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by jmmoxon
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Severn Estuary
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Severn Estuary

Birnbeck pier at Weston super mare has an old walkway near it that can be used at low tide (although possibly not big spring lows). There is street parking or a pay & display nearby, but it is quite a steep carry to & from the water (steps beside the hotels on lower continuation of Birnbeck Road are...
by jmmoxon
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Steve Backshall in Greenland
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Steve Backshall in Greenland

Paddling in Scoresby Sund on BBC2 now. Part 2 next Sunday.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Severn Estuary
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Severn Estuary

May be better off ascending with the tide as get out points are limited at low. Either way you can't paddle against the main flow.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 day license, but... insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: 30 day license, but... insurance

Says £34.72 at bottom for canoes or kayaks - better put a cabin on it for the cheapest price!
by jmmoxon
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 day license, but... insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: 30 day license, but... insurance

British canoeing just send you a membership card to carry with you now, it covers you for other waterways beyond canals & rivers trust, but not all that require licencing. Their magazine is online.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: When where who?

Hollowform river chasers were being used in 1974, seems they didn't have pillars (moulds later sold to Perception):
http://worldkayakblogs.com/billsblog/20 ... ayboating/
by jmmoxon
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: When where who?

Ah, but was it a kayak or a canoe (in 1942)? The first fibreglass boats were only just being made then:
http://www.goodoldboat.com/reader_servi ... rglass.php

You can still buy new Valetas:
http://www.acecanoes.com/

& 1984 was about the time of first plastic sea kayaks.
by jmmoxon
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: When where who?

Seems perception were the first to rotomould (& probably first in UK), but there were other designs before Mirage: https://kayakdave.com/2012/10/19/the-early-history-of-plastic-kayaks/ Fibreglass is more difficult to trace as they were initially home builds, but internet suggests late 195Os (however...
by jmmoxon
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing on the River Dart
Replies: 1
Views: 345

Re: Canoeing on the River Dart

That has always been their opinion.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Corsica 22nd - 28th April - anyone about?
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Corsica 22nd - 28th April - anyone about?

Could be a bad year for water levels:
https://www.snow-forecast.com/countries ... ca/resorts

Webcam pic from today, if you click on it the other piste is even worse:
https://www.onthesnow.co.uk/corse/webcams.html

Andy Holt will have finished his guided trips by then.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1188

Re: How do you break a boat?

Just seen a video of the back end of a kayak "exploding" off whilst running a steep slide / waterfall, but it was a prototype...
by jmmoxon
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheesy makes a brief appearance
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Cheesy makes a brief appearance

With Palm's recycled sit on top:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... -episode-1

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: testing a plb
Replies: 7
Views: 412

Re: testing a plb

You have to deploy the antenna to access the test & activation buttons. I guess that if lots of people were testing them throughout the hour it might obscure a real emergency signal, so better to concentrate that into a short, easily remembered, period.
by jmmoxon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 8
Views: 822

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

Another problem is you can't tell how deep the pool is from above (or possibly even if there is one!) & the stream may well smash you against the far wall at the level where it does back up... But, assuming you survived that, it might be possible to paddle around to where there are other ways out, w...
by jmmoxon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: highest waterfall paddled uk
Replies: 8
Views: 822

Re: highest waterfall paddled uk

Gaping Gill may have been possible over the weekend, which would be a contender for the WORLD record, as Hull Pot, which is 3OOft long x 6O wide x 6O deep, filled to the top. GG gets a plunge pool when the chamber starts to fill - obviously this reduces the height of the drop from 3OOft...
by jmmoxon
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long weekend in Norway
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Long weekend in Norway

Not Norway, but the islands around Stockholm have a lot of options.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Werner splits - grease for easier splitting?
Replies: 6
Views: 394

Re: Werner splits - grease for easier splitting?

They should be rinsed & dried after every outing. Top of Werner's FAQs:
http://www.wernerpaddles.com/customer-service/faq
by jmmoxon
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit identification
Replies: 10
Views: 649

Re: Cockpit identification

The seat position & narrower front would suggest it was for a smaller paddler. It may be a one-off from the manufacturer, built for a particular customer, or testing an alternative shape, as looks too good a job for a replacement...

Mike
by jmmoxon
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 21
Views: 4794

Re: Searching for the Finmen

In "The People of the Sea" (1954), David Thomson conducted a series of interviews during the 1940s & 50s with Celtic people about selkies (grey seals), which included this discussion on North Ronaldsay, Orkney: I said, 'In Shetland they told me the seals were Norway Finns.' But they all denied this ...
by jmmoxon
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2275

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Notification: https://m.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3182656 New registered address is the Insolvency Practitioners: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/03480222/filing-history Unfortunately, they were struggling before the flooding: https://companycheck.co.uk/company/03480222/WHITE-WATER-CONSULTA...
by jmmoxon
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1438

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

Some guides already do - if this suits try this, if too hard how about this, if too easy then...
by jmmoxon
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 1092

Re: Church Beck

chicklechives wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Pioneered by lakes paddling legend Richard Evans. Certainly ran everything he published. Mostly in prijon probe or latterly an RPM.
Anyone ticked all his becks?
The probe was from eurokayak.
by jmmoxon
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten - the drive
Replies: 13
Views: 1096

Re: Lofoten - the drive

Unfortunately hasn't been even a rumour since 2015, cheap flights pretty much did for any profit they could make.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten - the drive
Replies: 13
Views: 1096

Re: Lofoten - the drive

Viamichelin gives you a good idea of costs & times, based on your vehicle, but you seem to need to register to use it now. Obviously need to add rest breaks to the calculation.
by jmmoxon
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1438

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

I guess not many paddlers actually do stuff as a first (to them) descent, they are following someone who has done the river before, so the grade is literally unimportant, as long as the "expert" is correct in their belief that they can do it...

Mike
by jmmoxon
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1438

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

As Jim says, you can't view every river on film to see if it's sensible, you'll still need a grading system to decide which ones are worth looking at...

& how do you know a video actually shows all the features or even in the right order?

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rhondda river
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Re: Rhondda river