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by Mac50L
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 28
Views: 632

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The rescuing kayaker should have all their weight on the foredeck of the rescued kayak, arms hooked under the decklines, lines at the bend of their elbows Hear hear! If for no other reason than you really don't want cold, numb fingers trapped and mashed between the shins of an over eager rescuee in...
by Mac50L
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 28
Views: 632

Re: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)

I always stash my spare paddles in front power face up Mine are power face down... and up... i.e. both sides are power sides. That's what happens with a GP :-) Pumps as there was the statement that the kayak would be totally full of water, which is wrong, but how much pumping to empty one? I checke...
by Mac50L
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 28
Views: 632

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The big takeaway from this for "Slope Soarer" is that the rescuee plays an active part of the rescue by holding on to his paddle and manoeuvring himself towards the bow !!!??? of his swamped kayak. It's particularly good advice to get to the bow and use your boat to protect yourself from incoming r...
by Mac50L
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What hull shape is best for edging?
Replies: 15
Views: 586

Re: What hull shape is best for edging?

I've also heard plenty of people saying that when they got into their first kayak they really disliked it, due to the tippyness The fifth kayak I built, see The Book of Canoeing by Dennis Davis, was tortured ply with no chine shape and it felt as if had no stability. After paddling with 3-6 litres ...
by Mac50L
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What hull shape is best for edging?
Replies: 15
Views: 586

Re: What hull shape is best for edging?

Jim wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:56 pm
It is also going to depend what you mean by edging.
Definitely.

Any mention of deadrise yet? And how narrow the chine vs total beam?
My recommendation .... stop worrying about edging and get a boat with a decent rudder setup.
Exactly.
by Mac50L
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 28
Views: 632

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

Hi Mac, I can see straight away that we are not going to agree on rescue technique Agreed, we agree to disagree. There are a lot of different ways of doing things and as the OP was starting out, I suggested a starting procedure. Learn variants later. One point I do need to take a little further is ...
by Mac50L
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 28
Views: 632

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The video above, a rescue on a beautiful calm, sunny, day with a light and empty (of gear) kayak. So why would anyone capsize in those conditions? I expected some response and this leads to some further points. After a capsize and recovery the victim will most likely have some loss of confidence. Th...
by Mac50L
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introduction and looking for advice.
Replies: 34
Views: 1931

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

7) Roger Schumann - Sea Kayak Rescue https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/076274328X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The picture on the cover says, "This book is rubbish." Anyone with any sense does not drag one kayak over another during a rescue. That is a White Water "thing" and sh...
by Mac50L
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleep Research
Replies: 10
Views: 521

Re: Sleep Research

I thought it was leader as in professional and non-professional I thought that too, but the questions suggest not. Did you find you could answer them all? I answered them all. I thought I answered them correctly. "Have you been formally responsible for others in the following disciplines?" Is this ...
by Mac50L
Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleep Research
Replies: 10
Views: 521

Re: Sleep Research

I thought it was leader as in professional and non-professional. Certification as I see it can range from 0 to 10(?). In my case 0 for 30 years of leading trips. That doesn't mean I don't know the sea or kayaking. It means I don't have bits of paper. It doesn't mean I haven't instructed. So yes, I'v...
by Mac50L
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 31
Views: 923

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

don't forget the places that have 4! (I believe that Cowes is one such place.) It is a bit like sloshing water in a bathtub or basin. https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Southampton-i-e-the-coast-of-England-have-tides-4-times-a-day https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/questions/why-do-some-places...
by Mac50L
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 31
Views: 923

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

There are always two tides per day - except when there is only one per day - or when the whole thing gets mixed up and there are one and a half - as happens in parts of the world -
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education ... ycles.html
by Mac50L
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

if you have a ruddered boat but don't like dancing continuously on the pedals, fitting a TrimTab to the SmartTrack rudder system allows you to relax your toes. Or get or make decently designed rudder pedals. No dancing, no need to relax toes, they are relaxed - if you use properly designed equipment.
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introduction and looking for advice.
Replies: 34
Views: 1931

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

Except for PFDs and maybe sprayskirts, everything else you can make yourself. My background had been sailing, dinghy and keelers, but an area I wanted to explore needed a 30' to 40' yacht so it was easier to design and build a kayak. My partner built hers too. Problem, once you start doing it, "Oh, ...
by Mac50L
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vendee Globe...
Replies: 15
Views: 954

Re: Vendee Globe...

The Vendee Globe is on the open ocean. The Americas Cup is held on enclosed waters (Auckland Harbour, New Zealand) and supposedly at up to 50 knots for something the size of a house. Fortunately our kayaking is in the south, 1200 km away. Yesterday, blowing hard, almost, almost 5 knots and a big sea...
by Mac50L
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 37
Views: 1236

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

A turned rudder is nothing like a lifted skeg. Why not? No sideways resistance if the rudder is turned. And if you know how to use a skeg, it is hardly a big deal to adjust. And keep taking a hand off the paddle to adjust it, again, and again, and.... You are right about not steering with skegs... ...
by Mac50L
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

Chris, me at a decade and a half older, maybe I'm getting lazy. However, it must be admitted, once the paddle is in the water it weighs nothing or certainly the WRC float at about the blade-immersed point. Possibly my weight point is that yes, there is a lighter option if wanted / needed it. What ev...
by Mac50L
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

Chris, your lightest paddle is about twice the weight of one of mine. I hefty item to be waving around for a few hours.
by Mac50L
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

it was a whole lot easier cutting the Gp with a jigsaw and would help further if I was going for a stepped West Greenland loom. Which is where I use a handsaw. It doesn't get into the step so curves into the loom. Then after all of that is cut out, the length of it, there are the wee bits to cut go...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

and bought a jig saw in expectation of that.... such are the hidden costs of making stuff. Do you have a good handsaw? The type with a blade over 2 foot long. A lot of the work, making kayaks, that is cutting out the plywood panels and also cutting the side pieces off the GP's plank are best done w...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: Smart trak trim-tab install/retro-fit

I do wonder if in the event of rudder cable/line or part failure would this trim tab mechanism allow the paddler to lock the blade to a centerline position; a sort of limp home device. How? The trim tab appears to be on the rudderline so no line no trim. As for SmartTrack, they came up with the ver...
by Mac50L
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 37
Views: 1236

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

Much better to control a boat with edges and paddle strokes than to rely on a rudder. And much slower as Paul pointed out from his experiences and I totally agree with him. If I'm going somewhere I don't want to waste paddle strokes trying to turn the kayak. Some say a rudder isn't for going round ...
by Mac50L
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

Thanks Mac I may look into splitting one if I can find a place that will skillfully saw It. Theoretically I could get an other paddle or two from my investment.What type of glue to laminate. Where is your closest Men's Shed? They should have a suitable bench saw. https://menssheds.org.uk/find-a-she...
by Mac50L
Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

Mac I think 1" might be a tad thin particularly as there will be a loss from a saw cut. I am looking into getting it reduced locally to 1.5" but I may just have to live with the loss. I can see why folks build up laminated paddles. Half of the fun is developing new skills and then testing out the r...
by Mac50L
Sat Dec 26, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

Mac my planks cost me nothing be they woodwormed or otherwise. However WRC is the recommended wood to make a paddle comparable to the weight of a carbon paddle it is generally less available in UK. I have only been able to buy 4 by 2 I found no option to do otherwise so unless I can efficiently rem...
by Mac50L
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Riot kayaks? Why so unpopular?
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Riot kayaks? Why so unpopular?

Do a web search and this is about the first thing that you find though there does not appear to be a date on it - "The main issue with Riot Kayaks is quality. The plastic is often bumpy and warped, the screws come loose easily and the dry hatch lid does not always stay closed. These kayaks are expen...
by Mac50L
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

WRC costing around £70 for two 8' lengths of 2*4. I don't claim to know anything about Euro's at £20. I was suggesting using a $20 plank which is about £10 in Britain, plus a plank is easy to make a paddle from. Far less wasted wood which means less work getting rid of the wasted wood. Getting rid ...
by Mac50L
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 667
Views: 66390

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

A few messages back and a lot of expensive G clamps being used. Being of Scottish origin, what is the cheapest way? Water pipe/drain pipe, 60 or 80 mm diameter cut about 30 mm long. Then slit so they make a C. If the pipe is scrap from a plumber, even better.

Images, drag and drop or what?
by Mac50L
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2546

Re: Greenland paddles

If I get in the proverbial and say lose my paddles it means the conditions are pretty extreme and I would want a good spare to get me out of that situation and not rely on some £20 piece of kit or a wood wormed bit of wood. Why would anyone want a wood-wormed bit of wood? Also what is wrong with a ...
by Mac50L
Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 37
Views: 1236

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

Beryl wrote:
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:02 pm
For us that know nothing it’s logical that a blade further from the end of a boat is likely to have more effect?
Providing the blade is long enough. Again, see Paul's article about that.