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by nigelhatton
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lundy Island trip
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Re: Lundy Island trip

I've done this trip twice and I parked at Hartland quay carpark and informed the carpark attendant I'd be going to lundy. Beware of strong currants so tidal timing is important. But it's the quickest route, I believe! If you stay on Lundy overnight there is a small fee for camping but you'll love th...
by nigelhatton
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Kayaking in the Mediterranean?
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: Kayaking in the Mediterranean?

http://www.kayakmed.com/kayak_med/
Based in the town of Sete near Montpellier and beziers airports. I have lived not too far away for a few years and have paddled with them many times.
by nigelhatton
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockleshell Hero honoured
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Re: Cockleshell Hero honoured

I don't know too much about the cockleshell heroes or how long it took them to paddle their boats from outside the Gironde Estuary to Bordeaux but it took me several hours. Starting at Royan it was 85 Kms before I camped overnight at the start of the Garonne. Next morning I continued to Bordeaux abo...
by nigelhatton
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: K1 beginner help required
Replies: 2
Views: 408

Re: K1 beginner help required

Contact either Tonbridge Canoe club or Maidstone Canoe club. They both have a training night.
Sorry I have not put up a link. You'll learn quickly at any one of those two.
by nigelhatton
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roofrack advice please
Replies: 19
Views: 1217

Re: Roofrack advice please

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6769/ZU2uh2.jpg Hopefully there'll be a photo of one of my small cars with my longest kayak. The ends are usually tied down. The boat sits in a 2 metre cradle. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/150x100q90/923/cXpmLk.jpg Front of boat lifts into a rotating support and th...
by nigelhatton
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing - Trespass Policy
Replies: 41
Views: 3696

Re: British Canoeing - Trespass Policy

If someone claims to be a landowner or a representative of a landowner and say you cannot canoe here what can you do? A few years ago I paddled up the river that joins Southampton water, Test? Anyway there were no signs forbidding canoeing but some fella was very angry and offensive to me. I genuine...
by nigelhatton
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roofrack advice please
Replies: 19
Views: 1217

Re: Roofrack advice please

There are vee bars on the market that have shallow fees to allow sea kayaks to sit in. The vee bars clamp to the roof bars and take the strain off the long kayak. It's still advisable to have a cord at each end of the kayak attached to the car. If you search on the internet for vee bars you'll find ...
by nigelhatton
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keel Protector on Corelite PE Kayak P and H
Replies: 8
Views: 760

Re: Keel Protector on Corelite PE Kayak P and H

I use a 2 metre long kayak cradle, a bit like vee bars, the front arms rotate 45° so that I can lift the front end into the arms and then lift up the back and lift that into the arms. The back end of the kayak is on the ground whilst lifting the front up so I put a piece of rubber pipe cladding onto...
by nigelhatton
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New to canoeing
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: New to canoeing

Hi Lewis, I have paddled many rivers in the south of France Inc some of the Loire, Rhone and the whole of the French Mediterranean coast and I would never do it in anything less than a quick sea kayak. But first like all the others say, join a club a try different boats and learn how to not capsize ...
by nigelhatton
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?
Replies: 11
Views: 1170

Re: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?

Well I am 6'2" and 14 1/2 stone but when I was 18 stone I paddled sea racing kayaks that to a beginner would be very frightening and unstable. Indeed there are some wide kayaks that would suit your build and skill level but as I say to many others starting out get some training, try different kayaks...
by nigelhatton
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a pressurised hydration bladders
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Fitting a pressurised hydration bladders

Just an idea! When I paddle distances I put a collapsible 2.5 litre water carrier between my footrests against the bulkhead with a plastic tube coming from the carrier up to my mouth. I just push the water carrier with my foot and water is forced into my mouth. I don't have to stop paddling and I do...
by nigelhatton
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sorry, more questions from a newbie !
Replies: 7
Views: 859

Re: Sorry, more questions from a newbie !

These are my thoughts. I had always been a flat water k1 marathon paddler but took up sea kayaking in 2003. My first sea boat was a perception Acadia 13' but I wanted to cover more distance and do it quicker so I traded up for a perception Carolina 15. After some months I wanted to cover the same di...
by nigelhatton
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sorry, more questions from a newbie !
Replies: 7
Views: 859

Re: Sorry, more questions from a newbie !

http://www.haylecanoeclub.co.uk
Buy something longer than the perception triumph.
by nigelhatton
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1665

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

Best of luck to this fella, given his mental health issues he is going to need support. Paddling round Britain is easier thought about than done. I have supported two round Britain paddlers but unfortunately I can't help as I now live in the south of France. Anyway, maintain social contact with your...
by nigelhatton
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1217

Re: Sandy Skeg

My own personal experience of a jammed skeg is limited because I usually am able to avoid the problem in the first place. When it does happen I just leave it for a few minutes and often it will clear but never force it down. If I'm beach launching I'll put the kayak into a foot of water first but if...
by nigelhatton
Wed May 31, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1331

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

I use just enough drop on my skeg to help me go straight.
If I'm manoeuvring then the skeg comes up.
Often in choppy seas you'd have the skeg down.
Just get out and practice and it'll all come to you in time.
by nigelhatton
Tue May 23, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4
Replies: 6
Views: 1002

Re: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4

Rich, the shoulder joint consists of just three bones, upper arm, shoulder blade and collar bone. The collar bone is attached to the top of the shoulder blade by three ligaments. I fell about two metres down a steep bank onto my shoulder tip and severed all three. The clavicle was pushed backwards a...
by nigelhatton
Mon May 22, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4
Replies: 6
Views: 1002

Re: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4

Just an update to any kayakers that have had or will have a serious shoulder injury. Week 7 after the operation to reconnect my bones and I am back in my sea kayak. The first session was on flat water and I took very short strokes and stopped after 1 mile. We returned to our start and there was no p...
by nigelhatton
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4
Replies: 6
Views: 1002

Re: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4

Every year my lifestyle causes an injury of some sort. Because the collarbone was also forced back as well as all ligaments ruptured it was classed as grade 4. Surgery was done here in Perpignan 36 hours later. I know that using a wing paddle activates the Acromiumclavicular joint but it'll be tryin...
by nigelhatton
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4
Replies: 6
Views: 1002

Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4

Does anyone have experience of sea kayaking after having undergone surgery for a grade 3 or 4 shoulder separation? I took part in a Motocross style hill climb and failed to get to the top and fell on my shoulder. Four days in hospital and an expected two months of nothing to follow but I need to get...
by nigelhatton
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY
Replies: 11
Views: 2485

Re: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY

Jane, just out of curiousity, are you the fast lady that paddled with me from Weston super mare to the canoe show at Cardiff a few years ago. Apologies if i have made a mistake and got the name wrong. I paddled with a female sea kayaker who would put most fellas to shame going cross current. Anyway ...
by nigelhatton
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Any Paddlers around maidstone area
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Any Paddlers around maidstone area

Contact Maidstone canoe club they can cater for all your questions and paddling needs.
I was a member and raced there and clubs don't get any better.
by nigelhatton
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Am I too light for a Rockppol Taran?
Replies: 8
Views: 1336

Re: Am I too light for a Rockppol Taran?

I have paddled a taran18, rapier 20, XP 18, sipre tsunami, and many other fast sea kayaks and they all weather cock without the rudder and i weigh 95 kgs. Why don't you want to use the rudder? The taran would not have such excellent manoeuvrability if it wasn't for the shape of the hull and straight...
by nigelhatton
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Safety Kayakers Required - East Lothian - 2nd July
Replies: 4
Views: 717

Re: Water Safety Kayakers Required - East Lothian - 2nd July

Do the sea kayakers pay £45 to escort the swimmers or are the sea kayakers paid £45 to escort the swimmers. Excuse me if I have missed something!
by nigelhatton
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Glute pain from the inside
Replies: 8
Views: 715

Re: Glute pain from the inside

I have the same problem, pins and needles and sometimes very painful just sitting there. I have tried different kinds of padding but the pain often comes back. In my Nelo k1 I have less pain than I do in my sea kayak XP 18. I think it's my backside that has little fat and more than normal muscle due...
by nigelhatton
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New to kayaking, sea kayaking paddle friends south west
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: New to kayaking, sea kayaking paddle friends south west

Creatamax, the best thing you could ever do is joining that club, one of the best.
by nigelhatton
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New to kayaking, sea kayaking paddle friends south west
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: New to kayaking, sea kayaking paddle friends south west

Creatamax, please join a club and get some proper training, I you don't then you are at risk of experiencing terror and fear. Not wishing to deter you from kayaking but more keen you stay safe.
by nigelhatton
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 8
Views: 1052

Re: Paddle grip

Adventureagent, is your question related to your xp18, if you still have it?
by nigelhatton
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Looking to try some Kayaks - Kent
Replies: 7
Views: 693

Re: Looking to try some Kayaks - Kent

Just a word of warning with your new Capella. It'lltakes a few hours to get used to the less stability compared to the Carolina.i hope you have one with a skeg because you'll need it in the wind sideways on.
by nigelhatton
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kirton Kayaks C-Trek 16??
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Re: Kirton Kayaks C-Trek 16??

I sat in a carbon c trek at the kirton workshop and although I'm not that fussy about sea kayaks minor details I did dislike the cockpit height of less than a foot. This was an 18 footer built for a sailer, Pete Goes. Build quality is truly the best, because it's British and not a low cost Chinese i...