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by Franky
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Confused by Rainchsers gauges - Yorkshire, NE
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: Confused by Rainchsers gauges - Yorkshire, NE

Sorry if I sounded snarky. I realise it's up to the person made Rainchasers (can't remember who it is) what they do with their site. I was just a bit disappointed (but then, it's not as though I'm paddling any rivers anyway at the moment).
by Franky
Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Confused by Rainchsers gauges - Yorkshire, NE
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: Confused by Rainchsers gauges - Yorkshire, NE

Does anyone know why the Rainchasers web site has been effectively dismantled, as of today? Is it to push people into downloading the app? What about those who want to view it on a computer? There is a minimal web interface, but it's virtually unusable.
by Franky
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

Thanks both of you, it sounds like a dagger GT might be what I should look at as a decent starter allrounder? I only mentioned the GT because it's what I learned in. There are others - Pyranha Burn, Wavesport Diesel, Dagger Axiom - all available second-hand for good prices because they've been maki...
by Franky
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

All the boats thomaspkayaks mentioned are playboats. Something gives me the impression he likes playboats :) A playboat definitely *isn't* a boat for touring in, unless you're a masochist. On flat water it will travel at a fraction of the speed of a touring boat or even a crossover. You can however ...
by Franky
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 23
Views: 443

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

MartinP wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:39 pm
I would say for my height I have a fairly normal leg length but are longer in the body.
Surely if your legs are normal length, your body (torso?) must be normal length as well? Unless you have a small head.
by Franky
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.
Replies: 17
Views: 753

Re: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.

but I don't think I followed it with that, you will feel the strain initially. I used to feel a backband was essential; I do have a dodgy disc and couldn't drive a car without a lumbar support so I spent a while making ever more supportive backbands. [...] I found the backband was in the way someti...
by Franky
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.
Replies: 17
Views: 753

Re: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.

I've had the same issue, and for me it was definitely the absence of a backband that was the problem. I know that some people manage without backbands, but whenever I paddle with a loose backband, or none at all, I feel a lot of strain in my lower back and hips. I think somebody on this forum once m...
by Franky
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 53
Views: 1679

Re: Rolling

In the good old days when swimming pools were open and we could practice our kayaking skills and drills in the comfort of a warm pool, the first thing newbies wanted to do was learn to roll. Our most experienced and cherished coach always used to say to them "learn the skills that will prevent you ...
by Franky
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 53
Views: 1679

Re: Rolling

In the original description, I was confused by
the method of roll we were shown was to hold the paddle parallel with the kayak
But it looks as though you hold the paddle perpendicular to the kayak, not parallel with it?
by Franky
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Typhoon drysuit sizing question
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Typhoon drysuit sizing question

I think Typhoon suits are on the generous side. I have a Medium MS4 Hinge and I'm 171 cm tall, waist ~90 cm. I tried on a Medium Broad in the shop, and it was too big for me in the sideways direction, but would probably be OK for you by the sound of things. Height-wise it doesn't sound like there wi...
by Franky
Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help on picking a drysuit
Replies: 16
Views: 875

Re: Help on picking a drysuit

If you look at Palm dry suits in the archive they are typically troublesome. Since you mention it, that has been my experience of Palm gear too. I've had two Palm cagoules, both of which were falling apart after little more than a year. I now use Peak UK for most of my paddling gear, and the qualit...
by Franky
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help on picking a drysuit
Replies: 16
Views: 875

Re: Help on picking a drysuit

Consider Typhoon drysuits as well. They're in a similar price range to the suits made by kayak kit specialists like Yak and Palm. I have had a Multisport 4 Hinge for 3 years and it has served me pretty well. Be aware that drysuits at the cheaper* end of the market are not bombproof. They need lookin...
by Franky
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Phoenix
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: Phoenix

I got 2 out of 3 in the pool in a boat set up for someone a foot taller and 30 kg heavier than me! It was hard to capsize ;) He loves his Phoenix. Well yes, it does have decent primary stability, but it was easy enough to capsize on the LV Olympic, and I don't think I got a 2:3 roll ratio there eit...
by Franky
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Phoenix
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: Phoenix

I demoed one at Lee Valley last year. I didn't get on with it, though I can't remember exactly why. I just remember that it felt big and heavy and lacking in agility. It was also difficult to roll.

But I don't like the Machno either, so what do I know.
by Franky
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leeds Liverpool canal
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: Leeds Liverpool canal

I paddled a stretch of the LL Canal near Farnhill yesterday. It's pleasant and it's quite a way off the valley floor, so there are some good views in the gaps between trees. There are quite a lot of swing bridges - every mile or so on the section I paddled. Most people will have to portage these, al...
by Franky
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Reva Reservoir, West Yorkshire
Replies: 0
Views: 285

Reva Reservoir, West Yorkshire

Does anyone know if kayaking is allowed on Reva Reservoir, north of Bradford?

There's a scout sailing club there and a blue sailing symbol on the map. Don't know how Yorkshire Water feels about random punters putting on there though.
by Franky
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 43
Views: 1412

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

When I started paddling, my club had a limited number of boats, and a couple of times the only one available was a (plastic) slalom kayak. So I went out in that. I didn't know what type of boat it was, and I couldn't work out why I couldn't keep it in anything like a straight line. This was at a tim...
by Franky
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice: Jackson Fun or All/Rock Star
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Advice: Jackson Fun or All/Rock Star

Thanks. Decided on a Rockstar; no need to comprise as want to learn, so might as well do it properly. Probably a good choice. I didn't mention this before, but I have a Rockstar and have a lot of fun in it, even if I can't do proper stunts (I'm probably too old!). A Rockstar will certainly keep you...
by Franky
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice: Jackson Fun or All/Rock Star
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Advice: Jackson Fun or All/Rock Star

There's no easy answer to those questions. It's not just about fit, it's also about handling. You can only know if a boat's for you by paddling it. For what it's worth, I have paddled an Allstar. It's a one-size-fits-all boat; I found it too big to feel like a proper playboat. I'm about the same hei...
by Franky
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner Solo Sea Kayaking Safety
Replies: 8
Views: 714

Re: Beginner Solo Sea Kayaking Safety

If a paddler is inexperienced, they shouldn't underestimate the ease with which a small wave can overturn their boat. It'll then be bye-bye boat at best, and if they're far out at sea or not a strong swimmer or the tide/current is adverse, a lot worse. There's a 95% chance that on a single trip they...
by Franky
Thu May 28, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is this the best time ever to go paddling?
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Re: Is this the best time ever to go paddling?

A prime example must be the river Cam and the famous, historic "Backs" at Cambridge - normally mobbed with tourists and students at this time of year. Before anyone tries this, they should know that as of this year, the Cam Conservators require paddlers on this stretch to possess a waterways licenc...
by Franky
Tue May 05, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time boat buying, sizing help?
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Re: First time boat buying, sizing help?

What Robert C says is true, but I'd add that having a twitchier boat will improve your forward paddling technique! If you're thinking of paddling upstream on a river with a significant flow, though, a touring kayak (something like the P&H Scorpio) would be better. Unfortunately, touring boats are a ...
by Franky
Sun May 03, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm buoyancy aid
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: Palm buoyancy aid

The Quest actually looks quite different from the Amp. The Amp is a white water BA. The Quest is a flat water/sea BA. It doesn't look anywhere near as bulky as the Amp. You should be able to adjust the tightness using the straps on the side, though I assume you've already tried that. It could be tha...
by Franky
Sun May 03, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm buoyancy aid
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: Palm buoyancy aid

What is the model of the BA? I once bought a Palm Amp. I tried it on in the shop, but when I got home and put it on again I decided it was too uncomfortable. There was excessive pressure on the abdomen, and the foam felt very rigid, almost like cardboard. Fortunately I hadn't worn it on water, so I ...
by Franky
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Boating up -river
Replies: 12
Views: 750

Re: Boating up -river

Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the appeal of an activity which requires nothing but brute strength and the ability to eddy-hop on very easy water. I'd rather work on my technique and have ten times the fun paddling proper rapids downstream! For anything above Grade 1, paddling upstream means us...
by Franky
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 17
Views: 1776

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Possibly now cutting through ash layers (they would erode very quickly), after a lava flow (more resistant) created the original waterfall. My (amateur) hypothesis is that the shoulder of rock from which the waterfall dropped is limestone. That would explain the light hue of the rock (see Poke's se...
by Franky
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 17
Views: 1776

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Fascinating to watch a geological transformation happening before your eyes. Bits are falling off the banks every second in that video! I wonder how long it will take to "settle down". It certainly looks like an exciting run at the moment!
by Franky
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 17
Views: 1776

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

I haven't yet seen any indication where that flow reappears. That's a fairly large flow of water into a cave that's not immediately flowing where the plunge pool was.. Apparently, it flows under the undercutting behind the waterfall, which is now an arch. Actually, I guess the undercutting must hav...
by Franky
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Burn, Machno, 9R???
Replies: 11
Views: 1207

Re: Burn, Machno, 9R???

I demoed the Machno and had the same feelings as Dr. Robin. It's very stable, and it is manoevrable, but rather too much, I'd say: I found it hard to keep in a straight line. It's designed to respond to constant forward paddling; rudders are really hard work. I've had a Nirvana since last summer and...
by Franky
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1738

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Swimming 4 or 5 times a week works very well for me. A mixture of breast stroke and crawl seems to develop all the right muscles for kayaking, with the exception perhaps of the hips. I recently went to the Lee Valley Olympic after 10 days of not swimming, and my paddling was awful. I just didn't hav...