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by DominiqueS
Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sub zero temps and composites...
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: Sub zero temps and composites...

You could turn it over, support the ice stuck to the cockpit cover so it does not stretch the cover downward, put a tarp on the hull and let the whole thaw naturally outside. You are right not to want to chip the ice off - it's great to break something. If you want to accelerate the thawing, plungin...
by DominiqueS
Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sub zero temps and composites...
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: Sub zero temps and composites...

Local experience: at our club in Toronto composite sea kayaks, outriggers, racing kayaks, dinghies etc spend the winter outside on racks or trailers, some with covers and some without. The same at other clubs. Toronto not being that cold for Canada, it freezes/defreezes quite a lot during the whole ...
by DominiqueS
Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Biggest wave ever surfed?
Replies: 120
Views: 13312

Re: Biggest wave ever surfed?

But isn't the reflection the problem? You would need pretty glassy waters to get such a large and unbroken reflection from afar. How likely in a sea producing such waves? Furthermore, from the camera point of view, the whole surface of the water showing a reflection would have had to be on the same ...
by DominiqueS
Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is something wrong at Valley...
Replies: 222
Views: 23484

There is nothing wrong at Valley...

there is a chance of confusion THAT was a good laugh... I guess it would take being colour blind, unable to read, and never having seen any kind of boat in your life, and then only maybe... Why not letting them finish their work, especially when you know it is a mock up? There will be plenty of tim...
by DominiqueS
Sat Oct 24, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010
Replies: 20
Views: 8247

Re: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010

Ceegee, it might be cultural, but there are modern sensitivities that did not apply before that seem to be missed here (by the way, do you have a commercial interest in the Tahe? That would change the perspective). But you are right in saying that In the end it is for Greenlanders to say, like it wa...
by DominiqueS
Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010
Replies: 20
Views: 8247

Re: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010

MikeB got it, and it has nothing to do with reminiscing about the good old days. To belabor the point one last time with a very Scottish analogy: Whatever the evolution and quality of today's whiskies, if I were to start fermenting and distilling malt in my backyard in Canada (obviously a whisky, ri...
by DominiqueS
Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010
Replies: 20
Views: 8247

Re: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010

Steve, there is no point in discussing this ad nauseam, in the end it would be silly. At least we agree that kayaks under (2) and (3) are not the same as kayaks under (5), which was my original point, so logically should not be claimed to be the same. But if you can refer me to an actual Greenland k...
by DominiqueS
Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010
Replies: 20
Views: 8247

Re: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010

Steve, I guess Bjorn, as designer of Greenland-style boats, illustrates well my concern about inappropriate claims when made for marketing purposes when he says:"At last – a real greenland kayak to buy". The Qaanaaq is not a "real Greenland" kayak, it is a Greenland look-alike adaptation that tries ...
by DominiqueS
Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010
Replies: 20
Views: 8247

Re: Tahe Marine Greenland T(ouring) model 2010

there is a trend to describing the likes of the Tahe as a (pure) Greenland boat Commercialization and marketing at work... Given the rising interest for all things Greenland, manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon, marketing gets to work, and the tactless appropriation for profit of an heritage...
by DominiqueS
Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What's this then?^
Replies: 71
Views: 6783

Re: What's this then?

Jim, thanks. Regarding fragility and maintenance, it could also be noted that on "expeditions" the equipment is often more abused than in normal use. However, it is often reinforced before hand AND it does not have the time to suffer from the slowly wearing effect of time: rust, aging components, dr...
by DominiqueS
Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What's this then?^
Replies: 71
Views: 6783

Re: What's this then?

One funny thing nobody reacted to: given the rocker of Freya's Epic X18, without any rudder she would probably now be crossing the Pacific toward California... so clearly some boats need it... Had no clue of Sean Morley's Irish Sea crossing comment, and wonder (I'm not at his level... just in steera...
by DominiqueS
Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking Singles
Replies: 76
Views: 4214

Sea Kayaking Singles

What about a Pintail as a glass slipper?... Here it is - obviously sea kayaks (of the right kind, of course) can be very poetic... and practically efficient...

http://www.paddling.net/message/showThr ... tid=485216
by DominiqueS
Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp LV v Tiderace Xcite^
Replies: 83
Views: 24424

Re: Nordkapp LV v Tiderace Xcite^

I guess the same idea for such behaviour was expressed by Rob Mercer of Expedition Kayaks Australia in his shop blog: "The great thing about Valley boats is the way they get better, as things on the water get worse....". ("Storm paddling", 25 May 2009 - Granted he is a Valley dealer, but also for ND...
by DominiqueS
Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pintail trivia^
Replies: 21
Views: 5338

Re: Pintail trivia

Best to ask the author first...
by DominiqueS
Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pintail trivia^
Replies: 21
Views: 5338

Pintail trivia

Thank you. Just heard of a 1991 in the US... we are getting there... between 1985 and 1991.

We know they changed in 1995 (higher back deck, less rounded hull, plus keyhole cockpit I believe) and then again sometime after 1999 (more overall volume?).
by DominiqueS
Sat Jul 25, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaks in the Almanac
Replies: 2
Views: 968

Sea Kayaks in the Almanac

The “Specific Boats” part of the Sea Kayaks section of the Almanac (http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/almanac_sea_kayaks.htm#sk1 ) refers only to three Valley boats (Aquanaut, Qajariaq and Nordkapp) while there has been many very interesting threads on other Valley boats. The same applies to NDK....
by DominiqueS
Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pintail trivia^
Replies: 21
Views: 5338

Pintail trivia^

Would anyone know in which year the Pintail was first produced?

It has to be after 1985 (not in that year's catalog, available here:
http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... 85#p367244)

and before 1993 (I know of one). Thank you.
by DominiqueS
Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NOVA SCOTIA^
Replies: 3
Views: 1274

Re: NOVA SCOTIA

The site mentioned above is Toronto based. A more direct approach would be to contact:
http://www.coastaladventures.com/
http://www.coastaladventures.com/tours.html#canso

You might be able to also get some excellent help from:
http://www.kayakers.nf.ca/
by DominiqueS
Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp RM?
Replies: 21
Views: 6563

Like any other kayak, if you paddle a Nordkapp in easy conditions ... like inland in Ontario ... it will be OK. However, if you paddle on the open ocean, a demanding kayak can give you nasty surprises unless you're ready to handle it. Geography is irrelevant - the Great Lakes can be quite vicious a...
by DominiqueS
Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp RM?
Replies: 21
Views: 6563

Nordkapp RM

How can "I've sat in a Nordkapp RM, but never paddled one" lead to "In my view, any Nordkapp would be a difficult kayak to learn in"?

Eilidh, the only way for you to truly know is to paddle these boats. Don't listen to us! Looks like you have a great opportunity, hope you will have a great time.
by DominiqueS
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp RM?
Replies: 21
Views: 6563

Nordkapp RM

- The balancing board is very easy to make, just go for it... I did one in soft wood in a few hours with hand tools, and am no handyman at all. If you search the web you will find other examples. - the Nordkapp RM may be "easier" than the composite Nordkapps? Furthermore, many stability-related comm...
by DominiqueS
Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp RM?
Replies: 21
Views: 6563

Nordkapp RM

Do a search on this site and on http://www.paddling.net/message/search.html?fid=advice&PHPSESSID=4474be468f4475565868385c82140e9e for "Nordkapp RM" , "Nordkapp plastic" etc and you will find a lot of comments that should help you, including comparisons with many other boats. Ocean Paddler also had a...
by DominiqueS
Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling French waters ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

Saving grace

The saving grace is that it does not seem to be in the nature of naturally more pragmatic Anglo-Saxon societies to over-regulate, be it in the UK, the US or Canada, so you are likely safe for a while. It happens, but not to the same extent at all. Attempts to regulate paddling in the States (some ki...
by DominiqueS
Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling French waters ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

When I see the weight (it seems that paddling at night is forbidden???) and too often the Kafkaesque absurdity (every kayak must have on board the equipment necessary to allow its paddler to climb back in it by himself without affecting the stability of the kayak???) of some French regulations, I'm ...
by DominiqueS
Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Online Canadian magazines
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Oh don't worry, and I confess that coming from France to live in Scotland 30 years ago I quickly learned... and it's probably done on purpose anyway knowing the US guys - there is nothing better than US stuff, right? In the end it does not matter, the content is the only thing that counts. Cheers!
by DominiqueS
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Online Canadian magazines
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Glad you appreciate the quality of these magazines... which by the way are all Canadian, not US... a bit like foreigners calling all Scots "English"?
:)
by DominiqueS
Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Capella/Tempest/OT Cayuga ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1352

- Among the Valley boats, the Avocet might be too small - look at the Aquanaut LV? Or maybe even the Nordkapp-Enthusiast (which is said to be a close cousin to the glass Nordkapp LV). - Tempest, Cayuga: well, try and compare them with the others, you should be able to feel the differences. Some fami...
by DominiqueS
Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Capella/Tempest/OT Cayuga ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1352

Would suggest you double check the quality of the plastic and of the equipment though. P&H and Valley use a much stronger plastic than WS with consequences for hull rigidity, denting propensity, oil caning and long term hull shape. Stability: difficult to answer as it would depend on your own weight...
by DominiqueS
Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: gbasport - quality/warranty - update
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Common sense should be enough. If I had bought a Tiderace-like boat on the cheap (maybe even knowing in advance it was a "close knock-off", as maybe told in confidence by my friendly dealer to help me make my decision) and ended up with an unsatisfactory boat and a suddenly absent dealer, I would on...
by DominiqueS
Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you go about grading the sea?
Replies: 35
Views: 4042

Cameron I agree, with the small caveat that independence of thinking relies on specific knowledge and experience for sound results - something beginners lack by definition. So I should have phrased it better and started with "when we are beginning to learn something". For an eager beginner in a fiel...