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by Mal Grey
Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice request re strong single blade paddles
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Advice request re strong single blade paddles

I can't quite picture how you're using these, but I would say a standard Ainsworth C100 with an alloy shaft is pretty indestructible. Horrible to paddle with, but as strong as anything else I could think of.
by Mal Grey
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: River avon - kelston to Weston lock stretch
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: River avon - kelston to Weston lock stretch

I haven't paddled that part, just that above Bath, but as the river is a shared navigation with locks and weirs, in normal river conditions you should have very little problem paddling upstream. Give it a go.

The Kennet and Avon above Bath is a nice rural paddle too, with few locks.
by Mal Grey
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic Welding
Replies: 7
Views: 635

Re: Plastic Welding

Ken_T wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:20 am
Has anyone had a polyethylene kayak welded to repair damage? If so are you able to recomend someone that can do the job?
Thanks Ken
If you're in the south east, Paul Knight can help; http://www.pkpaddlesport.co.uk/canoe-an ... 4557937481. Top bloke.
by Mal Grey
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1155

Re: Towing eyes

As others above, I add webbing straps to an under-bonnet bolt where possible, or have in the past tied 6mm cord round things that looked solid so as to avoid being seen to have "altered" the company car. I'm also of the opinion that a towing eye can't help in a bump, though suspect they wouldn't be ...
by Mal Grey
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Authorised personnel
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Authorised personnel

As Chris says, its likely to be folk who work for C&RT or EA. The real situation is that in thousands of days paddling, the only people who've asked to see my licence have been Thames Lock Keepers, and even then, only on a few rare occasions. In that situation, its obvious they have a right to ask. ...
by Mal Grey
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Looking for an OC1
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: Looking for an OC1

John is selling an Esquif Raven; http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... -%C2%A3750. Its in Kent.
by Mal Grey
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Planning a trip
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: Planning a trip

The Wye is a good option.

Another might be the Upper Thames from Lechlade to Oxford-ish, a surprisingly remote and rural feeling river.

As mentioned, Song of the Paddle is the place for open canoe questions, and also check Paddle Points for ideas.
by Mal Grey
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Bergans Ally boats
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: Bergans Ally boats

I have one, the 15DR version (quite manoeuvrable). Its an excellent piece of kit, well designed and, like most things Norwegian, built to last. Takes a while to build it (40 mins say, on my own) but once up it feels very solid and paddles well. Prone to wind issues when empty, but has been used on b...
by Mal Grey
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Lechlade to London in 7 days - advice on B&Bs and stopping places along the way
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: Lechlade to London in 7 days - advice on B&Bs and stopping places along the way

Hey. A few things to think about; Do you mean Teddington Lock (tidal limit) or London city centre (Which is on the Thames Tideway and brings its own rules and challenges, is only suitable for the more experienced, plus its a bit further)? Whilst you say how fit you are, how much experience do you ha...
by Mal Grey
Tue May 28, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A Level Design Engineering Paddling
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: A Level Design Engineering Paddling

Done, and good luck with your project.

As a sailor, I guess you couldn't help but chuck the last question in, even though it appears entirely unrelated to the rest of them :)
by Mal Grey
Wed May 22, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Which Scottish river?
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Which Scottish river?

Another vote for the Spey; http://www.paddlepoints.net/PaddlePoints.php?RiverId=193 Starting at Newtonmore gives you some easy paddling for the first day or so, though can be short of water. Some folk think this bit is a drag, but it can hardly be boring being in such wonderful country. From Grantow...
by Mal Grey
Mon May 13, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: Hertfordshire put ins
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Hertfordshire put ins

Hi. Have a look on Paddle Points for ideas. Its not fully comprehensive but does have lots on, mostly on the Lea.
by Mal Grey
Thu May 09, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2053

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

An excellent account with some lovely descriptions, which also raises a good point. Sounds like you did what seems reasonable, and sharing may make others think about how they act themselves.
by Mal Grey
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boats for Sheep
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: Boats for Sheep

Ewe must be joking! Its a good job he didn't accidentally Ram any of you. Baaaing any other adventures, she wool be fine now. (Sorry, somebody had to!)

Well done for helping the sheep, they're flippin' heavy when they're wet, aren't they? (tend to fall off Thames river banks too!)
by Mal Grey
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway Ferry again
Replies: 1
Views: 577

Norway Ferry again

Hey folks There's a petition floating around regarding reinstating the ferry from Newcastle to Bergen. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/reinstating-newcastle-bergen-ferry Whilst I'm not sure there's an economic case for it sadly, if we don't shout about paddlers'/outdoor folks' potential use o...
by Mal Grey
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere
Replies: 5
Views: 635

Re: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere

Europe is a whole continent so there is obviously a huge range of options available. I suggest you take a look at the Songofthepaddle website and trawl through their blog descriptions. The south of France is deservedly popular for canoe and kayak camping trips for beginners - with a wide choice of ...
by Mal Grey
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1496

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

For bomb proof, I go Ortleib or Seal Line, though I still have a 10 year old Aldi special Crane bag that is still going. For inner bags, accessory bags, I like the Exped ones. There are many others, and they all eventually get pinhole leaks, but the Exped and, to be fair, a Lifeventure one I have, s...
by Mal Grey
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten - the drive
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: Lofoten - the drive

We drove from Cheshire to Roros/Rogen, which is only about half the way up Norway towards Lofoten. This took 3 days each way, basically, almost non-stop. We used the Harwich-Hook of Holland ferry, timed it so we could sleep on that, then drove across Holland/Germany/Denmark, ferry from Grenaa to Var...
by Mal Grey
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Roll Call
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: Paddle Roll Call

A couple of very pleasant days on the Monnow in open canoes. Just enough water.
by Mal Grey
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 3307

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

Quite like this one on Loch Nevis, though technically its an open canoeing photo as that's what I'm in :)

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And a little later on:


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by Mal Grey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Llandysul Paddlers Flood Damage
Replies: 0
Views: 517

Llandysul Paddlers Flood Damage

Morning all,

Many of us have enjoyed the excellent value facilities and training at Llandysul Paddlers. It seems they've been hit badly by the floods, so if anybody wants to give something back, here's a link to a fundraiser to help them:

https://www.gofundme.com/llandysul-padd ... d-disaster
by Mal Grey
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Loch Ard
Replies: 1
Views: 426

Re: Loch Ard

There are several places along the road, first one at the east end has limited parking and a small wall to climb over but it arguably offers the nicest paddling circuit.

Obvious ones are on Paddle Points: http://www.paddlepoints.net/PaddlePoint ... loch%20ard
by Mal Grey
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KENTISH RIVER STOUR
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: KENTISH RIVER STOUR

As Adrian says, you shouldn't need any permit on tidal waters (except, obscurely, the Beaulieu in Hampshire). As I understand it, the Stour is tidal up to Fordwich - I was certainly fighting it there once! Down from Grove Ferry is therefore absolutely tidal. Anyway, nobody is going to police the lic...
by Mal Grey
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SUP RIVER WYE SPOTS?
Replies: 2
Views: 943

Re: SUP RIVER WYE SPOTS?

Have a look on Paddle Points, the Wye has loads of access points upstream and downstream of Hereford. http://www.paddlepoints.net/PaddlePoints.php?Location=hereford In Hereford, the Rowing Club allow access for a fee, useful if parking for a multi day trip. Otherwise, I'd say there must be something...
by Mal Grey
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe project
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Re: Canoe project

Hi Suggest posting the same question Song of the Paddle, as there is a Self-Build canoe section there that is quite popular, frequented by regular builders, and normally very helpful: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/forumdisplay.php/27-Self-build-Canoes The current gunwhales appear to be sepa...
by Mal Grey
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norfolk broads/ coast. Should I use a helmet?
Replies: 9
Views: 845

Re: Norfolk broads/ coast. Should I use a helmet?

As above unless you're playing in surf, a helmet is probably unnecessary, but only you can decide. Perhaps the more important thing is to understand that though you are on a relatively "benign" part of the British coast, its still the sea, and tides and winds come into play very quickly. As do large...
by Mal Grey
Tue May 22, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access Charter
Replies: 17
Views: 1586

Re: British Canoeing Access Charter

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 2:20 pm
I added a similar note to mine
Me too. I believe I suggested changing "establish" to "confirm the existing right" or something like that.
by Mal Grey
Sat May 19, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2716

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Some simple checks every time I have a load on roofrack. 1) Try to rock the car by holding the bars. 2) Try to move bars forward or backward. 3) Check how secure load is on bars. Any movement means you need to make adjustments. I even do this at service stations on a long journey in case anything h...
by Mal Grey
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge
Replies: 4
Views: 704

Re: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge

Try Danny at http://www.experienceardeche.com/.

A friend of mine, Mark Ludolf of https://www.canoemassifcentral.com/ does this sort of thing in the Tarn/Lot/Cele/Dordogne area, and he always recommends going to those guys for the Ardeche.
by Mal Grey
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed
Replies: 20
Views: 3624

Re: Inflatable kayak to carry bikes and 2 people...info needed

Thanks guys for the great responses. I have looked at the folding canoes and they do look good, although when watching the set up on YouTube they seem very complicated and fiddly to put together. Also I wonder how long wearing the skin is, as they are very expensive. I will look at the other links ...