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by Chalky723
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

Mark Mulrain wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:41 am
I reckon a man of your learned status could manage this, Banzer.

Dunno, if he can't work a bit of string...... ;-)

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by Chalky723
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 382

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

On my Jackson, once I've pulled the ropes tight, I keep hold of them & then lean back or push the footrest (depending which rope I've tightened) whilst keeping the tension on the rope - this forces it into the cleat more.

I've not had any poppage since doing that....

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by Chalky723
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 17
Views: 714

Re: Which Drysuit?

I have a Dam X & have had it for about 5 years. It's bomb proof & will probably last me another 5. Which means I can't really justify getting rid & getting something a bit lighter. It is a big, heavy old unit & I tend to save it for the depths of winter. Price wise, I don't think they're massively c...
by Chalky723
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 1305

Re: Gone very quiet

Facebook is hard to beat for creating a network & getting out paddling though.

If we meet someone on the water or paddle with someone new, invariably we all add each other on FB & then it's dead easy to knock up a trip/weekend etc. in the future...

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by Chalky723
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 1305

Re: Gone very quiet

FB groups are OK & easy to get into, but the content is pretty lightweight. I come on here (WW Forum only) a couple of times a day, just to see what's going on - but only "speak" if I've got something to contribute, unlike on FB where people just spurt out reams of words...... Also, I prefer a nice ...
by Chalky723
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1053

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Jim wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:07 pm
It is not a burn 3
In that case it'll be lighter!! It certainly won't be 30kg.....

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by Chalky723
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1053

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Jim wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:34 am
Pretty sure my burn is closer to 30kg than 20kg.
Might feel like that, but the empty weight of an XL Burn 3 is 22.3kg..... :-)

Add in all your gear etc & it might get to that weight - but the kit'll weigh the same whichever boat it's in.

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by Chalky723
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1053

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Jim wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:59 pm
I think you are mad to do that in 30kg of creek boat!
Which one's are 30kg? I'm assuming that's a typo & you meant 20.....

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by Chalky723
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1053

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

I don't think a fibreglass boat would last 5 minutes with me in it!!!

Don't miss those days at all.....

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by Chalky723
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 720

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I'm 5'9" & use a 197cm paddle & it feels fine. My hands are generally shoulder width apart. If I did that with a longer paddle, the blade would be deeper and the handle would be in the water too - no point. At the moment I can fully submerse the blade - why would I need to go deeper? If I need to ex...
by Chalky723
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 534

Re: Organising trips for friends

To be honest, if you've got grown ups quibbling about "liability" off water, they might be the sort of people you'd avoid going with in the future........ ;-)

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by Chalky723
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 534

Re: Organising trips for friends

Sorry,

You're confusing me now - what is your question? I read it that you were talking about "off water" given that you've got a coach for on the water.....

Can you clarify?/

Cheers,

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by Chalky723
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 534

Re: Organising trips for friends

Most experiences paddler over 18 is responsible for any accidents on the river (i think) I can think of a variety of scenarios where this would not be the case She specifically said it's not for on the river, they have a coach as "Grown Up". I took it to mean for the rest of the trip (bunkhouse, pu...
by Chalky723
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Organising trips for friends
Replies: 12
Views: 534

Re: Organising trips for friends

If you organize a weekend trip for a group of mates outside of a club what are your liabilities as an individual off the water? Pretty much the same as if you invite them to your birthday party,out for a meal or arrange a trip to the zoo...... The BC website is unlikely to have any details about Bu...
by Chalky723
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost - Werner Powerhouse, Findhorn Gorge
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Re: Lost - Werner Powerhouse, Findhorn Gorge

Nearly 2 years later & someone has found them!!

Should be getting them picked up next month.....

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by Chalky723
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More Steve Backshall
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Re: More Steve Backshall

jmmoxon wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:07 am
Pringle's view (plus other behind the scenes clips):
https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/exped ... 5716841001

Mike
That's a really good view of it - nice to see the crew's perspective too....

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by Chalky723
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Shorts with liner
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Shorts with liner

+1 for the IR Shorts - love mine to bits!

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by Chalky723
Fri May 31, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Re: Adjustable Kayak Paddle?[
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Re: Adjustable Kayak Paddle?[

Personally, I'd buy one that suited my River/touring paddling if that was my main focus & just put up with it for the occasional whitewater....

What boat do you paddle? Either match the paddle to that, or buy one per boat.....

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by Chalky723
Mon May 06, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 880

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

Well,

You either need to become a sherpa or have a go at manoeuvring one in the open & working out if you'll be able to heft it in a confined space....

34kg of long awkwardness will be fun to move around whichever way you look at it!!

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by Chalky723
Fri May 03, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 880

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

One thing I would say, my old Mad River canoe was 34kg - I could move it around & lift it no problem.

After a days paddling though, it became a whole different ballgame, especially if I was cold & wet too...

Something to bear in mind.

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by Chalky723
Fri May 03, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway
Replies: 14
Views: 880

Re: Getting a Kayak down a narrow alleyway

I assume you can't just chuck it over the fence at the back of your garden then?

If you can't, then carrying it down the alley, standing it up on its end & then lowering it the other direction should be relatively straight forward - 35kg does sound heavy though!!

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by Chalky723
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Take care where your rescue knife is
Replies: 3
Views: 808

Re: Take care where your rescue knife is

Our "manually opened" lock knives are fine (as long as they're less than 3" blade), as are our 1 piece river knives. As an angler, I've carried a filleting knife in my tackle box in the past. It's all about context - you'd be hard put to justify having any knife in your back pocket when down the pub...
by Chalky723
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

Dr Robin wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:45 pm
Every professional athlete has a coach.
Also - all professional kayakers have a coach too....

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by Chalky723
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Virtual coaching for advanced paddlers

I have to travel to a river, in the right conditions, the coach has to either paddle or walk along the bank, etc. I see plenty of people being coached at Lee Valley, the Nene & HPP - not forgetting the Upper Tryweryn, Cardiff, Pinkston, Tees Barrage etc. Add the rivers that run almost all the time ...
by Chalky723
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4442

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

Allowing trivial access and then attempting to extort monies by threat of being locked in or similar is definitely the wrong way to go about things especially when it's pretty obvious that the landowner made a mistake in not advertising their wishes for payment correctly. Maybe the land owner shoul...
by Chalky723
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 1224

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

andypagett wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:13 pm
In other words they appreciated me teaching them how to have a good day on the river, rather than just some paddle strokes.
I'd suggest that if "some paddle strokes" was all people were getting out of your coaching before, that you've been doing it wrong!!!

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by Chalky723
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1536

Re: How do you break a boat?

Frank B wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:06 am
Split the nose on my Burn when running into the face of Backbarrow Bridge with me inside several years ago.
Best to aim for the hole in the middle.... :-)

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by Chalky723
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing

I wouldn't worry too much about permission for the magnet fishing.

People chuck them in from footpaths all the time.

It's very unlikely you'll get pulled up for it, if you do - apologise,stop & move on.

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by Chalky723
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1536

Re: How do you break a boat?

My Raptor got a split under the seat after bouncing off a rock on the way down a big feature (Leny).

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by Chalky723
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat size
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Boat size

The first Fusions didn't have a size on them. Mine didn't. It'll be a "medium".

My Nirvana is an early one & that doesn't have the size on it either. Later ones do.

Early runs often seem to be a medium then, if it's popular, they produce a large & start putting sizes on them...

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