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by Irish Sea
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Boats for "Easyish" Charity Challenges
Replies: 4
Views: 159

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 ...
by Irish Sea
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valuing Sea/Touring boats
Replies: 1
Views: 329

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: 397

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: 404

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: 219

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: 264

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: 790

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: 13
Views: 840

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: 16
Views: 914

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 ...
by Irish Sea
Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Hand bilge pump
Replies: 5
Views: 362

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: 858

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: 268

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: 268

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: 268

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: 644

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 ...
by Irish Sea
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley?
Replies: 8
Views: 1270

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: 858

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: 790

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: 729

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.
by Irish Sea
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you still order a new Nordkapp LV?
Replies: 5
Views: 858

Can you still order a new Nordkapp LV?

Just curious: Does anybody know for sure if you can still order a Nordkapp LV new from the factory? With Valley you could sometimes still custom order boats even though they didn't appear in the official catalogues anymore. Anybody knows if that's also the case with the Nordy LV? Having paddled it s...
by Irish Sea
Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Test Venture JuraMV / New P&H Scorpio MV
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: Test Venture JuraMV / New P&H Scorpio MV

Thanks for the writeup. Just one comment on your assumption that a boat with lower initial stability is a bad thing in choppy conditions. In my experience the opposite is true. Less stable boats require less work in the bumpy stuff as they don't get tossed around as much. Best example is imho the No...
by Irish Sea
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Folding kayaks
Replies: 21
Views: 1276

Re: Folding kayaks

I've transported my FC Wisper more than once on regular roofbars and also on kayak trailers where the boat is only supported at 2 points. There's a bit of flex but nothing to be concerned about. I wouldn't do it with a loaded boat though. Also don't inflate the sponsons too much on a sunny day. It's...
by Irish Sea
Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?
Replies: 30
Views: 3934

Re: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?

As a keen amateur I have a different view to the coaches. Ollie mentions the Delphin does not turn as expected on a wave. I drew attention to this when I tested the Delphin just after it came out. At lower speeds the Delphin turns like any kayak on edge. You sink the edge to the outside of the turn...
by Irish Sea
Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: What on earth?
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: What on earth?

I would love to try it. ..but maybe not enough to bid on it ;)
by Irish Sea
Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: What on earth?
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: What on earth?

This boat was called the "Cliffhanger". I have a catalog from 1998 here that shows it. 13ft long, 23.5'' wide It was basically meant as a sea playboat for rockhopping, surf etc. Sort of like the "Rockhopper" or the P&H "Hammer" just in composite. Don't know if it wa...
by Irish Sea
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat

Yes ..that keel easy stuff is what I had seen..but still don't see anything on plastic boats..Although I would of thought that the manufacturers would put a fair thickness where it was prone to wear...But I suppose they want us to buy new boats too in a few years!!! To be fair, the boats I have in ...
by Irish Sea
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat

KeelEaszy claims their keelstrips are suitable for PE. How well they stick in reality I don't know. To come back to the question: I would think that if you can get one to stick it may not be such a bad idea. I've seen several PE boats that are worn through, usually in the stern area from lauching of...
by Irish Sea
Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?
Replies: 30
Views: 3934

Re: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?

I much liked the Valley Gemini SP I recently testpaddled for exactly that purpose. P&H Delphin or TR Vortex are other likely candidates.Nick Schade's Petrel Play in stitch and glue Plywood would be an interesting home built alternative. With a bit of extra weight you could make it pretty much bo...
by Irish Sea
Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Personal Floatation Device
Replies: 20
Views: 1908

Re: Personal Floatation Device

If you read the certification of pfds they are not certified for the type of use that sea kayakers put them to ie they provide minimal bouyancy and are only to be used close to shore and with help at immediate hand. Once people have crammed all the stuff into the pockets then the bouyancy is even l...
by Irish Sea
Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Plastic drysuit zips - any good ?
Replies: 5
Views: 948

Re: Plastic drysuit zips - any good ?

I've had two drysuits now with the Ti Zip plastic zippers. Never had any problem with them. Keeping them lighly lubricated is a good idea though. I like that they are noticeably less bulky than the metal version. In terms of robustness I'm not sure. I've seen several metal zips with damage -usually ...

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