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by JulesT
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 631

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

SJD both - I have the GPS attached to the spraydeck for easy viewing and operation. For navigating in tidal streams, to quickly tell whether you're with or against the flow and for post trip track analysis, reminder of stopping places, fast flows etc.
by JulesT
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 631

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

Hi Sabre13 please say what 'these' are.
by JulesT
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 9
Views: 1161

Re: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?

I've demoed the Tarans and the Pace 17 a few times and am getting a Pace 17. For me it seems to provide the best combination of performance, stability, practical loading for expedition (big oval hatches), comfort and quality. The Pace has been chosen for many expeditions, currently around Ireland, a...
by JulesT
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3590

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

My mate and I both bought new Werner paddles last year and have experienced the same problem with the button getting jammed. I make sure I carry a tool so that if its stuck in I can lever it out from the inside. Additionally I've drilled a tiny hole in the button and carry a small self tapping screw...
by JulesT
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 631

Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

I'm on my second Aquapac and conclude they're not very good. The first one simply leaked, on the second one the heavy mechanism at the opening has separated, its still usable but prone to leak slightly. Readers recommendations for alternative / better waterproof bags with at least one side clear so ...
by JulesT
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pace Action vs Xcite
Replies: 0
Views: 298

Pace Action vs Xcite

I have a Tiderace Xcite, its a great kayak. I'm wondering how the Pace Action compares, the design says it gets a lot of the underhull shape from the Xcite. Does anyone have experience of both ?
by JulesT
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Tiderace Xtra HV
Replies: 0
Views: 319

Tiderace Xtra HV

Wanted - Tiderace Xtra HV - will consider part exchange / swap with my Tiderace Xcite
by JulesT
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xceed - first impressions
Replies: 4
Views: 2207

Re: Tiderace Xceed - first impressions

Hi Mr Ed - certainly not, I'm considering other kayaks, happened to be in the area at the time and had been eagerly looking forward to trying the Xceed.
by JulesT
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xceed - first impressions
Replies: 4
Views: 2207

Re: Tiderace Xceed - first impressions

Hi RichJ - sorry I can't really help with your questions - perhaps you could go on the Facebook groups and ask your questions there: 'Team Tiderace' and 'Tiderace Sea Kayaks'
by JulesT
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xceed - first impressions
Replies: 4
Views: 2207

Tiderace Xceed - first impressions

I was kindly lent a new Tiderace Xceed on demo by Simon of South Coast Canoes. Sitting in the kayak and looking down at the foredeck I was immediately reminded of the Xcape with considerable volume around the knee positions. Turning the kayak over, the underhull looked like a stretched version of th...
by JulesT
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

Hi Incayak - welcome to the discussion - some interesting comments ! will be constantly pumping kinetic energy into the bungee and so tire (more) quickly. If it were a pure spring there would be no energy loss at all, there would only be energy loss if there was a damper and if there was continual s...
by JulesT
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling...
Replies: 13
Views: 1761

Re: Rolling...

Pick a nice sunny day, a good location, and take a scuba mask and even a divers hood: Go upside down and take your time checking out the scene, lean up towards the surface and notice carefully the position you're in. You'll find there's a point of equilibrium; the buoyancy aid (and maybe drysuit) is...
by JulesT
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

With sufficient force in any mechanical system, something will break. Many systems are designed with a deliberate point of failure to protect the more valuable parts, (e.g. a shearpin ). I haven't seen anything in the specifications of commercial kayak towlines to say what would be the first part of...
by JulesT
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

Updated - the complete waist mounted towline in detail:-
http://www.kayakjules.myzen.co.uk/blogs ... tical.html
(website updated and previous links no longer supported - this replaces them)
by JulesT
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Epic Relaxed Touring paddles for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Re: Epic Relaxed Touring paddles for sale

Apologies for the late update - paddles are sold
by JulesT
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

The main idea behind using a clamcleat is that in addition to the 'tower', the 'towee' can release the towline. Rafted towing: In Allan's scenario 1: If a carabiner is in the towline in addition to the clamcleat, then the rescuer has two choices: a) Paddle forward / use paddle to catch the towline t...
by JulesT
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

Including the carabiner means that the towline can be used just like any other either for towing a single kayak or in a rafted tow.
The clamcleat allows the kayak(s) being towed to release the line.http://www.clamcleat.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=cl223
by JulesT
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

After pathbrae's suggestion, the best of both worlds:
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by JulesT
Mon May 29, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

Owen - surely the possibility of chaffing is there in any arrangement of a rafted tow.
by JulesT
Sun May 28, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

My concern would be rope on rope contact, if the towed boat is jerking around by either tide or wind you'll end up with the deck line and tow line rubbing up and down on each other Valid point - but I think the rope will get wedged up against where the deckline goes under the mounting point and the...
by JulesT
Sun May 28, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

Releasing under tension: no chance with the traditional carabiner approach. There is a chance with the clamcleat. If instead of making a big loop with a short release end of the cleat; one makes a very short loop with a long release line that floats back to the towee. My mate came up with this idea ...
by JulesT
Sat May 27, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

Tried yesterday for the first time - testing to continue. Granted attaching a crab to a single kayak will be quicker but once you're talking rafted tow little difference if any. I also have a DMM crab, one of the best IMHO. One could fix a crab and float at the same position on the line as the clamc...
by JulesT
Sat May 27, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

A carabiner and float at the end of a towline seems like the accepted norm. But I've found there are inherent problems with this design. Attaching near the front of a single towed kayak the person being towed cannot release it. If you feed the crab under the towline section at the front and actually...
by JulesT
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Epic Relaxed Touring paddles for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Re: Epic Relaxed Touring paddles for sale

Paddles still available
by JulesT
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore vs Xcape
Replies: 6
Views: 1607

Re: Tiderace Xplore vs Xcape

Something else to bear in mind is the size in the range - the different sizes are not just smaller and larger versions of the same shape, there are subtle differences. I've paddled the Xplore only briefly, I found it fast, directional and at rest rocks from one side of the V to the other. The Xplore...
by JulesT
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Epic Relaxed Touring paddles for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Epic Relaxed Touring paddles for sale

These are full carbon construction with foam core, lightweight and strong, 210-220 adjustable length and feather with a lever lock, purchased late August 2016 and used on only 3 occasions, ie in top condition and great for touring. I've decided to sell and put the money towards some replacement wing...
by JulesT
Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Epic mid wing or mid wing small ?
Replies: 1
Views: 826

Epic mid wing or mid wing small ?

I enjoy both euro and wing style paddles and I recently treated myself to some Epic full carbon relaxed touring blades. I enjoy both types of paddle, the relaxed touring for all round strokes and the wings for when you really want to motor from A to B or instant acceleration when catching runners. I...
by JulesT
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Salopette recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 1268

Salopette recommendations

I've had enough of wetsuit long johns and reckon I'd be better off with some salopettes such as the Peak UK Explorer or the NRS Sidewinder Bib Dry Pants. I have a Reed Chillcheater touring cag which has a nice stretchy inner flap and it would be useful if I could connect it to a salopette to form a ...
by JulesT
Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Delphin 155 for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1658

Re: Delphin 155 for sale

Now sold