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by adventureagent
Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack
Replies: 14
Views: 616

Re: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack

Chris Bolton's concerns about any insurance issues can also apply to the location of the roof rack/ roof bars and the maximum static load being carried which must be according to any instructions given in the owner's/ driver's manual. It's better to fit the bars correctly and if necessary attach a ...
by adventureagent
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack
Replies: 14
Views: 616

Re: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack

Another thing I did with a previous boat was to make a square frame. The length was such that I could mount standard kayak foam blocks on the ends. The ends were at the point where the boat's bulkheads meet the hull. This way the hull didn't get deflected . In practise, however, sometimes the boat w...
by adventureagent
Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack
Replies: 14
Views: 616

Re: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack

There are two issues with supporting boats on roof bars; to ensure the load is stable and to avoid damaging the boat. Putting the bars as far apart as possible helps with stability. There's a secondary effect for a long boat with the bars close together, any longitudinal pitching of the boat causes...
by adventureagent
Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack
Replies: 14
Views: 616

Re: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack

Racks by mfg's like Thule specify where to place the rack towers on the car. I think this is to minimize effects on doors, minimizing noise, rain dripping into the car. Some vehicles have small triangles to assist located racks. That being known, I use a verticle bar on each rack cross-bar. I mount ...
by adventureagent
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: paddle grips or tape
Replies: 13
Views: 455

Re: paddle grips or tape

I'm not sure why people want extra grip when using wing paddles. You should hold the paddle loosely and let the blades rotate to the correct position as you apply power. It is completely different to using asymmetrics. (Took me a while to get used to it). Most carbon shafts have enough grip; in fac...
by adventureagent
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: paddle grips or tape
Replies: 13
Views: 455

Re: paddle grips or tape

Hi Kajon You could perhaps just try some Gorilla tape either on its own or to secure some old tyre inner tube. Gorilla tape is more expensive than some tapes but I have used it to secure some foam pads in my boat and whilst it's not perfect it has worked and I can use the tape for other purposes. T...
by adventureagent
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Hullavator?
Replies: 12
Views: 752

Re: Thule Hullavator?

rhysie wrote:
Sat Aug 28, 2021 2:01 am

Image
The second image shows your kayak "side-slung".

I'm curious as to the purpose of and what is the dark strapping atop your stern, seemingly running to where a rudder-mount might be. Please enlighten me.
by adventureagent
Wed Sep 01, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Scorpio: Fragile coaming, P&H support ineffective
Replies: 4
Views: 456

Re: P&H Scorpio: Fragile coaming, P&H support ineffective

I'm wondering if maybe these boats didn't have enough sun protection in the mix at manufacture. I've a friend whose plastic kayak cracked on the cockpit rim (much worse than your photo). I had never seen a cloth affix to a plastic kayak, especially given that there were so many curves and varied loa...
by adventureagent
Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand
Replies: 16
Views: 757

Re: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand

I haven't any ideas to offer, like deadmen, but I love the fact that this country is so open for a camp set-up. It's hard for me to imagine so few trees, as compared to where I paddle. The campfire shown is interesting and alluring. My question is about the firepit wood. It seems to be nice pine rou...
by adventureagent
Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2/3rds of a "Lochaber style" kayak
Replies: 21
Views: 1742

Re: 2/3rds of a "Lochaber style" kayak

What an intriguing lot you all are. What a fantastic adventure to find such an artifact, to see this story unfolding by present day enthusiasts. And to think of those early boats that did so much at sea, and also in exploring the whitewater runs here in Ontario, Canada. What maintenance must have be...
by adventureagent
Mon Jul 12, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Binoculars^
Replies: 51
Views: 22981

Re: Binoculars^

First time I saw binoculars used was in Algonquin Park. The folk with the compact Nikons could see the far shore and tell if a campsite was occupied. That saved a lot of paddling recon on a very windy day. So I followed the lead and got a binocular. Yes, handy, but I admit to not using them in my re...
by adventureagent
Fri Jul 09, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New - Advice Inflatable Kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: New - Advice Inflatable Kayak





Steve Backshall used inflatables in rock-strewn, treed rivers. Two persons. They were the Sea Eagle drop-stitch construction. You can see them here.

by adventureagent
Tue Jul 06, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stern heavy !
Replies: 14
Views: 702

Re: Stern heavy !

Serious old school paddles and BA's being used there - don't jump too fast to critisise, it is just possible that these guys know exactly what they are doing and might be ex olympic level paddlers for all we know. (although the stroke style might suggest othrwise....) And as long as they are having...
by adventureagent
Sat Jul 03, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning from mistakes!
Replies: 14
Views: 1115

Re: Learning from mistakes!

I recently made a mistake which I will hopefully learn from. Always double check that your kit has gone from your dwelling to your mode of transport, I travelled for 2hrs to a paddle location with the buzz of a great paddle ahead. ... I did the same 2 hour drive, took a ferry, drove more, got to th...
by adventureagent
Fri Jul 02, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning from mistakes!
Replies: 14
Views: 1115

Re: Learning from mistakes!

For many years, I used a Current Designs "Expedition" kayak (18' x 21", rudder, totally round section, fish-form). It was a lovely "little" surfer and soft in chop. The thing is, that for likely good reason, they brought the rudder line along the deck, through a jam cleat, where the line rested to h...
by adventureagent
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning from mistakes!
Replies: 14
Views: 1115

Re: Learning from mistakes!

Pracice session of rescues... The main lesson I supose it to always be ready for a deck not releasing and have a plan. You certainly get my respect for being (apparently) so cool under fire. Thats the value of practise and experience. I used to use a 3/8" thick skirt with a flat neoprene rim on it,...
by adventureagent
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 1054

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

Hi, Getting my 16 y/o son checked out by GP but wondered if anyone else had come across a similar thing... If he has been paddling constantly for an hour or so, often his hands 'clamp' around the paddle. He has to then painfully flex them so he can unlock them and regain full use and flex of his ha...
by adventureagent
Wed May 26, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: j bars
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Re: j bars

I'd guess that the ones you saw were either KCS or Karitek. I doubt the weight difference is significant tbh, but they're both really good kit - you might prefer them for your fancy boat anyway. https://kayakcarriers.co.uk/product/ky-j-cradles-high-quality-for-secure-kayak-transportation-on-vehicle...
by adventureagent
Mon May 17, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pressurising hatches
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Pressurising hatches

Another old style was to use food coloured or other dye-like thing to make the edges of a leak appear.
by adventureagent
Thu May 13, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 3077

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: 78
Views: 3077

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: 568

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: 78
Views: 3077

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: 1243

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: 2127

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: 78
Views: 3077

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: 1243

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: 3017

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: 1220

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: 948

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...