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by Robert Craig
Mon May 14, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit - do you carry one
Replies: 12
Views: 570

Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Always carry, never used.

Leads to the question: "have you ever needed your FA kit (needed in the sense of life or limb saving), and what in it was useful?"
by Robert Craig
Tue May 01, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail

Thanks - I'll have a poke about
by Robert Craig
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail

A friend is trying to acquire a new gooseneck (or gooseneck + boom) fro a Flat Earth sail. The gooseneck, which is a plastic moulding, looks as though it might be a re-used standard moulding for some other purpose, but (as I don't know its name) I can't use the might of Google to find it. Anyone got...
by Robert Craig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Other than the Wye ...
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Other than the Wye ...

Spey too, though admittedly neither in England or Wales - otherwise fits your requirements.
by Robert Craig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak

My own keel strip has been bashed on rock, dropped, and suffered all sorts of abuse. It's worn through, and chipped. But the gelcoat hasn't flaked of as shown in the pictures posted. Doesn't look right to me. I support the idea of trying to pick off some more gelcoat with a fingernail or a blunt scr...
by Robert Craig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toggles Re-threading New Decklines
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: Toggles Re-threading New Decklines

For the load-bearing function of the toggle attachment to the kayak, I use Kevlar cord. Means that the cord can be thinner than if you use nylon, and so easier to thread and easier to make the knot disappear tidily inside the toggle. Not a difficult task.
by Robert Craig
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 12
Views: 721

Re: Cooking with sea water

I use about 50%:50% for potatoes. 50%:50% means one splash of sea water, one splash of fresh water. 100% Priority is not getting sand in the potatoes, rather than an exact ratio. All fresh is too little salt: all sea is too much. Can't think of any situation where the water wouldn't be boiled, so no...
by Robert Craig
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU insurance - leading youths
Replies: 21
Views: 996

Re: BCU insurance - leading youths

GregS and others in the know - any comment?
by Robert Craig
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable
Replies: 17
Views: 650

Re: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable

I've got a list of Clyde trips, relating level to gauge. It would be a pain filling in the form on the website - how do I get it to you? Email SCA for the attention of your name?
by Robert Craig
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable
Replies: 17
Views: 650

Re: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable

Jonathan
Thanks for doing this
by Robert Craig
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Need help for dissertation answers!!
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Need help for dissertation answers!!

Survey complete.

I'd add my surprise to Chis Bolton's comments - I take it you're aware that the official re-introduction in Scotland was in Knapdale? The Tayside ones just happened.
by Robert Craig
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bass Strait Crossing - Video
Replies: 10
Views: 675

Re: Bass Strait Crossing - Video

Wow - what a paddle!
by Robert Craig
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU insurance - leading youths
Replies: 21
Views: 996

Re: BCU insurance - leading youths

On the British Canoeing Website here https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/membership/benefits/insurance-towergate/ it states in the FAQ, in the Coaches paragraph towards the bottom of the page: "The policy schedule says all coaches must hold a qualification, does this mean as an experienced volunteer...
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

I've established (by asking) that BCAB is a part of BC and is funded directly by BCAB.
by Robert Craig
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 20
Views: 4032

Re: Searching for the Finmen

jmmoxon wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 am
Olly Hicks & George Bullard's film:
https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1NBYKYF ... he-finnmen

Really good film thanks, though only passing references to Inuit paddling. The book needs to be read as well.
by Robert Craig
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

Question is really "does BCAB get the money for all the good work it does from BC (and so from what the SCA et al pay to BC); or does it have a separate source of income, eh from Star Award fees?

GregS, I have PM'd you
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unpinning boats
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Unpinning boats

Only time was with a canoe, not a kayak. I guess we had to move the canoe a metre or less.

Lots of stretch in the rope needed to be taken in as well, as the pin was in mid-stream.
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

Thanks again

What I'm trying to find out is whether BCAB is separately funded from BC or part of BC. Quote above seems to suggest it's not part of BC, as BC is a "partner"

Sort of: do I pay for it when I pay for my 3* certificate, or do I pay for it through my SCA subscription?
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

Greg
Thanks.

Looks from this as though BCAB is part of BC, governed by BC, and not separately funded - does that sound right?
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

Link just has pictures and names of people - it doesn't say anything about structure or funding. I've looked here and elsewhere on the new website, and there's nothing about structure, as far as I can see.
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 695

British Canoeing Awarding Body

Anyone understand the relationship between British Canoeing and the British Canoeing Awarding Body? Are the separately funded, or does one support the other?
by Robert Craig
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1081

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Paddled this (north to south) in August a few years ago. Aim of the trip was to stop in a cafe every day, succeeded in that (including lunch in the Cairnbaan hotel, much recommended). Midges weren't a problem - a bit of wind, or some rain, and they're gone. As many have said, canal needs a trolley, ...
by Robert Craig
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 2434

Re: Knives

There was a previous thread here about sea kayaking and knives, which attempted to find someone who's actually needed to use a knife in anger at sea (so not on a river). No-one owned up to having needed one. My personal view, having had an accident many years ago, is that if I had a sharp knife to h...
by Robert Craig
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Re: Buoyancy & Handling

The bit of the boat not in the water - the "reserve buoyancy" - is in the wind. So it's importance matters a lot when it's windy, and less when it's not.
by Robert Craig
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2030

Re: Paddle recommendations?

I like Celtic paddles, though I've tried only the classic range, not the more up-market ones.

I believe they push the multi-part paddles mostly because of carriage costs. They will sell a single part paddle if put under pressure.
by Robert Craig
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2660

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

... err ... the ability to develop and impart skills ... or is that too simple?
by Robert Craig
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This seasons colours
Replies: 25
Views: 1769

Re: This seasons colours

Wonderful pictures, thanks - all you need is a non-black-and-white dog!
by Robert Craig
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KId versus adults
Replies: 19
Views: 922

Re: KId versus adults

I think everyone gets scared at times - but adults are better at hiding their emotions! As others have said here, everyone's different. I know children, competent swimmers, who are scared of a capsize in a pool: and I know another weak swimmer who you have to drag back from swimming to the deep end ...
by Robert Craig
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Child paddle length
Replies: 18
Views: 770

Re: Child paddle length

Yes, I see what you mean. I think that the drop-down box is wrong, and what you get is a Classic 600, which is a sea touring blade. I think it's a bit bigger area than the Cybi Bach.

A junior-sized Mania would be rally nice ...
by Robert Craig
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Child paddle length
Replies: 18
Views: 770

Re: Child paddle length

Sadly, the Gremlin paddle is no more. Celtic Paddles do now make a rather nice children's paddle, the Cybi Bach. It's got lots of nice things, such as a narrow shaft and an ample choice of shaft length. It's available as a kit, which makes carriage of a single-part paddle much cheaper. BUT, it's ver...