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by andynormancx
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 7
Views: 419

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: 1473

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: 1473

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: 1473

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: 1473

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: 1473

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: 1182

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: 16
Views: 1690

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...
by andynormancx
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

No, the Tiderace logo is a sticker. Curiously, printed in ink that dissolves in isopropyl alcohol...
by andynormancx
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

I've sanded it back as much as I dare, I can tell that I'm now cutting into the woven cloth layer, so there are only two layers of CSM and one of cloth across the repair. The repair is still a fraction of millimeter proud of the surrounding hull, the hull really must be very thin here. I'm really wi...
by andynormancx
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

Well, I'm pleased to say that the acetate didn't stick to the resin.

It ain't pretty, but nothing a lot of sanding and some gel coat won't fix ;)

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by andynormancx
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

And thanks for all the advice everyone.
by andynormancx
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

It all seems so manageable until the resin hits the glass... The deed is done now, getting it layed up and in place was more of a hassle than I expected. As someone pointed out further up the thread, getting glass round the corner onto the keel was the tricky part. I'd taped some acetate to the othe...
by andynormancx
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

I wasn't suggesting that the CSM was superior to the original construction... Just that the single layer is already stronger than the state this bit of hull had got into after being damaged and left to delaminate. I do own a router, but I can't see me being able to sensibly use it as described, I'll...
by andynormancx
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

A couple of other potential benefits of PLBs over inReach/Spot: - they use a lower frequency at 406 MHz, which probably gives them higher penetration of stuff in the way of the signal than the much high frequencies uses by the others - they have higher power transmitters (from what I can see with so...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

Though it has to be said, the single piece of CSM is already more rigid than this bit of hull was when I first discovered the problem...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

My remaining concern is that even after a single layer of CSM, it already seems like it proud of the surrounding hull. I’m beginning to think it is a bit of CSM I should have been trying to get the other side of the hole rather than the foam ! Oh well, I guess if the worst comes to the worst I can g...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

Great, I was hoping to sneak in a layer of woven.
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

I'm using the CSM designed for use with epoxy, not the stuff that needs polyester resin.
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

Patches (I only used the CSM one in the end)
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First layer
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by andynormancx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

I had used chopped strand mat on the only previous repair I've done. I bought some cloth this time, thinking it would be easier to work with. So far however, it seems like for small patches like this the chopped strand mat holds it shape far better when cutting it out than the cloth. I think I'll cu...
by andynormancx
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

This shows the weakened area, where the structure had delaminated over time, leaving just a paper thin skin under the gel coat. https://www.dropbox.com/s/f2sukg8nz89gj7n/1.jpg?dl=1 I had to cut back a fair way to get to a sound bit of hull. The keel itself is rock solid. https://www.dropbox.com/s/wc...
by andynormancx
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

The gel coat _is_ a fair bit thicker on the keel than elsewhere. Probably getting on for 5mm thick in the spot I'm working on.

So I am going to have to do a lot of building up extra glass on the keel, as I imagine the topcoat can't really be used for filling in 5mm of missing gel coat ?
by andynormancx
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

Another vote for the RescueMe 1, it is smaller of the McMurdo FastFind. Pop it into your jacket pocket and you'll forget it is even there. It also tends to be about £20 cheaper than the competitors: https://amzn.to/2CwPavm Functionality wise, all the real PLBs (as opposed to things like Spot and the...
by andynormancx
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

Jim wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:56 am
You shouldn't find that the keel gel is much thicker than anywhere else
That is good news, I was working on the assumption that it would be thick there and I'd have to do a lot of reshaping.
by andynormancx
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

[As many as it takes to build up to the surface level . That makes sense. I don't believe you need gelcoat, as such, for the repair you're doing. Gelcoat is thickened resin without wax additive, for use as the first layer inside a female mould. Since there's no wax it stays tacky for the next layer...
by andynormancx
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1473

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

I'm going to be brave and attempt this repair myself, taking Aleds approach (try grinding to the last layer first, if that doesn't work back the hole with something to glass over it). One question, how many layers of 200gsm ish woven cloth do I need to aim for ? I'm guessing 4 ish ? Given where the ...
by andynormancx
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1182

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

About 50cm
by andynormancx
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 832

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

I did specifically ask Lee Pooley at the conference if there was any more documentation to come. He was very clear that those wordy, kind of vague, documents aimed at the paddler being coached is all we are going to get. I do wish there was something along the lines of the 1*/2* assessors notes.
by andynormancx
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: ND Explorer - £550
Replies: 13
Views: 2527

Re: ND Explorer - £550

Yes, it was sold and collected yesterday.