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by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to repair a small crack on stern
Replies: 10
Views: 272

Re: How to repair a small crack on stern

That's good to hear it is an effective method thank you, I was thinking that aswell, I think I will always carry it with me, definitely handy incase of emergencies for me or anyone else I'm out with, I didn't know it worked underwater, that's brilliant The underwater feature may depend on brand, bu...
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blade repair
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: Blade repair

P40 is still polyester based and unlikely to bond well with epoxy which the paddle is most likely made from, however if it is just spacing the glass cloth, it probably won't matter too much.
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to repair a small crack on stern
Replies: 10
Views: 272

Re: How to repair a small crack on stern

The best thing about epoxy putty is that you can even use it underwater so it is great to carry on trips for field repairs when you can't dry the boat properly - my old boat had (has?) a lot of similar epoxy putty repairs to the seam, not the neatest but effective. If you want a neat job in future, ...
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blade repair
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: Blade repair

P38 is polyester based with a filler medium that is easy to sand, it is meant for fairing not strength. For a structural filler you want to be looking at mixing up a custom epoxy filler, West do a small repair pack which comes with 105 resin and hardener and small selection of fillers - I would sugg...
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

I spotted some braided carbon sleeves yesterday (whilst looking for other reinforcements), probably not appropriate for this application (I think the shaft will be glass, and expect the spigot would be too), but I wonder if for similar repairs it might be an option to wet out a length of sleeve, thr...
by Jim
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 175
Views: 55918

Re: History of Slalom boats

Image or Impulse? Got a feeling it was Impulse now. Called in there once (Garstang rings a bell) on the way to or from somewhere. Andy and Mark had composite playboats (illusion?) they had built, and our Uni club ended up buying a fleet of their polo boats (Predator) - in fact I think they are still...
by Jim
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 175
Views: 55918

Re: History of Slalom boats

Not sure who made the Spate but I think they were made in Lancashire somewhere? I suspect you're right - you quoted El Pres having one, and he's Bolton CC. The only boatbuilder in Lancashire I can think of was Image, run by Pete Wignall (if I remember the names right) but I don't remember the Spate...
by Jim
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 342

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

For a repair, try Christopher Hobson at Design Composites, he seems to be able to do good repairs on carbon paddles, or Paul Knight at PK paddlesport (I know he does boat repairs, not sure about paddles). If the spigot is split it might be possible to remove the spigot and glue a new one in (araldit...
by Jim
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: Kayak trolleys

Eckla. Is fairly strong and folds well, there is a knack to strapping the boat on in a way that the trolley can't accidentally fold up in use which takes some figuring out and some people never work out, the plastic connector parts can break and getting hold of replacements is difficult and wheels w...
by Jim
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing deck fittings
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Sealing deck fittings

I've often used a bit of silicone sealant around the edge of the fitting and backing pad or washer, but rubber washers work just as well in most locations and are less messy. Only time sealant will be better is if you have rough chopped strand internal finish but unless you have a really old boat th...
by Jim
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage Configuration
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Tees Barrage Configuration

I won't see it for another couple of weeks so not really able to comment.
I may be able to comment later, assuming I can still remember what it was like last year...
by Jim
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1046

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Chalky723 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:22 pm
Jim wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:34 am
Pretty sure my burn is closer to 30kg than 20kg.
Might feel like that, but the empty weight of an XL Burn 3 is 22.3kg..... :-)

Add in all your gear etc & it might get to that weight - but the kit'll weigh the same whichever boat it's in.

D
It is not a burn 3
by Jim
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: FSKs.....
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: FSKs.....

Not heard of the Quantum, but the only way to tell is to try them and see which YOU prefer. Try to test them in rough conditions, and then pick whichever you are most comfortable with in the rough. It doesn't matter which is fastest on a mirror calm day (unless that is the only time you paddle), you...
by Jim
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?

Thanks for the tips guys, i reckon i may have gotten too comfortable with intended capsizing for practising and having the paddle set up nice and easy, I'll spend some more time going upside down holding the paddle in all sorts of places and working it out under the boat like a real situation, i al...
by Jim
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?

Most proper canoe shops can sell you 'index grips' for paddles (not always listed on their website). Generally a piece of plastic, cresent shaped in cross section to conform to the round shaft and bulk it out, and about 150-200mm long. Simply glue it to the paddle shaft in a position that feels righ...
by Jim
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 714

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

BMI is meaningless, but I could definitely still lose 20kg.
by Jim
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1046

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Pretty sure my burn is closer to 30kg than 20kg.
by Jim
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1046

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Just comparing the strength (by amount of damage sustained) of single skin diolen or part diolen boats, with foam sandwich carbon/kevlar boats is phenomenol. Sure I have seen a fair few of the latter pretty badly damaged, club boats mostly, accommodating a wide range of abilities, but rarely serious...
by Jim
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 714

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

countvoncount wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:54 pm
Jim--just out if interest, how tall are you?
Not sure maybe 5'10, less than 6' for sure. Definitely too short for my weight.
by Jim
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 714

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

My "Flat" sea kayak paddles are 215cm, although I may not use them any more... My wings get set to 208cm for WWR or 210cm for sea kayak racing (because the boat is wider) - at 212cm I start to really feel a difference on my shoulders but 210 seems anough to compensate for the extra width. My slalom ...
by Jim
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1046

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Yeah, give up plastic boating and start racing. WWR boats are 10kg, slalom are 9kg (minimums for racing, many boats are slightly under before airbags and/or weights added). You can still bash rocks occasionally (I do it quite a lot) but when you do get a hit that does damage it is pretty easy to fix...
by Jim
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Logos and livery
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: Logos and livery

I think in the pursuit of restoration, if the original manufacturer still exists, they would probably be quite happy for you to put a modern reproduction of the original logo back on the boat, unless of course it is a model they are embarrassed by and don't wish people to be able to identify :) One ...
by Jim
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 799

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

It has been an unusual year for Washburn due to the engineering works causing HW cancellations (my info is Yorkshire water will be fined if they lose water from the system, but is second hand), in a normal year the problem is essentially that Yorkshire, being east of the Peninnes, is essentially a d...
by Jim
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic Welding
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Plastic Welding

Just spotted the following text on my local plastic fabricators website: In response to recent advancements in the qualifications and accreditation available for plastic welding QD has become one of a select few plastics fabrication firms in the UK to have our plastic welders trained and accredited ...
by Jim
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heading north...
Replies: 8
Views: 921

Re: Heading north...

Thanks Chris. I'd post a whole lot more about this amazing adventure if folk were interested, but I can see that I have been hugely eclipsed by a query about towing eyes. At least it isn't skegs or sponsons! I see you had one of those skeg things with dual pivot axes, how did that work out? (I get ...
by Jim
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic Welding
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Plastic Welding

Yep, I use a local plastics fabrication company for whom welding polyethylene is just one of many techniques they use almost daily. One of the reasons I knew about them was we did some FEA for some PE pressure vessels they built with welded fittings. Doing a couple of boat repairs for me is easy lun...
by Jim
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: the "Linn of Dee"
Replies: 23
Views: 2366

Re: the "Linn of Dee"

Seem to remember of claims that it was run in the mid-80s in slalom boats. I think the Dee was fairly low and the Deeside slalom courses were too rocky so 2-3 guys ended up @ the Linn. Seem to remember it was more pinball off the rocks than paddle strokes and a requirement to spend a few evenings w...
by Jim
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: August's heavy rain
Replies: 2
Views: 552

Re: August's heavy rain

Cuileag is a bit North (or is it East, probably both) of Torridon! I've been busy with slaloms the last few weeks, Tay at nice medium winter levels made the div 2 last weekend a good challenge, still a decent level for div 1 this weekend. Have also been out in my WWR on the Tay and Teith, the latter...
by Jim
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto

Try the Taran and then make your mind up. Different people have different perceptions of how tippy a boat is, and whilst a Taran will not feel the same as most slow speed touring boats, they are incredibly stable for high speed touring/racing boats. I appreciate that I have around 30 years of paddli...
by Jim
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 982

Re: Towing eyes

None of my vehicles have had tie down loops on them, recovery truck crews lash vehicles down by the wheels for transport so I don't think thay are needed are they? My Vectra had a fixed welded on towing eye underneath at the rear (which I have always used to tie my sea kayak down, and yes it does ru...