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by Mac50L
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 324

Re: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor

I suspect the batteries are spot welded during manufacture, not soldered. Has anyone looked at RC model batteries? They come with a plug and if used, a socket would be wired into the device. I did this with my VHF as it uses lowish capacity NiMH batteries. It did come with a spare battery case so yo...
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: Stabilising a kayak

The really tippy kayak I mentioned is like the one in Dennis Davis' book The Book of Canoeing 1969. Sea Kayaker magazine did a version and I adapted theirs. It is tortured ply, almost semicircular in cross section. To start with, if only out for a short paddle and it empty, I'd have 3 or 6 litres of...
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: Stabilising a kayak

Chris has highlighted the main problem you have using a Mirage - 1983! In 1983 rotomoulding polythene was a brand new manufacturing technique, and the boat shapes that could be achieved were pretty limited, you basically had to produce something roughly cigar shaped in order for the PE to be distri...
by Mac50L
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 752

Re: Boat for tiny person

Ironically this is the sized person I designed my present kayak for. If only I could borrow her for a day to see how she could handle it. It is 5 m x 510 cm beam, 18 kg though it was 13 kg in the water for testing. Me? I'm a foot (30 cm) taller and 17 kg heavier. Has anyone thought of building one? ...
by Mac50L
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak

The VImeo link - "Andy Butler talks us through the revolutionary [ Oh really? ] Venture Skudder system, available on the majority of the current range of kayaks [ since when? ] and offering unparalleled performance for recreational kayakers, no matter where you want to paddle!" Actually the "skudder...
by Mac50L
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Padding - how snug
Replies: 18
Views: 1224

Re: Padding - how snug

At our annual training weekend we often have a session on how to pad the cockpit so there is no sliding across the seat. The thicker padding is such that there is a little force to get into the seat. The foam pressure is off once seated as it is against the lower pelvis / hip joints getting in and w...
by Mac50L
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vancouver kayaking
Replies: 10
Views: 774

Re: Vancouver kayaking

Now had a look at queen Charlotte Islands though. Any questions I'm happy to answer. We were on a guided trip. First time guided, I'm usually the leader or know where I'm going. The rental company run 3 stages south and then 3 north. We took over the last stage going south, took over from a group o...
by Mac50L
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vancouver kayaking
Replies: 10
Views: 774

Re: Vancouver kayaking

What about asking it on -
http://www.westcoastpaddler.com/community/
It is their "stamping ground".

I've only paddled to the north of that area, Queen Charlotte Islands, an 8 day trip.
by Mac50L
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2551

Re: Paddle recommendations?

I'm going by descriptions I've read, GPs tend to be held at a much lower angle than 'euro' paddles or wings which must make a significant difference in the all important catch phase of the stroke? Low angle while waiting for others to catch up. High angle when going somewhere. Look at YouTubes of g...
by Mac50L
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2551

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Dude, you've got a serious chip on your shoulder Yes, probably all those Western Red Cedar wood chips. Owen tends imply all GPs are rubbish, tends to I said. He says, "I've tried many Greenland paddles over the years and I've yet to find one that's not rubbish." No reason why those he has tried are...
by Mac50L
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2551

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Owen says he's tried several GP's. Your default response was that it was (probably) due to poor paddling technique. You don't know Owen, and neither do I. Ian Owen says, "I've tried many Greenland paddles over the years and I've yet to find one that's not rubbish." Firstly an apology about techniqu...
by Mac50L
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2551

Re: Paddle recommendations?

ian johnston wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:12 am
Mac50L wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:58 pm

Poor paddling technique (probably)?
Regardless of the pros and cons of GP versus Euro (yawn), that is an incredibly arrogant statement......
Sorry you missed seeing the question mark. I've made it BOLD to be more visible.
by Mac50L
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2551

Re: Paddle recommendations?

One man's meat is another man's poison, I've tried many Greenland paddles over the years and I've yet to find one that's not rubbish. Poor paddling technique (probably)? Edges not sharp enough? https://www.rapidmedia.com/adventurekayak/categories/departments/5390-stickin-it-to-em-in-defense-of-gree...
by Mac50L
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2551

Re: Paddle recommendations?

I'm simply amazed at the money being talked about, thrown at a paddle. $NZ1000. !!! And what do I pay? About $NZ25 all up, about 12 pounds and that is for the best in the world. Yes, I've had complaints - "Can't get them to raise blisters." "Find it too easy to roll with." That commenter can't figur...
by Mac50L
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: valley in red
Replies: 14
Views: 894

Re: valley in red

Have you thought about the fade-factor? A couple of years in the sun and it is now pink? As for colours, a couple of mine are light blue and a discussion by SAR pilots (somewhere on the web), it actually is spot-able due to being unusual. Any thing a little different gets spotted. Orange still the b...
by Mac50L
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: greenland paddle workshop
Replies: 14
Views: 963

Re: greenland paddle workshop

Check our website for further details as they're published http://www.haverfordwestkayakclub.co.uk Looking at the Equipment part of the website - http://www.haverfordwestkayakclub.co.uk/kayaking.php?uid=0 It seems to have the usual questionable information. Paddle above the head for hand spacing, l...
by Mac50L
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: greenland paddle workshop
Replies: 14
Views: 963

Re: greenland paddle workshop

The idea of a piece of wood magically transforming into a thing of beauty - and function - is appealing but a little hard to believe with my complete lack of skills and experience, I think I need adult supervision. What, your mother never teach you anything? If The Shed is in NZ I may be late on Mo...
by Mac50L
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: greenland paddle workshop
Replies: 14
Views: 963

Re: greenland paddle workshop

Does anyone run these? And allow people who have never made anything or used woodworking tools to attend... Yes and if you turn up at The Shed on Monday we can get you started. To save wood I'd suggest using a plank of cedar, ~20 mm thick. Plenty of wood there and it saves you throwing half of what...
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem tracking
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: Tandem tracking

I believe my boat already has the smart track system. However I noticed that the Trim tab that is mentioned on the smart track web page is not part of my system. Not quite sure why. http://www.smart-tracker.com/trimtab.htm SmartTrack are joking aren't they? The only reason they might suggest that (...
by Mac50L
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 13
Views: 1054

Re: Starting from scratch

Final tip is the c tug trolley is perfect complement easy store in hatch and doesn't slip. I've wasted money on inferior ones that I have binned. Or better still don't pay anything for your trolley (chuck-out golf cart wheels) and have a lighter, better pack down one than the C-tug. Build your own....
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 13
Views: 1054

Re: Starting from scratch

the end ties are not to keep the boat on the roof rack, they are to stop the roof rack being peeled off the car if the wind gets under the boat. For this purpose the front tie down is most important (at motorway speed you have 70mph wind on a still day, more driving into a headwind), Reread Jim's p...
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shallow water worries
Replies: 23
Views: 1332

Re: Shallow water worries

If you are going to use the spray deck release, this might make it a little easier to find and grab -

http://www.kask.org.nz/spray-skirts/

http://kask.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/S ... elease.pdf
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to pack a skeg kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 968

Re: How to pack a skeg kayak

So I Googled "basha" Basha may refer to: Baasha (king), a Hebrew king Basha (film), a Tamil movie Arabic pronunciation of the Turkish title "Pasha", formerly used by some Arab rulers in Ottoman-influenced areas Basha (title), an Ethiopian rank originally derived from the Turkish "Pasha" but of lower...
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to pack a skeg kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 968

Re: How to pack a skeg kayak

a skeg or if you insist on one why badly designed i.e. no cover when retracted? I've never come across a skeg without a "cover" - but that's another issue. The bottom not the top. What model, never seen any. Rubber flaps are better than nothing. As for packing and tapered dry bags, you can make you...
by Mac50L
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to pack a skeg kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 968

Re: How to pack a skeg kayak

... do rudder boats in general have more loading volume than skeg boats? Tom the Dane I paddle a low deck, 510 beam kayak and have no problems with a 3 man tent, sleeping bag, food, stove, water, etc. I do tend to leave the full sized cabbage to my partner as her kayak is beamier with a bit more vo...
by Mac50L
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Correlite X Scorpio HV - dissenting view to OP report
Replies: 20
Views: 2717

Re: Correlite X - Scorpio HV - Dissenting view to OP - Part 3

When I took delivery of my boat I noted that the seat was not aligned and crooked. I measured the port and starboard sides (where the holes were drilled into the deck to attach the seat) and noted that there was an appropriate 10mm difference. How is it possible to get that so inaccurate? If you ar...
by Mac50L
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Correlite X Scorpio HV - dissenting view to OP report
Replies: 20
Views: 2717

Re: Correlite X Scorpio HV - dissenting view to OP report

I see Kent Canoes state "the revolutionary Skudder system". What is revolutionary about it as it has been in use for about 3 decades (Germany and Australia) and about the mid 1990s a version was fitted to a couple of kayaks here in New Zealand. "moulded-in inserts to take a kayak sail mast foot" yet...
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1217

Re: Sandy Skeg

Has anyone tried running a longer line temporarily looped through the 'tug' line which can be pulled from the cockpit to free a skeg in such situations? Rog. I missed replying to this bit earlier and the answer is yes. Freya did that near a decade ago when she circumnavigated the South Island of Ne...
by Mac50L
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1217

Re: Sandy Skeg

Perhaps a flexible rubber flap fixed to one side of the mouth of the skeg box might be simpler (and less engineered). Rog. I suspect it would be preferable to have two rubber flaps and overlap them when closed. They won't stick down so far when open and the overlap does not have to be very great. A...
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1217

Re: Sandy Skeg

Are you confusing a ruder system (pedal operated steering system) with a skeg (drop down blade that help prevent weather cocking and aids tracking). No, the mention of the American sliding pedal steering was about bad design. I cannot think of a sensible alternative to having a working skeg in cert...