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by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 18, 2024 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: P&H Scorpio Mk2 MV with skudder wanted (edited)
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: P&H Scorpio Mk2 MV with skudder wanted (edited)

I don't know how to edit on this site
You can edit for 60 min, to fix errors, after that only the mods can edit. But they will probably spot that you want to change something and change it for you …
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 17, 2024 8:20 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 70
Views: 80835

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

wind gusts turning me into the wind
When a sea kayak is turning into the wind, it's because the weight is too far forward, so you move some of your gear aft. You might try moving the seat a bit.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jun 12, 2024 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why do most American sea kayaks seem to have rudders?
Replies: 74
Views: 2364

Re: Why do most American sea kayaks seem to have rudders?

Was it not the P&H Fjord to be the first kayak to have a variable skeg? I did read that somewhere else, and you may be right. I paddled a boat with a rudder, which I was told by the owner was a Fjord, on 3rd Nov 1985. It's possible that was a prototype. The owner also had an Icefloe. So far as ...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 06, 2024 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forearm pain
Replies: 23
Views: 704

Re: Forearm pain

I have spent the morning going down a rabbit hole of Greenland paddle videos A Greenland paddle might be sufficiently different to your Euros that it wouldn't trigger your existing muscle memory. It could be a good way to transition to unfeathered (which all GPs are). If you can find or borrow a us...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 06, 2024 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forearm pain
Replies: 23
Views: 704

Re: Forearm pain

I've seen suggestions now both here and elsewhere about wing paddles and Greenland paddles, but I have such a significant investment in Euro paddles already that I am very hesitant to change at this point You can get the benefits that Jonathan describes for Wings by using Euro blades with a Wing st...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jun 05, 2024 1:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cable Bay, Anglesey, access
Replies: 4
Views: 326

Re: Cable Bay, Anglesey, access

Restrictions on van parking are increasingly a nuisance. Laybys were originally intended as places to rest on a journey, and it was quite useful to be able to, for example, drive up to Scotland, stop in a layby at midnight, carry on at 6am and have a full day paddling. Cheap camping isn't the aim, t...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 03, 2024 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best use of a week on the west of Scotland…?
Replies: 16
Views: 507

Re: Best use of a week on the west of Scotland…?

Almost anywhere will be good! Things I look for when planning a journey are the total distance, distance between likely wild camps (based on general terrain from OS maps), tidal streams (for assistance but also to plan around adverse streams and any races), flexibility (multiple variations to give s...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 03, 2024 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forearm pain
Replies: 23
Views: 704

Re: Forearm pain

The pain runs from around the top of my thumb joint up the inside lateral edge of my forearm That sounds to me exactly like de Quervain's tenosynovitis. Made worse by twisting and gripping - so my guess is that you have had a bit of inflammation for a while, but not enough to notice, and a combinat...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 01, 2024 10:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For Sale Rockpool GT
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: For Sale Rockpool GT

How did you send the message ?? Drop me an email I've sent an email - sorry, I didn't spot you'd put your email in the post. For info, (and anyone else reading) I sent the message via the PM (private message) system on UKRGB. On a computer, click the contact icon on the right, on a phone, tap the u...
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 31, 2024 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forearm pain
Replies: 23
Views: 704

Re: Forearm pain

isn't 60 degrees to 45 degrees a change from a high angle to a low angle I understood the OP to mean changing from a semi-vertical paddle shaft at the plant to a semi-horizontal one, the blade shape on the new paddle being more suited to that. Personally I've used the same blade shape for high and ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 31, 2024 10:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forearm pain
Replies: 23
Views: 704

Re: Forearm pain

Where in your wrist is the pain? In the tendons on the inside or inside the joint? I learnt to paddle with 90º feather (like everybody in the early 1980s) and in the early 1990's ended up with inflamed tendons in my feathering wrist. This was triggered, I think, by carrying the stroke a bit too far ...
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 30, 2024 9:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For Sale Rockpool GT
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: For Sale Rockpool GT

I've sent you a PM, Rob
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 30, 2024 9:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Tiger
Replies: 12
Views: 1778

Re: Sea Tiger

I was wondering if the Chris Bolton posting on here is the one I climbed with in the Alps.
Yes, it is! I've sent you a PM, Kev.
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 30, 2024 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why do most American sea kayaks seem to have rudders?
Replies: 74
Views: 2364

Re: Why do most American sea kayaks seem to have rudders?

Islay whiskey
You mean whisky. Whiskey is Irish.
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 30, 2024 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

Low head weir!
In general, yes, low head weirs can be dangerous, but that's pretty safe. The photo is not the main weir but the fish steps that run across one end, and there's a strong tongue in the centre of each. Plus, the water is mostly shallow enough to stand up.
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 28, 2024 8:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: So overwhelmed!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: So overwhelmed!!!

Do any of those I've listed fit the bill?
Perception 'whip it' - definitely not, river playboat
Perception 'ark' - (actually 'arc') not really, river running boat
Dagger fiesta 9.3 - usable but not ideal - designed for flat water, but too short if you actually want to get anywhere
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 27, 2024 8:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: So overwhelmed!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: So overwhelmed!!!

Norfolk Broads, okay, definitely a 'Touring kayak' is what to look for, anything 13-15ft* long that you feel comfortable sitting it will do. That length will give you directional stability and reasonable speed, and all the unsuitable boats will be shorter than that so you can forget them. Used is go...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 27, 2024 7:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: So overwhelmed!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: So overwhelmed!!!

"River/lakes use" doesn't narrow things down much. Are you thinking of white water, or gentle meandering rivers, and are the lakes big enough to have significant waves? The Whip It is designed for playing on white water, and probably not what you want at all. Playboats tend to be relativel...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 27, 2024 7:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: P&H Virgo for sale - hardly used - now sold
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: P&H Virgo for sale - hardly used.

From the P&H website, that appears to be the MV, Volume: 313 Litres
I suspect it may be the original model, which had only one version (hence the lack of version label), but which then became the MV (possibly with some minor changes)
by Chris Bolton
Sun May 26, 2024 4:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New kayak buying tips?
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Re: New kayak buying tips?

I agree with Franky's suggestions, and have a few more. Why do you want to buy online? If you have a physical kayak store within travelling distance, go there (if not, I understand). The cost of taking your car there will probably be less the cost of delivery from an online shop, and you'll be able ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 24, 2024 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB battery replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: PLB battery replacement

I've had very good service from Spares Marine. I phoned them in a slight panic to say I was about to go on a trip and my battery was out of date "If you can get it in the post today, I'll service it tomorrow and post it straight back" and they did - the total time from phoning to receiving...
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 17, 2024 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kokatat Hydrus Swift - keeping water out with no waist overskirt?
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: Kokatat Hydrus Swift - keeping water out with no waist overskirt?

a wide neoprene strip that cinches over the top of your spray deck via velcro
I was thinking along the same lines, but using a wide piece of latex resistance band, as sold for physio, pilates, etc. I haven't actually tried that myself though.
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 16, 2024 8:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Curvy lady's kit
Replies: 17
Views: 551

Re: Curvy lady's kit

The downside to the DamX suits is that they're uncomfortably close to, well, gimp suits. They're almost like rubber. Similar to the Reed suits. DamX suits are definitely heavyweight, the fabric is heavily coated and doesn't stretch, but once I'm paddling I don't notice, they don't feel any more res...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 13, 2024 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Curvy lady's kit
Replies: 17
Views: 551

Re: Curvy lady's kit

I missed that you'd asked about drysuits. Reed do a 'paddle suit' which is effectively a light duty drysuit. For a full drysuit, I recommend DAM Watersports (often called DAM-X which is/was the name of their main product). All their suits are made to measure, and they are excellent quality. Andi, th...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 13, 2024 6:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Curvy lady's kit
Replies: 17
Views: 551

Re: Curvy lady's kit

I suggest Reed's Chillcheater - quite stretchy, but they will also make things custom.
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 13, 2024 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1537
Views: 148590

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

So just a light sand and start to varnish?
Unless you're sure that the resin you used doesn't suffer from amine blush, wash with warm soapy water before sanding.
by Chris Bolton
Sat May 11, 2024 10:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What to get after a Virgo?
Replies: 10
Views: 548

Re: What to get after a Virgo?

I have a Virgo LV, and on timed sprints it's only about 3% slower than my composite Rockpool GT. At cruising speed the difference will be even less. Hull length makes a difference if you're really pushing the hull speed, and making big bow and stern waves, but not much at typical sea kayak speeds. T...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 06, 2024 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

A belter of a trip - and hopefully Douglas will drop in some of his truly exceptional images!
Your images are pretty impressive, Ian, and it's good to see that Douglas is out on the water still.
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 03, 2024 10:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Alaw Bach skeg nut sizes?
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Rockpool Alaw Bach skeg nut sizes?

On my Rockpool GT, which is very likely to have the same skeg design, it's an M6 bolt so the nut takes a 10mm spanner. The bolt head takes a 4mm Allen Key, which is awkward, and a hex head would be better - my boat was built in 2011 so maybe it's been changed. Should you need to know, the unions on ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 29, 2024 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dislocated Shoulder advice
Replies: 24
Views: 2357

Re: Dislocated Shoulder advice

I do a weekly Pilates class, primarily to help my lower back, but it's whole body exercises. One thing the instructor is insistent about is that shoulders must be pull down, "away from the ears" before any arm or shoulder exercises, to keep the joint stable. I don't think reaching across f...

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