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by Jim
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: astral seawolf
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: astral seawolf

If re-entry is your prime concern, forget pockets altogether and get a racing BA, I really like my Sandiline one and recently ended up with a PeakUK custom racer in club colours which is also pretty low profile and fits much better than their polo BAs. If you want ultra low profile look at the PeakU...
by Jim
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Powerhouse vs sherpa
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: Powerhouse vs sherpa

For slalom paddling I was finding that my quite large river running blades (Kinetic Xti) didn't seem to grip the water enough when trying to accelerate through and out of an upstream gate so after trying on the flat I bought slalom paddles with even bigger blades that allow me to really keep the boa...
by Jim
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The No Guidebook Tour, NW Scotland, Nov 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1355

Re: The No Guidebook Tour, NW Scotland, Nov 2012

That might be worth telling GoPro, I'm sure it has exceeded the specified watertightness of the case (just based on time in the water/outdoors). Marketing gold, you might even get a freebie (envisaging a tether....)
by Jim
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Scottish WW Guide.... Contributions Welcome!
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: New Scottish WW Guide.... Contributions Welcome!

I'm pretty sure everything I know is already covered, if it isn't I have probably forgotten I've run it.
by Jim
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vehicle for boats and bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 528

Re: Vehicle for boats and bikes

There's always interesting pro's and cons between Euro and US vehicles. One of my favorite US specific things is the modular trailer hitch system here, so that rather than in the UK where the tow ball is part of a one piece assembly, there's a square receiver socket mounted on the car that can take...
by Jim
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calling out the BS
Replies: 11
Views: 603

Re: Calling out the BS

Border kayaks often bring a fleet of demos up to Glasgow, other shops do it too (Kayaks & paddles and Go outdoors from memory), but Anthony at Border kayaks seems to be most switched on about getting his demos to paddlers, possibly because he has less walk in business than others?
by Jim
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: astral seawolf
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: astral seawolf

I couldn't say regarding re-entry, I still haven't found a reason to fall out of my sea kayak yet. My VHF (Icom M31) fits OK in the pocket but I have to be careful where I clip it in, the aerial is just long enough to go up my hooter in some situations - a set with a shorter aerial would be fine. I ...
by Jim
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calling out the BS
Replies: 11
Views: 603

Re: Calling out the BS

FW is good for training and comparing boats on equal terms.
The river is never the same twice.

If you can develop an efficient stroke on the flat, you just might be able to transfer it to WW, very unlikely you will ever develop it on WW alone.
by Jim
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How Do Clubs Communicate to it's Members?
Replies: 21
Views: 555

Re: How Do Clubs Communicate to it's Members?

Not sure my clubs are good examples. One has a facebook page, I think it is a group not a page, with thousands of followers (not members), it can be hard for beginners to identify what are club trips and what are just mates organising stuff, sometimes mates who have never even been members. But, it ...
by Jim
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vehicle for boats and bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 528

Re: Vehicle for boats and bikes

With vans the trick is to convert them to a motorhome with less than 3.05t unladen weight and then you get the ordinary car speed limits. A friend recently got one re-registered as a motorhome by DVLA even though many websites say they have stopped doing this now. On the flip side, how much does the...
by Jim
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: newbie 'HI' fitting advice
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: newbie 'HI' fitting advice

Never paddled a burn 2 but I am a similar height although much heavier and when I got my burn (L) from a friend who is going on 7' high my instinct was move the seat right forward because my legs are much shorter. The result of this was that as I paddle along the burn seems almost to be slower than ...
by Jim
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calling out the BS
Replies: 11
Views: 603

Re: Calling out the BS

Best click the repeat button on Kraftwerk before starting on this! Speed. You are not the only one who sets up controlled courses and times himself and others over them in different boats, I'm expecting to see a bit of this happening tomorrow night because a frend just picked up a nice shiny race bo...
by Jim
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: To spud or not to spud
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: To spud or not to spud

Every day of the summer complete beginners will survive Symonds Yat rapid in hire canoes with the helmets and buoyancy aids laying in the bottom because they forgot to put them on when they got to the rapid - I would highly discourage such complacency in respect of safety equipment, but I'm not sure...
by Jim
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: To spud or not to spud
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: To spud or not to spud

I'm a big fan of the spud but - IT IS NOT A BEGINNERS BOAT. To paddle a spud well you will have to adopt very different techiques than everyone else you will be boating with, and you may have trouble transitioning to a more normal boat later if that is the only style of paddling you have ever known....
by Jim
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?
Replies: 11
Views: 729

Re: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?

Probably not rivers you'd particularly want to paddle, but they may or may not just about be big enough to do so: River Carnach or Finiskaig down to Loch Nevis (Carnach has been lined up by a few folk doing cross Scotland trips) Hmm, Frazer Pearce may have gone the opposite way in kayaks, or at lea...
by Jim
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

Re: Kayak Volume

I see this started back in January..... Question - anyone considered how much usable/accessible volume is lost due to the skeg box? My guess would be 2-5+ litres. The volume is there but you can't get a dry bag into it. One of the many (wait for it...) reasons to use a rudder? Technically the volum...
by Jim
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

Re: Kayak Volume

I suggest that if volume is of a concern when comparing boats from two different manufacturers, then you need to take a calibrated bucket with you when testing. In some cases, as highlighted above, one might need the bucket when looking at boats from the same manufacturer. I would suggest you will ...
by Jim
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older
Replies: 32
Views: 1321

Re: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older

I would bet decent money that many people would have said what Corran is now doing would have been impossible even just over a year ago. And yet there he is, delivering boats. Technically it has been possible for a while, still remains to be seen if the market is really there yet - it is not the bo...
by Jim
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older
Replies: 32
Views: 1321

Re: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older

Remember the objective on playboats on rivers like the Nile and Zambezi is different, you're aiming to plug through or under holes/ waves rather than boof/ lift your nose over them. Think more 3D paddling. And if you do get stuck in the hole, it is much easier to ender or cartwheel a low volume boa...
by Jim
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice canoe river trip
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Advice canoe river trip

Just back from 3.5 days on the Spey, you could defintely stretch it out to 5 days at low water if you prefer more of a bimble - we set a pretty good pace the whole way. I think in high water you might struggle not to go too fast though. I don't think you could stretch Tay to 5 days without adding in...
by Jim
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older
Replies: 32
Views: 1321

Re: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older

I felt I was too heavy for the 9R, it was virtually un-steerable for me.
by Jim
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not known for kayaking.... but in a kayak!
Replies: 45
Views: 2441

Re: Not known for kayaking.... but in a kayak!

I still don't know who it is.
I might live under a rock?
by Jim
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?
Replies: 11
Views: 535

Re: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?

SImple: the daily variations in the tide are not constant. Less simple: The constants are at best an approximation based on a regression analysis of long term data for disrcrete locations and can sometimes mask a major variation. You also have a possible issue that you are thinking about ebb in spec...
by Jim
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Much needed Advice from BC
Replies: 20
Views: 680

Re: Much needed Advice from BC

I have paddled with rowers on both Castle Semple Loch (sea kayak fitness sessions at night in winter, just to make it even harder for them to see us), and on the Clyde from Glasgow Green upstream on a flat water WWR training session. I didn't really like the Clyde even without rowers so probably won...
by Jim
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Wave Line' Kayak / Roofrack Straps ?
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: 'Wave Line' Kayak / Roofrack Straps ?

Never heard of them, could just be a name that was printed on the straps for a particular reseller or something - quite a few boating shops sell straps with their name on, but they don't actually make the straps.
by Jim
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not known for kayaking.... but in a kayak!
Replies: 45
Views: 2441

Re: Not known for kayaking.... but in a kayak!

The clues seem to point to a rower, but that is not a sport I take any interest in so I am no closer to guessing who, presumably not Grace Darling because she is a) dead, and b) a solo rower.
by Jim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?
Replies: 11
Views: 729

Re: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?

There you go then, Scavaig River meets the criteria!

To be honest I've never really noticed a line down it, but that doesn't stop the youngsters in their creek boats, or oldies with whisky and rotobins....
by Jim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?
Replies: 11
Views: 729

Re: UK Source-to-sea, no bridges?

Chris Bolton wrote:Scavaig River, from L Coruisk on Skye. Only half a km long, but meets the criteria.


Has it been run though? I've only ever visited by loaded sea kayak and never fancied tackling the slabs in one of them....
by Jim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite layups
Replies: 13
Views: 592

Re: Composite layups

Diolen has similar properties to Kevlar but is cheaper (and slightly weaker) - I cannot really see why P&H would offer a Kevlar/Diolen option, I think that is just a cock up on the Go Kayaking website. The only way I can see it making sense is if the boat is essentially diolen, but includes some...
by Jim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Competition
Topic: WANTED - XL or XXL Slalom C1 for 95kg tall paddler
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: WANTED - XL or XXL Slalom C1 for 95kg tall paddler

You won't practically get far up the divisions in a plastic boat, but the boat regulations are not applied below division 1 so you can try racing the zet. I can recall a division 3 K1M event won by a plastic creek boat although that was mostly because the attendance was poor and most of the others w...

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