Map also sell a full set UK marine charts for £25, which is a real bargain. (They were £50 when I ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 31
Views: 2655

Re: GPS

Mine is a Homtom Zoji Z8 with a 5in screen 64gb memory etc etc. IP68 rated cost me £93 Thanks, Fozzy. I use Memory Map, and I think their app will run on that. Your link doesn't work, but I found it on Aliexpress - that's in the US, did you get it from there and if so did you have to pay import dut...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 247

Re: correct trim for k1 slalom boat

I mentioned paddling positively - at HPP, that means keeping the boat moving forwards on the boils, with power on the paddle not drifting. A big boat can get away with it, a smaller boat is more vulnerable.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted Dragon boat O1
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Wanted Dragon boat O1

Asking price is a difficult question - it's an unusual item and on that basis it's worth what somebody will pay for it, and I'm not sure what that is. I'm not in a hurry to sell.

What would it be worth to you? (send email or PM if you don't want to post that on the forum)
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Seized Zip TIZIP. Stuck Zipper
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: Seized Zip TIZIP. Stuck Zipper

I've always used silicone grease to lubricate a TiZip (and silicones have a reputation for being able to creep into gaps), but looking at their website I see there's more than one type. Maybe http://tizip.com/storage-cleaning-maintenance/ will help, if not I'd identify the model and contact TiZip di...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted Dragon boat O1
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Wanted Dragon boat O1

I have a very good condition high volume sprint kayak with removable O1 conversion. See photos below; post or PM if you would like any more info. I'm in NW England. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/1849/1550602954378-3495.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/1849/1550602982...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 247

Re: correct trim for k1 slalom boat

I would tend to go by the listed range, rather than the waterline relative to the seam (which will vary depending on the shape of the boat - the seam is placed to get it out of the mould). The question I'd be thinking about is how will a boat handle if I'm at the top of the weight range, and that wi...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway Ferry again
Replies: 1
Views: 414

Re: Norway Ferry again

Signed, in the hope that it might be used as evidence to a ferry operator. But without much hope - a petition really needs to be directed at somebody, eg, petition to Government (no use in this case), petition to DFDS (if they're still called that), etc.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 901

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

Thanks Greg, that's useful - the point about independence is key, and doesn't come across at all in the FAQ, although I did infer it from the syllabus. I think BC need to test their communications on a selection of the intended recipients before releasing them, as they are written around internal BC...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere

There a few possibilities, but if you can give a bit more background to what you want the advice will be more relevant. Are you thinking of lakes or rivers? Do you want to be camping, from the kayak, on a different site every night, or staying at a campsite and doing day trips? How generally fit and...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 901

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

this table may not really be a translation table, but something else, for example a table showing that the required personal performance level for the "Coastal Sea Kayak Award" assessment will be roughly the same as needed for Sea Kayak Leader. Overall, I agree that the FAQ document is not easy to ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 901

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

Allan, as I understand it, the change has been in two phases: First, 4* and 5* were replaced by SKL(MW) and Advanced SKL Second, 1*, 2* and 3* have been replaced by Sea Kayak Award, Coastal Sea Kayak Award and Advanced Sea Kayak Award. These are Personal Performance, they don't have any Leadership e...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: close encounter with a humpback whale
Replies: 7
Views: 2192

Re: close encounter with a humpback whale

One of the people in the kayak was a wildlife photographer. He became fascinated by why the whale breached and whether it meant to hit the kayak - the story of his investigation has just been broadcast on BBC2 Natural world - it's on iPlayer here . Lots of interesting footage and discussion about wh...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 997

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

I've never tried inflating a packraft at sea Neither have I, but it's an interesting idea. What I have done is inflate a survival bag - the 8' x 4' orange plastic type. Tread water, hold the bag over your head and let the wind fill it. Pull it over your head and down into the water, bring your knee...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 997

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

I just find the BA tries to put me on my back
so I wondered if you could have too much buoyancy.
Yes, too much buoyancy in your legs from the wetsuit! You need more buoyancy in your BA to compensate!
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 997

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

I don't think an adult size BA with less than 50N is legal to sell in the EU. The racing ones are probably close to the 50N while sea kayak and white-water BAs will have more - partly because if the water is aerated, it's less dense and nothing floats as well. A wetsuit does give you buoyancy, but n...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 997

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

I agree that a bulky BA can make pulling yourself across the back deck more difficult, but I don't find it acts against me when in the water, quite the opposite. I also find buoyancy helpful if doing a re-entry and roll. A typical sea kayaking BA also has a lot of pockets - which make it more bulky,...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Buying kayak
Replies: 1
Views: 167

Re: Buying kayak

Could be genuine, but I'd be watching for a scam. Since the buyer controls delivery, they can divert it to a different address and say they didn't receive the item. Paypal then refunds them (with your money). See here under "shipping scams". I'd tell them you want cash on collection and see what hap...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Thule 520 Uprights
Replies: 1
Views: 107

Re: Thule 520 Uprights

I would expect it to be per upright, but I don't understand the logic of giving a weight (vertical load) capacity for an upright. The upright is there to take sideways force, which for a kayak is more dependent on the area subject to side winds than the weight. Weight only affects the force when cor...