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by Franky
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Well, I bought some Aquasure, and so far it seems to have fixed that particular leak... But unfortunately, I've now found 3 or 4 more. Last weekend at Lee Valley I was so wet and cold towards the end of my 2-hour session that I ended it early. I've now applied Aquasure to the new holes, but I'm not ...
by Franky
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 423

Re: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak

Just been looking around would dagger jitsu or Pyranha Jed. Which is better for me or are neither suitable? Nobody can answer that question for you. You need either to (a) try them both out, or (b) take a chance on one of them. Whatever you buy, you will probably get used to it unless it is totally...
by Franky
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

The Multisport is a cracking bit of kit, I've got the none hinge version and one of the club coaches has the hinged one and swears by it - he's got a couple of them. The one thing he did say was he had to change where he put items in his clothing to reduce internal wear on the drysuit; example he u...
by Franky
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

If you are getting wet without even capsizing, perhaps you have worn through the fabric rather than the seams themselves leaking. Well yes, as it turns out. The hole I found was in the fabric just below the seam. I was thinking of applying a seam "extension", sticking-plaster style. Obviously not a...
by Franky
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Thanks for the replies. I will check out Aquasure - this sounds like the way forward for me.
by Franky
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

If your only problem is a leaking seam, then it's definitely worth buying some tape and doing it yourself. However, my experience has been that heat-applied tape doesn't work unless you've got some specialist kit to heat it. Instead, just use good-quality 2-part drysuit repair glue to stick new tap...
by Franky
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 692

Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

My drysuit has started leaking again. Last time it happened (a year ago), the suit was still under warranty. I sent it back to Typhoon, and they did a thorough job of replacing the tape along the seams. However, a new small leak has developed, and I see this as likely to be a recurrent problem. Good...
by Franky
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 1393

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I eat fruit with my right hand but sandwiches with my left. What's that about?

I reckon paddling other-handed is like driving on the right - you can adapt pretty easily if you have to. Muscle memory can go a long way in overcoming natural "handedness".
by Franky
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1039

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

It seems to me that when you assume the role of leader, you are assuming responsibility. That's the essence of leadership. It applies whether you are a good leader or a bad one. No one in a group has the responsibility to be a "good follower". In general, a good leader makes good followers. If a "fo...
by Franky
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1429

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

I've yet to hear a good argument t'other way. Dave, you don't want to hear a good argument the other way, admit it :) Videos and photos aren't always a good indicator of how difficult a river is. GoPro footage misrepresents the real character of a river because of the fisheye lens. I'd watched lots...
by Franky
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1429

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

Grading is probably more useful to intermediate paddlers than advanced ones. I paddled the Grand Eyvia in Italy last year. I was with a guided group and I didn't get wind of what grade it was before we got on. I had somehow formed the impression it was Grade 2! I wasn't prepared for continuous, fast...
by Franky
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1189

Re: What degree WW paddle

I hate to rise to the provocation of the previous post, but if no one responds to it, the OP might end up getting the wrong paddle.

My own paddle is 197 cm and I borrowed a 200 cm paddle on holiday last year. I didn't get on with it at all. I'm not a midget or an idiot.
by Franky
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which pfd ?
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Which pfd ?

Something to bear in mind is that touring and sea BAs can accidentally come undone on white water. I first used a Yak sea BA on white water, but the zip on the side kept coming undone. You move your body about a lot on WW, and this places strain on the fastenings that a touring or sea BA isn't desig...
by Franky
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Palm Orbit
Replies: 4
Views: 609

Re: Palm Orbit

Does it have to be Palm or IR? Playboater decks have a good reputation and are a lot cheaper than the Orbit. I currently have a Work Deck. It has a reinforced rim that grips very tight, and I've never had a problem with it popping on anything up to grade 4, if that's your concern. My previous sprayd...
by Franky
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 2046

Re: Warm When Wet

I can only agree with Dave B. I don't know about the physics, but before I bought a dry suit I paddled in temperatures of < 5 degrees with a fleece top and fleece trousers and was pretty comfortable. Wet or dry, fleece traps heat from your body. This seems to more than offset loss of heat through ev...
by Franky
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1181

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

Do women like different boats from men? I suppose body shape means some boats are a better fit than others, but then there is as much difference in body shape within the sexes as between them. The issue seems more, "What's a good boat for a beginner?", and my answer would be that any boat other than...
by Franky
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid
Replies: 12
Views: 951

Re: Nice vid

I enjoy watching paddling of rivers I can only dream about, and I agree that the absence of a death metal soundtrack is to be applauded! My one gripe is the short cuts. I like to watch paddling videos, wondering what's coming up next. This video switches to the next clip just when you're getting int...
by Franky
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1669

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

But you have no problems paying the £7 (£14) charge for the Tryweryn per paddler, why does £3 bother you? It doesn't bother me at all. I was just expressing sympathy with the misunderstandings. I will pay the parking fee in future regardless of of how little time I spend there and regardless of whe...
by Franky
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1669

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

Is it a charge for access when it applies even if you are only parking to use the cafe or picnic tables? It doesn't seem clear what it's a charge for, or who has to pay it. I'd been assuming from reading the first posts here, and in the parallel thread, that it was a de facto access charge - which ...
by Franky
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 2046

Re: Warm When Wet

I actually find that a decent fleece top and fleece undertrousers keep me tolerably warm even when they're wet. As long as you're not swimming all day long, and are wearing a good cag and overtrousers, your body heat warms up the water. I paddled three winters with separates before I bought a dry su...
by Franky
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1867

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Hi Now I know that I may well be out on a limb here, but I really don`t get this idea that you should edge / lean outwards to turn a sea kayak. It is totally the opposite of intuitive - people running, animals running, cyclists, motor bikers - none of them lean outwards to turn, they all lean inwar...
by Franky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 28
Views: 1634

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

I posted this in Faff last year but I'm still quite proud of it: ------------ Paddling is about being in it together, so when planning to drop all your keys in a river on the first morning of a trip, ensure that your passengers' dry kit for the whole weekend is in your car at the get-out, and that a...
by Franky
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1488

Re: Stiff hands

It seems to me that a crucial characteristic of anything you use to warm your hands its that it traps body heat. Fleeces and woolly jumpers work by creating air pockets where your body heat settles without escaping. Tight-fitting gloves don't provide this feature - they're tight so that you have fre...
by Franky
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1488

Re: Stiff hands

Early signs of Arthritis possible I guess .maybe something worth looking into . I have done a lot of manual hands on jobs so that might be the case .but I do wear thick wetsuit gloves when on the water and only 25 so it can't related to cold water .. I got arthritis-like symptoms last year. I wonde...
by Franky
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1437

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

So if the word has got around, this hypothetical problem won’t arise, as nobody else will want to paddle with him down the canyon either. Depends on the age of the people. Younger paddlers might assume this is just how it works, and suck it up. That said, there is evidently hypothetical stuff going...
by Franky
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1437

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

But yes, my point is that if you are stepping up to the next grade, pushing your comfort zone, then have others [plural!] who are more experienced with you. Not one 'leader' who is responsible for you. Yes. The thought, "I'll be up to paddling this river if I go with X" shouldn't enter one's mind. ...
by Franky
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1437

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

But most paddlers want to push themselves. If we didn't paddle "above our ability" sometimes (*), we wouldn't make any progress. I *think* the point you're making is that we shouldn't hold anyone else responsible for our own mistakes, and if so, I agree. But I'm an intermediate paddler and likely to...
by Franky
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: north norfolk easy sea kayak venue for 21st / 22nd Oct
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: north norfolk easy sea kayak venue for 21st / 22nd Oct

3. A long carry when you launch/land; at low tide the sea on the north Norfolk coast can go out a very long way. I think as long as you avoid low tide, the channel at Burnham Overy Staithe is deep enough to avoid a walk. You can launch straight from the car park. I vaguely remember a sign saying so...
by Franky
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: north norfolk easy sea kayak venue for 21st / 22nd Oct
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: north norfolk easy sea kayak venue for 21st / 22nd Oct

I'm not really a sea kayaker, but I have paddled on that stretch of coast several times - longer distances in a touring kayak with a group, and pootling about in a playboat on my own. My get-in each time was Burnham Overy Staithe, 3 miles east of your proposed access point. The places look similar i...
by Franky
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Rapids' on OS map
Replies: 7
Views: 932

Re: 'Rapids' on OS map

Read Map Addict by Mike Parker. There are a couple of chapters on the OS. Maverick touches on maps (roads that don't exist, cartographers' initials etched into cliff faces, etc.) are not going to go away. They are often inserted to make plagiarism easy to detect, and every OS map contains tiny inacc...