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by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For sale: P & H Sirius HF
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: For sale: P & H Sirius HF

My apologies to the OP - I replied to the interested second poster without thinking where the post was, I didn't mean to be effectively reviewing the boat he was trying to sell and listing alternatives!
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

I also recommend Rubberman. He replaced the feet on my Typhoon suit and pressure tested it. He's near Conwy; I dropped it off while passing one Friday and received it back in the post the next Thursday. I think it was £60 including postage back (but it depends how much patching it needs).
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 839

Re: What degree WW paddle

Zero feather needs more [rotation]if wrists are not flexed Why do you say that? I can see that with feather, when taking a stroke on your non-control side, your control wrist will be flexed back, potentially moving the plant a cm or two forward, but only if it's done by moving your hand back rather...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 839

Re: What degree WW paddle

I think that still leaves the problem of both wrists having to flex through 45 degrees in order to compensate for the natural rotation of the paddle shaft between strokes If you grip with both hands, then your wrists do have to flex. I think (but will need to test next time I'm paddling a kayak) th...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1230

Re: PLB protection

The reference I have is 'personal communication' with the manufacturer.
Rich, is that the manufacturer of the PLB1? Just interested to know whether your comment on the Fastfind is based on it looking similar to the PLB1, or whether you have contact with McMurdo as well?
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1230

Re: PLB protection

The manual for my Fastfind doesn't mention use with the antenna in the storage position. You have to remove the cover to access the ON button, and I think the antenna will unwind itself when you take the cover off, so I don't see the point. The instructions for unwinding it are just to stop it unwin...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 839

Re: What degree WW paddle

That'll be where you feather sits It will be, but it will be strongly influenced by what feather you're used to paddling with already, not your 'natural' feather. the feather allows you to maintain the same grip with your control hand without having to bend your wrist too much I'm not trying to re-...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?
Replies: 13
Views: 766

Re: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?

OK, accepting that you want a boat you can take back to Canada, this is my take on plastic v composite - tending to composite but trying to be balanced. Are you likely to have to carry it to and from the water on your own? An unloaded composite sea kayak is about the limit of what I feel I can carry...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?
Replies: 13
Views: 766

Re: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?

If it's likely you'll be going back to Canada soon, I'd buy a second hand (used) composite boat, paddle it in the UK and sell it when you leave; you'll lose little if anything when you sell. Then use your experience with that boat to decide what to buy in Canada.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - carbon paddle shaft
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Wanted - carbon paddle shaft

Celtic paddles sell a variety of shafts, but oddly, don't list a one piece straight shaft. You can buy carbon tube, not sold specifically as paddle shaft but very likely identical, from here.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For sale: P & H Sirius HF
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: For sale: P & H Sirius HF

The Sirius would be fine for your height and weight but would be a challenge to your paddling experience. It's intended as an expedition boat and has a reputation for 'twitchy' initial stability, particularly unloaded. I'd look for something like an NDK Explorer, P&H Cetus or Rockpool Alaw (and ther...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please
Replies: 7
Views: 435

Re: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please

When we went, the surf on the west side was significant, even though it was generally calm. We paddled from Mull, didn't find many landings on the East coast north of Arinagour but some nice bays south of there. Crossapol Bay won't have the surf and has a track down to the beach but I don't know whe...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 25
Views: 744

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I have known Chris for a long time, and I have a lot of respect for him as a paddler, but we are never going to agree on this. And I have the same respect for you, Dave, but you're right, we are not going to agree on this. I won't re-open the debate here, anyone interested can find lots of earlier ...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coast to Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 5721

Re: Coast to Coast

Anyone know if the river shin is paddle able from Lairg to the falls of shin..?
This is the UK Rivers Guidebook, not just a Forum :-) ... see Guide.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 25
Views: 744

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I'd give them unfeathered paddles. Much easier to learn with, much less stress on the wrist and no disadvantage unless (and even this is arguable) they want to become high level competitive paddlers. Changing later isn't that hard. I changed from 90º to zero after 12 years and although I've used zer...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.

He's done Larne to Kintrye as part of his clockwise GB circumnavigation, which was what I was referring to.
Ah, good spot, my apologies for questioning it. Just read your link - looks like he had enough bother at the Kintyre end, without even going near Rathlin Island.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.

To re-iterate the sort of paddlers who consider crossings like this, have a look at the biography of the person mentioned who has done that route
Yes indeed - but actually, JW's North Channel crossings were Portpatrick to Donaghadee; even a paddler of his experience hasn't done it from Kintyre!
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.

As is said above, Kintyre to Ireland is a crossing that even the most experienced sea kayakers would think carefully about. If you look on the Crossings page of the Performance Sea Kayak site there are some extremely tough crossings that have been done - and I can only see Mull of Kintyre to Ireland...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr
Replies: 23
Views: 5627

Re: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

It's a bit sad that paddlers have to be told that - avoiding crop damage should be automatic.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat
Replies: 8
Views: 551

Re: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat

Hi, and welcome to UKRGB That's quite minor, and it wouldn't put me off using the boat at all. It's said that there are two kinds of sea kayak, those with scratches and minor cracks, and those that don't get paddled. If you want to fix it, there's some advice in this thread . Take note of the post f...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club administration software
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: Club administration software

we're questioning the benefits of the club website (Vs something like Facebook) My club have done the same. Every event is organised on Facebook and the club website is rarely maintained. I think it's a bad move; it excludes people who don't use Facebook (including a lot of younger people now). I s...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club administration software
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: Club administration software

My club uses webcollect. I haven't been involved in managing it, but as a club member it's not very easy to use, so my guess is that configuring it properly is not intuitive.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Stolen sea kayak (repost from Facebook)
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: Stolen sea kayak (repost from Facebook)

Just found the thread on Facebook - it seems to have been in Brighton. Picture of the boat:

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by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 860

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

Thanks John. That's what I used for a definitive list of MSI transmitters, some of the locations were more difficult.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 860

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

I've been scavenging the internet for transmitter locations for the whole of the UK and cross checking my results. With the assistance of the tools on Excel to KML I have put together a Google Map of what I think is the full list of those that broadcast MSI, with channel numbers. For reasons I don't...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1102

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Very sad if they have ceased trading, as you say. So far as your money is concerned, if you paid by credit card, your card company may have to refund you.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 860

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

I believe the call signs used in Coastguard transmission now (since 2015) align to the nine Coastguard Operations Centres. These are at Dover Aberdeen Shetland Stornoway Belfast Holyhead Milford Haven Falmouth Humber There's also an office in London and the National Maritime Operations Centre in Far...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost Pyranha Ripper River Aire
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Lost Pyranha Ripper River Aire

Please notify the coastguard - if it ends up in the sea, which is quite possible, knowing how it came to be there will avoid a search for the paddler.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bulgaria for our summer trip?
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Bulgaria for our summer trip?

Following that line, they could end on the Orinoco. Not much white water in Tobermory, but quite a lot of a different sort in Alderney.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid
Replies: 12
Views: 839

Re: Nice vid

I suspect Chris used the technique when running big volume in his Redline C1?
I think I'd worked out that it was worth trying, but by then we'd passed the biggest rapids.