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by pathbrae
Wed May 09, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life

The usual suspects are hatch covers, seams, cracks along the keel line, leaky deck fittings or end-rope attachment points and stress points on the hull, particularly around the bulkheads (and skeg boxes - but that's not going to be an issue with an HM.....) Cockpit rims and footrest fittings can als...
by pathbrae
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp
Replies: 12
Views: 478

Re: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp

Any legible remains of the original Valley label left in the cockpit?
by pathbrae
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak

From K1 paddling days, under-stern rudders were much smaller than the over-stern blades but were just as effective. I suspect a lot has to do with the rudder being positioned further forward and turning moments etc but I'm sure some of teh more hydro-dynamically literate posters on here will be able...
by pathbrae
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: For sale VE explorer aircore carbon pro
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: For sale VE explorer aircore carbon pro

"Postage possible but pick up preferred"

Where are you based?
by pathbrae
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak

Have a look at the "Skudder" set-up which is a combined retractable skeg / rudder. https://vimeo.com/107470449 and https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=120769 I'm not sure about retro fitting them though. Karitek used to do a skudder kit which could be retro fitted but I don't s...
by pathbrae
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A cautionary tale?
Replies: 10
Views: 884

Re: A cautionary tale?

Then they'd be leaving the cars with broken windows in plain view. I don't know whether there are bye-laws on the Loch Leven islands prohibiting camping - pre "right to roam" they used to try to try to chase off paddlers from the loch as it was a bird reserve (what - all of it??), apart from once a ...
by pathbrae
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Skeg repair
Replies: 18
Views: 541

Re: Skeg repair

I think it's been bodged ("modified") by a previous owner. Inside the rear hatch is there any evidence of brackets on the side of the boat, about a foot apart, on the right hand side of the hull? The Island skeg in my non LV Islander is similar to the one in the flickr photographs. The skeg should b...
by pathbrae
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A cautionary tale?
Replies: 10
Views: 884

A cautionary tale?

A cautionary tale for any wild campers amongst us.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-t ... l-43710093

Not the best way to end an evening away with the kids.....
by pathbrae
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!
Replies: 12
Views: 518

Re: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!

Came across this one, of about the same vintage, a couple of years ago out on Inchkeith. It was also an HM but we didn't meet up with it's owner unfortunatley so didn't get any history of the boat. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1523103457318-8443.png https://media.ukriversguide...
by pathbrae
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Do I need a deck mounted compass or....?
Replies: 25
Views: 1043

Re: Do I need a deck mounted compass or....?

Yeah, I stick to the west coast :-) I've had a few foggy days on the Forth right enough - and also sailed through thick fog on Loch Fyne. In the kayak - one of the uses of the compass is to keep the boat level! With no horizon I sometimes find myself leaning further and further over as I paddle in ...
by pathbrae
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Do I need a deck mounted compass or....?
Replies: 25
Views: 1043

Re: Do I need a deck mounted compass or....?

I actually use a deck mounted compass very rarely, maybe if I am doing a long open crossing. Most of the time I am close to land and keeping track of landmarks as I go.
I guess you've been lucky and have never paddled into sea fog then?..... :-)
by pathbrae
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Do I need a deck mounted compass or....?
Replies: 25
Views: 1043

Re: Do I need a deck mounted compass or....?

I've used a GPS in a waterproof case on deck but it's much harder to read than a deck compass It doesn't have to be a permanent fixture though. Option from fitted into the compass recess, mounted on a spray deck cover or a bungee on compasss (this sort of thing - although other designs are available...
by pathbrae
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Can anyone identify the paddle?
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Can anyone identify the paddle?

...or possibly a Lendal Powermaster.

Might be a "second" if there are no Lendal stickers on the blades (or maybe they just came off...) as I bought a few sets of "seconds" from them with no stickers. I never could find out why they had been rejected from the good stock.
by pathbrae
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duncan Winning - RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: Duncan Winning - RIP

A true loss to the paddling community. Duncan was one of the "wise old men" of canoeing in Scotland, the UK and beyond. His wisdom and humour and his infinite patience will be greatly missed. Duncan's legacy will live on in all the little design tweaks he brought to the kayaks we all paddle today (r...
by pathbrae
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Two halves - recommendations for south Argyll please
Replies: 7
Views: 387

Re: Two halves - recommendations for south Argyll please

2nd that. Excellent paddling around the Burnt Islands (a wee bit of tidal flow but easy to avoid...) Loch Striven and along past Tignabruich and Kames with possibilities for lunch stops in both. Camp with showers etc. at Carry Farm just beyond Kames or wild camp on Bute (Buttock Point is an "Argyll ...
by pathbrae
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Padding - how snug
Replies: 18
Views: 862

Re: Padding - how snug

Try padding the contact points under the coming / deck a little rather than padding the seat. I always end up with scrapes and bruises after a pool session, probably in part due to the number of times I'll roll in nice clean warm water as opposed to cold sea water but mostly due to the lack of layer...
by pathbrae
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour
Replies: 9
Views: 1454

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Copied to the SKEG group. (hope that's OK?)
Good luck and best wishes to Nigel.
by pathbrae
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Sea kayak categories
Replies: 19
Views: 858

Re: Sea kayak categories

Maybe we should spend more time categorising our selves and our fellow paddlers, rather than the fairly limited number of boats out there.
Or do you think it's a bit like dogs and their owners? We eventually get to look like our boat-type?
by pathbrae
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Hi and a question on behalf of my partner
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: Hi and a question on behalf of my partner

My wife likes her Kokatat MsFit BA.

I don't know if you are anywhere near Glasgow but Lomo managed to find a dry-suit to suit my wife.
Oban Sea Kayak should be able to help out too if you are ever in that area.
by pathbrae
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When the North Sea's too rough....
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: When the North Sea's too rough....

Image

There's always a wee trip along the canal.....
by pathbrae
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Once you get hold of it, assuming it's plastic, check the bulkheads are waterproof too - a bit of extra sealant (Sikaflex or equivalent) is usually all that's needed but there's nothing worse than one leaky hatch flooding the entire boat and ending up with soggy sandwiches.
by pathbrae
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 875

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

That looks very neat - can't wait to (not?) see the finished repair :-) (if you know what I mean....)


The chard lump of epoxy possibly had just a touch too much catalyst added??
by pathbrae
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 2424

Re: Knives

There was a previous thread here about sea kayaking and knives, which attempted to find someone who's actually needed to use a knife in anger at sea (so not on a river). No-one owned up to having needed one. I suppose you only need it once......... and if you don't have it to hand, you'll probably ...
by pathbrae
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1078

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Or this..... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1516987838593-8924.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1516987943165-8308.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1516987942836-8292.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1516987943...
by pathbrae
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1078

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

There's a very good pub right beside the bridge over the Atlantic which makes an excellent place to wait for the tide to decide to be helpful. Dorus Mor tide stream can be a challenge to get right. Advice in the sailing pilots is to leave Crinan at Dover HW - so in a kayak, possibly an hour before H...
by pathbrae
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1078

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Which part were you thinking of doing? (from where to where)
by pathbrae
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 875

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

C'mon - you can't post that sort of picture without telling is how it happened..... But I'd also go for the thickened epoxy to stick it back on then do a gel coat repair once it's back to being the correct shape. Or alternately..... https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1276...
by pathbrae
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?
Replies: 11
Views: 974

Re: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?

Of course you can - in the same way as you can climb Ben Nevis in trainers if the weather is fine. Make your own judgement call on the weather forecast and local conditions ballanced with your own skills / capabilities / experience and, if you think it's safe, then why not. It will be hard work, com...
by pathbrae
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2656

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Ocean cockpits were much more difficult to enter than a modern key-hole design and although you can do a heel-hook into an ocean cockpit, it's not easy. Not at all, in fact much easier to get in to an ocean cockpit with over the side and constant cork-screw and no folds of spraydeck to get hung up ...
by pathbrae
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Help please ! :-)
Replies: 9
Views: 561

Re: Help please ! :-)

Loch Crinan + summer = midges x infinity. I've found it's much easier to leave them behind with the outboard than it is to try to out-pace them on oars - and, with the outboard, I've got a free hand to swat the b****s off! 21kg isn't much lighter than a dingy - I'm always amused by the picture on th...