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by Chris Bolton
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 600

Re: Off side roll

on the rocks , is your 'good' side for rolling the side on which your control hand is (if you use a feathered paddle)? If so, one problem might be getting the outboard blade at the right angle, or getting the inboard blade caught on the hull. For diagnosis of the problem, borrowing a paddle with di...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Drybag lost below Stanley on Tay
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Drybag lost below Stanley on Tay

Lost on 16 Sept, one dark grey drybag containing food and a Trangia stove. It's probably in the sea by now, but please PM if found. Thanks.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 30
Views: 1397

Re: VHF and training

Thanks, Phil. I think you're right in both respects, it won't be valid for DSC, and I'm not likely to buy a DSC radio.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 30
Views: 1397

Re: VHF and training

For much of my paddling, whether DSC would be better or not is academic as it just isn't practical unless you can recharge daily. if you want to use DSC in an emergency, you need to leave the radio on so that the GPS location is up to date. The battery in a non-DSC radio won't last long enough for a...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 30
Views: 1397

Re: VHF and training

My course was well before DSC was invented (although my certificate remains valid) but my understanding is that CG no longer maintain a dedicated watch, ie, there isn't somebody sitting with a headset on listening to Ch16, but they do still have a speaker and can hear transmissions. Certainly I've b...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download

Thank you, Simon, it's good to know you didn't mean to put them offline. I'm just loading some of the non-missing ones onto a USB for a long drive and looking forward to listening to them.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life

Thanks for the input. I do charge it every time I leave home, but not when I'm away from mains power. Since it was reporting a good charge, on a trip away I've saved the power bank for charging things that reported a loss of charge. I'll just need to either get another power bank or not keep a liste...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Standard Horizon HX300 battery life

I have a Standard Horizon VHF and have been quite happy with it. The battery life seems good, based on the indicator on the screen - but I've discovered a problem. Having been on 7 day trip, and perhaps had it on standby for half the time I was on the water, the battery still appeared to be fully ch...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Logos and livery
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: Logos and livery

I'm sure that photos of logos on the boats wouldn't break copyright, but geometrically correct reproducible graphics might.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Portage technique for K1 Marathon
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Portage technique for K1 Marathon

If you're serious about getting good results, I think you'll need to find a club to train with, and they will help you learn portaging - I assume you're not with a club now, or you wouldn't be asking here, and I appreciate there may not be a club near you. Training on your own you don't push as hard...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: WWR K1
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Wanted: WWR K1

I might have another boat to sell, a twin to the one I sold here but without the minor repair and a slightly higher price to reflect that. It's my son's, he may or may not want to sell - might you be interested?
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 34
Views: 5946

Re: sea kayak for big guys

There is no way I can get my legs in or out of the cockpit whilst my bum is in the seat however, so that makes some exits and entries more of a faff than I'd like. It does make a difference - it was a revelation to me the first time I sat in a boat where I could get my legs in without sitting on th...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download

Many of the podcasts on http://www.seakayakpodcasts.com/ seem to be missing, but I've managed to download 27 of them just now.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 949

Re: Towing eyes

With good J cradles (not too close together) and straps do you need front and back tie ins? Two reasons. I know of at least 3 people who have had sea kayaks come off due to failure of a roof rack / roof bar fixing or component - end restraints reduce the twist stresses in a side wind so may reduce ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heading north...
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Re: Heading north...

I'd post a whole lot more about this amazing adventure if folk were interested, but I can see that I have been hugely eclipsed by a query about towing eyes I take your point. While I suspect (but haven't quantified) that many UKRGB users are not Facebook users, and those who are will go to Facebook...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: the "Linn of Dee"
Replies: 23
Views: 2316

Re: the "Linn of Dee"

The climber John Menlove Edwards swam the Linn of Dee in spate in 1931. He also paddled a folding kayak from the Isle of Man to Cumbria in 16 hours, solo.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 372

Re: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?

I went through exactly the same thoughts a month ago. In the end I decided not to use Sikaflex. I sanded the ABS, sanded the contact area on the deck and used JB Marineweld epoxy. That may well have been adequate, but I did also put six bolts (cutting them to length first so that there was no protru...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto

Welcome to the forum. The only boat on your list I've actually paddled is the GT, but I have a few comments on the others. You noted that the Alaw felt more comfortable; Rockpool boats all have a higher deck in front of the cockpit, allowing a more 'knees-up' position, so you might find the same on ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 8
Views: 679

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

I think I stopped using them about 30 years ago, and don't miss them. Really only useful if you're on calm water and paddling gently, otherwise you'll get wet hands anyway.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Judge Sprint K1 for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Judge Sprint K1 for sale

I also have a conversion kit to make the boat into an outrigger "O1", as used for training by Dragon Boat paddlers. It doesn't damage the K1 in any way, just fits over the deck. Photos: https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/1849/1566330637527-2895.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/up...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heading north...
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Re: Heading north...

Thanks, Mark. An impressive trip well described.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Authorised personnel
Replies: 8
Views: 606

Re: Authorised personnel

That's a good point, Mal. In 37 years, I have once been asked, by a British Waterways (now C&RT) employee. I told him I was a BC member and offered to show him my membership card - he didn't want to see it, him asking and me saying it was all he needed.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Authorised personnel
Replies: 8
Views: 606

Re: Authorised personnel

The people who you would show it to are those in control of the waterway you're using. If you look on the BC Licencing page , the waterways are listed under headings like Canal & River Trust, Broads Authority, etc - so whichever is relevant. I can't see that Police would be relevant; not having the ...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can anyone identify this one?
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Can anyone identify this one?

The Seahawk is discussed in this earlier thread (also about identification):

viewtopic.php?t=12800
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: charts, paper or download?

although it's £45 for the PC version to print charts (£25 for iPhone only)
Oops, apologies, so it is. I have the PC version which I bought a year ago for £50 and just checked the current advert - didn't spot that the price is version dependent.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: charts, paper or download?

Charts for the whole UK, £25. Print any area you like.

https://www.memory-map.co.uk/maps/marin ... ine-charts
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Gelcoat advice needed

Unless the hull underneath has been sandpapered before it was painted on (which seem unlikely) it will not be well bonded and will probably flake off with a scraper or a gentle push with a sharp (but wide) wood chisel. I would not use solvents or heat. Sanding is possible but will be hard work and w...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can anyone identify this one?
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Can anyone identify this one?

Trylon SeaHawk by the look of it
Agreed - I was trying to remember the name, but SeaHawk sounds right. I last saw one in about 1988. The far back seat and the long submarine bow are the key things I remember!
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

I've had problems using ordinary Allen keys on a paddlok, as the bit needs to go quite deep to engage fully; it's easy to round the internal hex. Once rounded, drilling it out is the only way. That's tricky as the central metal part is harder than the plastic surround - but provided you don't drill ...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can anyone identify this one?
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Can anyone identify this one?

Do you have the dimensions of the boat, Nick?