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by adventureagent
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

Pretty unusual for sea kayak manufacturers to bolt hatches now. Since they are Kajaksport rims you could consider taking them out, filling the holes in the deck, and then bonding them back in properly. Once the existing adhesive is cleaned off, if the rim is a close fit to the deck, a methacrylate ...
by adventureagent
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

Guess I'm not looking to apply this hardware, thanks, everyone.

Spring's 'round the corner.
by adventureagent
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

Same as used by Rockpool, amongst others, who glue and DO NOT bolt. I'm happy with a factory glued hatch rim from a manufacturer I trust, but if the manufacturer has used bolts and I don't know what the glue is, I wouldn't take them out. I chose to use bolts when replacing a hatch on an older boat ...
by adventureagent
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

Yep, they are Kajaksport hatches. http://kape-kayak.hu/images/boats/k1_hunter_510/k1_hunter_510_01.jpg Same as used by Rockpool, amongst others, who glue and DO NOT bolt. I do not believe in what so many do as normal practice - pounding a hatch cover on I spray a light coat of silicone lubricant on...
by adventureagent
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

I've had to replace a hatch ring cracked at the bots (and leaking at the cracks). I bonded it in with no bolts, and it's solid. I wouldn't use bolts again, and if I found bolts I'd take them out. Yes, I've seen hatch rims cracked near screws. I suspect the black, hard substance is some form of glue...
by adventureagent
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introduction and looking for advice.
Replies: 30
Views: 961

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

Can't beat joining a club for a smart track to sport.
by adventureagent
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

I might have clarified that this is a new boat and these hatches don't leak (yet). In that case I'd go with Jim's suggestion, dome nuts. What manufacturer is it? Most I know of just glue. Dome nuts on longer screws would still catch, I think. Will review in warmer days (ahead) . Prob'ly gonna Dreme...
by adventureagent
Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

I might have clarified that this is a new boat and these hatches don't leak (yet). Main issue is catching items on their way out. Chris, Pedro, Fozzy, Pathbrae and Ceegee, thank you all for the input and ideas. I'll contemplate them all over this remaining winter. I don't like to remove the screws, ...
by adventureagent
Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

Thanks, all. Not cap bolts. Hadn't thought of Dremel. Have a nice 4000 unit. It's a bit cool for prolonged exposure out on the deck, so I'll 'tend to this in a warmer time. Although I"m itching to do paddle-related things. So is it common thought that the screws/nuts NOT be removed? I notice they're...
by adventureagent
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

Hatch rim is attached with black, hard substance which seems to have flowed/pooled after screws were applied to seal it to the under-deck ring. Trouble is, the nuts, under deck, catch things being extracted from hatch, such as bags, etc. Some screws project beyond the nuts, risking ripping bags, lig...
by adventureagent
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

Alright. Thanks for the few replies and much thought-provoking. My curiosity is, as I said, that someone has given much thought and then design and manufacturing to this thing. Therefore, while I'd never thought of such a thing, perhaps this venue would reach someone who actually has used it. So, I ...
by adventureagent
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

Thank, Ike. I kinda like that answer.
by adventureagent
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

Not sure I've ever seen one. Setting the rudder with your feet means you don't need to take a hand off the paddle...... I realize that, but someone went to the point of designing this to address some problem. I know sometimes I would tilt the boat to compensate, sometimes extend the paddle on one s...
by adventureagent
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Re: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

Not sure I've ever seen one. Setting the rudder with your feet means you don't need to take a hand off the paddle...... I realize that, but someone went to the point of designing this to address some problem. I know sometimes I would tilt the boat to compensate, sometimes extend the paddle on one s...
by adventureagent
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 568

Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

My new boat has Smart trak. They market "trim-tab", which appears to be a deck-mounted lever. The lever apparently "sets" the rudder to allow for beam windage. I searched youtube to no avail. Their website doesn't educate on the subject. Seems to be times when the simple flick of an on-deck lever to...
by adventureagent
Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2343

Re: Greenland paddles

jamesl2play wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:12 pm

Each type of paddle has its own use, there is no one type better than the other they are just different. That is why I have six boats.
This speaks for us all:
by adventureagent
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Afloat on Christmas Day...?
Replies: 12
Views: 460

Re: Afloat on Christmas Day...?

Oh, envy !
by adventureagent
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stuck Skeg^
Replies: 41
Views: 2776

Re: Stuck Skeg^

Yeah my bad - either I skim read the thread or just read the last few replies. No intention to diss, patronise or cock wave. I understand this. For some reason, all my life I've started reading well below the start of an item. I suppose I was trying to compensate for lack of speed. At any rate, som...
by adventureagent
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keel Repair/Strengthening
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Keel Repair/Strengthening

I'd quite like to protect my Nelo 510 in a few places (bow, under heels). Was thinking of using Helicopter tape. Does anyone have experience of using this on a plastic (rotomold) boat? Does it stick? I know a friend of mine used G-flex around a portion of his plastic kayak's cockpit rim. It stuck o...
by adventureagent
Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2343

Re: Greenland paddles

Interest to buy a GP, but...the one I did try trembled and fluttered in the power stroke. Apparently this is a well known characteristic. Never had that problem or heard anyone talk about it. If it does it is due to using a paddle, any paddle, incorrectly. The only way possibly to get it to flutter...
by adventureagent
Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2343

Re: Greenland paddles

I've not long been using (and making) Greenland paddles but if you get it right it can be almost silent paddling. Silence is something I miss in kayaking. My boat is silent. My canoe paddles can be. My wing? Well, that's another story. I appreciate your search for the silence of stroke. It means a ...
by adventureagent
Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2343

Re: Greenland paddles

Check out this video - very good explanation of the mechanics of gp's (Cape Falcon Kayaks) https://youtu.be/QlbuVGtx3F4 - There are also very good instructions on how to make your own - much cheaper than buying. Utterly knowledgeable paddler with a gift for presentation. Obviously has spent innumer...
by adventureagent
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1319

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

I remember being very busy trying to balance my big Current Designs Expedition near a headland. Solo, I was far enough from shore to not want to part company with the boat, nor did I want to test my weak swimming skills and strength. Merrily making headway, I just turned my head to see a large sailc...
by adventureagent
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 37
Views: 1121

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

Long story short I've come into possession of a sea kayak that has both a rudder and a retractable skeg installed. Does any one have any experience using both in tandem? Should I choose one system and stick to it, or use both? Early on I deployed both rudder and skeg on a very windy day, trying to ...
by adventureagent
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.
Replies: 17
Views: 835

Re: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.

With my sea kayaks I have changed the way I paddle from using a backband and being fairly locked in, to a much looser fit ... It isn't for everyone, but to get on well with the Nordkapp, you probably should aim to get looser in the boat than you are used to - being tight in a less stable boat means...
by adventureagent
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 1963

Re: Long swim.

This reminds me of https://youtu.be/2_i3SE3ECPY . From 24:00 to avoid the tedious intro and clownishness. Swimming is generally a bad idea! This guys boat washed ashore intact and was quickly found, while he ended up swimming an entire night. Thanks for this link, Ceegee. I'm gonna pass it on to a ...
by adventureagent
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone tried these boats
Replies: 15
Views: 1001

Re: Anyone tried these boats

I know NRS is a reputable rafting manufacturer so just looked on their website, do you have the actual boat pictured? That seems to be a top of the range boat, not the typical Aldi special that people usually get on an impulse buy! Should last many years of fairly serious river running, but really ...
by adventureagent
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone tried these boats
Replies: 15
Views: 1001

Re: Anyone tried these boats

simon64 wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:17 pm
Looks similar to the “Hot dogs“ at Cardiff white water centre, great fun for that sort of thing, but wouldn’t want to paddle one far in flat water.
Looks like a lot of fun !
by adventureagent
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 59
Views: 2248

Re: Rolling

To the OP - What sort of Kayak? It's also a lot easier to roll a kayak in a pool with no layers of clothing, drysuit, BA etc. restricting your movements. ... Fortunately the dark days of "you must roll before we take you out" are past - it's a skill people pick up but it's not a necessity unless pe...
by adventureagent
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ears
Replies: 13
Views: 795

Re: Ears

The only thing not mentioned here, possibly just overlooked, is how you enter the water at roll time. I used to get a pain from falling in to either side. In time, I tried rotating my head, nearer the deck. So you might say I put one ear on the deck. That changed the angle of entry to the water so t...