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by JohnA
Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandbanks emergency
Replies: 5
Views: 1278

Re: Sandbanks emergency

Lost iphone ? Emergency ? The local bobbies would be justified in Tasering them into a quivering jelly in my humble opinion.
by JohnA
Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: £250 fine for nearly killing kayaker through negligence
Replies: 27
Views: 4050

Re: £250 fine for nearly killing kayaker through negligence

G'day Nigel,

Thanks for the update. I take my hat off to you for your positive attitude, it's not easy to put the negative thoughts and emotions behind you but you but it does allow one to focus on the future and getting well. I wish you all the best for your recovery.

all the best from Oz,

John
by JohnA
Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Derek Hutchinson RIP
Replies: 28
Views: 6572

Re: Derek Hutchinson RIP

I enjoyed his books so much that I bought one of them a second time when I inadvertently left my copy on a plane.

Kayaker, artist, designer, teacher, author, a veritable renaissance man. He packed an awful lot more into his life than most and may he rest in well earned peace.
by JohnA
Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Looking after wet electronics^
Replies: 24
Views: 13963

Re: Looking after wet electronics^

I've been using dow corning vacuum grease on my electronics (including camera doors) for years: http://www.amazon.com/CONQUEST-INC-Vacuum-Grease-5-3/dp/B003NV2LPK My pentax optio w60 is 4 years old now and is still waterproof. I just leave it clipped on to my pfd. It never gets rinsed. Vacuum greas...
by JohnA
Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Skelligs
Replies: 8
Views: 1175

Re: The Skelligs

Nice report Chris,

that must have been a seriously isolated place to live for the monks. They wouldn't have had a lot of visitors I suspect.
It looks amazingly well preserved.
by JohnA
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals butchered in Dingle, by fishermen?
Replies: 3
Views: 795

Re: Seals butchered in Dingle, by fishermen?

It's not so hard to believe when you look at what human beings do to each other !
When it comes right down to it, the seals and dolphins seem to be a lot more civilised than we are.
by JohnA
Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tooka Presto
Replies: 10
Views: 3299

Re: Tooka Presto

The paddler in the header picture on the web page doesn't look particularly comfortable :)
by JohnA
Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: [CK-Skegs] Glueing wire strands together?
Replies: 11
Views: 660

Re: [CK-Skegs] Glueing wire strands together?

That's the one, thanks Jim.
by JohnA
Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Webbed paddles..what will they think of next!
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

Re: Webbed paddles..what will they think of next!

Just rotate the blade a bit and you can do the same thing with a fixed blade. Can't really see the benefit.
by JohnA
Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: physiotherapy
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: physiotherapy

Hi humaferry, I apologise if I'm stating the bleeding obvious here, but if it's at all possible, go to the physio and let them assess you. Yes it will cost you some money, but it will be money well spent. We're all different and there can be a bunch of interrelated problems that contribute to your p...
by JohnA
Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: [CK-Skegs] Glueing wire strands together?
Replies: 11
Views: 660

Re: [CK-Skegs] Glueing wire strands together?

Heating the wire and soldering it may also impact on the corrosion resistance too. Haven't tried it, just a thought.
by JohnA
Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Downunder fun: surfing backwards
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Downunder fun: surfing backwards

gnarlydog wrote: ... a bit of editing since I can't afford a drone to get a similar angle and not see the mount.
So we shouldn't wait for any endo footage with this camera angle then :)
Nice Job, Respect !
by JohnA
Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spare split paddles - advice please
Replies: 14
Views: 821

Re: Spare split paddles - advice please

If I bought an Audi, I'd have to keep it in the garage, then where would I put my kayaks ?:~
by JohnA
Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Webbed paddles..what will they think of next!
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

Re: Webbed paddles..what will they think of next!

It'll never fly !
:)
by JohnA
Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Downunder fun: surfing backwards
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Downunder fun: surfing backwards

You've really done a nice job on the camera mounting gnarly. Very effective. Is the blurring out of the mounting post just down to depth of field or was some editing required ? It's nearly invisible.
by JohnA
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice Required!
Replies: 13
Views: 895

Re: Advice Required!

Sit IN Kayak = SINK not an appealing acronym for any boat :) Sit On Top kayak = SOT There's certainly a lot of options out there. If you're fishing, there's alot to be said for some of the SOT designs. You probably want a bit of a happy medium for that, long and sleek enough to cover some ground eas...
by JohnA
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spare split paddles - advice please
Replies: 14
Views: 821

Re: Spare split paddles - advice please

I have a very good euro paddle, Werner Cyprus and a middle of the road wing, Epic mid-wing in signature hybrid layup. Both splits, I can plug along with the wing and swap to the Cyprus if I want to play somewhere. They're both very nice paddles. Best of both worlds. I know plenty of guys using a tot...
by JohnA
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: We took the High Road
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: We took the High Road

Lovely post Helen, I grew up on Skippy as well. I migrated to Australia from Edinburgh when I was 19. Imagine my delight to discover that I had easy access to both Skippy and Flipper, in their natural habitats. :) I think the wallabies on the Island are the Red Necked Wallaby, Macropus rufogriseus ....
by JohnA
Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Aid Course - what works well?
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: First Aid Course - what works well?

We're lucky enough to have a first aid trainer and former ambulance officer in our club who runs courses each year. Being a paddler he does tailor the scenarios to paddling. Here's an interesting injury for you, (from a real accident not a scenario), a "degloved" finger. This is the result of gettin...
by JohnA
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smoke on the water...
Replies: 37
Views: 1998

Re: Smoke on the water...

Don't tell me that Apple have introduced the iFag.
by JohnA
Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: un-seizing seized krabs ?
Replies: 16
Views: 827

Re: un-seizing seized krabs ?

Kong do some very nice 316 SS krabs, that are perfect for sea kayaking. They're a little dearer than some aluminium ones, but they last a lot longer. They have a snag free gate design and the spring is SS too.
by JohnA
Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forward paddling style
Replies: 25
Views: 2175

Re: Forward paddling style

Interesting, no one has mentioned the word hydrofoil. I always thought the shape of the wing was such that water flows faster off the curved front than across the relatively flat back (ignoring the cavity which is just dead space). That increased speed was said to generate a force towards the front ...
by JohnA
Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Monsters tries to kill me again...
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: Monsters tries to kill me again...

That sounds like a great read. I'll keep an eye out for it. Any idea when it's going to be released Johnny ?
by JohnA
Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Relief on t'sea: PoorPlanningProducesPissPoorPerformance
Replies: 63
Views: 7392

Re: Relief on t'sea: PoorPlanningProducesPissPoorPerformance

I have a load of army ration packs under the sink from my duke of Edinburgh days. I often tuck into them when my parents are away and there is definitely nothing else in the house.... Either way,I enjoyed biscuits brown with pate, just yesterday. Do they still label them "Biscuits AB" ? Always thou...
by JohnA
Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who should pay for a rescue?
Replies: 88
Views: 3997

Re: Who should pay for a rescue?

To continue the insurance analogy, if you crash your car one dark wet night, while drunk as a skunk, with broken headlights and bald tyres, the insurance companies involved are likely to refuse to pay out or to seek to recover all costs from you afterwards. I'm glad to see people get rescued but I h...
by JohnA
Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll - Advice
Replies: 25
Views: 2230

Re: Off side roll - Advice

You're not alone, I really struggled with disorientation when I first started rolling. Initially I was self taught and although I am right handed, I first learned to roll on the left as I was simply too tight and sore at the time to get myself set up on the right. Jim is dead right, I started with a...
by JohnA
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wear suncream...
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Re: Wear suncream...

It's all relative isn't it ? Tilley Hat vs Melanoma ? No contest.
by JohnA
Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Looking after plastic boats - a wee lesson I learned
Replies: 14
Views: 1139

Re: Looking after plastic boats - a wee lesson I learned

Try running a taught stringline along the keel, it will be a little easier to see if there is any deviation from true.
by JohnA
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tertiary stability?
Replies: 31
Views: 5077

Re: Tertiary stability?

Fascinating thread. Especially re the Costa Concordia grounding. I suspect the Captain is about to find out what life's like as Roger the Cabin Boy.
by JohnA
Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thank the Lord..
Replies: 12
Views: 886

Re: Thank the Lord..

There's something far wrong there Douglas, most of your clouds seem to have turned BLUE !!

Must be climate change :)