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by Sharpen
Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shiva crack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Shiva crack repair

The insurance company was Snowcard http://www.snowcard.co.uk/ I had a photo of the crack, and a brief report from AS Watersports saying that it would not be suitable for white water use if repaired. I did not rip the arse of the system by claiming that it was a new boat and in good condition. Howeve...
by Sharpen
Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shiva crack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Shiva crack repair

I have a Shiva, which has worn thin and cracked under the seat. The length of the crack is approx 2". Luckily, it cracked in the last couple of days of an Alps trip, so it was covered by my travel insurance who have paid up. I have bought a new boat, but have the old one to do with as I wish. I have...
by Sharpen
Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Similarity between P&H Scorpio and Cetus?^
Replies: 7
Views: 2532

Re: Similarity between P&H Scorpio and Cetus?

I can now answer my original question having used a Cetus MV demo boat for the weekend. The Cetus is longer than the Scorpio, and has a slightly more "V"ed hull. Initially, I could feel it was a little more twitchy than the Scorpio due to the increased V shape, but not much - it is still very stable...
by Sharpen
Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Typhoon Drysuit warranty^
Replies: 39
Views: 8725

Re: Typhoon Drysuit warranty

Having ripped the seals on my one year old yellow and black drysuit (not going to run down the company!), I sent it to Rubberman for a new seal to be fitted. The drysuit had always been damp from new and so I asked Rubberman to test the seams etc. They rang me, and said that virtually every seam lea...
by Sharpen
Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Similarity between P&H Scorpio and Cetus?^
Replies: 7
Views: 2532

Re: Similarity between P&H Scorpio and Cetus?

Whilst at AS Watersports a couple of days ago, they told me that they have just got a Cetus MV demo boat in, so I will be trying it out at the weekend.
by Sharpen
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Similarity between P&H Scorpio and Cetus?^
Replies: 7
Views: 2532

Similarity between P&H Scorpio and Cetus?^

I paddle a P&H Scorpio, which I am very pleased with – I like the fit and handling, but I am thinking of buying a composite boat for longer trips. At a recent demo evening of various boats, I came away thinking that I did not like any of them as much as my Scorpio. However, there was no Cetus there....
by Sharpen
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Okement - Upper section to Okehampton
Replies: 21
Views: 9537

Re: RIVER EAST OKEMENT (Upper section to Okehampton)

The "Access hassles" bit on the guide warns that you are on MOD land. Do not let that put you off.I am the Senior Rural Estate Surveyor responsible for Dartmoor Training Area. The land at the head of the East Okement is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, who licence it for military training. However, t...
by Sharpen
Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak advice needed
Replies: 26
Views: 2940

Re: Sea kayak advice needed

I paddle a Scorpio, and decided that I might like to change to a glass boat. I attended a demo evening where there were a number of boats available to try back to back, and decided that my favourite one was the P&H Scorpio! That saved me a lot of money. Anyway, in amongst the composite demo boats, t...
by Sharpen
Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Dart – Why is it infamous?
Replies: 75
Views: 10165

Re: Upper Dart – Why is it infamous?

^^ Not hard to get in/out river right, short walk up to a reservoir - river left is an absolute mission though. There is no reservoir on river left! It's on rover right. It's a bitch of a hill at the point at which you are likely to be walking out, but there is a track to the resrvoir. ...just walk...
by Sharpen
Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: just moved to okehampton
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: just moved to okehampton

I live in Okehampton. I will send you a pm.
by Sharpen
Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How i load my kayaks onto car
Replies: 24
Views: 2511

Re: How I load my kayaks onto car

Now my other colleague's 1968 series 2 lightweight is an interesting car, but he can't afford to keep putting petrol in it. Never mind, looks like a 200 TDI will fit quite easily and he'll still have enough points to stay tax free on an age related plate :-) No - it needs a proper engine - a V8 run...
by Sharpen
Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Those who keep kayaking regardless
Replies: 81
Views: 6999

Re: Those who keep kayaking regardless

Why measure enjoyment by adrenaline rush alone? My extreme paddling may not improve as quickly as it once did, but I am paddling bigger water than I ever expected to to in my early days of fibre glass boats, and avoiding rocks at all costs! Forget Boofs, contact with rocks would mean a leaking boat,...
by Sharpen
Mon May 16, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: anyone used an aquapac??
Replies: 22
Views: 1180

Re: anyone used an aquapac??

I'm sure your phone allows you to use capitals. LOL - sarcasm is good! I have never used an Aquapack camera case so don't know how photos will turn out. They have always kept my wallet and other valuables dry despite some hard swims. As for car keys, I have a key which will manually open the boot o...
by Sharpen
Mon May 16, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lomo Equipment
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Lomo Equipment

I have a lomo dry suit which was never really dry. I put it down to sweat and as I had never owned another drysuit, I assumed that was the standard. I lived with being wet for about 18 months until my kneck seal failed. I sent it to Rubberman for repair, and asked him to pressure test it as well as ...
by Sharpen
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: DRAFT RECREATION AND ACCESS STRATEGY FOR DARTMOOR
Replies: 32
Views: 2246

Re: DRAFT RECREATION AND ACCESS STRATEGY FOR DARTMOOR

It also concerned me that they only got 114 responses - but then again not much shocks me when paddlers are involved - I got the same response with no mention of water access at all, its a shame that some of us made an effort but were not supported. Exactly, paddler apathy is a terrible thing. Padd...
by Sharpen
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: DRAFT RECREATION AND ACCESS STRATEGY FOR DARTMOOR
Replies: 32
Views: 2246

Re: DRAFT RECREATION AND ACCESS STRATEGY FOR DARTMOOR

It also concerned me that they only got 114 responses - but then again not much shocks me when paddlers are involved - I got the same response with no mention of water access at all, its a shame that some of us made an effort but were not supported. Exactly, paddler apathy is a terrible thing. Padd...
by Sharpen
Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tennis elbow
Replies: 48
Views: 4417

Re: Tennis elbow

I like the ratio of 4 years paddling to one days gardening - it sounds about right!

I have just bought a purpose made tennis elbow strap, and have worn it for a couple of days. Overnight last night, I got the first night's sleep without pain from my elbow waking me since Xmas, so maybe there is hope.
by Sharpen
Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: How much weight can an Mi Slalom kayak take?
Replies: 2
Views: 1071

How much weight can an Mi Slalom kayak take?

I have been offered a Mi Slalom kayak (without any other details) and would be interested in knowing whether it will cope with a larger paddler of about 13 stones. I have no idea of the spec, but googing "MI slalom kayak" comes up with a few mentions of an Mi 370 so it might be one of those. Has any...
by Sharpen
Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tennis elbow
Replies: 48
Views: 4417

Re: Tennis elbow

Sharpen, I've been through all this, you can't paddle through it, it needs rest. I am giving it some rest for 6 weeks or so, and then hope to build up paddling again. My physio has given me some stetching exercises but I am concerned that my general fitness will drop - I only exercised by paddling ...
by Sharpen
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tennis elbow
Replies: 48
Views: 4417

Re: Tennis elbow

...a depressing thread. I have been suffering with tennis elbow since Xmas, and decided that I would just paddle through it. As a result, I have been out every weekend since and a week in Scotland, but it is getting worse. I have just started physio, and am beginning to admit that paddling is not do...
by Sharpen
Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Outfitting
Replies: 2
Views: 647

Sea Kayak Outfitting

When I paddle my Pyranha White Water boat, the outfitting is superb and it fits like a glove. Close fitting hip pads grip me so that rolling is not too much of a problem. HOWEVER, I have a P&H Scorpio sea kayak, and, although very comfortable, it feels a bit sloppy compared to my white water boat. I...
by Sharpen
Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do the Dart justice....
Replies: 77
Views: 10903

Re: Do the Dart justice....

Back issues http://www.canoekayak.co.uk/store/category.asp?cat=34 or most shops will still have copies kicking around. Mike I had not realised it was still the current mag. I was in AS Watersports at lunchtime getting their usual good advice and spending my money, and they let me have a copy free -...
by Sharpen
Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do the Dart justice....
Replies: 77
Views: 10903

Re: Do the Dart justice....

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs614.ash2/156691_465718392799_528037799_5795387_4050296_n.jpg I haven't seen the article, but it appears that CKUK are going to, next issue... I missed this issue. Has anybody got a copy of the Dart guide that they can scan and email to me? Or can I get ...
by Sharpen
Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gene17 APW on the Dart 2010
Replies: 45
Views: 3184

Re: Gene17 APW on the Dart 2010

No significant rain here in Okehampton. It is above freezing though and an inch or so of snow has melted today.

I am only at 190 metres above sea level though, so do not know what is happening higher up on the moor.
by Sharpen
Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Im new to the Salisbury area
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Im new to the Salisbury area

Salisbury Canoe Club do quite a few white water trips, pool sessions etc. In the summer, they meet every Tuesday for a local paddle. I was a member until I moved down to Devon earlier this year. I still meet up with them when they come down here for Dartmoor trips and will join them for a trip to th...
by Sharpen
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tavy & Teign Access
Replies: 11
Views: 961

Re: Tavy & Teign Access

Teign access should not be a problem.

I was at a meeting on Dartmoor recently when a National Trust representitive stated that they did not object to use of the Teign by kayaks / canoes. It fits in with their change of emphesis to promoting an activite lifestyle on their estate.
by Sharpen
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dart Mid-week accommodation
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: Dart Mid-week accommodation

You could try Powder Mills Bunkhouse, about half way between Two Bridges and Postbridge.

http://www.spirit-of-adventure.com/bunk ... owdermills
by Sharpen
Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dart webcam
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Re: Dart webcam

Please forgive me for a one night campaign when I hijack a number of Dartmoor threads. I am trying to get as many paddlers as possible to comment on Dartmoor National Park's Draft Recreation and Access Strategy, and consultation closes on the 30 November. The more people say, the more seriously they...