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by Ceegee
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1024

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

@mcgruff. Rule #1 don't get seperated from the boat! Swimming is never an option. Certainly not in some of the west coast tidal streams. With a deckless ski reentry should be practiced until bombproof. If you doubt your ability to maibtain contact then get a leash and start to use it before things g...
by Ceegee
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit identification
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Cockpit identification

I note from the floating photo it is an HM, which narrows it a bit further. I'm guessing it started life with an ocean cockpit. The seat bucket btw looks more like from a ww boat or surf shoe than a sea kayak, given the highish thigh lip and splayed leg position. What is the rear deck like? Day hatc...
by Ceegee
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit identification
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Cockpit identification

Whatever it is, and the workmanship looks excellent btw, ☺ it was a long time ago. The single piece RDFs were only fitted to the very first mid 70's Nordys, and soon replaced with the black ABS screw-in inserts. That is not to say the cockpit wasn't fitted (much) later, but it looks aged with the de...
by Ceegee
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Building a plug
Replies: 22
Views: 1160

Re: Building a plug

Worlds hottest city??? Probably best to build in the winter then :) even in our mild summer's a 1 lb pot of resin can go off in 10 mins. You could do worse than build a nice cedar strip and take a mould off it. That way the plug subsequently serves as a boat too. Check out http://www.etiennemuller.c...
by Ceegee
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Building a plug
Replies: 22
Views: 1160

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To be fair, making a plug, then a mould, which needs to be particularly robust (tool coat or thick gelcoat, 5+ layers of CSM, reinforing ribs and flanges) is a LOT of work if you are just making one boat. building a nice cedarstrip is about the same work as making the plug alone.
by Ceegee
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 sea kayak events
Replies: 21
Views: 2609

Re: 2019 sea kayak events

Llanca, Costa Brava, Spain (Catalonia) April 13-19

https://pagaia.club/simposium/?lang=en
by Ceegee
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat
Replies: 8
Views: 910

Re: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat

There are strange, very fine, circular swirl marks on the gel coat. For the life of me I can't imagine what caused them :o) :o) Hi Douglas, it is just an optical effect. Micro scratches (and I mean MICRO!!! - all surfaces have them) when lit from a certain angle show up tangential to the light sour...
by Ceegee
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Cork - recommend me - -
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: West Cork - recommend me - -

Hi Mike, old head is great fun, make sure you get tide and swell right to go through the tunnels. A figure 8 course out of garrylucas or the speckled door (free parking and put in at both, and within walking distance of each other so no shuttle needed). MIZEN is fantastic. Barleycove to Dunmanus tak...
by Ceegee
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 1133

Re: Boat for tiny person

Dont firget the Pilgrim either, myself I would say Isel or Romany, but beware the LV, there are, according to some, issues with the seat placement and fore/aft balance.
by Ceegee
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 10
Views: 1224

Re: Lightning

Watch TITS (this is the sea) for a pretty close call of Justines' . Imo safest bet would be to get in the water and swim until it passes over
by Ceegee
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Buying
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Re: Kayak Buying

You are the same age as me when I started in 1974! Join a club, get free coaching, meet nice people with cars, driving licences and roofracks, follow a coaching scheme. With disinterested parents but the support of adult club paddlers, i went through the BCU schemes to advanced sea proficiency (4*) ...
by Ceegee
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boats worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: New boats worth it?

Remember the raw materials alone cost £300-£500 depending on resin used, carbon, Kevlar etc. Then another £300+ for hatches, footrest, skeg, rdf's etc. Then add 40 man hours work at what, £20? The manufacturer's cost of building a kayak is easily £1600, add delivery, dealer margins, advertising, cos...
by Ceegee
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 1174

Re: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak

While I agree that for a new boat you can expect a flawless product, kayaks by their nature are an artisanal one off, and this damage imo is minor and cosmetic and relates to the add on keel stop and doesn't compromise the hull. It seems that the gel (flow coat) cover on top of the keel strip tape h...
by Ceegee
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1540

Re: Cooking with sea water

If you use dilute sea water for cooking, do you use the same dilution ratio for sea water from different seas? No! In the Aland islands (northern baltic) we used it neat for rice, pasta etc. It was also fine for washing brushing teeth etc. The salt concentration is about 1% there. In the med it can...
by Ceegee
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A cautionary tale?
Replies: 10
Views: 1528

Re: A cautionary tale?

I don't see why they had to pay for their own repairs? If your car is vandalised in a car park overnight presumably your insurance will pay for it, as long as the damage is reported to the police. If the culprit can then be identified, presumably the insurance company will the press charges with a v...
by Ceegee
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour
Replies: 9
Views: 1939

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Small donation made! I don't do this FB crap, which seem the only way of sending a message on gofundme, so posting here instead if you are reading Nigel, i was so sorry to hear about the disaster, I recently got a small refund for cancelled travel due to the same storm, you can use it more than me, ...
by Ceegee
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vancouver kayaking
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Re: Vancouver kayaking

Check out TITS and Pacific Horizon DVDs for some inspiration. Fabulous kayaking at all level, including awesome tidal races, e.g. Skookumchuk near Seychelt on the Sunshine coast. Keep a weather eye, there can be some sudden and awesome wIlliwaws (catabatic winds) down the fijords on crossings. Cold ...
by Ceegee
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Baidarka Explorer - Worth keeping?
Replies: 10
Views: 1577

Re: Baidarka Explorer - Worth keeping?

I agree, if you are uncomfortable in it, then it is not fit for purpose, that said, these a classic British boats (Nordies HS & HM, Seakings, Baidarkas, Anas Acutas etc), and IMO are worthy of preservation and should be treasured as collectibles, for all their foibles and quirks. Think of them like ...
by Ceegee
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3726

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

... I would advise a small amount of WD40 directly on the mechanism. I didn't like using it much because I didn't want to get it on my hands while paddling later, but it worked like a charm. Not so sure about that (WD40), any oil based lube collects dust and grit, turns gunky and IMO is impossible ...
by Ceegee
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 1370

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

Not wanting to get into a debate Jim, and your fix is fine too, albeit a bit complicated IMO but: 1) 100ml of layup is hardly going to generate serious heat, or contribute structural damage, confined as it is to the last 2-3" of the bow 2) I DID advise mixing in plenty of finely chopped CSM (take a ...
by Ceegee
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 1370

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

I would just Dremel the fill out a bit, roughen the inside of the loose piece back to exposed fibres, then tape it in place, stand the boat on end and pour a yoghurt carton (150ml) of catalysed lay-up resin down the front hatch, careful not to splash the sides. Or you can make up a 150ml paste of la...
by Ceegee
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4223

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Maybe we could just have a basic test for paddlers proficiency (we could call it something simple, how about a "proficiency test") etc. etc. LMAO! Steve: Former BCU "sea proficiency", "advanced proficiency" and now a member of nothing at all. I'm with Nick Crowhurst and Mark Rainsley on this one!
by Ceegee
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replace footplate with footpegs...?
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: Replace footplate with footpegs...?

Or even better don't drill your hull. Simply glue threaded insert studs in the right position using a methacrylate glue, and bolt your for footrest rails (Yakima, kayak sport or similar) to these.


https://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/ ... eel-thread
by Ceegee
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat transport Holyhead-Dublin, help wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Boat transport Holyhead-Dublin, help wanted

Hi, is anybody traveling this route in the coming weeks with roof rack space for a Romany? I have a secondhand boat needs collecting in Holyhead, and I can meet the ferry in Dublin or Dunlaoirgh. Return by car is €250 if I collect myself, so happy to make a generous donation to the ticket cost. No d...
by Ceegee
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Rockpool Isel/ Romany LV? or any LV kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 970

Re: Wanted: Rockpool Isel/ Romany LV? or any LV kayak

Hi Mirco, will drop u a text later today, 15/11. Saw photos on FB, 😊
by Ceegee
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Rockpool Isel/ Romany LV? or any LV kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 970

Re: Wanted: Rockpool Isel/ Romany LV? or any LV kayak

Hi Mirco, I would be interested in the Romany for my GF. Currently in Kinsale, Ireland, but travel to Scotland (West Coast) regularly either via Dublin/Holyhead or Belfast. Can you refer me to the original thread ad some photos, or PM me?

Steve
by Ceegee
Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lendal Paddlock replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Lendal Paddlock replacement

I previously (2010) bought a couple of these (buttons and internal gubbins) from Surf Lines in N. Wales who were very helpful, only cost a couple of £, (now snowdoniawatersports.com ) but website seems to be down. The trick is to google "padlok" and not let google default to "padlock". Otherwise try...
by Ceegee
Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Skerray, Perception Sealion - any good?
Replies: 7
Views: 1324

Re: Valley Skerray, Perception Sealion - any good?

The skerray looks to be in great nic and imo is the one to go for, I had a PE skerry and it is a good all rounder! This seems to be an older model, so if you are at all "handy" over time you may want to remove the deck pump and replace with a day hatch and third bulkhead, moving the pump to the foot...
by Ceegee
Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 star sea course, somewhere warm!
Replies: 4
Views: 877

Re: 3 star sea course, somewhere warm!

Paggaia symposium in Llanca costa brava at Easter. There is a long weekend of workshops and bcu courses in the following week
by Ceegee
Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: round Ireland youngest!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1069

Re: round Ireland youngest!!!

Hi Martin, yep Alaw Bach. Not much to fit in in this case. No tent or cooking gear, just a sleeping bag, thermarest and a small tarp. All she packed was a change of clothes and dried food, fruit energy bars, cereal, etc. no dry suit, gps, laptop etc either. Just a cag, salopettes, vhf, PFD, compass ...