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by John K
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Planning a trip
Replies: 6
Views: 340

Re: Planning a trip

Or further down the Thames is also good. There’s canoe hire at Henley and it’s a great two day trip from there down to Windsor, overnighting at Cookham.
by John K
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames: Shipley to Windsor (advice please!)
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Thames: Shipley to Windsor (advice please!)

If you reckon on about 3 miles an hour you probably won’t be far wrong. Shiplake to Cookham makes a good day of gentle paddling. Unless it rains a lot you can assume that the flow will be negligible though.

Have you booked your camping at Cookham?
by John K
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vertical Element Paddles
Replies: 4
Views: 1000

Re: Vertical Element Paddles

gp.girl wrote:Just looked at their website - not good news

https://vepaddles.com/
I had an email exchange with Stu a few weeks ago and it sounds like it won’t be permanent with a bit of luck.
by John K
Thu May 02, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3595

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

kayakbiker wrote:Does anyone know if VE are still manufacturing paddles?
Not at the moment but they hope to be back up and running before too long. Great paddles though.
by John K
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Re: Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?

Thanks Mark, unfortunately that’s rather above my budget at the moment unless I can find a second hand one. I’m really not sure how I’m going to get on with this boat so don’t want to put loads of money into something I might not get much use out of. I’m thinking more along the lines of a basic Palm...
by John K
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?

Can a kindly person please recommend a spray deck that fits the larger than average cockpit of a Monstar? Ta :)
by John K
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1320

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I like the Alpkit Airlok Xtra drybags. They are lightweight and flexible but really tough and have yet to key me down.
by John K
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Canoe Leader assessment in April?
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: Canoe Leader assessment in April?

I’ve found one that isn’t on holiday, so now sorted :)
by John K
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Canoe Leader assessment in April?
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Canoe Leader assessment in April?

Does anyone know of a Canoe Leader assessment scheduled for sometime in April?
by John K
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club administration software
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Club administration software

We have a basic web site but all the day to day stuff runs on a Facebook group. Quite a lot of us only use Facebook for paddling-related stuff and that seems to work OK even for people who don’t “do” Facebook (as far as I know we only have one determined refusenik). Membership and trip signup is all...
by John K
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club administration software
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: Club administration software

My club uses WebCollect and it works well for us.

We have it set up for booking onto pool sessions and club trips as well as for membership. Most of our payments are by bank transfer which don’t have any charges, although we do accept PayPal as well for convenience.
by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4303

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I like you. You’re funny. We should go paddling together sometime :)
by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1842

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

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by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4303

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I'm concerned because the OP made an innocent mistake and came on these forums to seek clarity from the paddling community. I believe they did so in good faith that people's responses would be reasonable and respectful. Instead, they were met with dismissive derisions and general hostility. In my v...
by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4303

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

If there's a sign at the entrance stating explicitly what people are being charged for and how much it costs then great! Clearly there should be no confusion and I wonder why so many people are posting here about adverse experiences. At last count there's a grand total of two of you. You are ultima...
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4303

New access charge for the Dee???

Calm down pal. I’m calm :) My impression is that the owner conducts her business in an informal, inconsistent fashion and that has led to the confusion. If the fee is part of her business model, then it should be clear and consistent. Either that, or she should expect natural variation in the respo...
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4303

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

Somebody needs to have a fair and frank chat with the owner and inform her that if she wants to charge a fee then she must follow due diligence, for example by publicly registering the car park and clearly stating charges upfront. She must also ensure that charges are reasonable - the OP stated tha...
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1842

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

Not many with water levels that reliable though!
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4303

New access charge for the Dee???

Does anyone else know about this? Is this a one of a kind car park, with a unique charge based on your cars occupants? Or is this some kind of messed up, possibly illegal, charge to access the Dee? The last thing I want to do is mess up this amazing sport up for other people, but this just seems wr...
by John K
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1842

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

Mate you beat me to it! I can't make it out sounds like access charge as it's per person, and that's not cool. It’s to keep the site available for us to use. It covers car parking, toilets, changing rooms, and using private land to access the river. That’s cool. And a bargain. We have no right to u...
by John K
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: South coast paddle buddies
Replies: 5
Views: 673

Re: South coast paddle buddies

Have you tried Portsmouth Canoe Club? They are very active in your area.

http://www.portsmouth-canoe-club.org
by John K
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Information
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Tryweryn Information

jmmoxon wrote:You might get run over by diggers:
https://naturalresources.wales/about-us ... n/?lang=en
I would think it’s unlikely that they’d be doing that while the water is on
by John K
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Information
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Tryweryn Information

It's not immediately obvious how CT declaring the lower Tryweryn "closed" while there is water fits with CW and BC's access policy. Any thoughts?
by John K
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: [Wanted] Deck for Monstar
Replies: 0
Views: 210

[Wanted] Deck for Monstar

Has anyone got a deck big enough for a Monstar that they don’t need? Doesn’t need to be new, anything usable is fine.
by John K
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Jackson Monstar for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: Jackson Monstar for sale

That didn’t last long!
by John K
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mile End Mill
Replies: 12
Views: 3692

Re: Mile End Mill

Yes, it’s still the place to go. It’s run by River Active now and the charge for paddlers is just £3 which includes launching, parking and use of toilet and changing rooms if you want them. Hours are 9-5 I think. https://m.facebook.com/riveractive.llangollen/ http://www.north-wales-rafting.co.uk
by John K
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling Near Birmingham
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: Paddling Near Birmingham

Llangollen is only 90 minutes away. That counts as local in my book!
by John K
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?
Replies: 10
Views: 964

Re: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?

I use Tides Planner by Imray. It’s a free app but if you want more that 7 days ahead it costs £3.99 a year.
by John K
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Foot entrapment
Replies: 18
Views: 2157

Foot entrapment

In ~25 years of kayaking I've never seen a foot entrapment. I was on a WWSR course recently and the instructor said that it was so unlikely it had been dropped from the syllabus. Clearly, from this story, it can happen, but is it a major risk or one in a million? Entrapment rescues, including foot ...