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by Dave28
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Flat Earth Sail Fitting
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Flat Earth Sail Fitting

Thanks Mal. In the end I've gone for screw fitting since the load is a sheering one.

Obviously more reading to be done on the flat earth site!
by Dave28
Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Flat Earth Sail Fitting
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Flat Earth Sail Fitting

Thanks for the responses, tho' I must admit they come as a blow. Means I'm faced with either screwing a fitting (with thin screws) through the gunnel strake and into the cross deck frame (essentially "end grain" screwing), or drilling oversize holes through the gunnel strake either side of the cross...
by Dave28
Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 1523

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

Interesting comment - I had an Ainsworth back when Lendals were beginning to be difficult to find. My impression then was that the shaft was marginally (but critically) more slender than on the Lendal Paddle, which made it very hard work to hold. Virtually gave it away when I had the chance to buy a...
by Dave28
Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 star sea course, somewhere warm!
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: 3 star sea course, somewhere warm!

Get in touch with Rod at Sea Kayak Milos.
by Dave28
Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Flat Earth Sail Fitting
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Flat Earth Sail Fitting

I'm rigging a Flat Earth sail onto my Epoxy impregnated Skin on Frame Kayak. This has no forward hatch, and access up into the bows is massively restricted by the deck frames. The best position I have achieved for the side stays is 200mm back from the mast, with the stays running at 45degrees to the...
by Dave28
Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin 155
Replies: 8
Views: 1514

Re: Delphin 155

I paddled the 150 rather than the 155, but they're much the same. As you say, it is a joy rock-hopping, but it is also great fun in big seas. I can't talk about 30km days, though, 20-25 is about my limit! I haven't heard much about them, but there is a glass version - the Aries, which might give the...
by Dave28
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suitable paddling accomm near Menai Bridge?
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Re: Suitable paddling accomm near Menai Bridge?

Sometimes Plas Menai has spare accommodation, and they have a drying room to die for.
by Dave28
Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding kayaks^
Replies: 63
Views: 8406

Re: Folding kayaks

This is the one I'm having built for me - having demo'd the one in the picture; if you work back through the site you'll find the others.
http://www.cornwallcustomkayaks.co.uk/b ... ducts.html
by Dave28
Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding kayaks^
Replies: 63
Views: 8406

Re: Folding kayaks

Cornwall Custom Kayaks build skin on frames for a very decent price - you might want to look at their website. I demo'd a 16ft boat last week, and it was a joy to paddle; if age and infirmity weren't pushing down me the road to a 12 foot multi-purpose skin on frame by the same builder I'd have snapp...
by Dave28
Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddling technique
Replies: 15
Views: 1798

Re: Greenland paddling technique

You may find this helpful

http://www.cornwallcustomkayaks.co.uk/t ... hnique.pdf

and the rest of his site, come to that!
by Dave28
Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Electric bilge pump Rule1100
Replies: 84
Views: 9282

Re: Electric bilge pump Rule1100

I have a Whale smart 650 fitted in my boat. !t works, and copes better with a long disposal tube (from pump at back of seat to port at front of cockpit) than the Rule (as Douglas mentioned), but I wish I'd put in the Whale 1100 or whatever. I have the wiring from the pump running to a three way plug...
by Dave28
Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Drysuit advice / recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 3787

Re: Drysuit advice / recommendations

I have to say that the latex seals on my Peak drysuit don't seem at all restricting, even the moment I put the suit on, but are completely dry. I'm beginning to think that there must be cheapo latex seals and proper latex seals
by Dave28
Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Electric bilge pump Rule1100
Replies: 84
Views: 9282

Re: Electric bilge pump Rule1100

I had a Rule automatic in my Riot, where the outlet was just above the pump, and it worked a dream. But in the Delphin where the outlet had to be in the foredeck, and the best place for the pump was still behind the seat, the Rule had a tendency to start running as soon as there was just a smidgeon ...
by Dave28
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I Keep Seeing....
Replies: 7
Views: 1122

Re: I Keep Seeing....

Clearly I don't have the same resistance to cold as you!
Down here in the balmy SW, I'm surfing in a merino base layer, Immersion research trousers and top, a second top, and a Gul onesy, all underneath a Peak drysuit.
. . .and I'm still feeling a little chill!
by Dave28
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gemin SP RM or Delphin 150?
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Re: Gemin SP RM or Delphin 150?

Or for something really radical why not try this:- http://youtu.be/99xwXsYz-6g Feel free to ignore the title (a joke between friends), the L plate paddler in the Delphin 150 having his first encounter with Godrevy surf, and the odd existential moment. Concentrate on the blue skin on frame (by Chris ...
by Dave28
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comfy drysuit
Replies: 26
Views: 2170

Re: Comfy drysuit

I know it's pricy, but I've treated myself to a Peak Whitewater Suit. The zip runs up and down the legs, so as far as paddling goes it's just like wearing a dry cag; the latex neck and wrist seals are so gentle that I forget about them less than a minute after putting it on; and I can attest to its ...
by Dave28
Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency Flares, what to buy and where.^
Replies: 19
Views: 4065

Re: Emergency Flares, what to buy and where.

These are the standard responses; and when I paddle my sea kayak I carry a VHF, a waterproof JCB mobile phone with the coastguard's phone number programmed in, and a day-night flare. The only trouble is that because I like to paddle close inshore through the reefs and along the base of cliffs, I rec...
by Dave28
Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sticks?
Replies: 24
Views: 2769

Re: sticks?

I tried a storm - but they are hard work. Now I just have a second full length one on the foredeck.
by Dave28
Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sticks?
Replies: 24
Views: 2769

Re: sticks?

Good choice! Chris made my first paddle two or three years ago - I abandoned splits to have a second of his GPs on the deck a bit ago. He's making me a special at the moment - shorter than normal and with a more powerful blade for rock hopping and surfing, in both my sea boat and my Burn. And whilst...
by Dave28
Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Short Range Certificate course wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 684

Re: VHF Short Range Certificate course wanted

It doesn't really matter where you go. The syllabus is mechanistic in the extreme, focuses as much on short range small boat "console" sets as hand helds, and all it really means is that you're now permitted to go out and learn how to use your radio by experience. Certainly I can't see where in the ...
by Dave28
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Roof Rack Slide Bar - anybody tried them ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

Re: Thule Roof Rack Slide Bar - anybody tried them ?

Just a thought - but three years ago I spent £7 on a 3m (or it might be 2m) black rubber runner from B&Q. I put it on the car so that it runs from underneath the front bars, down over the windscreen and bonnet; and then just slide the kayak up and down on it. So cheap and easy (I'm an archetypal 68 ...
by Dave28
Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck
Replies: 7
Views: 917

Re: Spraydeck

Bought one about a year ago. First problem (a common one apparently) was delamination of the Velcro strips used to tension the waist band. I had a cobbler stitch the Velcro strips to the top layers. Within six months found myself sitting in a puddle every time I paddled. Changed it for a Lomo neodec...
by Dave28
Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations, 'summer-wear', non cooking cag
Replies: 33
Views: 2749

Re: Recommendations, 'summer-wear', non cooking cag

I've got a short sleeved dry cag (Eider) from Liquid Blue Clothing. Latex neck seal, neoprene arm seals, breathable fabric, decent price. Works well. Waiting for it to get just a tad warmer before I start using it in place of my Liquid Blue long sleeve dry cag, though.
by Dave28
Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayaks of choice!!
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: Sea kayaks of choice!!

Agree the Delphin 150 is not a camping boat; but the Delphin 155 is surprisingly roomier in its hatches.
by Dave28
Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddle sizing
Replies: 9
Views: 837

Re: Greenland paddle sizing

I'm 5'8 and have a 220 like Douglas. I've a friend about your size who tried out a 220 greenland, and then had one made that was sized by her standing with arm upstretched and the second joint of the fingers folded over the blade. She is over the moon paddling her tiderace with it. [i]Pace[/i] Dougl...
by Dave28
Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SW warning
Replies: 1
Views: 751

Re: SW warning

We did a paddle in Plymouth Sound last Friday, and could see where there had been small cliff falls and land slips all the way from Picklecombe Fort to Cawsand. There were new springs running down the cliff faces, and where there was little beach the sea was red with newly fallen soil. Not a good ti...
by Dave28
Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Strategies for dealing with fear in bigger conditions
Replies: 45
Views: 3061

Re: Strategies for dealing with fear in bigger conditions

I find that quietly singing to myself does wonders for relaxation and driving away the unneccessary "what ifs". Very rarely manage to remember all the words though!
by Dave28
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thats enough
Replies: 15
Views: 1571

Re: Thats enough

I don't know what sort of sea paddling you do - but having looked at the map I'd guess it's mainly hard distance paddling. Which is why I've got a clove of garlic gently smoking beside my keyboard as I wonder if it's time for you to try exploring the saltings in either a plastic or, better still, a ...
by Dave28
Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF choice
Replies: 12
Views: 824

Re: VHF choice

The only problem we've had with SH radios is that water can penetrate the speaker "grill" whilst pushing out through surf, or when rolling. This so attenuates the volume as to make it inaudible. Once everything's dried out (back on shore) the volume comes back till next time. I now simply stretch a ...
by Dave28
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help with Sea Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 1035

Re: Help with Sea Kayak

While you're demoing, don't miss the chance to try a Delphin 155.

Same sort of weight limits as the Esky, but so different a boat you wouldn't believe - they say it's designed for "light sea kayaking", rock pooling and surfing; and they're right.