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by Robert Craig
Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 472

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

I've had to replace a hatch ring cracked at the bots (and leaking at the cracks). I bonded it in with no bolts, and it's solid. I wouldn't use bolts again, and if I found bolts I'd take them out.
by Robert Craig
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keel Repair/Strengthening
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Keel Repair/Strengthening

Off topic, but maybe a contribution. I've used KeelEasy several times, and it has both good and less good features. It's easy to apply, looks good, and stays stuck. If I change my mind, I can remove it without damage to the kayak. Downsides are that it is quite thick: so it spoils the lines of the k...
by Robert Craig
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New member.
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: New member.

Welcome!
by Robert Craig
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Looking for help with a kayak?
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Looking for help with a kayak?

It's a fun requet, but I'm too far away. Best of luck, though.
by Robert Craig
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted small white water paddle
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Wanted small white water paddle

Tom
Ooops, sorry, I see you've already said "standard width"
by Robert Craig
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted small white water paddle
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Wanted small white water paddle

I have a set of Glass Werner Players that almost meet your requirements. They are right hand, 45 feather. These were sold as 190, but actually come up at 188cm. Cranked shaft, standard width. Used with wear, nothing unexpected for a pair of used blades. Selling as I’ve upgraded to a paddle better s...
by Robert Craig
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted Werner Rio or similar small shaft paddle
Replies: 0
Views: 118

Wanted Werner Rio or similar small shaft paddle

I'm looking for a Werner Rio paddle, 191 cm, 45 degree feather RH, small shaft.

Anyone got this or a similar small shaft paddle?
by Robert Craig
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aging my Nordkapp
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: Aging my Nordkapp

Phil
Yes, you're right - didn't look closely enough at the pictures. Those hatches are fitted from the inside.
by Robert Craig
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aging my Nordkapp
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: Aging my Nordkapp

Might be worth having a look with a mirror and trying to decide whether the hatch rims are original or a retrofit.
by Robert Craig
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing lost skeg
Replies: 12
Views: 470

Re: Replacing lost skeg

With assistance from the ever-helpful Ann at Karitek, I found that Sea Kayak Oban had a Valley skeg in stock. Ordered it, and fitted it this morning - perfect fit.

Thanks to all.

It's 6 mm think, by the way
by Robert Craig
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing lost skeg
Replies: 12
Views: 470

Re: Replacing lost skeg

Thanks, folks.

Any idea what the material thickness should be? IIRC it was thinner than my kitchen chopping board
by Robert Craig
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing lost skeg
Replies: 12
Views: 470

Replacing lost skeg

The skeg on my No 2 kayak has dropped out, and is now somewhere at the bottom of Loch Sunart. So I need to source or make a replacement. The kayak was manufactured without a skeg ( and is an 'orribe paddle without the skeg). Sometime between 1998 and 2002 I bought a skeg kit and fitted it - but I ca...
by Robert Craig
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

The yellow blade in my picture at the top of the post is the same shape and area as a Kinetic 700. With essential help from Celtic Paddles, I've fixed it. Important information is that there is a double-ended spigot, which engages with both the shaft and the blade. Trick is to cut the blade off the ...
by Robert Craig
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Celtic Paddles
Replies: 1
Views: 513

Re: Celtic Paddles

I had a smilar recent happy experience with the ever-helpful Celtic Paddles.
by Robert Craig
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle shaft crack
Replies: 11
Views: 528

Re: Paddle shaft crack

I've used ordinary 2-part Araldite to do this, and Kevlar tape. Trick was to heat the shaft before and during applying the epoxy, so that the epoxy thins and soaks in as trhe tape is wound. I didn't bother with peel ply or anything, as i didn't care about appearance much. On a similar repar, where t...
by Robert Craig
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

Celtic Paddles came back to me, after a prod. They say the new Kinetik 700 has the same blade area as the old Kinetik Touring. [My own measuremnt of teh area gave about 670 cm^2, though it depends where you assume the blade stops and the shaft starts.] I'd missed the helpful Sea Kayak Oban website, ...
by Robert Craig
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

Well, they now do Kinetik Touring 600, 650, 700 - although I suspect yours is of a generation prior to those size offerings. Between us, Cat and I have 4 sets of KT's, but I'm afraid that none have the size noted on them and I suspect they too pre-date the size choice. You mentioned that you'd not ...
by Robert Craig
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

I have asked Celtic Paddles, but answer came there none.
by Robert Craig
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/2786/1599476337764-0763.png After many years, I've cracked one blade of ny much-loved paddle. The width of the is 19 cm - I'n not sure where to measure the length from. I need a new blade, or, most likely, a new paddle. The blade area id just right for ...
by Robert Craig
Tue May 05, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time boat buying, sizing help?
Replies: 8
Views: 683

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: 683

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: 1779

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: 731

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: 656

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: 785

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: 785

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: 19
Views: 1956

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: 4006

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: 4006

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: 4006

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...