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by PeterG
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg repair - Derek Hutchinson Orion
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: skeg repair

Any sign of anything on the inside?
by PeterG
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Hatch Toggles
Replies: 8
Views: 371

Re: Valley Hatch Toggles

I didn't get on with the Valley hatch cover retainers at all. I glassed loops inside the hatches out of the way and put a tie from the inside so nothing to snag on the deck
by PeterG
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 17
Views: 1281

new from British Canoeing

These proposals cross posted from the white water forum are apparently from British Canoeing, but our club has not seen them until now, maybe only inland clubs were contacted? and the deadline is 28 February! Anyway, it looks as if sea clubs will be barely able to operate within BC if this goes thro...
by PeterG
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas acuta still in production?
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: Anas acuta still in production?

Despite Valley trying to kill it off, the one and only is still available to order.
by PeterG
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Droman Pier
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Droman Pier

I have not been there for a while and wonder if you can still park and paddle from there. I'm worried that it might be on the North Coast 500 campervan trail so likely to be over-run in May.
by PeterG
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?
Replies: 16
Views: 1178

Re: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?

Looks like someone is reinventing the Anas acuta, I'd love to try one.
by PeterG
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Deck Elastic - What Size?
Replies: 4
Views: 456

Re: P&H Deck Elastic - What Size?

6mm is also good and grips firmer, you might have to loosen the fittings to make it easier to thread. It fits easily if it is pulled out slightly thinner whilst threading or moving it along. An Ebay supplier has 6mm in an attractive black with reflective flecks and so far it looks like good quality ...
by PeterG
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: France : an accident in the Bay of Somme leaves 4 victims ...
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Re: France : an accident in the Bay of Somme leaves 4 victims ...

Very sad, many Portsmouth club members have paddled with this club and CKMer in France. Sandrine has joined us on paddles in the Solent as well. We are thinking of their family and friends.
by PeterG
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eigg
Replies: 7
Views: 700

Re: Eigg

Very straight forward, something I am happy to do on my own, it is a big target and the tides are light until near the Eigg coast where you would want to be paddling with them. Worth checking the CalMac timetable as this is the only shipping you are likely to meet.
by PeterG
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

They usually last a couple of years before slight leaks, initially it doesn't matter for day trips but becomes an issue on longer paddles, your wet and salty wooly socks are hard to dry in a wet camping environment. Replacing the fabric with 3d latex socks is pretty easy to do yourself and gives a v...
by PeterG
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1246

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: 1390

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: 1390

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: 18
Views: 1828

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: 774

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: 1356

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: 767

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: 767

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: 937

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: 804

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: 1214

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: 1214

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: 1041

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: 1270

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: 1663

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: 1084

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: 1287

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: 3484

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: 543

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: 1126

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...