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by rhysie
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin sail
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Delphin sail

I don't know about the mast fittings but all the deck fittings on my P&H Cetus and Capalla RM are 6mm, I would think that P&H would keep them all the same for ease of fit out.
by rhysie
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)
Replies: 18
Views: 2254

Re: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)

I’ve had my Sirona RM since it was first available in Australia and it has taken an absolute beating in that time. It is my go to boat for surfing and rock gardening. Lots of rocker with a flat planing hull. I don’t really understand why any one would want to take a composite kayak out rock gardenin...
by rhysie
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Etain in Wind and Bulkheads
Replies: 4
Views: 1259

Re: Valley Etain in Wind and Bulkheads

I’m guessing that you are talking about a RM Etain. I have a few Valley RM kayaks and I think the plastic bulkheads are much better. The plastic bulkheads in my kayaks are welded and don’t leak. My Sirona RM has a plastic bulkheads at the front and behind the cockpit but the rear bulkhead between th...
by rhysie
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Helmet Comfortable - Are There Any?
Replies: 10
Views: 1168

Re: Sea Kayak Helmet Comfortable - Are There Any?

Will you use it often? If so you can probably justify spending a bit more on a helmet. The 2 helmets with peaks that I've used and would highly recommend would be 1. Sweet Protection Strutter or 2. Predator Lee I currently use the Strutter and I tend to wear it all day. It has taken a beating and pr...
by rhysie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool GT boat
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Re: Rockpool GT boat

I've had my fibreglass GT for about 8 months. I bought it cheap on eBay on impulse and I couldn't be happier with it. I already have a few kayaks so it was a bit of a gamble buying a kayak I hadn't paddled before. So far I haven't found any vices. Before I bought the GT my touring boat was a clear c...
by rhysie
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Sirona
Replies: 9
Views: 4256

Re: Valley Sirona

I've had a Sirona 16.1RM for about 9 months. I bought it as a play boat to replace my aging Atlantic RM for surfing and rock gardening. It is extremely manoeuvrable and surfing is brilliant fun. Having tried a Gemini SP RM I think that the Sirona is the more manoeuvrable kayak. Having said that the ...
by rhysie
Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: HV Plastic sea kayak recommendations please
Replies: 8
Views: 2996

Re: HV Plastic sea kayak recommendations please

I've paddled a NS Atlantic RM for about 3 years. At one stage I weighed about 110kgs and I think the cockpit was still too roomy. When my brother came over from Ireland a couple of years ago I gave him my Cetus to paddle because I thought that it would be more stable for him. He found the Cetus too ...
by rhysie
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A question for NS Atlantic RM owners
Replies: 3
Views: 935

Re: A question for NS Atlantic RM owners

Distance between front bulkhead and bulkhead behind cockpit is 1530mm. Distance between front bulkhead and rear bulkhead is 1850mm. I hang mine from the ceiling at the front and rear bulkheads.Hope this helps.
by rhysie
Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A question for NS Atlantic RM owners
Replies: 3
Views: 935

Re: A question for NS Atlantic RM owners

Hi Shewie, I will measure it when I get home from work and get back to you.
by rhysie
Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2479

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

MikeB In Australia FORD is an anagram for 'Four Old Rusted Doors'. Pretty apt considering my much loved Ford Fairmont Wagon rusted out. Many years ago I had a Point 65N Sea Cruiser and had to do weekly repairs. If it wasn't the skeg getting stuck, the rudder/rudder pedals not functioning properly, s...
by rhysie
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H rope skeg^
Replies: 24
Views: 5288

Re: P&H rope skeg^

I have a 2010 Cetus and after ruining the skeg slider twice I got a MarkII one sent out to me. The MarkII is brilliant, slides easy, doesn't jam and allows better adjustment of the skeg. The only real problem I have now is how flimsy that pathetic skeg blade is.
by rhysie
Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding seat
Replies: 18
Views: 1997

Re: Folding seat

I'll second Micks call for the Helinox chair. On a recent overnight trip with the New South Wales Sea Kayak Club over half the paddlers had one. I've had mine for years and like Mick just leave it the car where it comes in handy for watching cricket, rugby, mates BBQs or last minute lunch stops. One...
by rhysie
Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9399

Re: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it

Mark S I think your link is broken. It comes up with a kid going to MacDonalds for the first time.
by rhysie
Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Two paddlers - three kayak options - input appreciated!
Replies: 21
Views: 4317

Re: Two paddlers - three kayak options - input appreciated!

Hi balltip, My Atlantic is skeg only. The stern is high with a lot of overhang so I don't think a rudder would help with handling. It handles wind pretty well with the skeg deployed but most of the time I just use a little bit of edging. I went out in it today for a 4 hour surf session with 15kt on ...
by rhysie
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Two paddlers - three kayak options - input appreciated!
Replies: 21
Views: 4317

Re: Two paddlers - three kayak options - input appreciated!

The North Shore Atlantic RM has a lot of room in the cockpit. I've had mine for 2 years and I appreciate it more as my skills grow. It is definitely not the fastest kayak around (mine has an insane number of gouges and hairy bits of plastic hanging off) but in rough water and surf it fantastic. It i...
by rhysie
Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suggestions for P&H Skeg slider replacement in Scorpio?^
Replies: 20
Views: 5720

Re: Suggestions for P&H Skeg slider replacement in Scorpio?^

Work has been pretty hectic for me the last couple of months but I finally found the the time to install the new skeg slider into my Cetus. While I had the skeg out I took to the extra resin in and around my skeg box with wet and dry sand paper. My skeg now moves freely on it's pivot and I'm very ha...
by rhysie
Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof loader, or trailer?^
Replies: 36
Views: 11160

Re: Roof loader, or trailer?^

Thule make a rear loading rack called called the Slipstream. It has a roller and the slide style pads at the back. The whole unit slides about 450-600mm forward and back when the 2 locking toggles are released. The loading sequence if you can't lift your kayak would be- 1). Release the locking toggl...
by rhysie
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Generation 2 Skeg Controller
Replies: 1
Views: 817

P&H Generation 2 Skeg Controller

I received the new skeg control to replace the old version on my Cetus classic. The problem is that it came with the instructions for plastic kayaks not composite materials. Does anyone have instructions or media links that they can share? No amount of silicon lubricant could loosen the old skeg sli...
by rhysie
Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suggestions for P&H Skeg slider replacement in Scorpio?^
Replies: 20
Views: 5720

Re: Suggestions for P&H Skeg slider replacement in Scorpio?^

My wife and I have 2 of the original early 2010 Cetus's in the clear carbon/Kevlar lay ups and our experiences with the skegs are totally different. My wife's Cetus came without a keel strip. Her skeg works perfectly and the only thing I do to it is lubricate the bar with silicon occasionally. My Ce...
by rhysie
Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak sailing_twisting of sail
Replies: 23
Views: 2098

Re: sea kayak sailing_twisting of sail

Mick fitted a split backstay onto my Cetus at the NSW Sea Kayak Club annual weekend in March and it has worked perfectly. One advantage was that Mick was able to use existing deck fittings and didn't have to drill and install a new fitting for the back stay.
by rhysie
Sun May 18, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service
Replies: 16
Views: 3095

Re: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service

2 years ago I had a transporting accident that damaged the skeg slider on my P&H Cetus. I couldn't get in contact with the then Australian P&H distributer as he was overseas for a couple of months. I then used the "Contact Us" page on the P&H website and within a couple of hours I had a response fro...
by rhysie
Sat May 17, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Capella v Venture Capella
Replies: 6
Views: 2463

Re: P&H Capella v Venture Capella

My wife has a P&H Capella 160RM and it feels very firm compared to my single skin North Shore Atlantic RM. I have often considered upgrading to the new Atlantic with the 3 core construction. There is definitely more flex in the single skin than the foam core triple layer. I guess that is why my Atla...
by rhysie
Sat May 17, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule 815 roller loader
Replies: 2
Views: 1170

Re: Thule 815 roller loader

I have the Thule Slipstream to help load my kayaks up onto my Toyota Landcruiser Prado. The rollers don't do a lot as the rear slide pads do most of the work, but at least when you lift your kayak up you can dump the the bow on the roller which sticks out from the back of the car and then push the k...
by rhysie
Wed May 14, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic RM vs. composite^
Replies: 6
Views: 2952

Re: North Shore Atlantic RM vs. composite^

Hi Tom Congratulations on your new Atlantic. I think you will be very happy with it. Just had a quick look on the North Shore website and can only find the Atlantic RM and the Atlantic LV RM. Do they now make a larger version? In my book I think that you are right about it being a nice looking boat....
by rhysie
Thu May 08, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic RM vs. composite^
Replies: 6
Views: 2952

Re: North Shore Atlantic RM vs. composite

I have an Atlantic RM, the original version with single skin and a rod that runs down the inside of the keel to strengthen it. I have had a quick paddle in the composite version and found it very tight especially my thighs and the thigh bracing. The composite definitely feels as though it glides thr...
by rhysie
Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing – attaching to the causality
Replies: 34
Views: 3225

Re: Towing – attaching to the causality

I was part of the paddling group in Scratches' recent towing incident. As one of the lesser experienced sea kayakers on the day I, came away from that experience with 3 thoughts. 1). Little things can cause a chain reaction where things can go from an unexpected controlled rescue to a potentially se...
by rhysie
Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner Cyprus
Replies: 24
Views: 2948

Re: Werner Cyprus

I bought a Werner Cyprus from Mick at Flat Earth Sails about 6 months ago. I use it for all paddling and it has held up well so far. After reading these posts I went down to my garage to check my blades. Lots of scratches from rocks and kayak abuse but no indentations. I tried pushing my fingernails...