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by Phil Hk
Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fidden campsite - Mull
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: Fidden campsite - Mull

We were there a few weeks ago. Parking during the day is fine but it was very clear that camping is not an option at the moment. No idea re long term plans

Phil
by Phil Hk
Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand
Replies: 16
Views: 770

Re: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand

Put kayaks beside tents, tie guys to kayaks??
by Phil Hk
Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a foam foot rest
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Fitting a foam foot rest

Quite a few people find it more comfortable to have a bulkhead footrest at an angle which matches the angle of one's feet when sitting in the kayak (toes forward of heels). If your bulkhead is fixed vertically then this angled footrest can be achieved by cutting / trimming the foam into a wedge shap...
by Phil Hk
Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comfortable Toggles
Replies: 24
Views: 772

Re: Comfortable Toggles

Both clarifications are correct ... a sort of belt, braces and hand under keel method.
by Phil Hk
Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comfortable Toggles
Replies: 24
Views: 772

Re: Comfortable Toggles

There is another route between a comfortable toggle and a trolley which works if you have a paddling partner (toggles are the same!). Buy some 50mm webbing Use tape knot (water knot) to turn it into a bandolier (for use as diagonal over shoulder strap) Adjust so that about 150mm too short to carry s...
by Phil Hk
Mon May 17, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pressurising hatches
Replies: 11
Views: 854

Re: Pressurising hatches

A more low tech method is to fill the compartment with very hot water, put cover on, give it a couple of minutes, coat outside surfaces in soapy water, look for bubbles.

I used this to trace a pinhole leak in hatch rim where mounted to underside of deck

Phil
by Phil Hk
Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted Valley Avocet RM or Sirona 15.10 RM, or Tahe Reval Mini PE - now found
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: Wanted Valley Avocet RM or Sirona 15.10 RM, or Tahe Reval Mini PE

Hi

Plastic Avocet on eBay at the moment - auction ends tomorrow lunch time

Phil
by Phil Hk
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing hole in plastic?
Replies: 13
Views: 935

Re: Sealing hole is plastic?

Could you try using a larger bolt so that it threaded into the plastic itself (in addition to other solutions)? This would probably involve making the hole slightly bigger but I have used this on plastic boats in the past

Phil
by Phil Hk
Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 3159

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

And was Derek Hutchinson the first to fit a kayak with bulkheads and hatches - I thought that innovation came from Frank Goodman when he developed the Nordkapp as an expedition sea kayak in 1975?

Phil
by Phil Hk
Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Refurbishing old Nordkapp + Code-zero sails
Replies: 15
Views: 708

Re: Refurbishing old Nordkapp + Code-zero sails

Hi I have fitted one to my 40 year old Nordkapp and would echo all above. There are two things to bear in mind regarding where to fit the hatch: Avoid area where too much curvature of deck or the hatch cover will not totally engage with the rim Ensure that there is enough space for the spray deck to...
by Phil Hk
Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lights - to be seen by
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: Lights - to be seen by

The problem with "getting the protocol wrong" is that it is not a protocol, it is a set of regulations (International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea). There are two distinct advantages to displaying the correct lights: In lousy conditions others will recognise the probable / possible s...
by Phil Hk
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Reed aquatherm pre-bent 3/4 length pants unisex
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Re: Reed aquatherm pre-bent 3/4 length pants unisex

Size?
Delivery cost?

Thanks

Phil
by Phil Hk
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norse Kayaks - Idun/Bylgja
Replies: 14
Views: 1193

Re: Norse Kayaks - Idun/Bylgja

I phoned Kayaks and Paddles branch (Ivybridge) who were happy to arrange a demo to be collected at nearest store to me in Poole in between lockdown 1 and 2
by Phil Hk
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norse Kayaks - Idun/Bylgja
Replies: 14
Views: 1193

Re: Norse Kayaks - Idun/Bylgja

It is worth noting that, as far as I can establish, the review site above posted by ChrisJK, has been carried out by the company which is sole supplier in UK. This is in no way a criticism , just a simple observation. The company were very helpful when I discussed scope for a demo. I did not, howeve...
by Phil Hk
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak storage rack
Replies: 49
Views: 5766

Re: Kayak storage rack

It's not a bad idea to set the rope / strap supports to line up with the bulkheads. Their profiles help to maintain the kayak shape.
by Phil Hk
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.
Replies: 17
Views: 1014

Re: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.

A few quick fixes from someone who also has a Nordkapp with ocean cockpit: Line the seat with closed cell foam - I used 4mm Cut 50mm vertical slots at rear end of flanges which support the seat to allow a back support tape to be threaded through Remove those foam pads and relocate them in a position...
by Phil Hk
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aging my Nordkapp
Replies: 15
Views: 820

Re: Aging my Nordkapp

Hi I don't think you will need a mirror. If the hatches were a retro fit the only way to fit "new" hatches was to cut a slot in each side of the hatch deck recess so that the hatch rim that goes under the deck could be slotted through vertically and then glued into place on the underside Hope this h...
by Phil Hk
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany..
Replies: 17
Views: 1161

Re: Romany..

The Romany was barely a twinkle in Nigel Dennis' eye when Paul Caffyn made the first circumnavigation of New Zealand in 1977. More modern designs stand on the shoulders of giants

Phil
by Phil Hk
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aging my Nordkapp
Replies: 15
Views: 820

Re: Aging my Nordkapp

I would place this in early / mid 1980s. The clue is in hatch rims - the first Nordkapps used metal lifeboat hatches with a cam lever on the cover, these were followed by plastic Henderson screw on lids (again as used on liferboats). Both of these had rims which were bolted on to the deck. Frank Goo...
by Phil Hk
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler
Replies: 25
Views: 1138

Re: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler

Hi Stuart Given your desire to do playful day trips I would think twice before opting for a Nordkapp. I have owned one since 1978, currently on my third . They are at their best when loaded and eating up the miles - you can play in them but not nearly as easily / successfully as some smaller boats o...
by Phil Hk
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Sea Kayak: Avocet Glass fibre + Carbon Hatches Skeg Turquoise - now sold
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: Sea Kayak: Avocet Glass fibre + Carbon Hatches Skeg Turquoise

Hi Michelle

I am very interested in this kayak - could you give me an idea of price and where the kayak is located?

Many thanks

Phil
by Phil Hk
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1624

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

A couple of other points to bear in mind: It is a common courtesy for recreational craft to give way to those racing The collision regs specify that, whichever the stand on vessel, there is an obligation on both vessels to prevent collision when a close quarters situation imminent (A few metres is v...
by Phil Hk
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Welsh Rivers Guidebook ed.2 Research
Replies: 34
Views: 3030

Re: Welsh Rivers Guidebook ed.2 Research

Jim's post prompted me to mention that I first paddled it in 1983. First trip to the Alps and paddling a Dancer - the only one in southern England. It shows how standards and performance developed in the intervening years; at the time it was relatively unusual to see British paddlers out there. Fast...
by Phil Hk
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Welsh Rivers Guidebook ed.2 Research
Replies: 34
Views: 3030

Re: Welsh Rivers Guidebook ed.2 Research

I have just checked Terry Storry, Alpine White water first edition 1982. In his description of the Queyras Gorge he does, indeed, invite us to "Stiffen up the sinews, and summon up the blood" ... the sentence finishes "for it looks horrendous"
Phil
by Phil Hk
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Van insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Re: Van insurance

Another vote for Adrian Flux. Great deal with European cover included
by Phil Hk
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!

I am loathe to suggest that there is, therefore,an error in Douglas's post ! I attended a lecture by Jim Hargreaves at Bangor University not long after they had returned. Jim had been one of the paddlers and described how this newly designed hull had been developed just before the trip, the boats we...
by Phil Hk
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!

A few thoughts: The hatches are not screw down - they worked off a cam action on the T bar that goes across the hatch. It can be just be made out in the photo I am pretty sure that Frank Goodman modified the hull with built in skeg (known as HM) for the trip round Cape Horn in 1977. Under deck tubin...
by Phil Hk
Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4492

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

Hi Bjorn I was demoing a Tiderace Excite last year off coast of Jersey. A large swell dropped me on a vicious, gnarly piece of rock. The sound was horrible and I was convinced I'd put a hole in the hull just forward of the seat. True - it damaged the outer layer and possibly the core to a lesser ext...
by Phil Hk
Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014?
Replies: 71
Views: 10979

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014?

Mark

A belated thanks for setting up this weekend, it was great to get back in the boat after too long a lay off.

Phil
by Phil Hk
Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dressing my little lady
Replies: 18
Views: 2079

Re: Dressing my little lady

A cheap waterproof one piece - try the local agricultural merchants. You can vary what she wears underneath it dependant upon conditions and activity, although it is a bit of a mission for wee stops it is a great garment for loads of activities, our children used theirs for paddling, walking, being ...

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