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by PlymouthDamo
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Insurance?.
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Sea Kayak Insurance?.

Hi everyone, but if a random one. Im getting a 3 piece latitude made at the moment and I’m looking to insure it for damage or theft as it’s a big outlay and I would never afford to replace it. Ive had one quote for £74.99 for the year from insure4boats. Had anyone else used anyone they can recommen...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?
Replies: 12
Views: 390

Re: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?

I feel suitably chastised No chastisement was intended, sorry. No criticism of trying access what's on Facebook, or even contributing to threads there. My point was only that if the dialogue on the FB group had taken place on this or another forum, it would be (and would remain) much more accessibl...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?
Replies: 12
Views: 390

Re: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?

That's the problem with Facebook, it filters what you're looking at and it's transient - that's why I hope sites like this, where there's 20 years of history, don't fade away through lack of interest. As a Facebook-refusenik, who only has an unused account to give me the option to view content, I f...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?
Replies: 12
Views: 390

Re: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?

Ah fair enough. Yeah I was thinking of doing my own, I see gear pan is out of stock if there split joints. Do you know where to get a carbon split joint for doing the conversion? I don't have one myself, but there's a Facebook group called 'Greenland inspired kayaking' where they've had loads of di...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 117
Views: 3176

Re: Into strong head wind

I'd looked at pogies and decided against them as i like being able to shift my hands along the paddle for extended strokes etc. I was worried that pogies would make them feel 'locked in'. What are folks thoughts and experiences on that? Justified? You can get your hands out easily, so if you need t...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 117
Views: 3176

Re: Into strong head wind

I’ve also tried about 6 or 7 different types of gloves now .but thinking of giving insulated diving drysuit gloves a try but I suspect they will be warm and dry but not have enough movement or grip? (Possibly a similar issue to 5mm wetsuit gloves ) In the past I've tried my winter diving gloves, wh...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lights - to be seen by
Replies: 14
Views: 581

Re: Lights - to be seen by

There is such a huge range of lights on the market that I won't bother making a specific recommendation, but my main criteria are: It needs to have a diffuser. Most head-torches on eBay etc. don't, so are completely invisible from the back or sides. Therefore, find something like the clear plastic c...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 44
Views: 1861

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

Well I think I maybe having a slight change of plan (good job I've not bought anything yet). As I also would like to combine Kayaking with snorkeling I'm now strongly considering a SOT instead. I like the idea of not being confined to paddling to a location then landing first. It will be easier get...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cag lining issues...
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Cag lining issues...

But any specifics about how to spot this (sub-par?) construction method when buying online? Yep, the materials that have caught me out have been 'coated' with polyurethane. Here's an example, where the description states 'PU coated' so should be fairly easy to avoid: https://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cag lining issues...
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Cag lining issues...

Hey guys So I have just bought a second hand Palm cag for a really good price and in general it's in really good condition, but the grey rubber coating of the inner lining/inner skirt has started to break down and peel at the bottom edge, presumably where it's been rubbing etc on the dry trousers. ...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaky Drysuit
Replies: 43
Views: 1709

Re: Leaky Drysuit

As an ex diver I am puzzled as to why the neck seals on dive suits are different to kayaking suits... I replace my own seals on all my drysuits - diving and kayaking - so I started putting the fold-in neoprene diving neck-seals on my kayaking suits when the original ones needed replacing. I found t...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norse Kayaks - Idun/Bylgja
Replies: 14
Views: 839

Re: Norse Kayaks - Idun/Bylgja

In the absence of any actual user reports so far, all I can chip in is that we've seen a chap paddling one out from Looe a few times and have stopped and chatted with him. It seemed to have the classic Greenland form-factor, but he was just using it for gentle cruising along the coast, so we didn't ...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2540

Re: Greenland paddles

PD I have never said that I do not like Sticks. My bad - I've obviously been taking some of your posts on the subject more literally than intended. Sticks are definitely like marmite though, and I know better than to try and sell the idea to anyone who isn't interested. I was definitely in the "don...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2540

Re: Greenland paddles

It tickles me how we all have different philosophies. My spare paddles are definitely not just for emergency/backup. Why waste the space ? If I get in the proverbial and say lose my paddles it means the conditions are pretty extreme and I would want a good spare to get me out of that situation and ...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2540

Re: Greenland paddles

I’ve always carried a spare paddle within the cockpit: just a three foot item to get you home but, in my ocean cockpit Shrike it’s tricky to get at it without capsize as it’s tippy. I now carry a Storm paddle on the front deck. It’s not as easy to use as the full GP, but it convenient and easy to g...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder repair suggestions?
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Rudder repair suggestions?

I think we're all agreed on the plastic welding being needed - at least to fill those two holes. Inspired by how Christopher Crowhurst set up the rudder on his Vember tandem, I've got a suggestion for a possibly more robust way of attaching that skeg to the boat. Probably best to wait and see if the...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stuck Skeg^
Replies: 41
Views: 2877

Re: Stuck Skeg^

(Someone's got to say it - the OP asked their question 10 years ago...) How often do conditions actually require a skeg? And how often do you find your skeg is stuck when you try to deploy it? Mathematically, you'd have to multiply these two small probabilities together to arrive at the likelihood t...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keel Repair/Strengthening
Replies: 13
Views: 1101

Re: Keel Repair/Strengthening

...AFAIK most of the plastic used in car bodies is polypropoylene not polyethylene, so they might be able to have a go, or not. I'm sure that's right, but the commercial plastic welding kits that my mate uses for bumper repair come with quite a comprehensive kit of different plastic filaments - pre...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keel Repair/Strengthening
Replies: 13
Views: 1101

Re: Keel Repair/Strengthening

My suggestion: 1. Ask around to find a local car body repair shop that does plastic welding to repair bumpers. 2. Phone and check they'd be happy to do a bodge repair. Tell them there'll be no come-back if it doesn't work. 3. Phone the boat manufacturer and ask them exactly what plastic it's made fr...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2540

Re: Greenland paddles

Yellerbelly wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:36 pm
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Glad I read the comments before replying...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

Trying to respond to this thread, but I’ve been blacklisted via my usual device.... I’ve never been blacklisted for anything before ? I'm pretty much permanently blacklisted from this site as I've gone over to using my phone's mobile hotspot for all my internet use. There's an easy way round it: us...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Dec 06, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2540

Re: Greenland paddles

I'm neither a coach nor an engineer, but I found out something interesting about Greenland sticks last year. I did an experiment to see what would happen if I canted the blades so they were horizontal and sliced through the water with almost no resistance. The results were amazing - I was able to go...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 662
Views: 66188

Re: She floats!

The Vember Tandem on launch day achieved a cruising speed of 5.5 mph over an hour's paddling. We are all pleased. More photos and details in the next few days. You will note how far forward both cockpits have to be with a 70 pound difference in weight between the paddlers. The lateral centre of buo...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1312

Re: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?

Not sure how critical salt water resistance is for a headtorch. If I were rolling or taking a swim, I’d be more worried about my torch getting lost than it leaking. That's a really important point. I've already mentioned that my favourite ever headtorch is now at the bottom of the River Tamar. Sinc...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker
Replies: 24
Views: 1108

Re: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker

Chris, I can understand where James is coming from. He's been shown how to use Greenland sticks for rolling, but the only result was it spoiled the screw roll he was previously able to do. That would do my head in on its own, but I remember thinking sticks looked and performed terribly when first co...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 662
Views: 66188

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

Hi PlymouthDamo, I’ll email you the files and information on the other components. Which Karitek slider did u have? The one I referred to was by KajakSport (in Finland) not the original Karitek one which has apparently been discontinued. Thanks very much Stu - I'll keep that up my sleeve until you'...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 662
Views: 66188

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

...I have been persuaded to post details of a skeg slider that I developed and now have installed on my new Shrike... Stu - that thing looks brilliant. I need to repair or replace the skeg system on my 3-piece Shrike as I had to move the slider into the aft section when I converted it - to avoid th...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1250

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

An amusing answer. Probably some distance from the op's request. Do you have some plans and examples for all those of us who have got it so wrong? That grainy black-and-white footage of Inuits constantly screaming and capsizing like they were on banana skins is one I've yet to see, but it would mak...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 662
Views: 66188

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

Nice one - that's a work of art. I haven't ever really considered tandems, but even I would be curious to see how that thing paddles. I was blown away by how fast my Vembex paddled when fully loaded for touring, so presumable that thing will be a rocket with that extra waterline length? I take it th...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1250

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

One advantage PD didn’t mention is a Greenland paddle is much less obtrusive in the car. Mine lives between the dashboard and the back seat even though I haven’t been afloat for ten days now. Yep, little practical details like that often make your life a lot easier. My collection of Greenland stick...