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by adventureagent
Thu May 13, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

For myself I can't get myself round the mechanics of rolling whether from scratch or from reentry. The stage that coaches seem to skip is how to 'shadow roll' ie upright and breathing air so that one can memorise the action without worrying about drowning ... It's not nice being upside down,unable ...
by adventureagent
Sat May 08, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

I guess the product never made it to market If you check the date of the first post about it, it hints at the reason… but if it really is what you need I suppose you could make one. Well ... Forgive me, but I just happened upon this one, and ... I guess something made it to market. No end to ideas ...
by adventureagent
Mon May 03, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: Peanmeanach

"Bothy" -

You brits have a whole other English language to we Canadians. I've had to look up the meaning of so many words on this site, I feel like I'm taking English as a second language. Keeps me entertained, literate, and learning . Thanks for all the knowledge enhancements.
by adventureagent
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Well, Mick. A way with words and names. I remember when Kites were used ( I fell for that ). I remember when pogies were first introduced (I fell for that and still use 'm). I remember when someone had such a ridiculous idea as to actually build walls into kayaks. They called them bulkheads (I fell ...
by adventureagent
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 33
Views: 1047

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

No, I haven't yet found a battery. I handed the search to a local electronics engineer who I've known a few years from kayaking with her. She didn't solve it either (she may have been not-motivated enough ). I'm not rushing, obviously. A drill to that gel? At this point, I'm thinking I may vent the ...
by adventureagent
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

I first sat in a kayak over fifty years ago and I swim like a brick. Far better to learn how to not end up swimming in the first place. Just like when people get taught how to roll first instead of concentrating on support strokes. The national whitewater coach used to not teach the roll to his rac...
by adventureagent
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Chris Bolton wrote:
Sat Apr 24, 2021 10:44 am
I've just come across another relevant article for this topic. I post it without comment.

https://seakayakphoto.blogspot.com/2007 ... float.html
NEAT!
Looks like it could double as a hand-warmer, too, eh? (smiley goes here)
by adventureagent
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 33
Views: 1047

Re: Pump battery suggestion

Here is a battery that I have used successfully. In case the link does not work in the UK search Amazon for “ Tenergy NiMH Battery Pack 12V 2000mAh High Capacity Rechargeable Battery w/Bare Leads”. You will need the matching charger. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077Y9HNTF?pf_rd_r=2NQ7PB062ET2...
by adventureagent
Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite / Polymer quandary
Replies: 33
Views: 2843

Re: Composite / Polymer quandary

What a riotus read all this is. My experience with plastic in hot weather is the deflection of the hull from being rack tied too long. My plastic Aquatera lasted ten years of abuse, but I found it difficult to try and straighten the hull, deformed by heat. I had to turn it bottom up, and found the q...
by adventureagent
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bike towing a sea kayak
Replies: 22
Views: 939

Re: Bike towing a sea kayak

I forgot to mention that the attachement of carts for children might be a good thing to check out. You might find a unit in a second hand store. How they connect to the bike is interesting. In fact, it may be quite convenient to adapt one of these units to your project. That might shorten your proje...
by adventureagent
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Solo safety and caution
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Solo safety and caution

This is where the mental preparation comes in, I rehearse the scenarios ahead of time, I am someone with the dual sleep pattern so usually have a quiet time to do this around 02.00 to 03.00 every night, even when on a solo expedition. Thinking it out is a waste of time, there are always too many va...
by adventureagent
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bike towing a sea kayak
Replies: 22
Views: 939

Re: Bike towing a sea kayak

Might want to put a mast for a high visibility flag on the most rear portion of the unit, as other vehicle drivers won't quite figure the sight before them. I remember that tests indicated, for motorcycling, that drivers see the person (the cyclist) before they see the total unit. It takes time for ...
by adventureagent
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nansen in the Arctic
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: Nansen in the Arctic

Shucks !
When I tried this link, I got this caption, indicating I can't see it:
"BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues."
by adventureagent
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flatwater paddliing, Ontario, Canada
Replies: 0
Views: 152

Flatwater paddliing, Ontario, Canada

Not sure if this link will show when submitted. I hope and trust it will show.

https://paddlingmag.com/videos/pictured ... iQvqm1xNSg
by adventureagent
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

In fact, "face down" draws less draft than hunched over. Unless you are rolling in a restricted rock garden there is nothing for you to hit anyway, and if you are in one in the conditions that put you over, you are likely to get bounced around and injured whatever way. The best helmets have a peak/...
by adventureagent
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

I generally use a screw roll finishing on the back deck but then flip the blade over and punch it forwards as I sit up. Gives a very strong finish to the roll. That seems to me to be what we would call a C1 roll. Eh? Remember, I haven't done a roll for a few years, so I'm impressed by anyone who ge...
by adventureagent
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

ending your roll on the stern leaves your face exposed to whatever might be in the water beneath you and the boat This is the commonly held view, but only applies if the roll fails. If it works, you face upwards all the way through. I agree that a forward finish is more stable once you're up, and r...
by adventureagent
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

I used to tell people to "kiss the deck" to roll. Now, with a nice kokatat touring pfd, I'm held from the deck, can't tuck enough, and, well ... I play safe now, but my trust in a roll has gone. Forward finishing rolls are generally much harder than rear. The do leave you in a better position in ch...
by adventureagent
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bike towing a sea kayak
Replies: 22
Views: 939

Re: Bike towing a sea kayak

I've trolleyed a kayak across Jura via the Viking Portage, an interesting experience never to be repeated. https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/922/Q8IOp1.jpg I think going through the Corryvreckan was a doddle in comparison. "Once over a portage is of a genteel sufficiency". - From "Pole,...
by adventureagent
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 33
Views: 1047

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

Thanks, SJD I'll ponder this a while. Easy to find online, anyway.
by adventureagent
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 33
Views: 1047

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

Update: Turns out that SOME of the screws related to my hatch rims, and those "plus-sign" plastic fittings through which my deck lines can be fed, are longer than others. These stainless machine screws are not available in town, about an hour away, round trip. I searched online, made phone calls. I ...
by adventureagent
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

... In my case it was failing to lean forward sufficiently, so that my forward hand wasn't reaching the surface. Once I started putting my nose on the deck at the start, it worked every time (... so far). I used to tell people to "kiss the deck" to roll. Now, with a nice kokatat touring pfd, I'm he...
by adventureagent
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outstanding customer service
Replies: 23
Views: 2050

Re: Outstanding customer service

Last week I sent my Thermarest pillow to Ireland for repair, and today I’ve just had it back. I’m delighted. It’s at least five years old so there was no question of my claiming under guarantee, and many companies would have seen it as a chance to sell a replacement. But not Thermarest or Cascade D...
by adventureagent
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outstanding customer service
Replies: 23
Views: 2050

Re: Outstanding customer service

I would put Valley froward for outstanding customer service. After I had had my Aquanaut for about 6 months I damaged it rockhopping, Valley not only didn't charge me for the repair, but also arranged for the boat to be collected & returned without charge. Ken Yes, but their website is out of date ...
by adventureagent
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 33
Views: 1047

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

Thanks, Mark.
I was having difficulty locating what, where, how. This is a good leading point to narrow the search for a power supply.
by adventureagent
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 33
Views: 1047

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

By the way, this is the actual boat, in "extra" layup, red ends, otherwise all white and I removed all labels. (It's my "thing".)

http://kape-kayak.hu/en/2015-01-18-09-5 ... c-585.html
by adventureagent
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 33
Views: 1047

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

So, to update to present: I finally located a local supplier of stainless screws. He was kind enough to root around in the back in his spares. He found the right thread and offered five screws and nylock nuts to me for no charge. I lost two units into the dark underpinnings of my windswept deck (por...
by adventureagent
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freezing pump system
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Freezing pump system

Thank you, Sean_soup. I'll hit the road in a few days I guess. Changing lock-down patterns across the Province determine some activities.
by adventureagent
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freezing pump system
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Freezing pump system

There is a worry straight away - nominally a 12v pump, but the actual flow ratings are based on 13.6v... A motor will very briefly draw about twice the running current when starting up, so 5A protection on the circuit for 2.7 - 3A running is enough headroom that you don't blow the fuse every time y...
by adventureagent
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freezing pump system
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Freezing pump system

1) You are fitting to a kayak which presumably will be sponged dry before being left in storage, even overnight when camping in winter - I reckon the pump will drain effectively so there is no concern about residual water freezing in it. If it was the bilge pump in a yacht where there is always a b...