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by Ceegee
Tue May 11, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handle replacement advice
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: Handle replacement advice

Hi all, how the devil am i meant to be able to reach the internal back end to get the bolt in position. So began wondering do these just use self taping screws Invert the kayak on a couple of stands. Fit the handles and push the bolts through, secure temporarily with a hot glue spot or duct tape if...
by Ceegee
Mon May 03, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: Peanmeanach

mcgruff wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 5:56 pm
Remove the bar and the toilets. Rip up all the carpets. Disconnect gas, water and electricity. Add some mice.

That's a bothy..
Mice? Luxury! We used ta dream o' havin mice. We had ta contend wi rats the size o'cats!
by Ceegee
Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

I have never got and never will get some peoples obsession with rolling (Greenland or otherwise ) I would much rather stay upright. Mind you as I have got older my roll has all but vanished. And don't start me on self rescues because that just doesn't happen. I think you have just answered your own...
by Ceegee
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

If the OP Emilia is following this stuff I imagine she may be rather confused, a question about confidence has turned into bragging rights on how far one can swim or how many decades paddling in conditions without having to learn how to roll. For me confidence is being happy and comfortable should ...
by Ceegee
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buying small quantities of GRP materials?
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Buying small quantities of GRP materials?

Robert Craig wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:50 pm
Better still, is there anyone near Glasgow who could do this commercially for me?
Or you could just buy the plastic Keelezy from Karitec, but it does work out around £45 per kayak. https://www.karitek.co.uk/shop/kayak-ge ... =15487425
by Ceegee
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buying small quantities of GRP materials?
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Buying small quantities of GRP materials?

I bought a good pair of tailors scissors, which I keep sharp. Shouldn't be a big issue with tape and a one-off job, but yes, diolen should be fine for a keel strip too imo.
by Ceegee
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buying small quantities of GRP materials?
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Buying small quantities of GRP materials?

Another👍for East Coast. Always been pleased with the service and prices.
by Ceegee
Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

I would have thought the words inflatable and rock hopping don't belong in the same sentence.
by Ceegee
Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

Thanks Jim, could you PM me a link on the spray gun? I guess spraying a 2nd coat at the tack stage would solve the thickness issue? Yes, MA is the way to go.
by Ceegee
Sat Apr 24, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

Do you have experience of building bighead fasteners into a laminate, or have you glued them to the inside of a finished laminate later? You can do either or both: on professionally built kayaks they are just glued in with methacrylate. Supposedly bomb-proof, I DID have one of four come loose. Fort...
by Ceegee
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

You might find a closely matched holesaw with a shortened central bit easier and neater than a Dremel. https://5.imimg.com/data5/DR/JU/SC/SELLER-2963239/carbon-steel-hole-saw-cutter-250x250.jpg Then glass up the holes from the inside. Depending on your chosen footrest replacement, you might want to ...
by Ceegee
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

As a 1st step you might try a local course provider. Most offer a 1 day intro-to-paddling, in a small group of similarly minded novices, with a bit of basic training. They can be a bit pricey, £30-50 for a few hours to £50-100+ for a full day seems average, but they organize the transport and itiner...
by Ceegee
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

My rolls were mostly class 4ish, and I remember a big rock pushed my boat and up. It didn't hit my face. Same for branches and junk. My experience simply taught me that as a physicist says about radiation that "No exposure is good exposure", I want to be topside a.s.a.p. I don't intend to relax cou...
by Ceegee
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

In fact, "face down" draws less draft than hunched over. Unless you are rolling in a restricted rock garden there is nothing for you to hit anyway, and if you are in one in the conditions that put you over, you are likely to get bounced around and injured whatever way. The best helmets have a peak/b...
by Ceegee
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals

Two good videos are Harry Whelan and Jeff Allen's 'Into the Wind' record breaking (at the time) 25 day Ireland circumnavigation, (short excerpt here) https://youtu.be/ZNk2kPHRLjQ and a year after my daughter Niamh went and did it, one of her mentors, Jon Hynes, followed suit, and made a film of it a...
by Ceegee
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

I used to tell people to "kiss the deck" to roll. Now, with a nice kokatat touring pfd, I'm held from the deck, can't tuck enough, and, well ... I play safe now, but my trust in a roll has gone. Forward finishing rolls are generally much harder than rear. The do leave you in a better position in ch...
by Ceegee
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Walrus sightings in Pembroke

Dave, of course you are right, it wasn't on purpose, and UKRGB isn't the place for flame wars, so I apologize if my post was contentious. I doubt very much she set her dog on the seal. I'd bet she's heartbroken over it. Nothing entertaining about that suffering and tragedy. Very sad but who knows wh...
by Ceegee
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing kayak seat with foam
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: Replacing kayak seat with foam

Yes, I bought a couple for Greenland rolling kayaks. A bit pricey for what they are, but they do the biz. You may need to trim the wings a bit. Velcro and double-sided tape are a good idea for fixing. I'd also leave out the backrest and use a shaped HD closed cell foam block instead. Go for it. I ag...
by Ceegee
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Walrus sightings in Pembroke

Maybe some entitled barrister will set their pooch on it? Should be entertaining!
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by Ceegee
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boat choices
Replies: 32
Views: 1469

Re: New boat choices

The OP isn't very specific regarding the windy rough sea conditions they intend to paddle in. A short play or WW kayak is fine, even best suited, for playing in tidal races in restricted channels (Falls of Lora etc.) or surf in enclosed bays, but downright dangerous on open crossings in confused, qu...
by Ceegee
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boat choices
Replies: 32
Views: 1469

Re: New boat choices

I can't think of any RM sea kayaks for under a grand new, but the SKUK RomanyRM can be had for £1,200. The fact that you have the Carolina "tipping over" in chop demonstrates this not a sea kayak, same as the Wilderness Systens Pungo and "kayaks" of that ilk. The Romany is a bit dated, and not my pr...
by Ceegee
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Walrus sightings in Pembroke

This character seems to have moved on from my old paddling haunts of SW Ireland. https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/branded_news/8DA8/production/_117646263_walrus.jpg Traditionally they don't react well to kayaks, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/eb/PSM_V46_D468_A_kayak_man_att...
by Ceegee
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing hole in plastic?
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: Sealing hole is plastic?

Not plastic I know, but for the Greenland community...Image
by Ceegee
Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

simon64 wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:33 pm
Not forgetting Nigel Fosters contribution to sea kayak design with the Vyneck, used to circumnavigate Iceland back in 77.
And Nigel is one of the nicest, softly-spoken, modest and most interesting people you could hope to meet. I had the pleasure of spending a week in his company in 2015. JMHO.
by Ceegee
Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 32
Views: 1390

Re: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

In the middle of the summer I was hearing that both SCA and BC memberships were way up due to people taking up various forms of paddling for lockdown exercise and staycationing, it was also well known that craft like SOT kayaks and canoes were selling faster than they could be manufactured and seco...
by Ceegee
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

Good old Derek - as his waistline increased, so too did the beam of his kayak designs - or so I'm told. And, the length of many of his designs is quite short - a design limitation imposed by the length of his garage. https://tsunamirangers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Derek-Hutchinson-hat-trick.j...
by Ceegee
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

The only kayaking book I have at the moment is 'sea canoeing' by derek hutchinson, which was written in the 70s. It's more of a large information manuel on styles of kayaks and kayaking mechanics, but it's definitely an interesting read. Derek examined me for my 4* (advanced sea then) back in 1980....
by Ceegee
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

the part of that your daughter hated the most is one of my favourite things. I have no clue why, but my ideal sleeping location would be in terrible conditions with a bivvy bag and some food that's only just classified as edible :))) Ha, ha. Well it was self-inflicted so she must have liked it secr...
by Ceegee
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 32
Views: 1390

Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

On BBC Radio 4 today. Despite, or even because of COVID. Apparently SUPs are a main reason?
by Ceegee
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

Hi Bertie, Sea kayaking being very much a 'codgers' sport, an 18yo can be forgiven for seeking alternate peers, but most unis have decent clubs (albeit more WW oriented?) and I imagine Aberdeen is good, given location. Cost of kayak aside (and storage issues as a student are a further issue) it also...