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by MikeB
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Online charts
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Online charts

by MikeB
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 12
Views: 504

Re: Emergency patches

An alternative to Denso tape that was recommended to some of us is a product called ‘Flex Tape’. Seemingly super effective and not messy or time limited like Denso.

I have to admit I’ve yet to try it.

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by MikeB
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 12
Views: 504

Re: Emergency patches

Gorilla tape - wide and the narrower variety, is very versatile. You might also consider having some bits of Denso Tape, but it's incredibly messy and will go hard (and useless) in the plastic bag you'll put it in for protection. So needs to be replaced frequently. Kate Duffus has some good ideas on...
by MikeB
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Capella 173 Skeg Hinge Broken
Replies: 19
Views: 465

Re: Capella 173 Skeg Hinge Broken

Mike: The axle ends are covered with f/glass Chris: I can't see the details on the photo, Mike - does it look like the skeg box is laid up round a male mould, removed from the mould and then the axle inserted and glassed over, or is there just a bulge in the glass where the axle is? {/quote] Almost...
by MikeB
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Capella 173 Skeg Hinge Broken
Replies: 19
Views: 465

Re: Capella 173 Skeg Hinge Broken

This is the skeg box inside the compartment of a Capella. The exterior of the hull on this boat is blue, and the skeg box has been gelled using the same gel. The white seen is torch light reflecting off the clear g/fibre. I'd be highly surprised if P&H used the K/sport plastic skeg box so if the OP'...
by MikeB
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic Capella replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Plastic Capella replacement

Having had a plastic Mk1 / square hatch Capella, a 3 hatch glass one and a 3 hatch plastic one like your current boat; and with my wife's glass one on the rack in the garage, I'll bite! The Mk 1Capella got me into paddling, the only comparison between it and a glass one is the name. It was replaced ...
by MikeB
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Touring kayak suggestions for larger kayakers?
Replies: 12
Views: 422

Re: Touring kayak suggestions for larger kayakers?

H MrCharly - no, not yet, that is what I plan to learn on a course ASAP. Likely from one of the outfits in the Firth of Forth as I am based in Edinburgh Well, you have one of the best sea-kayaking clubs in the country in the area - Lothian SKC. As to boats, as well as those suggested thus far, you'...
by MikeB
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak storage rack
Replies: 49
Views: 5112

Re: Kayak storage rack

No reason at all why the excellent wooden rack devised by bgs, or indeed the lovely metal rack Ian had made couldn't be wall mounted. Mine was originally designed to do just that, and is in fact now indoors as I now have a proper garage. As to its strength, I can confirm having used the horizontals ...
by MikeB
Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Resurrecting a Capella 166
Replies: 14
Views: 669

Re: Resurrecting a Capella 166

There's a few useful links in the Technique & Skills section of the Almanac on "Skegs" and their use - this one, for example could be helpful. Properly loaded (and/or trimmed), most of the better sea kayaks will want to weathercock / turn to wind when moving. This is generally desirable. However, tr...
by MikeB
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.
Replies: 17
Views: 835

Re: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.

You could try a bit of sculpted foam behind the seat - much along the lines described in parts of this article . It also shows the foam seat which some people have replaced the standard f/glass one with. I'm afraid the ergonomics of older sea boats is often not that fabulous. I'm surprised there's n...
by MikeB
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Resurrecting a Capella 166
Replies: 14
Views: 669

Re: Resurrecting a Capella 166

The plastic Capella has, as noted, the fittings for a rudder. There were a few sold as "seconds" which had the skeg box plated over, generally because the moulding failed during manufacture. As you've found, getting the parts to retrofit a rudder is easy enough, He'll be well advised to learn it's p...
by MikeB
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aging my Nordkapp
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: Aging my Nordkapp

Those deck fittings (top cleats) - is there evidence of the early RDF fitment which was a bar moulded into the recess? As in, have they been infilled and the topcleats fitted on top? If not, then certainly early boats could be supplied with a plain deck and no deck fittings. Some timelines are here ...
by MikeB
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler
Replies: 25
Views: 867

Re: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler

Could you point to some evidence for this. Yes indeed. The not-sufficiently-well-known UK SeaKayakGuideBook Almanac: http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/nordkapp/art_nordkapp.htm Indeed. And there is even evidence that the Innuit DID have skegs! Which will be found in one of the links from that ar...
by MikeB
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: XploreX by Tiderace. Now sold
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: FS: XploreX by Tiderace.

Now sold. Thanks to all who expressed interest.
by MikeB
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: XploreX by Tiderace. Now sold
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: FS: XploreX by Tiderace.

5'10" and approx 95kgs in my paddling kit Cheers Stuart Well, you're just within the stated range, although I'm not 100% convinced that an L wouldn't make a better "day boat" option for you at that weight / height - as with everything, the only way to know is to try - you're very welcome to come an...
by MikeB
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: XploreX by Tiderace. Now sold
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: FS: XploreX by Tiderace.

Hi. This is what T/race say - https://www.tideraceseakayaks.com/legacy-models/xplore/

What weight / size are you?
by MikeB
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: XploreX by Tiderace. Now sold
Replies: 6
Views: 986

FS: XploreX by Tiderace. Now sold

This may be for sale - Stirling area - very nice condition overall! PM for further details. Mike

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by MikeB
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates
Replies: 16
Views: 702

Re: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates

The hand pumps being discussed were initially used on the likes of the Nordkapp Expedition and were intended to be used either rafted, or by someone else in the raft beside you. You'll never successfully clear a flooded boat with one of them while pumping solo.
by MikeB
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tools for journey planning?
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: Tools for journey planning?

I just use a range of on-line and paper resources - most of the on-line ones I noted for easy access here. In terms of physical resources, a Silva type compass and a piece of string generally replace the more trad nav tools like dividers and parallel rulers, especially at sea. My maps are mostly all...
by MikeB
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling cag advice
Replies: 18
Views: 839

Re: Paddling cag advice

Can anyone advise what the neck seal is like on the Kokatat Hydrus? I am not keen on really tight neck seals...normally they leave me feeling strangled especially around my Adams apple.. I have to say I've always found the seals (neck and wrist) on any article of kit I've ever had to have been too ...
by MikeB
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling cag advice
Replies: 18
Views: 839

Re: Paddling cag advice

I'll echo seawolf - if your budget will run to it, and you are committed to paddling, buy a G/tex dry suit from K/tat. Mine is now 12 years old, and still grand. Also consider Peak and Typhoon. I also hear good things of the NRS Navigator but I've never come across anyone with one. Returning to your...
by MikeB
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Sea Kayak Wanted / swap
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Re: Sea Kayak Wanted / swap

Fancy a rather nice XploreX? Which I might have FS at some point soon. Located Central Scotland. On which note, might help if you were to note where you are.

PM me.
by MikeB
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 21
Views: 952

Re: What is better J bars or v bars

The newer versions of the Karitek J bars are superb. They main support spar has been lengthened to carry wider and heavier sea kayaks and the 'J' is now more angular making the cradle a more snug fit. I use them on a Karitek Easy Load Roof Rack but they are drilled in a couple of positions for moun...
by MikeB
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 21
Views: 952

Re: What is better J bars or v bars

Uprights or J bars for a sea kayak. J Bars especially if using a Karitek type roof rack V Bars for a ski or K1 The hull of a sea kayak is a bit too wide for V Bars which makes the boat sit a lot higher off the roof. Hmm - it depends on the V bars - those intended for a ski, K1, whitewater racer are...
by MikeB
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak storage
Replies: 1
Views: 393

Re: Kayak storage

There are some ideas for sheds and suchlike towards the end of this article on storing kayaks - might give you inspiration?
by MikeB
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FOR SALE: Karitek J Cradles - now sold
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: FOR SALE: Karitek J Cradles x 2 sets & Extended Vee x 1 Set

It's easy enough to convert those cradles to use with an ordinary square or aero section bar. You'll need to drill a couple of holes in the cradles, countersink them and use the appropriate fitting kit. Karitek sell fittings kits on their website . To use on an ordinary T slot bar, you may need smal...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: older valley skeg cable repair/upgrade
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: older valley skeg cable repair/upgrade

Not all wire is created equal. If you've not seen it yet, this article on fixing skegs may help. Use furniture polish on the cable - and hose the conduit out to clear any sand. Adapting the slider should be easy enough.
by MikeB
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

I once had Lendal repair a broken paddle for me - perhaps Celtic can as well? One would certainly hope so. No doubt SKO could offer advice / service here? After my frustrating experience with a damaged two-part, I decided that I'd go for 4 parters in the future, if only to make fixing and fettling e...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 906

Re: VHF radio replacement

Does anyone have any real world battery life figures on the HX40 ? It has over twice the battery capacity of the HX300 (1850 mAh at 7.4 V vs 1500 mAh at 3.7 V), but the standby current is listed at 100 mA, which is five times the standby current listed for the HX300 ! The HX40 manual doesn't appear...
by MikeB
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

Well, they now do Kinetik Touring 600, 650, 700 - although I suspect yours is of a generation prior to those size offerings. Between us, Cat and I have 4 sets of KT's, but I'm afraid that none have the size noted on them and I suspect they too pre-date the size choice. You mentioned that you'd not b...