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by Robert Craig
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kids BA vs spraydeck
Replies: 8
Views: 354

Re: kids BA vs spraydeck

I had a similar issue (actually two issues) with a child of a similar age (also in a Dynamo, lovely boats) Addressing your issue, I put the spraydeck over the BA. Means that rain and splashes run down inside, but 7 year olds fall in for fun anyway. Now he's 10, I've bought a deck with a smaller wais...
by Robert Craig
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 11
Views: 750

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

Well, I went to the oracle and asked them. Here's the oracle's (Molyslip Atlantic Limited) reply: "Dear Robert Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding use of MOLYSLIP COPASLIP, apologies for my late reply which is due to my being away from the office on annual leave. Molyslip Copaslip is predomi...
by Robert Craig
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?

The glue I mention is the one pathbrae links to.
by Robert Craig
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?

I had a similar problem, and a similar aversion to the high cost of the Sikaflex components. With advice from this forum, I used Tradeweld Acrylic VT-FS. I didn't use bolts, as I believe that these create hard points leading to rim cracking. A previous replacement, where I used Sikaflex (unprimed) a...
by Robert Craig
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 11
Views: 750

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

Did find a tame metallurgist, who said: "Donno why it works. But I use it on my bike all the time".
by Robert Craig
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 869

Re: Permit etc

To return to the OP question, there's no permit to ask for, and I never tell anyone where I'm going ... unless they're expecting me back for dinner.
by Robert Craig
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

I find they give a substantial advantage when paddling in winter. Pogies stay much drier, and my hands are therefore warmer. I've occasionally tried paddles with no drip rings, and I do notice the difference. While they might be a bit of a faff for rescues, I've never had to do a recue for real in s...
by Robert Craig
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 11
Views: 750

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

Anyone understand how Copaslip works? Naively, I think copper + another metal = electrolytic corrosion and seizing. But it works!
by Robert Craig
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1124

Re: Towing eyes

My own car has welded-on loops at both ends. The front one wouldn't work as a tie-down point for the car, as there is bits of bumper in the way, so I guess it's for towing. Both are buried well out of hazard way. I've worked with other cars with screw-in eyes, which stick out the front substatially ...
by Robert Craig
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1124

Re: Towing eyes

.... so vehicle safety authorities must think they are OK to have on the vehicle. So what is the question? .... I've always assumed that these towing eyes are made removeable for a good reason - ie they are OK for brief periods towing, but not as a permanent feature - ... but tht's just an assumpti...
by Robert Craig
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 968

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

I really likee a nice solid index - that's what's kept me buying Lendal/Celtic paddles.

Never tried index-both-sides - there's an interesting thought.
by Robert Craig
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater Kayak Rental in Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Whitewater Kayak Rental in Scotland

Maybe buy something cheap and sell them at the end of the holiday?

https://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/4-ka ... i5iTMRIYTM
by Robert Craig
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 968

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

The information about the index grip is complete nonsense, the grip is in line with the blade no matter what feather the shaft is set to. Whoever wrote that response for you was trying to think above their pay grade :) .... I may be missing something here. But I'd think the index grip needs to be i...
by Robert Craig
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 17
Views: 1911

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

I had to shelve this plan, my Dad became much more seriously ill and I lost him on the 7th of March. I’m wanting to return to Scotland in winter so, best pressurised liquid fuel stove? I have my redoubtable Svea123 ( originally dad’s) and a Manaslu 96 great things but need cold weather mods, sugges...
by Robert Craig
Wed May 29, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A Level Design Engineering Paddling
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: A Level Design Engineering Paddling

Done. I wonder whther you might get more usdeful replies in response to posting this on the sea kayak forum?
by Robert Craig
Fri May 10, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Vela -return to Sea kayaking
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: P&H Vela -return to Sea kayaking

Could it be that the 105 kg was meant to be the total load - that is paddler plus gear?
by Robert Craig
Wed May 08, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Vela -return to Sea kayaking
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: P&H Vela -return to Sea kayaking

I own and have owned a Vela for years. I'm 5 feet 8 inches, and about 10 1/2 stone, and it's just right for me, and I love it. It's low windage, and it's biassed to being fast rather than being agile. I'm happy in it both when it's calm and when the wind gets up. But maybe at 12 stone you might be o...
by Robert Craig
Wed May 08, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's

I'd guess that the boat you choose won't have a lot on influence on your safety, as you are a WW kayaker. The issue will be what's comfortable and what fits - for which you might be best trying out several boats - which, as you hint, might be easier in a club environment. If not a club, I'd suggest ...
by Robert Craig
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

Re: When where who?

As to when GRP kayaks were first made, I made a GRP kayak in 1968, by taking a mould from an existing GRP boat. Presumably the existing bioat was pre-1968. I don't remember GRP being a novelty for kayaks then. [Though the GRP boat replaced a lath-and-canvas kayak which I wrote off on the Aberdeen De...
by Robert Craig
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which way North
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: Which way North

What luck to be paddling the West Coast of Scotland in this epoch!
by Robert Craig
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bollox
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Bollox

Here's an extract from my email to my MSP, Ivan McKie: "These hydro schemes, while obviously producing some green energy, would substantially damage the landscape of one of the best wild landscapes in Scotland. The Total peak power (but only after rain, not continuously) of these scheme is 6.5 MW, a...
by Robert Craig
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Gigha Plan B

There's access to Loch Sween at the caravan site at Castle Sween, and near the stream about 1 km north of Castle Sween (there's a wee track down, not passable by car). There's access at high water only ('cos of mud) at the causeway leading to the Isle of Danna. There are no tidal streams in Loch Swe...
by Robert Craig
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Gigha Plan B

Sounds a good trip! As for bad weather alternatives, Loch Sween is very beautiful and very sheltered. I guess one could paddle the inland arms of that loch - Linne Mhuirich and the like - in almost any weather. Eilean Mhor, off the entrance to Loch Sween, is a good paddle as well. The is tidal flow ...
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1351

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

... No one in a group has the responsibility to be a "good follower". .... Franky While I agree with most of what you say, I do think that everyone in a group has the responsibility to at least try to be a good follower. To my mind a good follower works out what the plan is and facilitates what the...
by Robert Craig
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boy's wetsuit with front zip
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Re: Boy's wetsuit with front zip

And so they do! Though only with the zip, not the flap. Zip and some stretch works for me.

Thanks.

Price of £14.99 looks affordable as well.
by Robert Craig
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boy's wetsuit with front zip
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Boy's wetsuit with front zip

I'm looking for a boy's wetsuit with a "relief" feature, so's his drytop doesn't have to come off every time (and there are a lot of times ....).

A full-length front zip would do the job, I think.

Any suggestions?
by Robert Craig
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1774

Re: PLB protection

Interesting!

Can you give me a reference to this?
by Robert Craig
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coast to Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 6399

Re: Coast to Coast

Scottish Canoe Touring, published by the SCA, has a chapter on cross-Scotland routes.

The most adventurous route of which I am aware started in the Outer Hebrides - an it was in an open Canadian! Ray Goodwin, IIRC.
by Robert Craig
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

Re: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please

Only been there once. We launched on the east coast, first at the new ferry slip, which was 'orrible, with a scramble over big boulders and exposure to waves, than at the old ferry slip further up the loch, which was fine. We paddled to the beach facing the Cairns of Coll, which was beautiful, then ...