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by MikeB
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Re: Carbon Paddle

Celtic paddles are essentially what used to be Lendal. Between my wife and I, we have four sets in various constructions, with our main paddles both being full carbon, cranks. Catherine had Werners for a while and sold them in favour of a nice set of Lendals she came across. I tried a set of Werners...
by MikeB
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wanted: NDK Romany Excel: Or another boat suited to a larger paddler.
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Re: Wanted: NDK Romany Excel: Or another boat suited to a larger paddler.

I've just advertised an Xcape X - I'm 6'2" and 104 kgs, and find it's ideal for those of us who qualify as "the bigger paddler".
by MikeB
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: FS: Tiderace Xcape-X - Stirling
Replies: 1
Views: 198

FS: Tiderace Xcape-X - Stirling

https://scontent.flhr4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21761571_10156598350409992_2435266750434018678_n.jpg?oh=64796575822671f4ea2ebb448fa030c9&oe=5A59A0D3 Tiderace Xcape X - 2011 - standard (TCT) construction. Compass, tow fittings, deck slates, Solas tape. Skeg works smoothly, all lines and bungee are e...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which kayak .....I'm 18 stone
Replies: 10
Views: 1419

Re: Which kayak .....I'm 18 stone

As it happens, my XcapeX is now for sale. 2011 boat, well used and with the usual scratches and scrapes from lots of lovely adventures. No structural damage though, and comes with a Silva compass and fittings for deck-mounted tow gear. £700.
by MikeB
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues and letting go of the boat
Replies: 29
Views: 1794

Re: Rescues and letting go of the boat

I have an acquaintance who freely admits to only being alive today thanks to the fact that the person he was paddling with had a knife, and the competence to deal with what I'm about to describe, in difficult conditions. This individual had purchased every conceivable item of kayaking equipment, inc...
by MikeB
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tent with a big porch?
Replies: 28
Views: 975

Re: Tent with a big porch?

Can anybody comment on how good tunnel tents are for sea kayaking though? I'd imagine that they're pretty windproof IF securely pegged down. However, IME that can sometimes be a challenge on sandy beaches or on Scottish headlands where there's only a thin layer of turf over rock. Some of my friends...
by MikeB
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: Starting from scratch

Bungee?? Please - straps, not bungee!
by MikeB
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Marking paddles
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Marking paddles

I use a label printer to label music USB sticks. After a year or two, the white label turns brown and the text becomes difficult to read, but maybe this doesn't happen with more expensive ones. I guess it's like printer cartridges. I've yet to find a non-genuine one that actually works properly. I ...
by MikeB
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Marking paddles
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Marking paddles

Have you access to a label printer? Used this for years - just my name and ph number - works well and has certainly survived constant immersion.
by MikeB
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to pack a skeg kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: How to pack a skeg kayak

I pack shore clothes in a Lomo taper bag, squeeze all the air out, and it slips down the side of the box. A bottle of whiskey goes down the other side, usually with the poles for a tarp. I have a similar bag (Seal Line taper) for my s/bag, which slips into the front. Like you, I like a big tent, so ...
by MikeB
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore X
Replies: 8
Views: 717

Re: Tiderace Xplore X

Could you ping some pics in my direction please? editor AT ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk

What year is it?

Many thanks - Mike
by MikeB
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

I suspect the greatest "risk" in sea kayaking is encountered while ashore - most notably handling loaded boats on hazardous beaches / rocks while getting on / coming off the water.
by MikeB
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 956

Re: Sandy Skeg

As noted, I'm wondering why you don't float launch. This same question was asked a while back iirc. Where launching off the beach was the only way, solutions included bits of old carpet with a recovery line attached. On the subject of cords in skeg blades (good idea) a top tip is to mark the hull to...
by MikeB
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

I've done your survey - it would be rather nice were you to share the outcome of the research. A couple of years ago, when someone else was asking for input in a survey she did so and it was very interesting reading. By way of feedback: 1:Like Kate D, I would prefer to know with whom I'm interacting...
by MikeB
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Silva 58 as permanent compass?
Replies: 9
Views: 598

Re: Silva 58 as permanent compass?

Silva / Garmin 70P, which now seems (as you note) to be a 100P Belay that - the numbers refer to the size of the "card". 70 = 70mm - 100 = 105mm. http://silva.se/product/compasses/marine/compass-70p-silva/ and http://silva.se/product/compasses/marine/100p-marine-compass/ The front recessed compass ...
by MikeB
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Silva 58 as permanent compass?
Replies: 9
Views: 598

Re: Silva 58 as permanent compass?

Might this give some insight? https://flybubble.com/silva-58-kayak-compass But, while it's cheaper, it's also rather smaller - and thus more difficult to read as it'll be mounted rather further for'ard than most folk would mount a 58 using bungee. Assuming you have the usual recess provided in most ...
by MikeB
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 858

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

The points made about loading are relevant, as you've found when you tried to paddle with the flooded front hatch. Different boats will behave in different ways though, so experiment and find out what yours likes. By way of example, the Quest I had some years ago liked to be loaded stern heavy. Too ...
by MikeB
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Leaking skeg?
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Leaking skeg?

It's very rare that the cable to skegbox interface will be the cause of a leak. What I've had however (on various boats) is a pin-hole in the layup of the skeg box through which water was seeping, and also a tiny crack where the box hadn't been well joined to the hull. In both cases, I found these b...
by MikeB
Mon May 15, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Skeg problems and replacement - P&H Capella (pre 2004)
Replies: 15
Views: 613

Re: Skeg problems and replacement - P&H Capella (pre 2004)

When I wrote about skeg repair in the Almanac, I mentioned that I found it helpful to coat the end of the wire with epoxy. This stopped the ends unravelling and in turn catching on things in the tube.
by MikeB
Mon May 08, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Skeg repair
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Re: Skeg repair

Perhaps worth a phone call to Valley to ask? (Phone - they're sometimes less responsive to email - - - )
by MikeB
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hanging a kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 691

Re: Hanging a kayak

Position your straps under, or as close as possible to, the bulkheads. It'll be fine then.
by MikeB
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bulkhead moving pros and cons
Replies: 14
Views: 967

Re: Bulkhead moving pros and cons

DO be very wary of putting heavy loads up by the bulkhead - it'll effect the trim of the boat, and depending on the boat's handling profile, might be unpleasant. I found this with my old Quest when I put a full water bag in the front hatch one trip. What was normally a nicely neutral boat became an ...
by MikeB
Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bulkhead moving pros and cons
Replies: 14
Views: 967

Re: Bulkhead moving pros and cons

Weight is negligible. Foam blocks are fairly readily available from the usual retail suspects - try Des Mes. Not sure if Karitek can supply but worth asking. As noted, my prefereed solution was to use sheets of minicell foam, which I got from on eBay. The seller just sold me several sheets cut sligh...
by MikeB
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bulkhead moving pros and cons
Replies: 14
Views: 967

Re: Bulkhead moving pros and cons

X2 to what Owen said - I'd recommend using sheets of foam to get the necessary thickness, rather than a block though. I used multiple sections of 1 cm foam to create the footrest. Easier to cut than a block.
by MikeB
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best Dry suit?
Replies: 19
Views: 1556

Re: Best Dry suit?

I'd question whether k/tats fabric is 'light' - certainly not the drysuit fabric. Mine dates back to 2007 ish and is fine. Which is more than can be said for the fabric they now use on the TecTour cag which is much lighter. One of them will require repair within 2 to 3 years of normal rec paddling u...
by MikeB
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Uprights for Rhino Roof bars
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Uprights for Rhino Roof bars

Can't help with the specific query, but I used to use Palm uprights on Audi's aerobars - they fitted ok, although I did have to get longer bolts.