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by SJD
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

Was this “weeping sealant” problem solved?
by SJD
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding strength to a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: Adding strength to a kayak

This is more a comment and question of curiosity. Is this an older kayak from the era of pre-day hatch construction? If so, and if it is of interest you could add a third bulkhead and day hatch.
by SJD
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding strength to a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: Adding strength to a kayak

Jim has provided an excellent bit of advice.
by SJD
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: older valley skeg cable repair/upgrade
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: older valley skeg cable repair/upgrade

3mm is the standard original diameter size. In case you need them, here is a link to replacement instructions.

https://www.kayakacademy.com/pages/vall ... 011-models
by SJD
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ears
Replies: 13
Views: 620

Re: Ears

I had very painful ears after rolling, being old school I’m of the opinion that the roll should be regularly practiced. Because nearly every problem in a sea kayak is going to involve water... Therefore I ended up largely stopping kayaking for a number of years. Has anyone successfully made the ret...
by SJD
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Restoration of P&H Umnak Icefloe
Replies: 13
Views: 465

Re: Restoration of P&H Umnak Icefloe

What is going on with the oval shaped spot forward and left of the keel line? Has it been rubbed through a single layer, or is it down to the gelcoat, and has the surrounding area delaminated? Kind of hard to tell from the picture. Regarding removal of the foot bar and padding out the front bulkhead...
by SJD
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?
Replies: 17
Views: 487

Re: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?

In addition to the above comments, you could learn to control the paddle with your left side. In case you do not know, there are paddles with feather angle of varying degrees in right control, left control or paddles with no feather angle. A Greenland paddle may be worth a look as they are generally...
by SJD
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kape Mistral 550, Arctic 585, Epic 18 Sport
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Kape Mistral 550, Arctic 585, Epic 18 Sport

This post may be too late and it is not a model you mentioned but there is a review of the Kape Hunter 510 on paddling.com. The reviewer seems satisfied with build and price. May at least give an indication of quality, value, etc.

https://paddling.com/gear/kape-canoes-k ... 510-kayak/
by SJD
Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea sickness issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Re: sea sickness issues

You can also research sea sickness/motion sickness and the inner ear for more information.
by SJD
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea sickness issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1013

Re: sea sickness issues

In my previous life I spent 21 years at sea and have more than my share of sea sickness stories. I am fortunate to not have experienced incapacitating sea sickness that others have mentioned. Many of my old shipmates have tried the little tricks like looking at the horizon, becoming one with the sea...
by SJD
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

I hope to see an update on this situation, one of which I’ve never seen before.
by SJD
Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to sea & touring
Replies: 10
Views: 693

Re: New to sea & touring

Pretty broad question(s) you have asked. To start things off I’ll ask a couple questions. What do you mean buy “I have kayaking experience?” For example, are you a highly experienced whitewater paddler or have just paddled on a lake using a SOT a few times, or somewhere in between the experiences? T...
by SJD
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: New To Canoes What Canoe?
Replies: 11
Views: 318

Re: New To Canoes What Canoe?

Yes, but with a disclaimer. My wife and I spent about an hour with one during a demo day many years ago. The Solo Plus we paddled was the core, Kevlar 49 version. It is a very nice canoe but we both felt it suffers from a bit of an identity problem; the problem of trying to be two different boats. T...
by SJD
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: New To Canoes What Canoe?
Replies: 11
Views: 318

Re: New To Canoes What Canoe?

Perhaps something like the Wenonah Solo Plus. They also have several past and current models in the larger solo tripping/expedition category.

https://wenonah.com/Canoes.aspx?id=122
by SJD
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What size spraydeck for a Point 65n XRay sea kayak?
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: What size spraydeck for a Point 65n XRay sea kayak?

Seals has 1.3 listed on their website for the XRay.

https://www.sealsskirts.com/sizing/sizing.php

Hope this helps
by SJD
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder up hitting in the deck. Solutions?
Replies: 5
Views: 325

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: 12
Views: 722

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: 618

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: 2030

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: 676

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: 2030

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: 644

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: 644

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: 462

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: 1061

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: 1061

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: 665

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: 665

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: 734

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...