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by Robert Craig
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 9
Views: 457

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: 18
Views: 533

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: 18
Views: 533

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: 768

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: 507

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: 768

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: 1723

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: 392

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: 474

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: 474

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: 420

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: 1075

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: 495

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: 1164

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: 822

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: 822

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: 1288

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: 291

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: 291

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: 1741

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: 6270

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: 928

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 ...
by Robert Craig
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1741

Re: PLB protection

It would be good to be able to borrow a dummy PLB to practice with
by Robert Craig
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 3096

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

MYSSAK wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:42 pm
I’m not sure if it’s the best one but this photo which I took last summer off north coast of Iceland is my favourite.

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Cunningly and stunningly solves the perennial "horizon line through head" problem!
by Robert Craig
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club liability insurance from BC
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Club liability insurance from BC

My thanks added as well.

We need to notice that where the insurer says "harder to defend", they mean as well "more likely that we will pay out to the injured party".
by Robert Craig
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1741

Re: PLB protection

Mine just sits (on a leash) in my BA pocked. It's passes it's self-test every time so far.

I'd worry about the "cold hands" problem if it were in a drybag.
by Robert Craig
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2197

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Always nice to hear agreement.

You put the idea more clearly than I did,
by Robert Craig
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2197

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Ken_T wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:24 pm
Hi, On flat water most boats turn more efficiently on an outside edge, ..... , but also partly because you tend to paddle further from the low edge than the high edge ....
My point exactly!
by Robert Craig
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2197

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

I think were're discussing a long slow turn, using a sweep stroke, and maintaining speed through the turn. My take is that under these circumstances: 1) Edging the boat either way helps a lot, though at the expense ob balance. 2) Some boats turn one way when edged, other the other way. (Mine doesn't...