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by Mac50L
Mon May 11, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1387

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: 715

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: 1200

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: 26
Views: 2433

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: 26
Views: 2433

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: 26
Views: 2433

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: 1541

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: 1541

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: 1541

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: 1541

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: 1541

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: 1387

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: 1387

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: 854

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...
by Mac50L
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Full Plate Footrests
Replies: 3
Views: 627

Re: Full Plate Footrests

The side mounted ones have the disadvantage of having to allow for the hull getting narrower as the rest moves forward. To get round this mine are attached on a centre pole / tube / bar. This can go back to the seat (aft end) if necessary and rest in/on a support attached to the bulkhead (front end)...
by Mac50L
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 2262

Re: Towing eyes

on the rocks wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:36 pm
With good J cradles (not too close together) and straps do you need front and back tie ins?
YES. Most definitely.
by Mac50L
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 1228

Re: Permit etc

Sorry Mac50L, my post was meant to be very tongue in cheek... In fact I was much the same as you, growing up on the coast in a family that gave me the freedom to explore and test the boundaries....I count myself very lucky to had such a childhood !! Rog. Is it from the Goon Show "We don't know how ...
by Mac50L
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 1228

Re: Permit etc

In answer to Rockhopper's note - The OP's is not an advert for safety. Or it is in that we are all saying - "find someone to take him in hand, do not go out alone". Mine is that with all the hours (years) at sea, parental guidance, (often taking my mother out sailing, being at sea with my father), e...
by Mac50L
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 1228

Re: Permit etc

As teenagers, younger brother and I, heading out for a day at sea sailing, no communications then, out of sight of everyone who might know us. There were two rules we had to obey. 1. Be home for dinner 2. Don't drown yourselves We knew if we didn't obey those we'd not be allow again. However, having...
by Mac50L
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 2262

Re: Towing eyes

Found! Yes, the Sabaru does have a towing eye position hidden behind a plastic cover. Remove it with a screwdriver. So the question is, why think of using it if hold-down eyes are common, out of harms way and definitely strong enough to hold a few kayaks?
by Mac50L
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 1228

Re: Permit etc

Anyone asking a question like that should raise alarm bells. Such a person should not be going paddling alone as obviously they have no knowledge of the sea. For those of us in free countries and who have spent a lifetime at sea it is an odd question so both items - 1. What country? 2. Find someone ...
by Mac50L
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 2262

Re: Towing eyes

You are talking about two different things. One of you is talking about the tie down loops under the body work that are there to stop vehicles moving about when they are being shipped (and on some vehicles at least are not designed for towing the vehicle with). The other one is talking about the to...
by Mac50L
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 2262

Re: Towing eyes

I've always assumed that these towing eyes are made removable for a good reason - i.e. they are OK for brief periods towing, but not as a permanent feature - ... but that's just an assumption. "assumption." I've never ever seen anyone ever remove and refit those eyes. Have you done it? What type/ma...
by Mac50L
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 2262

Re: Towing eyes

Like many others, I’ve been in the habit of using my car’s towing eye to attach the bow of boats on my car roof. Yes, exactly what I recommend. Now, however, I’m having second thoughts. From what I gather, car bumpers are designed to crumple on impact reducing their deadliness in a crash. But when ...
by Mac50L
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 12ft or 14ft kayak?
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: 12ft or 14ft kayak?

A really good poem and I've asked and been given permission to use it in a mail-out to our kayak members. Thank you Jet. Loading, a few hints here - https://canterburyseakayak.wordpress.com/loading-on-to-a-vehicle/ Note the link about half way down on how to make a side loader bar (goes to the DIY s...
by Mac50L
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 12ft or 14ft kayak?
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: 12ft or 14ft kayak?

Fastening to the vehicle. It is more important to tie the ends of the kayak to the car than to tie it to the roof rack -
https://canterburyseakayak.wordpress.co ... a-vehicle/
by Mac50L
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 12ft or 14ft kayak?
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: 12ft or 14ft kayak?

My most used kayak is about 18 kg and 16.5 feet. My partner's is slightly longer and about 25 kg. I load them easily single handed and and am heading toward 80 years. See - https://canterburyseakayak.wordpress.com/loading-on-to-a-vehicle/ If side loading (as said) you are lifting half the weight of ...
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seaward Kayaks
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: Seaward Kayaks

The Seaward Tyees have a "Seaward's exclusive safeHATCH™". So exclusive that I've only been using it for 3 or more decades. They must have stolen my idea. Note also their rudders, a pull down and pull up. There is no way of keeping the blade down once down. I rigged a bit of bungy on the kayak I pad...
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seaward Kayaks
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: Seaward Kayaks

We had Tyees for an 8 day trip in the Queen Charlotte islands (Haida Gwaii), BC. Canada. As soon as I saw it I knew where the "failing" in the design was. They were basically hard chine glass kayaks and the angle of the bottom was carried all the way through from bow to stern. The "correct" way is t...
by Mac50L
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 16
Views: 1199

Re: Impatient.... help!

Thanks... yeah I am cycling and the weight is coming off... it’s just a slow process 👍 If cycling I'd recommend toe clips, easier to keep feet from slipping from the pedals for the full rotation. The straps can be loose. Also most important, spin. DO NOT SLOG. 80-90 revs a minute, especially on hil...