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by dpround
Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is my canoe safe?
Replies: 31
Views: 2862

Re: Is my canoe safe?

There are sit on tops that are designed to be paddled either as a tandem or solo by having three seat positions. They work OK and would probably be a good fit for what you want. The essential self rescue skills for a sit on top are far easier to learn - flip it and climb back on. I started on sit on...
by dpround
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanter: Squirt boat, ideally cheap and smallish
Replies: 0
Views: 1093

Wanter: Squirt boat, ideally cheap and smallish

Wanted: squirt boat. Ideally cheap, smallish and in North Wales, but what have you got? Anything considered.

All the best

David
by dpround
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted: squirt boat. Ideally cheap, smallish
Replies: 0
Views: 266

Wanted: squirt boat. Ideally cheap, smallish

Wanted: squirt boat. Ideally cheap, smallish and in North Wales, but what have you got?

All the best

David
by dpround
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating Gear For Sale
Topic: New Mega Slip
Replies: 7
Views: 1984

Re: New Mega Slip

Please send more details, location pictures and price. I live in North Wales and hate driving so cunning ways to get it here would be particularly interesting.

All the best

David
by dpround
Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted slalom boats, K1, C1, C2, North Wales
Replies: 1
Views: 1191

Wanted slalom boats, K1, C1, C2, North Wales

Wanted, slalom boats. C1 and C2 should ideally be cheap first and foremost as will be using for trying out. K1 should be suitable for Div 2 teenager (70kg?) but no doubt growing fast... Would really like to hear about boats in North Wales, as I hate driving, but we will be going to div2/3 races incl...
by dpround
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayaks dangerous?
Replies: 22
Views: 7063

Re: Inflatable kayaks dangerous?

Inflatable boats are not inherently dangerous, but they can be much more strongly affected by environmental factors such as the wind. When coupled with inexperienced kayakers, this extra exposure to environmental factors will cause issues.SOT kayaks are great on flat water, like paddling an arm chai...
by dpround
Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Werner Stikine carbon Kevlar crank paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: Werner Stikine carbon Kevlar crank paddle

Very interested. I have sent you a PM.

All the best

David
by dpround
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coaching forward paddling
Replies: 10
Views: 1398

Re: Coaching forward paddling

Having a bit of string to make a tail for struggling kayakers can stop them getting too frustrated. It will tend to stop the back end of the boat skidding.

David
by dpround
Mon May 11, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How to reshape a bent kayak nose??
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: How to reshape a bent kayak nose??

I have fixed a dent in a plastic kayak by leaving it in the summer sun - might be a bit tricky at the moment though! I should think boiling water would be plenty hot enough to do the same.

All the best

David
by dpround
Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Insurance for club boats
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: Insurance for club boats

I just got a quote from NW brown. £97 fire, theft and transit damage, not too bad, but rising to £447 if I wanted cover for use on placid water!

All the best

David
by dpround
Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Insurance for club boats
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Insurance for club boats

Can anyone point me in the direction of a company who will offer insurance for club owned boats, primarily against theft and damage in transit rather than risks on the water.

All the best

David
by dpround
Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What kayak should my son buy?
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

What kayak should my son buy?

My son is 14, 52kg and about 5ft6 and wants to buy a play boat. He hasn't any experience of play boats, but has been kayaking for a few years and has some experience in white water and a solid roll on both sides. He is looking for something to start working on flat water tricks in the pool as well a...
by dpround
Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Sweet Rocker/Wanderer/Trooper L/XL
Replies: 1
Views: 392

Wanted: Sweet Rocker/Wanderer/Trooper L/XL

Wanted Sweet Rocker/Wanderer/Trooper. Must be L/XL, black would be perfect. Anyone got one to get rid of? Unfortunately, I am really struggling to find any other helmet that is comfortable enough because my head is a weird shape!

All the best

David
by dpround
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a rescue knife please
Replies: 17
Views: 2596

Re: Recommend me a rescue knife please

Hmm. After hearing about the Bear Claw's sheath, I'm now leaning heavily towards of the NRS pilot. Open boating and sailing both involve dragging yourself back into the boat, so a positive latch on the sheath is essential I think for me.

All the best

David
by dpround
Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a rescue knife please
Replies: 17
Views: 2596

Re: Recommend me a rescue knife please

My first stop was Lomo as their kit has generally been adequate quality and cheap. Unfortunately, their knives are out of stock at the moment. The rescue version of the Bear Claw and NRS pilot both look like they will do the job nicely and cost about the same. I wonder if the shape of the bear claw ...
by dpround
Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a rescue knife please
Replies: 17
Views: 2596

Recommend me a rescue knife please

Only, it is not quite that simple. I have very definite opinions about what I want: Modest cost Fixed blade Rigid sheath knife locks into sheath, but easily releases one handed blunt point I have a cheap knife that ticks all these boxes, but after a few years in the water (sometimes sea) corrosion i...
by dpround
Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nighttime kayaking
Replies: 49
Views: 4471

Re: Nighttime kayaking

Presumably there are no fishermen in the dark? That would be reason enough for me!

David
by dpround
Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted OC1, ideally North Wales
Replies: 5
Views: 1127

Wanted OC1, ideally North Wales

Snowdonia canoe club have given my a very limited budget to buy a rough OC1, primarily for pool use, to teach the kids there is more to paddling than kayaks. Please have a trawl through your boat grave yards and let me know if you have anything that might do the job mouldering somewhere. Something n...
by dpround
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Help! There's a hole in my Canoe :(
Replies: 5
Views: 2081

Re: Help! There's a hole in my Canoe :(

My Old Town had a similar size hole repaired by plastic welding. It has stood up to everything I have thrown at it including a trip down the lower Tryweryn. I would not use epoxy or polyester resin as these will be too rigid and so soon crack in my opinion. There are people who have plastic welding ...
by dpround
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Rights
Replies: 56
Views: 6429

Re: Access Rights

Good grief, has anyone read the "Inquiry into Access to Inland Water in Wales"! The conclusion is a definite statement that access without agreement is a crime and they intend to leave it that way. RIP river based kayak and canoe activities. I can't believe that anyone could be so stupid as to belie...
by dpround
Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta
Replies: 25
Views: 3682

Re: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta

There is nothing to stop you doing a more Greenland style roll with euroblades. I often use a Palata roll for re-entry and roll as I mostly practice in large river boats with no buoyancy in the pool. You need a strong roll then or the boat fills too much and you sink anyway! The pool boats (Liquid L...
by dpround
Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Biggest pelicase that will fit through a SKUK 10" hatch
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

Re: Biggest pelicase that will fit through a SKUK 10" hatch

Fair point about the hull space under the hatch. I should have thought of that. In my case though, I have a Romany Excel, so probably one of the deepest hulls around, so I would still be interested in what fits in other people's boats, if only as a starting point.

All the best

David
by dpround
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Biggest pelicase that will fit through a SKUK 10" hatch
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

Biggest pelicase that will fit through a SKUK 10" hatch

Does anyone know which is the Biggest pelicase that will fit through a SKUK 10" hatch?

Will the LOMO clone Drybox1 fit through a 10" hatch?

All the best

David
by dpround
Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof cameras
Replies: 20
Views: 3620

Re: Waterproof cameras

I have been using a Canon Ixus 127 with a Canon lightweight waterproof case WP-DC330L. I would definitely recommend this option over a "waterproof" camera. I had a 10m "waterproof" camera, which died in the swimming pool in my BA pocket while coaching, so probably didn't get more than damp! The 127 ...
by dpround
Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Aid Course and the 4* Sea Kayak Leader award
Replies: 33
Views: 3446

Re: First Aid Course and the 4* Sea Kayak Leader award

It is important to select who is running the course carefully. I have recently done a REC 2 day first aid course with some chaps from mountain rescue. For every first aid scenario they could say "when we see this, we generally do X, but you could try Y". It was all real to them, not something they h...
by dpround
Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which VHF
Replies: 19
Views: 2143

Re: Which VHF

The difference in practical terms between 5 and 6w is likely to be negligible. Proper boat VHFs are 25w and have efficient aerials at a good height above sea level. Performance of handhelds will always be poor when judged against that standard. (The aerial may well have more practical impact than th...
by dpround
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Odeo Flare^
Replies: 111
Views: 20875

Re: Odeo Flare^

I would be surprised if Odeo had actually changed from lasers. It is probably just a confusion of terms. The lasers they use will have been solid state and could probably fairly be described as LED lasers, which is easily contacted to LEDs. Solid state lasers are not expensive, just look at the lase...
by dpround
Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flat water coaching
Replies: 10
Views: 1194

Re: Flat water coaching

You could hire in a L3 coach to do a site specific assessment on a L1, which need not cost that much. CW were working on a leadership scheme separately from the BCU. I understand that has been dropped, but best confirm with them. (Most people beyond Wales have no knowledge of this scheme and will, s...
by dpround
Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Anas Acuta for Sale
Replies: 2
Views: 651

Re: Anas Acuta for Sale

If only it were in North Wales. If you know anyone who is coming this way...

All the best

David
by dpround
Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Question about safety for a wet exit.
Replies: 14
Views: 1658

Re: Question about safety for a wet exit.

I have a fishing sit on top as well as a real (!) kayak. The sit on top is very wide, like having built in stabilisers. With small waves it is like paddling an arm chair (and about as rewarding) but as the waves get bigger, it gets much more difficult to handle and is really out to get you. So my ad...