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by Mac50L
Sat May 11, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: Stash your paddle float

I should have made that clearer, I didn’t say there would be a vast amount of water in the cockpit, I said it would empty the vast majority of the water from the cockpit. Sorry, I didn't differentiate. I still query the ability to lift say a loaded kayak, say 50 kg (30 kg kayak alone), which means ...
by Mac50L
Thu May 09, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: Stash your paddle float

then use my extended paddle over my shoulder, to counter lifting one end of my boat up, emptying the vast majority of water from the cockpit..... Why a vast amount of water in the cockpit? The kayak should float higher than when you are in it which ever way up it is. So maybe fitting some foam to f...
by Mac50L
Thu May 09, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: Stash your paddle float

On the deck behind the paddler. It is where the paddle is going to go during the re-entry.

Also easily grabbed to stop the seal sinking after harpooning it. All Inuits do that.
https://quillette.com/2019/01/21/enteri ... le-hunter/
by Mac50L
Fri May 03, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tasty hatch!
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Tasty hatch!

Air pressure locking things. Also trying to suck water in. Hot air while on shore, becomes cold and lowers the pressure once the kayak is launched. Simple, drill a ~1 mm hole in every bulkhead in the middle. No mater which way up the kayak is the hole should be above the water level. Even if not the...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recycled plastic kayaks
Replies: 6
Views: 706

Re: Recycled plastic kayaks

Early kayaks were cross-linked plastic (Puffin etc.) which made repair very difficult. Then they went to linear which is easier to repair. An old plastic kayak, left out in the sun - 10 year life? An old wooden kayak, same treatment - 100+ year life? There is a Rob Roy in Britain, 160 year old needi...
by Mac50L
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1567

Re: Stiff hands

Doing the "cup of tea" thing, opening the hand a bit with the little finger pointing out relaxes the hand. Do this every now and then, or decide on a number of strokes and then do it. Personally I have no problems, no blisters, no callouses. The paddle is a GP and the loom is rectangular. The lower ...
by Mac50L
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 1439

Re: Time for a new PDF

My much loved, ten plus year old Palm Kaikoura has finally reached the end of its useful life,... Some background to a name - I can't find the PDF about Kaikoura but I think you are actually talking about a Personal Flotation Device, PFD. However, I'm surprised they used the name Kaikoura as it is ...
by Mac50L
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 572

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
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 1236

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
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 1236

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
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 1000

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
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 791

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: 1488

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: 853

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: 853

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
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3127

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
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3127

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
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3127

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
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3127

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
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3127

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
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3127

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
Topic: valley in red
Replies: 14
Views: 979

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: 1108

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: 1108

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: 1108

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: 1244

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
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 13
Views: 1153

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
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 13
Views: 1153

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: 1440

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