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by Mac50L
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker
Replies: 16
Views: 580

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: 46
Views: 5578

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: 357

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: 450

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: 3001

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: 7
Views: 519

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: 7
Views: 519

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: 958

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: 902

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: 958

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: 1302

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: 1302

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: 1302

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: 533

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: 679

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: 342

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: 1580

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: 781

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: 1312

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...
by Mac50L
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 28
Views: 3001

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

Regarding Carbon Fibre v. wood. A factor which hasn't been mentioned so far is all the damage you'll do to your precious stick when you whack rocks etc. Whack rocks? I always whack rocks with my wooden paddle. Doesn't do the rocks much good and doesn't harm the paddles. The secret is to use kwila t...
by Mac50L
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 28
Views: 3001

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

It’s free https://cape-falcon-kayak.thinkific.com/courses/building-a-greenland-paddle Except we are back to a bulk of timber and throwing half of it away. This is the classic video by Matt Johnson and no need to register to see it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-vahYCW6Fs A time lapse version h...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 28
Views: 3001

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

A few things about wooden GPs. If you make your own you are liable to end up making 1/2 a dozen or more. And a couple of storm paddles too. Make sure the edges are nearly sharp, not shaving sharp but not blunt. I prefer a rectangular loom. You hook your upper fingers round the top of the loom to pul...
by Mac50L
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1591

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Not at all. Heaps of rocker, in fact the latest and greatest ocean racing skis have a lot of rocker, Can you quote designs? as do the best fast touring sea kayaks. Such as? As soon as a lot of rocker is added we start limiting the weight range. The Sea Bear I is a classic. Lots of rocker and a dog ...
by Mac50L
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1591

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

So we are again talking little or no rocker, narrow (low beam) and rudders. The rudder can designed to work from the front or back cockpit or even both (with control agreement :-). Both the surf ski and the Encore are long enough to allow out of sync paddling. Anything can handle calm conditions, it...
by Mac50L
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1591

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Yes, the turning. There is one design in NZ which is not easy to turn and doesn't have rocker. The problem is the flattish bottom, no grip on the water, the Southern Light. It was originally designed for a Tasman Sea crossing, Tasmania (Australia) to New Zealand. The Encore being plywood and a minim...
by Mac50L
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1591

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Mac, yes, of course an open water crossing of several miles during the passage of a front when "all that could be seen was white water and strong gusts" demands a different design of tandem and a different level of skill to those required for a picnic trip on Loch Lomond on a quiet day. I presume t...
by Mac50L
Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1591

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

My double did a 38 day trip round Vanua Levu, Fiji a few months after I finished it as the organiser wanted a double in the group for support if it was needed. The first trip, 4 days, straight after building it (no pretesting) was with someone I'd not paddled with before. Rocker and stability - it i...
by Mac50L
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 1448

Re: Kayak trolleys

The talk of weight so I weighed one of our T-bar trolleys. Just under 2 kg. (1.9 kg) It all breaks down for easy stowing. The best part is cost. Simply the cost of wheels and an axle of some sort and a couple of down-pipe T pieces plus a bit if plastic pipe (from a builder's yard?). Disadvantage - y...
by Mac50L
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 1448

Re: Kayak trolleys

The prototype was build with aluminium tubing out of the scrap bin. The tubing, if not the wheels, would have transported the QEII though it wasn't too heavy.
https://canterburyseakayak.wordpress.com/t-bar-trolley/
by Mac50L
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?

My shafts are totally "indexed". They are rectangular. Bend your fingers at the second joint. They make a right-angle, not a circle. This means the shaft is easy on the hand and the upper hand pushes the shaft with the base of the fingers, open handed if wanted. Thumbs are used just to stop the padd...