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by Chris Bolton
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak whitewater one Vs Dam x
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: Peak whitewater one Vs Dam x

Agree with the above. I have a DAM X 3000 which I use on day trips. If I'm on a multi-day sea trip I have a breathable suit. Worth noting that Andi (maker of DAM X) will sell you a suit with a breathable top, but makes a point of saying he'll also sell you (and fit) a new top for it in 3 years time ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Numpty or not-numpty
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: Numpty or not-numpty

To expand on the theme, on 14th October we were paddling on the South coast of Holy Island, Anglesey. There was about 1.5m of 12 second swell left over from Storm Callum, quite variable, so you had to watch for a big set. By the caravan park between Trearddur Bay and Rhoscolyn Head we saw the boat p...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 6
Views: 330

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

A complex repair like that is beyond me In that case, I'd do the superficial repair for the 3 star and take it to Tiderace afterwards. For the 3* assessment, take some good quality gaffer tape (eg, Gorilla), a small bottle of meths and an absorbent cloth, maybe an airbag to put in the stern compart...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I've thought about it but never tried it. Possible problems are the difficulty of rolling with a mast up, so it would have to fold down, plus making electrical connections in the marine environment; it all gets a bit complicated! It's also worth considering what the limiting factor in VHF range is -...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 6
Views: 330

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

If it wasn't a Tiderace, I'd wonder if it was always that soft, since I can't see any cracks in the gelcoat, but Tideraces are usually rock solid. The delaminated bit on the inside photos doesn't seem to go as far up the hull as the soft bit. I don't think you'll get enough solidity and bond pouring...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best stuff to stick foam to hull
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Re: Best stuff to stick foam to hull

Contact adhesive melts rigid polystyrene foam, but not ethafoam or 'karrimat'. Try on an offcut if you're not sure, but all the foam I've used as paddling has been fine.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best stuff to stick foam to hull
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Re: Best stuff to stick foam to hull

Evostik. Coat both surfaces with a thin layer and leave it to dry fully - a day or two. Then apply another layer to each and leave 10 minutes or as instructions and push together.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Very long distance kayak trips
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Very long distance kayak trips

East coast of Greenland, as suggested above, will certainly meet your target for wilderness, and won't have the political issues of Russia. You may not find enough towns (well, villages) if you want one every 1-2 weeks. The sea ice typically clears at the end of June, and it should be possible to pa...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Touring cag for climbing
Replies: 11
Views: 545

Re: Touring cag for climbing

It might be worth finding someone who makes custom paddling gear, and specifying your exact requirements. I remember canyongear.co.uk used to do that kind of service, and even though the website now only mentions boat bags it might be worth asking. Also try rubberman.co.uk, he does custom made drysu...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Ribble levels
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: River Ribble levels

This being the UK Rivers Guidebook, there is a guide to the Ribble, see https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/north-west/river-ribble-clitheroe-to-ribchester This has some discussion of levels. I usually take the EA gauge at Jumbles Rock as a level indicator. Can't find a link immediate...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What car for a sea kayaker?
Replies: 15
Views: 809

Re: What car for a sea kayaker?

The focus sounds alright too, is 1.0 not a bit small an engine
You would think so, but it has two turbos and makes 125bhp. Focus and Auris seem about the same size. An open canoeist friend sold his Superb to buy an Auris.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What car for a sea kayaker?
Replies: 15
Views: 809

Re: What car for a sea kayaker?

I have a mk3 Focus estate, 1.0 petrol econetic, which does 50mpg without a boat 45 mpg with. The roof rails allow wide spacing of the bars and no problem carrying a sea kayak. The back seats fold flat, and space for two 6 foot people to sleep. I don't trust keyless. I had a spare key cut with the im...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 843

Re: Time for a new PDF

I looked at replacing mine a couple of months ago and the Kaikoura was the best match to my requirements, which were the same as yours. Pockets seem to be the key decision point.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB for the mountains?
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Re: PLB for the mountains?

When I asked the Canadian registry that question, they said it would work much faster if I told Falmouth that I would be using it there. Canada would check with UK before initiating S&R to ensure it was genuine.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Touring cag for climbing
Replies: 11
Views: 545

Re: Touring cag for climbing

I've had a quick browse and this might do the trick. Does it have full length sleeves? Your link is exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of when I read your post. They are designed to be worn over the top of paddling clothing, so will be generously sized. The sleeves will definitely be full len...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat

I don't think it's the licence terms themselves say that (but I'm happy to be corrected) but it's definitely in the Wireless Telegraphy Act s48.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF licence fee
Replies: 13
Views: 679

Re: VHF licence fee

I have to be competent to posses the licence, this is not checked Broadly, yes, but technically I don't think you have to have a certificate of competence to hold a licence, only to use the radio the licence applies to. The RYA Admin fee does seem excessive, but Ofcom have delegated responsibility ...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF licence fee
Replies: 13
Views: 679

Re: VHF licence fee

Legally, you need the certificate of competence, which you have to pay for, plus a licence for the radio, which is free of charge from Ofcom (apply online).
by Chris Bolton
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor

I wonder how long ago Cotswold took it off full price? I'd expect 5 years to expiry if buying at full price. Maybe it was in a box somewhere not on display. I thought about changing the batteries myself, but I couldn't guarantee to reseal it (they fit a new cover and seals). The £80 service I used d...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking the Shipping Forecast
Replies: 1
Views: 268

Kayaking the Shipping Forecast

Toby Carr is planning to paddle all the areas in the Shipping Forecast. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-45419049/why-i-m-kayaking-the-shipping-forecast-seas Anyone know any more about his plans? I've often thought about the feasibility of it. Bailey, Forties and Viking look like hard work if he...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 1709

Re: Foot entrapment

Not a place to hang around upside down in an OC1, that would be the only thing worse than swimming down it! I think the eddy you didn't find, Jim, is the same one I found out was only a foot deep, and tripped over my C1 blade. I then bounced down the next 50m on my head waiting for chance to roll u...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?

There's one here. Not used it myself yet but know people who have, and will use it for my next update. Close to M62 J11 (so nowhere near Hampshire).
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

What a dismal collection of examples of the law being an ass! Indeed - and those are the examples our MPs had when they decided it wasn't worth doing anything about it. Where it says the guide overestimated the risk of rockfall Yes, not well explained in the link, but the more rockfall you're expec...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC episode of "Saving Lives at Sea" - Angelsey rescue - Moelfre
Replies: 5
Views: 506

Re: BBC episode of "Saving Lives at Sea" - Angelsey rescue - Moelfre

Very well done, that lad. Here's the iplayer link. Not sure there's any more on that rescue than on Youtube, but lots more on other rescues.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

A fiver to RNLI (or the charity of your choice) for the first link to a case like the one above but where the person who fell off their bike, out of their boat, off a rock climb or mountain or skied into a tree was not a beginner. That's a fair challenge. First I should admit to an error in writing...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: waterproofing
Replies: 8
Views: 502

Re: waterproofing

bicycle inner tube cut into small sections That's what I'd try. Aim to make a smooth hole just big enough to get the bolt through (maybe a paper punch would do it?). You could also try covering the whole inner end (nut & washers) with hot melt glue from a glue gun (it's just low melting point plast...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Guil Secret Gorge
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Guil Secret Gorge

I'm confused now. Is it safe? The festival itself is on the Durance and is a safe as any river is. The 'secret gorge' is, I think, the section of the Guil below the barrage, which is rarely paddled (and not recommended in the guidebook) - the festival just gives people who want to try it the opport...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: An interesting Ebay Kayak.
Replies: 16
Views: 1113

Re: An interesting Ebay Kayak.

Did yours have the funky colour scheme No, I chose my colours; white hull, yellow deck and red seam. It wouldn't surprise me if your boat was built for Howard's own use (noting the solid construction, knee tube and cockpit buoyancy) with the colour scheme intended to be noticed and kick off his sal...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: An interesting Ebay Kayak.
Replies: 16
Views: 1113

Re: An interesting Ebay Kayak.

Pure Perfection was Howard's kayak brand. He built a Vyneck for me in 1989, and at that time was working from premises in Llangefni on Anglesey. As I remember it, I asked him to add the extra bulkhead and offset hatch behind the cockpit, which was not standard on any kayak at the time, but appears o...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Lendal Nordkapp 4 piece Carbon Fibre Paddle
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: Lendal Nordkapp 4 piece Carbon Fibre Paddle

Not on eBay any more - did it sell immediately?