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by PeterG
Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle length, not that old question...
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: Paddle length, not that old question...

205-210 and smallish blades for everyday and 192 and big blades at play surfing or a in a tide race, I am 1.7m, mostly I use a wood gp that is around 210, with the adjustable inuksuk I find into a strong wind I prefer as short as possible 205 I think but mostly 210-215
by PeterG
Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 117
Views: 3100

Re: Into strong head wind

Paddling on a club weekend at Poole the forecast was for F3-4 becoming F8 around 7pm, shortly after a gale warning by the CG on VHF it came on very suddenly as SW F9 (checked afterwards) at 13.00. We were in two groups, an 'advanced' who were doing a longer paddle around Brownsea and a less active w...
by PeterG
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peak Ocean Wrap BA
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Peak Ocean Wrap BA

Anyone anything to say on the Peak Ocean Wrap BA, for instance how does the usefulness of the pockets compare to the Kaikoura. Searching online I cannot find a real review, just the reworked manufacturers blurb.
by PeterG
Sun Feb 07, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

I started off in a Dagger vesper a low volume 14'6 plastic boat. Paddled it everywhere, learnt to roll etc. but I love my Anas acuta and have done for years.
by PeterG
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

11.5ft will be significantly slower and will feel like harder work, that's not necessarily a problem if you just want to paddle for a few hours rather than actually going somewhere You will always want to go faster for short distances even if on a vey lazy paddle. To go against the tide running aro...
by PeterG
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

Depends how much you will be doing, you will quickly grow out of the Perception but the Virgo will allow some skill development in varied conditions before you feel the need for something more responsive.
by PeterG
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?

I've made an akuilisaq for ocean cockpit which is simple once you have a pattern, getting the sinuous curve on the doubled fabric that makes a slightly sloping slight oval cockpit fit is easier with a bit of scrap fabric than trying to calculate. I stitched the cockpit rim section then threaded the ...
by PeterG
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?
Replies: 15
Views: 840

Re: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?

Guarantees are no good at all if you are on a months expedition, robust fabrics may crease and so wear through on the creases and fail faster than a cheap fabric. When you find something that suits your paddling style, love it whatever it looks like. ..and carry some tested repair kit.
by PeterG
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lights - to be seen by
Replies: 14
Views: 571

Re: Lights - to be seen by

http://paddleswithananasacuta.blogspot.com/2010/11/ships-that-pass-in-night.html A diffused dive marker light (like tectite) mounted in a plastic tube poked down your rehydration back pocket so maybe 50cm above your head is truly all round and visible much further away as verified by night exercise...
by PeterG
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleep Research
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Sleep Research

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What care we boys / how white the Minch is?
What care we boys / of windy weather
when we know that / every inch is
sailing homeward / to Mingulay?

A couple of hours kip after a bumpy rounding of Barra Head
by PeterG
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleep Research
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Sleep Research

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or in the arctic summer on a day off from paddling, any excuse for 40 winks
by PeterG
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleep Research
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Sleep Research

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Catching up when you can on expedition, if the tide is dropping with 2 hours to LW and the sun is out, time for a good 4 hours out like a log in a comfy spot
by PeterG
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?

If you have an ocean cockpit there are lots of options for a bomb proof home made akuilisaq, like neoprene lined nylon, breathable cordura, check out Point North, or I like this PVC fabric: P9 PVC Coated Polyester from Pennine outdoor and it can be glued with plumbers PVC cement so no stitch holes. ...
by PeterG
Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 31
Views: 905

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

Disko Bay, Greenland has really neat tides, just look at the curves. At neaps the 2 tides each day are much the same, but then one gets bigger and bigger while the other stays at neap levels, high high, low low, small high, small low. Then they come back together again at neaps and the one that stay...
by PeterG
Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 117
Views: 3100

Re: Into strong head wind

top tip for turning on a sixpence into the wind be it f4 or F8 -buy an Anas acuta
by PeterG
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Neck seal's?????
Replies: 28
Views: 999

Re: Drysuit Neck seal's?????

It is easy to add a latex seal inside a neoprene one, at least with the Peak, I might have described how in a previous post. I liked the neoprene for touring but then had a prolonged swim in a cave after being squeezed by swell against the roof. By the time I'd swum to suitably friendly water to get...
by PeterG
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 117
Views: 3100

Re: Into strong head wind

I take it as the wind blowing over the tide as it rolls towards the wind, if they are in the same direction the wind is clearly with the tide, coming back to the original post; I generally keep my mouth closed and don't mind the spray, surfing it is always wet once wave eats you up. Snow is another ...
by PeterG
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1029

Re: Energy drinks

Your body normally tells you what it wants, I just go with it. If it needs pork pies that is the only thing you will notice in the shop. On a long trip I find I lose about 100g per day body weight, only 1kg every 10 days, so sustainable for several weeks, trying to take more food and eat more doesn'...
by PeterG
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 37
Views: 1189

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

You have to think about other people as well. In a rough water rescue a rudder is a complete liability, easily damaging a rescuers boat or inflicting injuries, tangling in towlines. Landing in surf or on rocks, once again it greatly complicates getting a boat clear of the waves. We worry a lot about...
by PeterG
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2502

Re: Greenland paddles

There is also something about the 'catch' allowing time for water to reform nicely around the paddle before starting the stroke, my stroke has a tendency to be outwards from the boat rather than a parallel pulling myself past it.
by PeterG
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany..
Replies: 17
Views: 1007

Re: Romany..

One boat to do it all -the Aa..... if you are 65kg or less. I've ben lazy with my blog over the last couple of years, but still paddling. http://paddleswithananasacuta.blogspot.com/
by PeterG
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 19
Views: 2001

Re: new from British Canoeing

Well the response is out and little changed! As long as you have a volunteer who loves paperwork and some 'certified' i.e. BC coaches your club might be able to keep its affiliation. We are looking for alternatives to keep running as a specialist sea club. A pity since our membership grows and grows...
by PeterG
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: older valley skeg cable repair/upgrade
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: older valley skeg cable repair/upgrade

Valley sent me a couple of the old style mushrooms free of charge when mine disintegrated from UV and old age. The wire they run on is only just glassed in at one end so can be eased out to slide a new one on and then re-glassed in. It is so quick to change a skeg wire that I just carry a spare cut ...
by PeterG
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic RM experiences please?
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: North Shore Atlantic RM experiences please?

The original with the bar inside was a superb boat, I don't like the smaller triple layer quite so much, but in our club they are by far the most popular of the club boats for people of all sizes. Just a good all rounder with no vices (unless it be the Valley hatch covers, but they can be replaced b...
by PeterG
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker

I've had some really cack-handed warnings and advice from highly qualified coaches who had blinkers on when it came to Greenland sticks. On my 4* assessment the assessor engineered an upwind race to prove that a GP was unsuitable for a 4* leader -he lost! and that was after the 'throw the paddle aw...
by PeterG
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?
Replies: 17
Views: 631

Re: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?

After a beach wrist injury paddling around Corsica I taped my wrist/hand to the paddle and managed well with little grip for a few days using the greenland paddle. After I went back to a weak grip I mentally practised the elbow crook role as I doubted I'd keep hold of the paddle. Start off slowly on...
by PeterG
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

That is the big ones, I've measured ours and the 600 is 17.5cm width and the 650 18cm width. Judicious use of heat often softens the glue enough to allow removal. You have nothing to lose, a hairdryer might work, a hot air gun will certainly have some effect.
by PeterG
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker

I think a beginner should try out all the options and a bit of single blade as well, all the skills are transferable. Forward paddling the Greenland paddles need better technique, just trying to shovel water will not get you along at all, although with a euroblade the beginner will manage 6NM so eur...
by PeterG
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 22
Views: 2370

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

Sadly the Shipping Forecast is no longer available as a WAP push, always my favourite in those off-grid areas. If you could get an SMS you could get the WAP push and such value, only 2Kb for the entire forecast including inshore waters. My emergency brick type waterproof phone can choose between WAP...
by PeterG
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 828

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

150 ml per hour in a rear compartment in a calm sea. Could the vaccuum generated when the hull cools with the boat in the water be pulling a bit of water through the skeg box too?? The mysteries of water in the hatches...... We had an Anas acuta from the 1990s that had never leaked a drop for 25 ye...