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by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure

I do wonder if any manufacturer has a clamp type attachment that is profiled for aero bars though. If the clamp is wide enough to fit over the Probar, it wouldn't be hard to modify to cope with the taper. See below, put the bolt on the tapered side through a short bit of metal pipe (red), so that t...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

I don't think any qualifications are required for affiliation. The issue is whether qualifications will be required to get the benefit of the negligence insurance I had read it as as a requirement for affiliation, but you may be right. It's not specific, but if you assume proposal 9 applies to 'clu...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

I can assure you that I'm just as liable as a paid provider with regards to health & safety and duty of care for our participants. I'm not a lawyer. If you're right, are BC (or their insurer) right to ask for compulsory qualifications for club leaders at the same standard as commercial centres? Per...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: new from British Canoeing

They're a limited company, after all, and can make money how they like They are a limited company, but not a profit making company, and they are restricted in what they can do; see the following links: About the Organisation Governance Policy (pdf) Articles of Association (pdf) It is interesting to...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

If you're right, that falsifies my suggestion that the BCU's origins were in the grass roots of the canoeing community. Not at all. A grassroots based organisation would have been focussed on doing what it thought was necessary, and would have not been constrained by rules, only by doing the right ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

As such, one would expect that its central aim, and perhaps its sole aim, is to make money. I don't think that's the case. It's a "company limited by guarantee" and is non-profit making - the shareholders are the members, and (if I remember correctly) they are each liable for £1 towards its debts i...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels
Replies: 9
Views: 796

Re: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels

It may have been a temporary change because of a tree in low water or something, but I remember that Right is Right and Left is Wrong on the Spean didn't always go the way it's name suggested.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure

Thule's kayak supports (520) come with a clamp to go round square bars and the alternative of two T bolts to use with the slot. They are quite secure with the two T bolts. (The rest of the design is pretty poor, though!).
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

Or did they mean "through this channel"? I'm sure they did mean 'through this channel' and if they'd said they expected to get lots through the consultation itself and couldn't manage extra data, that would have made sense - it was the wording "this is a formal consultation" that worried me. But ma...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

The only purpose of a consultation is to be able to say that there was a consultation Sadly, it looks like that is the case here. BC response on social media is to say something like "This is a formal consultation, so we're not taking account of your comments here". If BC wants to be seen as a memb...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

I don't think the rescuer (if injured) could sue the "taster" I think you could have a claim against anyone (any adult) who contributed to your injury, but as you say, it's academic unless the club has acted outside the terms on which non-members are covered (which I think is suggested as 6 session...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Quest now like new
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: Sea Quest now like new

I must be stupid as the photo does not drop into the post ? Don't drop it directly into the post, drop it into into the box provided and the link then appears in the post; see extract below from the link I posted: A new tab has been added to the bottom of the full editor, select the tab and drag yo...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

So if the "taster" ignores instructions, no-one's been negligent.
As an example, suppose somebody goes to rescue the idiot 'taster', and comes to harm. Hasn't the taster been negligent?
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Quest now like new
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: Sea Quest now like new

If I ever work out how to add a photo I will.
It's pretty straightforward now, photos can be hosted on the site, just drag & drop into a window then insert into the post where you want them. See here for details.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

Worrying about people on taster sessions is a bit of a diversion, as it's hard to see how such people could be negligent - you have to know what you're doing to be negligent Deliberately putting yourself or others in danger by ignoring reasonable instructions? For example, a group approach a weir, ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: BC consultation

There's also a consultation sent out to members, see here , and some regional meetings. I think some feedback on that proposal for compulsory qualification might be in order! I've already done the member survey and not having seen the club survey I just pointed out that the cost of qualification nee...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Cetus MV vs Tiderace Xcape; how do they compare?
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: P&H Cetus MV vs Tiderace Xcape; how do they compare?

I don't have experience of either, but when I was looking for the same thing, the three boats I had on my shortlist were those two, plus the Rockpool GT. I bought a GT and have been very happy with it; you might add it to you list?.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts

Assuming the same weight, carbon will be stiffer and carbon kevlar might be more resistant to crushing damage. Some people think a stiffer paddle is good as it gives a more direct transfer of power to the blade, others think it's bad because you can overstress your body if you pull too hard. I doubt...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wild Ocean Race - Makai Cup
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Wild Ocean Race - Makai Cup

about 50 times more spectacular than our effort Some spectacular shots and a better view of what went on at the boomer, but overall not much better. Too many short clips at the start for my taste. The stern camera looking back in yours is good, gives more sense of being there. It's interesting that...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 800

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

Explosives Act has an 'saving' (exemption) in section 100 for the master of a ship in an emergency. The Merchant Shipping (Distress Signals and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations 1996 prohibits the master of a vessel from using distress signals except in an emergency - and there has been a prose...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wild Ocean Race - Makai Cup
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Wild Ocean Race - Makai Cup

Thanks, Mark. Wild indeed! I guess that twice pitchpoled ski was a bit close inshore?
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Finally - Got My P&H Cetus
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Finally - Got My P&H Cetus

Currently in negotiations about hanging my kayak from the kitchen ceiling whilst the epoxy cures At my wife's suggestion, I fitted hooks in the hall ceiling for exactly that purpose. She is quite happy having a boat in the house, provided she doesn't have to step over it all the time. Then again, s...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 800

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

I did let off a handheld in my garden, many years ago, on 5 November. I doubt it was visible from anywhere but next door, and would have been assumed to be a firework. I wore welding gloves, and was glad I did; it put me off the idea of setting one off in normal paddling gear. However, as Jim says, ...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof smartwatches?
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: Waterproof smartwatches?

If your watch sees more than 5 atmospheres while you're paddling, breaking the watch will be the least of your problems. One atm is 10m of water. The Garmin specs say 5 atm is OK for anything except SCUBA and high speed watersports - I don't think even being in a stopper will be as severe as falling...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Nordkapp LV for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 393

Re: Nordkapp LV for sale

I tried to PM you but my message seems to be stuck in the outbox
PMs stay in the Outbox until the recipient opens them. I would try the email link in his post. It's possible that the email address registered with the Forum is an old one and he hasn't seen the notification that there's a PM.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Gatz Noatak Carbon Kevlar wooden gunnels
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Gatz Noatak Carbon Kevlar wooden gunnels

Hi - your Facebook link isn't working. It's easy to post pictures on here now, they can be hosted on the site.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 800

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

That's been my personal view for a couple of years now, and I carry a VHF, a PLB, a Greatland Green Laserflare, and some dye, no pyrotechnics. One problem is that (as in the link from the RYA document) Electronic Visual Distress Signals are not yet officially recognised (in COLREGS) as distress sign...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 927

Re: A boat to start off with

Did you get the pm james Just looked and doesn’t look like I have any pm’s? As the sender of a PM, you can check whether it's still in your Outbox. When it's opened, it disappears from the Outbox. If a PM seems to have disappeared, check it was a PM not an email, as you get a choice when sending - ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: french alps snow levals
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: french alps snow levals

I was skiing in the Isere area last week. Yes, it snowed a lot, and then it rained. Very warm for the time of year, so some of the snow is melting already.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 54
Views: 1808

Re: Is vhf course needed

It could be argued that to understand the licensing requirements is more difficult than obtaining the SRC - as this thread is demonstrating. My interpretation is that the SRC is a licence in the meaning of the word, so licencing requirements include both the SRC for the operator (or person supervisi...