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by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS Tiderace 'Excite'
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: FS Tiderace 'Excite'

can't figure out how to do private messages
Look at the post for the name of the person you want to message. Click or tap on the name. Somewhere on the page that comes up should be a link to send a PM or to email. If you're on a computer, the other way is to click the speech bubble below the name.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Criminal Trespass Laws for England
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: New Criminal Trespass Laws for England

Before publication of the Conservative Manifesto, the Government started a consultation . This is nominally about trespass by travellers, but could easily be used as the basis for legislation to address the manifesto promise. Anyone who is concerned at the effect such legislation could have for gene...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found: GoPro River Einig. Can you recognise these paddlers
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Found: GoPro River Einig. Can you recognise these paddlers

For info, you should be able to see your private messages by looking at the link on the top right of this page. The message itself doesn't get emailed to you, although you would normally get an email to say there's a message waiting for you. If, however, you haven't kept the email address in your Pr...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: River Dee - Ty Mawr Country Park to Overton Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 5378

Re: River Dee - Ty Mawr Country Park to Overton Bridge

We paddled from Llangollen to The Boat Inn on 12 Jan 2020 in open canoes, with the river at 1.05m on the Manley Hall gauge . The section down to Ty Mawr was easier than expected, maybe it washes out. Trevor Rocks was mostly just waves. From there to the Ceiriog confluence was more interesting than e...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: River Derwent - Bamford to Calver
Replies: 2
Views: 857

Re: River Derwent - Bamford to Calver

Please would you report these unpleasant fellows to British Canoeing using their online form (you don't have to be a member):

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-c ... -reporting
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

…should be changed from ‘while using the app’ to ‘always’.
Maybe 'while using the app' means 'while interacting with the app', ie, the screen is active?
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: River Dee - Ty Mawr Country Park to Overton Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 5378

Re: River Dee - Ty Mawr Country Park to Overton Bridge

The phone number posted above for The Boat Inn is no longer valid - it's now 01978 280 205
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 500

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

The review of the Attwood on Amazon suggest that quality has dropped and recent production is unreliable.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 500

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

In my Rockpool GT, I keep the pump in a loop of bungee elastic at the side of the cockpit, just in front of the seat. On the GT, the footbrace and seat are attached to alloy rails, and the bungee is just tied round them, but you could glass in an eye. The loop is too small to get my foot caught in i...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 9
Views: 698

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

The fabric socks on my Typhoon PS220 started to leak after about 50 days paddling, then I replaced them with latex boots. I always wear a thin pair of cheap socks over the outside of drysuit boots, just in case there's a pebble or something in my neoprene boots and because it makes it easier to get ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 22
Views: 1184

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

I've paddled with both. The carbon version was lighter, but I don't think the weight difference would make much difference to the effective buoyancy. The thickness, etc, were similar.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1391

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

I think my next training session will include holding my breath for as long as possible It is actually amazing how long you can hold your breath if you're not panicking. Years ago I managed to swim two lengths of a 25m pool underwater, including turning at the end, but it's a lot easier when you kn...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Crossing over to sea kayaking any advise
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: Crossing over to sea kayaking any advise

Sitting directly on the floor will allow you to bend your knees a bit more which should ease the hamstring tension until you manage to stretch them out. That's a good point. It may also help balance, if you're finding that your automatic reflexes are taking time to adjust to a narrower boat and a d...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Crossing over to sea kayaking any advise
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: Crossing over to sea kayaking any advise

Welcome to UKRGB! The Coho looks a nice boat. Being a canoe paddler you will be used to using a near vertical shaft so should adapt to the wing style easily. You'll need to get used to allowing the paddle to move out from the hull, though. A well reputed aid to good kayak technique is Ivan Lawler's ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1391

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

hopefully Hammock will see this post
If not, Tony Hammock runs Seafreedom Kayak.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can't choose
Replies: 23
Views: 1406

Re: Can't choose

Anyone experience with the quality of the zegul boats?
Yes, we have a Zegul 550 (not sure if it's a current model). The build quality is very good.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can't choose
Replies: 23
Views: 1406

Re: Can't choose

Troy, I have checked the foot space in my Rockpool GT. My kayaking boots are 29cm along the sole and, sitting with my heels together and my feet in a V shape, there is about 2cm of extra space. So 31cm would be the biggest that would fit.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 1280

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

Am I right in thinking that connecting this to a handheld set requires one with a removable antenna, eg, an BNC connector or similar? Not to say there are none, but I haven't seen a handheld set like that since the 1980s, probably because with the models available now sea kayakers always go for full...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can't choose
Replies: 23
Views: 1406

Re: Can't choose

I'm 1.85, 95 kg, size 47 in the neoprene boothies. I am 1.82, 75kg, size 44 and paddle a Rockpool GT. I am sure there is another 3cm of length, and there is no problem when I have 70kg of camping equipment and water. The footrest in the GT is inclined so that my toes are further forward, which redu...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Pulling left
Replies: 11
Views: 456

Re: Pulling left

I also note that i have differing levels of body rotation as i find myself looking at the bank when paddling left but less so when on the right. That could suggest you are not rotating forward at the catch when on the left, which would be consistent with a less effective left stroke. rotation is ke...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handheld VHF recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 593

Re: Handheld VHF recommendations

I have a HX300 and have been generally happy with it. The USB charging is very useful on a multi-day trip. The battery state indicator is not very good; it shows full charge for days, until you press transmit, when the current drain drops the voltage substantially and reveals it to be nearly flat an...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Pulling left
Replies: 11
Views: 456

Re: Pulling left

I do have a less solid stroke on the right That's the opposite of what I'd expect if you're pulling to the left. If you can get somebody to video you, I think you might spot differences on each side that aren't obvious while paddling. Some other things, if you haven't checked already: put a bit of ...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can't choose
Replies: 23
Views: 1406

Re: Can't choose

Please can you tell us your height, leg length and foot size? Then somebody who is a similar size might be able to say which boats fit them.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

Re: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project

Very nice job. But I wouldn't fancy trying to paddle round Britain in one, even using the Caledonian Canal to miss out the top!
by Chris Bolton
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Life jackets
Replies: 14
Views: 945

Re: Life jackets

If you're stuck under a pinned boat the only way out is to push down to get clear, so you don't want too much buoyancy. You will get some buoyancy from a drysuit, although it has been suggested that if you don't make sure you let out excess air (by venting at the neck seal after putting it on) you c...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Life jackets
Replies: 14
Views: 945

Re: Life jackets

Like everything else, it's a compromise. You don't want no extra buoyancy, but you don't want too much. People have been paddling kayaks in surf and whitewater for years, and the BAs that are sold are designed around that compromise.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canadian Canoe Capsize
Replies: 1
Views: 335

Re: Canadian Canoe Capsize

Canoes tend to be narrower than racing dinghies and less ballasted than yachts, as they don't need to resist the heeling moment from the sails, so they do rely more on keeping balance. If you cross from still water into a current, the effect is similar to standing on a rug when somebody pulls it sid...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Usk blockage
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: River Usk blockage

That sounds like the kind of blockage that should be reported to NRW under the subject of "blocked main watercourses that might pose a risk of flooding". They will probably take action to clear it or get the landowner to do it. They won't care about it being a threat to navigation or safety, only fl...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Life jackets
Replies: 14
Views: 945

Re: Life jackets

I think the reason they don't exist is that they become too bulky - a big BA will get in the way when you're trying to climb back on your SOT, as will a lifejacket (the difference between a BA and a lifejacket is that a lifejacket will support you face up if you're unconscious, a BA is more compact ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice request re strong single blade paddles
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Advice request re strong single blade paddles

I would carry a paddle such as Mal Grey suggests, and an additional item to use as a lever in place of the centreboard, such as a length of timber of suitable width and length. A paddle is not suitable for that kind of use, and may damage the centreboard slot as well as itself.