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by Dave B
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone used www.ratchetshop.com?
Replies: 3
Views: 549

Re: Anyone used www.ratchetshop.com?

When using ratchet straps to tie down your kayak / canoe remember to wear your helmet and try not to worry about the dents it is putting in your (or your mates) roof. I still remember helping a mate tie down his kayak with ratchets, ouch. Palm do cam straps with the cams incased in rubber / soft pla...
by Dave B
Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Through the Dudley Tunnel
Replies: 2
Views: 1730

Re: Through the Dudley Tunnel

Link to it here.
http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... -in-Dudley

The Dudley tunnel is low in places and often a narrow boat width. Its easier going through it on a canoe as the paddle is a lot shorter.
by Dave B
Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dart or Green Ginger?
Replies: 9
Views: 1504

Re: Dart or Green Ginger?

Get well soon.
I picked up a bug on the Kent at the canoe symposium, was sick Sunday night and still off sick. Drink loads of water and get yourself checked out by a doctor.
by Dave B
Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sawdde rescue
Replies: 7
Views: 1790

Re: Sawdde rescue

Donation sent
by Dave B
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Single blades
Replies: 8
Views: 2248

Re: Single blades

I have recently bought myself an Downcreek (http://www.downcreekpaddles.com/) paddle from Ireland. I tried out a few of their paddles at the Song of the Paddle Big meet at Bala in August. Lovely to use and lovely to look at.
by Dave B
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: What Holne Weir looks like in low water
Replies: 0
Views: 1487

What Holne Weir looks like in low water

This is what the rebuilt Holne weir looks like in very low water. Don't go river left, unless you like getting a pin. Centre or right should be ok, although with the rocks either side of the main shoot there may be a hole in the centre. http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff104/ltranter/2014-10-04164...
by Dave B
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What paddling car - update
Replies: 45
Views: 3810

Re: What paddling car - update

As you are going to Devon and Cornwall a lot, get a VW van. You can use it as a changing room, some where to sleep and the boats should fit inside or on the roof.

Personally I use a Morris Traveller, zero car tax, easy to work on and I don't have to worry about keeping the keys dry.
by Dave B
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Need advice to get 3* canoe skills
Replies: 16
Views: 2703

Re: Need advice to get 3* canoe skills

You can get a 3* in a Spec Boat (OC1). Ok what's an OC 1!, well they are normally smaller lighter and more aimed at paddling the same type of rivers that creek kayaks do. They also are narrower and you strap yourself in and sit on a central seat called a saddle. And useful skill is to roll it. They ...
by Dave B
Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Help! Bought Canoe acts like a barrel
Replies: 24
Views: 4050

Re: Help! Bought Canoe acts like a barrel

Turning it into an out rigger canoe looks to be your best bet. Or you could do what they did with the prototype morris minor, sawed it in half and made it about 4" wider.
by Dave B
Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: You MUST paddle tandem!
Replies: 26
Views: 3457

Re: You MUST paddle tandem!

I was wondering what was happening about the 4*'s. Nothing on BCU or Canoe England website as usual. Thanks Scotland, at least you are on the ball and care about the rank and file paddlers.
by Dave B
Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Maps...
Replies: 8
Views: 1266

Re: Maps...

That will be great, as they say " A picture is worth a thousand words"

I use either google earth or Ordnance Survey open data.

for example:
http://www.midlandcanals.co.uk/canal/fr ... rs0020.htm
by Dave B
Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Thule rapid fixpoint foot pack for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 113

Thule rapid fixpoint foot pack for sale

Thule rapid fixpoint foot pack (753) for sale, fits Ford Focus or Galaxy with T-profile roof fitting.

Reason for sale, new car has roof rails, so using differant set up. age about 4 years old.

For sale £60 ono. contact Dave Bennett for info.
by Dave B
Sat May 19, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Red and Green open canoes found on river severn Arley area
Replies: 0
Views: 333

Red and Green open canoes found on river severn Arley area

Yesterday evening I went for a paddle with some mates from a local canoe club. The Severn is still high at 0.8m but a lot lower than it has been. Just below Arley we came across a red canoe pinned around a rock (Lat:52.414841, Long:-2.3421) its about 20' out from the east bank. Its a bit distorted b...
by Dave B
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Maps and copywrite infringement?
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: Maps and copywrite infringement?

I use OS mapping from here http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/products/os-opendata.html to do this http://www.midlandcanals.co.uk/canal/home.htm With the open data you need to acknowledge the scourse, http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/docs/licences/os-opendata-licence.pdf also there i...
by Dave B
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Dee Info
Replies: 62
Views: 4688

Re: River Dee Info

I have been reading through an old canoeing book, on the section "Some Canoeable Rivers" it says of the River Dee: Another Welsh river well worth canoeing is the Dee, which has its scource in Bala Lake and falls 530 feet in its course to the sea, though the greater part of the fall is made early dur...
by Dave B
Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New car time (old car)
Replies: 19
Views: 1695

Re: New car time (old car)

My paddle wagon is a morris 1000 estate, by the way the wood is strutual on then. For short trips I have got 3 kayaks on the roof rack, though if I had some up rights should be able to fit four kayaks or two open canoes. Mind you it would be slow up hills and there would be no suspension. I would no...
by Dave B
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeist dies in weir incident near Ludlow.
Replies: 8
Views: 4638

Re: Canoeist dies in weir incident near Ludlow.

More sad news, thoughts are with friends and family.
by Dave B
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Accident on Fowey
Replies: 19
Views: 5368

Re: Accident on Fowey

This is really sad news, he was a great person to know. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
by Dave B
Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale

Now sold to Harry Hunter.
by Dave B
Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale

Yes still for sale, I have paddled it when I was over 14 stone, at which point I guess I was at its top limit, now just under 13 stone and it handles a bit better. Unless that me being more manoverable.
by Dave B
Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: problems with private messages?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: problems with private messages?

Mark Gawler wrote:PM will sit in your out box until they are read by the recipient. What you are seeing is normal behaviour.

Thanks for that, I was also getting worried that the PM's had not been sent.
by Dave B
Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale

pms sent
by Dave B
Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale

Hi pms seen, and replyed to.
by Dave B
Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Dagger 8.0 Mamba for sale

Its Blue, about 3 years old with the modified river runner seat. It has the usual scatches. I have used it on grade 2 and 3, and rarely on a grade 4. £300 ono D Bennett, Kidderminster, Worcestershire See photos below http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff104/ltranter/Kayak/IMG_0001-1.gif http://i240....
by Dave B
Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Worcester waterways
Replies: 20
Views: 6373

Re: Worcester waterways

There is also the River Avon, a good place to get in is at Eckington Bridge, at the picnic site. Other info at the midlandcanals web site. Though it mostly covers canals, it has info for the River Severn and Avon. The River Tame has been paddled in places, but there can be access issues as its popul...
by Dave B
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What are the outcomes of the UKCC coaching scheme ?
Replies: 85
Views: 3979

Re: What are the outcomes of the UKCC coaching scheme ?

Ok here are my views, for what they are worth. I am an old L2 kayak coach, attached to a local canoe club. A coach will need to be able to coach in both Kayak and Canoe. So to cover what ever people bring along. Kayak= Kayak skills, Canoe = Canoe skills, Sit on top = kayak skills, Stand up Top = Can...
by Dave B
Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Avon Paddle - Tweskbury
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Re: Avon Paddle - Tweskbury

Hi Mark, Hope you have a good trip this coming week end, Its a section that I have thought of taking the open out on to. Though as I am busy this week end will have to give it a miss. While you are there, is there any chance in taking photos of the avon as you go down and have a look at the access p...
by Dave B
Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I need an ecologist / help on lake access
Replies: 26
Views: 1644

Re: I need an ecologist / help on lake access

Right, from looking at the link to Duck of the Day, The Ducks are: Mallard, Mallard, Mallard, Mallard, Coot, Black Swan and Mallard. The Black Swan is probably an excapee, The Mallards and Coots are very very common. And the problem is ??????? I expect the real reason for barring access to the lake ...
by Dave B
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Shop POIs
Replies: 13
Views: 1204

Re: Paddle Shop POIs

So the two follow-ups give lat/long rather than long/lat. Is there a convention on this? When map reading I was always told to go in before climbing the stairs or something like that. Along the hall and up the stairs refers to rectangular grids (Easting’s and Nothings) like the OS National Grid. La...
by Dave B
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anglers try to bar young paddlers from the River Severn
Replies: 12
Views: 1324

Re: Anglers try to bar young paddlers from the River Severn

Strange, The River Severn at Bridgnorth is a free navigation, I can turn up and paddle it at any time and at any level. Which I have done. The area is next to a rowing club, the slipway is regularly used by firms running trips down the river. I think and hope that this is a red herring, or possably ...