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by Robert Craig
Tue May 05, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time boat buying, sizing help?
Replies: 8
Views: 492

Re: First time boat buying, sizing help?

Franky
Up to a point, yes .... but a Dagger GT is still a white-water boat, not an all-rounder. Depennds on whther the OP's aim is to have fun or to learn-through-suffering. Something with a skeg would be good - an Easky would be ideal.
by Robert Craig
Tue May 05, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time boat buying, sizing help?
Replies: 8
Views: 492

Re: First time boat buying, sizing help?

As you've probably already sussed, the kayaks you mention are designed for white water, where the critical thing is to be able to turn really fast. On flat wter they will be painfully slow and frustratingly difficult to keep on a straight line.
by Robert Craig
Sat May 02, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: problem with footrest
Replies: 8
Views: 1619

Re: problem with footrest

This is a common problem, even without salt water. The bolt is steel, and the footrest bar is aluminium. When damp, there's galvanic corrosion. There's usually a nut on the inside, between the hull and the footrest bar. If you can get a slim spanner in there, and a big pair of grips on the hand-nut,...
by Robert Craig
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Grab handle on throwlines
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: Grab handle on throwlines

In theory someone could get their hand caught in this, in practice it is very unlikely. Current best practice is to adjust the size of the loop as small as possible, so you can get a crab through it, but not a hand. Seconded. It's useful to have some sort of loop so's to allow another rope to be ti...
by Robert Craig
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations Appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: Recommendations Appreciated

The imporatnt thing is to get a boat which fits you. They all fit the water, as the water's infinitely adjusatable. First thing is size: small person, small boat; big person big boat. It mightseem that you can't go wrong with a too-big boat - but it doesn't work well. Manufacturers usually quote a d...
by Robert Craig
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch covers lubricant
Replies: 9
Views: 730

Re: Hatch covers lubricant

I understand that the silicone spray also prolongs the life of the hatch material
by Robert Craig
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch covers lubricant
Replies: 9
Views: 730

Re: Hatch covers lubricant

I've used a silicone spray designed for the job - nver thried WD40. As you find, the hatches become a breeze to fit, and, like you, I've worried about them being washed off by a wave.

But it's never happened, and I continue to use it. The extreme slip wears off quite quickly, anyway
by Robert Craig
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 17
Views: 1574

Re: new from British Canoeing

I'll repeat what I said over in ther WW and touring section: insurance is a good servant but a bad master. If we have an interst in isurance, we need to decide what we want to do and then get insurance to cover that, not the other way round.
by Robert Craig
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: BC consultation

If a group of paddlers who do peer paddles decide to form a club, and wish to affiliate to BC, do they need some of their members to become qualified? I don't think any qualifications are required for affiliation. The issue is whther qualifications will be required to get the benefit of the neglige...
by Robert Craig
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: BC consultation

I'm not as despondent. Very few people get sued, and few of us hesitate to help, and I don't think anyone what has helped has been sucesfully sued (?? anyone know?). I think that the issue here is that someone is negotiating with the insurer from a position of weakness - "here's the contract, now te...
by Robert Craig
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: BC consultation

I agree with you, except that I don't think that a rescuer who acts under their own free will can sue a rescuee. We need to try to avert the doom by speaking out - the document was a consultaion, and I hope clubs responded. [I'm in Scotland, so my club didn't get a vote. I am worried that the insura...
by Robert Craig
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: BC consultation

I don't think the rescuer (if injured) could sue the "taster", and so no insurance claim would arise.

Also, the trip leader remains covered by the insurance.
by Robert Craig
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: BC consultation

For the insurance to be useful to the "taster", they would have to damage someone else by their negligence. So if the "taster" ignores instructions, no-one's been negligent.
by Robert Craig
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: BC consultation

Maybe all of theses things full down to insurance, maybe some people will need to accept they are not insured but would it invalidate the insurance if you had an uninsured person along? Are you insured as a group or as each individual? Current situation is that insurance is for people, not groups. ...
by Robert Craig
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

Re: BC consultation

My view is that insurance is a good servant but a bad master. We need to decide what activities we want to do, and then find an insurer to cover those activities - not the other way round.
by Robert Craig
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3539

BC consultation

by Robert Craig
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kids BA vs spraydeck
Replies: 8
Views: 699

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: 1403

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: 727

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: 727

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: 1403

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: 1231

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: 1525

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: 1403

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: 2272

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: 2272

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: 1319

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: 885

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: 1319

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...