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by rockhopper
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Tour 17-S experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 443

Re: Tiderace Tour 17-S experiences

I like the Explorers with the glass shaft (gives slightly more flex when paddling). My paddling is mostly high angle so a different one may suit you better but it is possibly down to the blade size. If you ring the chap that makes them he is very helpful. I used various paddles but mainly used Werne...
by rockhopper
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Tour 17-S experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 443

Re: Tiderace Tour 17-S experiences

See if you can try a set of VE paddles.....

Rog.
by rockhopper
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 18
Views: 741

Re: Stiff hands

Are you gripping the paddle too hard?

Rog.
by rockhopper
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 502

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

The Rockpool boats do also tend to be 'splashy' over waves like most boats of the design. There are the Rockpool Tarans or the Tarantella (smaller version) but they are a very different beast from what you are looking currently at.
Not paddled any of that range myself.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suboptimal trip end - Medway Forts
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Suboptimal trip end - Medway Forts

Mark,

where did you put in?
Been considering a trip to explore the Medway but it seems to have very few places to launch from (as you seem to have discovered!!).

Rog.
by rockhopper
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 502

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

Does good connectivity in a larger boat equate to an lv-like fit and feel...? No it doesn't...it help you feel more in control of your boat but is will still not feel like a smaller version does. I also used to own a Tahe Greenland (the very needle-like slender version) which was incredibly light, ...
by rockhopper
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 502

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

Oh! bear in mind that, as they are the same hulls, if you fit into an Alaw bach width wise i presume you would also fit into an Isel..
by rockhopper
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 502

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

The Alaw Bach and Isel have exactly the same hulls, the Isel just has an inch or so taken of it's seam line so the hulls handle exactly the same although the Isel is obviously less affected by wind. They are rare to come up second hand so it may be worth looking to invest in a new one as they will, ...
by rockhopper
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 502

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

I am bang on 10 st or 64kgs. Height is 5' 7" (or 7.5" on a good day !!) 170cms.....oh! and male. Have never needed to add weight to my Isel and in fact I try to keep anything I take with me to a minimum as I prefer the feel of the boat when it is at it's lightest. When paddling my Alaw Bach I have a...
by rockhopper
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany v Alaw Bach
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: Romany v Alaw Bach

You're right Chris, that's kind of what I meant but you worded it so much better.
More of a buffer before any 'dings' and scratches make their way to your fibreglass layer.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany v Alaw Bach
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: Romany v Alaw Bach

From my experience the Romany is constructed using a lot more resin and therefore tend to be a boat build to take knock however that does make it heavier which is noticable on the water. That doesn't mean to say that the Alaw Bach is in any way weak, mine is 10 years old and still going strong. The ...
by rockhopper
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Re: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?

I own an Alaw Bach and and Isel. Had the Alaw for years and it is a fantastic boat to paddle. Got the Isel a couple of years ago and it has become my boat of choice (unless multi-day paddling/camping). It has all the good traits of the Alaw but is that bit more manoeuvrable, lighter, responsive...a ...
by rockhopper
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck for a narrow cockpit - Explorer
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Deck for a narrow cockpit - Explorer

Alternatively have a chat with Reed about one of their Aquatherm spraydecks:
https://www.chillcheater.com/decks

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suitable kayak for a novice
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: Suitable kayak for a novice

Hi John, not sure I would recommend an inflatable, especially when there may be fishing hooks involved. Sounds like a sit on top would be the best option. Very user friendly and easy to paddle. Great as a base to fish off and perfect for just enjoying the experience of being on the water. He can alw...
by rockhopper
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Jetski/Powerboat groups
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: Jetski/Powerboat groups

'The Romford Navy' is what we call them around here. Shame to tar them all with the same brush as I have come across some really nice ones but they are noisy (but not as noisy as the local RNLI hovercraft!!).

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Having scanned the report it seems clear that cutting the kelp does not mean that the plant regenerates from the original holdfast and by leaving the holdfast in place it may well reduce the ability for new kelp plants to establish themselves... so it is not like some of the other types of seaweed t...
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Norway has a similar harvesting technique in some areas and there is strong evidence that it is very damaging for the environment, affecting not just populations of species living in the immediate area but also affecting the juvenile fish stocks that use the kelp as shelter from predators. I think t...
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Email also sent.
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SOT advice and suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: SOT advice and suggestions

by rockhopper
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SOT advice and suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: SOT advice and suggestions

I am not an expert on SOT's but as there have been no other comments yet I thought I would give some input. I know that the Perception Triumphs are particularly good as they have a hull that reacts similar to a sit inside kayak so you can us it's shape to help turn the boat. They tend to be around t...
by rockhopper
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 852

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Of course Allan, that is fine if you have a confident roll however I was assuming from his comments that the OP is not in that position and that he was looking for a paddle option that made it easier for him to find the surface.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 852

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I tended to find that the thing with slapping the paddle on the water surface is that in rougher waters you will not necessarily get the same 'feel' from the slap so it can make it more difficult to be sure where the blade is however, with the air core in the blades of the VE the paddle will lay in ...
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 852

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

The VE paddle has an air core in the blade so will find the surface with the blade flat on it naturally.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tall and advice needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 999

Re: Tall and advice needed!

South East Kayaking have a test fleet of Rockpools and they are closer to you...

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 868

Re: Boat for tiny person

Rockpool Isel... http://www.rockpoolkayaks.com/isel.php or you could consider something like a Zegul/Tahe Greenland (usually an ocean cockpit but some early ones were available with keyhole cockpit I believe) or a Greenland T (keyhole cockpit). https://zegul.taheoutdoors.com/ze_en/speciality.html R...
by rockhopper
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?

I have had an Isel for about 2 years but not paddled the Pilgrim so can't do a direct comparison. I can say that the Isel is light (probably lighter tan the Pilgrim), very comfortable and great at inspiring confidence. It is well built (up to Mike Webb's usual standard), robust, great initial and se...
by rockhopper
Wed May 30, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos
Replies: 11
Views: 901

Re: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos

I had a Delphin 150 for about a year but found it a bit of a lump (others may well diagree!). It was the Surf Spec. version so heavier than the standard one and, more especially, than the Corelite one. Mine felt heavy both carrying and paddling. Well worth you having a go in your selection before ma...
by rockhopper
Thu May 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boats worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1146

Re: New boats worth it?

The problem, if you want a particular boat, is waiting for a suitable one to come up for sale. There aren't many Aries 155 that I have seen come to the market. Similar problem with boats like the Rockpool Isel and especially an, anything like new, Anas Acuta. There probably aren't masses sold to sta...
by rockhopper
Mon May 21, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 947

Re: Water Carrier

I would highly recommend the MSR Dromedary water bladders. I have had two for over 6 years and they have been bullet proof and with no nasty taste:
https://www.raymears.com/Bushcraft_Prod ... g-6-litre/




Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri May 04, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydecks
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Re: Spraydecks

Worth you looking back over previous posts about spraydecks but i have used Reed Aquatherm ones for a number of years and been very happy with them. Light, tough and even machine washable!! If you contact them they may well know of the appropriate size spraydeck for each boat. https://www.chillcheat...