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by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

The weather may be milder but the water is just as cold! If you're paddling on your own you should dress for immersion unless you're very confident you won't ever fall in - the only person I know with that level of confidence is a Level 5 coach (which is not to say paper qualifications are essential...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What hull shape is best for edging?
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: What hull shape is best for edging?

Probably, as a generalisation. Edging is easier if you have lower primary stability and higher secondary stability - so it's easy to tip the boat so far but harder to tip it further. Hard chine kayaks tend to have those stability characteristics. But the shape of the cockpit, the foot and knee brace...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

Unless you're trying to push your boat backwards, pushing with the top hand only means you have to pull harder with the bottom hand to balance the force on the paddle. You certainly need to hold the top hand in position to support the paddle, but not positively push - although, if your arm is straig...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

The surface tension of pure water at 10ºC is 0.0742N/m, so if you take the width of a paddle blade as 20cm, the force required for the blade to break the surface is about 0.015N. For sea water it's about 1% higher. That's the weight of about one sixth of a gram, so not something you'd notice. Once t...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

downwards pressure on the blade to counteract the surface tension of the water
I think it's the angle of the blade. At the plant, the blade is angled tip forwards, so will rise as you pull, unless you push down as well.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

James, looking back we are actually almost in agreement: With a good paddle lock the only way to spin at my normal 60 spm would be to either introduce spillage by adopting a poor technique or changing paddles to say a Stick or to shorten the stroke. We're agreed on the effect of the headwind - You s...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

Using the mountain bike analogy it is pretty well recognised that you spin uphill (upwind) in a small ring and not to grind big gears. I agree with what you say about take out position and burying the blade properly, but I have never been happy with the mountain bike analogy. The resistance on bike...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 662
Views: 66064

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

an 8 by 4 sheet of ply won't fit in my vehicle or trailer If pandemic restrictions weren't a factor and the distance was reasonable, I'd be happy to put 8 x 4 sheets of ply on my roof rack. Depending on the route and number of sheets I'd probably use a sheet of 18mm ply or some longitudinal timbers...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - P&H Cetus MV
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Wanted - P&H Cetus MV

I'd private message you if I could figure out how to On a desktop, use the contact icon on the right. On a phone, tap the username you're messaging to see the profile and it should become clear. PMs are read on the forum but the recipient gets an email notification (and the sender knows when they'r...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?
Replies: 12
Views: 361

Re: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?

I feel suitably chastised
No chastisement was intended, sorry. No criticism of trying access what's on Facebook, or even contributing to threads there. My point was only that if the dialogue on the FB group had taken place on this or another forum, it would be (and would remain) much more accessible.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?
Replies: 12
Views: 361

Re: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?

Facebook group called 'Greenland inspired kayaking' where they've had loads of discussions about splits. The problem is that it's such a busy group that I can't find the various posts I've seen in the past That's the problem with Facebook, it filters what you're looking at and it's transient - that...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

I'd agree with long strokes as opposed to short, but not long strokes going past the hip. Up to a point, I agree with James that shorter strokes and higher cadence works, but when the wind is strong enough to blow the boat significantly backwards between strokes, I'm with Dave - reach forward, keep ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Neck seal's?????
Replies: 28
Views: 999

Re: Drysuit Neck seal's?????

I like to have a feel of the wind direction and strength (old racing sailor) when going downwind and a hood prevents this - even high collars can reduce the feel a bit.
I'm the same, but it hadn't occurred to me that sail racing might be the cause, thanks.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

Rog, the boats had 8 days camping gear in them. They were rocking from side to side but not moving position. We couldn't have carried them with just two of us, and any attempt to unload would have just had the gear blown away!
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

This link is to a video I took after reaching a safe landing. Please do post if there's a problem seeing it. The forecast was F5 to F8. It increased to what you can see when we were about 100m to far side of the island on the left and it took us about 10 minutes of flat out hard work to reach the b...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

I bought a set of 4 piece Lendals (as they were then, now Celtic) with nylon blades. Later I bought the same 4 piece but with carbon blades. I use the carbon set as my normal paddle and carry the nylon set as spares, or to switch to if I think I might be abusing them. The advantage of two otherwise ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

Hi Jack

Maybe force 5 inshore; check windy.com to compare offshore and inshore strengths. For some reason that's the Friday morning forecast, for the next 24 hours, it would normally be updated at 18:00.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Information on a Riot Turbo ca 2004
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: Information on a Riot Turbo ca 2004

That's good going, Mark. I tried archive.org but didn't find that page. I was interested as I have Turbo of that age, and I do try to be helpful!. If you click on the link to CrossMax you get a pop-up that says: Our Cross Max® process uses high density metallocene polyethylene to rotomold extremely ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 115
Views: 3075

Re: Into strong head wind

Also, a lot of gloves constrict your circulation, so you're not getting as much warm blood pumped round. Even if a glove isn't tight, when you bend your fingers the glove bulks up on the inside of the finger joints.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peak Ocean Wrap BA
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Peak Ocean Wrap BA

A short bit of discussion here viewtopic.php?f=4&t=134287
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for large paddler
Replies: 5
Views: 288

Re: Sea kayak for large paddler

I agree with what rhysie says, I have a GT and have paddled a Menai and didn't notice much difference. BUT my son, who is 6'4" and 95kg, can't fit in my GT because his backside is too wide for the seat. He fits in a Skerray XL cockpit, but the front deck is quite low for anyone who paddles with thei...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Refurbishing old Nordkapp + Code-zero sails
Replies: 15
Views: 444

Re: Refurbishing old Nordkapp + Code-zero sails

You mention you haven't used epoxy much, and have runs to sand off. I saw you wore a dust mask, but also cover arms and hands too - a friend did a lot of sanding epoxy and became sensitised to it, he couldn't even sit in an epoxy boat without a reaction.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Refurbishing old Nordkapp + Code-zero sails
Replies: 15
Views: 444

Re: Refurbishing old Nordkapp + Code-zero sails

I'm leaning towards not putting in the hatch. Anyone care to persuade me? I'll try! I have a day hatch (not in a Nordkapp) and although I can usually access it myself on the water, I mostly use it on the beach. If I need something on the water and don't fancy reaching back into it myself I can raft...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Hou vs Nova Craft 16ft canoe
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Hou vs Nova Craft 16ft canoe

Ace make the polythene mouldings for Hou and Enigma and are a very well established kayak and canoe makers. The only finished Ace canoe I've seen, however, was very badly fitted out, and it was one that was on display - maybe they rushed getting it ready, but it really wasn't a good advert. If you'v...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

11.5ft will be significantly slower and will feel like harder work, that's not necessarily a problem if you just want to paddle for a few hours rather than actually going somewhere. If you're paddling on the sea it is strongly recommended that you don't paddle alone, particularly if you aren't thoro...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Cetus LV Sizing?
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: P&H Cetus LV Sizing?

I would ask P&H. They are usually quite helpful.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling the lower river Tay, in a Sea Kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: Paddling the lower river Tay, in a Sea Kayak

The SCA access point is just about the end of any real rapids so you shouldn't be at much risk of a scrape. I've paddled the river down to Perth in an open canoe and don't remember any in that area, it all seemed pretty quiet, although flowing. You can see flow on the Google maps aerial photos but i...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lights - to be seen by
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Re: Lights - to be seen by

I bought a see-me steady light and plan to mount it on my hat or maybe on a short pole from my BA. Due to covid restrictions and/or frozen canals I haven't tried it yet.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?
Replies: 15
Views: 840

Re: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?

Generally it's a personal choice; how much you expect to use it, what can you afford and what features you need. Some sports are more fashion conscious than others, more accurately fashion is is exploited by manufacturers more in some sports than others. For example, skiing is very fashion dominated...