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by TechnoEngineer
Fri May 11, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rams butting cars Isle of Mull
Replies: 11
Views: 860

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: 53
Views: 1610

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: 53
Views: 1610

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: 53
Views: 1610

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: 53
Views: 1610

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: 53
Views: 1610

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: 53
Views: 1610

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: 742

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: 747

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: 856

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: 2554

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: 647

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: 1581

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: 2554

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: 1692

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: 1692

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: 862

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: 979

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: 862

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: 392

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: 537

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: 762

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: 1111

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 ...
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?
Replies: 11
Views: 977

Re: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?

A Tarpon 120 is a bit short; you may find it quite hard work. Make sure you have some flotation inside the hull if possible; if the hull leaks then you could be in trouble. You may also want to connect a tow rope to the kayak as a leash and carry an easily accessible safety knife. For me the biggest...
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Wanted-kayak for a big guy
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Wanted-kayak for a big guy

Biggazza wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:47 pm
Superhero still for sale?
Yes
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Wanted-kayak for a big guy
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Wanted-kayak for a big guy

Hi

I have a Jackson SuperHero 2009 for sale - £350, based in Surrey.

Pictures available on request.
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Evo Stik? Foam/Plastic
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Which Evo Stik? Foam/Plastic

Use this stuff with a hairdryer or heat gun
https://www.lawson-his.co.uk/3m-spray90 ... y-a-p43829
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Wanted Large Burn or similar size Kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Re: Wanted Large Burn or similar size Kayak

I have a Jackson SuperFun for sale, £350, near Guildford, with an uprated backband. Suitable for 75 to 120kg.
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leptospirosis
Replies: 16
Views: 1309

Re: Leptospirosis

I used to work with someone who came down with it after running around barefoot in Wales. After a few days he looked like he had the Flu from Hell, went to hospital, died whilst the doctors were scratching their heads. They revived him and luckily twigged it was Leptospirosis that had developed into...
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can you confirm this is a Dagger Approach 10.
Replies: 9
Views: 547

Re: Can you confirm this is a Dagger Approach 10.

How long is it from nose to tail?

Also is the seat missing?