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by swimboater
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why are paddles feathered? Why not symmetrical?
Replies: 28
Views: 3030

Re: Why are paddles feathered? Why not symmetrical?

There is no logical reason what so ever for feather This thread has some useful information in it, also the photo is telling http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=114183&p=747164&hilit=feather#p747164 Very interesting thread you posted. So for the long older style boats and r...
by swimboater
Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Why are paddles feathered? Why not symmetrical?
Replies: 28
Views: 3030

Re: Why are paddles feathered? Why not symmetrical?

This is my theory: Hold your paddle vertically in front of you with yours arms straight and your right hand at the top. If you were to look from above (along the length of the paddle shaft) there would be an angle between your arms that form a triangle with the distance between your shoulders formin...
by swimboater
Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cutting weight from Mamba 8.1
Replies: 21
Views: 1772

Re: Cutting weight from Mamba 8.1

Hi, I have a Mamba 8.1 ergo creek outfitting. Manufacturer specs reckon this weighs in at 21kg but it always feels heavy so I weighed it the other day and it is about 100g from 24kg (23.9kg on my digital scales) I've not been weighing boats, but I have weighed my roof rack, uprights and paddle. A p...
by swimboater
Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Overhang
Replies: 9
Views: 1897

Re: Overhang

Summery here easier to understand. http://assets.highways.gov.uk/specialist-information/abnormal-loads-industry-guidelines/A_brief_guide_to_overhanging_loads.pdf What about width requirements? "If the load does not extend beyond the longitudinal plane passing through the extreme projecting point on...
by swimboater
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The problem with BA sizing...
Replies: 19
Views: 2580

Re: The problem with BA sizing...

I wear a Palm Amp M/L but according to my weight I should wear an XL/XXL. The XL/XXL seemed to be fitted for heavy fat people but not heavy tall 6'6" people like me. The XL/XXL was not comfortable as it was too wide and bulky. The label on the M/L says 50-70kg paddler weight, 70N buoyancy. I weigh a...
by swimboater
Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unusual Boat storage
Replies: 11
Views: 2022

Re: Unusual Boat storage

I also live in a terraced house. My playboat is stored in the loft - lots of space up there but cover the cockpit as you don't want to get dust from the loft insulation inside.
I previously lived in a flat where I kept my boat stood up on end in the corner of my bathroom.
by swimboater
Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: J-stroke vs Stern rudder
Replies: 17
Views: 3414

Re: J-stroke vs Stern rudder

Have a look at the September edition of Canoe Focus - on page 42 there is an article by Karl Midlane from Plas Y Brenin that explains about them and when they can be best used.
by swimboater
Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale – 6 RX3000 Plastic polo boats
Replies: 7
Views: 747

Re: For Sale – 6 RX3000 Plastic polo boats

PM sent - very interested in all 6 boats.
by swimboater
Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Rights
Replies: 56
Views: 6208

Re: Access Rights

the depth of ill-feeling between anglers and kayakers on the Dee has been known for a number of years You have written this as if the ill-feeling is a 2-way thing, but in my experience the selfish behaviour has all come from the angler's side. I am very happy to share all rivers with anyone that us...
by swimboater
Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: dee access
Replies: 89
Views: 9426

Re: dee access

"You are politely requested to respect these times"

I politely refuse.

"Please note that canoe rolls and other ‘acrobatics’ are only allowed in areas designated by posts with green markings"

If no rolling is allowed are they saying that we should all swim if we capsize?
by swimboater
Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sweet - I know this has been questioned before but.....
Replies: 16
Views: 1884

Re: Sweet - I know this has been questioned before but.....

Snow sports are what happens when water sports go sub-zero?
by swimboater
Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: BIG Polo boat for 100kg 6'6" paddler
Replies: 0
Views: 989

Wanted: BIG Polo boat for 100kg 6'6" paddler

Hi I'm just starting to play polo again so I'm looking for a composite polo boat. I'm 6'6" and 100kg (15 1/2 stone) so a BIG one with lots of foot room. Would need to be fairly cheap - I was thinking of up to around £200, but depends on the boat on offer. I'd consider a "project" boat that is in nee...
by swimboater
Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Proposed restrictions on Wye between Glasbury and Hay
Replies: 13
Views: 1782

Re: Proposed restrictions on Wye between Glasbury and Hay

I Goggled it and came up with this: "The Wye Usk Foundation are considering lifting the access period conditions to the popular Glasbury to Hay stretch of the Wye and would like to know the comments, feedback and notes you may have on agreeing to these proposals for access:" http://www.swoapg.org.uk...
by swimboater
Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Immersion Research UK Stock Order
Replies: 5
Views: 1302

Re: Immersion Research UK Stock Order

I am interested in an I.R. Supermodel Drysuit (XXL) and a union suit (XXL) I can't work out if these are actually in stock in the UK - the I.R. UK site states that the drysuit is in stock at £480, but when I look at the inventory in Europe it is not on the list. Does that mean that it will ship from...
by swimboater
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tonight's entertainment
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Re: Tonight's entertainment

They took part in the race, but they didn't finish it (only did 2 days) and they cheated (stayed in someone's house and ate their food instead of being completely self supported). Race looked good though, but not realistic to expect that they could finish after only 12 weeks of paddling. I'd like to...
by swimboater
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Review.... anyone?
Replies: 2
Views: 419

Re: Fujifilm FinePix XP60 Review.... anyone?

I bought a yellow XP60 at the end of August, but I've only used it a few times. One of the main reasons I chose it was that the rotating closure locking mechanism seemed to be the best of all the cameras that I looked at. Some of the other cameras I saw had a sliding type closure locking catch that ...
by swimboater
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddling friend wanted :)
Replies: 7
Views: 1930

Re: Paddling friend wanted :)

I paddle at Paddle Plus in Leicester every Thrusday. Paddling in a chilled out friendly environment. Best thing to do is just come down and we can show you around - best to get there around 7ish to get on the water around 7.30. What area of Leicester are you from? Let me know if you want any more in...
by swimboater
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Penobscot 17RX Canoe
Replies: 0
Views: 106

Wanted - Penobscot 17RX Canoe

Hi - I'm looking for an Old Town Penobscot 17 RX to buy (17 feet long and made of Royalex)
Would consider any condition from nearly new to battered and abused.
Can travel almost anywhere in the country to collect for the right boat.
Thanks.
by swimboater
Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Jackson Monstar For Sale Blue/White
Replies: 16
Views: 1623

Re: Jackson Monstar For Sale Blue/White

Still interested if you'll take £400 for it?
by swimboater
Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Short sleeved thermal
Replies: 16
Views: 2698

Re: Short sleeved thermal

Thank you for the replies. Thanks for the offer snuggle bunny but I'm really after something short sleeved and fleece like. The IR k2 is looking promising. I'll try one on next time I'm near a stockist. Thanks Rich Get a normal fleece and cut the sleeves off. I did this a few years ago so I could w...
by swimboater
Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Speccy four eyes
Replies: 38
Views: 3356

Re: Speccy four eyes

I find that extended wear lenses (the ones designed to sleep in) stay in best (after the first couple of days use). Also have the advantage on a long trip to unhygenic places of not having to stick your fingers in you eyes (a much greater risk of infection than extended wear lenses in my experience...
by swimboater
Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Suspicious ebay "canoe"?
Replies: 3
Views: 1754

Suspicious ebay "canoe"?

Suspicious ebay "canoe"? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/canoe-/330938597385?pt=UK_Sporting_Goods_CanoesKayaks_Rafts_SM&hash=item4d0d7a4009 Anyone lost one like it? Of course it could be genuine, but it doesn't sound like the seller knows anything about this boat. Photos aren't that good, but there is som...
by swimboater
Wed May 08, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 1900 fpm, anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 1261

Re: 1900 fpm, anyone?

I couldn't relate at all to the feet per mile (fpm) units other than it sounds very steep! So I converted this to m/km as used in my Alps guide book that I am familiar with: 1900feet = 579m 1 mile = 1.61km Therefore this river descends at a rate of 360m/km = very very steep! (more than 10 times stee...
by swimboater
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Full Facers
Replies: 120
Views: 9828

Re: Full Facers

Jim wrote:rarely found a need to spit, occasionally biking after a steep ascent but can't remember ever needing such a disgusting habit whilst paddling
Disgusting habit - Yes, but much better to spit than swallow when you paddle dirty ditches like the Trent!
by swimboater
Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wavesport Super EZ opinions
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Wavesport Super EZ opinions

I still have one - I'm 6'6" and about 100kg ish (+ paddling kit). It is very wide but I find it rolls fine. Paddled it in the alps a couple of times (maybe 6 years ago) and in Scotland. Going down Guardian Angel gorge on the Guil it had a tendency to sink the back end so made me realise I needed a m...
by swimboater
Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Full Facers
Replies: 120
Views: 9828

Re: Full Facers

"They look like complete idiots."
A helmet is for protection, not fashion.
I've thought quite a few times about getting one, but I still think the best defence is not going upside down!
by swimboater
Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scotland and the drive up, conditions please
Replies: 10
Views: 1088

Re: Scotland and the drive up, conditions please

I'm (probably) going up there this weekend and looking for rivers that are suitable for grade 2-3 paddlers. We have done the Awe before when water is low and is at the right grade - is it still releasing on compensation flow? I've also done the Tummel once many years ago but not recently as is a lon...
by swimboater
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Big Zet Raptor
Replies: 67
Views: 10776

Re: Big Zet Raptor

Mark Allen wrote: Im 95 kg and will be doing a review as soon as we get some rain...
That's more like it!
by swimboater
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Big Zet Raptor
Replies: 67
Views: 10776

Re: Big Zet Raptor

So the Director is marketed as being a big boat for big people and for big water, but the review on the Zet website is by 2 people that are only 77kg each - that's only 2kg over the minimum recommended weight limit. I'm over 33% heavier than them so I expect it will perform quite differently and con...
by swimboater
Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Important: Lower Tryweryn take out
Replies: 87
Views: 5469

Re: Important: Lower Tryweryn take out

First to say that I always use that car park as I find that it is cheap and very convenient for the lower T. Is it just me or are there some similarities between these 2 statements? 1 - We are legally allowed to park on a road, but the residents / locals don't like it. 2 - We are legally allowed to ...