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by PlymouthDamo
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Breathable or non breathable dry suit for beginner
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: Breathable or non breathable dry suit for beginner

Some breathable fabrics work, some don't. I recently acquired a couple of Goretex suits and they make a noticeable difference in terms of comfort, but it's not magic - if you're doing an Olympic sprint and/or the weather's hot, you're still going to boil in the bag. It will be an improvement on non-...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie advice
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Newbie advice

I just pulled up the area you'll be in on Google maps and put 'campsites' into the search box. A few came up, and the best for access to the Thames looked like 'Riverside Campsite' in Wallingford. When wild camping has been discussed on here before, the consensus seemed to be that you'll be fine alo...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak pulls left
Replies: 30
Views: 5474

Re: Kayak pulls left

Let's hope in the 3 years since the OP started this thread, they've now got it sorted out...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?

Fair enough. Life would be so much easier if you could get a tough plastic water container, 6 inches deep and the same sectional shape as your bulkhead...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?

Totally agree with Ron-T. On my boats, I've just hacked out some bits of foam to be roughly the same shape as the bulkhead, but slightly oversized, and rammed them down there. The sheets of foam that I've got are between one and two inches thick, so you'd need up to six of them to fill your gap. Whe...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone used www.ratchetshop.com?
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Anyone used www.ratchetshop.com?

Go on, it's Friday so I'll bite: how can ratchet strapping your kayak to your roofbars (even if it's done by Geoff Capes on a careless day) result in a dent in your roof? And what would the helmet be saving you from?
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone used www.ratchetshop.com?
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Anyone used www.ratchetshop.com?

I'm the only person I know that uses ratchet straps. Everyone else I paddle with uses luggage straps and usually makes a few doom-laden prophecies about how I'm going to break my plywood boats with mine. I think they're great, but I got a few of them (a bit cheaper than that website) from Lidl years...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 1353

Re: Critique my roll?

Looks like you've got a good club set up with swimming pool and people with underwater cameras, so they'll be the ones who can help you best. I concur with all the good advice you've been given re. turning the boat over with a strong hip flick and following the paddle with your head, i.e. keeping yo...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difference between canoe and kayak?
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: Difference between canoe and kayak?

Internet forums are targets for spammers, scammers and hackers. Their first obstacle is to pass themselves off as genuine users, which can be tricky when the forum isn't in their own language and they know nothing about the topic. A common ploy is to start with a question to generate discussion - th...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 145
Views: 27396

Ugly Shrikes are good too...

As Nick's reposting all the photos in this thread, now's my chance to write about the last of my three Crowhurst boats - a Shrike-R, as designed by Nick's son Christopher. In order to squeeze a lanky bloke into an extremely low-volume boat, mine ended up with a freakish deck, so I didn't bother writ...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: anyone recognise this - STOLEN?
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: anyone recognise this - STOLEN?

I didn't see the advert before it was pulled, but definitely dodgy. It may not have been a stolen boat, but a common Gumtree scam: they never had a kayak at all - just a picture to entice punters to do a bank transfer of the money. They tell you it's miles away and that they've got someone coming ro...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Outfitting
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: Outfitting

You can always change your outfitting, but the range of options open to you depends on how determined you are to keep that 'new car' look about your cockpit. If you really want to keep your boat looking exactly like it came out of the factory, then you'll need to search the manufacturer's website fo...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas Acuta wanted.
Replies: 14
Views: 979

Re: Anas Acuta wanted.

So you've got a nice big cockpit for easy entries, and you've still got good contact with your knees - that's a win-win. And 14kg is hilarious - you'll be a right smug git from now on when it comes to loading/unloading it on your roofrack... I don't know if you do all the Greenland rolling mullarkey...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas Acuta wanted.
Replies: 14
Views: 979

Re: Anas Acuta wanted.

That is a thing of beauty. I haven't seen many skin-on-frame Greenland boats with keyhole cockpits - what have you done for thigh braces?
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Just joined
Replies: 16
Views: 708

Re: Just joined

I've just had a look at their website and presumably you're looking at their new "ocean crossing" kayak. If I were doing that sort of long-distance kayaking, I'd be paranoid about the sea-worthiness and durability of my boat, and would want to take advice from someone who's done it. The only person ...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?
Replies: 11
Views: 778

Re: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?

The OP's 4 posts are an odd mix...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit issue
Replies: 13
Views: 803

Re: Drysuit issue

I hadn't seen that Seaskin Grey thing before, but at that price it's a no-brainer: buy one (or two if your seal is really loose) and give it a go. If it doesn't work, then plan B is to replace the seal, and the Grey might come in useful in a year or two after your new seal has stretched. Re. doublin...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit issue
Replies: 13
Views: 803

Re: Drysuit issue

A few suggestions: 1. It isn't one of the longer-type neoprene seals which is supposed to be tucked into itself is it? (Unlikely - these are normally only used on diving suits, but worth asking, as tucking it in would be an easy fix.) 2. You could try putting a glorified rubber band around the outsi...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Help please ! :-)
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Help please ! :-)

Personally, I'd prefer to use an inflatable kayak as a tender because of the easier storage. Clearly, they're not as seaworthy as a 'proper' kayak, but whether they're adequate depends on the tide/sea/weather conditions. (I once spent a week anchored off a town in Brittany in perfect weather using a...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 867

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

I got an elbow injury wiping out whilst surfing and it took more than a year to go away. I even had a steroid injection, which made it disappear for a few months but it came back after that. All this time, I wasn't paddling or doing anything else strenuous. So it's possible you're in for a long reco...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fixing a Dagger Kingpin Icons Leaks
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: Fixing a Dagger Kingpin Icons Leaks

I know this is stating the obvious, but the most likely source of water into your cockpit is your spraydeck. The past two times I've had significant problems were (1) two big holes close to the waist-tube which I just hadn't spotted and then (2) the stitching had come apart on the seams allowing the...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 145
Views: 27396

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

The storage capacity for expeditions is whatever you want it to be - you build the deck as high as you want. I built my first Shrike using the standard dimensions given in Nick's manual and it's pretty roomy - worth checking out before you either opt for a different boat or build a very tall Shrike,...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rough Weather Limits?
Replies: 15
Views: 892

Re: Rough Weather Limits?

I may have a go at building a stitch-and-glue kayak ( like this Night Heron ) as a cheap way to get started and get some paddling experience. You could also consider a Shrike. The designer is a regular on here and the plans are free: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=110...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Evo Stik? Foam/Plastic
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Which Evo Stik? Foam/Plastic

Glad you got it sorted. For anyone else wanting to stick foam etc. to a plastic or fibreglass boat, there's a very cheap, quick and easy solution. Just use superglue and an accelerant. You paint the superglue onto your foam, spray the accelerant onto the boat and hold it on there for about 20 second...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Repairing latex seal
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Repairing latex seal

I've been using a cag with a repaired latex wrist-seal without any problems. As far as I remember, I used bike inner-tube to make the patch. To do the repair, I roughened the mating surfaces with sandpaper, cleaned then with solvent and stuck them using 2-part drysuit glue (the stuff that comes in a...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Reed Chillcheater Aquatherm Dry Trousers
Replies: 5
Views: 434

Re: Reed Chillcheater Aquatherm Dry Trousers

You're already aware that Aquatherm is 'marmite' kit and the following thread is as good as any to summarise the polarised views: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=127908&p=802595#p802595 The only thing worth adding to this is that out of three regular kayaking buddies, ...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent
Replies: 17
Views: 905

Re: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent

I took heed of Douglas' experience with surfers' ear when he posted about it a year or so ago. I bought a pair of aqua earplugs from Lidl which are designed with a long plastic stalk which allows you to push them in and pull them out easily. Plus you can attach some twine around the ends of them and...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: greenland paddle workshop
Replies: 14
Views: 727

Re: greenland paddle workshop

Mac50L wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:21 am
Here is the way I make them -
http://kask.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/G ... rguson.pdf
That's a smart way of doing it. Cutting the whole thing from one large plank is wasteful and involves a lot more cutting and/or planing.
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: greenland paddle workshop
Replies: 14
Views: 727

Re: greenland paddle workshop

I've whittled a few over the past couple of years, and have been Googling around for tips from time to time, but I've not come across any company that run paddle-making workshops. I have seen such workshops advertised, but these were where a particular builder has been invited along to a club etc. f...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17

My only observation is that on Saturday's run, it seems to me that after your reverse positioning strokes post-Gate 12, but before powering along the flat to Gate 13, you could have found a get-out and brewed up a cup of coffee. Nothing fancy - instant would do - but it's just nice to take the time ...