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by Mac50L
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

I suspect that one might work better than the other in tough conditions but you wouldn't want to use both together. I don't really know for sure. Absolutely. Why have a skeg if a rudder is fitted? Daft. A rudder is the way to go in tough conditions. Read Paul Caffyn's round Australia trip, The Deam...
by Mac50L
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

AFAIK a kayak will be designed for one or the other but not both. Not necessarily. The Nordkapp wasn't designed for either so was first used for long trips with a skeg and a skeg's limitations were very evident off the Australian coast. It was found that a rudder was preferable and used for really ...
by Mac50L
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

Hmm no. It's got a full on retractable skeg and also a rudder. It's a feel free emotion 505 Your picture shows a vertical rudder blade when stowed. The Americans, SealLine SmartTrack, re-invented it in 2006, calling it “new” and claiming “it is a revolutionary sea kayak rudder system”. Note – SealL...
by Mac50L
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

Here a skeg is considered a failed rudder. They can be prone to jamming with stones and take up volume that can otherwise be used for storage on longer trips. The only question is, is the rudder of good design? They can get a bad name due to bad design, as can the silly little pedals fitted to foot ...
by Mac50L
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1045

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

Yes make the edges nearly as sharp as a paper knife (experienced makers correct me if I'm wrong) I'd aim for around 4-5mm ø on the edge or about as round as a drinking straw or chop stick. A few years back I tried someone's GP. It felt odd and didn't seem to work right. Then I realised it had blunt...
by Mac50L
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1045

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

They are very inefficient which is why GP paddlers spend so much time upside down and are expert rollers. Having used a GP for a couple of decades and never had to roll, I wonder at the competence of those you are talking about. If needed, an extended brace works so well and very quickly. Upside do...
by Mac50L
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1045

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

A Greenland paddle is primarily for rolling. That's got to be the dafted thing I've heard about a GP. I've never rolled and have used GPs for a couple of decades. A roll is a failed brace anyway. "I once met a fellow kayaker on Frenchmans’ Creek who informed me my Greenland paddle was fine for the ...
by Mac50L
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1045

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

Reading Sea Blade's PDFs gives a little bit more information about the paddles and a confused description of using one. The paddles made are Aleutian paddles, not Inuit paddles. The difference, asymmetrical versus symmetrical cross section. There is mention of feather in one of the PDFs. Personally ...
by Mac50L
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1045

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

Looking at the pictures of the Windslicer paddles they look as if they have blunt edges. Personally I've found this to be bad. Water is dense. The Concorde's wing is sharp as it has to go through the sound barrier - which is dense. A Greenland paddle works like a wing. Therefore in a dense medium th...
by Mac50L
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddle Makers??
Replies: 22
Views: 1022

Re: Greenland Paddle Makers??

Does a stepped loom act in a similar way to drip rings on a euro paddle and direct water off the paddle. Not with mine. The looms I use are rectangular in cross section. I have my thumb and first finger on the loom and the rest of the fingers on the blade. The small step gives an idea of where your...
by Mac50L
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddle Makers??
Replies: 22
Views: 1022

Re: Greenland Paddle Makers??

Another vote for Etsy, I got a really lovely one for under £150, beautifully made. Wow, that's $300, I could definitely sell some of mine for that. When are you coming to pick one up Mike? As they cost me under $25 for materials it sounds like I could make a fortune plus there is little wood wasted...
by Mac50L
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker
Replies: 24
Views: 952

Re: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker

I am nearing pensionable age ... I agree with the coach who suggests ditching feather as personally I can't comprehend rolling and have been using my Werner Tybee's unfeathered and I have a hunch that I'd probably comprehend rolling with a GP if I could gather the confidence to drag myself to the p...
by Mac50L
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which Greenland Paddle?
Replies: 47
Views: 5951

Re: Which Greenland Paddle?

I see this thread is near a decade old. If you make your GP from a plank and use the offcuts to build up the thickness there is far less wastage which means far less work cutting off the excess wood to make wastage. Wood vs carbon - can you light a fire and boil a cup of coffee in an emergency with ...
by Mac50L
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks

Cheap = $600 = ~ 300 pounds Light = 13 kg light enough? Cheap trolley, cost of the wheels and little else. How? Build your own. Problem? You then build another and another. Even my partner did a couple though she sold one of them. Paddles, make your own. Problem? You end up with a shed full. Otherwi...
by Mac50L
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?
Replies: 17
Views: 601

Re: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?

One of our paddlers (taught Adam how to paddle) tells paddlers to keep straightish arms and use the push. I tell a new paddler to paddle without bending their elbows - for a minute or so to get the idea that it is body rotation. So, simply keep paddling with at least one straight arm. Any arm bend i...
by Mac50L
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 28
Views: 3342

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

plus £400 is a lot to spend when money might be tight. That's equal to $NZ800. That's more than we spend on a complete kayak. OK, they are plywood and we have to make them but... They are light and strong so it is obvious that I also make my own paddles. https://canterburyseakayak.wordpress.com/gre...
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to sea & touring
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: New to sea & touring

Next lot of questions - 1.) Have you typed "beginner" into this forum's search box? There are 23 pages of advise. 2.) Have you read any books on sea kayaking? Which ones? Go here - http://paulcaffyn.co.nz/paddling-books/ for the most complete list of kayaking books there is. I'd also suggest reading...
by Mac50L
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to sea & touring
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: New to sea & touring

SJD is correct, "WHAT?" Touring, have you ever camped, hiking or other ways? What camping gear do you have. Personally we used to always have a stove on board just for a day trip and for brewing a cup of coffee so we have the gear and know how to use it. Do you? Thermos is OK but only for a day trip...
by Mac50L
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair/Emergency kit
Replies: 22
Views: 1046

Re: Repair/Emergency kit

Or maybe you just like to tempt fate? Or have reliable equipment. And, if the OP potentially needs Alan (Allen) Keys or a particular size of spanner for running repairs on a longer trip then the fact you've not broken a rudder in 40 years is totally irrelevant. The original question was "What do yo...
by Mac50L
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak
Replies: 7
Views: 963

Re: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak

I don't want to buy a kayak that would not be suitable for use on the sea and get into to trouble because of my lack of knowledge. Any advice as to whether the Necky Sky 2 would be suitable would be very much appreciated! It would be much cheaper to get a bath tube from a scrap dealer than that kay...
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair/Emergency kit
Replies: 22
Views: 1046

Re: Repair/Emergency kit

It is well worth having a days worth of "emergency food". It is also well worth having the appropriate allen keys for your particular boat's skeg set-up. And whatever tools it takes to strip your cooking stove of choice to get the jet out - and clean it! Emergency food OK, not a bad idea but Allen ...
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 38
Views: 1479

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

If rudders do become an item to be considered then here is some background. Rudder pedals - https://canterburyseakayak.wordpress.com/rudder-pedals/ Daggerboard rudder - https://canterburyseakayak.wordpress.com/daggerboard-rudder/ For rudder design ideas see this - https://canterburyseakayak.wordpres...
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 38
Views: 1479

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

P4ddy wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:41 pm
Can't fit one on an inflatable though ha ha.
Why not? The New Zealand made ones haver rudders.
http://www.incept.co.nz/sea-kayaks/k40-tasman
All it takes is a bit of thinking. I did say the best rudder design came from here.
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 38
Views: 1479

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

Hmmm? Ability? Only advantage I have is having canoed 36yrs ago. I've taught her how to go straight without having to keep correcting. Every British writer up to the 1970s said fit a rudder to a sea kayak. Every New Zealand designed sea kayak has a rudder. One of the paddlers who has done more circ...
by Mac50L
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak fishing trolley For use over shingle beaches
Replies: 13
Views: 587

Re: Kayak fishing trolley For use over shingle beaches

The KY-EX trolley wheels might be good but the design is why I did the T-bar trolley. What the kayak or canoe sits on with the KY-EX trolley is too short, will want to topple over when dragged and if not, a lot of strain on the vessel to keep it upright. The C-TUG is a little better as the fore and ...
by Mac50L
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner Solo Sea Kayaking Safety
Replies: 8
Views: 714

Re: Beginner Solo Sea Kayaking Safety

Adventure sports have real risks. If you don't take that seriously you shouldn't be doing them. You can't just buy a kayak and head out to sea. It's a very dangerous environment if you don't know what you're doing. You can buy the kayak and head out to sea BUT..... And that is the most important "B...
by Mac50L
Fri May 29, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transport Sit in PE kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 352

Re: Transport Sit in PE kayak

I always transport ours upright with cockpit covers. They are tied at their ends to the vehicle, not the rack. This gives more leverage with less stress, is easier to hold them down and stops twisting in side winds. It also takes stress off the rack and its mounts. The aft ends of the kayaks are usu...
by Mac50L
Mon May 11, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1600

Re: Boris says...

In New Zealand we went to Level 3 two weeks ago. It changed from Level 4 at 11.59 p.m. on a Monday. At 11.59 p.m. one of our lot was on the water for a short paddle... yes, in the dark. I've seen his track from his GPS.
by Mac50L
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Quick night light...
Replies: 11
Views: 793

Re: Quick night light...

Question, do you throw a million dollars at "problems" or not. Having kayaked for 4 decades and been at sea off and on for 7 decades on the "smell of an oily rag" and used skill or situation awareness, I'd use the cheap option. Those without skill or experience and plenty of money, maybe a different...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals riding on deck!
Replies: 12
Views: 1338

Re: Seals riding on deck!

A national park top end of the South Island of New Zealand and now seals everywhere as they have slowly recovered from the Maoris eating them and then followed by Europeans hunting out the harder to get ones. As there are so many sea kayaks using that park they get used to humans. A trip there at th...