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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: 398

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: 311

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: 950

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: 752

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: 752

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: 752

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: 950

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: 752

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: 950

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: 950

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: 950

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: 797

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: 797

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: 797

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: 580

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: 580

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: 1073

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...
by Mac50L
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 15
Views: 1658

Re: Starting from scratch

That link for the T-bar trolley will no longer work.
Use this one -
https://canterburyseakayak.wordpress.com/t-bar-trolley/
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 916

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Hi. I’m on my first sit-in and am finding it over-lively in confused estuary chop. This is stopping me familiarising and gaining confidence as quickly as I’d like. Would some small waterproof sand bags be worth experimenting with? Yes. One of mine was a tortured ply hull and I used either 3 litre (...
by Mac50L
Sat May 11, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

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: 1028

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: 1028

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: 826

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: 825

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: 1777

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: 1636

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: 621

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: 1572

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: 1572

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...