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by jmmoxon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?
Replies: 6
Views: 825

Re: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?

We were paddling the Briançon Gorge (Durance) in France. It's a very calm and beautiful river. Two friends and I were the last ones of the group. Suddenly without any warning a jet of high pressured water came out of an hole in the wall and created an huge whirlpool which sucked everything towards ...
by jmmoxon
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

Although you don't need to be on FB to look at public pages. All commonly used internet browsers collect similar data too.

Just look at the activity on here, compared to Facebook nowadays to see that most kayakers use it

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

Basically the cockpit should fill with some extra air & then the drag will be much the same. But will make more of a difference if stop start driving. Having the boats fill with water whilst on the rack, could cause major problems though ... Modern car designs should be noticeable difference between...
by jmmoxon
Sun May 26, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a river?
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Re: Recommend me a river?

Severn...
by jmmoxon
Thu May 23, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

Certainly doesn't help, but I think you'll find staff costs are the biggest outlay at most artificial courses... Where do they make most of their money, as requirements for rec boaters, rafts & emergency services safety training are quite different? The course is owned by Canals & Rivers Trust, but ...
by jmmoxon
Thu May 23, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chile or Costa Rica
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Chile or Costa Rica

Plenty of rivers in CR, but getting around them is easier. These guys run trips, mostly boulder gardens: https://www.costaricarios.com/costa-rica-kayaking.html In Chile the main centres are big volume on the futaleufu, or waterfalls around pucon: https://puconkayakhostel.com/when-is-the-best-time-to...
by jmmoxon
Thu May 23, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chile or Costa Rica
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Chile or Costa Rica

Depends how much holiday you have - CR if only a week, Chile for 2 or 3.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Wed May 22, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

Same as most other facilities, funds are available for set up, but not for running costs, so it has to pay it's way & most days won't.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Mon May 13, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 694

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

I use zebralights, but obviously would sink if you drop them:
https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/sh ... -my-choice

Mike
by jmmoxon
Sat May 11, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 1575

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

Indeed, if you change your plan, it may have them searching in the wrong area. The problem is we will never convince everyone of the seaworthiness of our "little boats". I agree there's no reason to leave a route plan at the campsite, but them knowing when you're expected back & that you have an eme...
by jmmoxon
Fri May 10, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 1575

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

No, it wouldn't necessarily prevent a call out, but you have then done everything within your power on that front. In this case the individual concerned obviously didn't know your plans, so they asked the campsite owner... & as far as I'm aware jack snipe have never been recorded breeding or display...
by jmmoxon
Fri May 10, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 1575

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

If you're leaving a tent or vehicle on the campsite then you should definitely inform the owner if not planning to return - they might even not charge you full price for the night!

& unlikely to have been a jack snipe, more likely a common snipe displaying over it's territory.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Wed May 08, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's

Any sea kayak will be useable, unless you don't fit in it, some will be nicer than others. Plastic is more forgiving for the excitement of rock hopping...

Mike
by jmmoxon
Thu May 02, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 665

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

Upright or get an inflatable.

Mike
by jmmoxon
Wed May 01, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 899

Re: When where who?

by jmmoxon
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing on the River Dart
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: Canoeing on the River Dart

Is the dart running - NO - but the prediction is back online:
http://isthedartrunning.co.uk
by jmmoxon
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New book
Replies: 0
Views: 270

New book

by jmmoxon
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Severn Estuary
Replies: 6
Views: 527

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: 440

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: 6
Views: 527

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: 373

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: 373

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: 15
Views: 899

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: 15
Views: 899

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: 15
Views: 899

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: 4
Views: 738

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: 438

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: 1290

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...