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by Jim
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice request re strong single blade paddles
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Advice request re strong single blade paddles

I'm also not convinced about jamming a paddle in a centreboard slot to lever on, if you have jib sheets just throw one across the hull and pull on that, if the boats are una rigged have the safety boats carry some bits of rope that can be tied to a shroud or thwart instead of using jib sheets. I ver...
by Jim
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Descent Races
Replies: 25
Views: 2117

Re: Descent Races

Tay descent will be back next year: https://www.canoescotland.org/tay-descent?fbclid=IwAR0zY2sEVHGO_UB2Wk8JlohQ2S2FRILg0CLn7VorwJkrZqsZDkWGLxlJvdw Don't believe the hype about stating in 2010, I beleive it was re-invented in 2010 and actually goes back a lot further, I remember people talking about ...
by Jim
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Descent Races
Replies: 25
Views: 2117

Re: Descent Races

There have been duos in recent years, fairly sure there was one last year, I think this is the first year (since it moved to the shorter route) I haven't seen any touring boats at all on the start line. Usually members of the organising club enter in touring boats, I think they were all too busy wit...
by Jim
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit contents
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: First aid kit contents

Rarely. Main things for me these days are superglue and gaffer tape, if I can't mend myself with them, I probably can't mend me.
by Jim
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help with boat sizing!
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Help with boat sizing!

I think that will depend on your skills, ambitions and the people you paddle with. Before modern creek boats we all used to run rivers in playboats, but there aren't many of us left and the boats have got a bit shorter - what you are looking to do isn't the normal way people seem to go these days. H...
by Jim
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Descent Races
Replies: 25
Views: 2117

Re: Descent Races

Tyne Descent (not on Martin's original list) is getting bigger again, around 30 boats last weekend, all WWR's for a change (there was a creek boat in the regional classic the following day) but still open to all boat types.

No idea about the others, a bit far south for me these days...
by Jim
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie question about fitting bungee cord to Perception Scooter
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: Newbie question about fitting bungee cord to Perception Scooter

Don't know, those tabs look like they might be made solid so you can just drill through without impacting the watertight integrity. Maybe try asking on Song of the paddle form, there are more SOT kayak paddlers there who might know.
by Jim
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Armchair boat
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Re: Armchair boat

This is not going to help at all! By my mid thirties I had kind of got fed up with pushing to do ever harder rivers, for harder, read steeper, more rocky - I mean we only have 6 grades of which only 5 are really used and I was paddling all of the used grades already so things were not particularly g...
by Jim
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: BUOYANCY VEST OR INFLATABLE LIFE JACKET?
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: BUOYANCY VEST OR INFLATABLE LIFE JACKET?

If you can swim, for most people most of the time a buoyancy aid is the best choice, especially if you expect to be regularly falling in or jumping in. It also provides insulation and padding which can be useful on some trips. If you are very confident about never falling in and just want something ...
by Jim
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Blackfly Delta Wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Re: Blackfly Delta Wanted

Try the c-boating UK facebook group, someone there will know who has one - there is at least one in the UK, which is a start!
by Jim
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

You might consider one of these https://northwater.com/products/underdeck-bag . Mine is the perfect size for me and doesn’t get in my way despite my long legs (Im 6ft 2) Interesting but I’m leery about having any sort of structure taking up that part of the cockpit. I keep an emergency paddle to on...
by Jim
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camping power pack
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Camping power pack

I have one with a built in solar panel from Halfords and bigger one from these guys https://www.mobilesolarchargers.co.uk/ both seem to work perfectly but neither are listed on either website any more. MSC have a whole baffling range of alternatives though, just a shame their website is a bit clutte...
by Jim
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?
Replies: 13
Views: 589

Re: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?

My friend imported a WWR K1 from Czech, she paid 500 euros, but the manufacturer did basically send a man with a van with only that kayak on it so that is probably a fair price for his round trip! Normally the manufacturers or their reps or team paddlers attend international races and deliver boats ...
by Jim
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?
Replies: 13
Views: 589

Re: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?

I don't know about Marsport, Northborn have essentially taken over the part of the Vajda range that Hydrasport used to import, i.e. slalom, but that does not necessarily mean there is not room for other importers to be importing from their other ranges. Before Brexit ruined the import part of his bu...
by Jim
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?
Replies: 13
Views: 589

Re: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?

The Vajda https://www.vajdagroup.com boats are thermoformed in Styrolite and offer a range of Skis and Sea type kayaks, they are available in the UK from Craig at Marsport http://marsport.co.uk . We had one of their junior boats in this construction a while back and it was really good. Heng That's ...
by Jim
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?
Replies: 13
Views: 589

Re: Lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? Thermoformed?

Sorry, I'm not aware of thermoformed kayaks, so neither of the ones mentioned. 12-14 feet is more of an inland touring length than a sea kayak length, not that this is critical, but I wonder if the boats you are looking at have sea kayak features? I'm not really sure if there are rotomoulded boats i...
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to repair a small crack on stern
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: How to repair a small crack on stern

That's good to hear it is an effective method thank you, I was thinking that aswell, I think I will always carry it with me, definitely handy incase of emergencies for me or anyone else I'm out with, I didn't know it worked underwater, that's brilliant The underwater feature may depend on brand, bu...
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blade repair
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Blade repair

P40 is still polyester based and unlikely to bond well with epoxy which the paddle is most likely made from, however if it is just spacing the glass cloth, it probably won't matter too much.
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to repair a small crack on stern
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: How to repair a small crack on stern

The best thing about epoxy putty is that you can even use it underwater so it is great to carry on trips for field repairs when you can't dry the boat properly - my old boat had (has?) a lot of similar epoxy putty repairs to the seam, not the neatest but effective. If you want a neat job in future, ...
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blade repair
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Blade repair

P38 is polyester based with a filler medium that is easy to sand, it is meant for fairing not strength. For a structural filler you want to be looking at mixing up a custom epoxy filler, West do a small repair pack which comes with 105 resin and hardener and small selection of fillers - I would sugg...
by Jim
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

I spotted some braided carbon sleeves yesterday (whilst looking for other reinforcements), probably not appropriate for this application (I think the shaft will be glass, and expect the spigot would be too), but I wonder if for similar repairs it might be an option to wet out a length of sleeve, thr...
by Jim
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 176
Views: 56613

Re: History of Slalom boats

Image or Impulse? Got a feeling it was Impulse now. Called in there once (Garstang rings a bell) on the way to or from somewhere. Andy and Mark had composite playboats (illusion?) they had built, and our Uni club ended up buying a fleet of their polo boats (Predator) - in fact I think they are still...
by Jim
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 176
Views: 56613

Re: History of Slalom boats

Not sure who made the Spate but I think they were made in Lancashire somewhere? I suspect you're right - you quoted El Pres having one, and he's Bolton CC. The only boatbuilder in Lancashire I can think of was Image, run by Pete Wignall (if I remember the names right) but I don't remember the Spate...
by Jim
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

For a repair, try Christopher Hobson at Design Composites, he seems to be able to do good repairs on carbon paddles, or Paul Knight at PK paddlesport (I know he does boat repairs, not sure about paddles). If the spigot is split it might be possible to remove the spigot and glue a new one in (araldit...
by Jim
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: Kayak trolleys

Eckla. Is fairly strong and folds well, there is a knack to strapping the boat on in a way that the trolley can't accidentally fold up in use which takes some figuring out and some people never work out, the plastic connector parts can break and getting hold of replacements is difficult and wheels w...
by Jim
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing deck fittings
Replies: 5
Views: 513

Re: Sealing deck fittings

I've often used a bit of silicone sealant around the edge of the fitting and backing pad or washer, but rubber washers work just as well in most locations and are less messy. Only time sealant will be better is if you have rough chopped strand internal finish but unless you have a really old boat th...
by Jim
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage Configuration
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Re: Tees Barrage Configuration

I won't see it for another couple of weeks so not really able to comment.
I may be able to comment later, assuming I can still remember what it was like last year...
by Jim
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1222

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Chalky723 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:22 pm
Jim wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:34 am
Pretty sure my burn is closer to 30kg than 20kg.
Might feel like that, but the empty weight of an XL Burn 3 is 22.3kg..... :-)

Add in all your gear etc & it might get to that weight - but the kit'll weigh the same whichever boat it's in.

D
It is not a burn 3
by Jim
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: FSKs.....
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: FSKs.....

Not heard of the Quantum, but the only way to tell is to try them and see which YOU prefer. Try to test them in rough conditions, and then pick whichever you are most comfortable with in the rough. It doesn't matter which is fastest on a mirror calm day (unless that is the only time you paddle), you...
by Jim
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?

Thanks for the tips guys, i reckon i may have gotten too comfortable with intended capsizing for practising and having the paddle set up nice and easy, I'll spend some more time going upside down holding the paddle in all sorts of places and working it out under the boat like a real situation, i al...