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by PeterG
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 749

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

We have a double Triton, very stable -hard to imagine a capsize even when surfing-, very fast even with one person doing most of the work, easily outstrips all the others if we both work together and it is too easy to be tempted by the speed! Easy to right with one person stabilising while the other...
by PeterG
Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project
Replies: 14
Views: 1034

Re: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project

Great job.

Ours has a front bulkhead, hence my comment about allowing it to dry out. It is a very fast boat, all waterline, and stable enough on the move in waves. Not good for hanging around. Rolls so easily, like the Tahe Greenland it blurs the distinction between upright and upside down.
by PeterG
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project
Replies: 14
Views: 1034

Re: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project

The hatch cover on the front is so you can dry the compartment byb leaving it off in storage, but you can pack small items. The cockpit rim is perfect for an ocean deck in proofed nylon or home made aqullisaq. Great boat, but wobbly at rest, not the best platform for photography!
by PeterG
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 16
Views: 1275

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

If you lose the boat on a solo trip, say you are swimming ashore onto the rocks in breaking waves, having decided to land on a less than ideal bit of an unihabited Scottish isle rather than continue to even more dubious shores with a rising sea and the towline releases itself from your waist or unac...
by PeterG
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing deck fittings
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: Sealing deck fittings

A4 stainless steel penny washer and rubber penny washer on the inside, you can get them cheaply on ebay, quite small ones will do like 20mm x 4mm hole, then you can take them off if necessary
by PeterG
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 959

Re: charts, paper or download?

eOceanic, if you google this it will give you details of some anchorage or other and no link to the basic charts. However, scroll down to the chart, make this full screen and you can zoom and navigate your way to any place and scale you like. Various options for screen capture or direct printing. Bu...
by PeterG
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?

I also use a homemade akulisaq (summer skirt) modelled on one I saw in the British Museum using proofed nylon and a bungie waist and deck seal. Getting the S shaped cut to fit the oval ocean cockpit took some iteration, but the waist is easy, a one afternoon project if you have a sewing machine. I'v...
by PeterG
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?

Phoenix do a simple neoprene ocean deck, I've bought them through ASwatersports and they always seem to have them in stock. Probably about £60. This ocean fits an Anas acuta or the slightly rounder Skim cockpit it is quite flexible.
by PeterG
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA/Life jacket advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 831

Re: BA/Life jacket advice.

Any reviews of the peak wrap around?
by PeterG
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trip around the Isle of Wight
Replies: 8
Views: 740

Re: Trip around the Isle of Wight

The sea front at Lee on Solent is a good place to launch and safe place to leave a vehicle, free parking. The main thing is to get the tides right, a high coef. makes it easier. Many CKmer paddlers have joined us at Portsmouth Canoe Club. We are in Brittany at Camping Les Sept Iles Trelevern from ab...
by PeterG
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 1017

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Weather cocking is basically good, some popular modern designs that appear perfect in light winds, start lee cocking in stronger winds making them dangerously uncontrollable. We've had several incidents in the Club at F6 and above. People saying 'I never have to use my skeg' is a warning light. My f...
by PeterG
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 1017

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Hard chine boats by their nature are happy on the chine, as the boat tips it become harder and harder to capsize until the chine becomes the hull. Just try some edging and paddling on the chine on flat water and you will see that the apparent instability when you are dead upright is not really insta...
by PeterG
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New paddles?
Replies: 8
Views: 941

Re: New paddles?

From personal experience over the years AT paddles are very good, but very stiff, makes a roll seem easy, but also easier to pull a muscle in real life, I like a bit more give. Comparing a carbon and bendy wood greenland paddle the bendy one gives back at the end with a little spring if the boat is ...
by PeterG
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1155

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

Looks neat and you feel you are doing your bit for the environment. We believe it does make up to 5mpg difference, driving style and indeed wind direction make more difference. We (Skoda Octavia 1.6 DSG) average about 60mpg south coast to Glasgow without roof load without trying too hard at the lega...
by PeterG
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Play the sea
Replies: 20
Views: 1491

Re: Play the sea

Only one choice at your height and weight -the original and best

http://www.portsmouth-canoe-club.org/kayaks/anas-acuta
by PeterG
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 949

Re: Gigha Plan B

Loch Craignish is lovely with scattered islands, launch near the Ardfern village hall, plus the chance for some fun in Dorus Mor if you catch it right. Easy to arrange a one way with shuttle to Croabh Haven and spend some time on Luing, Shuna etc.
by PeterG
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Very long distance kayak trips
Replies: 7
Views: 1242

Re: Very long distance kayak trips

You don't have to go far or cover a lot of ground for a longer trip... http://paddleswithananasacuta.blogspot.com/2016/07/two-months-indolent-solitary-paddling.html Although you pass shops more frequently the reality of lone paddling with a loaded boat is that you can only easily shop over low water...
by PeterG
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 3238

Re: Sea kayak speed

On a long open crossing much of the above discussion holds. However, much of the time you are ducking in and out of the tide or just messing around in and out of the rocks, caves etc, in that case a boat that turns easily will be less tiring over a long day. My Anas acuta is 5.2m overall but with a ...
by PeterG
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Tavy pollution?
Replies: 2
Views: 465

Re: Tavy pollution?

Southern Waters new system of +/- real time reporting is good, although the ones I'm signed up to are into the sea. I was ill on the Tavy some years ago and logged it with the EA at the time
by PeterG
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Rapids' on OS map
Replies: 7
Views: 1075

Re: 'Rapids' on OS map

There still seems an element of subjectivity, rivers change character at sheet boundaries -I don't think so. The cragginess of hillsides the same, but no doubt as the digital master is updated it will become more and more uniform, Pity in a way, I like the subjectivity and even artistic contours mak...
by PeterG
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best stuff to stick foam to hull
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

Re: Best stuff to stick foam to hull

sikaflex is messy to use and slow setting, but seems to stick anything to anything, lasts longer than evostick, but both will eventually fail as water creeps into the foam and junction. sikaflex will last quite a few years of almost constant wet
by PeterG
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1636

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Handheld VHF can be very quirky, near the cliffs in Scotland sometimes someone 50m away in plain sight is out of range. On the other hand from the top of Butser Hill 270m you can hear the port traffic at Cherbourg 110 miles away. The handhelds have an aerial designed for all round use and not too af...
by PeterG
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 852

Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Loch Eribol might qualify as most scary with a northerly swell rolling in. Wiki has a list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sea_lochs_of_Scotland but I suspect the minimum 1 mile will disqualify many many fine lochs and then there is the definition are we talking fjords or including bay shaped ...
by PeterG
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reverse polarity in compasses
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Reverse polarity in compasses

Seen this several times, it doesn't seem to take much, just another compass or speaker VHF or phone. It is frightening how easy it is to reverse them back with a magnet. We always check each others and think about wind direction if in the mountains or waves on the sea.
by PeterG
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River Shiel to Loch Moidart Water Level Summer
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: River Shiel to Loch Moidart Water Level Summer

I've paddled up from the sea near HW around the first few bends without problems, but then found it too shallow to paddle against the flow. Coming back down was easy although the 'V' down into the sea had grown a lot in the time I'd been upstream! Maybe it was just increasing flow rather than it bei...
by PeterG
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

Re: Expedition food - help!

TVP and kibbled onion are cheap, light and easy to carry, add something for flavour, stock cube, a sun dried tomato, black pepper etc and a dash of olive oil. Cooking is just adding boiling water and waiting a few minutes. If you use instant potato powder, just wait a few minutes, add the potato pow...
by PeterG
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 1189

Re: Boat for tiny person

The old P&H vela is a really good boat for a small person and surprisingly fast for its length, might still be some around.
by PeterG
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayaking in the heart of Stockholm Archipelago
Replies: 3
Views: 453

Re: Sea kayaking in the heart of Stockholm Archipelago

I paddled from Vaxholme some years ago, easy to get there by public transport, good kit, good advice, what not to like.
by PeterG
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adjusting Silva 70p compass
Replies: 9
Views: 940

Re: Adjusting Silva 70p compass

The brass frame seems to keep the lubber line in place, as it can rotate out of the way if you are not careful. You also don't want to restrict the bellows or you will get bubbles.
by PeterG
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yak Greenburg
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Yak Greenburg

In the market for a new touring BA to replace my Palm Kaikoura, I notice the Yak Greenburg is massively on sale all over, so I suppose it failed to sell. Very few reviews on the internet. Anyone tried this?