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by Haddock
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?

If you are considering estuaries of any size then a ski may give you a few less worries than a K1. You can actually get some decent rides on estuary waves, especially on a shorter ski. Think Zen as mentioned is a good boat - other boats that might be worth a look are Epic V8, V8 Pro & V10 Sport & Ne...
by Haddock
Tue May 19, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How yotties see us?
Replies: 33
Views: 4142

Re: How yotties see us?

the prat in question deliberately took this thing between two of us! A gap of perhaps 5 meters. If he was definitely showing off then that was inconsiderate, but people are very quick to jump to conclusions about other's intentions. It's easy to find posts in fishing forums by people completely con...
by Haddock
Fri May 08, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How yotties see us?
Replies: 33
Views: 4142

Re: How yotties see us?

Apart from the OP, most commenters seem pretty sensible. As always, if everyone on the water took some time to learn a little about other's watersports, it would be a safer and more harmonious world out there.
by Haddock
Wed May 06, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Free Ski and Paddle - GB Ocean Ski Series 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1532

Free Ski and Paddle - GB Ocean Ski Series 2015

Think Kayaks Europe has kindly made a Think Ace ski and Powerwing paddle available for use for newcomers to ski racing. Applications are open for use of the boat and paddle, for the second race of the season, at Christchurch. They will be be available for pickup at the Surfski Show ( http://oceanski...
by Haddock
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: GB Oceanski Series 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1493

GB Oceanski Series 2015

http://i.imgur.com/dyi4cKy.jpg The 2015 GB Ocean Ski Series starts in just over a month's time, with a great series of five races planned, a clinic from ICF Surfski World Champion Sean Rice and the opportunity to have the use of a ski and paddle for a series race, courtesy of Think Kayaks Europe. T...
by Haddock
Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings
Replies: 5
Views: 1207

Re: Wings

Hi Neil,

I'm in Exeter and have a set of Epic wings that you'd be welcome to try. Drop me a PM and we'll get something arranged.

Cheers

Tim
by Haddock
Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hello some advice please.
Replies: 30
Views: 4854

Re: Hello some advice please.

Hi Dave, if you're ok getting out of a swimming pool without using the steps then you should be capable of remounting a Sit On Top. There are a fair few that can keep up with sea kayaks now and maybe some that could take someone your size. Worth talking to the guys at AS Watersports as they will be...
by Haddock
Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9512

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

Another interesting video. It difficult to say for certain that Sean Rice is leaning back to stop the nose burying or to give the ski an extra push down the waves (which would tie in with Mark's view), but considering he must have spent many hundreds of hours paddling in competition and training, th...
by Haddock
Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Interaction with shipping
Replies: 41
Views: 3878

Re: Interaction with shipping

59? Looks like she's still pushing onto the slip?

10 - with construction vessels there's never any guarantee that they're not going backwards or sideways at a knot or two...
by Haddock
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Interaction with shipping
Replies: 41
Views: 3878

Re: Interaction with shipping

Would think it's unlikely that a radar reflector works at kayak height (not clear that they work very consistently up yacht masts either...). As you say, they probably get lost among the waves and depend on what clutter sensitivity the radar is set to. If AIS transponders keep coming down in price a...
by Haddock
Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9512

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

Nice side on video in steep conditions:

by Haddock
Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 9512

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

This evening I leaned and bounced my 6.4m ski forwards and backwards to see how much the bow sank or rose. Result: Perhaps half an inch at most. But that's on the full waterline - with just the mid-section of the boat providing most of the buoyancy on a wave with the stern out of the water and the ...
by Haddock
Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Got me a SOT beach toy...
Replies: 41
Views: 7187

Re: Got me a SOT beach toy...

Good luck with your new ski Mark.

Certainly 43cm beam is a challenge - I picked up a Carbonology Pulse recently as a K1 replacement and am still getting to grips with self-rescue on flat water! Still, safer and more versatile than a K1 when paddling alone in winter.
by Haddock
Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New 18" Performance Sea Kayak
Replies: 11
Views: 2763

Re: New 18" Performance Sea Kayak

Interesting hatches, I guess there's more holding them down that what appear to be bungee!? 14.5kg doesn't seem unreasonable, some 21ft+ Surfskis flirt with the low side of 10kg. I think the Rockpool site says they use Spheretex, which (in my limited understanding of composites) does soak up resin. ...
by Haddock
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hi all - small steps first..
Replies: 9
Views: 1444

Re: Hi all - small steps first..

Hi Ian, Chopping board might be worth a try (with some non slip)as a platform, then you don't have the maintenance issues that bits of wood. Sure a little dodger would be possible, but not sure what it would do to the handling of the boat in the wind. Might get difficult to steer. Could you put the ...
by Haddock
Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit vs closed cockpit
Replies: 15
Views: 2699

Re: Open cockpit vs closed cockpit

Undoubtedly you are right Mark, it's shouldn't be an either/or question. However, it's a pity that discussion online only ever seems to focus on the perceived limitations of SOTs rather than the something more constructive, such as how clubs and governing bodies integrate and encourage SOT paddling ...
by Haddock
Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit vs closed cockpit
Replies: 15
Views: 2699

Re: Open cockpit vs closed cockpit

With no disrespect to Selkie (met him recently and a very nice guy) undoubtedly there's a bit of bias there! However, I also understand his frustration at the same hoary old chestnuts that get wheeled out about SOT/Ski style boats (not specifically here, but across the net in general). The 'not suit...
by Haddock
Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: EPIC 16x or SIPRE Murano EVO
Replies: 4
Views: 1244

Re: EPIC 16x or SIPRE Murano EVO

Hi Panarodias, to be honest I don't have that much experience of other sit-in sea boats, most of my time is spent on sit-ons and ski's. From the few quick paddles I've had in sit-in boats the most obvious thing is that the 16x/V6 hull shape takes a bit more concentration to paddle straight with the ...
by Haddock
Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: EPIC 16x or SIPRE Murano EVO
Replies: 4
Views: 1244

Re: EPIC 16x or SIPRE Murano EVO

I've spent a bit of time in the Epic V6 which I believe is the same hull as the 16x. The build quality appears to be excellent throughout, all the seams and bulkheads are really neat. The rudder system works well and the boat is very manouvreable with the rudder up. Secondary stability very predicta...
by Haddock
Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wing Paddle or Not^
Replies: 42
Views: 9120

Re: Wing Paddle or Not

Another vote for wings...not suffered from any wrist or elbow pain since getting to grips with them, something that was a frequent issue with flats on long days before. Admittedly when first starting out with the wings I couldn't go more than 100m without stopping due to poor core strength and findi...
by Haddock
Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: ICF - Oh Dear...
Replies: 0
Views: 1225

ICF - Oh Dear...

ICF Newsletter here: https://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/2/93023/327370/pub/ Some nice articles, but P44-45...oh dear. The 'sports marketing consultants' are circling another minority sport whose governing body perhaps believe that the great god of TV coverage will deliver eternal popularity... :) As...
by Haddock
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak sailing^
Replies: 40
Views: 5115

Re: Kayak sailing

To add complexity to this physics exercise I have been informed of Justine Curgenven latest problem with her sail set up. I have seen a photograph of the anchor stay pulling out of the deck: a large chunk of fibreglass ripped out (with deck fitting attached) leaving a hole behind. She posted an ima...
by Haddock
Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: K1 rocker?
Replies: 5
Views: 1471

Re: K1 rocker?

Thanks for the interesting replies. I was curious as comparing images between boats there seemed to be quite a lot of variation, e.g between the Kirton Teknik/Tor (lots of rocker) and the Ghost/Tactic (very little). No idea of the respective ages of the designs though. Coming from dinghy sailing it'...
by Haddock
Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: K1 rocker?
Replies: 5
Views: 1471

K1 rocker?

Can anyone shed any light on the reasons for some K1s having lots of rocker and others having virtually none. Seems sensible that for boats designed to go mainly in straight lines, as fast as possible, that minimal rocker would be the way to go. Is one or the other better suited to marathon or sprint?
by Haddock
Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sailing conundrum
Replies: 9
Views: 1205

Re: sailing conundrum

Yes, you're probably right on that Douglas. It takes practice and precise handling in a dinghy where you have a large rudder and the option of moving your weight around to steer much more aggressively. In a kayaks the difficulty probably outweighs any small gain in speed.
by Haddock
Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling with a swamped cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 2144

Re: Paddling with a swamped cockpit

Hi Haddock no apoplexy at all. Again our Antipodean cousins show the way with surfskis. I think they might be a bit chilly in a Scottish winter though! They are also a bit limited for camping trips Douglas Haha, indeed (though they seem quite popular in Scandinavia too!). Perhaps more of a mild and...
by Haddock
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling with a swamped cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 2144

Re: Paddling with a swamped cockpit

Not meaning to be facetious, but aren't the above complicated work arounds for simply having a SOT style cockpit that holds less water and suction bailers for hand/foot-free emptying? Obviously the situation of the OP of playing in the whitewater is perhaps more suited to boats with knee braces etc,...
by Haddock
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sailing conundrum
Replies: 9
Views: 1205

Re: sailing conundrum

A sail acting as an aerofoil generates lift to the windward side. When running, any lift generated will act to slow the boat as the windward side of the sail is towards the stern Err...would politely suggest that is the wrong way round. Lift is generated on the leeward side of a sail acting as an a...
by Haddock
Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof-rack that can load sea kayak single handed?
Replies: 18
Views: 14970

Re: Roof-rack that can load sea kayak single handed?

What about v-bars? They don't have a roller but they do extend to the back of the car and make singlehanded loading much easier.