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by Jim
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 17
Views: 505

Re: Towing eyes

Thread in towing eye is designed to tow the weight of the car as an axial load on the thread, putting a much lower shear load on the shank will be absolutely no problem at all, especially since many people choose to take the same kind of load as an axial load on the much smaller thread of a sheet me...
by Jim
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Authorised personnel
Replies: 8
Views: 465

Re: Authorised personnel

If anyone asks to see your license, politely insist that they show you their official ID first. Obviously you won't know what such a thing actually looks like, but if they are genuine they will have an ID and should see that it is a sensible security precaution for them to identify themselves first,...
by Jim
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Back deck roll
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: Back deck roll

... a reverse screw roll, similar to back deck roll but the latter is something you start as or before you go over... Really? In my book they're one and the same thing. I'm not sure anyone defines a roll on how you end up the wrong way up! Back deck roll you use both blades and can keep your hair d...
by Jim
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Back deck roll
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: Back deck roll

My normal roll is a reverse screw roll, similar to back deck roll but the latter is something you start as or before you go over. Mainly used in freestyle where you can use it to initiate moves where you flick the boat over the top of you without getting your head wet. Can't see much use for a back ...
by Jim
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: Gelcoat advice needed

I keep a chisel for this kind of work, do make sure the edge is good and it is sharp before you start - nicks on the edge will tend to cause scratches in the surounding gel.
by Jim
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 9
Views: 453

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

Completely slacken off one of the other paddlok joints, then you can withdraw it (have to push the plastic button down at the same time), and find out how it works before making your final plan of action for the stuck one. I'm not sure if the centre one is identical because on that type they don't s...
by Jim
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?
Replies: 10
Views: 245

Re: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?

My WWR K1 is terrible on open water if there is any wind, I did a 10k lap on the loch in it last year and my arms almost fell off by the end of it, better to stick to something with a lower wind profile and/or rudder if you are going to paddle on open estuaries. Fairly squally tonight with changeabl...
by Jim
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Looking for an OC1
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: Looking for an OC1

Check "C-boating UK" and "WW Open Canoe Group" facebook groups, there was a Covert 10.5 (the larger size) on one of them recently. Most of the OC1 trading happens through those groups.
by Jim
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?
Replies: 10
Views: 245

Re: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?

Douglas Wilcox has been using a Think Zen surfski for pretty much exactly what you are looking to do (maybe a little less river and more ocean) and has been raving about it on FB. It is a more stable design than the out and out race skis. I believe the Epic V6 or V8 would also probably do exactly wh...
by Jim
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?

There were 2 fairly common sizes of ocean cockpit (possibly more) and they were similar to old slalom C1 size too - but note that modern slalom C1 cockpits are quite a lot bigger. Probably over your £60 budget, but if your sizes don't match something they already have Reed Chillcheater will make you...
by Jim
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 17
Views: 727

Re: VHF and training

(Though I'd miss the USB charging - it's nice having just the one charger for everything.) Even better if everything was wirelessly chargable - no charging socket to fail, and again one charger does all. Of course your wireless pad needs to be USB connectable to to mains adapter, car adapter, solar...
by Jim
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak

It looks like in a different outfit level that boat was designed to have bulkheads and hatches, but the one for sale clearly doesn't and that makes it little more than a beach toy, as sold. However; more than the choice of boat , I have inferred that if this listing was fairly local, you are in Pemb...
by Jim
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: WWR K1
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Wanted: WWR K1

Best place to look is the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ Only boat for sale currently is probably not a good buy, twice the weight it should be and some kind of a mash up of a sprint K1 and a WWR boat as far as I can tell - maybe OK for FW training or very easy WW but ...
by Jim
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Planning a trip
Replies: 6
Views: 340

Re: Planning a trip

There are quite comprehensive guidebooks available for canoeing both the Wye and the Thames. Perfect for planning and deciding which to do.
by Jim
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Storage for a Kayak
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Storage for a Kayak

Get a more sensible sized boat and store it in the flat. I used to have about 4 boats in my 3rd floor flat, longest were about 2.5m.
by Jim
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 766

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

The information about the index grip is complete nonsense, the grip is in line with the blade no matter what feather the shaft is set to. Whoever wrote that response for you was trying to think above their pay grade :) .... I may be missing something here. But I'd think the index grip needs to be i...
by Jim
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 766

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

The information about the index grip is complete nonsense, the grip is in line with the blade no matter what feather the shaft is set to. Whoever wrote that response for you was trying to think above their pay grade :) The index hole in the shaft is a potential issue for just using paddlock, less so...
by Jim
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 766

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

Chris Bolton wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:48 am
To help me understand what you're looking for, what is it about the Leverlok that doesn't do what you want it to?
That's a fair question, apart from continuous feather and length adjustment (both of which a lever lock provides), what else is there to want from a shaft connector?
by Jim
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 766

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

Depending on your feather you might find the holes are too close together if you drill another for LH use. A better option would be to speak to Celtic paddles and see if any of their variable joints can be retrofitted instead of paddlock in the centre. If they can't help (for technical reasons they ...
by Jim
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 16
Views: 996

Re: Impatient.... help!

I have probably been close to your weight in the past, and I could probably think of some designs that should work well for your weight (most will if day tripping since they are designed to carry camping kit as well as a paddler), so much will depend on skill and experience with respect to whether y...
by Jim
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Forward stroke
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Forward stroke

Some good stuff from Simon and Andy, but still some aspects slightly different to my experience and coaching. Firstly, apart from a few top slalom paddlers, you won't see many in the UK with good forward paddling technique, they have exceptional turning techniques and some amazing explosive accelera...
by Jim
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1053

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

Because most don't have permanent web development staff, someone has to squeeze it in between their other duties designing, manufacturing and shipping boats or dealing directly with customer queries, or they employ an external consultant on an occasional basis.
by Jim
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

A boat full of water will definitely use more fuel to haul around. I was glad our WWR boats were either in bags or had cockpit cover and sock on driving home from Dover last night in torrential rain. Mine was the one with cover and sock and was pretty well dry when I unloaded it this afternoon, no w...
by Jim
Tue May 21, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit design balancing hip rotation and bracing
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Cockpit design balancing hip rotation and bracing

I haven't been out in my Taran as much as I should recently but have been developing my paddle stroke in WWR a lot, including hip rotation and leg drive. Last weekend I did a 3 hour event in my Taran and whilst it was very calm so I didn't require any bracing or rolling I felt my setup would have be...
by Jim
Wed May 08, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: Paddle recommendations

Carbon is stiff and light. Glass is less stiff and a bit heavier. Nylon is not very stiff and heavy. Carbon/nylon stiffer than nylon and not as heavy. An all carbon paddle (blades and shaft) can be hard work for a beginner because it is a very stiff combination, many people are better with a softer ...
by Jim
Wed May 08, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's

Depends on your point of view, I would say try a Taran and if you don't fall in love _you_ are broken! Some people find the Taran a little twitchy at rest, I never really did, I'll admit other boats felt more rock steady, but the Taran was never particularly twitchy but I could see it might not suit...
by Jim
Tue May 07, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 6
Views: 907

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

With that in mind, what features of 'version 2' are still not quite right yet and they are looking to improve on in 'version 3' in no doubt three or four years time. Why don't they just do that now with 'version '2 and save the bother. What massive difference in boating style and demands is there l...
by Jim
Thu May 02, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak specific pfd
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Kayak specific pfd

Yes lots, try any canoe/kayak shop. Seriously too many to try to list.
Is Notts your name or location? If location drop in to Desperate Measures and see what they have available.
by Jim
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: RIVER TRYWERYN (Campsite to Bala)
Replies: 2
Views: 1556

Re: RIVER TRYWERYN (Campsite to Bala)

Sorry but this video really doesn't do what it says on the tin! The viewpoint is too low so even as someone who knows the river a bit I was struggling to work out what was what, also quite a lot of it is breakouts where we see more of the bank than the rver... The main issue though, is that the titl...
by Jim
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Re: Dagger Stratos Stern Perception Logo Missing
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Re: Dagger Stratos Stern Perception Logo Missing

New or secondhand?
Hatch covers perish over time, 3rd party replacements may have different or no logos.