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by Irish Sea
Sat May 20, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.
Replies: 14
Views: 858

Re: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.

Generally speaking the old Nordkapps are good candidates for a bit of balasting but 21kg of lead is indeed a bit excessive. I find just having my normal day paddling gear (savety gear, spare clothes, lunch, drink) in the boat is all it needs to take the edge off a bit. Maybe around 5kg in total
by Irish Sea
Wed May 17, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice - Technique or Paddle Length Issue?
Replies: 12
Views: 557

Re: Advice - Technique or Paddle Length Issue?

Here's another good video on forward paddling by Gordon Brown:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIfx-QD ... O&index=11
by Irish Sea
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 1587

Re: Kayak Volume

This Valley spec sheet has several very questionable volume figures, indeed. They also claim that the Anas Acuta has more volume than the Nordkapp 40 which is very interesting as the Nordkapp is a little wider, almost a foot longer and quite a bit higher in the deck than the AA. Historically the ori...
by Irish Sea
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 1587

Re: Kayak Volume

Tiderace changed to Thai manufacture in 2011 or so. Are you really suggesting that they have not had an opportunity to correct this since then? Some of their boats have only ever been made in Thailand. R. I'm suggesting that somebody made an honest mistake forgetting about updating the datasheets a...
by Irish Sea
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 1587

Re: Kayak Volume

Sounds like excuses to me. If it were just a little off say 5 liters In would say ok. BUT half of what is stated isn't even close. Plus then change the website if 6 liters is no longer correct. Mistakes happen, somebody forgot to update the data on the website after some changes where made to the b...
by Irish Sea
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 1587

Re: Kayak Volume

I just thought I would ad the front deck day hatch on tiderace boats is supposed to hold 6 liters on all models. It says so on there website. Total bull. I tried pouring water into that hatch and it took maybe just 3 liters filled to the brim. So I wonder if they lie about that hatch do they lie ab...
by Irish Sea
Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof camera -any advice
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Waterproof camera -any advice

Can't complain about the waterproofness of my Lumix. It lives in my pfd pocket and so gets submersed in salt water during rolling and rescue practice pretty much every week since ~ 3 years. Never had a drop of water in there. Only maintenance it sees is a rinse in fresh water after every paddle.
by Irish Sea
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof camera -any advice
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Waterproof camera -any advice

I've been quite happy with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 for kayaking and general outdoor use. http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/cameras-camcorders/lumix-digital-cameras---point-and-shoot/tough-compact-cameras/dmc-ft30.html Mine has seen three years of at least weekly salt water use with plenty of...
by Irish Sea
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Boats for "Easyish" Charity Challenges
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Boats for "Easyish" Charity Challenges

That mirrors my experience with the boat. Dagger really got it right with this one. And the price is amazing for what you get.
by Irish Sea
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?

I personally found the Reed balaclava to be nice for keeping your head warm in bad weather while paddling or on the beach but next to useless for cold water rolling as it let in way too much cold water. In fact it was probably worse than no hood at all as it let the cold water rush in but than retai...
by Irish Sea
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Boats for "Easyish" Charity Challenges
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Boats for "Easyish" Charity Challenges

There's also an apparent lack of skeg use/instruction. Lack of skeg use, yes. Lack of instruction, no. Everybody are instructed not to lower the skeg when we do these tours. As I wrote, we sometimes ask the paddlers in the Daggers to lower the skeg anyway, and it gives better tracking in conditions...
by Irish Sea
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Boats for "Easyish" Charity Challenges
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Boats for "Easyish" Charity Challenges

From my personal experience I would think the Stratos would fit the bill. I found it to be an easy handling, stable and general fun boat to paddle. Pretty good outfitting too. On the other hand in the thread below yours "club kayak for smaller people" somebody commented that he sees a lot of problem...
by Irish Sea
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valuing Sea/Touring boats
Replies: 1
Views: 488

Re: Valuing Sea/Touring boats

Hi, I'm usually prepared to pay around 2/3rds new price for a boat thats in excellent shape (no deep scratches or oil canning, everything working, clean and well stored) and about 1/2 new price for something that fully workable but with a bit more wear and tear. A bit less if its older, discontinued...
by Irish Sea
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: club kayak for smaller people?
Replies: 11
Views: 550

Re: club kayak for smaller people?

Hi, we've been quite happy with Valley Avocets in PE for smaller paddlers ranging from beginner to intermediate. Unfortunately this one is discontinued now I think. The Northshore Atlantic LV would be another good candidate or maybe a Wilderness Systems Zephyr 155. If you want a bit shorter, a bit m...
by Irish Sea
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Am I too light for a Rockppol Taran?
Replies: 8
Views: 580

Re: Am I too light for a Rockppol Taran?

Hi, the rudder blade in the water is comparable to having the skeg fully down on a skeg boat so I guess it makes a lot of sense to design quite a bit of weathercocking into a boat that's meant to be used with a rudder. So that, with the rudder down, the boat is reasonably neutral in wind. In fact ex...
by Irish Sea
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Northshore Shoreline
Replies: 2
Views: 293

Re: Northshore Shoreline

Hi, I have paddled the Atlantic LV quite a bit which as far as I know is (almost) identical with the older Shoreline as paddling characteristics go. Very nice versatile Day/Weekend boat. Surfs well and turns quickly on edge. Handles well in the bumpy stuff. Not the fastest boat in the world but keep...
by Irish Sea
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: first plastic sea kayak advice
Replies: 2
Views: 380

Re: first plastic sea kayak advice

A Valley Avocet should work well for you if you can get your hands on a good 2nd hand one. More Day/Weekend boat, rather playful but no slouch in a straight line either. Would be a good size for you I recon. Also very much recommended is the Northshore Atlantic LV. Again right size and volume for yo...
by Irish Sea
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Head gear for winter paddling and rolling
Replies: 6
Views: 867

Re: Head gear for winter paddling and rolling

I recently switched to a neoprene beanie (by ONeil) as well and it makes a very noticable difference to the Reed balaclava I used before. Still a bit chilly but not nearly as bad as before. And it fits under my helmet just fine.
by Irish Sea
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 1587

Re: Kayak Volume

However, and not wishing to detract from the above, according to the Valley website, the Anas Acuta has more storage capacity than a Nordkapp Forti, which is commonly described as an expedition boat. Take what you want from this. I have not paddled either or compared on the ground and, therefore, c...
by Irish Sea
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 18
Views: 1458

Re: Wings?

Disclaimer: I've been almost exclusively using GP's for the last 4 years but recently started playing around with a set of wings. While perfectly adequate for "traditional style" seakayaks (think Explorer, Nordkapp etc.) I would think that a GP would be less suited to some of the new fast boats (thi...
by Irish Sea
Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Hand bilge pump
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: Hand bilge pump

I've been using a pump made by Scotty for a couple of years now and the difference in ease of operation between this one and the cheapo all plastic pump I had before is very noticable. The Scotty pump uses a stainless steel rod and can be taken appart to clean and replace the seal if needed. They ar...
by Irish Sea
Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you still order a new Nordkapp LV?
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Can you still order a new Nordkapp LV?

I'm on the hunt for a 2nd hand one now.
by Irish Sea
Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cracked hung fibreglass seat, how to fix?
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Cracked hung fibreglass seat, how to fix?

Allrighty, I may look into that way of fixing it then. That would also allow me to experiment a little with seat height and angle. At present I find the seat comfy as such but maybe angled backwards a little bit too much for my taste. With several sets of backing plates with mounting holes drilled i...
by Irish Sea
Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cracked hung fibreglass seat, how to fix?
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Cracked hung fibreglass seat, how to fix?

Thanks Chris, what about cutting the seat out first but leave a bit of the side support under the coaming (this would be above the crack). Fix and reinforce the seat properly from the back with glass cloth and epoxy. Then I would reattach the seat using some sort of backing plate as suggested and bo...
by Irish Sea
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cracked hung fibreglass seat, how to fix?
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Cracked hung fibreglass seat, how to fix?

Hi guys, looking for a bit of advice here on how to best procede with a seat repair on my 90's Valley Nordkapp. Its an ocean cockpit with the glass seat hung from the coaming. Over the course of this summer the right side seat support developed a crack roughly in the middle. It's not all the way thr...
by Irish Sea
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: kayak advice
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: kayak advice

Hi, the Romany Surf is more of a day/weekend boat with pretty good play genes, hence the name "surf". The Cetus is a pretty versatile allrounder that would imho be much more at home on multiday trips with a loaded boat than the Romany. The NDK equivalent to the Cetus would be the Explorer or Explore...
by Irish Sea
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley?
Replies: 8
Views: 1415

Re: Valley?

Had a somewhat similar experience with them recently: I contacted them via their Facebook page first and surprisingly got a reply within a few hours. Was told to contact their sales team with my particular inquiry and was given an email address to contact. Have sent at least three emails to said add...
by Irish Sea
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you still order a new Nordkapp LV?
Replies: 5
Views: 972

Re: Can you still order a new Nordkapp LV?

Yes, I suppose I'll end up doing that. Cheers,
by Irish Sea
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Head gear for winter paddling and rolling
Replies: 6
Views: 867

Head gear for winter paddling and rolling

Hi Guys, I was wondering if you have any recommendations for head protection, now that the water is getting colder? I'm currently using this Reed Aquatherm hood: http://www.chillcheater.com/head-gear/aquatherm-hood Its comfortable and works fine for keeping the wind away while paddling and sitting o...
by Irish Sea
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: VHF Radio - security?
Replies: 11
Views: 836

Re: VHF Radio - security?

Belt clip of radio clips into shoulder strap on my BA. Lanyard secured to BA by small carabiner for extra security.