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by Jim
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: changing from kayak to OC1 (whitewater)
Replies: 1
Views: 39

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: 14
Views: 1354

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: 86

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: 57
Views: 2080

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: 166

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: 381

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: 689

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: 430

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: 9
Views: 623

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: 1164

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: 1275

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: 666

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: 2
Views: 94

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: 1275

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: 666

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: 221

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: 666

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: 666

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...
by Jim
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions
Replies: 27
Views: 666

Re: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions

If the cracks are local to the seat I would seriously think about removing the seat, and just putting a largeish patch of something internally in way of the seat and not worry about the external job especially if it seems smooth. Under the seat I would be very tempted to use a carbon/kevlar mixed we...
by Jim
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: New boats worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 931

Re: New boats worth it?

You only get custom colours/graphics on a new boat :D My sea kayak cost more than both my cars put together, in fact if I throw the van in too the combined cost is not much more than the kayak... If you love your sport and your boats, don't try to rationalise things by comparing costs, just get savi...
by Jim
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Air bags
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Air bags

If you buy airbags from BPM Whitewater you will find a care leaflet enclosed, it really wouldn't be right for me to quote Mats text here. The most relevant bit for most kayakers is the warning to partly deflate for transit in hot weather - the air in them can expand a fair bit and it is not unheard ...
by Jim
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: OT: repairing an inflatable hot tub!
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: OT: repairing an inflatable hot tub!

G-flex epoxy will stick to vinyl with correct preparation - I have used it on a royalex canoe. But I can't see it being flexible enough for an inflatable.
by Jim
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Italy/ Switzerland trip 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Italy/ Switzerland trip 2018

When I saw you were having trouble with excessive levels I was wondering if you might show up Saturday afternoon for the Swiss Kayakcross competition which they squeezed into the evening after the WWR sprint runs...
by Jim
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions
Replies: 27
Views: 666

Re: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions

At that vintage the boat is likely to be pretty flimsy especially with apparent world cup provenance (the top paddlers would have had their boats as light as the rules allowed), even with the airex core. I'm trying to remember what airex is, I think it is one of the fibreglass 'mats' with air bubble...
by Jim
Wed May 16, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: C1 Cartwheel question
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: C1 Cartwheel question

Never mastered C1 playboating at all, but I believe the normal technique is to do a clean cartwheel, which you can work on in K1 first. Clean means complete the second end without taking another stroke after the double pump (super clean is achieving the whole manouevre without a stroke) - you need t...
by Jim
Sat May 05, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 57
Views: 2080

Re: Do you need a backband?

Most composite high backed /bucket seats come in different sizes. Plastic boat seats are usually one size fits all with hip pads and backband to provide adjustment. Neither of my slalom K1 or WWR K1 seats come as high up as the backband in a freestyle or creek boat, they do enough to stop me sliding...
by Jim
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: marine vhf - listening online?
Replies: 7
Views: 760

Re: marine vhf - listening online?

andynormancx wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:50 pm
The original poster did specifically say he wanted to listen in to learn how VHF traffic is passed.
No he didn't, he said he wanted to listen to the coastguard, most of what I hear from the coastguard is identical to what I can hear on radio 4.
by Jim
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 773

Re: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak

Looks to me like the cloth that the gelcoat hasn't bonded to is the tape used for the keel strip, in which case it is the flow coat which is added to the keel strip after the tape which hasn't bonded and it won't be indicative of the bond between the gel coat and cloth over the rest of the hull, whe...
by Jim
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spray deck size
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Spray deck size

The common names for spraydeck (or cockpit) sizes have become a bit meaningless over the years, cockpit sizes have got bigger to make getting in and out easier (mostly out, in an emergency) but some of the old names are still used but now apply to a much bigger cockpit than they used to. There is no...
by Jim
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Other than the Wye ...
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Other than the Wye ...

I seem to remember someone wrote a guidebook to the Thames recently...