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by PlymouthDamo
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FSK wanted???
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: FSK wanted???

I'd consider changing your post title to include specific boats. Using 3-letter acronyms (or initialisations) in adverts reduces your audience at the best of times, but it's a real own-goal if the majority don't recognise them. I've spotted a few performance boats being flogged off on here and Gumtr...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof rack or inflatable kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Roof rack or inflatable kayak

OK so I priced roof rack for motorhome for sea kayak nearly fainted.. Today I was in decathlon they have an inflatable one man kayak which seems OK anyone had any experience of them. I've got a good quality, small inflatable kayak. (A Gumotex Twist.) It's very robust and packs down ridiculously sma...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 14
Views: 607

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Is it worth doing this, and fixing the suit oneself? ... If so, how easy is the tape to get hold of? If your only problem is a leaking seam, then it's definitely worth buying some tape and doing it yourself. However, my experience has been that heat-applied tape doesn't work unless you've got some ...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin outfitting
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Delphin outfitting

Backband: I've ditched mine in all my boats. Replaced with a small foam block that just pushes on my backside to stop me sliding too far back and upsetting the trim of the boat. Fantastic for lay-back rolls and lying on your back-deck watching the stars, but obviously offers zero back support so you...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1077

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Hi, If you are considering inflating a drysuit, one problem is that because the BA holds the top close to your body you end up inflating the legs. I have seen people float upside down in a drysuit unable to get their head to the surface because they forgot to purge the dry suit of air. This happene...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1077

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

The wind would take you for miles though.... Then you'll be interested in the skeg/rudder kit that I'm selling at a time-limited price of.... The only problem I can think of with the idea is that, unlike diving suits, quality surface drysuits are breathable. When searching for leaks on my Goretex s...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I took the plunge and bought a selection of 8 different sized Ortlieb bags (PD350 with valves) which came to £120 on the cheapest online vendor I could find. Go Outdoors would only have been marginally more expensive, but only if you've paid for their membership card (and I can never bring myself to...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1077

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Here's another invention that should earn me millions: a little oral-inflate tube fitted somewhere near the neck of your drysuit. (Before anyone gets excited: I'm not proposing this as an alternative to a BA or lifejacket - just as an additional layer of protection.) After surfacing from a scuba div...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I kayak a lot and have tried loads of different drybag brands. Last year I scrapped them all in favour of Ortlieb - I reckon you can't beat them. ... I'd previously discounted Ortlieb as my only experience of them is their cycle panniers, which are excellent but made me think their products would b...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First drysuit....
Replies: 11
Views: 988

Re: First drysuit....

There's neoprene and neoprene... Just before Christmas, I did a 2-hour dive and, as usual, my neoprene neck-seal didn't let in a drop (unlike my crotch, foot and hip...) If you get the stretchy sort which has a smooth rubber surface against your skin, you get a wide band of adhesion to your neck, as...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

Thanks for all the replies. It was well worth asking as I at least now know that there aren't any 'buy and forget' solutions if you want a small, stowable dry bag. I hated the idea of throwing away the junk dry bags I've already bought, so I'm instead going to buy some of the suggested lightweight b...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Look for recommendations - drybags

Having just searched, there doesn't appear to have been a thread on drybags for a couple of years, so I started this as I'm in the market for some new ones and want to know about any good deals currently available. Over the years, I've picked up some budget junk from Mountain Warehouse, Trespass and...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 635

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

If Hammond drysuits have been recommended by Sweet and System X, then you can't go wrong using them. However, re. your concerns about companies that haven't got experience with Goretex: I've been buying/repairing old Goretex suits for a couple of years and I can confirm they're exactly the same to w...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First drysuit....
Replies: 11
Views: 988

Re: First drysuit....

Very common problem with latex neck seals but only affects some people - it's your skin reacting to the latex and it will only get worse the more you use it. My neck used to end up bleeding after repeatedly using my first diving drysuit over a short period of time. People will suggest using all sort...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First River/Whitewater Kayak for novice
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: First River/Whitewater Kayak for novice

I'm similar dimensions to you so ended up buying a Perception Madness as it was one of the few boats I found that I comfortably fitted into. It's a bit of an all-rounder: okay for most things but not exceptional at anything. Perfect for a paddler of my limited ambition.
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: semi-dry to drysuit
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Re: semi-dry to drysuit

I've swapped out many seals on drysuits - usually going from latex to neoprene in the neck, but have done the other way too, as well as replacing seals on odd stuff, including Reed's Aquatherm material which feels a lot like glide skin. I've found that two-part drysuit glue has always worked - just ...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry suit zip/latex fluid
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: Dry suit zip/latex fluid

The zip lube depends on what you've got. E.g a Tizip plastic zip is only supposed to be lubed at the 2cm 'dock' section where it finally closes. (I use Tizip lubricant, which is probably just silicone grease, but you ought to check before using that.) If it's metal, then you lube the teeth all the w...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 59
Views: 9113

Re: Angmagssalik - new start?^

I think there’s one on eBay at the moment Yep, Nick Gates posted a link to that one above. The seller doesn't know what it is and isn't getting much interest. I was tempted to send them some more info via an eBay message so they could advertise it better, but decided to stay out of it as that might...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 59
Views: 9113

Re: Angmagssalik - new start?^

How would they have made the apex on the foredeck that pronounced without the ply fracturing I don't think you could make it from a single unscored piece of ply. I suspect they've either used two pieces or they've deeply scored a single sheet of ply in the middle and cracked/folded it along that li...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Rockpool Taran 16 for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 1625

Re: Rockpool Taran 16 for sale

It's unlikely that the OP will reply - he was only active on this forum one day over a year ago when he posted the advert.
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1521

Re: PLB protection

All the PLBs I've seen have been waterproof and completely plastic - i.e. nothing to corrode in salt-water. My model (McMurdo FastFind Max) has only one potential failure point as far as the waterproofing goes - the battery terminals. This model has a user-replaceable battery, which you screw onto t...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1857

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Then it sounds like your boat turns in the direction you're edging towards, the same as my low-decked boat. This would make sense if you're talking about your Anas Acuta as my Greenland boats are Shrikes, for which Nick pinched the dimensions from the same historical boat that the Anas Acuta is base...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1857

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Now I know that I may well be out on a limb here, but I really don`t get this idea that you should edge / lean outwards to turn a sea kayak. When people discuss the topic of leaning-away edging turns on sea kayaks, they're not talking about dynamic turns like breaking in/out of an eddy. They're tal...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do I re-proof a drysuit?
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: How do I re-proof a drysuit?

Yep, shouldn't have said fill the suit with water. I just block off the neck and wrists and pour about an arm full (Hancock reference there to match your Laurel and Hardy) and zip it up. Then you can slosh it around inside the suit to find all the holes.
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do I re-proof a drysuit?
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: How do I re-proof a drysuit?

I can't help with chemical re-proofing as I've never had any success with it, whether it be on tents, motorbike clothing or drysuits/cags. However, it's worth investigating whether you've got individual holes in your suit, as opposed to the material going porous. I've been buying used military drysu...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1432

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

I would have bitten but I just can't get past the 'hypothetical' bit.
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1179

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I wouldn't want a tall mast on my kayak as it would get damaged eventually. Would it be possible to keep a coil of antenna wire on you which you could screw into your VHF in place of the stumpy antenna when needed? Then you'd somehow fix the other end to your main paddle blade and hold it up, or fix...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best stuff to stick foam to hull
Replies: 11
Views: 860

Re: Best stuff to stick foam to hull

There has been similar discussion on here previously about sticking velcro inside boats - my suggestion there was to use superglue and accelerant, as an extremely cheap, quick and bomb-proof way of doing it. When it comes to foam, I've only recently discovered a glue that does a perfect bond, i.e. y...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB for the mountains?
Replies: 2
Views: 477

Re: PLB for the mountains?

Yes - The system alerts the rescue authorities nearest to you when you hit the red button: https://cospas-sarsat.int/en/beacon-ownership/what-happens-when-i-activate-my-beacon If you search for COSPAS on Wikipedia, their entry includes a list of the 44 countries which participate in the system. (You...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Touring cag for climbing
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: Touring cag for climbing

The nearest thing to what you're after that I've owned was a Decathlon cag that I bought in France similar to this: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/s500-mens-jacket-blue-orange-id_8383868.html?_cclid=v3_d2ef805c-f38a-5e25-8bc3-2c306350ea07&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3KzdBRDWARIsAIJ8TMSLu5vr6ifx6hH1KtGijoDo5SjaMjo9gi...