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by Erling
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?
Replies: 11
Views: 1160

Re: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?

Have you tried asking Tiderace? I have found them to be very helpful for technical questions as this.
by Erling
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio - security?
Replies: 11
Views: 1315

Re: VHF Radio - security?

mine is beginning to suffer a bit of s/water corrosion around the aerial, but that's after 8 or 9 years. Mine is also an M-71, and I use it without a pouch. To prevent corrosion, I use silicone grease on the threads and it seems to have worked well without affecting the reception (the kind used to ...
by Erling
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8001

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

There are many different ways to switch the pump on, obviously. Air switches, reed switches, automatic pumps etc. have been covered in this and other threads. Personally I wanted something solid state and absolutely waterproof and ended up with the Water Witch Model 101 that triggers my Rule pump au...
by Erling
Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dragging kayaks
Replies: 13
Views: 4079

Re: Dragging kayaks

Based on this thread (and postings elsewhere on this board) I ordered a pair of KCS Expedition trollies from Ronnie. We have only used them a couple of times so far, but I can already say that they live up to our high expectations. A solid construction with high grade materials, easy and quick to as...
by Erling
Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northern Norwegian Friend
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Re: Northern Norwegian Friend

Erin; I see on your blog that you're based in Cornwall. I'd recommend that you get in touch with Jeff Allen of Sea Kayaking Cornwall (Falmouth). He keeps going back to Northern Norway and has lots of contacts along the coastline. Have a nice trip - Erling (co-founder of Tromsø Havpadleklubb back in ...
by Erling
Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norwegian marine chart app
Replies: 4
Views: 1092

Re: Norwegian marine chart app

My sources are mainly Norwegian newspapers. Norwegian Seaways announced last autumn that sailings were to start in spring this year (Newcastle-Stavanger-Bergen). These plans were put on hold as they had not been able to raise enough start-up capital – the business has a funding requirement of 7 mill...
by Erling
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norwegian marine chart app
Replies: 4
Views: 1092

Norwegian marine chart app

As the UK-Norway ferry service may re-open next summer, perhaps there is an interest for Norwegian marine charts? Recently Gule Sider (“yellow pages”) introduced a marine chart app. I have admittedly not tried it on the water myself yet, but even the free version looks quite promising. https://play....
by Erling
Wed May 21, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A matter of interpretation
Replies: 31
Views: 3717

Re: A matter of interpretation

FWIW, this is what the Swedish kayak designer Björn Thomasson says on the subject (my poor translation): “Longitudinal assymmetri nowadays usually means that the stern volume is larger than the bow volume. One used to talk about mackerel head and cod tail or “swede form” (“swede” as in turnip, swedi...
by Erling
Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norwegian hi-jinks
Replies: 17
Views: 1920

Re: Norwegian hi-jinks

And now for the commercial:
by Erling
Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oslofjord Paddle in May?
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Oslofjord Paddle in May?

Hi Gareth! In November Norwegian Seaways did indeed announce that sailings were to start in April this year (Newcastle-Stavanger-Bergen). Then, at the end of January, they let us know that these plans are now put on hold. The reason given was that they have not been able to raise enough start-up cap...
by Erling
Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oslofjord Paddle in May?
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Oslofjord Paddle in May?

With Oslo as your basecamp you will have easy access to good paddling areas. Me, I'd take the bus or local train to Sandvika (15 min.) and rent the necessary gear from Bull Ski og Kajakk. They are just a stone throw from the water, and as you will see from the map there are quite a few smaller islan...
by Erling
Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2014 challenges
Replies: 36
Views: 4343

Re: 2014 challenges

Arctic Sea Kayak Race in Vesterålen, just NE of Lofoten.
https://www.facebook.com/ArcticSeaKayakRace
http://www.askr.no/
It seems like they will replace the marathon with a half marathon this year.
by Erling
Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 8595

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

Here's a Google translated NRK interview:
http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... 1143304%0A
by Erling
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 8595

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

There are tales to be told, and I’ll leave that to Patrick and Olly. Let me just briefly say that despite the dots appearing with impressive regularity on the tracker map, this has been a rough crossing (“never again the North Sea”). The visibility was very poor (“we never saw anything”) and they we...
by Erling
Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 8595

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

by Erling
Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 8595

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

by Erling
Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 8595

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

To stay with the WW2/Shetland Bus theme: I have total confidence in Patrick's and Olly's skills, preparations and equipment. They will either succeed (most likely) or know when to abort. Nevertheless, it's an "interesting" fact that the last two who tried to cross (also in a double) were lost at sea...
by Erling
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 8595

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

"Olly Hicks and Patrick Winterton will be making their second attempt in mid July ..."
http://www.kayaksonshetlandbus.org/index.html
by Erling
Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to lock your Kayak????^
Replies: 33
Views: 11126

Re: How to lock your Kayak????

The lock straps with wire in do they work well or is it just that you can cut it with a knife quick and easily. I have two sets of these: http://kanulock.com/ They seem quite solid and are as easy to use as standard straps, but I have admittedly not tried to cut them. If you choose to believe the m...
by Erling
Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement rudder pedals
Replies: 19
Views: 3871

Re: Replacement rudder pedals

I have never been comfortable with any kind of footpegs/pedals. Those that I have tried have been on the small side, and with soft-soled paddling shoes my feet hurt after half a day on the water. My current boat (an early Tiderace) has a solid footplate which I much rather prefer. The advantage with...
by Erling
Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: [CK] .MMO to .GPX file converters
Replies: 2
Views: 862

Re: [CK] .MMO to .GPX file converters

If you have tried an installed version of the GPSBapel program, I'll recommend giving the web interface version available on GPSVisualizer.com a shot.
by Erling
Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reinforcing chines on a polyester resin kayak
Replies: 21
Views: 1079

Re: Reinforcing chines on a polyester resin kayak

Some very good advice here. I just wanted to add that if you are happy with the result regarding edge profile and strength but unhappy with the cosmetics, one option could be to apply a protective strip like KeelEazy on top. I put a KeelEazy strip on my Xplore this spring and am impressed of how it ...
by Erling
Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Armchair paddlers - share yours
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: Armchair paddlers - share yours

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Jeff says that "the Explorer is like a comfortable old armchair to me". He is not kidding.
by Erling
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Probably not an issue for UK paddlers
Replies: 13
Views: 1813

Re: Probably not an issue for UK paddlers

I have to confess I've never tasted it, but according to the article I linked to it tastes more like beef than like sea bird. The meat is claimed to be dark, coarse and juicy. Got to try it if I get the chance, personally I don't hunt though.
by Erling
Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Probably not an issue for UK paddlers
Replies: 13
Views: 1813

Re: Probably not an issue for UK paddlers

I'm just being curious; are kayaks not being used for hunting in the UK? Over here, outdoor people will occasionally combine kayaking and sea bird hunting (ducks, cormorants etc).
http://www.nettavisen.no/friluftsliv/article771509.ece
by Erling
Wed May 09, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mystery Kayak
Replies: 16
Views: 1177

Re: Mystery Kayak

Just to check:
Is this the original skeg version? North Shore offered Valley's C-trim rudder as a factory fitted option, and cut off a section of the stern to make a mounting base for it.
by Erling
Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Finding leak source (cockpit) suggestions.
Replies: 17
Views: 721

Re: Finding leak source (cockpit) suggestions.

I managed to get the cockpit of my Tiderace Xplore (1st gen Polish made) completely dry through this three step process: 1. Sealing the seam between cockpit rim and hull with Sikaflex. Diagnosed with the garden hose, almost no water pressure. Just keep the water running gently around the outsideof t...
by Erling
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VKV Anita K2 expedition kayak form the 1960's
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: VKV Anita K2 expedition kayak form the 1960's

Found through googling: There is a small circle of wooden kayak(/canoe) enthusiasts in Sweden that might be able to offer advice and info: http://veterankanoten.ning.com/ The founding father has a web page w/contact details here: http://kanotisten.com/bengt/ His list of 'kayaks owned' reveals that h...