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by Jim
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 12
Views: 295

Re: Carbon Paddle

Interesting all the positive comments about VE. Out of interest, the bulge / pocket on the rear of the blade - are you not aware of that when doing sculling or similar strokes ? Im no paddle designer but would have instinctively thought a smooth surface to be better ? (Notwithstanding the need to s...
by Jim
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?
Replies: 11
Views: 240

Re: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?

Never used kayak foundry (I downloaded it once), in autohydro I can get a print of lateral plane status for current draft and trim which displays the underwater and above water lateral centres of area. If wind areas are also defined they are included in the above water lateral areas in addition to t...
by Jim
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Grandtully Slalom on TV
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: Grandtully Slalom on TV

So glad they didn't get the demo runs or my officials runs, I was terrible!
I think I did get all the gates by the end of the weekend (the film is saturday only), the prem paddlers make it look so easy!
by Jim
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 12
Views: 295

Re: Carbon Paddle

I've been a big fan of Lendal paddles for years, slightly less of a fan of Celtic paddles (I don't feel the finish is as good as it was under Lendal) but they are still what I use for sea kayaking (mostly Lendals which are still going strong). The Kinetic touring blades are good for all day use, try...
by Jim
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Experienced paddler but new to Sea Kayaking
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Experienced paddler but new to Sea Kayaking

Finding a group to paddle with is always the best idea, but either way here are some of my top tips: - Check the forecast, more than beaufort 3 can get exciting so start with 3 or less. - Check the tides, lots of texts and courses go on at length about the options for crossing a tide stream most eff...
by Jim
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg operating fault - any ideas?
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: Skeg operating fault - any ideas?

Always worth checking the spring if hosing out doesn't work, the smart track rudder has a stainless spring and they can break (I had that once and keep a spare, although I rarely take the spare paddling).
by Jim
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: K1 Training for Devizes to Westminister
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: K1 Training for Devizes to Westminister

practice having loads of boats racing around you For me in a river racer this aspect in training is significant, I really struggle steering when I'm in a mish-mash of wash from other boats (often train with 2-6 others), it is much easier when I'm on my own. Fortunately we don't usually have mass st...
by Jim
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: THE Dagger Phantom
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Re: THE Dagger Phantom

That is not a Dagger Phantom, it isn't even the right kind of boat, this is a Dagger Phantom:
Image

Dagger should remember their own history!
by Jim
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing - Trespass Policy
Replies: 41
Views: 2661

Re: British Canoeing - Trespass Policy

You have done some research, let me offer you some more reading...
http://www.simondawson.com/phseiont.htm
by Jim
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Beginner marathon races
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: Beginner marathon races

Oh right, I see from the for sale forum you are already looking to upgrade - a good way to find second hand boats is to go to competitions :)
by Jim
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Beginner marathon races
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: Beginner marathon races

Although I don't do marathon my advice is to just go for it. Competition paddlers are all really friendly despite perceptions from outside and as long as your boat meets the max length and min weight rules (it will) they will have no problem with you joining in. You will almost certainly get some ti...
by Jim
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder pain solved
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Shoulder pain solved

To Greg; back in the day Lendal used to offer paddle shafts in a range of stiffness. I'm still regularly using an old Scottish made item Lendal graded F for stiffness. Now I can't remember what the system was then but the choice was right at the time and still works well. Touch wood still no aches ...
by Jim
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Linnhe - Local Info Please
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Loch Linnhe - Local Info Please

In that case you can probably have a good day out just pootling north towards Fort Bill. Make sure you time Corran narrows to go through with the tide. There is a picnic site not too far north of Corran but the height restriction doesn't let motorhomes in (they can use the layby opposite) if you fin...
by Jim
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River tees broken scar
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Re: River tees broken scar

Even a lot of relatively experienced paddlers fail to appreciate how cold a deep body of water like Loch Lomond remains right through the summer, especially when compared to rivers which warm up quite nicely. The effect of cold water on ones ability to swim or self rescue is also often overlooked.
by Jim
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing - Trespass Policy
Replies: 41
Views: 2661

Re: British Canoeing - Trespass Policy

Why the sudden interest in angling? A question was posed earlier in the thread about whether anglers could cast across the half of a river they have fishing rights to, or whether that would be trespass. Legal advice to anglers appears to suggest this would be trespass. I saw that, I just don't unde...
by Jim
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing - Trespass Policy
Replies: 41
Views: 2661

Re: British Canoeing - Trespass Policy

Why the sudden interest in angling?
by Jim
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roofrack advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 436

Re: Roofrack advice please

My roof bars are closer together than I really like for carrying long boats (from the boat's point of view) so I made a cradle based on a 2m length of steel box section to carry my Taran. Most V bars as Nigel recommends seem to come already attached to about a 2m box section.
by Jim
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keel Protector on Corelite PE Kayak P and H
Replies: 8
Views: 404

Re: Keel Protector on Corelite PE Kayak P and H

I have used Kealeasy..Brilliant stuff.. quite easy to apply, my only regret is I should of ordered a longer piece for the whole length of the boat instead of the wear areas on the front and back of the boat.. Your glowing reccommendation is missing the key info about whether you used it on a PE (co...
by Jim
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: WAP any ideas on what has not been switched off
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: WAP any ideas on what has not been switched off

Do the met office still do SMS shipping/inshore waters? I always used to use that service rather than WAP.
Which kind of highlights that it has been a while since I've been on a camping trip - so many things to do!
by Jim
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder pain solved
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Shoulder pain solved

Watching Ivan's video is really useful, but don't forget to have someone watch you to keep you right on the water.
See how most of the pupils fail to replicate what Ivan has showed them at first try and need further input to get there.
by Jim
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keel Protector on Corelite PE Kayak P and H
Replies: 8
Views: 404

Re: Keel Protector on Corelite PE Kayak P and H

You could try helicopter tape, although I'm not sure how well it will adhere to a scuffed surface, or to PE. Another posssibility which should work well is to use West System G-flex epoxy and some kevlar tape. Download the G-flex instructions and read up on the preparation for PE, you need to abrade...
by Jim
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder pain solved
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Shoulder pain solved

Well done finding a paddle that suits you, it is much more important than most people think. If you are having trouble keeping up, consider getting some forward paddling coaching - I've had some over the last year or so and managed to knock 19 minutes off my PB in the Oban Sea Kayak Race just throug...
by Jim
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?
Replies: 7
Views: 274

Re: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?

The first thing to do is stop wearing trainers unless you are going to paddle an enormous creek boat or touring boat or canoe. Most of the time I wear wetsuit shoes in the boat because they are much more flexible than traditional shoes or any of the creek boating footwear. In some boats I take the s...
by Jim
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: McD kayaking advert
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: McD kayaking advert

Ha ha, I'm perfectly capable of picking up more penalties than that when I have my paddle - at chapel falls this year, I missed 9 out of 19 gates on my best run...
by Jim
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: McD kayaking advert
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: McD kayaking advert

I find it incredibly annoying.
Sebastian Rossi is the real legend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3vtJ401qhA
by Jim
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Side Sculling Advice Please
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: Side Sculling Advice Please

Even WW paddlers don't do this anymore, at least not the way it has always been taught. However; I would argue about it putting your shoulder in a very exposed position - that depends entirely on how well you are doing it, done right the shoulder is not exposed, done badly it is. How do you know if ...
by Jim
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Starting in a playboat?
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Re: Starting in a playboat?

Don't stop at 3.
I think the one I just ordered is about No.18 but it is getting hard to tell.
by Jim
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Starting in a playboat?
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Re: Starting in a playboat?

DaveBland wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:51 am
I agree but then there's also a trend of paddlers who have learned in creek boats who come undone as soon as they are thrown around. There's a benefit in both.
Best bet is to do everything*

*except sprint/marathon, the boats are too wobbly
by Jim
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Slalom Club Recommendation - Shoreditch London
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Slalom Club Recommendation - Shoreditch London

Slalom has real trouble attracting adult beginners but I'm pretty sure if you contact any slalom club they will happy for you to join them even though they target their starter session advertising at kids. The only issues might be that they may be short of adult sized club boats for you to use, and ...
by Jim
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South Queensferry
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: South Queensferry

Do TomTom have it on the map yet or should I wait a while before downloading an update?

TomTom went mad when I drove over it last week, kept telling me to turn right in the middle of the Forth.