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by Grouchmonkey
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norfolk Broads Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Norfolk Broads Advice

Thanks - guide book on order!
by Grouchmonkey
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Norfolk Broads Advice
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Norfolk Broads Advice

I posted under this heading in the whitewater/touring section, but maybe people on here have more relevant experience, as this is very much flatwater touring, rather than playboat stuff. If you can help please head over to the other board!
by Grouchmonkey
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norfolk Broads Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Norfolk Broads Advice

I wonder if anyone can give some advice about touring in the Norfolk Broads this October? I am a reasonably experienced paddler having done a bit of sea kayaking, flatwater racing and touring but I do not know the area. I will have a mate with me whose sole experience is a trip we did up the Dart la...
by Grouchmonkey
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Reading Website Adverts
Replies: 1
Views: 452

Reading Website Adverts

Interested in a new boat so looked on the Reading site. I see it says "temporarily disabled due to high levels of spam". Fair enough but where should I go to find the small ads for a K1 now? Or is the Reading website going to be up and running for small ads again soon?
by Grouchmonkey
Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted XL Marathon Boat
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

Re: Wanted XL Marathon Boat

Still looking.....
by Grouchmonkey
Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted XL Marathon Boat
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

Re: Wanted XL Marathon Boat

Yes, definitely too whizzy for me. there are a number of resources on the internet for checking stability ratings. I use the Norwich CC stability ratings list and purple paddler"s list here http://www.purplepaddler.com/support-files/k1racingkayakdata.pdf and for this boat in particular, it is on a D...
by Grouchmonkey
Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted XL Marathon Boat
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

Re: Wanted XL Marathon Boat

Looks like a nice boat but perhaps too wobbly for me? I am not familiar with the model and have not paddled one, but the websites indicate it is a wobble factor 2 or thereabouts?
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted XL Marathon Boat
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

Wanted XL Marathon Boat

Looking for a lightweight (preferably Carbon/Kevlar) stability 4-6 marathon boat (e.g. Tor, Sceptre, Epsilon, Eta, Raven) suitable for larger paddler (up to 95kg)
by Grouchmonkey
Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 63
Views: 33070

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

Hmm. PM me if you want to sell that Typhoon.......
by Grouchmonkey
Sat May 03, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 63
Views: 33070

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

Sorry, bit late the party on this. I was in a similar position to the OP and got a Carbon/Kevlar Macros (wonder if it is the same one as earlier in the thread….?). Found it tippier than a Raven and I think the "4" rating is a tad generous but certainly an option for the heftier paddler in the XL ver...
by Grouchmonkey
Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayakathon 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: Kayakathon 2014

Ah, so that is what it was! I finished a stint supporting people in the London marathon and was sitting on a boat tied up at the embankment having tea with my kids yesterday when that lot went by! Impressively composed, too, given there was a bit of chop and tide running past the bridge pillars. Whe...
by Grouchmonkey
Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Take Out and Parking at Windsor Canoe Club
Replies: 2
Views: 548

Take Out and Parking at Windsor Canoe Club

Does anyone know what the situation is re take out and getting boats on top of cars at Windsor Canoe Club which I understand is adjacent to Windsor Leisure centre? A group of us from Chelmsford are doing a Thames paddle and planning to end up there. Can cars be parked overnight there?
by Grouchmonkey
Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Feathercraft Kahuna for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Feathercraft Kahuna for sale

Woops. Yes, that was supposed to be a PM
by Grouchmonkey
Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Feathercraft Kahuna for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Feathercraft Kahuna for sale

Hi, Saw your advert and v excited as it was just the sort of thing I was looking for but way more than I can afford, I'm afraid. Not saying its not worth good money as obv v good condition and they are extortionate price new, but just too much for me. If it does not sell please let me know, and I wo...
by Grouchmonkey
Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Roman Kayaks
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Roman Kayaks

Does anyone have any experience of these?

http://www.roman-kayaks.co.uk/

Stability, speed, characteristics of the different models?
by Grouchmonkey
Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Sounds familiar?
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: Sounds familiar?

Superb!
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 19563

Re: DW2011....

oops x2
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 19563

Re: DW2011....

Hi wheezy-yep running like a bunny. 5m Cross Country last Sunday 11m trail race this Sunday
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 19563

Re: DW2011....

Yep-running like a bunny. 5m Cross Country race last Sunday, 11m trail race next Sunday!
by Grouchmonkey
Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 19563

Re: DW2011....

Not paddling as I aggravated an old injury (dislocated shoulder) and doctor says "try not to do anything strenuous for about 6 weeks - especially anything like paddling a canoe" :(
This is not going to help the training plan.
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: anyone paddled the Waterside C course recently?
Replies: 4
Views: 462

Re: anyone paddled the Waterside C course recently?

I did Pewsey-Bruce Tunnel 2 weeks ago and it was fine on that stretch. Weed not a problem at all - but watch out for the horse flies!
by Grouchmonkey
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 19563

Re: DW2011....

I think I am up for it. Let me start the stupid questions from inexperienced people. Could/should you try to get some practice on the tideway? If so what is the best way to do this?
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: 37 year old beginner to flatwater racing - winter strategy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1074

Re: 37 year old beginner to flatwater racing - winter strategy?

I took up the sport last year at the age of 49 and progressed from Cygnet to Cirrus (similar stability level to a hobby -8- but with a rudder) then to a Sceptre which is a "6". Both upgrades involved a fair amount of falling in and at first there is no gain in speed as you are too busy trying to sta...
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:45 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Useful tool for measuring distances for training
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: Useful tool for measuring distances for training

I have used a SatMap Active10 which is v clever piece of kit which can map routes, show you where you are on an Ordnance Survey Map, record average speeds etc. - and its waterproof! Downside is its really quite expensive, especially when cost of the map software is added in, it is quite fiddly to pr...
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW training - aching "hips"
Replies: 5
Views: 571

Re: DW training - aching "hips"

Bursitis? It's quite a common stress-related condition in this area for runners and the constant repetitive movement if you are swivelling your hips correctly could well bring it on. Sounds minor but if you can't identify what is causing it and reduce any internal swelling, could get worse and worse...
by Grouchmonkey
Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: K1 - natural limit to stability?
Replies: 11
Views: 4017

Re: K1 - natural limit to stability?

I have been thinking about the same issue, having started at the age of 49 last year, and now struggling to progress beyond the Sceptre. My experience with other sports leads me to believe that there is no limit to what you can take on, at any age, but the older you are when you start, the longer it...
by Grouchmonkey
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: No boat fits
Replies: 18
Views: 1207

Re: No boat fits

I have a boat which is really too big for me (and I am 6' and 90kg!) so maybe have what you want. I believe it is a Miramichi 17: cedar-strip and a beautiful thing. It was built with an extra-wide cockpit for the guy I bought it from. I find it rides a bit too high out on the surf for me as it is a ...
by Grouchmonkey
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted-Mid-Stability Competition K1+Wings
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Wanted-Mid-Stability Competition K1+Wings

Bump. don't need the wings any more though - good ol ebay.