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by Jim
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SoT with sit-in performance
Replies: 19
Views: 401

Re: SoT with sit-in performance

Epic V5 and V7 are available in PE, V5 may be too short and wide, V7 might meet your criteria though.
by Jim
Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

The Tay from above Campsie to below Stanley is an all year round option, though only 3 miles, maybe less. There are reasons I excluded this part of the Tay earlier. Do not tube/swim campsie linn, there are strong undercurrents that have sometimes held entire kayaks under for a worryingly long time ...
by Jim
Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

Standard Wikipedia contradiction and misinformation! Earlier on that same page it says the course is 700m The Regatta lake is famously 2km long, look at an aerial photo, suggests 700m for the WW course might even be a bit much. It scales as closer to 600m from Wikimedia's own map :-) NWSC website al...
by Jim
Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Space under the canoe on the roof rack
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Space under the canoe on the roof rack

Most people find the canoe on its own is quite heavy enough to try and manhandle onto the roofrack, never mind adding another 20kg of kit first! Kayakers sometimes carry kit in boats, but it is much easier to ensure it can't fall out. Instead of U-bolting a sheet of ply to the roof bars, how about U...
by Jim
Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

They do tubing commercially at HPP but I don't think it is 1/2 mile long, it just seems that long walking back up. Some sections of the Wye might work for you, or might be too flat. My best suggestion would be the Tay from Kenmore to Grandtully (you might not want to do the rapid at the end), but ev...
by Jim
Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 767

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

Tell a new paddler to paddle without bending their elbows, straight arms. Not for too long (half a minute?) but long enough that they have to body rotate and push. Since teaching that way I've found it on YouTube too. Snap, that's exactly what we do. "Pushing from the elbow"? You mean bending arms ...
by Jim
Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 767

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

Note the "push" seems to be called "drive'. Look at 2.40 and a very "hard" push / body rotation. At 4.50 it says (in writing) "Pushing top hand...." The bit at 2:40 is a dry land demonstration, and to me shows much more push from the elbow than any of the boat clips, I don't think it is a good exam...
by Jim
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 767

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

So Ivan, five times world champion, is wrong. Better write to him quick and tell him he's been doing it wrong all this time! Or describes things poorly? Or has altered the way he describes things because he has found that most paddlers respond to being told to push, by pushing from the elbow, not b...
by Jim
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone paddle a Jackson fun?
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Anyone paddle a Jackson fun?

Some boats don't scale that well, the Fun may be more playful than I found the 4Fun. There was a lot to like about the 4fun, I just felt I was missing more wavewheels than I did in my Session+ or an X I hired another time, my biggest issue was that it seemed too stable to work on kickflips, I litera...
by Jim
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 767

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

I thought carpal tunnel syndrome resulted in random opening of the hand, or have I mixed conditions up? Either way, thats what the GP consultation is for, and if the GP decides it needs referral our thoughts are very much secondary to the medical experts, but may be worth discussing with a specialis...
by Jim
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Any helicopter tape experts here?
Replies: 11
Views: 439

Re: Any helicopter tape experts here?

Thanks for any suggestions how to resolve this. I’ve had a go at softening it with hot air and also piercing the bubbles. Unfortunately neither has been successful so I’ve peeled it all off. I’ll order some more and have another go without water. Cheers Just fit strips where the paddle blade contac...
by Jim
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone paddle a Jackson fun?
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Anyone paddle a Jackson fun?

Are you wanting to go playboating or river running in it? I hired a 4Fun (i.e. the big one) to run the Grand Canyon in 2016, and at nearly twice your weight I was struggling to throw it around as much as I wanted, so you can absolutely definitely rule it out if you want to play. I didn't get a chanc...
by Jim
Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing bulkheads in plastic kayak
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: Replacing bulkheads in plastic kayak

Replacing foam bulkheads with solid ones will cause hard spots which will cause excessive wear to your hull in those areas and you may find in time that the PE flexes away either side leaving hard ridges where the bulkheads are. This might not bother you if it is already fairly worn out, plus whilst...
by Jim
Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Any helicopter tape experts here?
Replies: 11
Views: 439

Re: Any helicopter tape experts here?

Soapy water is how professionals and clued up amatuers apply vinyl wrap, it allows them to float the vinyl into place, and then squeegee out the water so the adhesive sticks. Vinyl wrap is more stretchy and flexible than helicopter tape so much easier to squeegee out the bubbles. I haven't tried soa...
by Jim
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 767

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

Assuming he checks out clear with the GP, this can often happen to varying extent after period of gripping tightly. I don't recall having had it from paddling but occasionally had it cycling (usually off road in bad weather), kite buggy racing (where we do use a lot more grip that you should for pad...
by Jim
Mon May 31, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Axiom 8.0 or GTS
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Axiom 8.0 or GTS

For grade 2/3 also consider a slalom boat made for ~45kg. You may struggle to find any S/H around Glasgow just now because our club is currently on a mission to enlarge our fleet, although we probably have that size pretty will covered. Minimum race weight for a boat is 9kg, but not enforced below d...
by Jim
Thu May 13, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: water on lens
Replies: 11
Views: 491

Re: water on lens

Dry bag and keep the camera dry. I've only ruined 1 DSLR with this approach, and that was in the back of my river kayak when the bag popped open, not at sea where I keep it on deck. I have another which has a sticky mirror (but hasn't been used on the water for ages so unrelated) and another that ha...
by Jim
Thu May 13, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence
Replies: 4
Views: 2240

Re: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence

I think it will be passable all summer despite the barrage stopping a lot of the outflow from the loch. Checking Strava I was paddling up to the edge of Renton (above the tidal limit) occasionally all through last summer, the shallow bits are further up than that but I think the level tends to stay ...
by Jim
Sat May 01, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Slalom C1 for sale 4m
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: Slalom C1 for sale 4m

I don't know if they have any interest in C1, but a bunch of our old boats are heading to Leithen Water Paddlers so they can get some more paddlers started in slalom, might be worth contacting them. Their Fairnilee race appears to be cancelled, but the club contact details should still be on the sla...
by Jim
Sat May 01, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence
Replies: 4
Views: 2240

Re: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence

Wow, I wrote that guide a long time ago, having only run the full river once. In fact I have still only run the whole river once although I have been paddling on it 3-4 times a week for the last year (and quite a lot previous to that). I think Leven ford (photographed) is quite friendly because it i...
by Jim
Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buying small quantities of GRP materials?
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Buying small quantities of GRP materials?

I tend to use East Coast (Aled's recommendation) or EasyComposites https://www.easycomposites.co.uk/ depending on who has what in stock or current offers. Easycomposites epoxy is measured by weight (all others are by volume) so if you prefer to mix by volume don't get their resin, if you are OK mixi...
by Jim
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland

Hi All, A large collection of boats and kit has been recovered by Police at a property near Inverurie. It's believed the stolen gear might be from across the UK - details are here: https://m.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision/photos/a.194069490655652/4412604242135468/?type=3&sfnsn=scwspwa I hope ...
by Jim
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 22
Views: 843

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

SJD wrote:
Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:40 pm
And/or a wet mil thickness gauge.
Looks simple, but I found it deceptively difficult to use!
Also when the problem is getting it even over the whole mould, a spot check might not always highlight it, but it certainly can help with gettign the basic thickness right.
by Jim
Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 22
Views: 843

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

Do you have experience of building bighead fasteners into a laminate, or have you glued them to the inside of a finished laminate later? You can do either or both: on professionally built kayaks they are just glued in with methacrylate. Supposedly bomb-proof, I DID have one of four come loose. Fort...
by Jim
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Great Glen Way campsite?
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Great Glen Way campsite?

I have a stayed a few places around there (Ship, B&B, Hotel, Scout Hut, Dad's boat), but never camped...

I would have thought somewhere off Clachnaharry Road by the basin or towards the sea lock, or keep going round the corner and find a spot right on the firth just out of town.
by Jim
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 22
Views: 843

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

Then glass up the holes from the inside. Depending on your chosen footrest replacement, you might want to install four of these at the same time. Together with ABS rails (e.g. Kajaksport). Those and Nylock s/s nuts should prevent recurrence. https://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/images/product/lar...
by Jim
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite / Polymer quandary
Replies: 33
Views: 2950

Re: Composite / Polymer quandary

Both are made from plastics. 'Plastic' boats are usually made from Polythethylene (or polythene, or PE for short). Linear PE is highly recyclable and you could arguably put it in your kerbside collection bin, if it would fit. Cross linked PE is not recyclable, but I think it has been a good few year...
by Jim
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 22
Views: 843

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

If stainless wasn't so hard to drill Then Jim wrote a very detailed explanation (I think that's a tautology) of how to do it, which I shall cut out and keep! Thanks Jim, I think that's a good reason for keeping a hand drill. It is a slow and painstaking process, and will not suit everyone to attemp...
by Jim
Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 22
Views: 843

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

After repeatedly soaking with penetrating oil (no need for home brew stuff, plenty of good brands out there, WD40 is not one of them, but they are now owned by the people who make 3in1 brand oils and there is a penetrating oil in their product line which will probably be available wherever you get y...
by Jim
Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tramson Stern or Pointy Stern? Pros and cons
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Tramson Stern or Pointy Stern? Pros and cons

Many sea kayakers stick doggedly to tradition. It is difficult to build a skin on frame kayak with a transom stern - not impossible, but you would need to shape the stern from a single, relatively heavy piece of wood. Traditionally therefore the longitudinals are brought to a point and lashed togeth...