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by al27
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak ID
Replies: 12
Views: 1363

Re: Kayak ID

Seaking.
by al27
Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Menai Challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: Menai Challenge

Hey Jim, yes, all the benefits of a 2nd hand kayak; dodgy colour scheme ;-) , questionable footrest/steering, and whilst I'm on it, how hard can it be for Valley to ask Kayaksport what they use for their hatch covers and just use the same material. I've replaced 2 sets of Valley hatch covers this ye...
by al27
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Menai Challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Menai Challenge

I've been looking at this http://performanceseakayak.co.uk/Pages/Events/MenaiChallenge/recordsMenaiChallengeInfo2014.html for a while, and with the arrival of a new toy, http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l200/patiras/IMG_20140429_113908_zps19cc1722.jpg thought I'd give it a go. I got to the Menai br...
by al27
Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22412

Re: Skim Kayaks

Banned, yes. And in true French style, widely ignored.....
by al27
Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why are kayaks smooth?
Replies: 28
Views: 3502

Re: Why are kayaks smooth?

Yeeees, in theory, if you could cut skin friction by half (and that's a massive ask), then you would use nigh on half the power at 2 knots, but you're only using about a quarter or less of your available cruising power anyway and you run into the danger of the pub shutting before you get there.
by al27
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why are kayaks smooth?
Replies: 28
Views: 3502

Re: Why are kayaks smooth?

Shouldn't this post be moved to the shed section on account of its basement dweller rating?
by al27
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why are kayaks smooth?
Replies: 28
Views: 3502

Re: Why are kayaks smooth?

Ignore the scale, as this is for another boat, but this is the jist of it. A sea kayak would run to about 7 knots on the x axis.

Image
by al27
Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why are kayaks smooth?
Replies: 28
Views: 3502

Re: Why are kayaks smooth?

I wouldn't get too hung up on it. Boat resistance is made up of two factors; skin resistance (which you're talking about here) and form resistance, which is the drag caused purely by the shape of the vessel. At low speeds, skin friction is the predominant factor to slowing you down. As the vessel ap...
by al27
Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Longest sea kayak in production...?
Replies: 21
Views: 6857

Re: Longest sea kayak in production...?

Hi Rob, many thanks for posting. That really is a massive difference in speed; do you think the results would be the same if the tests were carried out by Rockpool? I ask, as I'm a big fan of the original Inuk; it's one of my favourite boats "for getting the job done", which I chose over the Taran. ...
by al27
Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 59
Views: 9680

Re: Angmagssalik - new start?

Vaguely remember that Aled's got a set of offsets...

And have just read back through the other thread, where he says he does...

Aled?
by al27
Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Identify my boat....
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Identify my boat....

Sea King?
Gets my vote...
by al27
Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: UK Circumnavigation - how many?
Replies: 21
Views: 1593

Re: UK Circumnavigation - how many?

When I eventually finish, it'll have been done in at least six stages - will that count? Does in my book. I forgot about Richard, it was 2004 Oh yeah, guess the late 90's was when we froze our tits off in a canal in stupid wobbly boats, and he said in the pub after "I'm going round the UK" in the w...
by al27
Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is it worth tacking upwind with a Flat Earth sail?^
Replies: 43
Views: 4979

Re: Is it worth tacking upwind with a Flat Earth sail?

I...... lack of raw pace and technically poor tacks and gybes mixed with a conservative approach where I usually allow myself too much extra room to lay the mark.....
Yep, sounds like most of my races.....
by al27
Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is it worth tacking upwind with a Flat Earth sail?^
Replies: 43
Views: 4979

Re: Is it worth tacking upwind with a Flat Earth sail?

Any fool knows that you lose speed through the tack so beating in 7 legs where 2 would have sufficed is reason enough to send you to go and dangle your legs over the side!
Allowing for the wind shifts, obviously!! Don't want to go too far out on one tack, just in case......
by al27
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: UK Circumnavigation - how many?
Replies: 21
Views: 1593

Re: UK Circumnavigation - how many?

Atkinson.... Knew I'd get there eventually. No ego, no fanfare... just did it.

http://www2.wdcs.org/newsarchive/articl ... 0300517CAD
by al27
Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: UK Circumnavigation - how many?
Replies: 21
Views: 1593

Re: UK Circumnavigation - how many?

Richard Atkins (I think, trying to remember a name from a dozen years ago...) from Chelmsford late '90's.
by al27
Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wirral search
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: Wirral search

Lesson to be learned? Possibly.

Common sense? In danger of straying from it.
by al27
Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wirral search
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: Wirral search

From memory, in Simons podcast with the coastguard, they say that even if no-one signs off at the end of a TR, they still won't launch; it takes a contact calling in to say that the party hasn't arrived before they'll do anything. A paddler, seen paddling (not apparantly in distress), mid summer, ca...
by al27
Tue May 10, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Microchipping boats for security
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: Microchipping boats for security

I actually think it would be better if the chip wasn't in a standard place... All manufacturers keep records of all the boats they build (laminate shedule, weight, colour, serial no. etc.) it would be easy enough just to record where the chip went. Or if that's too much hassle, then as long as the m...
by al27
Tue May 10, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Microchipping boats for security
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: Microchipping boats for security

http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... =4&t=49993
Perhaps this will surface every two years or so as still a good idea ;-)

Al.
by al27
Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockleshell heroes remembered again
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: Cockleshell heroes remembered again

Hazzler WHATTTT!! At least have the respect to spell the guys name right. And of slightly more kayak related theme, how about the Hasler Trophy. Although, to be fair, even the Royal Navy can't spell his name right. http://www.rnka.co.uk/MainPages/disciplines.html Nrrrr, fill my glass and find me so...
by al27
Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy
Replies: 6
Views: 897

Re: Bouyancy

I think dragging the French system into this is a bit of a red herring, as it has little to do with common sense; there is even confusion amongst the French. The current system was bought about by the need to comply with Europe. The Recreational Craft Directive is the broader ruling that governs the...
by al27
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas Acuta history^
Replies: 74
Views: 13138

Re: Anas Acuta history^

....but, it's very comfortable, and adjustable.
I never doubted that for a minute Nick ;-)

Fortunately with 30 years experience, development and hindsight, we are now able to produce a, how shall we say, "slightly less cosmetically challenged" product.

Al.
by al27
Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas Acuta history^
Replies: 74
Views: 13138

Re: Anas Acuta history^

Hmmm, what a dogs breakfast. I might change that to "loosely" based on the spirit of the original.

Cheers, Al.
by al27
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas Acuta history^
Replies: 74
Views: 13138

Re: Anas Acuta history^

Hi Nick, Any chance of a few photo's of the seat? Mine has got a fixed seat, and the same knuckle destroying deck fittings (surely this many boats having the same fittings is more than chance???), so not sure where that puts its vintage. The main reason I want to change the seat is so I can put a ba...
by al27
Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Big tides this weekend
Replies: 13
Views: 1412

Re: Big tides this weekend

2.9.... I've just watched a 30 foot tree go past at somewhere approaching 7 knots.... And still a day and a half to the big one...

Al.
by al27
Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaning Back When Surfing
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: Leaning Back When Surfing

Pray
by al27
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no
Replies: 35
Views: 3598

Re: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no

That may be the case, but then those in the know realise that a few decades of daily training has a greater bearing on things than boat choice :-) I've paddled for a few decades, but I guess I'm not "in the know", because I'd give my right arm (well, probably not arm, nut perhaps) for a Taran over ...
by al27
Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no
Replies: 35
Views: 3598

Re: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no

How close are we to being able to work out performance handicaps for kayaks (like in sailing?) Depends. Mark mentioned the Portsmouth yardstick, and if handicapping were to be introduced, empiricaly would be my choice of method. You just need a lot of race results, and someone who knows how to use ...
by al27
Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:27 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no
Replies: 35
Views: 3598

Re: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no

Is it not already split into race kayaks (Taran's, Epic 18's etc) and sea kayaks?