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by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 24, 2024 3:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 142
Views: 15272

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

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Seno Chico, Patagonian fiords
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 18, 2024 10:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hx40e charging ?
Replies: 16
Views: 520

Re: Hx40e charging ?

I've avoided DSC handheld radios as battery life is reduced by the GPS running all the time, so that a position is available if a distress message is sent. Just listening on Ch16 needs much less power. On a multi day kayak trip, keeping a DSC set charged would be difficult. I think some models may a...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 15, 2024 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond info?
Replies: 35
Views: 863

Re: Loch Lomond info?

One thing I meant to say was that if there's a clear night, there's quite often a temperature inversion over the loch. A pool of colder air sits over the loch, and it's flat calm. When the wind blows the cold air away, it goes from F1 to F5 in less than a minute. So be cautious if the day starts cal...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 15, 2024 12:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond info?
Replies: 35
Views: 863

Re: Loch Lomond info?

I belonged to the sailing club just North of Milarochy. We didn't sail from October to March, but the wind patterns are the same all year. The mountains can make the wind quite gusty. Generally the waves don't get bigger than 60cm to 1m, and the 1m would only happen in winds you wouldn't want to be ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 13, 2024 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cliché first post on what kayak to get
Replies: 42
Views: 878

Re: Cliché first post on what kayak to get

kayaks sold 10 years ago on here that are now going for twice the price
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Yes, I bought a brand new sea kayak in 1989 for £520, sold it in 2019 with 3000 miles of use on it, for £520.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 11, 2024 11:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cliché first post on what kayak to get
Replies: 42
Views: 878

Re: Cliché first post on what kayak to get

I'm selling a boat that might suit you. It's a big, stable (but heavy) sea kayak. I'm open to offers on the price and not far down the road in Warrington. You're welcome to come and try it but I'm away until March. viewtopic.php?f=38&t=136369&p=843140
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 10, 2024 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing Impact Damage
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: Repairing Impact Damage

If you can only see it with the sun at a particular angle, it's probably minor enough that it won't do any harm to ignore it. A layer of glass on the inside will prevent it getting worse. To avoid glass splinters in your knees I would laminate peel ply over the glass while the resin is still wet and...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 08, 2024 1:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Peak Deluxe 2.5 Dry Cag
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Peak Deluxe 2.5 Dry Cag

I can't figure out how to add them
Tap the button for "Full editor and preview" then the tab at the bottom for "Upload image"
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 07, 2024 1:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 142
Views: 15272

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

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Tierra del Fuego
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 07, 2024 1:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Haparanda Skargard or the Islands off Lulea?
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Haparanda Skargard or the Islands off Lulea?

I've asked a Finnish friend, he says he has not been there but he knows it is a very windy place.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 02, 2024 11:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How does theoretical hull speed
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: How does theoretical hull speed

I think a sprint K1 is narrow enough that the traditional length based rule for THS is not really valid. An interesting fact is that the prototype hulls of the Tornado sailing catamaran (which was raced in the Olympics) were made from K1 hulls extended upwards - the Tornado certainly sailed much fas...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 29, 2024 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camp seat
Replies: 13
Views: 538

Re: Camp seat

I have an Alite Monarch. https://www.trailspace.com/gear/alite/monarch-chair/
Noting the OPs concerns, this is very compact and not only leaves more space for beverages but also provides a useful means of making the supplies last longer - too much in one evening and you fall off the chair.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 25, 2024 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning to roll
Replies: 34
Views: 2221

Re: Learning to roll

to repeat set up and lean well forward under water.
Leaning well forward is something I forgot about after years of only rolling a canoe (single blade, kneeling), with the result that all my attempts failed. Now I aim to put my head on the deck, which gets my hand out of the water.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 22, 2024 8:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning to roll
Replies: 34
Views: 2221

Re: Learning to roll

what works for me is to get into the proper start position in relation to the kayak Yes, same for me. The big thing to avoid is trying to lever up the rigid unit of me sitting upright in the boat; there just isn't enough lift from the paddle to do that. So I keep the boat floating upside down, and ...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jan 20, 2024 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

the most level pulse/bpm for the gp might indicate the least strain? I wouldn't read too much into the pulse readings, the Fenix isn't as accurate as a chest band and it can give odd readings if it doesn't sit flat on my wrist. those big wings are huge, your son must be a gorilla I think he moved o...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 19, 2024 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

I've done some trials comparing wings and other paddles. I'd hoped to use the canal, but it's frozen, so I had to use the river, which has about 1km/hr of flow. The boat was a P&H Virgo LV, 4.29m (14'1") so not a fast sea kayak but not that slow. I did the trials in 'double blind' style, ne...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jan 13, 2024 8:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cadence or power?
Replies: 18
Views: 870

Re: Cadence or power?

For the same sustained speed through the water, the most efficient (fatigue limiting) stroke doesn't change when the water is moving. If you're trying to get through a short stretch of adverse flow, it pays to increase boat speed and spend less time being carried backwards, but over a longer distanc...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 08, 2024 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reed chillcheater suits vs Drysuits
Replies: 22
Views: 915

Re: Reed chillcheater suits vs Drysuits

In my experience the Reed suits are more flexible and comfortable, but less durable and not as well sealed at wrists and net. I wouldn't recommend them for whitewater, situations where swimming is a high probability or getting a bit wet would be life threatening, but fine where you expect to stay in...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 08, 2024 7:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

You don't push with the top hand. You lock the relationship between top hand, top arm and torso, using that as a leverage point. It only really makes sense if you are generating power from rotation (and hence from legs). The top hand is the pivot, not the bottom hand. I completely agree - that's ho...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 08, 2024 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

Racers all switched to wing blades because the people using wing blades were beating the people who weren't using wing blades. True, but their speed through the water is a lot greater than most recreational sea kayakers, so the question is how much of that speed advantage is available in a slower b...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 07, 2024 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

What is the average flow on the Llangollen canal between Moreton and Chirk? I've only paddled from Llangollen to Chirk Bank. It was about 0.5kph through the tunnels, less than that on the wider sections, but I don't know if they reduce it when the Cheshire canals have plenty of water, which they wi...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 07, 2024 7:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

for some reason my Garmin Fenix 6 reckons I am an SUP/quote]
Isn't that just which App you choose to start? When using the SUP App to measure stroke rate it only count the strokes from the arm the watch is on. So it's showing 30 is consistent with once per second on a kayak paddle.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 31, 2023 3:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

Any link to an on the water in action video to emulate please? It's probably better to to watch a sea kayaker or downriver racer, rather than a K1, as the boat speed of a K1 will mean the stroke could be different. Have a look at John Willacy's youtube videos (Performance Sea Kayak) such as this on...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Dec 30, 2023 10:33 pm
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Mad river outrage oc1 - now sold
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Mad river outrage oc1 for sale

Can't figure out how to load the pictures..
You did it!

For anyone struggling, it's the buttons below the composition window "Full Editor and Preview", then "Upload image"
by Chris Bolton
Sat Dec 30, 2023 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

Talk of threats, that honestly scares me, and I don't know why? Please don't cancel a thing just becasue you don't agree with it. I think you may have misunderstood the use of "threats" in that context. I didn't read anything into it about disagreement or cancelling, just a jokey referenc...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Dec 28, 2023 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handling characteristics mystery
Replies: 12
Views: 1071

Re: Handling characteristics mystery

Lighter boats accelerate faster, carry less glide, have more dynamic ends that can move faster in waves and feel more lively Yes, I used to do downriver racing. The boats are about 10kg. For practice runs, if you weren't familiar with the river, airbags were a good way to avoid destroying the boat ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Dec 26, 2023 5:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

I'm deliberately not thinking about what the findings may be to avoid inadvertently influencing the tests. I will probably do all my test runs and only take the times off the GPS afterwards.

Unfortunately I have a virus so will not be doing any tests for a while.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Dec 24, 2023 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

I will aim to go and do some trials with various paddles, and will report back when/if I do.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Dec 23, 2023 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

Sure: https://www.performanceseakayak.co.uk/A ... e-you-fly/ bit about cadence and really good article. https://socialnaturemovement.nz/wing-blades-explained/ as shared by Mac before, bit about cadence and good article. Thanks. John Willacy's article is very good and makes a lot of sense to me. He ...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Dec 23, 2023 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: wings and sea kayaks?
Replies: 128
Views: 5194

Re: wings and sea kayaks?

wing paddles suit faster boats, if just looking at effieciency, they need to be spinning quite fast to work as designed Can you quote a source for that? I'm not disagreeing, but neither of those things is obvious to me. I agree that faster boats need a higher stroke rate, but don't see the connecti...

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