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by Ken_T
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 819

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Hi Gordon, About 15 years ago I bought a tandem (Rainbow Atlantis) to get my wife out sea kayaking as she was a bit nervous. I can control the boat in even fairly large conditions with a non-paddling person in the front (I have had to on a few occasions when someone has become sea sick & swapped pla...
by Ken_T
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic Welding
Replies: 7
Views: 723

Re: Plastic Welding

Hi Thanks,
I have contacted Paul Knight & he can probably help me.
Ken
by Ken_T
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1403

Re: Towing eyes

Hi Jet,
It is concern that a pedestrian crossing between parked cars or in a car park & not expecting a towing eye to be sticking out (they are low down), which could cause a significant bruise or a significan injury to an elderly or infirm person. So I remove them when they are not in use.
Ken
by Ken_T
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic Welding
Replies: 7
Views: 723

Plastic Welding

Has anyone had a polyethylene kayak welded to repair damage? If so are you able to recomend someone that can do the job?
Thanks Ken
by Ken_T
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1403

Re: Towing eyes

As I understand it if your car has screw in towing eyes that protrude past the bodywork they should be removed when not in use, to protect pedestrians in very low speed inpacts such as when the car is parked & someone has to cross the road between parked vehicles or when walking round a car park.
Ken
by Ken_T
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry cags for women?
Replies: 5
Views: 547

Re: Dry cags for women?

Hi,
I am not a petite lady, but I use a Reed Chillcheater bespoke shortie cag (when not using a Damex drysuit). Both companies produce bespoke clothing to your measurements & I have found their products fit well & work well.
Ken
by Ken_T
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak for a novice
Replies: 23
Views: 1665

Re: Best sea kayak for a novice

I would echo Gordon & recomend joining a club if you can, then you will be able to try club equipment & get some coaching.
Ken
by Ken_T
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak

Hi,
I would recomend joining a club to get some experience of different equipment & also some coaching.
Ken
by Ken_T
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 1028

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Hi Beryl, If you choose to weight the kayak, I would use water bags so that the boat will not sink if it fills with water (even if you have bulkheads, air bags or fixed buoyancy). If you can I think you would be better off getting used to the handling on flat water, then moving up to more challengin...
by Ken_T
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spare paddles scratching deck
Replies: 29
Views: 5275

Re: Spare paddles scratching deck

Hi, On my glass boat I have 'Helicopter Tape' https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clear-Helicopter-Protection-1000mm-Opaque/dp/B00GB8JRFE/ref=asc_df_B00GB8JRFE/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310764720204&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12879778053683955929&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&h...
by Ken_T
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1160

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

Hi, I have a Vito campervan with a Karitek easyloader. I find a small difference in fuel consumption between 2 sea kayakaks & an empty loader (1-2 mpg), but no perceptable difference with or without cockpit covers, I use the covers to keep water out of the cockpits. I find similar results for my car...
by Ken_T
Thu May 16, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1166

Re: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?

Have you considered a folding boat like a Klepper or a Feathercraft? I am not an expert on these, but there are people on this site that paddle them.
Ken
by Ken_T
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling
Replies: 9
Views: 1181

Re: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling

I have changed to a Damex dry suit which seems very durable & water tight.
Ken
by Ken_T
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare disposal.
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Flare disposal.

Hi,
Please do not set off parachute flares inland, they reach the ground still burning & have caused fires.
Ken
by Ken_T
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1577

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Hi, I have seen this problem happen with someone wearing a BA & an inflated drysuit. The problem appeared to be the area around the buttocks inflating, they are an experienced paddler but could not get their head above water. We prioritised rescuing them over analysing exactly what was preventing th...
by Ken_T
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1577

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 happened...
by Ken_T
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1577

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

The main problem if you reduce the buoyancy of your PFD is in very rough water where you will spend extra energy to keep your mouth high enough up to breath.
Ken
by Ken_T
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Custom drysuit for female?
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: Custom drysuit for female?

I use Dam X as does my wife, they are not as stiff as they look & seem to be reliable & robust.
Ken
by Ken_T
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

Have you tried DAM drysuits?
Ken
by Ken_T
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2693

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Thanks Robert.
Ken
by Ken_T
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2693

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Hi Robert, Apologies for repeating what you said, I didn't read your post properly before I replied, I had intended to reply earlier & only just got round to doing it.
Ken
by Ken_T
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2693

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Hi, On flat water most boats turn more efficiently on an outside edge, partly because the boat does it natrually, but also partly because you tend to paddle further from the low edge than the high edge. In dynamic water stability becomes more important so you show the relative flow the hull of your ...
by Ken_T
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 1768

Re: Time for a new PDF

I use a Palm Kaikoura, I have just bought another as a replacement as my first was worn out. My Wife had a Peak Adventure Zip, which at the time was the competitor to the Kaikoura, but she prefered the Kaikoura which she chose as the replacement, but there was no big thing that persuaded her, so I t...
by Ken_T
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suitable kayak for a novice
Replies: 5
Views: 670

Re: Suitable kayak for a novice

Hi John,
I would recomend joining a club. You will be able to try several boats & there will be experienced paddlers & probably coaches who can help him progress.
Ken
by Ken_T
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reverse polarity in compasses
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: Reverse polarity in compasses

I have seen this happen to a Silva hand compass. I always like to have at least 3 compasses in a group & if I think we may need to navigate by compass do a comparison of compasses before launching. The compass that I had reverse polarity appeared to have happened when it was in the boot of the car a...
by Ken_T
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 10
Views: 1263

Re: Lightning

Hi Ceegee, I am not sure that getting in the water is a good idea, if there is a strike to the water surface the lateral currents in the water at the point of the strike could be 10000's A/m2, reducing as the inverse square of the distance, the current will flow through a body the same as water (our...
by Ken_T
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Buying
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Kayak Buying

Have you looked at items for sale on this site? One problem is you may have to collect. I would recommend that you join a club, so you can paddle with experienced paddlers & maybe get some coaching.
Ken
by Ken_T
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 1243

Re: Expedition food - help!

Could your friend eat instant mash with the meals while everyone else eats rice?
Ken
by Ken_T
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GCSE research on kayaks
Replies: 4
Views: 504

Re: GCSE research on kayaks

Hi, For storage I use the hatches which are almost waterproof, with dry bags as a secondary barrier. If you fit out your boat it can be quite comfortable, my longest time in a boat without getting out was about 12 hours on an open sea crossing. I use the deck elastics to hold splits & my towline, th...
by Ken_T
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A cautionary tale?
Replies: 10
Views: 1641

Re: A cautionary tale?

I don't think your insurance would cover you if the police break your window because you will not be able to get a crime reference number.
Ken