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by Jim
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

Most of the locks are in flights so it does not need 29 seperate portages...
by Jim
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS Pyranha Jed L Red/Grey
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: FS Pyranha Jed L Red/Grey

SOLD - Thanks
by Jim
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Deck for a narrow cockpit - Explorer
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Deck for a narrow cockpit - Explorer

Alternatively have a chat with Reed about one of their Aquatherm spraydecks: https://www.chillcheater.com/decks Rog. They should have a standard size to fit it, and if not they will make a custom if you draw round the coaming and mark where the back of the seat is (so they can get the waist tube in...
by Jim
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU 3 star assessment questions
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: BCU 3 star assessment questions

In the old days we used to carry gaffer tape, small towel and a small bottle (pill bottle or similar) of meths and some matches/lighter to help dry the boat so the tape would stick. You don't need much meths, and get the towel well clear before lighting it. These days a turbo lighter will probably d...
by Jim
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS Pyranha Jed L Red/Grey
Replies: 3
Views: 87

FS Pyranha Jed L Red/Grey

Jed Large in Red/Grey with basic outfitting (no ratchets), excellent condition. £400 I only ever used this at Pinkston, a few times at Hurley and once at HPP, it has never done river trips and apart from minor scuffs there is only really 1 noticeable scratch in it. I don't have time for freestyle an...
by Jim
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 435

Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

I think sea kayaking has a geeky enough image without this....
by Jim
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 1572

Re: Foot entrapment

swimming down fingers Swimming that rapid would be utter Sado-Masochism! :P It wasn't on purpose! Apparently I was the only paddler in the world who didn't know the last eddy river left by the cafe isn't actually an eddy, unfortunately by the time I discovered it was all flow it was a little too la...
by Jim
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 1572

Re: Foot entrapment

I once helped someone who managed a foot entrapment sea kayaking, well carrying stuff to his boat on a boulder beach covered in slime. Although he was on dry land (below the tide line, we couldn't have left him more than a couple of hours or he would have drowned) the position his foot slid into mad...
by Jim
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Would you fit two creek boats in the back of this?
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: Would you fit two creek boats in the back of this?

I'm sure if you chop them up small enough they will go in.
by Jim
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Seconds from disaster
Replies: 2
Views: 859

Re: Seconds from disaster

I guess that depends what you mean by "look out for", and what you think you would do/say if you happened to see it? I certainly dont think we need to go out patrolling our local runs to make sure there are no numpties gearing up to get on, but I think when you get to the put in, or catch a group on...
by Jim
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advanced Whitewater / "5 star" logbook/assessment
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Advanced Whitewater / "5 star" logbook/assessment

Simon makes the important point that pass or fail is not based on your logbook, but what the assessor sees on the day(s). If you have exceptional skills and find you transition easily to grade 4(5) on your first few outings, including how you can adapt to the group you are with, you might not need t...
by Jim
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: J Bars
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: J Bars

I prefer straight uprights - less height to lift the boat to (and less headroom needed under barriers), don't take up as much space on the roof bars, easier to strap the boat to the roof bars not just the J-bar. I've never notice any detrimental effects on any boat I've carried, including composite...
by Jim
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming
Replies: 10
Views: 312

Re: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming

I don't know if it is epoxy or polyester, but it's a Tiderace Xcite Harcore (Kevlar/carbon) and I bought about 2 months so it's quite new. I might send an email to Tiderace as you suggested. It won't be polyester with carbon/kevlar reinforcement. May be Vinylester or epoxy, not sure if tiderace use...
by Jim
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming
Replies: 10
Views: 312

Re: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming

Racing boat cockpits have a cut edge there and you are expected to wrap a couple of layers of insulation tape around them to make sure it doesn't wear holes in your spraydeck - I have never seen anyone concerned about water absorption through the cut edge (which will expose a few fibre ends), so I c...
by Jim
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2179

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

if you can lift your legs to get in you should be able to lift them to get out. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk Some people and/or some cockpit designs do not allow knees up at all, even getting in and out requires straight knees and sliding in and out from the rear. However for most normally ...
by Jim
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: J Bars
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: J Bars

Test to make sure they fit your boats, otherwise there is no benefit over straight uprights.
by Jim
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 752

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Am I the only person who likes an indexed grip for normal forward paddling?
I find it helps to not need to look at the blade when planting it.
by Jim
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 781

Re: Personal Performance Awards

Into your competative disciplines but medals not enough for you? Now you can get an award as well. On reflection, my results and ranking probably tell me far more about my competitive paddling than a personal performance award will, I think I'll stick with medals and trophies. I bought a trophy cab...
by Jim
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Plastic Welding
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: Plastic Welding

Find plastics fabricators in yellow pages or similar, call then and see what they say. I use the plastic fabricators local to me, they weld PE all the time - it is only one of many fabrication techniques they use, but they have a lot of experience and knowledge. The welds they have done for me seem ...
by Jim
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How long does a PFD last?
Replies: 16
Views: 1387

Re: How long does a PFD last?

Dave - faded wouldn't pass now, they have to be able to read the USCG label. Still can't use CE or ISO labelled BAs though. Something the Brexiteers still haven't thought about yet, are we leaving european standards? What labels will safety kit need to be sold here in future? Back to the original qu...
by Jim
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 752

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

That sounds like a lot of work when if you buy a 2-piece paddle you can use hot melt glue to add a plastic index strip and then cover it in shrink wrap :) If you don't mind it being visible, you can just hot melt glue a strip to a one piece paddle and not bother with the shrink wrap. On my Braca IVs...
by Jim
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Non-toxic glue for kayak repair
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Non-toxic glue for kayak repair

What are the kayaks made of and what kind of repairs are you trying to do? Evo Stik is a brand, most people imply and infer the impact adhesive in the red can, just in case you are looking at something else! They do a more environmentally friendly (low VOC I think) version with some green on the lab...
by Jim
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: Stabilising a kayak

If you are only paddling occasionally, mainly in the summer and in sheltered / near shore conditions, it makes more sense to get a sit on top similar to your friends rather than wasting time adapting to the mirage. When you have limited time on the water, you want to spend it exploring and having fu...
by Jim
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: Stabilising a kayak

Chris has highlighted the main problem you have using a Mirage - 1983! In 1983 rotomoulding polythene was a brand new manufacturing technique, and the boat shapes that could be achieved were pretty limited, you basically had to produce something roughly cigar shaped in order for the PE to be distrib...
by Jim
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: Expedition food - help!

I was going to suggest the same as Owen. If it is down to preference rather than a medical condition, just tell them to suck it up - expedition food needs to be different from regular food and everyone is going to be eating slightly differently to normal anyway. If it is due to gluten intolerance or...
by Jim
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: best way to carry one piece paddles on Karitek rack?
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Re: best way to carry one piece paddles on Karitek rack?

I always carry (composite) paddles in the car.
Not sure if my concern is realistic or just paranoia but I don't like the idea of the blades vibrating in the wind and working the glue loose.
by Jim
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What river comes up quickest?
Replies: 19
Views: 1018

Re: What river comes up quickest?

banzer wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:13 pm
I guess at Randolph's it all backs up in the big eddy before that tiny constriction.... probably wouldn't be nearly so noticeable 1km upstream.
That was my first thought, then I realised the gauge is by the A9 and it clearly rises fast there too!
by Jim
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What river comes up quickest?
Replies: 19
Views: 1018

Re: What river comes up quickest?

The Findhorn gauge seems to be near the A9, where the catchment is pretty steep and there seem to be lots of small tribs close together, quite different in character to the normal WW sections lower down. Heavy rain is often concentrated, so only 1 or 2 stream in a catchment tend to flash flood with ...
by Jim
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 13
Views: 1097

Re: kitting out new sea kayakers

I used to wear dry trousers in my sea kayak because there is/was a fair chance of having to wade getting in or out and it was nice to keep my legs dry, even if I was going to end up paddling in just a t-shirt (& BA) because it was a warm windless day. I er, haven't replaced my last set and probably ...
by Jim
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tall and advice needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 870

Re: Tall and advice needed!

It is not just about height, if you have big feet and or tree trunk legs you might find that even the boats that other tall people get on with are cramped for you - this is something that has been discussed here several times in the past with some of the biggest guys saying that even the Rockpool de...