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by banzaine
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Define Canoeing
Replies: 12
Views: 1188

Re: Define Canoeing

Regardless of what you call it, it`s a great exercise to learn to manoeuvre and roll a ww kayak / sea-kayak with a single blade, whilst sitting. Ask the "know it all`s" at the pool what they would do if their paddle shaft snapped mid-rapid or as they were being buffeted against a wall/cliff by waves...
by banzaine
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Spey taxi?
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Re: Spey taxi?

HI Robert - Try Jake Strachan - 01479870025 - taxi plus trailer
by banzaine
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: C1 pogies - advise
Replies: 8
Views: 1856

Re: C1 pogies - advise

After a recent epic, i was left with one kayak pogie so i put a cable tie on each end (where the shaft used to go). The single pogie it now sits nicely on the top of the canoe paddle without it being drafty. I then use one from my new pair for the paddle shaft. Sorted! Of course if you are a poler (...
by banzaine
Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Where to buy a canoe these days in Scotland?
Replies: 7
Views: 1663

Re: Where to buy a canoe these days in Scotland?

Keep an eye out for end of season sales from outdoor centers - i got one of my from Bootsnpaddles; the Lodge also sell stuff off,
Nick
by banzaine
Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rolling on the weaker side
Replies: 10
Views: 722

Re: Rolling on the weaker side

Happened to me too. It just shows the value of bilateral practice :)
by banzaine
Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Mad River Legend or Supernova
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Wanted - Mad River Legend or Supernova

Hi folks - does anyone have one of the above? Legend preferred, but would also consider a Supernova. I`m in Edinburgh but happy to travel to pick-up the right boat,
Nick
by banzaine
Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Non-slip kayak shoes
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Non-slip kayak shoes

Hi folks - i`ve got a pair of Lomo Aqua-boots - very comfortable/warm but pretty, nay extremely slippy when inspecting / wading etc. Any recommendations for non-slip varieties?
cheers
Nick
by banzaine
Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Findhorn - White water sections - Oct 20/21st
Replies: 1
Views: 1208

Re: Findhorn - White water sections - Oct 20/21st

Had a great session down the middle Findhorn on Saturday, from Ardclach church, exiting pre-Randolphs. The only drama was me nearly slipping over the cliff due to inappropriate footwear during a quick look at Randophs – gulp! On Sunday we had hoped to do the upper sections, but this got bombed due t...
by banzaine
Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Poling up the Tummel Tue Sept 11th
Replies: 1
Views: 998

Re: Poling up the Tummel Tue Sept 11th

Since the Tummel was not releasing we did the Lyon instead - poled up towards the gorgy bit, then did Grandtully later in the afternoon - a grand day out :)
by banzaine
Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Findhorn - White water sections - Oct 20/21st
Replies: 1
Views: 1208

Findhorn - White water sections - Oct 20/21st

Hi folks – planning an OC trip to the Findhorn (not the flat bits) on the above dates. Exact details tbd. Probably a combination of poling and paddling
Please let me know if interested,
Nick
07868 176636
by banzaine
Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Poling up the Tummel Tue Sept 11th
Replies: 1
Views: 998

Poling up the Tummel Tue Sept 11th

Anyone fancy poling (etc) up the Tummel this Tuesday. Planning to meet 10.30 at the picnic area down thru the arch at the power station. Depending on levels, may choose to head elsewhere, so please let me know if you plan to join us
Nick
07868 176636
by banzaine
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Stanley tomorrow Sept 1st??
Replies: 0
Views: 349

Stanley tomorrow Sept 1st??

Probably ridiculously short notice but i`m off to Stanley tmro (+1), unless it pours o/n in which case may be venues closer to home (Edinburgh). Leaving 09.00. If anyone fanices it just get in touch :). Will probably be in kayaks.
Nick 07868 176636
4*OC / L2 UKCC
by banzaine
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Fort William Lochy or Spey
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Fort William Lochy or Spey

I was up there that week, pity didnt spot your post! V short notice but i`m up to Stanley tomorrow if you fancy it (leaving Edinburgh 9am). Prob kayak rather than open,
Nick
07868 176636
by banzaine
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: 3 star open canoe
Replies: 8
Views: 1509

Re: 3 star open canoe

Hi, cant help with actual course / assessment as yet, but if you want to practise key skill requirements, including poling, give me a shout.
Nick
Edinburgh
by banzaine
Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failed sea kayak roll.
Replies: 103
Views: 4079

Re: Failed sea kayak roll.

You might wish to try a shortened version - get in your normal set-up position, then capsize in the opposite direction ie away from the set-up side. This allows you to nail the crucial last section of the roll, without the disorientating effect of a full capsize / rotation under the boat. You can al...
by banzaine
Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Style Paddles
Replies: 26
Views: 2045

Re: Greenland Style Paddles

The other point about loom design is flexibility. I made mine quite thin, so it`s really nice and light, but flex = power loss. However, for a first attempt and £6 for a bit of 4 x 2 ex B&Q, it works for me!
Nick
by banzaine
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe choice advice please :)
Replies: 13
Views: 2511

Re: Canoe choice advice please :)

Thanks for the guidance guys - i`m on the hunt..................
Nick
by banzaine
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe choice advice please :)
Replies: 13
Views: 2511

Canoe choice advice please :)

Hi all, I`m primarily a sea paddler, and also do some WW. I`m needing a canoe a) coz i`ve discovered its excellent fun, and b) to gain the 3* skills necessary for Level 2 coach, hence primarily solo paddling, on "slowish" moving water, though i can feel an urge (when more experienced) to take it on ...
by banzaine
Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: young gray seal Firth Of Forth
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: young gray seal Firth Of Forth

Last year on our way back from Inchmickery to Cramond Island, we were accompanied by a young seal playing with the rear toggle on my boat. Since i was getting a rather sore neck, I turned and reverse paddled, and the game kept on for around half a mile. Splendid fun!
Nick
by banzaine
Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing ? Nylon blades
Replies: 0
Views: 130

Repairing ? Nylon blades

I recently bought a set of Lendal paddles - they had a "repaired" 2cm split in one of the blades (yellow = nylon?). I think the repair was largely cosmetic - looked like superglue, and has now become "unrepaired", so the question is can u weld `em to make a more robust repair.
Nick
by banzaine
Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Symposia .... are they worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 3569

Re: Symposia .... are they worth it?

Sounds interesting - Any planned for next yr - Scotland area, or further afield??
Nick
by banzaine
Wed May 05, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ballasting a sea boat^
Replies: 56
Views: 7200

Re: Ballasting a sea boat

Lead from a scrappy costs around £1 / Kg, so much cheaper. You`d need to cut / cast into shape, wearing appropriate PPE (or not!)
Nick
by banzaine
Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaufort ex RAF Immersion suits eBay
Replies: 6
Views: 2536

Re: Beaufort ex RAF Immersion suits eBay

Thanks guys - really useful advice. Since the main reason for purchase was to give more freedom of movement vs current full wetsuit, it wouldnt appear that this suit meets this. Hence, I`ll make do with what i have (maybe with amputated arms), till i can afford a trip to LOMO, and they get some new ...
by banzaine
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaufort ex RAF Immersion suits eBay
Replies: 6
Views: 2536

Beaufort ex RAF Immersion suits eBay

There seem to be a shed-load of the above on eBay. Anyone got any direct experience of them? Probably a serious case of caveat emptor, but for £70, if they last a year or so, i could buy >4 for the price of a new dry suit (which i would rather have if i had the readies).
Any comments?
Nick
by banzaine
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I learnt something new today.....
Replies: 25
Views: 1572

Re: I learnt something new today.....

Gordon - i had a similar experience a few wks ago. I wanted to practice a roll in the sea, and chose North Berwick (North Sea) at the end of a 2hr + paddle. As soon as i hit the water everything went into slow motion, and i got completely disorientated - i hung around for a bit, tried to roll and fa...
by banzaine
Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weirs - general guidelines / schematics wanted
Replies: 22
Views: 1455

Re: Weirs - general guidelines / schematics wanted

Thanks for all the info guys! I now realise I had a bit of a close shave!!
Nick
by banzaine
Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weirs - general guidelines / schematics wanted
Replies: 22
Views: 1455

Weirs - general guidelines / schematics wanted

Hi, my local sea kayak club is having a safety night next wk. Since i`m the numpty who nearly got wasted in a weir last wknd, i`ve been volunteered to give a short presentation on the topic of Weir safety. I`ve googled it and only come up with some really fuzzy images, that i think date from a book ...
by banzaine
Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pilots required for West Coast of Scotland
Replies: 14
Views: 1017

Re: Pilots required for West Coast of Scotland

Hi Graeme - i use a Reeds Nautical Almanac - much cheaper than charts. Got a second hand one off eBay for £4, vs £30+ new.
Nick
by banzaine
Fri Dec 25, 2009 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What would i need?
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: What would I need?

Hi Joey - i`d get yourself a copy of Franco Ferrero`s book - Sea Kayak Navigation. Finding your way along the coast isnt rocket science, but you need to be able to understand the tides or you could be burning an awful lot more calories than you need to. I guess the other point is to make sure that y...
by banzaine
Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak fishing set-ups
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Kayak fishing set-ups

I`m trying to find a decent set-up for trolling (mackerel in the Summer) from my sea kayak. I`ve tried it a few times but never caught anything, so don`t know if the fishies just werent there, or whether my set-up was pants. I used a hand-line with fairly thick cod-line for the main line with a mono...