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by Chris Bolton
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Puffin Island Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Puffin Island Advice

Welcome to UKRGB! Puffin Island is not a particularly difficult paddle but it's not without its risks (for more info you could buy this book ). There are quite significant tidal streams; do you know how to find out which way the tide will flow, and what effect tide has on the waves? It's also on the...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions

letting the wing blade come out at an angle Yes, I think that's essential. I've never liked the suggestion that wing paddles generate lift like an aircraft wing, and my understanding is that they work by reducing the eddies from the blade. You can't stop the water flowing off the blade, so what the...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions

I'm only having trouble when 'having a wobble' and I want to use the paddle for support, mid-stroke. Since you paddled K1 before, I guess you must have developed the reflex for supporting off a (nearly vertical) paddle during the stroke. I would re-learn that before going further with wings - I wou...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mystery slides
Replies: 7
Views: 481

Re: Mystery slides

I wondered if it might be the Wellerbrücke section on the Ötz
by Chris Bolton
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: J Bars
Replies: 7
Views: 219

Re: J Bars

I prefer straight uprights - less height to lift the boat to (and less headroom needed under barriers), don't take up as much space on the roof bars, easier to strap the boat to the roof bars not just the J-bar. I've never notice any detrimental effects on any boat I've carried, including composites...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming
Replies: 10
Views: 236

Re: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming

It doesn't have to be epoxy, polyester would be OK in that context, and (I think) it takes colour better than epoxy. Do you know whether the boat is epoxy or polyester? Also how old is the boat - it looks quite new from I can see, if so the maker might assist (I wouldn't ship it back to them for tha...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming
Replies: 10
Views: 236

Re: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming

My guess is that there was a small bubble under the gelcoat at that point (almost impossible to avoid) and the thin skin of gelcoat has burst. Sandpaper the surface of the gap, fill with resin, tape over it and then sand it flat when the resin has cured. Use progressively finer grades to get a good ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck question
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Spraydeck question

Not normal. If it's only on one side, it can't be normal, because then it would be both sides! If there are no obvious faults in the spraydeck (including the join to the body-tube) then I would look at possible faults where the cockpit rim is fixed to the kayak. To test, fit the deck, lay the boat o...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Re: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast

If you can't find a suitable sea kayak coach, there are lots in Anglesey. If second-hand composite boats are hard to find in Ireland, you may find that bringing one over from Wales or England may mean you could, if necessary, sell it for more than you paid. Do you know whether the ferries allow pede...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Re: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast

It's always difficult to meet all the things we want in a boat - stable, easily steered, fast, light, not too expensive… so you may need to compromise. I paddle a Rockpool GT, which is a good compromise between fast and steerable, and is just over 20kg. But it's a big boat, and may not suit a smalle...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 690

Re: Personal Performance Awards

Changing 4* to a leadership qualification probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but was probably a mistake with hindsight. The newly named Leader awards correct this and it seems sensible to update the personal paddling awards now. I think the perception of what leadership is can vary. I se...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I was surprised how easy it was to reset muscle memory. I've paddled with unfeathered blades for about 25 years, but was helping supervise some novices in open canoes. There were no more open boats available, so I used a kayak from the centre, and one of their paddles, which was feathered. I was pro...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I did wonder that, Allan, but I think it takes a number of successful rolls to develop the feel, so indexing is useful to start with. It's a good point to raise, because it may be that temporary indexing, taped on, is better than buying a new paddle that might be unnecessary or even a nuisance in no...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions

I've always found wings will "self centre" - if you relax your grip and allow them to, they will naturally take the correct angle in the water, so no bulge is needed.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Non-toxic glue for kayak repair
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Non-toxic glue for kayak repair

Depending what you're glueing, hot melt glue guns are good, and the 'glue' is just low melting point plastic so unlikely to be toxic.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

One possibility might be to buy a 2 piece paddle. That would enable you to add an additional 'ovalising' strip at the grip and slide on shrink wrap to fix it into place. That was the standard way to ovalise an alloy shafted paddle.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2699
Views: 116644

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Correct (and the paddler is Chris Sladden)
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2699
Views: 116644

Re: Infinity Wezzit

"my local run" was a bit of a big clue! Although "South Alps" almost put me off, as it's not what I think of as South.

So where's this?

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by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2699
Views: 116644

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Dranse?
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2699
Views: 116644

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Maybe the Ötz rather than the Inn?
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 505

Re: Stabilising a kayak

No problem - this isn't the kind of site that flames people! For what you want to do, a SOT or the Mirage will work. The SOT will be slower, and probably colder when the weather turns, but you may not want to paddle then. The Mirage will develop your skills better (in case you get the bug and want t...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 505

Re: Stabilising a kayak

The Mirage was designed as "general purpose" kayak, perhaps more towards rivers, and was the first mass-market polythene kayak. If I remember right, it first appeared in about 1983. At that time, there wasn't as much specialisation in kayak designs as there is now, and you just paddled what you had ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 505

Re: Stabilising a kayak

There's no reason why a Mirage can't be used for non-serious paddling on the sea, and (sorry to say) nothing that makes it unstable except the paddler! A full-spec sea kayak will be longer and the keel will be more of a straight line (not rising up towards the ends as the Mirage does), and it will h...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 14
Views: 1360

Re: New UK legislation on knives

As stated above, one of the key points is 'reasonable excuse'. If a box cutter knife becomes illegal most of the builder's van's will have illegal knives in them, which they obviously aren't, hence the 'reasonable cause' clause. A Scout walking to his group meeting, in uniform, carrying his sheath ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 14
Views: 1360

Re: New UK legislation on knives

Rainshine, can you quote a source for that interpretation of the words, please? Reading the draft and the accompanying explanation, I can only take the literal meaning from the words.There can't be a test case in UK law as they words aren't law yet, but I know there are links to Commonwealth law.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 14
Views: 1360

Re: New UK legislation on knives

Allan, you can carry a fixed blade knife in public in the UK if you have legal authority or "reasonable excuse". The law doesn't specific what that means, it's left to case law, or precedent. That means that in order to find out what the law means, somebody has to be prosecuted - bad luck for them i...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Expedition food - help!

Tricky. What size is the group, ie, is it feasible for the non-pasta & rice eater to cook separately? Is bread also a problem? If so you are only left with potato for carbs, and spicy is the obvious way to get something tasty without complex cooking. If your bear country is in N America, be aware of...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 14
Views: 1360

Re: New UK legislation on knives

the wording is not very clear, as andynormancx says: "any knife which has a blade which opens automatically" and "by manual pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the knife" That, to me, is a contradiction - if it requires manual pressure, it's not automatic. So what ...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 0
Views: 391

New UK legislation on knives

The Offensive Weapons Bill is currently going through Parliament. Among other things, it includes new restrictions on the sale and possession of knives, which could significantly affect us as paddlers. I've posted details about the issues, and a petition, in a thread in the Sea Kayaking forum , but ...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 14
Views: 1360

New UK legislation on knives

The Offensive Weapons Bill is currently going through Parliament. Among other things, it includes new restrictions on the sale and possession of knives, which could significantly affect us as paddlers. Section 15 makes it illegal to sell a knife for delivery to a home address or parcel locker. In ot...