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by Jim
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling from the Back
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Paddling from the Back

I understand it in context of C1 and OC1. Paddling from the stern is using a trailing correction stroke to keep the boat going straight, the problem is that you either have to kneel up straighter compromising the catch, or move your body backwards and forwards which plays havoc with trim and causes ...
by Jim
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patterns on loch's surface
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: Patterns on loch's surface

All sorts of things. Depth differences affect the size of waves and even ripples over an area, they may also increase or decrease flow which again can affect the ripples and waves. Presence of vegetation can also have an effect of stilling the surface locally, and I'm told fish shoaling can create a...
by Jim
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WhiteWater Massif Central Guidebook
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: WhiteWater Massif Central Guidebook

Check Song of the Paddle forum - Slime has a consultation thread running about a new name for the guide (to reflect that it is less extreme than the other WW europe guides), I'm sure he must have mentioned when it goes to print...
by Jim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 37
Views: 991

Re: Paddling into your thirties

Motivation is key.
If you have the motivation, you will find a way to make the time and do the hard work.
by Jim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?
Replies: 33
Views: 1043

Re: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?

If you watch me bank scrambling you'll spot a couple of things - I'm slow, careful and will always tend to go up the bank as I don't like going down. I sometimes just sit down to get down a bit. Hate taking a paddle and throwline as it limits my ability to use my hands. Some slight re-adjustments n...
by Jim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?
Replies: 33
Views: 1043

Re: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?

jmmoxon wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:32 pm
Nature versus nurture (nobody knows)

Mike
Completely agree!
by Jim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 37
Views: 991

Re: Paddling into your thirties

Hell yes! You just need to be able to find time and commitment. I had a few quiet years in my 30's - I'd got fed up with hurtling down rocky ditches in playboats and couldn't face carrying creek boats around, admittedly I had also started kite buggy racing and then moved away from most of my paddlin...
by Jim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?
Replies: 33
Views: 1043

Re: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?

If on form I can do this kayaking although it's normally more an outcome (alright mostly I'm not falling over) rather than a move or moves. If you can hear me there can be some hilarious commentary! Fridays includes some swearing as I realise I'm heading for the lefthand line which has a rock face ...
by Jim
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 49
Views: 1945

Re: Carrying flares

Chris Bolton wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:46 pm
I'm not sure why the list includes both "Marine VHF radio" and "VHF radio".
Maybe it is a generic list and they are anticipating WW leaders carrying regular VHF instead of marine (different channels) - is that even possible/feasible for anyone not in emergency services or mountain rescue?
by Jim
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 49
Views: 1945

Re: Carrying flares

Carriage of flares (other than those that are part of the ships own SOLAS kit) is almost certainly determined by the certification of each individual ship with respect to carriage of dangerous goods, it is not unusual for flag state to give different certification to apparently identical ships for a...
by Jim
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Random question
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Re: Random question

Depends if you are righty or lefty - cross bow breakout is always faster and snappier so once you master it, that side will be easiest, however some people take quite a long time to build confidence in it and will perceive the on side breakout as easier, but when it comes to catching eddies it is le...
by Jim
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak pulls left
Replies: 30
Views: 5473

Re: Kayak pulls left

Philpho - pelvic asymmetry could be your problem, and as a physiotherapist you would be better placed to work out if you have a problem with that than any of us. But don't overlook any other asymmetry in your physiology, it could be due to a muscular problem in the back or shoulders, or simply a dif...
by Jim
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 1752

Re: Paddle recommendations?

I have been keeping out of the what paddle debate because I am in the middle of relearning my technique and may very soon change my opinions on what I like or don't like, however: Lendal (Celtic) Kinetic Touring (in carbon composite) on modified crank shaft is still my touring paddle of choice. Lend...
by Jim
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 1752

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Poor paddling technique (probably)? Regardless of the pros and cons of GP versus Euro (yawn), that is an incredibly arrogant statement...... It is arrogant, but that doesn't make it wrong, although there are perspectives to consider. After 25+ years of paddling I am just now working on learning to ...
by Jim
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 679

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

Make a temporary mould by using some thin plastic - the side out of a 5l bottle usually works for me, I've used the technique a few times to rebuild broken seat flanges. The plastic should be flexible enough to wrap around your nose piece and when taped cunningly in place it should match the curve a...
by Jim
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 861

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Tidal streams through Dorus Mor are also interesting, which is one of the issues I have with the Argyll trail - it takes you through, or close to, some of the most serious tidal waters we have, places I really wouldn't recommend a beginner to go paddling, yet beginners are often the kind of people t...
by Jim
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Use of Mental Imagery in Whitewater Kayaking
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: Use of Mental Imagery in Whitewater Kayaking

I know some WW paddlers who stand on the bank and work out a rapid stroke by stroke. I have no idea if they are right when they get on the water, but I know it forms part of their routine. To me the difference in perspective is probably why mental imagery is useful - it is about using imagination to...
by Jim
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Use of Mental Imagery in Whitewater Kayaking
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: Use of Mental Imagery in Whitewater Kayaking

Seems a little 'thin'. I think your results would be more useful if you had asked about specific kinds of mental imagery and which kinds people use and what for, how often etc? You ask an important question about recreation vs competition but have only really asked recreational paddlers as far as I ...
by Jim
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Outfitting
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: Outfitting

Depends what you are looking to do and what to. Where the manufacturer (like pyranha) have different levels of outfitting for the same boat, you can generally buy spares from other outfit ranges to swap out with parts from the range you have, but it is not inexpensive, you would generally be better ...
by Jim
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle van advice
Replies: 7
Views: 850

Re: Paddle van advice

I was talking to a friend the other day who has just got a Proace for her furniture business, she discounted the Vito because of horror stories of lots going wrong, and being Merc fixing anything is expensive (that could be why my Sprinter has been SORN for nearly 4 years now) and was of a similar v...
by Jim
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: After a Hero
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: After a Hero

I've only tried the 4Fun (ran the grand canyon in one), from my point of view it feels very stable, in fact whilst playing I found it rather slower to capsize than I'm used to; however this needs to be read with the understanding that I have always enjoyed paddling a Glide which is one of the twitch...
by Jim
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Immersion Research drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 711

Re: Immersion Research drysuits

When trying them on I decided the 7-figure was enough lighter for me to prefer it over the Arch Rival, but mine is a couple of years old now and they update them a little each year. It is certainly very dry, although perhaps getting less water days than previous suits because I do so much in shorts ...
by Jim
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak bailing sponge
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: Kayak bailing sponge

Looks like the type DIY shops sell for decorating purposes (except only 1/4 as thick) - very absorbant but I find they fall apart quickly.
by Jim
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How long does a PFD last?
Replies: 8
Views: 634

Re: How long does a PFD last?

I've always said a carry in destroys my ability to paddle properly, I'd blame the 2 long days with carry ins rather than BA :)

Can't say I fancy either of those swims, but I did once get pinned in Randolphs in a bizarre way and needed rescuing. Must have been the carry down from the road...
by Jim
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How long does a PFD last?
Replies: 8
Views: 634

Re: How long does a PFD last?

My new rule of thumb, if you can't read the label that tells you the certification standard, buoyancy etc. then it is time for a new one. This is based on the requirement to have a USCG certified one for the Grand Canyon - I did still have one, but the label was unreadable and the rangers wouldn't h...
by Jim
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Just joined
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Just joined

Thanks for the info. I'm now thinking SF Huntsman, 15ft I would probably try to maximise the length towards 5m and look for a design with relatively low freeboard - the 15'7" Peterborough might be a better option, although the tumblehome might not be ideal for camping as it means the boat is a litt...
by Jim
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Just joined
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Just joined

Paul Fisher is quite approachable, especially if you are looking at an experimental design and/or looking to modify one of his designs slightly, however; others have suggested a canoe may be more appropriate, when I look at the dimensions and lines of the ocean going kayak, I am seeing a canoe with ...
by Jim
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit issue
Replies: 13
Views: 803

Re: Drysuit issue

If you fit a strap and cinch it up you will crease/fold the neoprene seal and that will be a path for water to trickle in so the suit would be semi-dry - better than a loose neck seal, not quite as good as a properly fitting neck seal. Most of the time I use cags with loose or adjustable neck seals,...
by Jim
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: Buoyancy & Handling

It is not about how much volume, but where the designer puts it. Traditional sea kayak with highly flared upturned ends are designed with plenty of reserve buoyancy in the ends to make sure they lift to waves even when well loaded. Race style sea kayaks may have more volume overall, but with little ...
by Jim
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Define Canoeing
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Define Canoeing

Even if I use a short shaft paddle sitting in a kayak with single blade paddle feels all wrong/awkward. Convert that playboat to a kneeler and find out for yourself. BUT - ignore boat/paddle snobbery, you don't have to 'do it right', just do what feels good for you. And do yourself a favour - learn ...