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by andynormancx
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals

Not a book, but it is probably worth checking out some of Justine Curgenven film's, not all of her stuff is expeditions, but when it is she tends to go for fairly hardcore ones. She doesn't have a lot of technical content, but plenty to see on the tactical/psychological side of things. https://www.c...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 31
Views: 1161

Re: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

Thanks, very interesting data in there when you download the dataset and start slicing it. And as I expected, when you start looking at categories across the dataset it is very easy to pick out ones from each year where there are 100%-200% increases or decreases. It is just the nature of the type of...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 31
Views: 1161

Re: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

On a related topic, does anyone know where in their website the RNLI publishes their annual stats ? I've seen them refered to on the site, but can't actually find them when I look for them. I found a glossy PDF with some selected stats in, but nothing that shows year over year changes for all the ca...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 31
Views: 1161

Re: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

Looks like some creative analysis of stats going on and some slippery wording. "Volunteer crew members at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have faced an unprecedented summer* Based on provisional incident reports** from RNLI lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland, there was a 64% ...
by andynormancx
Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 925

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The release from arms under the decklines is simply flinging arms straight and all is released. A push and the rescuer is upright and clear. Decklines in your part of the world must be setup very differently to the typical UK ones. I can count on my fingers the number of boats I've seen that have d...
by andynormancx
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3826

Re: Into strong head wind

I have exactly the opposite problem with pogies, my hand get so hot and sweaty after a while. Dunking doesn't seem to help much.
by andynormancx
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3826

Re: Into strong head wind

There is no physics-defying magic going on, just plenty of room for lots of air. Air is a much better insulator than water or the material of a glove. And not just a little bit better, air conducts heat 24* time more slowly than water. Even if you are regularly dunking a pogie, the water flows out l...
by andynormancx
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 31
Views: 995

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

The general situation around the UK is that the flood tide goes towards the north and west, and the ebb towards the south and east, but local topography can cause streams to run in completely different directions than those. Local ?! For over a third of the Great Britain coastline, from John o' Gro...
by andynormancx
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 18
Views: 1096

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: 61
Views: 2107

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: 61
Views: 2107

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: 675

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: 675

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: 675

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: 675

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: 675

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: 675

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: 537

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: 537

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: 582

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: 582

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: 582

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: 729

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: 729

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: 719

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: 719

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: 719

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: 719

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: 61
Views: 2107

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: 1066

Re: Ear question

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