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by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 25
Views: 4717

Re: sea kayak for big guys

it seems most of the boats are no longer made
Indeed, but they will be available second hand. if you are buying a boat to lose weight (as mentioned in your other thread), and may be selling it on soon, you would be wise not to buy new anyway.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 12
Views: 496

Re: Impatient.... help!

What, in particular, is your limitation in choosing a kayak? Is it cockpit size/width, stability, getting in and out, etc? Some previous threads that might help: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=105427 https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=124854 ...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 1461

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

I missed this thread when it was posted and have only spotted it now. Sometimes, when I've left details with [Stornoway] CG for a multi-day trip, they have asked for a shore contact. On the only occasion that we've been the subject of a false alarm with good intent, they phoned the shore contact. We...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 411

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

A new brand of bag I've just come across - Nite ize RunOff. No idea how good they are but might try one.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Weighting a kayak...

In the short term, while you develop confidence, some ballast weight will help. You're right to think confidence matters; once you can relax and let the boat find its stable point it becomes easy, but you need to develop the muscle memory, and you can only do that with time in the boat. If you find ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 14
Views: 595

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

You don't need permanent IT staff to keep a website up to date - a content management system doesn't require IT expertise for adding content, only if you want to change the structure of the site. Facebook is basically a content management system, but with a mind of its own and it's own obscure objec...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: The best spots?

leading renters of the house to believe they have an exclusive right of access seems a bit much
Sorry, I didn't mean they'd said that, they're not claiming exclusive rights, just no camping. I don't think they have any objection to people using their benches for lunch (I did on Sunday).
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Understern or overstern rudders?
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Understern or overstern rudders?

It's been discussed here: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=78320 Understern are usually favoured for sprint and deep water, overstern for marathon and potential shallows. Whether you want to do sprint or marathon is also worth considering as the weight limits are different -...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: The best spots?

Anglesey, and indeed much of Wales, is a bit too busy / crowded to provide many wild camps. Places which are only readily accessible from water can work well. While I don't (for reasons above) want to publish the good spots, I can ask paddlers to respect one that looks good but where we have been sp...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel

In this post it's reported that Rockpool use IWT Devweld to fix them in. I am never sure that glueing anything that has broken will be as strong as the original bond that was made in factory conditions onto a clean, new surface - but see what Mike says. If one of the RDFs on my Rockpool broke, and M...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel

I agree with the suggestion to ask Rockpool. I would call them recessed deck fittings or RDFs. Replacing RDFs is difficult, particularly near the ends of the boat where the underneath of the deck is difficult to reach. What has actually broken; has the plastic fitting snapped or has it pulled out fr...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 742

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

I expect there will be more turbulence at an open cockpit than one with a cover, and turbulence will mean drag, but even if it adds 2% to the drag on the boat that's probably 0.5% on the total drag on the car. As Mike says, however, modern car engines are optimised to work best with the drag of the ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 29, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener

Looking at comments, I'm checking my understanding of the question. The stiffener is plastic, I assume polythene, but I've understood that the Lettmann Granate is a composite boat?
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 29, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A Level Design Engineering Paddling
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: A Level Design Engineering Paddling

Done. Some questions were a bit unclear, like the one about aiding progress on a day trip - not sure what that was getting at (mapping, engines, more efficient boat/paddle?). It also seems to depend very much on what I choose as my most used craft; solo open, tandem open and sea kayak are about even...
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 28, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener

I would guess an epoxy resin, to bond to the hull, but with flexibility to bond to the stiffener. West G-Flex is what I've used for repairing a Royalex (ABS/vinyl sandwich) canoe; I'd suggest that.
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 28, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 227
Views: 38226

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

nickcrowhurst wrote:one can neither attach files to a forum post, nor to a PM
That's correct, but you can upload a file to the web and insert a link to it. I don't think there's any restriction on the kind of file you can link to; if the file type isn't recognised by the browser it will just offer to download it.
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 22, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit design balancing hip rotation and bracing
Replies: 7
Views: 529

Re: Cockpit design balancing hip rotation and bracing

I haven't paddled any of the designs mentioned, nor a ski, but I think I understand the rotation and leg action you're after. It's also used in sprint and marathon, and I'd expect any fast kayak to be designed to facilitate it; I'd also expect any sea kayak to be designed to allow rolling and bracin...
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 21, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Which Scottish river?
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: Which Scottish river?

The Spey or the Tweed would probably suit you. The Spey is probably wilder and the Tweed has some weirs rather than just natural rapids. The Tay wouldn't give you more than a couple of days without including the Loch as well, and you don't want flat water. The Findhorn (and the Royal Dee) would need...
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 21, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 363
Views: 34667

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

If picking up weights in the pool is difficult, an alternative is just to duck your head under in the shallow end, see how long you can stay under, and work up to longer times. Or see how far you can swim under water; I worked up to two full lengths of a 25m pool, including turning at the end. You s...
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 16, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)
Replies: 17
Views: 2512

Re: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)

roo wrote:If I could get the link to work, I would love to read it!!
As it happens I downloaded the original link in 2013, so here it is:

https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/ima ... htraps.pdf

andynormancx's link is, I think, an earlier version by the same author
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1990 Valley Norkapp HS Restoration
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: 1990 Valley Norkapp HS Restoration

Best wishes for the rest of the restoration; looking forward to the pictures. I think I'd be using flowcoat all over, rather than gelcoat and paint. You don't mention how much you've already read on UKRGB so I'll post two links below, in case you haven't seen them: Nick Crowhurst's Nordkapp resorati...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 15, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Compass for deck with a ridge line.
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: Compass for deck with a ridge line.

Two things to bear in mind about where you position the compass. If it's too close to you, you end up looking down at it, and your eyes focus on the deck; in bad visibility it helps to be focussed further away. If it's too far away, you can't see the numbers, and if you plan to make it demountable (...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 06, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: Kayaking in the Lake District
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: Kayaking in the Lake District

It varies. Windermere is a public navigation, anyone can use it, you just need a car park close to the water (which will probably be about £8 for the day unless you're an NT member). Coniston, Derwent Water and Ullswater are also free to use. Bassenthwaite is private, you need a permit. I think Enne...
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 03, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 638

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

How easy would it be to get under it and walk it upright to rest against the wall so i can lower it back down 90 degrees If one end is on a trolley and you pick up the other, assuming the centre of gravity is in the middle, you have to lift half the weight, so 17.5kg. As you move towards the middle...
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 02, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tasty hatch!
Replies: 7
Views: 525

Re: Tasty hatch!

Could be home made.

Why have you posted in the gear for sale forum? Unless you're selling or buying it would be better in the sea kayak gear forum. Mods can move it if you like.
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 02, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 638

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

Does it need a trolley or can you carry it? If you can carry, I'd take it to the corner, put the end against the wall, get under the other end and walk it upright, turn, walk it down and pick it up again. With a trolley, put the trolley under the front and push it from the back. At the corner, just ...
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 02, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 638

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

How much headroom do you have, and what are the sides like; can you lean the kayak against them? The kayak won't come to any harm from being upright, so long as you can get it upright and down again under control.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Re: Dagger Stratos Stern Perception Logo Missing
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Re: Dagger Stratos Stern Perception Logo Missing

Thanks, Stuart. So Dagger and Perception are owned by the same conglomerate (and have similar hatch covers with different logos).
by Chris Bolton
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Re: Dagger Stratos Stern Perception Logo Missing
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Re: Dagger Stratos Stern Perception Logo Missing

I don't think either should have the Perception logo, both should have the Dagger logo, see

So far as I know, Dagger and Perception are competing companies, but they may use the same hatch supplier, with custom logos.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 723

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

If you're asking CG for a radio check and getting no response, and there's no other traffic audible, I don't know any reason why you couldn't ask 'any station hearing this' for a radio check.