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by SJD
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder up hitting in the deck. Solutions?
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: Rudder up hitting in the deck. Solutions?

Practice. You should be able to feather or ease the tension on the retrieval line as the rudder kicks up. The rudder will still hit the deck but you should be able to reduce the force of impact.

There is also a V shaped fitting that can be installed on the deck that centers the blade.
by SJD
Thu May 21, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Boating up -river
Replies: 9
Views: 570

Re: Boating up -river

When I was playing at racing canoe slalom during the late 80s-early 90s it was common to paddle upstream as part of training. If I remember correctly it was called attainment.
by SJD
Thu May 14, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mediterranean Kayaking Locations
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: Mediterranean Kayaking Locations

I do not have a specific reply but this video may provide some inspiration. Girls go Round: Corsica

by SJD
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 19
Views: 1955

Re: The ocean cockpit...

Good one
by SJD
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg slider cut-out...
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Re: Skeg slider cut-out...

There are two ways I know of that will apply friction in the skeg system to allow adjustability in deployment. 1. Introduce a slight bow in the stainless wire within the slider box. The wire runs through the aft end, through the ball pinched by a set screw, and through the forward end. 2. If you are...
by SJD
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 19
Views: 1955

Re: The ocean cockpit...

I have owned four ocean cockpit kayaks since the late 1980s, two Nordkapps, one Anas Acuta and a Pintail. Having let many paddlers try these boats over the years, the single most frequent complaint was of a claustrophobic feeling from being in the smaller cockpit opening. If that is a prevailing min...
by SJD
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations Appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 597

Re: Recommendations Appreciated

You could search used listings and post your findings here for advice on specific kayak models. There is a broad base of knowledge on here regarding kayak models, also in the almanac there is a great deal of information on many models. In these evaluations it is also helpful to describe yourself. Yo...
by SJD
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations Appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 597

Re: Recommendations Appreciated

All good comments, the only thing I would add is to look for second hand kayaks. You’ll save money over new prices and won’t loose much when it is time to upgrade and sell.
by SJD
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit measures North Shore Atlantic
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: Cockpit measures North Shore Atlantic

I am also cursed with long legs. Another factor to consider besides the overall coaming length is the position of the seat and back band. When shopping for a kayak from afar, and if in doubt, I ask for a measurement from the back of the seat to the forward edge of the coaming. I also ask for a measu...
by SJD
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 1013

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: 10
Views: 1013

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: 620

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: 620

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: 682

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: 1746

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: 890

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: 652

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: 890

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: 1007

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: 19
Views: 1955

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: 981

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: 981

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: 610

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: 981

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: 2630

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: 1865

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: 1865

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: 1865

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: 1143

Re: Wanted: sea kayak

It may be helpful to provide more information.

What is the right boat?

What is suitable?