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by Jim
Fri May 20, 2022 10:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 104
Views: 7907

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

Apparently it seems that CW contribute an extra subsidy on behalf of its members for the CT site that BC has refused to do for its members (despite its rather bloated funding pool), hence the price difference. Hang on, I'm not saying any of this is right, BUT... There is a difference between NGBs r...
by Jim
Wed May 18, 2022 11:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Dee low level environmental concerns?
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: River Dee low level environmental concerns?

Given the power that local angling concerns seem to have, if there was any chance of damaging salmon redds they would have been making a fuss about it for years and would almost certainly have reported paddlers to the police if there was any kind of case to prosecute. I have a vague feeling there mi...
by Jim
Mon May 16, 2022 10:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 104
Views: 7907

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

Apparently it seems that CW contribute an extra subsidy on behalf of its members for the CT site that BC has refused to do for its members (despite its rather bloated funding pool), hence the price difference. Hang on, I'm not saying any of this is right, BUT... There is a difference between NGBs r...
by Jim
Sun May 08, 2022 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ship arrival and departure times.
Replies: 7
Views: 378

Re: Ship arrival and departure times.

Just a wee reminder... There is no longer a legal requirement to monitor VHF CH16 so be aware that the big rib coming towards you might not know you are there. Has there been a second change or is there still confusion over the original change? HM Coastguard are no longer required to maintain a 24 ...
by Jim
Wed May 04, 2022 8:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 104
Views: 7907

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

On this different fees for other bodies subject, yes, it's wrong. CW should be charging a BC/CW price and a Non BC/CW price. BC do not charge CW members any more than BC members at HPP. I'd be minded to start charging CW members more at HPP until CW reduce their fees to BC Members. BC have nothing ...
by Jim
Tue May 03, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eckla 260
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: Eckla 260

260 is the diameter of the wheels in mm, if you have 170mm round hatches, No. If you have an oval hatch, almost certainly yes. The frame will take up a lot of space due to its awkward shape, so even if it goes in it is unlikely to be practical with camping kit.
by Jim
Wed Apr 27, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 104
Views: 7907

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

If it is still run by CW (and not an independant commercial operation), I suspect the different charges for CW and BC members may be contrary to the federalisation agreement, although non-one actually seems to know exactly what that agreement includes (me included).
by Jim
Tue Apr 05, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak UK ends partnership with British Canoeing.
Replies: 10
Views: 739

Re: Peak UK ends partnership with British Canoeing.

I would think the problem is more likely to be that BC are selling direct and cutting out independant retailers, I don't know because i've never looked at buying any BC kit. It also looks as though there is also an IP issue, presumably around designs that PeakUK hold the IP for. I'll continue to buy...
by Jim
Thu Mar 31, 2022 8:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK explorer refurb advice
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: NDK explorer refurb advice

If I did want to get a proper shiny finish again, after filling in a gouge on the otherwise pretty deck say - how best to go about that? What kind of polish, what kind of mop/pad/etc.? (And what kind of machine - is a mop in a drill good enough to get a decent result?) No real right or wrong, I hav...
by Jim
Thu Mar 31, 2022 7:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek Hydro skeg system
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Re: Karitek Hydro skeg system

Never used one, but I would give Geoff at Karitek/Teal Engineering a call, he designs and installs the products himself and is probably the best person to be able to come up with a solution
by Jim
Sun Mar 20, 2022 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Falls of Lora
Replies: 1
Views: 548

Re: Falls of Lora

Would you rather they didn't repair the bridge leading to it's closure and eventual collapse into the play wave? If you can change discreetly there are other places to park with easier access to the water, but a longer paddle to and from the wave. I hate carrying boats, I've used a few different spo...
by Jim
Thu Mar 10, 2022 1:53 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: First time in the US
Replies: 0
Views: 170

Re: First time in the US

Wow, what a wide open question. First thing is whilst we tend to call all paddlesport canoeing in the UK, in the US they are more apt to differentiate between canoeing (open canoe, single paddle) and kayaking (closed boat double paddle, or sit on top with double paddle). I'm not aware of canoeing be...
by Jim
Sat Mar 05, 2022 11:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK explorer refurb advice
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: NDK explorer refurb advice

I don't think the PO has sanded through the gel coat, definitely not on the seam tape. All they have done is keyed the gel surface and painted resin over (there may be some glass tape or something - it goes pretty clear when wet out). So yeah adding more resin might make it look more even, but it is...
by Jim
Fri Mar 04, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK explorer refurb advice
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: NDK explorer refurb advice

Looks to be in pretty good condition overall. Star cracking of gel coat is not unusual, but as you have noted you have transverse cracking adjacent to bulkheads - there could very well be stress cracks through the laminate in these areas. You could try part filling with water and trying to flex the ...
by Jim
Thu Mar 03, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK explorer refurb advice
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: NDK explorer refurb advice

Thanks, Jim. I think you have sold me on just applying Flow coat with a foam brush as I can't see any advantage to spraying if the product doesn't flow. I have a HVLP system as well as air, but as you have alluded to, it would be more trouble than it's worth. I have experience of cutting back to a ...
by Jim
Wed Mar 02, 2022 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best buoyancy aid for sea kayaking?
Replies: 14
Views: 813

Re: Best buoyancy aid for sea kayaking?

Are you just going to use it for sea kayaking. I was on the point of buying a Ocean wrap but there happened to be a fellow club member in the shop. He pointed out that sea buoyancy aid’s possibly have less buoyancy so I got a river wrap as I do both sea and ww the reason is that air filled water do...
by Jim
Wed Mar 02, 2022 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK explorer refurb advice
Replies: 23
Views: 860

Re: NDK explorer refurb advice

Nothing you apply in a repair is going to be as hard wearing as the original gel coat, but as long as you accept that limitation, there are 3 basic routes. Paint- probably some kind of 2-pack intended for 'fibreglass' possibly using an etch primer first. It will scratch off, but probably just scratc...
by Jim
Fri Feb 25, 2022 3:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Very windy day
Replies: 34
Views: 1462

Re: Very windy day

We do 200m sprint efforts in training, I can do 12kph for about 150m of it :) Actually, that's not true, I have been down to 56 or 57 seconds which is faster than 12kph over the 200, right now Im going over 60 for 200 but more usually I'm collapsing around 150. It's going to really hurt when I next ...
by Jim
Thu Feb 24, 2022 11:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Very windy day
Replies: 34
Views: 1462

Re: Very windy day

I can never quite sustain 10kph for more than a couple of minutes (WWR), but can usually maintain well over 9 on a 2.7km out and back when feeling in top condition. I'm quite a bit slower just now but been having a nightmare keeping up with training for lots of reasons. My 2k time trial course is do...
by Jim
Thu Feb 24, 2022 1:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kits
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Re: First aid kits

Haven't carried one for years, only time I ever used mine was on myself after I cut my hand on the falls of leny and I could have made do with gaffer tape for that, or walked to the car at either end and found something to wrap around it there. I cut or split my hands (usually knuckles) failry frequ...
by Jim
Thu Feb 24, 2022 1:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: loss of passion
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: loss of passion

Try something different, canoe, OC1, polo, slalom, WWR - slightly different challenges might relight the spark.
by Jim
Sat Feb 19, 2022 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: T Cut and Rm refresh
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Re: T Cut and Rm refresh

Any automotive cutting product will work on 'fibreglass' by which of course we all mean the polyester gel coat, not the actual fibres, or the back side of the laminate. Conversely the finer grades of marine compounds can be used for restoring automotive paintwork, but beware, the coarser grades will...
by Jim
Thu Feb 17, 2022 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Additional Buoyancy For Pyranha fusion 2
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: Additional Buoyancy For Pyranha fusion 2

Any decent buoyancy bags (the normal solutuion) will have eyelets for tying them in, you just need to work out what to tie them too, maybe drill a hole through the furthest away peg, or if they are on a bolted rail, slacken the furthest bolt and slip a piece of cord behind the rail. Obviously if you...
by Jim
Tue Feb 15, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Very windy day
Replies: 34
Views: 1462

Re: Very windy day

So I Took new boat out this morning and managed about 45 mins of going into 35-40mph + headwind with large ish wind slop waves .After this I had to turn back and was running out of energy but had a nice bit of surf on the way back in .how long would Olympic paddlers last in such conditions? That's ...
by Jim
Fri Feb 11, 2022 11:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: hpp
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Re: hpp

https://www.facebook.com/HPWhiteWater They don't seem to post updates that often but all the contact details are there, worth calling to check status, when it is high in the winter the water quality is often poorer. I've always just paid on arrival, but usually thats on a friday afternoon before a r...
by Jim
Tue Feb 01, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is it worth getting a BA with a chest harness?
Replies: 7
Views: 574

Re: Is it worth getting a BA with a chest harness?

I would chat to the people you are paddling with and find out what their views/requirements are - opinions differ widely and it is probably more important to gel with your peers than to have or not have a chest harness. I assume Lee Valley don't need you to wear one, maybe even require you not to we...
by Jim
Tue Feb 01, 2022 1:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H which composite to choose
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Re: P&H which composite to choose

Kevlar/Diolen seems an odd combination to me, Diolen is normally substituted for Kevlar for a more affordable laminate. In which case, expect Kelvar/Diolen to have high tensile strength, but be a bit on the flexible side, whilst Carbon/Kevlar will be a bit stiffer and have similar tensile strength (...
by Jim
Tue Feb 01, 2022 12:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Olympic Assesment
Replies: 10
Views: 974

Re: Lee Valley Olympic Assesment

I understand (because I'm too far away to even think about getting an assessment) that a major part of it is going to be demonstrating control and ability to look for and respond to bank signals before attempting certain blind sections (so you can be stopped if another paddler is already getting a b...
by Jim
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pogies for Greenland paddles
Replies: 16
Views: 821

Re: Pogies for Greenland paddles

So you have taken the time to build a custom paddle with a shaft size entirely different to the vast majority of commercially built paddles, and you have an issue with not being able to find pogies to fit it? Why not self craft some pogies? Buy some waterproofed fabric, bonded polyester thread and s...
by Jim
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak UK Big Deck
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Peak UK Big Deck

Nope, I use Peak UK decks, but not that type so haven't seen that problem. Main problem I see cockpit rims cutting through where people don't replace the tape on composite rims when it falls off, but thats not a deck issue, and not relevant for PE boats. They are usually quite helpful if you have pr...

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