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by conoroneill
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 910

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

My old slalom boat (20 years ago) was just 7kg! It was made out of diolen, I think. But I wasn't competitive enough for anybody to care that it was under-weight; I only got into div 3.

My previous whitewater boat was a Dagger Mamba, and it weighed 17kg. My current new-model Mamba is about 23kg.
by conoroneill
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 910

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Thanks for the info; I'll do some more digging.
by conoroneill
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking holyday to Idaho
Replies: 8
Views: 669

Re: Kayaking holyday to Idaho

Loz, A group from Bristol Canoe Club paddled in Idaho in 2017. We hired boats out there, partly because of complications in trying to fly boats. We have a write up which should be helpful on our website here, this gives lots of info about the various rivers and our logistics: https://www.bristolcano...
by conoroneill
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 910

Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

A few of us are getting very fed up with the weight of modern whitewater boats. They are so much heavier than they used to be. I know that a lot of the weight increase is due to the better fit-out; the seat, backrest, footrest, etc. But much of the increase in weight is also due to thicker plastic t...
by conoroneill
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2627

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

It appears that the administrators are selling everything via online auctions, deadline is 17th Feb:
(I know nothing more about this than the Facebook post)



https://www.gavelauctionsonline.com/auc ... 0/gav10020
by conoroneill
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bulgaria for our summer trip?
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: Bulgaria for our summer trip?

Mark Gawler wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:53 am
Mantaray wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:59 am
I suspect he's too young for that one, Dave.

Probably not as he joined the forum nearly 17 years ago.
Yep, I'm in my fifties...

If we end up on the Orinoco, then we're definitely lost.
by conoroneill
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bulgaria for our summer trip?
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Bulgaria for our summer trip?

In exactly the same vein as Dave's other request for information, does anyone have any information about paddling in Bulgaria? To confirm that I've done at least the basic investigation, I found some (very old) threads: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=86171 https://www.ukri...
by conoroneill
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Shoulder surgery - experiences of recovery time

I had a shoulder op around 30 years ago. My experience is similar to Gary's. Definitely talk to a good sports physio. I was paddling again (gently) around 8 months after the op. I slowly moved onto harder things and a few years later was paddling at the top of my game (albeit that was only grade 4)....
by conoroneill
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Lower Ogmore (Ogmore Vale to Ogmore Beach)
Replies: 23
Views: 7075

Re: Lower Ogmore (Ogmore Vale to Ogmore Beach)

We paddled this river for the first time at the weekend, checking it out for potential future trips with some beginners. It was quite nice, will be a good option to give us some variety. We tried to find a sensible get-on in Sarn, but didn't really succeed. The river description page (here: https://...
by conoroneill
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Montenegro & Bosnia map needed
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: Montenegro & Bosnia map needed

Your 1:100,000 map looks pretty helpful; but it probably still won't show much about the river. We just used a 1:150,000 road map from Stanfords (they have a shop in Bristol);. This one: http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Montenegro-Freytag-Berndt-Map_9783707910599 This leaflet, which I think was put togeth...
by conoroneill
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Montenegro & Bosnia map needed
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: Montenegro & Bosnia map needed

We paddled the Tara in 2015. It was fab. We don't have a proper write up, but I put together this to help describe our logistics. It may help. I'll look to see what maps I used too.
https://www.bristolcanoeclub.org.uk/2016/10/montenegro/
by conoroneill
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recomend me annual travel insurance with kayaking and winter sports
Replies: 13
Views: 1378

Re: Recomend me annual travel insurance with kayaking and winter sports

We've recently spotted that LV travel insurance covers whitewater kayaking, and is pretty cheap.
by conoroneill
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Disguising a kayak for a flight
Replies: 5
Views: 905

Re: Disguising a kayak for a flight

It's interesting that the Jackson link discusses why so many airlines are no longer accepting kayaks. Basically they say it's because of damage claims. Am I right in guessing that these are more likely to be carbon slalom boats and polo boats rather than tough plastic ww boats? Incidentally, the pur...
by conoroneill
Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with boats to africa
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Re: Flying with boats to USA?

Does anyone have recent experience of flying boats to the USA? Both Virgin and BA currently state that they won't take kayaks.
There's some more discussion in a thread in the Surfing forum here: viewtopic.php?f=36&t=125313&p=794444#p794444
by conoroneill
Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?
Replies: 10
Views: 1148

Re: Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?

Virgin and BA will take them but only as "Cargo" If you want to take a boat as 'Cargo', what does this actually entail? As you and others have noted, both BA and Virgin currently state that they won't take kayaks as 'luggage'. We have a group heading to USA this summer, and we're having difficulty ...
by conoroneill
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Exe - Bolham Weir to Bickleigh
Replies: 21
Views: 8320

Re: River Exe - Bolham Weir to Bickleigh

MikeVeal wrote: Do you mean this bit?
Doh! Many thanks.
I was hoping that there might be some info about other access points, but it looks like there aren't really any other options.
by conoroneill
Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Exe - Bolham Weir to Bickleigh
Replies: 21
Views: 8320

Re: River Exe - Bolham Weir to Bickleigh

Has anyone bothered paddling the section above Bolham? From the road, it looks grade 1.
Is there anywhere convenient to access the river between the Black Cat and Bolham? I've just looked via Google Earth, and nothing looks very likely with parking space.
by conoroneill
Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Webcams and water levels in the French Alps
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Webcams and water levels in the French Alps

We're heading out to the French Alps again in a week. We've been multiple times before. However, the various bookmarks I have for webcams and water level guides seem to suffer from bit-rot; many of them have disappeared. Could people please reply to this thread, to include links to any appropriate w...
by conoroneill
Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Small creeker, Mamba, Burn, or similar
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Wanted: Small creeker, Mamba, Burn, or similar

Emma,
I'm afraid that £500 for an old style Mamba is too much for me.

Conor
by conoroneill
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps Italian/france boarder Parking
Replies: 7
Views: 943

Re: Alps Italian/france boarder Parking

Surely no hire car company can charge extra for taking an Italian car into France. That's precisely what the free movement of people across the EU is supposed to permit? What makes you think there is a charge? Are you perhaps assuming that some complications which may apply elsewhere would also appl...
by conoroneill
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Small creeker, Mamba, Burn, or similar
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Wanted: Small creeker, Mamba, Burn, or similar

I'm still looking for a small Mamba or similar, near Bristol if possible.
by conoroneill
Sat May 14, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Small creeker, Mamba, Burn, or similar
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Wanted: Small creeker, Mamba, Burn, or similar

Hello, we're looking for a second hand creeker, small. Ideally a Dagger Mamba or MX, or a Pyranha Burn, or possibly a Wavesport Diesel.

We are in Bristol, so really we need something within easy collection distance from here.

Thanks - Conor.
by conoroneill
Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bank account suitable for a canoe club
Replies: 8
Views: 927

Re: Bank account suitable for a canoe club

Thanks for these replies.

I'll contact some of these banks, and I'll report back if I get anything useful.
by conoroneill
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bank account suitable for a canoe club
Replies: 8
Views: 927

Re: Bank account suitable for a canoe club

Adrian Cooper wrote:One thing to remember is that if you use internet banking you cannot have join signatures.
This is definitely NOT true. Our current bank does provide internet banking together with multiple signatories (two people each have to log on to authorise a payment).
by conoroneill
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bank account suitable for a canoe club
Replies: 8
Views: 927

Bank account suitable for a canoe club

Our canoe club is being messed around by our bank, so we are thinking of changing bank accounts. Could anyone with experience from other clubs recommend any? Preferably free or very low cost. Must-have requirements online access two signatories to make any payments We are talking about 20-ish deposi...
by conoroneill
Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Montenegro, Tara canyon
Replies: 10
Views: 2227

Re: Montenegro, Tara canyon

Many thanks for the replies; looking useful. Ion, thanks for the pdf; yes, we've found that same pdf elsewhere already. Simon, thanks, I hadn't really clicked that the canyon ends up within Bosnia. Are all the campsites within Bosnia rather than Montenegro? Does this cause any other visa / permit is...
by conoroneill
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Montenegro, Tara canyon
Replies: 10
Views: 2227

Montenegro, Tara canyon

Hello, A few of us have heard good things about the possibilities in Montenegro, and fancy trying to do a trip out there including a multi-day trip down the Tara canyon. We've found quite a lot of information when searching around for this, but we are missing some answers for some biits. We know tha...
by conoroneill
Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bunkhouse in North Wales
Replies: 9
Views: 1544

Re: Bunkhouse in North Wales

We keep a list of bunkhouses on our club web page, here:
http://www.bristolcanoeclub.org.uk/link ... ion-wales/
by conoroneill
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger ID playboat for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 246

Dagger ID playboat for sale

We are selling a Dagger ID play boat. Used, with normal scratches but nothing major. Boat for the smaller paddler with some experience. Excellent for introduction to play boating. Some info about the type of boat here: http://www.eddyflower.com/boatguide_detail.php?id=55 Pick-up only (Bristol), or w...
by conoroneill
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Camping Tryweryn / Bala
Replies: 10
Views: 2243

Re: Camping Tryweryn / Bala

We camp here: http://www.bwch-yn-uchaf.co.uk/ It's in the village of Llanuwchllyn at the top end of Bala lake, a spacious but basic campsite, right next to the river Twrch, but not particularly cheap. However, the pub in the village is decent (10 mins walk). We also have a list of links of various a...