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by SJD
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat advice needed
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Gelcoat advice needed

Please do, I love seeing old kayaks brought back to life.
by SJD
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat advice needed
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Gelcoat advice needed

Are you able to post pictures? As you mentioned Valley gelcoat is quite thick. You may be able to get away with a proper gelcoat repair in the damaged areas and then do a light sand, buff and polish to the rest of the kayak. I have never been a fan of flow coating an entire kayak or hull.
by SJD
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Hatch Toggles
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Valley Hatch Toggles

These are the closest I have found. A bit big but may be able to modify or use larger cord or bungee.

https://sealectdesigns.com/groups/3486- ... k-w-sleeve
by SJD
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Hatch Toggles
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Valley Hatch Toggles

Are you talking about the little black plastic hook which is attached to the deck lines via a short tether/line?
by SJD
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon hand held vhf - not picking up signals
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Standard Horizon hand held vhf - not picking up signals

You could try these three things. Adjust squelch, this will create more static noise but may bring out distant broadcasts. It does require careful listening through the static. Check and clean antenna connection. Try listening later at night. When I used to work aboard ship, long range communication...
by SJD
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?
Replies: 16
Views: 1170

Re: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?

It would have been nice if the video presenter showed more detail of the kayak; features like the skeg/slider, cockpit and seat arrangements.
by SJD
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Finally - Got My P&H Cetus
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Finally - Got My P&H Cetus

Gorgeous!!
by SJD
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Nelo Built
Replies: 0
Views: 361

Tiderace Nelo Built

I finally saw a new Tiderace built by Nelo, an Xceed XS in carbon/epoxy construction. I know there is more to a kayak than appearance but this example was pretty remarkable in the qualities of fit and finish. The Nelo build quality seems a big step up from my Cobra built Xtra.
by SJD
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Finally - Got My P&H Cetus
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Finally - Got My P&H Cetus

This thread needs pictures.
by SJD
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?
Replies: 12
Views: 787

Re: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?

I have not owned a surfski for roughly five years, so I will not comment on the latest and greatest but will mention that if your local river has underwater hazards not easily seen then a surfski with an over the stern rudder option may be worth considering. Regarding your option 3, you mentioned yo...
by SJD
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 10
Views: 863

Re: The ocean cockpit...

Being cursed with long legs my shins and knees certainly do not miss the ocean cockpit.
by SJD
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 747

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

I forgot to mention, the Aqua-Bound Bilgemaster is 17 3/4” long.
by SJD
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 747

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

My seat is all the way back so I can't fit anything behind my back band. Also, my pump is too long to fit cross-wise in the kayak. I've tried several friends pumps to see if a slightly shorter pump will fit any better but so far nothing. What brand and length are your pumps that you're able to fit ...
by SJD
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Deck Elastic - What Size?
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: P&H Deck Elastic - What Size?

I am not 100 percent sure but believe 5mm.
by SJD
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 747

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

I too store the pump behind the backrest in a pre-Forti Nordkapp with no problem.
by SJD
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 2115

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

I have the same outlook as pugwash, I too have both wood and carbon and cannot decide which is preferred. I was lucky to buy both from a local shop that had them on closeout.
by SJD
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can't choose
Replies: 23
Views: 1603

Re: Can't choose

That is unfortunate, and possibly a bit odd, they do not have any demo Rockpools available
by SJD
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can't choose
Replies: 23
Views: 1603

Re: Can't choose

Someone above mentioned the Rockpool GT. Rockpool makes excellent kayaks and I see they have a dealer in Belgium. If the Cetus does not work Rockpool may be worth a look.
by SJD
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can't choose
Replies: 23
Views: 1603

Re: Can't choose

Down toward the bottom of the first page there is a thread about sea kayak for big guys. If you have not seen it, you may find a few ideas there. It may be helpful if you post which brands of kayaks are available in your area. I have an older Valley Nordkapp from 2010 that has extra room for my size...
by SJD
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: sea kayak
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: Wanted: sea kayak

It may be helpful to provide more information.

What is the right boat?

What is suitable?
by SJD
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie question about fitting bungee cord to Perception Scooter
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Re: Newbie question about fitting bungee cord to Perception Scooter

You can use pad eyes with well nuts. I am unable to attach the link from my phone but there is a YouTube video covering this exact method. Perception has used these for decades in whitewater boats to attach seats and pedestals.
by SJD
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 18
Views: 1823

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

For BAs Astral has a couple low profile, minimal pocket models. The Surf ski genre also may be a place to look, Mocke comes to mind. Some Surf ski vests are not national certified if that matters to you.
by SJD
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 18
Views: 1823

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

With deck bags there are a few things to consider. First, which type? Mesh, some form of nylon but not waterproof, or a waterproof version. Second is size and is based on carry requirements. There are smallish ones that only hold a pair of glasses or small snack all the way up to ones that are the s...
by SJD
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Helmet Comfortable - Are There Any?
Replies: 10
Views: 1099

Re: Sea Kayak Helmet Comfortable - Are There Any?

I have had excellent long time service from the Pro-Tec Full Cut Water. I bought my first one in 1985 and have kept it for sentimental reasons. Of all the helmets I have tried this is the only one that doesn't give me a headache after a short time. Another bonus is replacement liner pad kits are ava...
by SJD
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto
Replies: 8
Views: 800

Re: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto

The suggestion of buying used for your first kayak is a good one. It may be worth giving David at Sea Kayak Connecticut a call. Last time I spoke with him he had a couple of Alaw Bachs (not the new Eto version) for sale. David is very helpful. For the price of a new Rockpool or SKUK you could probab...
by SJD
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry cags for women?
Replies: 5
Views: 634

Re: Dry cags for women?

If you have access or don’t mind ordering Kokatat has a nice selection of woman’s specific paddling clothing.
by SJD
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Xceed-S?
Replies: 9
Views: 1322

Re: Xceed-S?

Thumbs up!
by SJD
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Xceed-S?
Replies: 9
Views: 1322

Re: Xceed-S?

Good luck with your new kayak. I’ve been curious to see reports on the Nelo built Tideraces. How is the construction, fit and finish?
by SJD
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seaward Kayaks
Replies: 5
Views: 673

Re: Seaward Kayaks

I have some time in an Ascente. What are your expectations for an upgrade?