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by PlymouthDamo
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 56
Views: 8190

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: 56
Views: 8190

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: 1281

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: 16
Views: 739

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: 1356

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: 1356

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: 738

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: 738

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
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 6
Views: 434

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: 627

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: 367

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: 638

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...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Protect Latex seals
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Protect Latex seals

(Damo is a nickname for use on forums etc) Right - didn't realise you could get those cuff things retrofitted. Good luck trialling that glue - if it works, let us know. Re. neoprene v. latex: neoprene seals used to be rubbish, as I discovered many years ago when I was learning to dive using the scho...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Protect Latex seals
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Protect Latex seals

When you say neoprene cuffs, are we talking wrist seals? If so, you put those on the same way you would latex seals. The only difference is that you might want to put one or two extra layers of contact adhesive on the neoprene because it's a rougher, more absorbent surface. I've got one neoprene and...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Protect Latex seals
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Protect Latex seals

There's no harm in trying this glue, but given the hassle you have in getting seals changed, I think the best long-term solution would be to learn how to do them yourself. One of my ex-colleagues was a lifeboatman, and he took me down the lifeboat station where the guy that looks after their kit sho...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Protect Latex seals
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Protect Latex seals

Does the glue stop UV? Could the glue itself attack your seals? Would the glue affect how well the seals work - e.g. make them a bit stiffer and less able to form a tight seal around your wrist? What's the cost/benefit analysis like? I.e. how much does the glue cost? How much of a hassle would it be...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drying room ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 671

Re: Drying room ideas?

On the rare occasion that I need to dry my kit indoors, I find a dehumidifier in my front room is enough to do it within the day. No need for heating over and above your general household heating. If I were making a room for dealing with my kayaking kit, my main priority would be that it allowed for...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good customer service from ICOM
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Re: Good customer service from ICOM

That's good to hear. I've had similar excellent customer service from Icom, in circumstances when I really shouldn't have expected any help at all. Both Icom and Standard Horizon have a well-deserved reputation for this sort of thing.
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor

The temptation to try a home-rebuild is much more nagging with my model of PLB because the battery and the PLB are two separate sealed units which are just held together with a screw. To replace the battery, you simply buy a new one from a shop and swap it over yourself. Don't worry - I value my eye...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor

Lucky b********! That would have made my day. I'll have a look in my local store, but them having one is probably about as likely as me winning the lottery. I managed to get a very cheap, new McMurdo FastFind Max G several years ago, but replacing the battery after 5 years cost me £100, and many sho...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?

When I tried tide prediction it only recognised Bristol & East London in USA... Setting it up for the location you want is its least user-friendly feature. If you can't guess the name of the nearest town that the app recognises (e.g. in my case it's Devonport, England) then the app doesn't help you...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?

I didn't respond to this thread as the OP was looking for an iPhone app, but now they're sorted out: there's a free Android app which will give you tides around the world for over a year ahead. 'Tide Prediction' by 'Muchoviento.net'. It's on the Google Play market. Works fine.
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: OverBoard deck bag for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 393

Re: OverBoard deck bag for sale

Appending SOLD to a post title (or deleting the post, if possible) is an entirely logical thing to do and makes browsing the forum a little bit easier: it's the whole purpose of using subject lines on posts. Moderators: please continue with the experiment - I am sure nobody else would object.
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sunburn
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: Sunburn

I use the 8-hour sunblocks as I want to put them on at the beginning of the day and forget about it. These tend to be very expensive, and it's surprising how much you can get through over the summer. However, I found Wilkinsons were selling one called 'Calypso once a day' pretty cheaply - less than ...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heads up - cheap camping mat
Replies: 0
Views: 341

Heads up - cheap camping mat

A couple of days ago I bought a 'Crivit Lightweight Camping Mat' from Lidl. They'd obviously been one of their weekly specials from a few weeks earlier as they are now being sold with 30% off, making them £12.50. Have a look on YouTube to see a couple of people reviewing them. One of my favourite bi...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South Devon Trip Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: South Devon Trip Advice

Access at the Mount Batten watersports centre is via a big but occasionally very busy slipway, but you have to pay a parking fee to get to it. The nearest free alternative is the beach at Batten Bay, but that's a bit of a hike to the water, including a flight of steps, and it can be difficult to fin...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Perranporth SOT
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Re: Perranporth SOT

I'm not aware of any launch sites in the vicinity other than the beach. However, at this time of year, you've got a good chance of small surf which would be easy to get past - it's a forgiving sandy beach and you've got lifeguards on duty. I was there a couple of weeks ago and the only difficulty wi...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?

Thanks for everyone's replies but my experience of 100 / 200 lumen lights is that they are great for close-up stuff and general use, for example in a campsite, but don't really provide a sufficient pool of light to be of much use in a cave or similar environment. But please keep the suggestions com...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?

A significantly cheaper alternative: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rechargeable-BYBLIGHT-Headlamp-Headlight-Waterproof/dp/B073TRVJ7J I've been using this one for a couple of years - very bright, long-lasting and completely robust. At the reduced Amazon price, it's a no-brainer, Only two mods you ought to...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Plastic Welding
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: Plastic Welding

I assume the cheapest way would be the car body repair shop option as G7AFM says. My mate did mine for me for free using the kit he uses to fix bumpers - basically a big hot air gun with a load of sticks of different types of plastic. If you find a backstreet garage with the right kit, and agree to ...