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by SJD
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Xceed-S?
Replies: 9
Views: 767

Re: Xceed-S?

Thumbs up!
by SJD
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Xceed-S?
Replies: 9
Views: 767

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: 452

Re: Seaward Kayaks

I have some time in an Ascente. What are your expectations for an upgrade?
by SJD
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

I used a roll top dry bag with a clear window for about 5 years with no issues, I believe it was made by SealLine. It did start to delaminate so it was time to replace. While it was not claimed to be waterproof I never did have any water inside. I was given a GoBagPro last Christmas and have had exc...
by SJD
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1990 Valley Norkapp HS Restoration
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Re: 1990 Valley Norkapp HS Restoration

How did the flow coat turn out?
by SJD
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 937

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

Seems like manufacturers are depending on word of mouth and other informal forms of notification more than any other means of marketing these days. Some may remember Valley and the release of the Gemini SP/ST, was it two years before they updated their website?
by SJD
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

What are your requirements with the need for one clear side? Is it to operate or just to view?
by SJD
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 848

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Wurly, I have been very happy with the Kokatat Knappster. The Knappster is a short sleeve paddle jacket made of Gore Tex and light weight neoprene neck and bicep cuffs. This is the only jacket of its type I have owned that is not like wearing a plastic bag. I also, at times, wear a short sleeve shir...
by SJD
Tue May 21, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bach Eto
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Bach Eto

Does the Bach Eto have the same Alaw Bach adjustable seat and footrest/plate?
by SJD
Mon May 20, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit design balancing hip rotation and bracing
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Cockpit design balancing hip rotation and bracing

I can’t really answer your fit question but do have a lead for two potential kayaks. Kayak Academy in the Seattle area has a couple of Valley Rapiers on sale for pretty attractive prices.
by SJD
Mon May 20, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bach Eto
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Bach Eto

I have the same leg length (35 inch inseam) and forward day hatch interference as others have expressed.
by SJD
Sun May 19, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bach Eto
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Bach Eto

I received the information third hand but was told the news may be found on Rockpool’s Facebook page.
by SJD
Sat May 18, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bach Eto
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Bach Eto

Rockpool has discontinued the Alaw Bach and is now offering the Bach Eto. Anyone seen and or paddled one yet?
by SJD
Thu May 16, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1990 Valley Norkapp HS Restoration
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Re: 1990 Valley Norkapp HS Restoration

I have restored two older Valley kayaks over the past 5 years, the first was an ‘86 Nordkapp and the second was a ‘91 Anas Acuta. They both shared a common trait; very thick gel coat. With gel coat roughly 1/4” thick made painting or an entire gel coat spray job unnecessary. I ground out cracks and ...
by SJD
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)
Replies: 11
Views: 845

Re: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)

Just out of curiosity, why just those two models? Is it dealer location? It seems like there are quite a few more options available in plastic these days.
by SJD
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Alaw Bach and Isel Deck Height
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: Alaw Bach and Isel Deck Height

Thanks Rockhopper, exactly what I need.
by SJD
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Alaw Bach and Isel Deck Height
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Alaw Bach and Isel Deck Height

I currently own an Alaw Bach TCC and hoping to pick up a composite version later this year. I love the Alaw Bach but am a little intrigued by the Isel. My concern with the Isel is since it is lower volume I may have a fore deck/knee height problem. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could pr...
by SJD
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat
Replies: 8
Views: 858

Re: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat

The scrape is not much to worry about. I would keep an eye on the cracks watching for spreading/lengthening. I assume you checked the inside laminate for cracks to confirm that it is only gelcoat damage. I would add that if you foresee selling the kayak in the future it may payoff to repair the dama...
by SJD
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp HM - my impressions^
Replies: 18
Views: 17562

Re: Nordkapp HM - my impressions^

I am roughly the same size as you and have owned an Anas Acuta and two older Nordkapps over the years. If you fit in the Anas Acuta you should fit in the older Nordkapp. However, for me there is one fundamental difference between the two. Assuming both kayaks are ocean cockpit equipped, the Nordkapp...
by SJD
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?

Grian wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:07 pm
SJD wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:05 pm
Alaw Bach
That’s succinct! :) It is a faster Romany?

They describe it as suiting medium to large paddlers though.
Perhaps the Isel
by SJD
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best stuff to stick foam to hull
Replies: 11
Views: 943

Re: Best stuff to stick foam to hull

If available Weldwood Red works well.
by SJD
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1891

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I have made similar repairs with good luck using a stick with a bent chip brush taped to the end. Granted, it is kind of done in the blind. I typically use West System epoxy with appropriate fabric in two layers, but not chopped strand mat. Wet out the area with the brush mentioned above, with a sep...
by SJD
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice
Replies: 6
Views: 665

Re: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice

There are several nice kayaks in the private sales section. The Valley Gemini ST is a lovely kayak as is the Nordkapp LV.
by SJD
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: Gelcoat coming off cockpit coaming

I would repair as Aled describes but would probably wait until other gelcoat repairs are needed. That is such a small area it is not worth the trouble by itself. In the interim I would apply a small piece of clear 3M or similar packing tape.
by SJD
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf ski seating adjustment
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Surf ski seating adjustment

Pipit, My thoughts regarding adding minicell foam to the back of the bucket is meant to basically mimic the shape of that part of the bucket where your lower back rests. As an example and what I have seen done by others is to start with a large enough piece of foam that can be shaped and tapered to ...
by SJD
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf ski seating adjustment
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Surf ski seating adjustment

Are you able to sit in the bucket with your knees at, or meaning over, the hump? In a surfski that is the sweet spot, at least for me. If I understand this situation correctly, you should then be able to pull the foot plate and pedals toward you about one inch and also pad the back upper part of the...
by SJD
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak categories
Replies: 19
Views: 1319

Re: Sea kayak categories

Some interesting points but in the end this idea of categorizing has a questionable purpose/end result. Where is it going? Will some national federation adopt it? Will all manufacturers adopt it? Funny thing is, I have been kayaking for 33 years and it all seems fine without the suggested categoriza...
by SJD
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Dry suit?
Replies: 21
Views: 5362

Re: Best Dry suit?

The one with the best customer service, repair and replacement policy
by SJD
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SAGA – XP18 - ad infinitum
Replies: 10
Views: 827

Re: SAGA – XP18 - ad infinitum

Adventureagent, Please choose your quotes more carefully. even though you're thinking "relative to the boat weight". I never said or thought that! In my 33 years of paddling, 6 of which was training and racing C1 slalom 4-6 days a week, I never noticed any adverse impact, or burden of end weight, of...