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by Jim
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What river comes up quickest?
Replies: 17
Views: 565

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: 17
Views: 565

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: 860

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: 11
Views: 433

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...
by Jim
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?

Pool boats are normally easy to roll, being round bottomed, it sounds like your club is using playboats or river running boats in the pool, which makes sense if those are the kinds of boats members will be rolling in the wild... They may be harder to roll than sea kayaks! Also sea kayaks sometimes d...
by Jim
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Newbie on the river!
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Newbie on the river!

DO NOT get a kevlar spray deck as a newbie! Kevlar spray decks are for extremely heavy whitewater where there is a chance of the spraydeck being pushed in by the water hitting it, they are extremely tight to get on and off and therefore for experts only. For a beginner an adjustable nylon spraydeck ...
by Jim
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What river comes up quickest?
Replies: 17
Views: 565

Re: What river comes up quickest?

I have seen the Nevis hydrograph with 3 peaks and 2 troughs in 24 hours, the troughs were too low to paddle, the peaks too high to paddle, it changes quickly! I have also seen Etive tribs come up in the time it took to go and check the Coe first and come back... and still got the Coe in afterwards. ...
by Jim
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 31
Views: 1274

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

It has been a long time since I've used a nylon deck, but I seem to recall we had some with knee release straps. Sewing a bit of webbing to a nylon deck is relatively easy, much easier than sewing to neoprene.
by Jim
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 31
Views: 1274

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

A nylon deck on maximum looseness comes off with a well timed sneeze to be fair... Indeed! Although I'd imagine if you were trying to push a nylon deck off with your knees it'd just expand in front of you like a balloon...... D Thats why you fit a knee release strap across near the thigh brace posi...
by Jim
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 31
Views: 1274

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

It is difficult for me to imagine because I have never failed to remove a spraydeck, most of the time underwater I don't think I have even needed to push forward first just a sharp tug and it is away, but I have never felt the need for a super tight kevlar reinforced deck. One time I can remember ha...
by Jim
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 31
Views: 1274

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

If you have people failing to pull nylon decks I can only imagine they are panicing and then either completely forgetting about the spraydeck, or not finding the handle.
You could try fitting knee release straps?
by Jim
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Polarised glasses?
Replies: 7
Views: 395

Re: Polarised glasses?

Yes definitely polarised! Makes a huge difference to scattered reflected light and massively reduces the strain on my eyes! Many car stereo/clock displays are LCD these days, sometimes you need to tip your head one way or the other to read them. An LCD screen basically has polarised layers in the sc...
by Jim
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: changing from kayak to OC1 (whitewater)
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: changing from kayak to OC1 (whitewater)

Dropzone should be fine for you, it is unbelievably forgiving and designed with steeper stuff in mind, I found it a bit wide for my paddle stroke but at 6'2" you will probably fit it better in that respect. Still not paddled either SB Covert, but on paper the 10.2 should be more suited to your weigh...
by Jim
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 1903

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

Or when a slalomist wears a PFD's that, lets face it, would not float a toddler. Factually inaccurate. Slalom rules require exactly the same standard of buoyancy that any river running bouyancy aid needs to have (many river running BA's do exceed the standard when new and before the pockets are fil...
by Jim
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old kayaks? Polystyrene repair
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: Old kayaks? Polystyrene repair

Polystyrene is cheap but pretty awful, you will be forever kicking chunks out of it and making a mess. I would recommend 4" thick minicell foam, the 30kg / cubic metre stuff should be fine. Many kayak shops only sell it in 300x300mm squares because posting full sheets can be expensive, some do have ...
by Jim
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2420

Re: Do you need a backband?

With the blade locked you actually pull yourself forward and almost off the seat ...that's very good point and correct for flat water. I'd argue that in ww it's important to be able to lock yourself into your boat when you need, by tensing up. And for this a backrest is bloody useful to act as one ...
by Jim
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles

If you slacken the expander all the way, and push the button in you can withdraw the assembly from the spigot (get a thumb over the button as it emerges or the spring may ping it across the room), then whatever is rattling should shake out. It's probably just a stone, but could be a bit of plastic b...
by Jim
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 6
Views: 545

Re: Lightning

I beleive it is less clear cut than Captain Blackadder's description of what to do when you step on a landmine (jump 200 feet in the air and scatter yourself over a wide area). In principle a very large electric current will pass through you burning tissue as it goes, the pulse should be enough to i...
by Jim
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Seal entry etiquette
Replies: 8
Views: 816

Re: Seal entry etiquette

How about the damage to the kayak? I have launched off rocks and concrete copes plenty of times but try to avoid it when possible. If the water is flat and the drop less than about 18" I will normally put the boat on the water first and step down into it rather than seal launching, although getting ...
by Jim
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norfolk broads/ coast. Should I use a helmet?
Replies: 9
Views: 529

Re: Norfolk broads/ coast. Should I use a helmet?

It is of course possible to knock yourself out by hitting yourself in the head with your paddle shaft, but its such a low risk on flat water that most people don't bother to factor for it. I have however seen people cut or bump their heads enough to be painful by hitting themself with the shaft (or ...
by Jim
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Iconic' paddlers [part two]
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: 'Iconic' paddlers [part two]

I have no idea where I would start or finish such a list...
by Jim
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Re: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston

The actual wording is about access to open land, I have never been entirely sure where the line is supposed to be drawn with enclosed land (i.e. fields), however it is quite clear (despite vociferous protestations against large estates) that if the enclosed land (or open land) is set out as gardens ...
by Jim
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is the most iconic current paddlers
Replies: 26
Views: 1498

Re: Who is the most iconic current paddlers

Thank you for all the replies, very helpful Keep them coming. Ideally I want the best non standard commercial, places, the little gems, special access that only the really knowledgeable and great paddlers would know about. Imagine the client with a keen interest in the sport who wants to paddle wit...
by Jim
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions
Replies: 27
Views: 817

Re: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions

The main reason that batch got hot was because you were working more slowly using it with the cloth (and partly because you mixed it for longer). Once the resin is spread thinly the heat escapes fine, painting resin is quick so you spread it out quickly, stippling it into cloth takes a lot longer so...
by Jim
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Private Sales - Competition
Topic: For Sale: Carbon Fibre Revenge Polo Kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: For Sale: Carbon Fibre Revenge Polo Kayak

You might have more luck if you list it accurately, that boat is clearly not carbon fibre.
by Jim
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is the most iconic current paddlers
Replies: 26
Views: 1498

Re: Who is the most iconic current paddlers

If i was to build a directory of the best people to paddle with (not your mates, unless they happen to be as described above) which you could search through to find the coach/paddler and experiences / rivers of your choosing as reconmended by the paddling community, and then rated by the experience...
by Jim
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions
Replies: 27
Views: 817

Re: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions

1" overlap is what we always used to use when building dinghies. I'm also in the school of painting resin first and then laying cloth, PlymouthDamos method is probably fine with glassfibre because it wets out very easily, I wouldn't reccommend it if you ever end up working with carbon, or worse stil...
by Jim
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cockpit rim repair
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Cockpit rim repair

I've always just proceeded similar to what Chris describes gingerly patching up around the original pieces, however if you need to make a temporary mould, I'm told that hosepipe is very useful for this sort of thing. Some manufacturers may still use it as a former for their rims...
by Jim
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions
Replies: 27
Views: 817

Re: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions

Resin + fibres = stronger than either resin or fibres. The resin is actually the weakest component by most measures, but without it the fibres are just cloth... kind of like adding rebar to concrete. Carbon fibres are the stiffest - so a carbon fibre component will flex less than one the same thickn...
by Jim
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions
Replies: 27
Views: 817

Re: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions

I haven't seen any data for an overcoating window for 206, it will probably be a few hours at most so if it has been left overnight I think you will need to sand. Temperature affects cure (not quantity of hardener) so if it is soft but no longer liquid, move the boat somewhere warmer to finish the c...