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by Simongelder
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

I use drip rings on my longer paddles (longer than 210cm) not for keeping hands dry but to help keep my hands located optimally on the shafts. I used to use tape to add ridges to the shafts but now happy with drip rings. Not very fashionable amongst the flat water racers at Chester but they work for...
by Simongelder
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?

Similar to Chris, I researched this and in the end went for epoxy thickened up with glass fibres. Sanded and degreased surfaces (using acetone) before bonding. Did this for my 1980s Nordkapp HM which did not have any hatches when I bought it. I was going to add bolts but worried about the reports of...
by Simongelder
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?

Completely agree with Jim’s experience about WWRs in open water in respect to wind. Fine on sheltered water. As a fettling project, I experimented by fitting a hybrid foil rudder to my WWR and making a foot bar for steering along the lines used in adventure racing kayaks in Australia and NZ. It work...
by Simongelder
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Fast fitness kayak - surfski?

For a very common, good value stable K1 design used by many clubs, Arden Kayaks make the Trimmer K1 and are based in the Midlands. Isn’t as fashionable as the other makes listed but does the job the same as the Marsport Hobby. Daffryn Conwy club use theirs as part of the fleet used on the Conwy estu...
by Simongelder
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Dee in a Day
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: The Dee in a Day

I have always understood that you can paddle all the way from Bala to Chester. After the Dee emerges from the hills it will be a long slog though all of the meanders. If the river is ‘up’ you will get assistance from the current but if it is at base level it is slow. My Dad’s uncle did this journey ...
by Simongelder
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: Help needed please!

I had a Premiere 2 which looked similar to this. Was the model before the Premiere Image and had a longer nose and generally lower front end. However have no idea whether Pyranha licensed anyone else to build these.
by Simongelder
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New paddles?
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: New paddles?

I bought a lever lock joint from Mitchell Blades. Was given personal advice plus an instruction sheet on fitting the new joint. Not a hard job and the modified paddles have been used a lot in the 5 years since with no sign of problem with the joint.
by Simongelder
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Understern or overstern rudders?
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Understern or overstern rudders?

Thanks Chris. The old thread from 2011 is useful. Interested also to see a comment about positive attribute of older boats having less vertical weed catching bows. Chester are 100% understern and have been for ages. I am fairly convinced that overstern will better suit my purposes than what everyone...
by Simongelder
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Understern or overstern rudders?
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Understern or overstern rudders?

Looking at getting a stable K1. Thinking of getting a new one, I have a choice of rudders. Note that understern is standard and over stern is chosen as a customisation. Seems to me that overstern must be better if paddling where there is lots of weed such as on canal and in some estuaries. Also easi...
by Simongelder
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on kayak choice please
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Advice on kayak choice please

Why not look at a stable K1 such as a Kirton Tempest or Marsport Hobby? If you aren’t doing whitewater and are sticking to flat water these are light, stable and zoom along really fast. Great for fitness paddling and fast touring. Large cockpits too. Even for cheapest construction less than half of ...
by Simongelder
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thule Wing bar vs Whisp Bar
Replies: 9
Views: 6486

Re: Thule Wing bar vs Whisp Bar

Am interested to know if you think they make a difference compared to square section bars. For my current car, the Thule feet for the rack are so lumpy and non-aero, I reckoned the aero bars were not worth the extra cost. The current set up is pretty noisy when there isn't a boat or roof box on. I a...
by Simongelder
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 18
Views: 2065

Re: Wings?

Unless you have a rudder, most paddle strokes incorporate an element of steering. Personally I use wings in my K1 and flat Euro blades in my sea kayak. Where conditions are less than ideal, I am more relaxed and faster with flats. Also flats are easier for 'playing' and tight manouvering for most pe...
by Simongelder
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?
Replies: 10
Views: 764

Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Definitely don't use Sugru for this. Neoprene glue and maybe off cuts of neoprene from and old deck or wetsuit would be best. Be patient and take time to do a good repair in stages rather than the whole lot at once. Sugru has its uses. However, I am finding that the similar sounding Shoo Goo is much...
by Simongelder
Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anybody paddle in the dark?
Replies: 15
Views: 1744

Re: Anybody paddle in the dark?

The other Chester canoe club, the competition-orientated one, paddles regularly at night on the Dee throughout the winter on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The rowing clubs are also out in force in the dark too! It is essential that you have a visible red light for the rear and white light front. Ther...
by Simongelder
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mawddach Estuary
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: Mawddach Estuary

Paddled the race today. A stiff, gusty westerly force 5 gave choppy conditions in the estuary (heavy rain added to the fun). Barmouth harbour to Penmaenpool and back in about 2 hours. No problems with running aground but we were piloted by a sea rowing boat going ahead of us. Very choppy for racing ...
by Simongelder
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mawddach Estuary
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: Mawddach Estuary

These are really helpful responses!
Thanks
Simon
by Simongelder
Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Marathon Boat Wobble
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Re: Marathon Boat Wobble

I have been battling balance and striving for relaxation in K1 now for a couple of years. Am pretty rock solid stable in tempests and trimmers but it's an on off thing in my Rapier K1. I notice that when the weather and water is warmer I am much better than when it's cold and if the river has high f...
by Simongelder
Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mawddach Estuary
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Mawddach Estuary

Intending to do the Mawddach Marathon at the end of June. Reading the event info it warns of need to expect choppy wind over tide conditions when paddling out of the estuary on the ebb. This is at the narrows near Barmouth. It says self rescue skills are essential. I will be doing the race in a Nord...
by Simongelder
Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who knows anything about Iceland?
Replies: 6
Views: 998

Re: Who knows anything about Iceland?

When I saw Gulfoss the water seemed pretty high - at the end of June. General opinion was that it looks horrendous, particularly the bottom fall into the spray filled gorge. Makes Niagara look tame.
Loads of other great paddling opportunities and challenges in Iceland both whitewater and sea.
by Simongelder
Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VE Explorer or MB Bombora?
Replies: 11
Views: 1448

Re: VE Explorer or MB Bombora?

I have no experience of VE paddles but have been impressed with service and quality from Mitchell Blades. I suggest you phone or e-mail Lance Mitchell to discuss your needs & preferences. You should be able to get a paddle which exactly meets your specification.
by Simongelder
Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bow/draw strokes
Replies: 29
Views: 2153

Re: Bow/draw strokes

It might help to practice on a slalom course. You could make your own mini course with a little imagination - floating objects, big sticks, rocks etc. Plan your route and try to navigate your course smoothly and quickly. You will quickly start using combo strokes, probably without too much conscious...
by Simongelder
Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ottawa river advice
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: Ottawa river advice

I paddled there a long time ago whilst visiting a friend who was working at River Run. We were there early in the season when levels are high. The river is so huge that it is braided. As I remember it, you put on at the same place with the rafts but had two choices of route - effectively two differe...
by Simongelder
Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?
Replies: 30
Views: 6656

Re: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?

Here are some Delphin's surfing in an estuary in Finisterre, France during a storm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgC9DJUr7LI Neptune's Rangers are also worth looking up on both you-tube and the internet. They paddle a range of mid length plastic boats on ocean white water. These include Hammers, ...
by Simongelder
Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: To save you buying a new boat and selling your old one
Replies: 17
Views: 2198

Re: To save you buying a new boat and selling your old one

The Snipe is a great boat and remembered fondly from scouts! Only disadvantage of doing a proper WWR in the snipe is that it is 4m long and comes into the same class as the wavehoppers. I think there is an official class for boats shorter than 3.5m to encourage people to give it a go in their plasti...
by Simongelder
Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: cutting down a fiberglass slalom boat?
Replies: 9
Views: 2698

Re: cutting down a fiberglass slalom boat?

My inspirations for cutting down the Nomad Extra was that I already had one which was in good condition, it's worthless as is an obsolete design and importantly there used to be a Nomad-manufactured cut down version of it in the late 80's. This was called the Extra Squirt. Even 4m designs following ...
by Simongelder
Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: cutting down a fiberglass slalom boat?
Replies: 9
Views: 2698

Re: cutting down a fiberglass slalom boat?

Was interested in this old thread as I have been pondering updating or modifying my fleet. I have an old, but good condition, 4m Nomad Extra from the late 80s. As a little weekend project I cut off about 20cm from each end and made new ends using resin/fibre strand paste with small sections on 4mm p...
by Simongelder
Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither
Replies: 20
Views: 3067

Re: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither

Just found this video of playboat surfing on the Sea Kayaking Anglesey website.
Now that's what I had in mind!!!

by Simongelder
Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither
Replies: 20
Views: 3067

Re: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither

Hi Kayak1, unfortunately the link isn't working. It is trying to open something called movie night final episode. The boat looks like a squirt boat with a comfy cockpit and must be great fun. Thanks Simon
by Simongelder
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Advice on small paddles for polo
Replies: 4
Views: 1178

Re: Advice on small paddles for polo

I suggest getting in touch with Dave Brown of DBXclusive based in Chester. He manufactures polo kayaks and paddles. He is also very nice and helpful and am sure will be able to advise you.
https://www.dbxclusive.co.uk
by Simongelder
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither
Replies: 20
Views: 3067

Re: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither

Haven't really looked at Jackson boats before. The pics and videos of the Fun look really good. The prices seem notably higher than the pyranha boats though. Thanks!