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by rockhopper
Mon May 10, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handle replacement advice
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Handle replacement advice

Have a look at Well Nuts...these have what is basically a nut with a rubber section which expands as the screw is tightened forming a splayed section behind the back of the hole. I have used them on SOT kayaks in the past and they work very well: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neoprene-Well-Stainless-Stee...
by rockhopper
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freezing pump system
Replies: 19
Views: 650

Re: Freezing pump system

Just reading through this...i am certainly no expert on electrics at all but it occurred to me that wouldn't something like a battery from a cordless range of power tools be up for the job. Something like the DeWalt XR or XR Flex? These are up to 6Ah for 12 volt and 12Ah for the 18 volt and are made...
by rockhopper
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling in 5mm FJ's on a SOT ??
Replies: 23
Views: 885

Re: Paddling in 5mm FJ's on a SOT ??

I would suggest looking at Fourth Elements Thermocline range. It can be used as a wetsuit and also is easy and not restrictive to wear as not neoprene plus you can get it as a one piece or separates. I have a top that I use under a jacket if the weather is very cold and it works brilliantly. Keep yo...
by rockhopper
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 2961

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

I've never heard of a kayak being so expensive as 15k
I think Owen just got the comma in the wrong place and means £1,500......

Rog.
by rockhopper
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1195

Re: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)

I have tried using a hand pump to pump out a part flooded cockpit in rough'ish seas. With the extra weight of water in the boat and the skirt not able to be completely on whilst pumping (so extra water slopping in) it took a lot of minutes to get the water in the boat down to a satisfactory level an...
by rockhopper
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

This link is to a video I took after reaching a safe landing. Please do post if there's a problem seeing it.
Not sure I would have been happy to leave my boat on the shore in gust like that....have had mine try to make an escape along the beach in similar conditions..

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

Nicely put Stuart... Is a wind force calculated on the sustained wind speed or the gusts..?. going out in 25mph wind is manageable for a while but it is the gusts over and above that that often make it unmanageable both on the water and handling the boat between the water and the car. Not much fun t...
by rockhopper
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

Interesting.... definitely turning on the top of a wave peak does make life a lot easier and I also agree that speed is your friend so, the faster the boat is moving the easier it is to turn. With that in mind if possible I try to use the speed of surfing the wave in to come off the wave at an angle...
by rockhopper
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

I love going out when it is really windy as it is about the only time you get decent waves in the Thames Estuary however the biggest issue I find when it is really blowing is getting the boat to turn quickly in the direction I want. Riding wind blown waves in, breaking out from the wave before it ge...
by rockhopper
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 827
Views: 73703

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Perhaps the name "Skip" would show more respect for her than "Dumpster"?
perhaps you could try 'Reporpoised'....combining reusing and a nautical creature!!!

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hobie Mirage Adventure Island.
Replies: 7
Views: 459

Re: Hobie Mirage Adventure Island.

Unfortunate name....'Adventure Island'....just means the funfair place on Southend seafront to me..
https://adventureisland.co.uk/rides/

Rog.
by rockhopper
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SWSK3
Replies: 11
Views: 1096

Re: SWSK3

I don't know the solution to the pacific oysters, but we do have a problem. My daughter finished her Marine Biology degree at Plymouth this year (just in time!!). It seems that the preferred method by people in the know is to take a heavy hammer to them or, much simpler if they are on a soft/muddy ...
by rockhopper
Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1171

Re: Energy drinks

I have to be careful with pre and mid paddle intake. I find it easy to eat a bit to much and it is then uncomfortable sitting in a paddling position. Little and often is my paddling intake preference. A chewy toffee or a Chewitt for yourself and any paddling buddies is a great treat at the time and ...
by rockhopper
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1171

Re: Energy drinks

Just water and a banana and/or a packet of chewits if you need a bit of flavour after the water. Never see the point of sugary drinks.
You would have to be exercising very hard over a long period to warrant taking on an energy drink.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 2242

Re: Long swim.

I'm definitely with Pedro on this one...Bloke is a selfish idiot both for risking the crew of the lifeboat ('I didn't think they would launch in such rough conditions'.....yeah! right!!) and for putting his partner through such an ordeal. He cannot have been out in such conditions at that location p...
by rockhopper
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 827
Views: 73703

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Nick....I have only one question....How do you keep your garage/workshop so tidy ?

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling cag advice
Replies: 18
Views: 1026

Re: Paddling cag advice

Can anyone advise what the neck seal is like on the Kokatat Hydrus? I am not keen on really tight neck seals...normally they leave me feeling strangled especially around my Adams apple..

Thanks,

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1591

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Interestingly, all three of the near misses I have had with other watercraft have been with small catamarans (the one or two person size). On each occasion I was very aware that the person in charge of the boat had their view of me (and on one occasion, myself and two other kayaks), obscured by thei...
by rockhopper
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 2242

Re: Long swim.

and...floating on top of the water you would be much easier to spot..
by rockhopper
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 2242

Re: Long swim.

I would find it a lot easier to kayak back to shore than to swim....

Rog..
by rockhopper
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plymouth Sound
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Re: Plymouth Sound

Thanks Chaps....just the sort of information i was after. Certainly the put in at The Quay looks quicker and easier to get to than Mountbatten.
Doesn't look like the Brennan Torpedo was ever used in anger. Would have been interesting to see how well it worked.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plymouth Sound
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Plymouth Sound

For some years I have been meaning to have a paddle around Plymouth sound but just never got around to it when i have been down that neck of the woods however in late September myself and a couple of friends are back in the South Hams area and it seems like a good opportunity. As there seems to be a...
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 827
Views: 73703

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

I was just also reading about the Petrel Play and wondered if anyone has made either of the boats out of Medite Trycoya which is a special water stable MDF used for external projects used as an alternative to marine ply
http://www.chilterntimber.co.uk/product ... -x-1220mm/

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thin booties.
Replies: 5
Views: 540

Re: Thin booties.

I stopped using the neoprene type boot for kayaking a couple of years ago. I found that it was a pain that if they got water in it stayed in and they took ages to dry. The grip and sole thicknesses tended to be poor. Made my feet hot in hot weather and didn't really stop them getting cold in cold we...
by rockhopper
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Point 65°N Sweden Touring Kayaks
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: Point 65°N Sweden Touring Kayaks

Looks like a Nemo. Not sure it has a front bulkhead...may depend on which exact model..

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Slippery shaft
Replies: 7
Views: 629

Slippery shaft

Sorry for the tabloid quality topic title!! I find that I definitely need a bit of additional 'tack' on my paddle shaft, especially when paddling hard or in trickier conditions. I currently use surfboard wax which works fine but I just wondered if anyone out there had a better/alternative that they ...
by rockhopper
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak ideal length for coastal fishing
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Re: Kayak ideal length for coastal fishing

I'm not an expert on this subject but i would definitely lean towards the longer type of boat. There are lots of articles on fishing from kayaks on Google and they tend to use ones like the Ocean Kayak Prowler which is 13 feet long...i would think 12 or 13ft would be ideal as they will track in a st...
by rockhopper
Mon May 25, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VE Paddles back....
Replies: 1
Views: 530

VE Paddles back....

Had an email this morning from Palm who have taken over the manufacture of VE Paddles with availability as from the Autumn as follows: We want you to be the first to know that Palm Equipment has taken over VE Paddles. The paddles will be made in the UK, at our Clevedon factory and will be available ...