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by andynormancx
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life

It is true that it is harder to estimate the remaining charge in lithium cells than some other battery chemistries. The problem is that the discharge curve is much flatter, in other chemistries the voltage drops much more as the battery depletes. In devices like laptops and phone the remaining charg...
by andynormancx
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED: Tiderace Xtra HV
Replies: 0
Views: 107

WANTED: Tiderace Xtra HV

Wanted, a used Tiderace Xtra HV.
by andynormancx
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 945

Re: Towing eyes

On my Subaru Impreza I use the screw in eye to tie down the front of my sea boat, rather than the under-body ones. The reason I use the screw in one is that it means you don't have to run the strap over the body work. On all the cars I've ever owned, to secure a boat from the under-body loop, you'd ...
by andynormancx
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 945

Re: Towing eyes

You are talking about two different things. One of you is talking about the tie down loops under the body work that are there to stop vehicles moving about when they are being shipped (and on some vehicles at least are not designed for towing the vehicle with). The other one is talking about the tow...
by andynormancx
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: charts, paper or download?

Charts for the whole UK, £25. Print any area you like. https://www.memory-map.co.uk/maps/marine/2019-memory-map-marine-charts Thanks, that looks good, although it's £45 for the PC version to print charts (£25 for iPhone only) And the Mac version is bloody awful, especially the printing. Which is wh...
by andynormancx
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: charts, paper or download?

I’ve played this with a few of the chart apps so far (on iPhone and iPad). None of them that I’ve tried have built in printing support. The best you can do with them is take screenshots and print those.
by andynormancx
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 25
Views: 1285

Re: VHF and training

Even better if everything was wirelessly chargable - no charging socket to fail, and again one charger does all. If you were on expedition, relying on a powerbank, you definitely wouldn't want all your devices wirelessly (inductive) charging. At best inductive charging is only 80% efficient, in pra...
by andynormancx
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED: Large River Runner Kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: WANTED: Large River Runner Kayak

Derroll from Nucleus Watersports here in Essex has got a Super Hero for sale for £350.

Search Nucleus Watersports on Facebook.
by andynormancx
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 25
Views: 1285

Re: VHF and training

The Aquaquake function on my ICOM didn't seem to make any real difference.
by andynormancx
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 25
Views: 1285

Re: VHF and training

I was definitely tempted by the slimmer Standard Horizon HX40E when it came out. I've had the speaker distortion, but then I had that with the ICOM I had before so assumed it was typical. I've found just giving it a good slap dislodges most of the water. I've not had the mic problem, though admitted...
by andynormancx
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 25
Views: 1285

Re: VHF and training

Unless you want a DSC radio, I'd recommend the Standard Horizon HX300E. Pros: - not too bulky - floats - nice big channel numbers - doesn't need a proprietary charger (charges via a standard USB cable) - not too pricey at around £100 - battery lasts for ages in standby Cons: - only operates from its...
by andynormancx
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1591

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

Well he is supposed to be...

But it is massively delayed, they don't expect to start shooting until next year. So it must be another film.

https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a2770 ... rd-update/
by andynormancx
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

I would recommend the Anker one, but sadly it seems like they don't make it any more. I'll been looking after the ones we have carefully...
by andynormancx
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Multiple kayaking items
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Multiple kayaking items

I'd be interested in the map case, if it is still available.
by andynormancx
Thu May 16, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)
Replies: 17
Views: 2832

Re: An Article All Kayakers Should Read (Heuristic Traps)

That website doesn't exist any more, I assume this is the same document ?

http://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science ... 44-251.pdf
by andynormancx
Thu May 02, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS for sea kayaking
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: GPS for sea kayaking

Stay clear of the touch screen ones, not good to use with wet hands. I have a Garmin eTrex 30x, which is waterproof enough for kayaking use that I put it in my deck hatch without any extra waterproofing. Battery life is excellent and the mapping on it is reasonably usable despite the small screen. I...
by andynormancx
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 1006

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

The link works fine for me (on Chrome on the desktop).
by andynormancx
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3723

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

5 minutes with the airgun and it's silky smooth. Maybe this highlights the real issue... None of my three Werners (I returned the first two after repeated jams) have had a button that would be described as "silky smooth" even when it doesn't have sand jammed in it. In all three of them the toleranc...
by andynormancx
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3723

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

You’d also need to check it was sand and not a bit of non silicon oxide based grit ;)
by andynormancx
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3723

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

I've tried air pressure air when I had some sand/grit jammed in there, it hasn't worked for me. The only way I've managed to clear it is to work the button back and forth (using the handle of a table knife to push it up inside the ferrule) and then the end of a tea spoon to push it back down. Someti...
by andynormancx
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3723

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

Sadly mine doesn't "start to feel a bit sticky", the button just jams the instant a bit of sand gets to the wrong spot (it doesn't feel sticky before it jams). Usually when I'm on the water or have just come off the water. You don't need a compressor to push high pressure air through it, the ferrule...
by andynormancx
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Palm shuck helmet?
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: Palm shuck helmet?

I have a big head, always struggle to find a helmet that fits. I had Wrsi that just fitted, now have a Shuck that actually fits me and is really comfy. I no longer dread putting my helmet on.
by andynormancx
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 9
Views: 1246

Re: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?

I've not paddled any of these rudder equipped boats myself, but another obvious similar option would be the Tiderace Pace 17 (16cm longer than the Taran) or maybe the Pace Action.

https://www.tideraceseakayaks.com/kayak ... e-17-tour/
https://www.tideraceseakayaks.com/kayak ... ce-action/
by andynormancx
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2112

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I can give some more lucid details in a week, not exactly thinking straight after doing my core coach training over the weekend and then frantically packing this evening for my sea kayak leader training on the other side of the country.
by andynormancx
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2112

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I didn’t have time to puzzle over it too long, I’m off for my sea kayak leader training tomorrow. So for now I’ve just done a quick fix of slapping a couple of runs of CSM along the crack. That seems to have firmed things up a bit, there is still a bit of flex but seems to within the rim itself and ...
by andynormancx
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2112

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I did have the boat on the side, I got plenty of of brush strokes in the flowcoat :( The advice may not have used the word "tacky", I was probably overstating it ;) When I get time I'll have a play with some scrap fiberglass to see if I can get any better at it. It looks like I might have my third f...
by andynormancx
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2112

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I've seen some advice since, which I wish I'd known about before: - start out with brushing the flow coat on horizontally - let it go off a bit and get tacky - now brush some on vertically - let that go tacky - now brush some on horizontally again Supposedly reduces the deep brush marks issue, makes...
by andynormancx
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2112

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

My attempts at gel/flow coating the repair are best described as "functional"... https://www.dropbox.com/s/yc9u0ewc5zsk5xn/1%20copy%204.jpg?dl=1 All a bit of a mess. I did some other gel coat repairs at the same time, those are pretty much invisible because they were small and the holes I was fillin...
by andynormancx
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Exactly like that, that is designed for the same ranges that marine VHF uses. At a 45cm length it is centred on 166.5 MHz. The problems are: - it won't fit many handheld marine VHFs - it won't be waterproof - it won't help if you don't have line of sight to the whoever you are trying to talk to I gu...
by andynormancx
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?
Replies: 17
Views: 2432

Re: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?

Both those boats have very big cockpits, the Old Town especially so. You aren't going to get good contact with your knees/thighs, which limits the amount of control you'll have over the boat and make them less stable than they otherwise be. I think boats like that are aimed at people who are convinc...