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by TechnoEngineer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2317

Re: Insurance and qualifications

This is the only case I can think of that occurred recently:
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/ ... River_Tees_/
by TechnoEngineer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drying room ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 480

Re: Drying room ideas?

I'm experimenting with a room which has an extractor fan and electric heater, and intend to control them so they run alternatively. It's a bit like how I start drying stuff in the car; heater on to get everything humming, then purge the damp air by opening the windows, then close the windows, heater...
by TechnoEngineer
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 1639

Re: Foot entrapment

Jim wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:54 pm
swimming down fingers
Swimming that rapid would be utter Sado-Masochism! :P
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck question
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Re: Spraydeck question

In my experience - no
by TechnoEngineer
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any ideas on model please?
Replies: 13
Views: 726

Re: Any ideas on model please?

Looks like a Prijon Machine with rod holder and deck rigging added by someone who doesn't understand that a play boat is not suitable as a sea kayak....

Looks like they've added a Pyranha decal to make it go faster :P
by TechnoEngineer
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 785

Re: Stabilising a kayak

I suggest you contact PDCC who are quite near to you and meet up with them. You'll be able to try out all sorts of kayaks and learn lots of stuff from them.
by TechnoEngineer
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Storage shed
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: Storage shed

Nick P wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:32 pm
Key Clamp industrial handrail is another option. Strong, sturdy and put together with a hex key.
N
That's a cracking idea :)

Also it's probably worth trying to minimise exposure of the kayak to temperature extremes if at all possible.
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2269

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I take your point. Yes it was an ex-girlfriend ;) The look of shock on her face as she went in is embedded in my memory :) Generally a coach can spot a nervous paddler a mile off, although I have experienced some who put a "confident face" on and complain later about being asked to do something they...
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 826

Re: Personal Performance Awards

I like the look of the new system, although I suspect people are weary of change since they've recently changed the system too many times over too brief a period.
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2269

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

What does everyone one else do when doing spray deck training? One thing I make a real point of doing is to ensure that someone capsizes involuntarily. I often find they're OK when they choose to go in, but freak out when it happens accidentally. My favourite exercise is to get them to paddle forwa...
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Classic Jackson SuperFun For Sale
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: Classic Jackson SuperFun For Sale

Looks like the first generation, as there are lots of slots in the coaming. Plus the decal looks like the old logo. IIRC the second generation (after 2009) has far fewer slots in the coaming. I found I could do a lot more playful stuff in the 1st gen', the 2nd gen' had a lot more volume so was bette...
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How long does a PFD last?
Replies: 16
Views: 1427

Re: How long does a PFD last?

I have a suspicion that a worn BA will soak up water, so that could hamper your roll. Although it would have to be soaking it up like a sponge ;)
by TechnoEngineer
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Plastic Welding
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: Plastic Welding

I believe Andy Ing is up your way?
by TechnoEngineer
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2269

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I think I've seen it mentioned around here some time ago that some people have put webbing over the cockpit coaming so they can pull on it to release a spraydeck from the side.
by TechnoEngineer
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 1639

Re: Foot entrapment

Wow, that was a sobering read. Hope he recovers soon!
by TechnoEngineer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?
Replies: 8
Views: 792

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: 26
Views: 1512

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: 1058

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: 523

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: 217

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: 46
Views: 2269

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: 1058

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: 1244

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: 2742

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: 2742

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: 2742

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: 2742

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: 2742

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: 2742

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 ...