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by pathbrae
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Hi, Being slightly pedantic HS stood for Hatches Standard, HM Hatches Modified, boats built without hatches started with an 'S'. Ken Indeed... From the "Nordkapp" history within this forum there is " According to the Nordkapp page of their 1985 brochure, Valley offered 12 variants of the Nordkapp i...
by pathbrae
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

I'm wondering why it came with no skeg - maybe thats how it was ordered? I don't know when retractable skegs first appeared (but I'm sure someone will....) but the early Nordkapps came as HM - Hull Modified - which had a built in fixed skeg as an extension of the hull molding and HS - Hull Standard...
by pathbrae
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 13
Views: 563

Re: Starting from scratch

I have no equipment whatsoever (CIWW provides everything for the course), and therefore am on the bottom of a steep but enjoyable learning curve which will hopefully lead to my buying enough kit to get out in local waterways and coastal areas to build up my experience. Sound like it might be the bo...
by pathbrae
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Give them a ring - email doesn't seem to work too well.

I think my HM, which has similar deck fittings, hatches and cockpit, but no pump, is about 1986 but I can't read the serial on the Valley certificate any more
by pathbrae
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Riot Brittany - any views?
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Riot Brittany - any views?

Why not try a plastic Nordkapp? I'm guessing your ebay Nordkapp was old enough to have an ocean cockpit, which is a fairly tight squeeze to get into?
by pathbrae
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to pack a skeg kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 550

Re: How to pack a skeg kayak

Mac50L wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:48 am

The bottom not the top. What model, never seen any. Rubber flaps are better than nothing.
Ahh - sorry, but we were talking about inside the boat - not about jamming skegs. (for the record - I've never had a skeg jam on me yet)
by pathbrae
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to pack a skeg kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 550

Re: How to pack a skeg kayak

hy have a skeg" or if you insist on one why badly designed i.e. no cover when retracted? I've never come across a skeg without a "cover" - but that's another issue. My current kayak has an offset skeg box which means I can get my tent right up into the stern of the boat on the wide side and my slee...
by pathbrae
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shallow water worries
Replies: 23
Views: 751

Re: Shallow water worries

How did the demo go? I think kayak cockpits will have change a lot since your teenage years. Nowadays, with big key-hole cockpits, you'll fall out without any real effort regardless of how shallow the water was. The basic drill is deck off, hand behind hips and roll out forward - which is supposed t...
by pathbrae
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 104
Views: 3942

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

After re entry roll just padling to nearest eddy or calm water end empty the boat.
Mmmmm that might be a lot easier said than done...........
by pathbrae
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

It's not the boat, it's the paddler.... Might be stating the obvious here but a "proper" sea kayak doesn't make you any safer, it just makes it a bit easier to cover the distance. If you have a good roll, can rescue each other in deep water etc. the GP boats should be fine on the sea on a calm day -...
by pathbrae
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rotating J-Cradles on roof bar
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: Rotating J-Cradles on roof bar

I'd not be too quick to modify the mounting of a J-Bar. If you do, and it fails, the manufacturer will use your modification to escape any liability. For plastic boats, I'd not worry about deforming them if they sit on edge in the cradle - you'd be much more likely to "oil-can" the hull if it was fl...
by pathbrae
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

I suspect most of us are waiting until he gets into our local waters when we can be in a position to offer help / support / food / company etc. Good luck to him though.
by pathbrae
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

Likewise, I also wonder if I am really taking part in a "high risk" sport - I stopped filling in the survey as I don't personally regard the Sea Kayaking which I do as high risk, therefore I didn't think adding my personality type profile to the research would have added anything. It's an interestin...
by pathbrae
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Firth of Forth restrictions (?)
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Firth of Forth restrictions (?)

Channel runs between Inchcholm and the mainland. Braefoot terminal sits opposite Inchcolm. The channel markers are only about 250m apart here so no problems paddling across if there's nothing moving when you get to them. The main deep water channel lies S of Inchcolm, channel markers here are about ...
by pathbrae
Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Recommendations on a summer cap for sea kayaking?
Replies: 9
Views: 623

Re: Recommendations on a summer cap for sea kayaking?

Check out the on-line chandlers for "cap keepers" - but basically just a couple of croc clips and a length of cord...
by pathbrae
Wed May 31, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

If the boats not running straight - put down a bit more skeg. If it gets better - result, if it gets worse, pull it up a bit. Ignore any "rules" - find out what works for you, in your boat and in the way you paddle and the conditions you are paddling in, how the boat is loaded and so on and so on......
by pathbrae
Mon May 29, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Firth of Forth restrictions (?)
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Firth of Forth restrictions (?)

Mostly - it's fairly relaxed out on the Forth and sea kayakers have a good relationship with Forth Ports I'm not sure what the official line is at the moment but the new bridge (Queensferry Crossing) did have a restricted area during it's construction to keep everyone safe, so all vessels had to kee...
by pathbrae
Sun May 28, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 1143

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

Could adding a snagless carabiner into the loop in the jam cleat help? Release in the same way, from the jam cleat, but leaving the carabiner attached to the towed boat - quick to place and avoids rope on rope issues.
by pathbrae
Sat May 20, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.
Replies: 14
Views: 1018

Re: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.

I picked up a SH Nordkapp HM a few years ago and could barely get it up onto the roof of the car. When I got home I found 3 x 7Kg bars of lead glassed in behind the seat! That was maybe a bit of over-kill!! I never paddled it with the lead in the boat so can't comment on how much it changed the hand...
by pathbrae
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Anyone fitted a bike carrier to their Kari-Tek roof rack?
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: Anyone fitted a bike carrier to their Kari-Tek roof rack?

No problem fitting one as long as it comes with T Track fittings. Mine are Thule carriers with the locking tension nob at the bottom of the arm and they fit without any issues. Pay close attention to the instructions which come with the carrier - I'm fairly sure the first instruction is to throw awa...
by pathbrae
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?

I know what you mean about the Reed seams - I put mine on outside-in if I'm going to be wearing it for a while
by pathbrae
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?
Replies: 11
Views: 587

Re: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?

Does the outer cable need to be replaced? A bit of self annealing tape and a new inner might be all that's needed??
by pathbrae
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 1838

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

As a stove, hard to beat a trangia.....
From past experience... don't try to cut too many corners, it's better to "buy it once, buy it right!" as the old adage goes.
by pathbrae
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cruising inertia
Replies: 19
Views: 1301

Re: Cruising inertia

Without peddling, The physics sez - the skinny bloke should be quicker downhill. The reality sez - the fat bloke pics up speed faster and attains a higher descent velocity. I don't understand it - but it invariably seems to be true (and I don't think it has anything to do with kayak speed - but who ...
by pathbrae
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 1268

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

Wow - what a lot of opinions! My own personal preference (and this is only my own preference....) is straight shaft, medium blades, the lighter the better, feather of about 45 degrees, which I have reduced from 60 over the past year. (I started paddling when 90 degrees was all you could get in "good...
by pathbrae
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 28
Views: 1961

Re: VHF radio

I have searched the manual for my Icom M91D for that, and I have not found anything. Mine is a Standard Horizon, I've never used an Icom DSC set.... but on the Standard Horizon it's Menu GPS Setup Unit Power (Off or On) So fairly easy to switch off if it's not needed - just be aware that it will ta...
by pathbrae
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 28
Views: 1961

Re: VHF radio

On DSC sets, it seems to be the GPS which eats into the battery life. Switching off the GPS unless you think you might need it (remote or unknown area and solo?) and using it as a standard voice comms ony set should give the same or possibly even better battery life than a non DSC set as the battery...
by pathbrae
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 18
Views: 1568

Re: Wings?

I'd also suggest that a heavy (compared to a racing K1) sea kayak isn't going to benefit from the lift and glide effect generated by a well used wing so might not yield a similar performance benefit than going from a euro-blade to a wing in a racing K1 would show. Sea kayak euro blades also tend to ...
by pathbrae
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 8
Views: 741

Re: Paddle grip

Interesting, I'd never actually thought about paddles from that point of view before. I agree there's not a lot of information around, but perhaps it is so closely related to all the factors involved in choosing a paddle length that it might just be repetition. I suppose it'll vary with the width of...