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by Irish Sea
Thu May 02, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted. Alaw Bach or similar
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: Wanted. Alaw Bach or similar

The reason why the french Alaw Bach is comparatively cheap is that it is a boat made from ABS thermoformed plastic and not a laminated, composite model. Not saying that's necessarily a bad thing but it does explain the price. They were probably about 1/3 cheaper than a composite boat when new. I thi...
by Irish Sea
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)
Replies: 11
Views: 937

Re: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)

The Wilderness Systems Zephyr in the smaller 155 Version could be worth a try if you are looking for a playful day boat that can still take a bit of gear when needed. Surfs well, turns nicely, not too slow and very nice outfitting. Several buddies of mine bought Zephyrs as their day boats. Also have...
by Irish Sea
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For sale: P & H Sirius HF
Replies: 7
Views: 1415

Re: For sale: P & H Sirius HF

The Sirius would be fine for your height and weight but would be a challenge to your paddling experience. It's intended as an expedition boat and has a reputation for 'twitchy' initial stability, particularly unloaded. I'd look for something like an NDK Explorer, P&H Cetus or Rockpool Alaw (and the...
by Irish Sea
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 3100

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

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Donegal, Ireland in 2017. Somewhere on the return journey from Owey Island.
by Irish Sea
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 1140

Re: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast

Hi Anna, I don't know where you are based in Ireland but maybe either joining a club or doing some courses with one of the commercial providers could be a good thing for you. Not only could you freshen up your skills a bit but it would also give you the opportunity to test paddle a couple of differe...
by Irish Sea
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK Pilgrim- max weight etc.
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: NDK Pilgrim- max weight etc.

I'm 5'9 and about 75kg and paddled the Pilgrim Exped. quite a bit which as far as I know is identical with the regular Pilgrim in terms of cockpit fit. It fits me very well and I find it quite comfy with the knee bumps. Works better for me than a Romany. Only problem for me is that the cockpit is qu...
by Irish Sea
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 1101

Re: Boat for tiny person

The Tiderace Xcite-S is worth a try and designed with rather small paddlers in mind.
by Irish Sea
Fri May 25, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boats worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1318

Re: New boats worth it?

+ You can get things like custom placed bulkheads to reduce flooded cockpit volume, increase storage capacity and use as a comfortable footrest. Some makers will also do things like custom deck fittings, hatches, factory installed pumps, seats and even custom layups/reinforcements on request. So in ...
by Irish Sea
Thu May 03, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Job opportunity as sea kayak guide in Norway
Replies: 3
Views: 691

Re: Job opportunity as sea kayak guide in Norway

Sent you a pm, Ted
by Irish Sea
Wed May 02, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Job opportunity as sea kayak guide in Norway
Replies: 3
Views: 691

Job opportunity as sea kayak guide in Norway

Hi folks, if anybody is interested to work as a kayak guide at the Hardanger Fjord in Norway in July and August this year please get in touch with me. One of the guides scheduled for this season had to pull out due to family reasons and the boss asked me to help fill the vacancy. You will be working...
by Irish Sea
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: women's drysuits - lower price bracket
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Re: women's drysuits - lower price bracket

Hi, I haven't seen the suit live yet but I wonder if the Typhoon hinge system could work ok as an alternative to a drop seat. Generally speaking the Typhoon suits are well made come in a large range of sizes and with good warranty and service. Pricing seems fair. https://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/2018...
by Irish Sea
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northshore Atlantic Question if I may?
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

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
Topic: Nordkapp Forti standard bulkhead position
Replies: 6
Views: 589

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: 1209

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
Topic: A man for all seasons, a boat for all waters?
Replies: 9
Views: 1249

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: 1209

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: 1209

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: 1209

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: 1209

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
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 13
Views: 1132

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: 3070

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
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8001

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: 639

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: 1761

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: 1987

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: 1041

Re: Advice - Technique or Paddle Length Issue?

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

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by Irish Sea
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 2448

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: 2448

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: 2448

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: 2448

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...