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by MikeVeal
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Help
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Paddle Help

At 5'9" and a big enough build to use a Sherpa, you may well find a 194 to be too short. You'll be paddling like the Duracell bunny on amphetamine.
by MikeVeal
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Re: Help needed please!

It's definitely not an Image (I still have mine, it leaks like a seive but it's still a lovely boat). Don't think it's a Reflex either, but it does look like it's from that era.
by MikeVeal
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 975

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

On the Rocks wrote:Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
No, not if you keep your lunch in your B.A.
by MikeVeal
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Nano Large
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Pyranha Nano Large

Is anyone else offended by the existence of a large Nano?
by MikeVeal
Fri May 31, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Re: Adjustable Kayak Paddle?[
Replies: 6
Views: 413

Re: Re: Adjustable Kayak Paddle?[

You make it sound like this is your main paddle. Reasons for changing shaft length: * Physical size of paddler. * Height of seat above the water, width of boat. Reasons for changing feather: * Paddler preference. A longer shaft does give a reduction in cadence which reduce fatigue on a long trip. Bu...
by MikeVeal
Tue May 14, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

Another vote for Underwater Kinetics.
I used to use their 4 AA battery light as a backup caving light. It was tie wrapped to the side of my helmet, suffered severe abuse and yet remained waterproof.

Extremely good bits of kit.
by MikeVeal
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1470

Re: How do you break a boat?

I know of two Mambas with bent bows. Both caused when the boat was allowed to navigate G4 rapid with many gallons of water where there should instead of been sitting a paddler.

Mine now has a front air bag.
by MikeVeal
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Wye - Glasbury to Hay "consultation"
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: River Wye - Glasbury to Hay "consultation"

Gotta love proposal 11.
Perhaps I'm cynical, but I read that as the Wye and Usk foundation attempting to grab funding from the commercial operators whose business they're trying to stifle.
Appalling bias.
by MikeVeal
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking Tshirts
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Kayaking Tshirts

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by MikeVeal
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Spikes on the Usk
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Re: Spikes on the Usk

https://wyeuskfoundation.org/navigation/downloads/Sennybridge%20to%20Brecon.pdf Hmmn. OK, I'll bite. Dates for canoeing: 18th October to 2nd March inclusive. Who do you consider to be bound by these terms and conditions? It looks like yet another attempt by the Wye and Usk foundation to assert cont...
by MikeVeal
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any ideas on model please?
Replies: 15
Views: 1244

Re: Any ideas on model please?

On a cycling forum I lurk around they have a thread called ebay monstrosities which shows some horrifically modified bikes and unbelievable home-builds. If we had such a thread on here this would have to be entered (I know it's on Gumtree not ebay, but the principles there). I particularly like the...
by MikeVeal
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Medway advice needed.
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: River Medway advice needed.

Adrian, I didn't intend to be demeaning. The proposed trip is not ideal for someone new to the sport. I don't think it's wrong to point that out. I certainly didn't expect to have those questions answered here, I meant only that OP needs to ask them of himself. None of us know what this guy's abilit...
by MikeVeal
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Medway advice needed.
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: River Medway advice needed.

If you need to ask I'd say no. Certainly not alone. Have you considered joining a club to gain experience? Thank you for your concern but I've been around water for long enough to know my own limits relative to it.I wouldn't do anything I thought would put myself in danger,but any doubts I have I a...
by MikeVeal
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: The new Access Charter and Campaign June 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: The new Access Charter and Campaign June 2018

This forum is one source of opinion. Another, the recent BC consultation, showed that of those who responded (about 670 I believe) over 98% were in support of the proposed direction. Odd, I don't remember bring asked any yes/no questions in the survey, especially not if I was in support of the prop...
by MikeVeal
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: The new Access Charter and Campaign June 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: The new Access Charter and Campaign June 2018

There's nothing wrong with the Scottish system Pam, I was not suggesting that there was. It is British canoeing's language that I found fault with. I do not want any new rights, I don't want anyone to renegotiate the rights that I already have as a paddler. From the other threads on this forum, I th...
by MikeVeal
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: The new Access Charter and Campaign June 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: The new Access Charter and Campaign June 2018

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-canoeing/access-and-environment/access-charter-campaign Through the Charter, British Canoeing will be asking the Government to legislate through new modern legislation: to confirm fair, shared, sustainable open access to water. Halejuah! We all believe that the ...
by MikeVeal
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: OT: repairing an inflatable hot tub!
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: OT: repairing an inflatable hot tub!

You need to rent a Dutch boy to stick his finger in the hole and stem the flow of air, as per the fable with the dike. I think you're going to need a specialist in rubber for this job though.

I suggest you Google: "Dutch boy rent PVC rubber finger dyke".
by MikeVeal
Thu May 31, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recomendations for Latex Seal replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 896

Re: Recomendations for Latex Seal replacement

Yup, Typhoon. As above they did a pucker job. About a year ago I sent a drycag to rubberman. I'm afraid I wasn't overly impressed. Where Typhoon completely removed the old seal and replaced it, Rubberman cut the old rubber seals near the base and glued new seals to the old seals. I could have DIY-ed...
by MikeVeal
Fri May 25, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Request for Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Request for Advice

I assist with a Scout Kayak club in Southampton. You are going to need a variety of sizes of boat and an oversupply of each size. The age ranges of the Scout and Explorer sections seem almost designed to screw with your equipment purchasing... Scouts will use your small to medium sized boats, Explor...
by MikeVeal
Fri May 25, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3911

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

It might, or it might just piss the walkers etc. off. In this thread, up to this point, I've not expressed my opinion on the charge. Just outlined how CT have structured it so that it's not a charge for navigation. I've never been up there actually, but to me, the charge doesn't seem unfair for acc...
by MikeVeal
Fri May 25, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3911

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

Chalky 723 If you have only paid to park then you claim you have been trespassing So stop bitching & trespass. Or pay up. D Or bitch about the right thing. Complaining that they charge for navigation won't achieve anything, because, technically, they don't charge for navigation. Complaining that th...
by MikeVeal
Wed May 23, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3911

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

Adrian has summed up the situation nicely. I have no intention of being rude Chris, I genuinely believe you are not prepared to listen. If we are to believe Caffyn (and we do), then no entity has a right to charge for navigation. However any landowner can charge whatever they like to users of their ...
by MikeVeal
Wed May 23, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3911

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

There's no point in arguing with you Chris. I think that you fully understand that this is not a charge for navigation but you still refuse to accept their position. It has previously been explained to you that any paddler is welcome to access above and egress below their site and that paddler will ...
by MikeVeal
Tue May 22, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3911

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

Good start but if they backed this up by stopping charging themselves it would carry much more weight Not this again. Canoe Wales do not charge for navigating the Tryweryn. Canoe Wales do make a charge for the use of facilities on the National Whitewater Centre site, including access to and egress ...
by MikeVeal
Tue May 22, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access Charter
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

Re: British Canoeing Access Charter

I got stuck at the first question They are asking for a right we already have 1. THE AIM OF THE BRITISH CANOEING ACCESS CHARTER The aim is to achieve: “Fair, shared, sustainable open access to water” British Canoeing would like to see the outdoors open to all responsible recreational users. By ‘ope...
by MikeVeal
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which Kayak??
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: Which Kayak??

I think the short boats you are referring to are playboats. They do have a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, they are slow to paddle in a straight line. If you're thinking of daytripping, you'll tire more quickly in one of these and cover less miles in the process. Secondly they are designed to do trick...
by MikeVeal
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Professional welder'
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: 'Professional welder'

Can't disagree with Jim there! A professional is a person who derives at least a substantial proportion of their income from their profession. For example a taxi driver is a professional driver. The term does not imply that the taxi driver is actually any good at driving and you'd be daft to infer t...
by MikeVeal
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 53
Views: 4033

Re: Paddling into your thirties

Each year your gear will get one year more retro and you'll look like a legend of the extreme. I took a break in my 30's then in my 40's returned to paddling. Whilst on the local weir, one of the young guns from the uni club paddled over an asked "Where did you get all that excellent retro gear?" C...
by MikeVeal
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High on Life
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Re: High on Life

Who said he was swallowing it?
Rather you than me Simon, that'd be a hell of a big breath to take whilst touching your toes.