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by Franky
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Messages stuck in 'outbox'
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: Messages stuck in 'outbox'

Messages don't appear in "Sent messages" until the recipient reads them. (I have a message 4 years old that's still in my Outbox :\ )
by Franky
Fri Jul 09, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice please - pfd quick release strap, yes or no?
Replies: 7
Views: 314

Re: Advice please - pfd quick release strap, yes or no?

If your BA already has a quick release strap, I'd see no particular reason to take it off, but that said, I can't think of any circumstances when you'd need it on flat water. I agree with Sean_soup that it would be a bad design indeed that required it to be fastened to keep the BA on! I used to have...
by Franky
Sun Jul 04, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stern heavy !
Replies: 14
Views: 604

Re: Stern heavy !

There's a reason they're called divorce boats... Perhaps they started out as a foursome.
by Franky
Thu Jul 01, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swan Hazard
Replies: 19
Views: 657

Re: Swan Hazard

The swan in question chased one narrowboat and pecked at the humans steering it. The narrowboat chugged off, and the swan considered its methods vindicated. It went on to threaten the next narrowboat, which also chugged off. Thanks to this 100% success rate, the swan will probably continue to chase ...
by Franky
Wed Jun 30, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swan Hazard
Replies: 19
Views: 657

Re: Swan Hazard

TheEcho wrote:
Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:28 pm
They don’t attack motor boats after all. Category error.
They do. I've seen a swan have a go at a couple of narrowboats.
by Franky
Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 57
Views: 2706

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

23kg?? Try 30kg. I've contacted RTM so we'll see what they say. Always add several kg to the weights that kayak manufacturers quote. There are a couple of loopholes that can be used to justify inaccurate figures. One is to say that the weight is for the boat without fittings. Another is to say that...
by Franky
Mon Jun 28, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: RIVER WHARFE (Grassington to Barden Bridge)
Replies: 7
Views: 4114

Re: RIVER WHARFE (Grassington to Barden Bridge)

"No Through Road" means (and has always meant) "You cannot use this road to get through to anywhere". It's the same thing as a cul-de-sac. I'm not sure why there are two different terms and signs, but it's always been the case. I don't know what the guide said before it was amended, but from the des...
by Franky
Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swan Hazard
Replies: 19
Views: 657

Re: Swan Hazard

Swans are just like that. Their strategy for defending their young is "attack before you're attacked" and it works well. My technique for dealing with swans is to approach them very cautiously and very slowly and *always* on the opposite side of the river. Sometimes, if they're in a good mood, and t...
by Franky
Sat Jun 26, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon vs fibreglass paddle
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: Carbon vs fibreglass paddle

The main difference is weight. Carbon is very light - so light that it's slightly disconcerting at first. Carbon is more rigid, so you feel every flutter of the blades. I like the crisp feel, but it does place marginally more stress on your joints. I don't know if there's a generic difference in dur...
by Franky
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SoT with sit-in performance
Replies: 28
Views: 927

Re: SoT with sit-in performance

Surely you are seeking the Holy Grail? Isn't a sit-on-top always going to be a compromise in terms of performance? You need extra volume and width to enclose the air cavities that keep it afloat. And as someone mentioned, in a SOT you can't sit below the water line without being in a pool of water, ...
by Franky
Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 573

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

They do tubing commercially at HPP but I don't think it is 1/2 mile long, it just seems that long walking back up. Well, according to its Wikipedia page , it's "approximately 1500 metres long", though looking at the map, it can't be anywhere near that. The channel looks about 1/2 mile from its depa...
by Franky
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 573

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

PS Forgot - a river that also goes in summer, and is not too far from Derby, is the Dee from Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen (it's part-fed from the dam-released Tryweryn, hence often has a bigger-than-natural flow). It's mostly Grade 2, with some Grade 3 features, and one longer Grade 3+ rapid, Serpe...
by Franky
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 573

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

The nearest quality white water to Derby is the Holme Pierrepont white water course in Nottingham. That is half a mile of pretty much continuous Grade 3. However, I don't know whether tubing is allowed on it. Also, it's the River Trent: DO NOT drink it! And personally I'd advise wearing a nose clip ...
by Franky
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone paddle a Jackson fun?
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Anyone paddle a Jackson fun?

I've heard that the Fun is a bit of a disappointment, trying to be all things to all paddlers and not really satisfying anyone. Don't rule out a playboat for river running. Depending on how advanced a paddler you are, you might not want to run Grade 4 in it, but Grade 2/3- can be a hoot. If your bud...
by Franky
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 958

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

If your son is getting cramp in both hands, there might be something wrong with his technique. You're supposed to grip the paddle constantly with your dominant hand, but in your subordinate hand you let it rotate to accommodate the paddle's feather, only gripping it when you're making the stroke on ...
by Franky
Sun May 30, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Axiom 8.0 or GTS
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Axiom 8.0 or GTS

I learned to paddle in a GT 7.8 (size up from the GTS) and it is a great boat. It is easy to handle on flat water, and nice and sporty on lower-grade white water.

I once demoed an Axiom and found it less easy to manoeuvre than I expected. It's longer than it looks.
by Franky
Tue May 18, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1138

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

I have a Typhoon Multisport 4 Hinge. I've had it 4 years, and it's been fine except that around the 1-year mark, it developed tears along some of the seams that let water in. Perhaps this was because it's slightly too small for me, as I don't know anyone else who's had that problem. Anyhow, Typhoon ...
by Franky
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Why is it so hard to buy a kayak?
Replies: 11
Views: 648

Re: Why is it so hard to buy a kayak?

It isn't just kayaks, there are dozen of industries that have seen increases in demand thanks to the pandemic causing massive supply problems. Bikes, PCs, computer components, gaming consoles, virtual reality headsets, to name just a few, are still in short supply. I wanted a set of dumbells so tha...
by Franky
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 2031

Re: techniques for beginners

I am not sure if I'd have taken up kayaking if I couldn't have been able to swim up to a mile in a wet suit in open water. I haven't swum for over a year due to Covid but I would hope some of the muscle memory is still there. I doubt if many paddlers could swim a mile, let alone in open water. I've...
by Franky
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 20
Views: 1540

Re: Walrus sightings in Pembroke

This is getting off-topic but... The problem is that incidents like this add fuel to the nanny-staters' argument that dogs should never be let off leads "just in case" they attack grazing animals or, in this case, wild ones. It's getting more and more difficult to find anywhere that one is not "requ...
by Franky
Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling as a finger amputee
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Paddling as a finger amputee

I guess somebody would have posted if they had... Perhaps you could give details of any particular concerns you have, whether you've attempted paddling in the past, what kind of paddling you are interested in (flat water, white water, sea), etc. Even if nobody on the forum has the same experience as...
by Franky
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 2958

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

I thought he sounded pretty experienced in the first post. It's easy to read "I am only 18" and make assumptions from that without absorbing what follows.
by Franky
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition

Sean_soup: thanks for the clarification. Absurd to say that paddling anywhere carries "a significant degree of risk"; I mean, cycling isn't banned, but from my experience of Welsh roads, that certainly carries a significant degree of risk! I've signed the petition.
by Franky
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition

What is "the phrase that suggests all water sports are banned during lockdown"? It's hard to say one disagrees with it if one doesn't know its exact wording.
by Franky
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1195

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The video above, a rescue on a beautiful calm, sunny, day with a light and empty (of gear) kayak. So why would anyone capsize in those conditions? Carelessness, inexperience, tiredness, hunger. Many of my capsizes, on both sea and rivers, have been due to me letting my guard down on easy water, oft...
by Franky
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

Unless you're trying to push your boat backwards, pushing with the top hand only means you have to pull harder with the bottom hand to balance the force on the paddle. You certainly need to hold the top hand in position to support the paddle, but not positively push - although, if your arm is strai...
by Franky
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

mrcharly wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:14 am
Ivan puts it more bluntly "The top hand does nothing. If it does anything, it just stuffs it up." (paraphrasing a bit).
I sometimes push with the top hand (or more precisely, the top arm, keeping it straight) for some extra power as I rotate. It doesn't seem to stuff anything up.
by Franky
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

This is a pretty good example of what will happen if you don't let the blade slip sideways as you pull on it. It is only slipping back. Interesting observation. As it happens, that probably wasn't a terribly good example, as I was not doing a normal forward stroke, but was swivelling onto a wave th...
by Franky
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

As Dave G says it should be a smooth entry with downwards pressure on the blade to counteract the surface tension of the water. Is it surface tension? I would assume that the resistance is due to the high density of water compared to air. Surface tension is a very weak force, unless you're a pond s...
by Franky
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

I do not think it holds true for 'flat' paddles, I don't think they ever grip enough to only slide sideways. My gut feeling (so often wrong in physics, I know) is that this is the case. I think flat paddles must slip back a little because they are displacing water. They'd only stay put if they were...