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by Jim
Fri Oct 22, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Freestyle kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: Freestyle kayak

If you squash the foot area of the kayak, you end up with less room for your feet... Obviously a slicey playboat is going to be more cramped than a Burn. I found my Jed pretty spacious compared to my old Glide, the Burn is like sitting a damn cathedral, I mean you can not only wear shoes in it, but ...
by Jim
Fri Oct 22, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying with paddle
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: Flying with paddle

4 piece split in checked bag.
by Jim
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence
Replies: 7
Views: 2422

Re: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence

By the way, the hydrographs look pretty natural again so the barrage at Balloch is probably down for the winter now - you can confirm for us next week!
by Jim
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence
Replies: 7
Views: 2422

Re: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence

It's pretty rare that I head down to the castle, but yes there will be a beach on the Clyde side of the castle at all but HW springs I reckon, even then probably still possible to land. I reckon the premium parking spots are right by the castle/bowling club at the end of Castle street, there are not...
by Jim
Wed Oct 06, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)
Replies: 23
Views: 847

Re: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)

Your general rule for the tides isn't very general, doesn't work on the North Sea Coast at all or the English Channel. From the North Coast to the Wash it floods South and East. From the Channel to the Wash it floods East and North. I had intended to say that there are many exceptions, oh wait, I d...
by Jim
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking with a back injury
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Kayaking with a back injury

It is going to be difficult to find the right boat and right paddling style. As Chris says with a good efficient trunk rotation style you won't be finding lack of back movement to be a problem, but finding a boat where the seat height and angle, knee height and footrest position all come together in...
by Jim
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)
Replies: 23
Views: 847

Re: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)

Tidal info for the UK really only comes from 2 sources. UKHO collected all the original data and aggressively protect the copyright on their data and algorithms, almost all tidal information sites you find have bought a license from UKHO to reproduce their data, and that comes with stipulations on h...
by Jim
Wed Sep 01, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand
Replies: 16
Views: 776

Re: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand

I rarely actually camp on sand, but when I used to race kite buggies I always put a tent up to keep my gear (mainly several thousands of pounds worth of kites) dry if it rained, or clean if the wind was blowing sand. For that I use a pop-up tent and one of those rougly 300mm long corkscrew pet stake...
by Jim
Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 2330

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

Celtic (or Lendal, as they used to be known) paddles are outstanding. In an ideal world, you should buy the very best you can afford, but you also need to find out what suits you, and experience the difference between the cheaper variety compared to the top-end. Also, cranked or straight shaft? Wha...
by Jim
Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling technique - what if you can't push?
Replies: 11
Views: 573

Re: Paddling technique - what if you can't push?

People understand, and explain, things in different ways. Generally people get pulling naturally, so many coaches try to balance it by explaining to push as well. Because it is an easy concept for people to grasp. For high efficiency easy going paddling it is best to rotate from the abdomen, for man...
by Jim
Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Streamlyte Tour paddles?
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: Streamlyte Tour paddles?

Never seen them, I used to use their polo blades so can vouch for their build quality, but didn't even know they made a touring paddle. Paddles are very personal in feel, either try before you buy, or start at the budget end and aks to try other people's whilst out paddling to get a feel for deiffer...
by Jim
Mon Aug 16, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Traveling to o from EU with your kayak in the car?
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Traveling to o from EU with your kayak in the car?

GB wildwater racing team had to organise a carnet for all the boats they took to Spain last week tso they can prove on their return that they are bringing the same boats back and have neither permanently exported, nor are importing any of them (and yes, if they smash one up they need to bring the pi...
by Jim
Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a foam foot rest
Replies: 12
Views: 441

Re: Fitting a foam foot rest

Luckily my friends who have pushed the footrests out of their WWR kayaks don't read these forums to argue with that They need you to teach them how to do it, then! My son missed the bend at the Trywryn cafe and hit the rockface head on, hurting his ankles enough to abandon the run, and didn't shift...
by Jim
Sun Aug 08, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a foam foot rest
Replies: 12
Views: 441

Re: Fitting a foam foot rest

A bulkhead glassed both sides won't shift under foot pressure. I've also remembered that bar footrests in downriver race kayaks are glassed in, but only on the perimeter of a 25mm x 50mm bar, not a full bulkhead, and they don't shift. Luckily my friends who have pushed the footrests out of their WW...
by Jim
Sun Aug 08, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: RIVER SEVERN (Jackfields Rapids)
Replies: 4
Views: 4675

Re: RIVER SEVERN (Jackfields Rapids)

I paddled there for the first time last week with a friend who has long term involvement in the site and who explained to me the amount of work he had done last summer piling rocks up to improve some of the eddies, only for the winter levels to wash it all away again and leave what you see now. As y...
by Jim
Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Please explain kayaking clothing choices
Replies: 14
Views: 847

Re: Please explain kayaking clothing choices

Thank you. That last bit is very reassuring!!! And the rest is very helpful. Kielder will certainly be on the cards, fairly local for me. I don't know about a "proper" sea kayak, but I do have 2 good sized hatches and lots of bungees and dry bags... (Already filing with spare clothing and various m...
by Jim
Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pressurising hatches
Replies: 11
Views: 860

Re: Pressurising hatches

Surely Chris' suggestion is the simplest. Spare hatch cover, ordinary schraeder car valve for tubless tyre (tyre place will probably give you one for rather than try to ut 10p or similar through the till), measure the narrow part of the lower 'bobbin' shaped end of the valve, drill a hole in the cov...
by Jim
Wed Aug 04, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Please explain kayaking clothing choices
Replies: 14
Views: 847

Re: Please explain kayaking clothing choices

The main thing is, the gear you are already using, is perfect for insulation layers under a dry suit, or cag, so you don't need to buy absolutely everything from scratch, just the outer waterproof layers, when relevant. Cross referencing your training thread, if you are currently paddling in shallow...
by Jim
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and technique training for beginners
Replies: 10
Views: 673

Re: Safety and technique training for beginners

My first thought was Coquet canoe club, but their website seems to suggest they don't do any sea kayaking despite being based right on the estuary and organising the race around the island. You have probably already found Active4seasons based on the border/Tweed - they defintely do sea kayak courses...
by Jim
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice please - pfd quick release strap, yes or no?
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: Advice please - pfd quick release strap, yes or no?

My recommendation would be to use something lighter and more comfortable/less intrusive on flat water, a simple competition BA will do just fine. Then you can have your chest harness fitted to your WW BA all the time so it is ready whenever you need it. Of course it depends on the circumstances and ...
by Jim
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Ravenglass Seaquest 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 478

Re: Ravenglass Seaquest 2021

Another great event, and a little less tide (due to being summer rather than spring) made it a bit more tactical than normal.

Well done Karen and all your helpers,
Hopefully see you all again next year.
by Jim
Mon Jul 12, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe paddle length sizing
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Canoe paddle length sizing

It is tricky if you are a perfectionist, but in truth most people will manage fine with something about right, and any of the conflicting methods should get you something about right. I would suggest getting some relatively cheap paddles based on one of the many existing guides, use them for a few m...
by Jim
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof rack size
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: Roof rack size

For short distances I carry my sea kayak directly on the roof bars, for longer trips I use a cradle. based on the typical V-bar arrangement but with cradles I moulded on my boat in place of the aluminium V cradles. And always tie the ends, not cranked down just take the slack out as Chris says, to s...
by Jim
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak seating position
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: Sea kayak seating position

Do you know what seat/footrest position you are looking for to get efficient paddling? If the seat is adjustable, be careful, a lot of people move the seat to give them more foot room without considering the imapct on trim. Set the seat to give you neutral trim or perhaps slight stern trim if you pr...
by Jim
Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement pump
Replies: 21
Views: 649

Re: Replacement pump

I did think of fitting an electric bilge pump but dont want the extra weight. Have you actually calculated the weight of an electric bilge pump set up compared to your plastic stirrup pump? Mine uses an old school heavy SLA battery and I honestly don't notice the difference between carrying my boat...
by Jim
Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:27 am
Forum: Scotland - Central Highlands
Topic: River Teith
Replies: 5
Views: 3643

Re: River Teith

I think it has been a long time since there was a slalom course, and I've never even known that rapid to be referred to as a slalom site, but it probably was and some people probably do. You say the get out isn't visible from the road, but it is almost opposite the only layby, so not hard to park in...
by Jim
Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The new jetski?
Replies: 6
Views: 518

Re: The new jetski?

Theres a 4MPH speed limit on the canals for "power driven vessels" , less on areas that are succeptible to wash damage, so itd be no quicker than walking down the towpath for commuters. Even the 4mph is because of wash erosion, the foil board has vitually no wash, BW would have to re-write the rule...
by Jim
Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam for outfitting
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Foam for outfitting

https://www.easyfoam.co.uk/ethafoam.php For bulkheads maybe, for foam padding using the EFP30 foam (polythene closed cell) from the same (or other) supplier. Ethafoam is the coarse stuff they used to make the bulkheads in things like Dancers from, OK structurally but will not carve/sand to a nice f...
by Jim
Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck sizes
Replies: 13
Views: 566

Re: Spraydeck sizes

Also I’m thinking about converting front and back to about 250L of extra buoyancy .not sure about best way of doing this though to get maximum area filled Please explain! Are you not using a sea kayak with bulkheads and separate compartments? If you are contemplating any kind of foam fill, please t...
by Jim
Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck sizes
Replies: 13
Views: 566

Re: Spraydeck sizes

The pressure deck is meant to be hard to get on, it is meant for paddling heavy whitewater, waterfalls and stuff without being collapsed by the water pressure in a big hit. It does that by being very tight around the rim. I appreciate you can take some pretty big hits in surf, but most sea kayakers ...

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