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by Jim
Thu Sep 14, 2023 6:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Child friendly boat?
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Child friendly boat?

At 3 the open boat might be a good plan for a while. As they get bigger and more independent I think slalom kayaks are good start point because they are much lighter than PE boats which makes them much more manageable, especially designs aimed more for kids (Scud, Colt, Dino). I've seen kids as youn...
by Jim
Wed Aug 30, 2023 4:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayaking photography
Replies: 13
Views: 1302

Re: Sea kayaking photography

My DSLRs are now old and not very advanced, but I have always preferred to carry them and keep them and the lens dry over waterproof cameras which generally end up optically impaired by splashes or a film of water on the lens/window. I've used Ortileb Aquazoom bags for years (the standard one, the p...
by Jim
Wed Aug 30, 2023 4:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fibre Glass Repair Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 733

Re: Fibre Glass Repair Advice

Laminating over wooden strips to make stiffeners will work, but shaping the wood could be tricky, consider using flexible foam strips instead - the cured laminate will provide the strength/stiffness in either case. Avoid square corners, the reinforcement won't want to bend sharply and will tend to l...
by Jim
Sun Jul 16, 2023 10:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lightest Whitewater River Running Kayak
Replies: 11
Views: 1463

Re: Lightest Whitewater River Running Kayak

Hi Chris, Polo boats used to be cut down slalom boats, but have diverged over the years. The main reason I didn't suggest a polo boat, is that I find polo boats more squirty than slalom boats - that might at first seem counterintuitive, but a polo boat is designed to pivot turn easily on still water...
by Jim
Sat Jul 15, 2023 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak companies
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: Kayak companies

Any idea what year that list is from? I know the owner of one of the businesses so could find out when he sold up, I'm thinking it was last millenium though. Several businesses have come and gone since that list was made, others have been bought up and some of the parent companies are actively produ...
by Jim
Sat Jul 15, 2023 8:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lightest Whitewater River Running Kayak
Replies: 11
Views: 1463

Re: Lightest Whitewater River Running Kayak

Is paddling grade 3/4 realistic post -op? That probably comes accross as condescending, but hear me out, what I mean is, if you decide, or later discover that it isn't, and need to drop your paddling a grade or 2, seriously have a look at slalom boats. If you paddle carefully on rocky or low rivers ...
by Jim
Fri Mar 31, 2023 6:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice about used Cetus damage
Replies: 53
Views: 3555

Re: Advice about used Cetus damage

Just to expand on that, I used to work in a yard that built fibreglass canal boats. The boss kept a coffee jar full of gel coat from the bottom of every drum which was labelled with the colour code and date. If a boat came in for repair, one of the first jobs was to go in the flammables store and co...
by Jim
Fri Mar 31, 2023 6:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice about used Cetus damage
Replies: 53
Views: 3555

Re: Advice about used Cetus damage

There can be batch variations even when specific RAL or BS or other colour codes are used. Also UV exposure will change the colours slightly of the original pigment, although I think you are saying the colour match looked good before you cut it back? In that case it probably matched to the degraded ...
by Jim
Wed Mar 15, 2023 2:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice about used Cetus damage
Replies: 53
Views: 3555

Re: Advice about used Cetus damage

People often find advice about incompatability between epoxy and polyester. As long as you sand well to provide mechanical key, epoxy over polyester bonds as well as to any other surface, the problem is mainly with polyester over epoxy where the bond is never as good, and the polyester is mechanical...
by Jim
Wed Mar 15, 2023 9:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice about used Cetus damage
Replies: 53
Views: 3555

Re: Advice about used Cetus damage

I'm generally in agrrement with everyone else about the non-severity of the star cracking etc. BUT the first 2 photos of longitudinal deck cracks I think require an internal inspection as they could be down to dropping the boat on its edge (possibly loaded). What you are looking for on the inside is...
by Jim
Sat Mar 04, 2023 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Most cost effective charts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2027

Re: Most cost effective charts?

robhorton wrote:
Fri Mar 03, 2023 4:09 pm
(only a couple of trips on Mull and nothing in The Clyde from my memory)
That's right, nothing to see here, you all keep on going up the west coast to Oban and Skye and such and don't come cluttering up our boring uninteresting coastline here on the Clyde...
by Jim
Thu Mar 02, 2023 9:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Most cost effective charts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2027

Re: Most cost effective charts?

charleston14 wrote:
Wed Mar 01, 2023 4:16 pm
Curious;
How do folks handle plotting tidal vectors for planning crossings, in the electronic apps? (never used an app) do the apps all have plottable lines for measuring off distance and degrees?
Guesstimate, and since we are rarely doing over the horizon navigation, take transits.
by Jim
Mon Feb 20, 2023 7:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taran 16 as an expedition boat
Replies: 3
Views: 975

Re: Taran 16 as an expedition boat

Compare volumes, I think you'll find the Taran 16 is higher volume than the Nordy. Just be careful to pack lighter stuff into the extreme ends and keep the heavy bits close to the cockpit and it should be fine. When I tried the Taran (18) I filled it right up and pootled out to Ailsa Craig and it fe...
by Jim
Wed Feb 15, 2023 12:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Has anyone paddled round Raasay?
Replies: 18
Views: 2154

Re: Has anyone paddled round Raasay?

It has been a long long time since I've done it, (and almost certainly not as per the guide) as I recall we only made camp on the island once at a spot which I think has become contentious. We also camped next to the croft on Rona with permission from the crofter, but I think the estate have actuall...
by Jim
Sat Feb 11, 2023 10:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gower peninsula / Pembrokeshire - best sheltered spots?
Replies: 4
Views: 981

Re: Gower peninsula / Pembrokeshire - best sheltered spots?

Like Owen I'm thinking it must be getting on for 30 years since I was last down there! Rhossilli / Llangennith is a big surf beach, with strong tide rips at both ends and fully exposed to prevailing weather, I would strongly reccommend against it as a solo touring sea kayak launch/landing spot. Oxwi...
by Jim
Thu Feb 02, 2023 11:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wanted: Fast (cheap!) sea kayak.
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

Re: Wanted: Fast (cheap!) sea kayak.

Join Duddon CC and try paddling WWR for fitness. I think they have wavehoppers, but there are frequently composite boats of a range of vintages and budgets popping up for sale.
by Jim
Thu Feb 02, 2023 11:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lendal/Celtic shaft/paddle compatibility?
Replies: 3
Views: 916

Re: Lendal/Celtic shaft/paddle compatibility?

If you are using the standard diameter shafts (not the smaller diameter Celtic offer), in terms of items fitting together by diameter there should be no issues (i.e. gluing the blades into a 2-piece shaft), BUT leverlock and paddlock are different systems and I could not say for sure that a paddlock...
by Jim
Thu Feb 02, 2023 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea King Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Re: Sea King Kayak

I'm not checking the forums very often at the moment because ongoing back issues are keeping me out of boats, and I'm not often in the mood to see others enjoying themselves paddling. I paddled a Sea King for quite a few years, over quite a few miles often with a lot of camping kit, and sometimes ne...
by Jim
Thu Jan 05, 2023 1:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry robes
Replies: 22
Views: 2840

Re: Dry robes

Pop along to any slalom event to see whats what, many of the kids use them to avoid changing between runs. And the parents get to wear them for a while when the kids are on the water.
by Jim
Sat Dec 10, 2022 4:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cardington Artificial White Water Course
Replies: 2
Views: 1030

Re: Cardington Artificial White Water Course

Viking KC have a slalom booked for June next year so presumably have contact with whoever takes bookings.
by Jim
Fri Dec 02, 2022 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayaking on south coast
Replies: 9
Views: 1613

Re: Sea kayaking on south coast

Strong races around all the headlands on that stretch, I have paddled there with some of the previous responders, and some of them when fully flowing cause a significantly visible gradient on the sea that you wouldn't paddle up. On the plus side, time it right and you can go a long way in a day. You...
by Jim
Wed Nov 30, 2022 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does having your skeg down make you more/less vulnerable to capsizing in waves?
Replies: 18
Views: 2450

Re: Does having your skeg down make you more/less vulnerable to capsizing in waves?

A very complex subject, which we are not likely to gain a full understanding of... Unless it is breaking, the water in a wave mostly moves up and down, not side to side. So it won't push on the skeg in any way that affects stability. A side wind occurring at the same time will try to tip you over a ...
by Jim
Wed Nov 30, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First Aid provider?
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

Re: First Aid provider?

Pretty sure George Fell can do that, although he may have moved up north?
by Jim
Sun Sep 25, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ergo: Kayak First
Replies: 1
Views: 1175

Re: Ergo: Kayak First

No, and I'm not sure I understand your logic? Most ergos seem to have the option of using in canoe mode, but I don't understand how that means it requires less space around it for a kayaker? Surely you aren't thinking of training on one side only? Given the artificial nature of ergo training, I woul...
by Jim
Mon Sep 12, 2022 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Artificial white water and the cost of living crisis
Replies: 12
Views: 2245

Re: Artificial white water and the cost of living crisis

Things are difficult for pumped courses, and the uncertainty really doesn't help, but my local course is doing its best to keep going and seems to be just as busy as ever. Whether it will be affordable to run my event there next year is something we will have to decide closer to the time when they h...
by Jim
Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: re inventing Latitude and longtitude via ignorance and for profit?
Replies: 80
Views: 5032

Re: re inventing Latitude and longtitude via ignorance and for profit?

So, it doesn't actually deliver what it promises then?

I think I'll stick to not getting lost.
by Jim
Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: re inventing Latitude and longtitude via ignorance and for profit?
Replies: 80
Views: 5032

Re: re inventing Latitude and longtitude via ignorance and for profit?

Not really, because all our rescue services have been promoting it for a few years now. What you may not understand is that lat and long is not a single regular system. The earth is not round, but an oblete spheroid, which has to be modelled to approximate a spherical surface in order to use a co-or...
by Jim
Wed Jul 27, 2022 8:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle with shaft ovalised/indexed? Both? LH? RH?
Replies: 15
Views: 1793

Re: Paddle with shaft ovalised/indexed? Both? LH? RH?

What I think, is that it varies from person to person, and possibly even paddle to paddle. I used to like to have both sides indexed because I expect to need to set up to roll on either side, on white water and sea, and playing polo. Most racing paddlers that use wings prefer no indexing because the...
by Jim
Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Amputee - seat position
Replies: 1
Views: 1149

Re: Amputee - seat position

Moving the seat can definitely help improve trim, and if you are finding the boat difficult to control as a result of the new trim, then it is worth looking at ways to correct it. I suspect however, that you will either run out of range in the seat movement, or if you think of a way to extend the mo...
by Jim
Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tippy new boat.
Replies: 53
Views: 4620

Re: Tippy new boat.

See my post in the correct posture thread which covers a lot of the same ground, it may be a bit technical if you are new to paddling but concentrate on the concepts for getting time in the boat to get more relaxed. I used to kitesurf at Troon, now admittedly that means I only used to head down when...

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