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by Jim
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 16
Views: 774

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: 467

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: 785

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: 781

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: 554

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: 689

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: 314

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: 700

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: 340

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: 1393

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: 322

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.
by Jim
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

However, if for the sake of argument, in a given craft, I can decrease my stroke rake and maintain the same hull speed, that would suggest greater efficiency. Always assuming my HR doesn’t go through the roof cos I’m pulling mega hard to achieve that result. Absolutely, but I'm just not sure how im...
by Jim
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Is stroke rate important in kayaking? I think you've answered that, in a way, Jim - what you're saying I think is that a high stroke rate isn't necessarily important, but the right stroke rate can be. Once your coach has told you what you should be using, is it worth having a device to self monitor...
by Jim
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Is stroke rate important in kayaking? With so many variables - reach, paddle length, amount of rotation, efficiency of catch, length of stroke etc. how do you work out your target stroke rate? A lot of people, myself included at times, attempt too high a stroke rate and the power per stroke suffers ...
by Jim
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 8
Views: 670

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

a) yes b) probably. Filming your own sessions is a bit tricky, but can be done, having a helper film you is easier. Using multiple POV cameras on your boat/self and using PIP with both video tracks synced so that the coach can see where you are as well as what you are doing might be useful - I have ...
by Jim
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 899

Re: When where who?

sinorthwales wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:24 pm
when where who first WW Rescue Harness on a PFD?
Maybe HF? They were the specialists in serious rescue kit in the 90's and maybe before
by Jim
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 899

Re: When where who?

Someone once told me the Valetta pre-dated the Mirage.
by Jim
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: how to go "over" holes/stoppers in a slalom kayak

Dave - As far as I'm concerned that is a proper technique, but not the one being asked about. To jump effectively so the boat skips over the foam pile and doesn't plough through, you need to get the feel for controlling the depth of the stern using the edges. More edge will make it stall out and bou...
by Jim
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: J bars and strapping down
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: J bars and strapping down

Sound like very badly designed Js. I wanted to carry my sea kayak in Js, but never really found any that fitted properly. I would suggest you measure your rack space and ask to try any Js against your boat at that spacing before you buy to make sure they are going to fit sensibly, otherwise as alrea...
by Jim
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: White Water London HELP

PaddyW wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:54 pm
Strad wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Where in London? there are quite a few active clubs - Clapham and Meridian (based Bexley / Erith area) are ones I would recommend in the SE.
Graham - Clapham CC is Canoe polo only and is in SW, (not SE!), London.
But all of London is in the SE...
by Jim
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak

I think what you really need is an idea of how long your should stick with it to see if you are going to adapt? I don't do flat water racing but across all racing disciplines, sea kayak racing, wildwater racing and even slalom, it is frequently recognised that only a few people can get comfortable e...
by Jim
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat height?
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: Seat height?

My first thought was "Edge control in a sea kayak?", and then I realised you meant how easy it is to hold the boat on edge for steering, rather than controlling how the edge is sliced under the water like in a playboat, squirt boat or slalom boat! You will find noticeable differences, and which you ...
by Jim
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?

Main drawback I could see with a net as dense as the ones pictured would be reading a map if it was under the net. Like I say some people like deck bags which are much more fiddy to use than a net, but usually forward of their map (which the nets pictured are too).
by Jim
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?

I have often used cargo nets to secure extra load on deck for camping trips. One of the great things about sea kayaks is everyone can pretty much customise the deck layout to suit themselves. Some people will like the security of a net, others will find it obscures too much of their map or GPS displ...
by Jim
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1744

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Looks OK - I'd fill the voids first (flowcoat would do), so that you can sand it all flat, including the hull surface round the mend, then flowcoat the whole area. If it all ends up a mm higher than it was before it will make zero difference to how the boat handles. Is the Tiderace logo moulded in?...
by Jim
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1744

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

A lot of CSM these days uses a binder that is suitable for polyester, vinylester and epoxy to avoid workshops needing several different rolls and potentially mixing them up! I misjudged the size of the repair from earlier photos - it is really quite small, no wonder you have trouble with edge strand...
by Jim
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1744

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I hadn't understood from description that it would be so clsoe to the end of a skeg - you will tend to get thicker gel here because it is difficult to brush it thinly (or spray) in a narrow gap like that. You can't really feather the cloth - you can layer on layer, but depending on how you do that y...
by Jim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bollox
Replies: 5
Views: 1026

Re: Bollox

Now we need to lobby the Scottish Government.
Unfortunately I am not optimistic about that, they seem keen to push renewables at any cost.
by Jim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1744

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Aled can probably advise best on the number of layers, it construction it is better to use fewer layers to avoid possible interlaminar shear issues, but this has to be compromised with ability to adopt the shape of the boat (thinner fibres bend better), and if there was originally a core material yo...
by Jim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 10
Views: 1096

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

@Jim - When I tried the Taran 18 last year, it didn’t seem significantly less manoeuvrable than my Scorpio HV, but it’s been mentioned in a couple of reviews that I’ve read recently, which is why I queried it. It’s not something I need on a sea boat. Sounds like you can probably filter out manoeuvr...