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by TechnoEngineer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?
Replies: 7
Views: 468

Re: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?

If you're in a boxy kayak you may find the hull interferes with the paddle as you come up. You need to push the back arm away from you momentarily at this stage, but the back arm must be pulled in at the start and end of the roll - something I call "choo-choo the back hand". Another approach is to k...
by TechnoEngineer
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 17
Views: 866

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

A better idea with the karabiner is to attach it to the rope inside the bag. It is always there then and can be used for equipment recovery. When the rope is used to rescue a swimmer the krab is padded by the bag and won't hurt anyone. Either clove hitch it inside the bag next to the knot, or with ...
by TechnoEngineer
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An odd question regarding length and suitability
Replies: 15
Views: 915

Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Moving the seat back may help, or if there is a rear compartment, putting a heavy weight in it (adjusting trim)
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Spraydeck repairs
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Spraydeck repairs

Black Witch and also liquid latex works quite well for covering pinholes
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Solent Area Kayaking Buddy
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Re: Solent Area Kayaking Buddy

Check out NFKCC and PDCC who have paddlers that frequent the area.
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 29
Views: 1192

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

"Not managing to pull a spraydeck" - I've had this whilst head-ruddering whilst leaning back when being pummeled in surf; unable to reach the grab loop. Whenever I use a new spraydeck, I make damn sure that I can pull the lip of the deck off from the side so that I know for sure that I can break the...
by TechnoEngineer
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An odd question regarding length and suitability
Replies: 15
Views: 915

Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

You could try a Dagger Blackwater, which has a skeg to help you hold course.
by TechnoEngineer
Fri May 11, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rams butting cars Isle of Mull
Replies: 11
Views: 1105

Re: Rams butting cars Isle of Mull

Cover it in Velcro :P
by TechnoEngineer
Fri May 11, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2404

Re: Do you need a backband?

But my point still stands that most reasons people give for a backband being there is based upon dogmatic supposition rather than actually going out and testing to see what is real and what is not. And one of those dogmatic reasons is that it keeps you in the boat. This is where I take issue; I don...
by TechnoEngineer
Fri May 04, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2404

Re: Do you need a backband?

Poke wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 12:14 pm
"You don't need any back support †, provided you have back support ‡"

† from a backband
‡ from a bucket seat
Ker-ching!

No-one has yet suggested attaching velcro to the posterior of the drysuit and the seat :P
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2404

Re: Do you need a backband?

whether having a backband is a partial bandaid to the type of seat that normally comes as standard in boats now
That's pretty much it as far as I can see....
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2404

Re: Do you need a backband?

you forgot the point I made about Bren Orton stating that he doesn't use a backband when doing freestyle. Fair point. Does he use lap straps or a thruster? Why on earth would you want to be less well fitted into a creek boat? In a creekboat you're in an environment that has pinning potential and yo...
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2404

Re: Do you need a backband?

I think you're trying to conjure a rule that applies to all scenarios, when each scenario is different; e.g. a creeker is less tightly packed into their kayak than a playboater, a sea kayaker even less so. I don't know for slalom. Certainly a K1 paddler is hardly attached at all. Hence the apparent ...
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2404

Re: Do you need a backband?

Others say it is to keep you in your boat upside down. I shouldn’t have to explain why that is nonsensical. It just is. Please explain why that is nonsensical, because a few years ago I tried the "replace the backband with a foam block" thing in my sea kayak, and discovered I had to pull myself up ...
by TechnoEngineer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Adding water to hull for ballasting
Replies: 14
Views: 912

Re: Adding water to hull for ballasting

I've used water in plastic bottles. Whatever you use must be firmly fixed in place and if you use water in a bottle there must be very little air; you don't want a surface sloshing around.
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gloves!
Replies: 12
Views: 872

Re: Gloves!

I admit most gloves make the paddle slippery, but if you wax the paddle they are super grippy. Which sounds strange as the same wax is used on skis especially to make them slip smoother. It's the scraping of the wax that makes skis slippy; if you don't scrape them they will practically stick to the...
by TechnoEngineer
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry suit advice
Replies: 15
Views: 956

Re: Dry suit advice

I use a Typhoon Hypercurve; you will definitely need the convenience zip. I'd also say go for the larger size. It doesn't feature the double-breast but you don't get much water finding its way through the spraydeck's body tube. Especially if you apply a rim of liquid latex at the top of the waist tu...
by TechnoEngineer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3036

Re: Carrying flares

Wow, those Flare Pistols are quite pricey!
by TechnoEngineer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling from the Back
Replies: 8
Views: 732

Re: Paddling from the Back

See "Hull Forms" here:
http://5-staryakpak.org/kayaking-101/choosing-a-kayak/

I would imagine that Swede form would lead to bad trim in WW.
by TechnoEngineer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?
Replies: 36
Views: 1885

Re: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?

For me I think the short answer is "no", however having done the coaching training up to UKCC L2 (and other coaching) has certainly helped me snowboard better. I've also used the fundamental patterns of observation and feedback to coach other snowboarders. I would put knowing your headgame and postu...
by TechnoEngineer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3036

Re: Carrying flares

I don't carry any flares but have considered carrying a white hand flare to ward off a collision.
by TechnoEngineer
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 1885

Re: Critique my roll?

At pool sessions that I attend, we all sign in on a sheet where we tick a box indicating whether we agree to being filmed or not.
by TechnoEngineer
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 1885

Re: Critique my roll?

Are you finding that the back hand / back blade is catching the hull? If so then you need to "choo-choo" the back arm: 1) Pulled in at setup (so the front blade doesn't dive) 2) Extended during the sweep (to clear the hull) 3) Pulled in again during recovery (to prevent the front blade diving) I oft...
by TechnoEngineer
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What's in a name
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: What's in a name

Heheh very good :)
by TechnoEngineer
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: From rock gardens to rivers - advice please
Replies: 14
Views: 1097

Re: From rock gardens to rivers - advice please

If you wish to paddle rock gardens in the sea, you need a sea kayak with lots of rocker for manouevrability. For rivers you need a proper river runner. I once owned a Dagger Approach and it did both flat water and rivers but not very well, and I received a lot of flak from the other people in the WW...
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What's in a name
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: What's in a name

There was a Perception Madness.

I'd like to see a rhyming name, such as Pyrnaha Bandana :)
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unpinning boats
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Re: Unpinning boats

Normally you only need to move it a couple of inches to get it "free".
by TechnoEngineer
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Outfitting
Replies: 6
Views: 740

Re: Outfitting

Rope and cleats FTW!

Just be sure that you make a "there and back" thing so there is some mechanical advantage.
by TechnoEngineer
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing an assessor?
Replies: 10
Views: 846

Re: Choosing an assessor?

Make sure you know your pig-rig (or other mechanical advantage system) as you may be quizzed on it, plus also be sure your First Aid kit is up to scratch.

Good luck!
by TechnoEngineer
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: After a Hero
Replies: 15
Views: 1395

Re: After a Hero

Although my SuperHero is for sale, I still maintain that I loved it however I was right on the weight limit which meant I couldn't carry any "cargo" such as safety gear, spare paddles etc. Plus I had my backrest jammed in very tight. What I will say for the SuperHero is that if I wanted to suddenly ...