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by ian.miller
Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: skeg damage
Replies: 13
Views: 2289

Re: skeg damage

The skeg cable system on the RM atlantic is a very simple bowden cable system and is probably one of the better ones I have seen on any boat. It is unlikely that it is a faulty installation because if it worked well at first then the most likely source of the problem is damage in use. The design is ...
by ian.miller
Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?
Replies: 41
Views: 5231

Re: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?

I've always felt that the problem with an LV is simply that it has a huge amount of rocker. On a beach if I compare it to my wife's much shorter North Shore there is a lot less of the LV touching the sand. This is great for agility and fun but if you paddle it in windy weather with little or no load...
by ian.miller
Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Interaction with shipping
Replies: 41
Views: 2699

Re: Interaction with shipping

Like Mike I've often sat it out on the Forth waiting on a ship to pass. I've always applied two rules, if you see a ship and have to think about it's progress then stay where you are, and never decide to go for it with inexperienced paddlers in the group. There is nothing more likely to induce a cap...
by ian.miller
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Life jacket /bouyancy aid
Replies: 35
Views: 3704

Re: Life jacket /bouyancy aid

If you end up unconscious and on your front wearing a manual inflation lifejacket you will drown but wearing a BA will give you the exactly the same outcome. No pockets on them but what do we have deck bags for. If you carry a lot of stuff in pockets it can be a positive PITA in rescues. The big adv...
by ian.miller
Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Portable solar charging system for kayakers
Replies: 10
Views: 1301

Re: Portable solar charging system for kayakers

Before deciding on the effectiveness of flexible solar panels it might be worth reading the solar energy section of David JC MacKay's book on sustainable energy. It can be accessed free online. The figures quoted in the book are for fixed systems and are in some ways quite depressing. I suspect the ...
by ian.miller
Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: beach pebbles jamming skeg
Replies: 22
Views: 1899

Re: beach pebbles jamming skeg

Hi Leisha learning the skill of launching while floating is a good idea and this is a bit easier with advent of large cockpits. by all means drill your skeg and fit a cord. This is a great idea but the suggestion of tying a loop in it is dangerous. It can catch on any underwater obstruction and if y...
by ian.miller
Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Resignations from SCA Board of Directors
Replies: 137
Views: 11422

Re: Resignations from SCA Board of Directors

Quite right Mike and I'll second all that you've posted. How anyone can suggest that money should change hands on a peer to peer paddle is a mystery to me. It would all look decidedly funny at the other end of an incident. I haven't run calendar meets for some time and when I did they were often com...
by ian.miller
Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Resignations from SCA Board of Directors
Replies: 137
Views: 11422

Re: Resignations from SCA Board of Directors

I find it hard to believe that we cannot get a good estimate of the number of recreational paddlers who are SCA members. When I joined I was asked to state my interests and i would assume that using that information in a non-attributed way would never fall foul of the data protection act. The recrea...
by ian.miller
Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glueing things to gelcoat
Replies: 10
Views: 1215

Re: Glueing things to gelcoat

I wouldn't think felt is an ideal material as it would deteriorate in sea water and you might end up with only the glue left. A simpler solution would be to buy a sheet of the heavy duty clear protective sheet sold in motorcycle shops to protect motor bike fairings. It has the advantage of being sti...
by ian.miller
Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaks for family use
Replies: 17
Views: 1519

Re: Sea Kayaks for family use

Hi Dan If you are still a Fjord fan I have one you are welcome to. It has been stuck in a Kinross garden for the last few years and as far as I'm aware it is still useable. It was my first boat and after learning the hard way in it I never felt like selling it on to anyone else in case they never sp...
by ian.miller
Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: going around in circles
Replies: 31
Views: 2285

Re: going around in circles

I've met up with this problem once before when I spent a frustrating evening trying to coach a paddler who turned to the left, even when she was paddling only on her left side. We tried edging, weight shifting and checked out her wrist rotation to no avail then I noticed that she was allowing her le...
by ian.miller
Thu May 17, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keel Easy, - Self-adhesive keel strip
Replies: 15
Views: 2812

Re: Keel Easy, - Self-adhesive keel strip

I have recently fitted one but have yet to prove it on the water. Even if it doesn't prove to be durable I would still rather have chunks coming off the strip rather than the keel. It was a genuine 10 minute fit job with the aid of a hair dryer and a small roller and If you buy enough Isopropyl alco...
by ian.miller
Thu May 17, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Not Sure About This?
Replies: 24
Views: 1211

Re: Not Sure About This?

Absolutely agree that any gadget that can enable a disabled paddler is useful. However the point I was making is that these gadgets are sold as a quick fix to able bodied paddlers who are for some reason unable to develop the personal skills the gadget is meant to replace. Worst still is the fact th...
by ian.miller
Thu May 17, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Not Sure About This?
Replies: 24
Views: 1211

Re: Not Sure About This?

This looks to be a similar idea to the self inflating float that a German company tried selling a few years ago. It was sold on the basis that if you were a non roller then it would get you back up. In practise what happened was that most non rollers trying it lacked a decent hip flick and simply en...
by ian.miller
Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Feels like treacle (stuck on edge)
Replies: 31
Views: 2209

Re: Feels like treacle (stuck on edge)

Before we all get too surprised about this problem we should ask what a BA is for. All things being equal a BA will always try to float you up at an angle or stop you getting completely under the boat. If it doesn't you should be asking if it is any good. I wear a life jacket with no inherent buoyan...
by ian.miller
Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm ocean pro towline, very poor design.
Replies: 15
Views: 1534

Re: Palm ocean pro towline, very poor design.

The original question would appear to be a non problem. If you are towing you normally have two outcomes - you bring the towed boat alongside, unclip it and ask the occupant to hang on to you while you stow the line somewhere, not necessarily the bag, or you ditch the tow in which case stowing it ne...
by ian.miller
Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Highland Emergency - TV
Replies: 4
Views: 1395

Re: Highland Emergency - TV

the basic facts are - the experienced victim's boat was borrowed and did not have sufficient buoyancy to allow the inexperienced paddler who was alongside to carry out a rescue. She would have been able to rescue a normally buoyant boat but hadn't the experience to handle the problem this boat prese...
by ian.miller
Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4008

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

Replying initially to the original request for help I would second the request for more accurate information on incidents. We all learn from our own and others mistakes and it is really useful to the whole sea kayaking community if we can have more information on what is really going on out there. T...
by ian.miller
Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3rd party liability insurance
Replies: 14
Views: 740

Re: 3rd party liability insurance

The day I find myself standing on a beach checking the insurance certificates of fellow paddlers I'll give up. If you stop and think about it there are apparently large numbers of uninsured drivers on the roads and I bet none of us ever give it a thought when we get into our cars. I also bet all of ...
by ian.miller
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stuck Skeg^
Replies: 31
Views: 1575

Re: Stuck Skeg

I agree with the previous post that floating the boat is the best answer. I am also a fan of having a cord dangling from the skeg tip so that it can be freed by another paddler. However I wouldn't want to tie that cord as a loop since it could be a snagging hazard and if it snags when you are on you...
by ian.miller
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oops - -
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Re: Oops - -

What we would all like to know Mike is why you were looking at that site in the first place.
Were you ever a train spotter?
IanM
by ian.miller
Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RIP SCA Touring Calendar
Replies: 112
Views: 4215

Re: RIP SCA Touring Calendar

While I agree with Douglas about the work carried out on access it is worth looking at the SCA staff list. In the last year or so there has been an exponential rise in the numbers of staff associated with development and specifically with the "gold medal" aspects of canoeing. Meanwhile in the last t...
by ian.miller
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RIP SCA Touring Calendar
Replies: 112
Views: 4215

Re: RIP SCA Touring Calendar

Ian_montrose wrote "As an aside, and I stress that I am in no way implying that this might apply to any of the individuals concerned, but experience does not always equate to competency." Absolutely correct but that is why the system had more than one criteria built in to it. To put a counter argume...
by ian.miller
Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RIP SCA Touring Calendar
Replies: 112
Views: 4215

Re: RIP SCA Touring Calendar

After reading the recent postings on this subject I suspect that all the worriers about corporate manslaughter and litigation are paddling on a different bit of sea from me or at least I wish they were. What seems to have escaped them is that the trips are organised not led and effectively act as pe...
by ian.miller
Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Left hand or Right hand
Replies: 48
Views: 1821

Re: Left hand or Right hand

Like the majority of right handers I find some of life's more intricate tasks such as writing are quite difficult with my left hand. I would think however that on a scale of difficulty the action of controlling a paddle is pretty near the bottom. The main difference between the controlling and non c...
by ian.miller
Tue May 31, 2011 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Left hand or Right hand
Replies: 48
Views: 1821

Re: Left hand or Right hand

Curiosity gets the better of me . I always thought that the reason we paddled originaly with 90 degree feather was to lessen the effect of wind on the out of water blade. Chris Bolton however writes - As a third option, consider using zero feather. There are a few threads about it which you'll find ...
by ian.miller
Mon May 09, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Skerray^
Replies: 34
Views: 10411

Re: Valley Skerray

The plastic skerray is exactly that. It was the plastic version of the composite skerray which was available in a standard version and an expedition version. This was in the days before LV and HV became trendy terms. (early 90s). I seem to remember it bore no relation to any of the Valley range and ...
by ian.miller
Sun May 08, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Club responsibility
Replies: 57
Views: 2964

Re: Club responsibility

I belong to the same club as Owen and our club has struggled with the same problems. As Mick has pointed out clubs start as tight knit groups eventualy become monsters with a real need for all sorts of controls which seem a million miles from the ideals the club started with. There is also for us th...
by ian.miller
Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas Acuta history^
Replies: 74
Views: 11242

Re: Anas Acuta history^

just in case any old nordkapp paddlers feel left out I thought I'd point out that my 70's HM also has the top of the stern kinked to one side. Maybe someone in Valley had an aversion to straight lines. I also remember listening to a lecture on the first Cape Horn exped where the lecturer showed phot...
by ian.miller
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toggle bungee hooky bits
Replies: 9
Views: 564

Re: Toggle bungee hooky bits

Like most paddlers I often paddle with the toggles hooked back, mainly because I've forgotten to undo them. It's worth remembering that one of the reasons we have toggles on boats and not just neat handles is to aid rescues. I have had reason to curse the owner of a boat with tied back toggles when ...