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by Mike A
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: What deck for an aries?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: What deck for an aries?

Cheers Douglas,

How do you find the aquatherm decks for playing in the races? I thought reed recommended neoprene for playing.


Mike
by Mike A
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: What deck for an aries?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

What deck for an aries?

Just wondering if people have any recommendations re a deck for the Aries 155? I am currenly using an old pyranha deck. Initially thinking of a Peak Explorer (not sure if I need the elastics / grippy underside) and will need to check what size, but just open to ideas as to what is hot - ie watertigh...
by Mike A
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Replace footplate with footpegs...?
Replies: 9
Views: 568

Re: Replace footplate with footpegs...?

As an alternative;

Why not try building up two foot pads on the footplate. Use sticky backed foam padding.

This should leave a gap in the middle to stretch out if needed.

Could be less effort than replacing the current system
by Mike A
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: What size shock cord?
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: What size shock cord?

For the grab handle cord I would tend to use normal cord - same size as decklines.

Shockcord will just bounce the boat around whilst carrying it.
by Mike A
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: First Composite Boat Help
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: First Composite Boat Help

Can't go wrong with a hv explorer or tide race xplore L.
by Mike A
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cetus lv
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Cetus lv

Only small, size 5 and generally petite.

I dont think cockpit size is an issue, it's purely what the carrying capacity is for a 2 week trip. I would hate to rock up with two weeks supplies (no booze and we do generally pack lightish) and struggle to get the munchies in.
by Mike A
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cetus lv
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Cetus lv

After some feedback on the cetus lv ahead of hiring boats for an upcoming expedition. Grateful for anyone's feedback re carrying capacity of the lv. Paddler is about 115lb / 52kg, 5ft 3 ish. Looking to hire boat for two week self supported expedition - tent (quasar), food & cooking equipment (petrol...
by Mike A
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak trips with shuttles by public transport
Replies: 18
Views: 959

Re: Sea kayak trips with shuttles by public transport

Whittier to Valdeez, takes as long as you need but at least a few days, and then ferry back to start.

Lovely
by Mike A
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Missing British woman in the Amazon
Replies: 10
Views: 1293

Re: Missing British woman in the Amazon

Shocking news. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41321514


Thoughts are with family
by Mike A
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Personal Performance Awards - review
Replies: 3
Views: 481

Personal Performance Awards - review

Posted here and on ww pages as not everyone reads both Given the recent change of name for 4 & 5 star to leader and advanced leader, I was somewhat surprised to see that the review of personal performance awards is being undertaken so soon after the rebranding. Feedback is welcome at http://www.cano...
by Mike A
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards - review
Replies: 44
Views: 1853

Personal Performance Awards - review

Given the recent change of name for 4 & 5 star to leader and advanced leader, I was somewhat surprised to see that the review of personal performance awards is being undertaken so soon after the rebranding. Feedback is welcome at http://www.canoewales.com/ws-blog/post/2238-british-canoeing-to-review...
by Mike A
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 3416

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

As suggested in CW's letter and Adrian Cooper's post above it may not actually be as cut and dried as that though. Granted it would be simpler if it was, but if this was any other land owner claiming that the only access was across his land for which a charge was payable, you can be sure that we wo...
by Mike A
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 3416

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

It's not easy to solve, with wording that doesn't lead to landowners introducing charges everywhere for paddlers to launch. The problem at CT is that not eveyone uses or wants to use the facilities beyond the car park, so why are we being charged for the facilities that are not needed or used? But, ...
by Mike A
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 3416

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

I haven't recently found a map I spotted a couple of years ago but, on the basis that 'once a highway, always a highway', I suspect there is a route to the river. The current route of the A4212 is clearly recent and there would always have been a road up the valley to Capel Celyn. The route through...
by Mike A
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 3416

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

I am surprised that, given the importance of access, this was declined as a topic to be discussed. CT is a strange one, as it is clearly a managed resource and needs funding. BUT, The problem re our the fight for access is: CT allows free access to non paddlers to walk beside the river, stand on the...
by Mike A
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Scorpio HV - anyone tried it out?
Replies: 9
Views: 581

Re: P&H Scorpio HV - anyone tried it out?

Have a look in the sea kayak geare section. There is a discussion on this very boat.
by Mike A
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The benefits of BCU membership
Replies: 6
Views: 609

Re: The benefits of BCU membership

Agree with the above. My comments related to the fact that they dont really appear to understand why people join / dont join. IE we join because we have to (coaches / competitors), and we dont join because they appear to lack focus on recreational members of running an efffective access campaign. Si...
by Mike A
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The benefits of BCU membership
Replies: 6
Views: 609

The benefits of BCU membership

BC, I still prefer when we were a Union, are asking about changes to the membership - values, benefits, types etc. Let them know what you think of their options. Are they good worthy suggestions, could they be further improved, are they really addressing why recreational paddlers wanting more access...
by Mike A
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking.. but not as we used to know it!
Replies: 26
Views: 1384

Re: Kayaking.. but not as we used to know it!

Are Pyranha looking to bring out new sporty river runner? Teasing photo on their facebook page. I am all for this, the days when we paddled everything in Inazone/I3/glide etc style boats was great given that the majority of paddling is on rivers where we just dont need full on creekers. A modern Ina...
by Mike A
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladder Access
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: Ladder Access

Very nice.
by Mike A
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton
Replies: 21
Views: 1431

Re: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton

Pinkerton is a great course, just right for the regions. We need more, cheap, pumped courses.
by Mike A
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladder Access
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: Ladder Access

Could you attach a floating pontoon to the ladder? Either with a rope that you pull into the ladder, or a rail / guide that allows it to run up and down the ladder.
by Mike A
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access to Water in New Welsh Government Consultation
Replies: 13
Views: 998

Re: Access to Water in New Welsh Government Consultation

Great that they are consulting and seeking to establish clarity re right of access, my only concern at this time is around: "There would not be a universal right to access water from land adjacent to the water. Access and egress points would need to be identified by a statutory authority and mapped....
by Mike A
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 1372

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

If worried about crab snagging on decline in a rafter tow, you could; Clip a tape onto casualties decline Pass under deckline of assistores and ask them to hold the free end Clip towline to tape between the two boats That way; Tow paddler can release at waist Raft can release with only the loose end...
by Mike A
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Silva 58 as permanent compass?
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Re: Silva 58 as permanent compass?

Dowdrey, that looks great.

It makes you wonder how silva can charge so much more.

Nb, please post the mod instructions.
by Mike A
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 815

Re: Sport only travel insurance

Alpha covered me in alaska quite reasonably.
by Mike A
Mon May 01, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Evenings at nomads
Replies: 0
Views: 454

Evenings at nomads

Need to get paddling again! Grateful if anyone could advise what the current procedure is for paddling at Nomads on mid week evenings?

I think i can recall there being restrictions to parking at the site, so any info is appreciated.

Thanks

Mike
by Mike A
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older
Replies: 33
Views: 2288

Re: Faster, bigger, stronger, new gen boats vs older

Does anyone need anything more than a Nano on most British rivers?* *Actually being serious Maybe not a Nano but I've often thought in comparison to foreign rivers we dont need some of the huge creek boats on offer for most of our paddling, I have 9R for higher water but havent needed to use it in ...
by Mike A
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite layups
Replies: 13
Views: 908

Re: Composite layups

So the reply from the people in the know is: " So the Kevlar Diolen is a pretty new material for P&H, is it a layer of kevlar within the diolen lay up, so it makes it more puncture resistance, there is some added weight but not much. P&H said it looks really nice in side the cockpit to. I hadn't hea...