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by PlymouthDamo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Protect Latex seals
Replies: 7
Views: 85

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: 7
Views: 85

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: 7
Views: 85

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: 7
Views: 85

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: 480

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 - Gear
Topic: Good customer service from ICOM
Replies: 1
Views: 148

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 - Gear
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 364

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 - Gear
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 364

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: 495

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: 495

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: 306

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: 626

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 - Gear
Topic: Heads up - cheap camping mat
Replies: 0
Views: 273

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: 228

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: 174

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 - Gear
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 383

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 - Gear
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 383

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: 656

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 ...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SUPs can't do whitewater
Replies: 25
Views: 3056

Re: SUPs can't do whitewater

Danny_G wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:49 am
What do you guys think?
I think that your two posts since joining this forum have been remarkably similar: resurrecting old threads to shoe-horn in a link for the same business.

I'd never buy from any business I thought was dishonest.
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 6874

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

There'll be plenty of things to fill your winter, e.g. making a few greenland sticks or weeping over and re-varnishing the first scratches on your precious new boat. I built two of my boats in winter, which worked out okay - the worst I had was a run of glass tape which just refused to fully wet out...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: Rolling in a pool boat harder than a sea kayak?

I don't think the shape of the boat makes a huge amount of difference - whether it's wide and flat or narrow and tubular, they should still go, albeit with varying degrees and stages of resistance. The two critical things I've found are (1) your feet/leg contact (for driving the boat round with your...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 6874

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Just a thought about putting a bilge pump in a Shrike. One of the things you're going to like most about it is that it's so light, so I'd definitely recommend you just get out and paddle the thing and enjoy the current good weather before you start thinking about putting a pump in. Personally, if I ...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 13
Views: 1131

Re: kitting out new sea kayakers

My experience has been the same as Sean's: I was determined to make a 2-piece solution work so that I could mix and match according to the weather, but even though I bought some very expensive Kokatat stuff, it's still not completely dry. The other problem with 2-piece kit, is that you need to have ...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 2152

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

JasonFox wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:04 am
Man, this argument just keeps coming up...
That happens when old topics get resurrected.
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions
Replies: 27
Views: 991

Re: Composite(?) slalom kayak repair questions

Just to add to Jim's explanation on how to sheath an entire hull in glass: I wouldn't apply resin to the hull first. Sand the hull so it's smooth and dry, then lay the fine fibreglass cloth (often referred to as 'twill') over it, use a soft dry brush to shape it round the contours of the hull then p...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: OT: repairing an inflatable hot tub!
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: OT: repairing an inflatable hot tub!

Those shiny, waxy, plasticised materials are tricky. E.g. you can't stick silicone wrist seals or plastic dry-zips onto drysuits with adhesive - you have to clamp them or use some kind of RF welding process. I don't have the answer, but I'd recommend you find out exactly what material your tub is ma...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An odd question regarding length and suitability
Replies: 15
Views: 1058

Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Any kayak suggestions welcomed Sectional kayaks aren't often considered, but they could be a solution for what you're after. You could have a full-length sea kayak (with retractable skeg) standing up in a 1 metre square footprint in your hallway. There are lots of technical options and pitfalls, so...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue May 22, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 5
Views: 527

Re: Drysuit zips

Either can work well, either can be donned solo (although you'll need a bit of pull-cord tied to a back zip) but either can also be very difficult to get in/out of depending on how flexible you are and how the suit fits you. Your only way to be sure is to try before you buy.
by PlymouthDamo
Fri May 18, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: Waterproof compact camera

Water on the lens is frequently an issue. I did try some RainX on it, which people said helped. I'm not convinced it made much, if any, difference. I bought a little chamois leather sponge thing from Lidl, then unpicked the stitching at one end, took the sponge out, leaving me with a chamois leathe...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed May 09, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life

Like Owen, I've found just filling up the various compartments and cockpit with water and then searching for leaks (with a tea-towel, a torch and a marker pen) works fine most of the time. The only time it didn't work was when I was trying to locate a leak in my skeg box - I ended up sealing the hat...