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by gasserra
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkap Jubilee - Jim
Replies: 26
Views: 4953

Re: Nordkap Jubilee - Jim

Yes, it's so different in the way it handles, This is true and it's surprising how often it comes up, but it seems that relatively few have paddled both the older versions and the current version a lot. I've owned a 20 year old Nordkapp HM for going on 16 years and the newest version for about 2. A...
by gasserra
Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Derek Hutchinson RIP
Replies: 28
Views: 6753

Re: Derek Hutchinson RIP

Derek's death is sad news indeed, and the end of a paddling era. He was a visionary, an innovator, a true master of the paddling art, a proselytizer, and a teacher to thousands. I certainly learned a great deal from his books, while greatly enjoying the sly humor in his illustrations. I was fortunat...
by gasserra
Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pintail
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: Pintail

For what it's worth... I've owned, and paddled as my first choice, a Pintail for over 15 years. I've never had any doubts about the boat's ability to handle any conditions it was in, and it's a been a champ in the worst conditions I've ever found myself in--up to Force 7. It's quite stable, despite ...
by gasserra
Wed May 09, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Use of rudders on a double kayak
Replies: 17
Views: 1130

Re: Use of rudders on a double kayak

Apart from the sound advice of raising the rudder and trimming the kayak forward, a couple more suggestions for turning into the wind for your double kayak friends: - Forward paddler: deep bow rudder on the windward side--providing turning force on the bow and pegging the bow so the wind pushes the ...
by gasserra
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: St David's rescue^
Replies: 214
Views: 22604

Re: St David's rescue

Well, this has been a most interesting thread, and I have nothing to add to the discussion of the events described. I do have some thoughts for Taran, though, based on his comments, especially this one: Pat, I'm going for the 5 star for the qualification as I mean to start my own business & as for t...
by gasserra
Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Aquila model history
Replies: 2
Views: 964

Re: Valley Aquila model history

The Aquila was introduced by Valley in the late 1990's a a large, fast, load carrying expedition kayak. At about 18 foot 3 inches long by 22.5 inches wide, it's already pretty big, but as you noted it had peaked decks, distinctively the rear deck, so its volume is even bigger than the length & beam ...
by gasserra
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Chesapeake Bay survivor
Replies: 2
Views: 656

Chesapeake Bay survivor

Some of us on this side of the pond take the liberty of occasionally linking to topics on your site that are of particular interest. To return the favor, here's one of ours:

http://www.cpakayaker.com/forums/viewto ... =25&t=6404
by gasserra
Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: nordkapp jubilee
Replies: 9
Views: 1129

Re: nordkapp jubilee

The advice given above to try the boats is exactly right. There are seemingly minor variations in the anatomic configuration of each of us--not captured simply by height, weight and leg inseam--that can turn out to have a major impact on how any given kayak model feels. Then there is the impact of t...
by gasserra
Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failure of Thule J-bars^
Replies: 52
Views: 12281

Re: Failure of Thule J-bars^

I've seen the difference in the J-bar (Hull-a-Port) instruction version I linked to and the instruction version with the 80-130 km/hr guidance that several of you have referred to. I can only conclude that, even though it is the same product, Thule provides different instructions for the Euro market...
by gasserra
Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failure of Thule J-bars^
Replies: 52
Views: 12281

Re: Failure of Thule J-bars^

Here's a link to the Thule instructions for the model 835 J racks: http://www.thule.com/pdf.axd?ext=\Classification_1_root\Image_Hierarchy\ImageFolder_175958\ImageFolder_177209\501566002__835xtr.pdf Note Item 7 on page 5 in the instructions: in bold face type: "Be sure to tie down bow & stern of boa...
by gasserra
Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failure of Thule J-bars^
Replies: 52
Views: 12281

Re: Failure of Thule J-bars

Thanks for posting this; it's an important topic. Reading your descriptions--both your original post and your follow-up details--it's still not obvious to me what the mechanism of failure here was. The greatest vulnerability of these rack systems when hauling long sea boats is the lift generated on ...
by gasserra
Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Pals Save Youngsters at Tynemouth
Replies: 8
Views: 675

Re: Kayak Pals Save Youngsters at Tynemouth

"Amazing" is overused, but this is one case where it appears to truly fit. A superb display of presence of mind, courage, and skill. Very well done to both!
by gasserra
Thu May 12, 2011 1:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp LV suggestion?^
Replies: 26
Views: 5104

Re: Nordkapp LV suggestion?

Steen in Denmark has just bought one and is not very happy with the workmanship. While I agree with the comment, I have to ask: -- if it looked like that when he bought it, why did he buy it? -- If he ordered it, and it looked like that on arrival, why did he accept it? -- if that happened after he...
by gasserra
Wed May 11, 2011 3:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Skerray^
Replies: 34
Views: 15264

Re: Valley Skerray^

Well, a few more points-- With respect to seat comfort--I think, as for most kayaks, this is largely a matter of individual body habitus. I'm perfectly comfortable in my Skerray. My wife, an inch shorter overall, with legs about an inch longer than mine, and within 10 lbs of my weight (no comment on...
by gasserra
Mon May 09, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Skerray^
Replies: 34
Views: 15264

Re: Valley Skerray

I've had one of the old plastic ones for a few years--in fact, it's the kayak in my avatar. Ceegee' comments are dead on. There were two plastic versions, the Skerray RM with the ocean cockpit and the Skerray RMX with a larger slalom type cockpit--sort of a forerunner to keyhole cockpits of today. H...
by gasserra
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leadership revisited
Replies: 16
Views: 1003

Re: Leadership revisited

I've had lots of opportunity--and need--to think about leadership over the years. I disagree with those who think that the principles of leadership are situation specific--I think the principles are constant, even though their application may be situation specific. First off--what is leadership? I t...
by gasserra
Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Etain^
Replies: 11
Views: 5632

Re: Valley Etain^

Gawd, sort that name out. Ditto When I first heard the name "Étain", I thought "What's that, sounds French...", so I pulled out my pocket French - English dictionary and found étain = tin. Why would you name a sleek kayak "tin"? "Tin can", as in the old slang term for naval destroyers? Not likely.....
by gasserra
Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Estimating windspeed
Replies: 31
Views: 3294

Re: Estimating windspeed

Upper end of Force 3. I agree with GrahamKing's analysis though I'm pegging the wind speed just a tad less.
by gasserra
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Only in America ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1373

Re: Only in America ?

These links didn't convey properly the first time, should work now: http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Futile-effort-to-wave-off-boat-557390.php http://poststar.com/news/local/article_60662f90-73e8-11df-965f-001cc4c002e0.html http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S1600121.shtml?cat=10114 http://www.go...
by gasserra
Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Only in America ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1373

Re: Only in America ?

It's actually a lot worse than you can appreciate from the links posted. This incident was followed by the paddling community here at the time. Here are some contemporaneous news reports--they lay it out pretty well, especially the Times Union piece. More recent articles reflect heavy lawyering. Som...
by gasserra
Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The maximum group size for a safe sea kayak trip is...^
Replies: 34
Views: 4902

Re: The maximum group size for a safe sea kayak trip is...

All else being equal, a group of 4 or 5 are about equally strong, and stronger than a group of 3, which is stronger than a group of 2. Above 5, the size is big enough that it's tough for each member to engage with every other member in a more or less continuous manner, and it's easier to lose track ...
by gasserra
Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak rescue off Falmouth
Replies: 37
Views: 3858

Re: Kayak rescue off Falmouth

I guess this is all some way off last week's Falmouth incident, anyway. Right--so let's bring it back full circle. In one of your early posts on this topic you mentioned that you had looked up the wind in the area at the time of the mishap, and you noted direction but not wind speed. Do you know wh...
by gasserra
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak rescue off Falmouth
Replies: 37
Views: 3858

Re: Kayak rescue off Falmouth

Not trying to be disagreeable, but...assuming forward progress over some reasonable distance (say a half mile to a mile) Paddling upwind against sustained Force 7 wind (not just gusts) on the sea...I'm sure a minority of very strong paddlers with advanced skills can do this Paddling upwind against s...
by gasserra
Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mystery Boat - Any ideas??^
Replies: 31
Views: 10489

Re: Mystery Boat - Any ideas??

While the photos are not definitive, I don't think it's a VCP Selkie. I owned a Selkie for a while--this boat does not appear to have the marked Swede form of the Selkie with the Selkie's very short hull aft the cockpit, its fore-hull in not fine enough, and its stern does not rise (note the stern i...
by gasserra
Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nanny state
Replies: 21
Views: 2154

Re: Nanny state

UK coastguard are properly paid professionals, they are responsible for co-ordinating rescues (in the role we are interested in, the agency do a lot more beside that, they are our national maritime authority). The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is mainly volunteers, I think the only pai...
by gasserra
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU 3 Star & Adventure Racing
Replies: 27
Views: 1255

Re: BCU 3 Star & Adventure Racing

For what it's worth, the April 2010 BCU Star Award Guidance Notes specifically state, “3 Star Assessing…Assessors and Candidates are reminded that while not necessarily needing to have completed the 2 Star Award prior to a 3 Star Assessment, candidates wishing to enter the Coaching scheme will need ...
by gasserra
Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: C Trek, Cetus, Hv Aquanaut, Xplore X
Replies: 18
Views: 2277

Re: C Trek, Cetus, Hv Aquanaut, Xplore X

Tiff--
In what respects do you think that the Aquanaut HV (aka Argonaut) is a vast improvement over the standard Aquanaut?
by gasserra
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: clothing for cold water immersions.^
Replies: 14
Views: 2218

Re: clothing for cold water immersions.

I'm not sure that I agree with your concerns about being too hot in a dry suit. I've found that drysuits (specifically Goretex or other breathable fabric) offer the greatest flexibility in terms of the conditions to be managed. The drysuit itself affords no thermal protection--it just keeps you dry....