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by Chris Bolton
Tue May 26, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transport Sit in PE kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Transport Sit in PE kayak

I transport it on edge, using upright bars. This is the strongest position to resist wind load and movement of the car. The image below is of the Thule uprights. https://www.brighton-canoes.co.uk/productpages/equipment/images/520-car-l.jpg I put the bottom of the boat against the upright, not the co...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 20, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kielder paddling
Replies: 21
Views: 1636

Re: kielder paddling

Think theres already a big pipe in to the Tees. Had a quick look on google. I think here is where it comes in, but could be wrong. Yes, that's the one I was referring to. A bit more Googling suggests it has been used, but rarely, at least at first, although the pumping station at Riding Mill on the...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 20, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kielder paddling
Replies: 21
Views: 1636

Re: kielder paddling

Then they treat it and tell you it is potable It's even less straightforward than that. There are no pipelines from Kielder, the water is released down the N Tyne, and abstracted from the Tyne along with everything it might have picked up on the way. The original plan included pumping it from the T...
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 19, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 327
Views: 53724

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

If you've got a wallpaper steamer
… Also, a household steam cleaner will help you remove any epoxy left from the removal of the damage.
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 18, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: Scale of dangers for kayak anglers
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Re: Scale of dangers for kayak anglers

Yes, river grading is absolutely normal for canoeists and kayakers. Whether there are any other factors that affect kayak angling I wouldn't know.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internati ... difficulty
by Chris Bolton
Sun May 17, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck wear : repair ?
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: Spraydeck wear : repair ?

Aquasure or Aquaseal (these are the same product, and may be the same as Sureseal recommended by Owen). Stretch the deck slightly, spread a layer of sealant, leave 24 hours. If you don't stretch it, the patch of sealant stops the deck stretching.
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 13, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mediterranean Kayaking Locations
Replies: 9
Views: 399

Re: Mediterranean Kayaking Locations

I have heard very good reports of http://www.seakayakgreece.com on the island of Milos. I haven't paddled with Rod personally, but have paddled with people who have been on his trips. I've also paddled in that area, Paros, Naxos, Ios, Santorini, but we hired boats from another operator who doesn't s...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 13, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1398

Re: Boris says...

I'm going to drive 5 miles to a canal, and do my exercise in a canoe. I expect to be further away from other people than if I walk from from home. If the car park is crowded I'll go home.
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 11, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1398

Re: Boris says...

Canal and Rivers Trust say we can paddle on their waters in England (locally, for exercise, not long distance) from Wednesday 13th, and I plan to do that. I won't be going on the sea or whitewater rivers at this stage.
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 05, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can anyone identify these kayaks?
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Can anyone identify these kayaks?

Definitely slalom kayaks from, I would say, 1970s. The red one is a Gaybo Perfekt first produced in 1975.The Perfekt was (in)famous for its very narrow ends. Slalom boats, at that time, had to be at least 4m long, but that made them harder to turn, so the Perfekt (a German or spoof-German name) was ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 04, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC Shipping Forecast
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: BBC Shipping Forecast

surely Elon Musk's 'Skynet' will provide internet everywhere
Even in the Canyon!

I can get forecasts of a sort on my Inreach, but that's not the point. The BCC is a public service broadcaster. Musk's satellites will probably be expensive (like his cars).
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 04, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?
Replies: 21
Views: 1602

Re: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?

Welcome to UKRGB! i now know the fuego was based on the atlantic :) No, that's not quite right. The Fuego and the Atlantic were based on the Shoreline, but the Atlantic came much later than the Fuego. The first design was the Shoreline, by North Shore (Mike Nelson). The Fuego was a smaller version o...
by Chris Bolton
Sat May 02, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC Shipping Forecast
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: BBC Shipping Forecast

I have no idea. There's no logic I can see for recreational sailors or paddlers, and weekday or weekend doesn't much affect what professional mariners and fishermen have to be doing. My guess is that it's driven by what else they want to broadcast in that slot, and the shipping forecast is treated a...
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 01, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: problem with footrest
Replies: 8
Views: 1568

Re: problem with footrest

Well done - I'll add some of my thoughts, for anyone reading this thread for a similar problem. I've freed up corroded alloy using heat, but it's tricky to get a conductive metal like aluminium very hot when you have GRP next to it. The lemon is acid, and will attack the corrosion. Like you, I don't...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC Shipping Forecast
Replies: 5
Views: 821

BBC Shipping Forecast

I happened to be listening to Radio 4 today when the Shipping Forecast was on, and there was an announcement that the early evening broadcast was being scrapped on weekdays. So, as far as I can find out, the Shipping Forecast is now broadcast on BBC Radio 4 LW and FM at 00:48, 05:33, 12:03, and 17:5...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg slider cut-out...
Replies: 6
Views: 580

Re: Skeg slider cut-out...

The other one has made the entire thing from scratch using hydraulic engineering components etc.
The plastic guide/sheath for the skeg wire on my Rockpool kayak is connected to the 'glide box' by a pneumatic union, specifically a Male stud 6mm tube BSPT 1/8” - as sold here.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg slider cut-out...
Replies: 6
Views: 580

Re: Skeg slider cut-out...

If not, does anyone know the cut-out size for the Kari-Tek item as this looks to be easily available.
Kari-tek will know, and they have a reputation for being extremely helpful.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Dagger Ovation
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Dagger Ovation

I've sent you a PM, Mike.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1647

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

Hi Richard, It had the same mirror image sucker on the other side of the bar. Ah, I did wonder if it had. In that case you're probably right, brittle plastic. Lots of good ideas spoilt by spoilers; the one on my car stops the boot opening fully if I have a boat on. I know a few people who just put a...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Old town 119
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: Old town 119

You might find it worth asking the same question on Song of the Paddle. There are more canoe paddlers there than here. But if you do post there, reword the bit about "anyone that still stocks old town Kayaks." - it's canoes you want to know about, not kayaks! :-)
by Chris Bolton
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1647

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

For some reason the plastic/ resin sucker just exploded. I'm trying to work out what it looked like before it exploded, but it doesn't look as if it could ever have worked. The leverage on the plastic bracket would be enormous. My roller is on the back of the rear roof bar, fixed in T slots (it's a...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Old town 119
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: Old town 119

There's one listed at Manchester Canoes. They are part of the Canoe Shops Group which has several branches - although at the moment that doesn't matter as they are only doing internet orders.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 849

Re: Repair advice please

If the boat is epoxy rather than polyester the plug of gel coat may fall out if that area flexes Good point, Jim, I hadn't thought of that. My epoxy boats have been WWRs with enough scratches and dings not to worry about matching gelcoat, so I've just used uncoloured epoxy for repair. Pete, to expl...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 849

Re: Repair advice please

For a 2mm hole, I don't think you need reinforcement. So carefully countersink the hole to give something for gelcoat to bond to, put a piece of electrical tape over the inside and fill the hole with gelcoat. You'll need to match the colour properly if it has to be invisible, so find out the exact B...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Dagger Ovation
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Dagger Ovation

Whereabouts are you, please?
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on Nigel Foster Shadow
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: Advice on Nigel Foster Shadow

I have not paddled a Shadow, but for many years I had a Vyneck, the forebear of the Legend and Shadow. It was designed to be paddled with a load, and I guess the Shadow is the same. Without a load, the chines won't really be in the water, so the primary stability will be low, although I'd expect sec...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations Appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 556

Re: Recommendations Appreciated

I endorse SJD's comment about secondhand; you'll lose very little if you sell on. Something like a P&H Scorpio is good for day and overnight; polythene is good for rockhopping and cheaper but it's heavier than composite. At your weight and height I don't think you need a big volume boat, but not a l...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Grab handle on throwlines
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: Grab handle on throwlines

I couldn't easily pull it and paddle at the same time
The typical way round that would be for another paddler to clip a towline to your stern, and either hold you in position while you pull in the casualty, or tow you both out of it, depending on conditions and the casualty's situation.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: Advice please

You can get a more uniform resistance from bungees by making them as long as possible, maybe through a pulley at the bow and then back along the boat?

Lifting weights over a pulley is probably better. See here.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 13
Views: 1041

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Thanks for the update, Poke. That new gorge is a serious bit of landforming in progress. I was initially puzzled by "Water without sediment (apparently) causes increased rates of erosion" as I'd expect the opposite, but it lines up exactly with your hypothesis that seepage behind the capstone was th...