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by Irish Sea
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Northshore Atlantic Question if I may?
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Northshore Atlantic Question if I may?

If it fits you well you should be definately fine for daytrips. Even multidays with somewhat economical packing should be fine. The Atlantic has a decent bit of volume. I'm pretty sure paddler weight does refer to the "ideal size" of the paddler alone. There's definately room for more. The Atlantic ...
by Irish Sea
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Nordkapp Forti standard bulkhead position
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: Nordkapp Forti standard bulkhead position

I bought an older 2nd hand Nordkapp a couple of years ago where the previous owner also had the bulkhead custom fitted (probably still 4-5 inches away from my feet). I have relatively short legs (about 30'' inseem) It did also come with footrests. I quite quickly threw them out and replaced with a s...
by Irish Sea
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?

Robert Craig wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:08 pm
Remember that the centre of lateral resistance varies with speed through the water - the faster you go, the further forward it shifts.
True, but as the boat will likely be equiped with an adjustable skeg I should be able to compensate for that effect.
by Irish Sea
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: A man for all seasons, a boat for all waters?
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: A man for all seasons, a boat for all waters?

The new Valley Sirona comes to mind. Not slow, quite playful and easily enough space for a couple of days. Comes in different sizes and materials so you can pick what fits/works best for you.
by Irish Sea
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?

Thanks, Aled!

That's a number I can work with :)

I'm pretty close as it is. Need to move the CLA slightly further backwards and I'm sorted. Fine adjustment will probably still be done by sea trials as suggested by Nick.

Cheers,

Bjorn
by Irish Sea
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?

Thanks, Nick! I was actually starting to think along those lines as well. I am planning for a recessed cockpit so need a rather big cutout in the deck anyway to acchieve that recessed area. I could figure out a way for a temporary cover and seating arrangement and go for sea trials. That's probably ...
by Irish Sea
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?

When considering wind impact - don't forget yourself if you are not sitting exactly at the axis of rotation - you may have a short lever but you are a lot bigger and more importantly higher into the wind than the deck is likly to be. Thinking back to some of the 'not so golden' oldies as the Seahaw...
by Irish Sea
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?

Hi folks! So I've been playing around with a design program for woodstrip boats (kayak foundry) for a while now and have come up with a couple of designs that I think should be fun to paddle. I'm happy with drag numbers, stability curves, volume, freeboard etc. The one thing that I haven't really be...
by Irish Sea
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 13
Views: 564

Re: Carbon Paddle

]Maybe have a look at VE paddles, too. A couple of my buddies paddle them and are all very happy. They look and feel like a very high quality paddle.

http://vepaddles.com/sea-kayak/
by Irish Sea
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues and letting go of the boat
Replies: 29
Views: 1942

Re: Rescues and letting go of the boat

I have used my regular waist mounted towline (with quick release buckle) to tether myself to the boat when soloing in dodgy conditions. Carabiner clipped to decklines in front of cockpit and also to eyelet/fairlead on backdeck. Carabiner is in easy reach from cockpit so that for (surf-) landings and...
by Irish Sea
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 123
Views: 4738

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

I suppose the main difference between hand operated bilge pumps and electric ones is that with the electric ones you can keep both hands on the paddle and keep moving/bracing while with the handpumps you can't. That, and having to open your spraydeck at least somewhat makes the use of handpumps in b...
by Irish Sea
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wrinkles and plastic surgery
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: Wrinkles and plastic surgery

You got to go through several finer grits on your sandpaper and then finish off with some polishing compound.
by Irish Sea
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling...
Replies: 13
Views: 1247

Re: Rolling...

Hi, don't know about the stability profile of the Quest but I had similar problems when I first aquired my Nordkapp HM. I was quite reliably rolling my Anas Acuta and pretty much any other boat I tried but my first couple of rolling attempts in the Nordy failed miserably. I got it up like 80% only t...
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: 1196

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: 797

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: 1852

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: 1852

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: 1852

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: 1852

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: 586

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: 586

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: 556

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: 559

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: 556

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: 556

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: 619

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: 740

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: 864

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: 440

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: 556

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...