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by PlymouthDamo
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent
Replies: 17
Views: 746

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: 550

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: 550

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: 373

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 ...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change Of Address On VHF Licence
Replies: 7
Views: 282

Re: Change Of Address On VHF Licence

Clarification: The OP is talking about the RYA having re-issued their training certificate with the address updated free of charge. The OFCOM stuff is about a different bit of paper - the "ship portable radio licence." The only kayakers that want one of these are those with DSC-enabled radios, as yo...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inflatable kayak - puncture repair in seam???
Replies: 11
Views: 1895

Re: Inflatable kayak - puncture repair in seam???

Excellent work - and you've avoided putting a big lump of plastic into landfill. The Intex brand is at the budget end of the inflatables market, so it's likely to need repairs from time to time, but if you treat it accordingly and deal with leaks as they happen, it should be a very practical way of ...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 42
Views: 1169

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

The issue here doesn't seem to be about people not generating paddling posts. It's that when someone does post about their trips, the response is lukewarm at best. The response to Mark's post about going round the whole of Cornwall did stick out in this respect - considering the achievement, the lac...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hot air, cold water
Replies: 7
Views: 552

Re: Hot air, cold water

When a couple of us paddled across to Lundy, the air temperature was too hot for my liking (although probably more like 25 Celsius) whilst the water temperature in the Bristol Channel was presumably no warmer than 12. I wore a 2-piece on the way out and found it way too hot for me and I felt at risk...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Licence Fee and Courses Etc
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: VHF Radio Licence Fee and Courses Etc

https://www.seavoice-training.co.uk/ Bingo! Looks like just what you're after. Let us know how you get on as I'm sure others would be interested. By the way, Psamathe makes a good point above. If you're planning to buy a DSC-enabled radio, you will need an MMSI number for the DSC functionality to w...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Licence Fee and Courses Etc
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: VHF Radio Licence Fee and Courses Etc

Your best bet is probably just to do a google search on "marine short range certificate." That brings up loads of stuff so you could probably find something local to you. There is even an online course for £59 which appears to be kosher, but I'm not certain. Personally, I find doing an actual course...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Licence Fee and Courses Etc
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: VHF Radio Licence Fee and Courses Etc

I couldn't find any relevant content on those two links, but the basics you need to know are: 1. Any marine VHF user needs to hold a training certificate. That means a training course which usually costs between £100 and £200 2. There is also a thing called a "Ships' radio license" but that only app...
by PlymouthDamo
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 127
Views: 25748

Re: A Shrike-R built by Maligiaq Padilla

A Shrike-R, with lowered gunwales for easy rolling, and with the ocean cockpit option, has just been completed by Maligiaq Padilla, the Greenlandic Champion roller for several years: http://cnckayaks.com/2017/10/05/maligiaq-padilla-usa/ Nick. Nick, as a fellow Shrike-R paddler, I'm happy to help Ma...
by PlymouthDamo
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please

Kokatat sound great but from comments about after sales service I not sure if I would be prepared to pay the premium. But Since we are on the topic; how durable are they and anyone got any experience of the Kokatat Radius dry suit 'cause I like versatility that it may offer. My experience of Kokata...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please

I think me and you think the same about Kokatat - dreadful customer service for a supposedly premium product. However, I have to begrudgingly acknowledge they make hard-wearing kit that tends to work. Two of my paddling buddies have recently discovered that Reed are the opposite - i.e. they're very ...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Thoughts on Night Nav white lights
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Thoughts on Night Nav white lights

I had a different light by Navisafe, which ultimately flooded. I reported back on it on here, along with a recommendation for what may be a cheaper/better alternative. Link: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=108671 < Lots of useful information on that thread from other people...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Autumn clothing
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: Autumn clothing

I've spent the past couple of years paddling with a cag/trousers combination. My reasons for doing so were that previous forays into the paddling drysuit market had found them all to be too heavy, hot and leaky - especially around the zip and arse. I therefore wanted a good-quality 2-piece which all...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: HTP Repair - Prijon Poseidon
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: HTP Repair - Prijon Poseidon

I don't know anything about G/flex epoxy, but my instinct would be to avoid messing around with an intermediate repair and just get the plastic sorted. It's possible to do yourself using a hot air gun or a soldering iron (I managed to repair a motorbike fairing this way following some internet instr...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?
Replies: 21
Views: 2086

Re: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?

Nautilus Lifeline, properly waterproof (dive with it) and it's a vhf too. I don't know how the McMurdo units work, so they could well be better if they use satellites? I think the Nautilus is an excellent idea for diving, as it's compact and doesn't need a housing. I still haven't bought one as I'v...
by PlymouthDamo
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Side Sculling Advice Please
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: Side Sculling Advice Please

Good points made already about whether there is any practical use sculling-for-support. The view I take is that it's fun to learn as many useless tricks as you can, providing it doesn't cause you any injury. In the case of sculling-for-support, I don't see much injury potential, certainly compared t...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: HTP Repair - Prijon Poseidon
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: HTP Repair - Prijon Poseidon

Prijon do special repair sticks for HTP. Which reminds me of a top skinflint tip... When we repaired my boat, I first contacted a manufacturer to ask their advice. (I don't even think it was the manufacturer of my boat - just one of the big players.) I got put through to someone in the workshop who...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: HTP Repair - Prijon Poseidon
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: HTP Repair - Prijon Poseidon

For polyethylene. the repair of choice is plastic welding. I've helped a mate do a plastic welding repair on my old sit-on-top using a professional kit (which he normally uses to fix car bumpers.) It's basically a matter of cutting a vee-shaped indent into the crack or hole you want to repair and th...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Family paddling in Plymouth Sound and estuaries
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Family paddling in Plymouth Sound and estuaries

Most areas within the Sound have strong currents between high and low tide, including the Plym Estuary. Within The Sound, 'slack water' generally occurs between around an hour before to an hour after high/low water - but with some local variations. Outside those times, the Plym can flow quickly - ha...
by PlymouthDamo
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

Sounds like that local company were just a business making money out of tourists, had no particular knowledge of kayaking and didn't understand what a sea kayak is. Glad you got your money back - I take it you didn't use their sit-on-tops at all? Earlier on this year, I put a post on here asking for...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Really bright torch
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Re: Really bright torch

Being male, I'm less likely to be a target, but I have had one genuinely scary camping moment. I was wild camping on Dartmoor, close to a quarry edge, when around midnight I heard the loud voices of a group of young men approaching. Then the bangs started - sounded like one or more shotguns. With th...
by PlymouthDamo
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: O'neill sector 5mm wetsuit......advice needed.
Replies: 4
Views: 473

Re: O'neill sector 5mm wetsuit......advice needed.

It's very unlikely you'll get a reply from someone who's used that specific suit for paddling by tomorrow morning, so here's my experience which may help: I used to kayak in my 5mm surfing wetsuit. I didn't find it restrictive as it has stretchy panels on the shoulders. The specs on your one say it'...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 127
Views: 25748

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

Nice one - glad you got it sorted for a reasonable price. My top tip for getting on with the job quickly is to not bother with the 'stitching' part of the stitch-and-glue technique. Just get a second pair of hands to help, then lay the panels out in the external clamps. Use masking tape to hold the ...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: P&H Scorpio LV owners
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: P&H Scorpio LV owners

Unfortunately, I've always borrowed (then returned) the plywood templates from Nick as he lives nearby. The build manual has something in it about getting the electronic files printed into full-size paper templates at a high street printers for around £20. Alternatively, you could start a new thread...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: P&H Scorpio LV owners
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: P&H Scorpio LV owners

On the first two Crowhurst boats I built (a full-sized Shrike and a Vember Expedition), I just used the standard foot bulkhead from the build plans. As far as I recall, I made them a few millimetres high so I could plane them flush with the gunwales later. My last boat was a Shrike-R, and on that I ...
by PlymouthDamo
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: P&H Scorpio LV owners
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: P&H Scorpio LV owners

I've been helping a long-legged mate sort out the dimensions for the Shrike he's building, and Nick's recommended that we try and emulate the shape of his existing boat which we know fits him. However, to do this, we're not going to be able to just use measurements from that boat as it's not hard-ch...
by PlymouthDamo
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Sevylor internal tube Punctures
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: Sevylor internal tube Punctures

Can't comment on Sevylor, which I've never owned, but my Gumotex has never punctured despite being used a lot. My inflatable footrest and backrest did 'fail' because the internal glueing gave way, causing them to balloon out. I replaced these with webbing straps and a sit-on-top backrest anyway as t...