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by Chas C
Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comfortable Toggles
Replies: 24
Views: 649

Re: Comfortable Toggles

..try carrying under the keel, or unload the kayak and use toggles, or buy a trolley.. All potentially very good advice, even though it wasn't what the OP was asking for. No argument from me there. I was just taking issue with the "all toggles are the same shape" bit, which is just factually incorr...
by Chas C
Fri Jun 25, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comfortable Toggles
Replies: 24
Views: 649

Re: Comfortable Toggles

OK I give up ............... try carrying under the keel, or unload the kayak and use toggles, or buy a trolley................
by Chas C
Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comfortable Toggles
Replies: 24
Views: 649

Re: Comfortable Toggles

Toggles are pretty much all the same shape/size .. I don't know if it's always been the case, but this is not so with the toggle fitted as standard to a P&H boat from at least the last few years. The toggle has a sort of scalloped shape, and has four holes in the middle for two cords (to form the l...
by Chas C
Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comfortable Toggles
Replies: 24
Views: 649

Re: Comfortable Toggles

I never use the toggles to carry if the kayak is loaded, always carry from under the keel. Otherwise unload kayak first and then carry via toggles. Another option is to use a trolley to move it. Toggles are pretty much all the same shape/size so replacing them is unlikely to make it more comfortable.
by Chas C
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Salisbury area rivers
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Salisbury area rivers

PedroS wrote:
Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:22 pm
Can I turn up there with an Intex explorer😂
They are a nice group of people, I'm sure they would not refuse anyone. But you could try visiting and asking their advice as I'm sure they know the Avon river well.
by Chas C
Thu Jun 17, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Salisbury area rivers
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Salisbury area rivers

Pete, have you tried Salisbury Canoe Club ?. https://www.salisburycanoeclub.org.uk/
by Chas C
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hip Replacement and Sea Kayaking
Replies: 11
Views: 544

Re: Hip Replacement and Sea Kayaking

I see you were a runner. Not me personally but a good friend in his mid sixties had a new hip about four years ago. Two years later we ran the Isle of Jura fell race together. Not directly kayak related but I hope it helps show what can be achieved. He was determined and willing to push his rehab t...
by Chas C
Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hip Replacement and Sea Kayaking
Replies: 11
Views: 544

Re: Hip Replacement and Sea Kayaking

I had both hips replaced, a month apart. I chose to have the largest ball / socket they make so I had the most post op rotation. The surgeon told me it he uses these on older sporty people who need this level of movement. I did have issues for first year. One hip in particular caused thigh pain (onl...
by Chas C
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?
Replies: 15
Views: 1075

Re: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?

In general I would agree with you get what you pay for - however there are one or two companies that buck that trend. Typhoon for instance make good dry suits with three year warranty and provide excellent after sales service.
by Chas C
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour
Replies: 26
Views: 9767

Re: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour

It was mentioned during the debate that other signs (like those by the A35 bridge) and the wording on signs could be addressed by the council but would need a councillor to raise it in the main chamber (but not under planning and not at this meeting). Should the councillor have received complaints f...
by Chas C
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour
Replies: 26
Views: 9767

Re: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour

Please please please submit your objection if you agree this should not be placed in tidal waters no matter if your local to Christchurch or not. Also they have added an SSSI statement to the sign, therefore sign ownership is now Natural England - its very unlikely Natural England have given permiss...
by Chas C
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 19
Views: 1461

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

Haha, conversely, I hadn’t looked on mine as a health monitor. I find it amazing you can get blood sugar levels! How accurate when compared to more traditional methods? I did get a heart rate alarm one time when trying to extract myself from clapotis. As a default it takes your age and subtracts it...
by Chas C
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 19
Views: 1461

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

Haha, conversely, I hadn’t looked on mine as a health monitor. I find it amazing you can get blood sugar levels! How accurate when compared to more traditional methods? I did get a heart rate alarm one time when trying to extract myself from clapotis. As a default it takes your age and subtracts it...
by Chas C
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 19
Views: 1461

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

I only started HR monitoring in about June, but for many years I have used a GPS on deck to monitor speed. I use a waterproof Apple Watch to keep an eye on my blood sugars, its great for that. Secondary I also get heart rate. I've not used it for location or distance tracking when kayaking. Haha, c...
by Chas C
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 19
Views: 1461

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

Jim wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:46 pm
I only started HR monitoring in about June, but for many years I have used a GPS on deck to monitor speed.
I use a waterproof Apple Watch to keep an eye on my blood sugars, its great for that. Secondary I also get heart rate. I've not used it for location or distance tracking when kayaking.
by Chas C
Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Typhoon drysuit sizing question
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: Typhoon drysuit sizing question

Call Typhoon, they are really helpful.
by Chas C
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inflatable kayak - puncture repair in seam???
Replies: 18
Views: 14741

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: 31
Views: 2333

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: 31
Views: 2333

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: 465

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: 1232

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: 26
Views: 9767

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: 771

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: 388

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: 944

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: 31
Views: 2333

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: 31
Views: 2333

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: 26
Views: 9767

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: 31
Views: 2333

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: 31
Views: 2333

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...