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by Chris Bolton
Thu May 26, 2022 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey tide races
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Anglesey tide races

Some more here: https://www.ecskc.eu/trip-planning/anglesey I'm not aware of anything particular about West Mouse. Middle Mouse has a one that's often used for assessments, it's more a flow round the island, with waves, than a stand alone race in the way the main ones are; I've only been there on th...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 25, 2022 6:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey tide races
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Anglesey tide races

Google search will find several articles - just about to go out so no time to recommend any just now. One I know of is:

https://www.performanceseakayak.co.uk/A ... e-a-guide/
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 25, 2022 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety leash and life jacket
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: Safety leash and life jacket

I read an article by somebody who was doing a lot of solo paddling in remote places. He had studied boat-body leashes in detail and his solution was something like a very heavy length of shock cord across the deck in front of the cockpit, with a short length of the same linking himself (I think via ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 20, 2022 10:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 104
Views: 7997

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

it might be something that discourages non-members living in Wales from joining? :)
It might even be a similar thing to that which discourages paddlers in England from joining BC, or paddlers in Scotland from joining SCA. (I haven't forgotten CANI but I think there may be other reasons there).
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 19, 2022 6:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NRS Navigator Drysuit - anyone got one?
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: NRS Navigator Drysuit - anyone got one?

I have one (2020 model), and have used it for a couple of day trips and an 8 day camping trip; so far as I'm aware it's still as new. The neck seal is much more comfortable than latex, and keeps spray out, but I haven't swum or rolled in it. The fabric is very flexible and feels light. It's lighter ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 11, 2022 9:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov
Replies: 36
Views: 1867

Re: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov

It appears Government are still thinking about it. I've registered to receive an email when they have an update.

I haven't seen BC's response. The link in the first post to this thread describes their thoughts and I know they did respond.
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 09, 2022 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Carbon Cranked Celtic Sea Kayak Paddles - now sold
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: Carbon Cranked Celtic Sea Kayak Paddles for Sale

Suzy, I hope you don't mind me making an observation. I see that the Celtic Paddles website isn't offering cranked shafts at present. I assume there must be a supply problem. So these are particularly valuable for anyone who wants cranks.
by Chris Bolton
Sun May 08, 2022 8:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1150
Views: 89457

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

having a boat on the roof rack whilst towing a small caravan yet to be purchased A set of V bars as used by racing kayaks might be the answer. https://www.norfolk-canoes.co.uk/equipment/transport/v-bars-racing-kayaks-s.JPG You can set the position so that the rear V is just behind the rear roof bar...
by Chris Bolton
Fri May 06, 2022 10:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gear Organisation
Replies: 39
Views: 1684

Re: Gear Organisation

What did you do?
No, you missed the subtlety!
What did "your friend" do?
by Chris Bolton
Thu May 05, 2022 9:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: (3) Feathercraft Kayaks - all now sold
Replies: 14
Views: 738

Re: FS: (3) Feathercraft Kayaks

Have tried to send PM, but appears not working. If you send a PM and it remains in your Outbox, it means the recipient hasn't opened it yet. When they do, it moves to Sent. The remedy is, as you've done, to post on the thread and hope the recipient sees that. If you click on their username opposite...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 04, 2022 5:10 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Coaches in Pembrokeshire
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Coaches in Pembrokeshire

What other kind of surfing is there?
Lots of people surf standing waves on rivers; it's the basis of playboating. The basics are the same but the details and manoeuvres are different to sea surfing.
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 02, 2022 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean cockpit spray deck....
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: Ocean cockpit spray deck....

an 'Inuk' size spraydeck for sale. I've emailed to enquire what that means exactly
Inuk is a design of kayak, see http://www.inukkayaks.co.uk/
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 24, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule K guard 840
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Thule K guard 840

Windows Paint
Ah, I understand now!
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 24, 2022 8:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule K guard 840
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Thule K guard 840

No, I understood that they have a groove. It was in "Using paint and some basic maths" that I didn't understand - I couldn't see the connection between paint and maths, but I checked your maths as requested.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 24, 2022 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule K guard 840
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Thule K guard 840

I don't see where paint comes into it, but my maths, from measuring on my PC screen, says that the blue line is 0.72 times the overall width. Looking at photos, I'm guessing the overall width is about the same as the kayak at it's widest, so about 55cm. So the blue line is about 40cm.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 24, 2022 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule K guard 840
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Thule K guard 840

Ah, OK. If the slots are 10mm wide they should take Thule carriers. Sorry but I don't use that type of carrier so can't help with the measurement.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 24, 2022 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule K guard 840
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Thule K guard 840

Since you don't yet have the carriers, I assume the second picture is your set up. The Thule carriers fix into a slot in the top of the bar - there's nowhere I can see on your bars where they would attach. You'd need to buy Thule bars and feet. If you do, it might be useful to know that while the le...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RTM dag Midway maiden
Replies: 57
Views: 1573

Re: RTM dag Midway maiden

I was just trying to lift the paddle out of the water but most likely it's turning into a pull.
A useful indicator is how much splashing you get, on both the plant and the retrieval. It's an interesting learning exercise to aim for no splash.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Apr 23, 2022 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RTM dag Midway maiden
Replies: 57
Views: 1573

Re: RTM dag Midway maiden

That looks generally good, I can see the rotation. It's difficult to tell, but I think you are giving the paddle a hard pull at the end of the stroke, which isn't helpful; perhaps your lower hand is going a bit too far back, and your top hand shouldn't cross the centreline of the boat. Try focusing ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 22, 2022 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement seam tape
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Replacement seam tape

Are there any kayak manufacturers using a specialist "tape" to cover the seam? No manufacturers I know of, and I don't remember seeing any boats with such a thing applied after manufacture, but if you want to experiment I suggest looking at: KeelEasy designed for keel protection, and a bi...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement seam tape
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Replacement seam tape

Is the seam damaged, or just cosmetically chipped & scratched? If it's damaged, strip it all off, apply masking tape down both edges, apply 25mm glassfibre tape, paint resin onto it and stipple it through so that tape is saturated, lets it set but not cure then apply thickened resin with colour ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 15, 2022 10:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Story vs Seyvlor
Replies: 6
Views: 328

Re: Story vs Seyvlor

With apologies to the OP for the continued 'off-topic' - but it is keeping your post alive in case anyone who who can help you sees it (and I'm sorry, I can't help - but you might actually find more people who know about inflatables on https://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk) The Fairy Glen is an awful ri...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 08, 2022 12:56 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Aquatherm spray deck
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Aquather spray deck

I don't have any experience of surfing with one, but I do know that it's fairly easy to access the shock cord in the tube round the edge; sea kayakers sometimes run the cord through a plastic tube at the back of the cockpit, to increase the diameter and make it easier to hook the deck on after a sel...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 04, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayak'in
Replies: 12
Views: 612

Re: New to kayak'in

I'm in the mindset of "Buy once, Buy well". Primarily looking at the 2nd hand market The problem is that if you're new to kayaking, the boat that will suit you best to learn in is not the boat you will want to use in the longer term. There are also so many different characteristics that a...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 04, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: Venture islay 14 SOT ??
Replies: 52
Views: 2000

Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

I must however remember to raise the stand
Always put the stand on the back side so that as you pull the trolley forwards, the stand folds up when it touches the ground.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 04, 2022 9:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek Hydro skeg system
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: Karitek Hydro skeg system

Chris, how do I post photos then? I was going to explain, but I remembered that you'd posted some in your refurb thread so I thought you knew! Click the button for "Full Editor & Preview" then the tab for "Upload Image" and drag or browse to the images, then use the icon on ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 04, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak UK ends partnership with British Canoeing.
Replies: 10
Views: 747

Re: Peak UK ends partnership with British Canoeing.

How will that affect the Peak outlets?
I wouldn't expect any effect at all.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 03, 2022 9:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek Hydro skeg system
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: Karitek Hydro skeg system

I'm afraid I wasn't notified of them The default on the Forum is no notification. I think you can enable notification from your Profile; go to the dropdown with your username at top right, then Profile > Edit profile > Overview > Subscriptions, mark the boxes for the threads of interest and then sc...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 03, 2022 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dam-x
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Dam-x

They've never really had an active internet presence; it used to be email and phone only. I think he (Andi - it's not necessarily they!) takes the view that his skill is making drysuits not running websites, and he has enough business so doesn't need marketing. Just give him a call.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Apr 02, 2022 11:15 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Advice please
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: Advice please

The Recoil is not an ideal boat for a canal. Your perception is designed for the kind of thing you're doing, so will go reasonably fast and is easy to keep in a straight line. The Recoil is designed for going down rapids and playing on them, so is designed to turn easily. In general, shorter boats t...

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