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by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you stow your pump?
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: How do you stow your pump?

My Rockpool boat has alloy bars down each side that hold the seat and footplate in position. I've just put a small loop of bungee round the bar, and I slide the pump into that. My previous boat didn't have the bars, but I fixed two small stainless steel eyes on the inside of the seam and tied the lo...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Buying a whitewater kayak with repair
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Buying a whitewater kayak with repair

It might depend a bit where the repair is, but it's probably fine for your use. As a relatively inexperienced paddler, you aren't going to be paddling over big drops or in the kind of water that will really stress the repair. It would actually be useful if manufacturers made 'light' versions with 2/...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DRUMHEAD MATERIAL
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: DRUMHEAD MATERIAL

the diagram, as I read it, it looks like a "straight stitch" but I think you're trying to suggest a more sophisticated stitch
No, just a straight stitch. The diagram was to show the good sides together and the hem folded down, rather than the straight stitch through an overlap.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 24, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DRUMHEAD MATERIAL
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: DRUMHEAD MATERIAL

My wife and I make cockpit covers for our boats and they very rarely come off in transit. We use something like 4oz / 150g pu nylon. Lay a sheet of paper over the cockpit and mark the edge of the rim. Use this as a template to cut a flat panel. Take a 5cm wide strip of fabric as long as the circumfe...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Oct 23, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79403

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

where do you get the “compression fitting” and a suitable tube from? I don't know if it's the same, but on my Rockpool GT the fitting is a pneumatic connector, which is available on eBay - select "Male stud" and "6mm tube BSPT 1/8”" from the drop down. I assume pneumatic tubing to match but haven't...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 22, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with paddle
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Flying with paddle

It's not whether they measure them, it's what kind of space they'll fit them into. Would you want your paddle to go diagonally with something else on top? Having seen the way airports handle luggage, I would not fly with one-piece paddle if I could avoid it. Not unless I knew I could hire a decent p...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 22, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bardsey Again!
Replies: 9
Views: 350

Re: Bardsey Again!

I've only paddled over there twice, but what sticks in my mind is the way the flood funnels into the Sound, not only does it speed up in the Sound but there's a strong stream North alone the East coast of the island. If you're doing the crossing on the last of the flood, as in the guide, you can aff...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof crossbar and storage rack positioning for plastic boats
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: Roof crossbar and storage rack positioning for plastic boats

By uprights, I meant this kind of thing: https://kayakhq.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Prorack-Kayak-Stacker-Upright-Carrier_Kayak-HQ.jpg They can be square section, round, hoops, flat bar - the main point is they go straight up from the roof bar and have some way to loop a strap through. I've ne...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof crossbar and storage rack positioning for plastic boats
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: Roof crossbar and storage rack positioning for plastic boats

My first principle, for long boats like sea kayaks, is to put the bars as far apart as possible within the car manufacturer's guidance. Next, I would carry the boats on edge if possible. I have always used uprights, and put the boat directly on the roof bar, without padding. I know opinions differ, ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations on a first kayak for a very tall person
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: Recommendations on a first kayak for a very tall person

It could also be worth investigating Rockpool with their raised cockpits This is a very good point. Rockpool boats like the GT have the deck raised a bit in front of the cockpit, allowing paddling with the knees raised. That would also help with getting long legs into the boat. I am sure that Mike ...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79403

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

whatever has occurred will disappear with a fresh coat of epoxy or add a slightly distressed flair I hope so too. What I was trying to convey in my previous post is that, unlike some other coatings, you will never get uncured epoxy to cure by being in contact with a new layer as that's curing. Sinc...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 17, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79403

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

Chris, the key thing to establish is whether it's cured fully. If it hasn't, it never will, and anything you put over it will be wasted. I hope that isn't the case. If it will scrape off, it hasn't cured. There's a thread on SOTP where a similar problem occurred, and the poster eventually found a so...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack

Bow and stern lines (dyneema) are … … virtually unnecessary. There are not necessary for stability if your rack bars are a good distance apart, but I use them for two reasons. If you have a failure of a strap, upright to rack or rack to car fixing, they may prevent the boat coming off the car, avoi...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED - Northwater paddle britches
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: WANTED - Northwater paddle britches

I tied lengths of 40mm plastic pipe to the decklines. That worked for several years. When I was happy they were in the right place, and I had time, I bolted them through the deck (composite boat) and glassed over the nuts on the underneath to remove the leak path and snag hazard.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack

There are two issues with supporting boats on roof bars; to ensure the load is stable and to avoid damaging the boat. Putting the bars as far apart as possible helps with stability. There's a secondary effect for a long boat with the bars close together, any longitudinal pitching of the boat causes ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Three piece Romany Surf sizes ?
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Three piece Romany Surf sizes ?

I wouldn't necessarily depend on the length being the same between different boats; the factory are building them to a maximum but it will be a substantially manual operation. So you probably need two people to tell you what theirs measure, only only depend on that if they are the same.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lazer flares?
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Lazer flares?

I have a Greatland Green laser flare. It's supposed to be visible 30 miles in dark or 3 miles in daylight. About 12cm long and 15mm diameter, easy to carry. Battery last 5hrs. I take the point about aiming from a kayak, if it's bumpy you might need to raft. Just over £200 but my Mum gave me some mon...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?
Replies: 20
Views: 430

Re: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?

(some of the Almanac's resources seem potentially out of date or links are broken) Yes, as noted in your other thread. It's a matter of volunteers finding time to rebuild the pages, and update the links in info. If anyone has updated info and new links, PM them to me - but no point just saying wher...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)
Replies: 23
Views: 846

Re: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)

Mr Ferrero (and Pesda Press books on watch)
That's double counting - Mr Ferrero owns Pesda Press!
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 06, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)
Replies: 23
Views: 846

Re: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)

this all has nothing to do with being wussy or newbies and everything to do with being smart and safe, even the most experienced of us take account of all these factors In fact, this kind of info is so central to what we do that much of it has already been collected together on UKRGB. There's a sec...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking with a back injury
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Kayaking with a back injury

If you develop a good forward paddling style, using trunk rotation and leg push with your arms only as transmission to the paddle, that will strengthen your core and may help your back. If that's the case, the seating position in a sit in may help. Everybody's back issues are different, but I have l...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?
Replies: 20
Views: 430

Re: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?

Sorry, I missed one, Beady Presume that CG will then switch you to another channel of their choosing? They will for routine calls. They'll nominate their channel on 16, you go to the channel and wait for them to call (sometimes, when they are busy and know they will be a minute or two, they will say...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?
Replies: 20
Views: 430

Re: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?

So what can one legally do with a licenced radio but no official Certificate? A proper Mayday, obviously. Can you do Pan Pan too? (Buggrit, if my or companion's life or limb is in danger, I'm on C16 and deal with consequences later!). Presume that CG will then switch you to another channel of their...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1086

Re: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?

Virtually all the modern hybrids (eg the Taran) Not disagreeing with what you say about the Taran, but this just illustrates that what we call a boat doesn't affect what it is - we can't put all designs in a box with a label. I think you're looking at the Taran as a hybrid of the traditional sea ka...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)
Replies: 23
Views: 846

Re: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)

There are sea kayaking guidebooks too. See Pesda Press . Typically, routes are graded AB&C for experience level. Also trip reports here on UKRGB https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/seatrips. OS maps are good, charts are useful but not necessarily essential - cheapest way is Memory Map (which you can...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 01, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon Access war
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: River Avon Access war

"Avon isn’t a statutory navigation", when the stretch of it up to the tidal limit must be by definition. Not being a statutory navigation is not the same as having no right of navigation. A statutory navigation (by definition) is one where there's a specific Act of Parliament (a statute) that makes...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 01, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiring kayak session
Replies: 19
Views: 640

Re: Tiring kayak session

This was so successful that I'm now completely sold on the idea of developing technique systematically, rather than 'sending it.' If you go too far outside your comfort zone, you just don't learn. When I was first learning to ski (I say first because I'm still learning) I used to alternate between ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon Access war
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: River Avon Access war

BC did send in a detailed objection to the planning application for the sign, justifying access. They are much better than they used to be, but it needs members to tell them what they want. I'm not local so am not up to date on recent events. As I understand it, the area around the sign and immediat...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 28, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: New to canoeing - where to access rivers?
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: New to canoeing - where to access rivers?

You can launch from anywhere that has public access, so either from public land or a from a right of way such as public footpath. You mention you have a licence - is that through membership of British Canoeing, or the Canal & River Trust? Those licences cover you for most artificial waterways, like ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Torsa causeway
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: Torsa causeway

There's discussion on the YBW forum about planning permission. I'm not sure that's relevant. What should be needed is a Marine Licence. The Marine (Scotland) Act is quite clear. It does not appear from here that one has been applied for.

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