Search found 13834 matches

by Jim
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 12
Views: 303

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

However, if for the sake of argument, in a given craft, I can decrease my stroke rake and maintain the same hull speed, that would suggest greater efficiency. Always assuming my HR doesn’t go through the roof cos I’m pulling mega hard to achieve that result. Absolutely, but I'm just not sure how im...
by Jim
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 12
Views: 303

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Is stroke rate important in kayaking? I think you've answered that, in a way, Jim - what you're saying I think is that a high stroke rate isn't necessarily important, but the right stroke rate can be. Once your coach has told you what you should be using, is it worth having a device to self monitor...
by Jim
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 12
Views: 303

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Is stroke rate important in kayaking? With so many variables - reach, paddle length, amount of rotation, efficiency of catch, length of stroke etc. how do you work out your target stroke rate? A lot of people, myself included at times, attempt too high a stroke rate and the power per stroke suffers ...
by Jim
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

a) yes b) probably. Filming your own sessions is a bit tricky, but can be done, having a helper film you is easier. Using multiple POV cameras on your boat/self and using PIP with both video tracks synced so that the coach can see where you are as well as what you are doing might be useful - I have ...
by Jim
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: When where who?

sinorthwales wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:24 pm
when where who first WW Rescue Harness on a PFD?
Maybe HF? They were the specialists in serious rescue kit in the 90's and maybe before
by Jim
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: When where who?

Someone once told me the Valetta pre-dated the Mirage.
by Jim
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak

Dave - As far as I'm concerned that is a proper technique, but not the one being asked about. To jump effectively so the boat skips over the foam pile and doesn't plough through, you need to get the feel for controlling the depth of the stern using the edges. More edge will make it stall out and bou...
by Jim
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: J bars and strapping down
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: J bars and strapping down

Sound like very badly designed Js. I wanted to carry my sea kayak in Js, but never really found any that fitted properly. I would suggest you measure your rack space and ask to try any Js against your boat at that spacing before you buy to make sure they are going to fit sensibly, otherwise as alrea...
by Jim
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: White Water London HELP

PaddyW wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:54 pm
Strad wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Where in London? there are quite a few active clubs - Clapham and Meridian (based Bexley / Erith area) are ones I would recommend in the SE.
Graham - Clapham CC is Canoe polo only and is in SW, (not SE!), London.
But all of London is in the SE...
by Jim
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak

I think what you really need is an idea of how long your should stick with it to see if you are going to adapt? I don't do flat water racing but across all racing disciplines, sea kayak racing, wildwater racing and even slalom, it is frequently recognised that only a few people can get comfortable e...
by Jim
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat height?
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Seat height?

My first thought was "Edge control in a sea kayak?", and then I realised you meant how easy it is to hold the boat on edge for steering, rather than controlling how the edge is sliced under the water like in a playboat, squirt boat or slalom boat! You will find noticeable differences, and which you ...
by Jim
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?

Main drawback I could see with a net as dense as the ones pictured would be reading a map if it was under the net. Like I say some people like deck bags which are much more fiddy to use than a net, but usually forward of their map (which the nets pictured are too).
by Jim
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?

I have often used cargo nets to secure extra load on deck for camping trips. One of the great things about sea kayaks is everyone can pretty much customise the deck layout to suit themselves. Some people will like the security of a net, others will find it obscures too much of their map or GPS displ...
by Jim
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Looks OK - I'd fill the voids first (flowcoat would do), so that you can sand it all flat, including the hull surface round the mend, then flowcoat the whole area. If it all ends up a mm higher than it was before it will make zero difference to how the boat handles. Is the Tiderace logo moulded in?...
by Jim
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

A lot of CSM these days uses a binder that is suitable for polyester, vinylester and epoxy to avoid workshops needing several different rolls and potentially mixing them up! I misjudged the size of the repair from earlier photos - it is really quite small, no wonder you have trouble with edge strand...
by Jim
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I hadn't understood from description that it would be so clsoe to the end of a skeg - you will tend to get thicker gel here because it is difficult to brush it thinly (or spray) in a narrow gap like that. You can't really feather the cloth - you can layer on layer, but depending on how you do that y...
by Jim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bollox
Replies: 5
Views: 757

Re: Bollox

Now we need to lobby the Scottish Government.
Unfortunately I am not optimistic about that, they seem keen to push renewables at any cost.
by Jim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1543

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Aled can probably advise best on the number of layers, it construction it is better to use fewer layers to avoid possible interlaminar shear issues, but this has to be compromised with ability to adopt the shape of the boat (thinner fibres bend better), and if there was originally a core material yo...
by Jim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

@Jim - When I tried the Taran 18 last year, it didn’t seem significantly less manoeuvrable than my Scorpio HV, but it’s been mentioned in a couple of reviews that I’ve read recently, which is why I queried it. It’s not something I need on a sea boat. Sounds like you can probably filter out manoeuvr...
by Jim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

I've had my Taran since before the 16 was designed and I wouldn't swap it for anything, so I haven't actually tried a 16.... Taran is a long distance fast cruiser, it doesn't really need to be manouevrable, I'm just not sure why manoeuvrability is a consideration for this kind of boat? If you need m...
by Jim
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 8
Views: 822

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

Gaping Gill may have been possible over the weekend, which would be a contender for the WORLD record, as Hull Pot, which is 3OOft long x 6O wide x 6O deep, filled to the top. GG gets a plunge pool when the chamber starts to fill - obviously this reduces the height of the drop from 3OOft... I can se...
by Jim
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 701

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Much easier to apply seam tape if you have a proper machine to set the temperature and pressure right. I probably wouldn't bother trying to do it myself again.
Also if you pay for proper re-seaming they usually test the seam afterwards, but that might depend on how much you pay.
by Jim
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1188

Re: How do you break a boat?

Davie, I think there is hidden metalwork on the weir at the put in for the Ness Glen. I'd forgotten about that, it slices boats up well (not mine).
by Jim
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: correct trim for k1 slalom boat

That's how I started, now addicted to racing! :)
by Jim
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1188

Re: How do you break a boat?

Sliced through the hull on sharp rocks (x3) Creek boats or slalom boats? I lose track of the damage I have done to my slalom boats - but all with me in them (my C1 has had some lucky solo runs, but pretty sure all the damage was done with me in the driving seat, if not in control), mostly running o...
by Jim
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: correct trim for k1 slalom boat

Muncher and the section immediately below can be a bit heavy/pushy, depending on what moves you are practicing but if you build up progressively you shouldn't have any real problems at HPP. As an illustration of how the moves affect how pushy the features seem: Typical moves in div 1 are into layby ...
by Jim
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: correct trim for k1 slalom boat

If it is a relatively modern boat, it should sit with the lowest part of the stern just above the water when stitting still - this may be the tip, but a lot curve upwards so it may be about 2/3 of the way back, and if you turn around to see for yourself you will probably alter the trim so need to ge...
by Jim
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Peak racer pro vs Palm Alpha/Ace
Replies: 1
Views: 167

Re: Peak racer pro vs Palm Alpha/Ace

I use the peak racer for racing, so I usually don't have it done up very tight (free movement over flush fit) but it is nice and thin and should be OK for what you want, however I would also suggest checking out the sandiline racer / racer pro, they are a bit better contoured and possibly less snagg...
by Jim
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Strip plank
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Strip plank

Probably easier to list the woods that are not toxic... or at least harmful.

www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/wis30.pdf
by Jim
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun
Replies: 7
Views: 349

Re: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun

I don't know any outfitters in Idaho I'm afraid, have a great trip!