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by andynormancx
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 12
Views: 454

Re: Emergency patches

Air bags were mentioned a few posts back by Owen.

And yes, I agree they are an extremely good idea. I always keep a large 40 litre one rolled up in my day hatch, along with a roll of extra thick cling film to wrap around the boat to seal it into the hatch opening (thanks Howard Jeffs for that tip).
by andynormancx
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 40
Views: 1015

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

112. It’s an emergency item hardwired into mobile phones that bypasses all the financial/business stuff to get you out of deep shit without having to give credit card details. I may be wrong but there is always someone to point this out on here :) Ok, I can see the confusion here. When you dial 999...
by andynormancx
Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 40
Views: 1015

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

There is a system on our smart phones to bypass stuff in an emergency that does much the same stuff? Not sure what you're on about there ? Your mobile can: - receive GPS signals to locate itself - talk to a cell tower to communicate with the outside world If you aren't in range of a cell tower your...
by andynormancx
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 583

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

I wasn't saying that they were hard to find, they aren't, RS Components carry them for example. https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/speciality-size-rechargeable-batteries/8801558/ (they are twice around the price of quality unprotected cells of the same capacity, though still not expensive in the grand s...
by andynormancx
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 583

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

18650 cells rarely have protection circuitry
by andynormancx
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 583

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

I’ve also run into the mobile deny listing today, for the first time. I’ve been using mobile internet for our home internet for over a year. First time I’ve seen the deny list kick in, I guess there must have been some updates to the list on UK mobile IPs recently.
by andynormancx
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 583

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

I know it is the done thing in model aircraft, but you’ll find USB battery packs don’t generally charge the cells separately.
by andynormancx
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 583

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

It isn't clear* that that buck converter has any battery protection in it. A standard powerbank doesn't just have a buck converter in it, it also has battery protection circuitry in it to turn off the output when the charge in the batteries gets too low. Without this protection circuitry you will da...
by andynormancx
Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 583

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

Many VHF radios are limited to lower power transmission when running from the AA adapter. Not sure if that applies to the HX851e. Possibly not an issue, as from what I can tell, most of the time line of site for a kayaker is a lot more relevant than whether you're transmitting at 5 watts vs 1 watt. ...
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Touring kayak suggestions for larger kayakers?
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Re: Touring kayak suggestions for larger kayakers?

Our Xtra-HV is a bit of a tighter fit, you'd probably need to move the seat back quite a bit for foot comfort. Our Romany Surf would fit you.
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Touring kayak suggestions for larger kayakers?
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Re: Touring kayak suggestions for larger kayakers?

A Xplore-L will certainly fit, though depending on the leg length you might need to move the seat back a touch to get size 11.5 feet in. I'm 6'2", have been 110kg and I fit with size 12 boots (normally wear size 10, but worn 12s for a bit after breaking my ankle).
by andynormancx
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much flex in single layer plastic?
Replies: 15
Views: 436

Re: How much flex in single layer plastic?

The outer layer on our Corelite-X is noticeably softer than any of the single layer plastic boats we have. It is also very thin, I’d probably not chose it for a boat I expected to rub against rocks on a regular basic.
by andynormancx
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much flex in single layer plastic?
Replies: 15
Views: 436

Re: How much flex in single layer plastic?

The weight differences certainly aren’t massive, our Corelite-X canoe is maybe 15% lighter than the equivalent single layer boat.
by andynormancx
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much flex in single layer plastic?
Replies: 15
Views: 436

Re: How much flex in single layer plastic?

It isn’t quite as simple as how much stiffer it is, as boats using triple layer also tend to be thinner, to trade off stiffness against weight. So what you often have is a lighter boat that is a bit stiffer.
by andynormancx
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Power supply for electric bilge pump
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Power supply for electric bilge pump

One of the handy things about some lead acid batteries is that the terminals are a long way apart:

https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/lead-aci ... s/5375450/

Which is a very handy feature if you think you might occasionally be splashing salt water over the setup ;)
by andynormancx
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Power supply for electric bilge pump
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Power supply for electric bilge pump

A charger pack of similar dimensions also has around the same 24 watt-hour capacity as the above lead acid battery. The lithium cells themselves have a much higher energy density than the lead acid cells. But the packaging of the charger packs adds a lot of extra bulk in physical protection, connect...
by andynormancx
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 24
Views: 610

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

Sounds like they were probably paddling playboats, extremely short boats designed for playing waves and doing acrobatic "freestyle" tricks. They get away with being a lot shorter as you tend to have you knees higher in them than normal boats. Even then, I've still only found one playboat that my leg...
by andynormancx
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 24
Views: 610

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

While the local clubs aren't open, you might still find local coaches doing social distanced 1-to-1 coaching sessions, which might be a good way to help you get back on the water.
by andynormancx
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 24
Views: 610

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

The D75 was the largest of the previous generation Diesel. I've got a Diesel 80, which is the largest of the current generation. The D75 is a little bit smaller than the 80, but should* fit you fine. You never no for sure until you sit in a boat though. * guessing at fit isn't as simple as just look...
by andynormancx
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 24
Views: 610

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

The boats you probably want to look at are the so called crossover ones. They have whitewater style hulls, that have been stretched in length to make them more enjoyable for long trips and to add storage. The two obvious examples are the Pyranha Fusion and the Wave Sport Ethos. The Fusion comes in S...
by andynormancx
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 40
Views: 1015

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

The RescueMe PLB1 provides a GPS test feature to check it can get a GPS fix, which they recommended you use no more than once a year (as it uses a fair amount of battery).

I expect some other PLBs have similar test modes.
by andynormancx
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ear question
Replies: 13
Views: 995

Re: Ear question

These are dirt cheap and keep the water out of my ears.

by andynormancx
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Mount for Garmin edge 1000 or iPhone
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Mount for Garmin edge 1000 or iPhone

Do you have any pictures of the MarSport mount in use, I cannot make any sense of how it might work from their product shot.
by andynormancx
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 59
Views: 2231

Re: Rolling

Or a vicious circle, it is far harder to practice to gain the finesse needed to roll before you can actually roll ;) And many people stop trying to find the finesse once they can roll, leading to them being stuck with an "ugly" (we've all seen that brute force "I will force myself upright" sort of r...
by andynormancx
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 21
Views: 950

Re: What is better J bars or v bars

if the upright fails, the boat is still strapped to the bar. (Another reason not to like J bars - the boat is only strapped to the J bar). Not the way I use my J bars. The strap goes through the hole at the top of the J bar, around the boat, through the hole in the bottom of the J bar and then roun...
by andynormancx
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 21
Views: 950

Re: What is better J bars or v bars

I feel that any kind of V or J cradle adds a significant additional height that you must overcome to get the boat on and off, and I'd find that much too awkward with my dodgy back. It really depends on the J bars. Lots of them to add very significant additional height, but I use the KCS ones, which...
by andynormancx
Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 790

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

I've emailed Ivan all the details, just waiting to hear back from him/Nelo.
by andynormancx
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 905

Re: VHF radio replacement

It would make more sense if the HX40 had significant extra features, but beyond having to drive a dot matrix display rather than segments it has basically the same features if I remember correctly.
by andynormancx
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 905

Re: VHF radio replacement

That's disappointing and very surprising. Newer hardware, doing the exact same job as the older hardware, normally uses less power not massively more !

I guess it really does have a standby current five times larger than the HX300.

A very odd backwards step.
by andynormancx
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 790

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

I was planning on getting in touch with you about it this week Ivan. It feels like the issue is getting more noticeable, you only need a tiny bit of water on the sealant to get that running mascara look now, I'm pretty sure it wasn't noticeable when first picked it up from you last autumn, if it was...