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by Matto
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 19
Views: 5354

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

Can't comment on the trees. Haven't been up there lately. 0.6m on the Dolauhirion gauge has always been a nice level. Paddled it at 0.43m and it still went with very little scraping. Was low though. We always get on further up at the bridge at Gallt-y-bere. It's a bit of a pain because they fenced o...
by Matto
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suboptimal trip end - Medway Forts
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: Suboptimal trip end - Medway Forts

Yes you really don't want to land at The Strand slipway anywhere near low tide. Spring or neap, doesn't seem to make much difference. It's been getting worse over the years, slowly silting up higher and higher. I once spent a half hour in the toilets trying to wash the mud off my legs and my paddle ...
by Matto
Thu May 10, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: River Wye Boughrood Take Out Problem?
Replies: 1
Views: 530

River Wye Boughrood Take Out Problem?

I was driving along the Wye and happened to notice that the normal parking area for the take out at Boughrood has been totally redeveloped. The old school is replaced with a new one, the car park has moved and there is an entrance barrier now. Not sure how this will pan out in the long term, but it ...
by Matto
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Gwili
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Afon Gwili

Do you have any information about put-in/take outs for this river? Hoping to give it a go this weekend (levels permitting) but information seems scant.
by Matto
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 19
Views: 5354

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

Tried to paddle the Tywi yesterday 5th Nov 2017. The tree is a total river blockage in a really difficult location. I tagged the grid ref as SN765410. It is in the second gorge just below the cottage at Dol-Goy. Was very difficult to spot with the sun in our eyes and very few good eddies to drop int...
by Matto
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mamba Seat Height
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Mamba Seat Height

I have an old style Mamba 8.5 (What is now the MX), and despite being 6ft I often feel that I sit a little low in the boat. Anyone know if the seat can be raised? I can't see anything obvious. Any other common methods for adjusting your height in the boat?
by Matto
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Water level woes
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: Water level woes

Have found the Middle Wye - Builth to Boughrood actually improves with less water. Ran it twice last year when everything else was empty. With the Builth gauge showing 1m the river was actually quite fun and still not a scrape. Second time with the Builth gauge at 1.35m it got a lot flatter and more...
by Matto
Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Medway & Swale put-in's
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Medway & Swale put-in's

Yeah The Hard in Queenborough is definitely the best launch for that area. Parking next to the pub right by The Hard or just drop it across the road in the public car park. Perfect. Done it a number of times.
by Matto
Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specs or contacts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2298

Re: Specs or contacts?

My lenses are also daily disposable lenses. They are also multi-focal (because I'm getting old and am now long and short sighted). My understanding is daily disposables mitigate the risk of infection substantially because nothing builds up on the lenses so quickly that it can cause you any real prob...
by Matto
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Specs or contacts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2298

Re: Specs or contacts?

Plenty of people seem to wear specs whilst paddling WW and get on with them fine from what I've seen. They paddle harder stuff than I do which is generally up to Gd3+. Personally getting water on my glasses drives me absolutely crazy, even the rain drives me nuts, so I always wear contacts (I wore t...
by Matto
Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Plastic drysuit zips - any good ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1505

Re: Plastic drysuit zips - any good ?

I think most modern paddle sport dry suits are using plastic zips now, with th TiZip being the most common. Plastic toothed zips are also being successfully used by some of the top companies like kokatat. I wouldn't be concerned about it.
by Matto
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: FREE FILM>>> Girls Go Round:Corsica^
Replies: 14
Views: 2863

Re: FREE FILM>>> Girls Go Round:Corsica

Watched from FB a week or so back. Really great.
by Matto
Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit compare - Kokatat Idol vs Typhon Multisport Hinge
Replies: 11
Views: 3837

Re: Drysuit compare - Kokatat Idol vs Typhon Multisport Hinge

I think actually you're asking about two separate things. The Kokatat is Goretex, and that drives the price. Most Goretex suits are in the £1000 range. Bargains may be found but that's the RRP by and large. That's what you're paying for. So the questions is do you want or need a Goretex suit? Person...
by Matto
Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shoulder Surgery Yes or No?
Replies: 7
Views: 1205

Re: Shoulder Surgery Yes or No?

I think age is a big factor to consider. I hurt my shoulder and elbow quite badly a couple of years ago and it really impacted my paddling. Ignored it for too long, then went to physio. Took maybe 3 months off paddling. Physio managed to fix the elbow but couldn't seem to fix the shoulder so went to...
by Matto
Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: River Vyrnwy - Pont Logel to Pontrobert
Replies: 0
Views: 1523

River Vyrnwy - Pont Logel to Pontrobert

Ran this on Saturday at a pretty solid mid level. 3 WW canoes and 2 trad canoes. Sadly my WW canoe sustained some damage during the run. Something sharp punch into the hull, peeling back the outer layer of Royalex and cracking the hull. We're not sure exactly where it happened but we noticed it duri...
by Matto
Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vyrnwy pouring over dam
Replies: 4
Views: 1284

Re: Vyrnwy pouring over dam

Have run that section several times at 1.35m on the Pont Robert gauge (which is at 1.83m today). That's always been a fun level, but not too intense. We are mostly in canoes. I would anticipate another 50cm being pretty full on. You can see the level we paddled it here... https://www.youtube.com/wat...
by Matto
Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vyrnwy pouring over dam
Replies: 4
Views: 1284

Re: Vyrnwy pouring over dam

Which section are you intending to paddle?
by Matto
Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Cothi - access/egress
Replies: 0
Views: 1067

Afon Cothi - access/egress

Anyone paddled the Cothi recently? What access points did you use? Any issues paddling?
by Matto
Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Gwili Put In/Take Out
Replies: 0
Views: 1062

Afon Gwili Put In/Take Out

What put-in and take-outs are people using for the Gwili (the one that runs into the Twyi) now?

Rainchasers gives some very confusing information. Looks like someone's back yard for the put-in and there is a confusing comment about the take-out.
by Matto
Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 19
Views: 5354

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

Correction to my above post, the wire across the river is before the second mini gorge.
by Matto
Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 19
Views: 5354

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

Electric fence wire now strung across the river somewhere between the end of the second mini gorge (where the tree blockage sill is) and the Dolauhirion bridge rapid. At low level (0.4m on the Dolauhirion gauge) it was about 2-3 feet off the water so easy enough to go under. Higher water it will be ...
by Matto
Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bouncing boat
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: Bouncing boat

I have a Katana 10.4 and regularly load it on horizontal roof bars. I have the Palm roof bar pads the boat is upside down, bow first with the cockpit rim just resting across the front bar. It never moves. I'm struggling to imagine what's going on with yours.
by Matto
Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vimeo and music copyright
Replies: 39
Views: 4062

Re: Vimeo and music copyright

I'm not sure if I'm missing the point here, or if everyone else is. Whilst Vimeo certainly used to be the way to go re-music because of their lack of enforcement, Youtube seems to have rather overtaken them, and a considerable amount of copyright music is now permitted to be used through agreements ...
by Matto
Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 1253

Re: VHF cleaning

You're right Jim, this is what it says... "To keep the LCD, keypad and speaker grill clean and in top operating condition after exposure to water: Clean the radio with fresh water after exposure to salt water by rinsing the radio under a sink faucet or by dunking the radio in a bucket of fresh water...
by Matto
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 1253

VHF cleaning

Paddling on the weekend in fairly choppy breezy conditions, my new Standard Horizon VHF, attached to the front of my BA got a pretty good dousing in salt water. I wiped it clean once back at home. Does anyone else bother to do this? Should I be doing more to keep it clean? I know it's waterproof and...
by Matto
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition style drysuits^
Replies: 69
Views: 11275

Re: Expedition style drysuits^

Hoping to try one on soon, but the various reviews I read/watched (Google a few) claim that it has been well designed so that the zip fits nicely between the back rest and the seat, and is really not noticeable. http://www.nattycordonkayaking.com/kit-reviews/first-thoughts-on-the-new-kokatat-idol-2-...
by Matto
Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition style drysuits^
Replies: 69
Views: 11275

Re: Expedition style drysuits^

On that basis don't rule out the new Kokatat Idol which comes apart fully at the waist and has had some good reviews. I'm also considering that one.

http://kokatat.com/products/dry-suits/g ... y-men.html
by Matto
Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal Stream Atlases
Replies: 26
Views: 4890

Re: Tidal Stream Atlases

Or just ask the original coach? I just did. Apparently it wasn't an actual product, but was a collection of maps extracted from this book... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruising-Anglesey-Adjoining-Waters-Morris/dp/1846234417/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427999704&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=anglesey+sailing...
by Matto
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal Stream Atlases
Replies: 26
Views: 4890

Re: Tidal Stream Atlases

It's not just the Menai I'm interested in. I can think of a dozen similar places where more accurate, close range tidal stream information would be very useful, if was made available. I just wondered if what I saw was part of a larger range of maps/atlases which covered other areas as well, but sinc...