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by No Kayak
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

Updating websites with news and new products of itself isn't too hard. What's time consuming is producing product photos and artwork/graphics. A sea kayak photoshoot is not easy, either on land or water! Without product images and any associated imagery, it's difficult to update a website with new p...
by No Kayak
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 1224

Re: Tandem kayak

Have you considered a folding one? Always had a soft spot for the Nautiraid kayaks.
by No Kayak
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim kayaks bankrupt? [Charger Composites]
Replies: 6
Views: 2578

Re: Skim kayaks bankrupt? [Charger Composites]

Evert Aartson is the owner, he is on LinkedIn, so you could ask him directly and report back. I think he has set up a new business recently.
by No Kayak
Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Tahe Outdoors Patagonia Austral Expedition 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1760

Re: Tahe Outdoors Patagonia Austral Expedition 2015

This is truly the least obvious advert I've ever seen on the internet.
by No Kayak
Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Tiderace Xplore sea kayak for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Re: Tiderace Xplore sea kayak for sale

Is that Russell who used to have a plastic Valley boat? If so, pass him my regards (it' Dan from Knoydart).
by No Kayak
Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Tiderace Xplore S Sea Kayak for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 2078

Re: Tiderace Xplore S Sea Kayak for sale

For anyone interested, it's a boat from late 2010 I would have said, from the Thailand factory (that's a good thing!).
by No Kayak
Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plagiarism and all about Baidarkas
Replies: 24
Views: 2493

Re: Plagiarism and all about Baidarkas

Aluminium is no good for salt water use, maybe I can find out how to get hold of Ash staves instead. Alumnium, apart from salt water corrosion, has the unpleasant property to break suddenly - manufacturers offer budget alumnium versions ... That is good enough so long as it is not in big waves and ...
by No Kayak
Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22143

Re: Skim Kayaks

Peter Holgate wrote:ACTUALLY .... Some guy has just delivered a demo of a boat called a Racetide Mega . I just wondered if anyone out there had experience of this boat .......
Hey! I know for a fact that boat's a copy of the Skim Flatkapp.
by No Kayak
Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore M & L (Differences)
Replies: 4
Views: 1325

Re: Tiderace Xplore M & L (Differences)

I left Tiderace shortly after Aled designed the 'M'. If I remember rightly, his opinion was that the modifications he made to the hull when creating it meant there was no loss of speed from the shorter waterline compared to the 'L'. Of course, the best advice would be to try them both. As an alterna...
by No Kayak
Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22143

Re: Skim Kayaks

Peter, it's not 'a bit' of the hull. It's the hull. The only place it differed when measured was where the fine ends had been chopped off. Similarly, th deck has had profile removed from the Tiderace original, but it's the same deck. It isn't a similar design, it's a mildly altered version of the Xc...
by No Kayak
Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22143

Re: Skim Kayaks

At the risk of repeating myself, the Skim boat and Tiderace have been measured alongside one another. The profiles of the hull are the same (not similar, the same) excluding the chopped ends. The location of almost every deck fitting is to the mm the same on both. Whether people are bothered or not ...
by No Kayak
Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22143

Re: Skim Kayaks

Peter, I would imagine Aled knows it's the same boat because he's had one and measured it using contour gauges throughout. As I remember it, apart from the altered ends, the hulls measure the same throughout. The Beaufort is similarly related to another Tiderace model. Whether you choose to sell the...
by No Kayak
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Point 65n build quality
Replies: 21
Views: 4548

Re: Point 65n build quality

When at Tiderace there was very little landed costs difference between the Thai built product and the Finland built one. The Thai boats were built using far better materials with much more consistent workmanship, though. By the end of our working relationship with Finland we were rejecting nearly ha...
by No Kayak
Sat May 04, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Colours
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: Tiderace Colours

Call Dave Felton at Tiderace or email him using the standard info address, he will be able to send you the RAL codes. He might even have some kevlar tape hanging around, but don't bank on it.
by No Kayak
Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace extreme
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Tiderace extreme

Stuart, You're here to sell boats. Looking at your website, it looks like you've once again fallen out with Tiderace and are now trying to dump your stock onto the market place. That's a business decision for you and I won't try to second guess your reasoning. However, you appear to imply that I am ...
by No Kayak
Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace extreme
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Tiderace extreme

only a small number of Xtremes were affected How many? I don't know the exact number. If I had to guess, I'd say more than 5 and less than 20. They were in the first/second deliveries to dealers from Cobra. It was a new model with a limited audience, due to the nature of the boat, so dealers were t...
by No Kayak
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace extreme
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Tiderace extreme

If big chunks are falling off, it sounds like the problem I described above. The cause was discovered at the factory and only a small number of Xtremes were affected. From memory no other models suffered the same problem. A two year old Xtreme would likely be one of the very early ones and around th...
by No Kayak
Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace extreme
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Tiderace extreme

No Kayak perhaps you believe that if its said often enough people will believe its true. Stuart, I'd be interested to hear which comment you believe to be untrue? On the gelcoat issues, they certainly existed, Cobra took the liability and they dealt with it professionally. It wasn't repeated whilst...
by No Kayak
Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace extreme
Replies: 16
Views: 2556

Re: Tiderace extreme

I note there is a comment regarding the gelcoat of the Xtreme. I used to work for Tiderace, and I'd make a couple of comments on that point; 1) It's a purposeful decision by Tiderace to consider the gelcoat a 'sacrificial' layer. Some people will prefer a thicker layer of gelcoat to maintain a cosme...
by No Kayak
Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are Knoydart still trading?
Replies: 7
Views: 1525

Re: Are Knoydart still trading?

Try calling 01768 840179 and ask for Dave Felton.
by No Kayak
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff Kayjaksport hatches
Replies: 13
Views: 1741

Re: Stiff Kayjaksport hatches

At Tiderace the hatch covers would be sprayed with silicone at the factory. If they needed re-doing, I wouls thinly spray on a sloth and wipe the inside of the hatch cover and the rim.
by No Kayak
Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Brookbank and Pyranha Mouldings Limited
Replies: 40
Views: 7843

Re: Brookbank and Pyranha Mouldings Limited

It would be a welcome and constructive move if you for once commented in some way on the point being made, rather than the person making it, Mark. Knoydart didn't survive because there was no margin left to support the business if it was forced to compete with businesses such as Brookbank on price. ...
by No Kayak
Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Brookbank and Pyranha Mouldings Limited
Replies: 40
Views: 7843

Re: Brookbank and Pyranha Mouldings Limited

There have been rumours of cashflow troubles at Brookbank for the past 3 or 4 years. It's always hard to tell whether they're malicious gossip or genuine news from exasperated suppliers. That P&H are offering to supply the boats to clients directly suggests they're not worried about repercussions fr...
by No Kayak
Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Election of SCA General Secretary
Replies: 93
Views: 6291

Re: Election of SCA General Secretary

I think anyone who knows Roddy will attest to him being as straight as a die with respect to these matters. He has worked incredibly hard over the past few years, perhaps to the detriment of his own financial interests, to try and ensure sea kayaking in Scotland can flourish. In any of my dealings w...
by No Kayak
Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: £250 fine for nearly killing kayaker through negligence
Replies: 27
Views: 3988

Re: £250 fine for nearly killing kayaker through negligence

I'm not sure under which law this case was prosecuted? If it were the local harbour bye-laws, they suggest the maximum penalty would I think be level 3 on the standard scale, which is £1000. In cases where there is likely to be civil action to recover damages in addition to criminal, criminal courts...
by No Kayak
Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Gemini
Replies: 63
Views: 8035

Re: Valley Gemini

Oh, and in case folks are wondering, I used to work for Tiderace.

Who else is up for mentioning their industry links or the free boats/loans they've been given (awaits the sound of silence)?
by No Kayak
Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Gemini
Replies: 63
Views: 8035

Re: Valley Gemini

Mark, if you believe that because I used to work for a kayak manufacturer that I retain a vested interest, your understanding of a vested interest is not concurrent with the meaning of the phrase. I used to work for a manufacturer of composite kayaks. I have not worked for them for some considerable...
by No Kayak
Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Gemini
Replies: 63
Views: 8035

Re: Valley Gemini

Stuart, I have no vested interest at all and my name isn't important. I just wish British manufacturers like Valley would make more of an effort in the face of worldwide competition.

And of course, I'm sure you're keen to thank me for the name check. :)
by No Kayak
Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Gemini
Replies: 63
Views: 8035

Re: Valley Gemini

The impression I get from Stuart's (Swagstaff, Sea Kayak Oban) post above is that it is imminent in his shop, so should be at others, too.

If you're in the States, Valley would normally be servicing the distributor with a 40' container quite early on, as they did with the Etain.
by No Kayak
Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Gemini
Replies: 63
Views: 8035

Re: Valley Gemini

Reviews in magazines are all very well, but the readerships are not very big and copies of the paper magazines are hens teeth. People will be understandably reluctant to pay £2.50 online to find out information on 1 boat that may or may not go further in their buying process, particularly when it's ...