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by PlymouthDamo
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 236
Views: 38700

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

Help please. I have inadvertently cut my 3mm plywood panels (all 10 ) at 214 mm as opposed to the correct measurement of 244 mm. After realising this I cut a 60 mm strip thinking I could insert this between the 214 mm panels. 1. Is it feasible to insert a 60mm panel at the bottom of the hull and wh...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed May 22, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 236
Views: 38700

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

I appreciate Greenland sticks are a bit 'marmite,' but surely we should respect individual preference and certainly shouldn't be beheading someone just for going against the prevailing view. Very impressive by the way. Going from nothing to a self-built Greenland boat in a week must feel like such a...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri May 17, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?

I've got the latest version of The Twist and can confirm it's bomb-proof, despite the material being much lighter than the heavy rubbery stuff used in the previous incarnation. The only problem I had was that the inflatable back and foot rests are a bit Mickey Mouse, so I replaced them with a commer...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri May 03, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tasty hatch!
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Tasty hatch!

The quarter turn covers - when I have had them, a stick with a couple of knobs, stick long enough to give leverage, knobs to go in the indentations where you grasp the cover to turn. The little holes definitely help prevent your hatches being vacuum-locked in position - I use a slightly posher vari...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri May 03, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tasty hatch!
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Tasty hatch!

That photo only shows the circular hole cut out for the day hatch - any circular recessed hatch of the right diameter could fit. However, you'd want to choose carefully as some are no good. You definitely want to avoid the sort which aren't fully threaded. (Difficult to explain in writing but essent...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu May 02, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tasty hatch!
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Tasty hatch!

Could anyone kindly identify the manufacturer? https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/4998/1545757690148-2384.png I'm not sure you've posted the right photo. The one you've posted is of a Shrike built by Neall in Devon, and was originally posted in Nick Crowhurst's Shrike thread here: https:...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 day license, but... insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: 30 day license, but... insurance

D) I could go out on my friend's borrowed kayak (hard structure, with borrowed friend). Is the canaltrust license only good for a specific vehicle? What about the BC membership? Is BC membership ok for multiple vehicles or only one specifically registered? Is BC membership a more flexible licensing...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FSK wanted???
Replies: 2
Views: 237

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: 479

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: 15
Views: 812

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: 439

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: 1281

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: 1281

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: 1202

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: 1281

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: 1202

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: 1108

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: 1202

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: 1202

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: 758

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: 1108

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: 406

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: 307

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: 325

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: 9422

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: 9422

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: 1692

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: 1644

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: 2036

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: 2036

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...