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by Chas C
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inflatable kayak - puncture repair in seam???
Replies: 18
Views: 11484

Re: Inflatable kayak - puncture repair in seam???

I've not used Aquasure for more than ten years but remember back then it contained a carcinogenic chemical or two whilst in liquid form and curing, so wearing gloves could be a good idea (or avoid increasing the population), once set it was fine. The content may now have changed but gloves are alway...
by Chas C
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Has anyone ever gone from Salisbury, all the way down to Christchurch? My wife and I are looking for an adventure! There is a fisheries/water works a mile or two south of Fordingbridge, not looked at it for over 15 years but does look difficult to portage and from what I could see its likely not ru...
by Chas C
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Good evening I have just read the article below and it talks about the book by Nick Hayes and the 97% stat of trespassing as the law of trespass applies to water over someone's land. Does anyone know how this stacks up in debate against the right of navigation? BBC News - Coronavirus: Will lockdown...
by Chas C
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement hatch covers
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: Replacement hatch covers

As MikeB mentions - tie them on mine don't float but lucky I found out in 10' clear water with sandy bottom so was able to retrieve the lost one.
by Chas C
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Port a Bhaigh campsite chaos
Replies: 9
Views: 1113

Re: Port a Bhaigh campsite chaos

However we all know these are NOT normal times, the general population is bursting to get away on holiday so 'no shows' and cancellations are suddenly negligible. Hence everywhere you go is likely to be very busy. Sadly the reports from other UK camp sites seems to be the opposite, people have book...
by Chas C
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour
Replies: 18
Views: 8498

Re: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour

We were planning on doing other rivers in the area but are now unsure if we want to. The Stour is mostly paddle-able all the way into Christchurch from Blandford (their are a number of weirs that need walking around), best to ask Southern Water ? permission to go through/around the water works at L...
by Chas C
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Direction of low brace turn
Replies: 9
Views: 647

Re: Direction of low brace turn

Technique question—I’m teaching myself the low brace turn primarily on flat water. Half the time the boat (16ft sea kayak) turns inside, toward the brace, and half the time it turns away from the brace in an equal arc. What can I do to choose the direction with more decisiveness? You cannot apply s...
by Chas C
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Kayaking Avon near Amesbury
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Kayaking Avon near Amesbury

Hi Karl - there are canoe clubs around there, I would get in touch with them as they are not too far from you in Salisbury (www.salisburycanoeclub.org.uk) also StoneHenge and Pewsey (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Company/Stonehenge-Pewsey-Canoe-Club-302129053459/). From what I can see its ...
by Chas C
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Summer white water in UK??
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: Summer white water in UK??

Some advice needed!! I’m looking, as I’m sure others will be for some summer rivers to paddle (once camping is allowed I’m off on the hunt). Obviously this is weather dependent (need some rain) But wanted to know if there are any reliable rivers that always have something in terms of rapids. I thin...
by Chas C
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

One should not be afraid to access an area designated SSSI just because it is. Indeed, there are many footpaths which pass through these all over the country. Adrian, when they were first put in place they did have very strict access controls, these have now been removed which is great to hear. Adr...
by Chas C
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:51 pm
One should not be afraid to access an area designated SSSI just because it is. Indeed, there are many footpaths which pass through these all over the country.
Adrian, when they were first put in place they did have very strict access controls, these have now been removed which is great to hear.
by Chas C
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour
Replies: 18
Views: 8498

Re: RIVER AVON (Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour)

I'm in agreement with Mark, when these SSSI signs and issues first arose a few years ago, the BCU were in contact with all parties including the lawyers for the fisheries. The outcome was its not private or protected water, the SSSI has no impact on the water as long as the paddler does not stand o...
by Chas C
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Its interesting as I'd noticed that the SSSI protection signs that had appeared to have been put up by the Fishery (15 yrs ago) are no longer in place. Looking at the SSSI's around Christchurch it covers almost all of the harbour, rivers, Hengistbury Head and most of the farm land either side of the...
by Chas C
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Should his land be an SSSI then you could be committing a criminal offence by landing/standing on it, something fishermen are excluded from by an act of parliament. That’s interesting and I haven’t come across this before. Have you got a reference for it? Hi John - I looked into this maybe 15 years...
by Chas C
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Thanks Paul, in the end he sounded from your report fairly "reasonable". His land/river bed is privately owned and you'd be committing a civil offence of trespass by going on it, hard to enforce legally but as a good paddler most of us would not use his land or stand on his river bed. Should his lan...
by Chas C
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

Hi Paul If you have any details you might be able to provide me it would be great. I'd been asked by Canoe England to gather any recent details of incidents on the Avon. I can see you have returned the incident form also, if you do not feel like repeating then if you could forward your name and deta...
by Chas C
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Avon and Christchurch area
Replies: 0
Views: 243

River Avon and Christchurch area

If anyone has whilst recently paddling on the lower river Avon (loop) around Christchurch, had any unbecoming contact with fishermen or anyone claiming to be a bailiff could you please contact me if your happy to provide details of said contact. It would appear that Royalty Fisheries are raising the...
by Chas C
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on where to get a keel strip fitted
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: Advice on where to get a keel strip fitted

Hi Simon.

I think Simon at South Coast Canoe's now undertakes fibreglass refurb and repairs.
https://www.south-coast-canoes.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q= ... SEARCH_BOX
He's not too far from you.
by Chas C
Sun May 31, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River Itchen advise
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: River Itchen advise

Richard, there is not a slipway at Woodmill but you can get onto the water beside the car park from the park edge. For trips down river you want to get on with a rising tide. You cannot paddle back up to Woodmill on a low tide its too shallow and muddy so time your trip. At low water you can paddle ...
by Chas C
Fri May 22, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Teksport Rockhopper 340 info
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Teksport Rockhopper 340 info

Amy - the plastic is and gets very brittle, take a good look over the back deck and around the boat for hairline cracks.
by Chas C
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Quest now like new
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: Sea Quest now like new

So this was is dire need of refurbish with 17 years of beach landings and ferry crossings etc etc. It looks almost new now ready for more abuse. Nick is based in Emsworth (nr Portsmouth). He's not looking for more kayak refurbs at present as he's overloaded with bigger boats but might have time next...
by Chas C
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Quest now like new
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: Sea Quest now like new

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by Chas C
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Quest now like new
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: Sea Quest now like new

Chris Bolton wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:50 pm
If I ever work out how to add a photo I will.
It's pretty straightforward now, photos can be hosted on the site, just drag & drop into a window then insert into the post where you want them. See here for details.
I must be stupid as the photo does not drop into the post ?
by Chas C
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Quest now like new
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Sea Quest now like new

Big shout out to Nick Gates for the work he's done on my 17 year old Sea Quest, its carbon hull is now like new. If I ever work out how to add a photo I will.
by Chas C
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof smartwatches?
Replies: 9
Views: 943

Re: Waterproof smartwatches?

I use a waterproof Apple Watch 3 to track my blood glucose as I'm kayaking, its pretty neat. I'm not really into the fitness tracking bit.... The Apple Watch doesn’t track blood glucose, I assume you have something else connected to it that does ? Your being a little finicky - so technically my blo...
by Chas C
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof smartwatches?
Replies: 9
Views: 943

Re: Waterproof smartwatches?

I use a waterproof Apple Watch 3 to track my blood glucose as I'm kayaking, its pretty neat. I'm not really into the fitness tracking bit....
by Chas C
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 3446

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

Indeed, VHF portable radios are roughly £100 depending upon spec etc so an extra antenna costing more than the radio would not make it a difficult decision.
by Chas C
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 3446

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

An improved antenna performance will also add to the range but from experience its almost impossible to estimate as it will be location dependant ;-) Time of year & also radio propagation (sporadic e season) makes a substantial difference also any objects in between transmitter & receiver causing r...
by Chas C
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 3446

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

An improved antenna performance will also add to the range but from experience its almost impossible to estimate as it will be location dependant ;-)
by Chas C
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 3446

Re: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8

Hi Shakespeare - thanks for the fast update :-). Looks like an option people could choose, what would the price be. Oh and your comment "its not safe to use mobile phone in open water", why would that be, I'm interested as I can't see any reason why using a mobile phone might be dangerous (perhaps t...