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by Jim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 2
Views: 60

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: 610

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: 12
Views: 389

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: 18
Views: 970

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: 241

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: 18
Views: 970

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: 241

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: 241

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: 138

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: 429

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: 295

Re: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun

I don't know any outfitters in Idaho I'm afraid, have a great trip!
by Jim
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 990

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Two of the main comments in the article were referring to the lack of a crotch strap for kayak- PFD AND the wide arm pitches. After some 10-15 minutes the writer noticed he started to get tiered and dropping out of the PFD... And now so many years later we see a variety of PFD's in all kind of colo...
by Jim
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun
Replies: 7
Views: 295

Re: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun

Which part of the US?
by Jim
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 902

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I kayak a lot and have tried loads of different drybag brands. Last year I scrapped them all in favour of Ortlieb - I reckon you can't beat them. All of the (countless) Lomo bags I've had leak except the heavy red ones but they are inflexible especially when cold so very hard to stuff into the boat...
by Jim
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 990

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

All buoyancy aids including race types on sale in Europe have to meet ISO 12402-5, in the US they have to meet USCG rules I think as type V (I have one somewhere, GCNPA require you to have a BA with USCG label to run the grand canyon). Most racing rules, where BAs are required, state that they must ...
by Jim
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 997

Re: Church Beck

Pioneered by lakes paddling legend Richard Evans. Certainly ran everything he published. Mostly in prijon probe or latterly an RPM. Anyone ticked all his becks? The probe was from eurokayak. The Probe was a prototype for the plastic version of the Topolino - they basically got the shrinkcage wrong ...
by Jim
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?
Replies: 8
Views: 631

Re: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?

If you take the passenger seat out you can get an 18' sea kayak in, but the bow has to go under the glove box, so realistically only 1. The internal dimensions are fairly easy to find online, there is tumblehome to the sides and there is a narrow point between the wheel arches, but given the load ba...
by Jim
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What kayak to get
Replies: 14
Views: 702

Re: What kayak to get

A second hand one.

Even after trying a few boats before you choose one, there is a significant chance that after living with it for a few months you will start to wish you had chosen something slightly different - second hand boats depreciate less than new ones.
by Jim
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Building a plug
Replies: 22
Views: 783

Re: Building a plug

Yes, as long as you seal the foam properly when you are happy with your shape.
Some manufacturers use CNC routered foam as the basis for plugs and prototypes.
You will need to sand and polish the sealer to get the actual surface of the plug.
by Jim
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 902

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

Seal Line, not sure which range though, I thought the ones I like were called river bags, but that isn't currently a product line, could be Discovery or Baja? Don't bother with their clear bags or viewing panels, they may have changed the clear plastic but in the past it used to stiffen and crack in...
by Jim
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 965

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

If a "follower" is not co-operative or lacks the skill to participate, the responsibility still lies with the leader to address the problem, if necessary by refusing to let the person paddle. Taking this to it's conclusion, a bad follower should be excluded from a group? Is this not a round about w...
by Jim
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 965

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

I think we might be in danger of overthinking this.... If you are an experienced paddler already comfortable with the way your peer group operates, then there is really no need to be thinking about any of this at all - you almost certainly are doing it all well and instinctively. If you are involve...
by Jim
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 965

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

I think inherent in the proposition, is a concept that leadership is harder than followership, therefore you need to be able to follow in more difficult conditions than you can lead in. I disagree with this notion, especially in paddling where leadership and followership roles are complex and intert...
by Jim
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Preparing old fibreglass kayak for painting
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Preparing old fibreglass kayak for painting

Where abouts on the Tees? None of the sections I know would be suitable for a boat of that age and construction even after restoration. I would take an old chisel (sharp) and try to see it it will get under the edges of the pathches and lift them off, much quicker than sanding them right down. The b...
by Jim
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 997

Re: Church Beck

I wondered that, it was from the era when Prijon were moulding Eskimo boats and I can't really remember which were which.
by Jim
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 997

Re: Church Beck

Aye that as the problem with spud-u-likes, they all missed the point that the real spud had loads of rocker making it way superior.

Mind you the Gambler was also much longer with an almost pointy bow which tended to turn inside out if you hit a rock with it.
by Jim
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1304

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

I guess my point is if you could paddle a river youve not seen or heard of before, would you rather see a vid of it to get an idea or heat that its a grade x of whatever character? I've pretty much given up paddling new rivers and rarely paddle the ones I know any more so I don't say this with any ...
by Jim
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1304

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

The grade gives you an idea which videos to bother watching.
by Jim
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1304

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

I kind of agree, grades 1-4 are still useful for new paddlers.
by Jim
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Repairable?
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: Repairable?

Probably, it has sold already though and I'm not sure it is a design worthy of rescuing. Apart from the obvious split the gel coat looks pretty good, the inside is mucky and the thwarts have rotted but probably just needs a good pressure washing and a bit of polyester and chopped strand mat, and som...