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by ruralweb
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 16
Views: 763

Re: Wings?

I race surf skis and everyone uses a wing - many also paddle K1s and as you say they are very similar width wise so the technique is the same.
by ruralweb
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 16
Views: 763

Re: Wings?

I would agree that unless you have a rudder wing paddles are not worth the expense for a sea kayak as you cannot maintain technique which is key to wing paddle use.
by ruralweb
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 7
Views: 428

Re: Paddle grip

You need to think about the depth that the blade is going to be pushed into the water - it should not go deeper than the top of the blade or it will delay the exit and cause drag. In the stroke your hand will always be just above the water surface so 4 fingers is about right.
by ruralweb
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 7
Views: 428

Re: Paddle grip

For a wing paddle used on a surf ski the distance is 4 finger width from the shaft/blade junction.
by ruralweb
Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kokatat Goretex Norwester Hat - For sale
Replies: 0
Views: 113

Kokatat Goretex Norwester Hat - For sale

On eBay at http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/kokatat-Norwester-Goretex-Large-/272514524967?hash=item3f7321a727%3Ag%3A%7EngAAOSwa%7EBYckte&_trkparms=pageci%253Aff8a2ceb-d5ae-11e6-8d27-74dbd1801db2%257Cparentrq%253A7e7cd3891590a5e0d6767031ffbe1cd8%257Ciid%253A4 This lightweight waterproof breathable hat wil...
by ruralweb
Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Flat Earth Sail Fitting
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: Flat Earth Sail Fitting

Your side stays seem to be too far back - they should be inline with the mast or a few mm back at most. If they are too far back the mast will fall over in a side wind
There is a lot of downward pressure on the mast foot so consider a plate to spread the load.
by ruralweb
Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Composite boats are they worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 580

Re: Composite boats are they worth it?

I had an Esscence for a few years and it's a great kayak which is easily capable of doing long crossings etc I even did a few races in it. I moved to a composite boat - Epic V6 mainly because of weight, with the V6 I can get all my camping kit etc into it and it still weighs less than the Essence em...
by ruralweb
Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: kayak advice
Replies: 9
Views: 573

Re: kayak advice

If your in the North, Oban sea kayaks have a series of demo days happening where you can try loads of different kayaks.
by ruralweb
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

Yes DSC VHF radios have some advantages however they tend to eat battery power so while good for a short day out if you are planning a multi day paddle you will need to factor in charging them up.
by ruralweb
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

I think we have a few crossed wires - the incident I posted did not involve me. It was posted by the coastguard a few days ago.
by ruralweb
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

Yep you only want it going off when you need it :) As for swimming in it - when it's deflated it's much easier than a pfd to swim with. When you decide to inflate it then you have stopped swimming and switched to survival mode. At this point with a pfd you will drown as they are not designed to keep...
by ruralweb
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

Manual inflation as you don't want it activating as soon as you enter the water. It's far less bulky than a pfd so your chances of getting back into a kayak are increased but if you need to activate it it will keep you afloat and face up which a pfd will not do. Built in spray hood and double crotch...
by ruralweb
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

I always have my sea sickness tablets close to hand :)
I also wear a proper life jacket with spray hood when going offshore - pfds are useless IMO
by ruralweb
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

Another account of how paddling in a group is not a guarantee of safety - this incident happened a couple of days ago: On behalf of the 3 Kayakers in question, Robert Lukaszewicz. Steve and myself, we would like to say a massive thank you to all those involved in yesterday's events. From the coastgu...
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: What cadence for efficiency & distance?
Replies: 12
Views: 643

Re: What cadence for efficiency & distance?

Watch a Champion paddler on an ergo https://youtu.be/IKdrzMLyDXM
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:02 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: What cadence for efficiency & distance?
Replies: 12
Views: 643

Re: What cadence for efficiency & distance?

There is no "punch" - the top hand remains in the same position until the blade leaves the water. At that point the top hand moves forward.
by ruralweb
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: What cadence for efficiency & distance?
Replies: 12
Views: 643

Re: What cadence for efficiency & distance?

Watch the master of paddling doing some coaching https://youtu.be/YjZy1fq7mDg
by ruralweb
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: What cadence for efficiency & distance?
Replies: 12
Views: 643

Re: What cadence for efficiency & distance?

Forget cadence because without good technique your wasting your time. Get some coaching then spend time perfecting your stroke which means lower cadence and then go from there.
by ruralweb
Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

I regularly kayak on my own and in winter conditions and it's all to common for conditions to change rapidly. If you fail to plan for being in the water offshore then that's opening up a whole can of worms - personally I think the biggest safety error is the reliance on pfds. These are only designed...
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

In reality whatever is wrong the coastguard will send the same assets i.e. Helicopter or lifeboat so I still would activate a PLB first. Then send a mayday and keep sending at short intervals until I got a responce or it was clear I was out of range. I would not fire a flare unless I had enough left...
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

PS the PLB should be your first option rather than the last as it stands the best chance of alerting the emergency services. VHF is very short range and unlikely to be picked up.
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 31
Views: 1686

Re: PLB use

I've had one accidentally activate - a SPOT Gen3 it was a malfunction and resulted in a call out. In this case it took about 45min for the coastguard to be contacted and becuase of the way the system worked they would have gone to a location 7 miles away from where I was. I've since stopped using th...
by ruralweb
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbon kevlar Taran 18 for sale plus Flat Earth sail .
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Re: Carbon kevlar Taran 18 for sale plus Flat Earth sail .

Speak to mike at rockpool if he still has the boat as he can strengthen the deck and fit the mast foot - also the side stays need reinforcing.
by ruralweb
Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sunglasses for whitewater paddles
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Sunglasses for whitewater paddles

Winters coming that will solve the problem :)
by ruralweb
Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Gear for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Lawler kayak ergo for sale, vgc
Replies: 14
Views: 735

Re: Lawler kayak ergo for sale, vgc

Hi John - yes the ergo on eBay was only 10 miles from me but it went for much more than I was willing to pay - your getting a bargain :)
by ruralweb
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Gear for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Lawler kayak ergo for sale, vgc
Replies: 14
Views: 735

Re: Lawler kayak ergo for sale, vgc

Hi Will - yep still keen and cash at the ready but as you say the logistics are difficult. If you are coming up in Oct then great but if not sell it to John
by ruralweb
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: UK Sea Kayak Shops?
Replies: 13
Views: 1004

Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Sea Kayak Oban has a huge selection of boats to demo and the sea is 200m away :)
by ruralweb
Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Problems on Fladda (Sound of Luing)?
Replies: 44
Views: 6156

Re: Problems on Fladda (Sound of Luing)?

Hi Michael Could I just take this opportunity to say thank you for the kind offer of a cup of tea by Stephan and his son a few weeks ago when I stopped on Fladda to adjust my foot rests. It turned out that they live in the same town in France where I used to work many years ago - small world. I coul...

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