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by andynormancx
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 19
Views: 532

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: 19
Views: 532

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: 637

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: 756

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: 756

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: 637

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...
by andynormancx
Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea sickness issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1018

Re: sea sickness issues

In my debilitating sea sickness incident, I wasn't sick or even thinking I would be sick. It was just a general feeling of awfulness and wanting to die to end it.
by andynormancx
Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: trespass about to become a criminal offence
Replies: 2
Views: 492

Re: trespass about to become a criminal offence

There is already a thread here on the subject from earlier this year.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=132859&p=822757&hil ... ss#p822757

The petition mentioned is here

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300139
by andynormancx
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea sickness issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1018

Re: sea sickness issues

Severe seasickness is an an absolutely appalling sensation. Those who are immune are very lucky. I have suffered on long night passages in sailing yachts, and have lain in the bilges all night, not caring if i lived or died. It can be that serious. Agreed 100% I've never been seasick in a kayak, bu...
by andynormancx
Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RYA SafeTRX
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Re: RYA SafeTRX

Ah, interesting. I wasn't aware of that feature, certainly better than fumbling for a phone. When I see people saying that their phone is their emergency contact option, I wonder whether they've actually ever tried to use their phone in conditions where the protective case is getting splashed with w...
by andynormancx
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RYA SafeTRX
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Re: RYA SafeTRX

I wasn’t aware that any of the Garmin watches had a “quick and reliable one press emergency action” even when paired with a phone for communication.
by andynormancx
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

I don't think it was a gap in the sealant that is now being washed out. All the sealant on all the hatch rims weeps when water is on the surface of the sealant. This video shows the sealant on the day hatch, which at the moment doesn't leak and has no visible signs of a void. It is hard to see the s...
by andynormancx
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

The covers and the rims themselves aren't leaking, I identified where the leak was by pulling a vacuum in the compartment. You could then hear the air rushing in through the leaky spot and covering the spot stopped the vacuum from diminishing. Further, when I applied sealant over the voids (in my pr...
by andynormancx
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

I tried that today, though with 3M 5200 rather than Sikaflex. The sealant, even on a nice hot day, was too viscous to get through the needle. I have also tried using a vacuum to draw the sealant into the gap (by heating the air inside the boat and then putting the hatch cover on). But again it looks...
by andynormancx
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 18
Views: 637

Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

I've got a couple of hatch rims with a leak and I've identified where it is leaking, there are small voids between the rim and the deck in one spot on each rim. The voids are just small enough to be hard to see visually, but large enough to squeeze the tip of a 1mm syringe need into and move it abou...
by andynormancx
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg Problems...
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Skeg Problems...

I should be clear that I have no evidence that either of my skegs were actually leaking. I was investigating rear compartment leaks on both boats and I added sealing around the skeg tubes before I’d tracked down other leaks (one had hull damage, the other had a tiny void in the sealant round the hat...
by andynormancx
Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg Problems...
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Skeg Problems...

I believe with both our Tideraces the tube just disappears into the black sleeve without any sort of clamping/locking.

However I can't check because they are both sealed up with either self-amalgamation tape or Sugru now...
by andynormancx
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hi Viz flag/tag for roof rack mounted sea kayak
Replies: 19
Views: 799

Re: Hi Viz flag/tag for roof rack mounted sea kayak

High vis vest, but with a cheap karabiner holding it on to the toggle as I got bored with looping it round the toggle every time 😉 Though I'm about to change my toggles to the single cord design, so I'll have to start clipping into the deck lines instead. I always have several high vis vests in the ...
by andynormancx
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Video editing for GoPro
Replies: 16
Views: 2542

Re: Video editing for GoPro

I can’t remember if it is installed by default or not, but it is free for all Macs.
by andynormancx
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED Sit On 8 foot
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: WANTED Sit On 8 foot

Any short sit in boat will be easier to carry upstairs than a sit on, you just stick it on your shoulder, much easier than trying to wrestle a sit on up the stairs. The Wavesport I linked above is 17kg and not too bad to carry on the shoulder.
by andynormancx
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED Sit On 8 foot
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: WANTED Sit On 8 foot

Another good option is a Wavesport Z, just a few inches longer than 8 foot, for a short boat is tracks better than you'd expect (I've got one I use occasionally). https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/wavesport-Z-kayak-black-age-related-scratches-but-still-solid/184363188364 Get something like that and a bit o...
by andynormancx
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 38
Views: 1365

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

No one knows at the moment, the second hand canoe/kayak market is in chaos this summer. 20 year old whitewater boats that would normally be under £150 are regularly selling for £350+, though occasionally they are still selling for normal money. As you say the post lockdown surge in demand has pushed...
by andynormancx
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED Sit On 8 foot
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: WANTED Sit On 8 foot

8 foot is really short for a sit on, or even a non playboat sit in.

The RTM Mojito is just over 8 feet.

https://www.rtmkayaks.com/fiches-produits/mojito/
by andynormancx
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 1379

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

I'm trying to reduce the number of bits of cord clipped/tied to my BA ;)
by andynormancx
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 1379

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

Yeah, there is no way I'm fitting the EDF1 or the other omnidirectional LED flares in my BA. I do carry one of the small Greatland lasers in my BA, though I too have doubts over how usable they will be in real conditions. The LED flares really are a lot bigger, the laser fits in the smallest of BA p...
by andynormancx
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 756

Re: VHF radio replacement

Given there are only around 100 PLB activations a year in the UK it wouldn't be too onerous a load on the DSC alerting throughput.
by andynormancx
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 756

Re: VHF radio replacement

Hmmmm, maybe the DSC regulations aren't as restrictive as I thought, given these man-over-board signals send a DSC alert.

https://www.force4.co.uk/item/Ocean-Sig ... IS-DSC/D9K

So yes, I want a PLB with built in DSC alerts please.
by andynormancx
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 756

Re: VHF radio replacement

I really wish it was possible to have a PLB with a builtin DSC transmitter that sent a DSC mayday at the same time as the satellite signal is sent. That would be technically reasonably easily achievable (the PLB already has a VHF transmitter for the homing signal that the RNLI use), but all the regu...
by andynormancx
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 756

Re: VHF radio replacement

Does anyone have any real world battery life figures on the HX40 ? It has over twice the battery capacity of the HX300 (1850 mAh at 7.4 V vs 1500 mAh at 3.7 V), but the standby current is listed at 100 mA, which is five times the standby current listed for the HX300 ! The HX40 manual doesn't appear ...
by andynormancx
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 756

Re: VHF radio replacement

I'm tempted to replace one of our two HX300s with a HX40, because it is so much smaller and would make life easier in the situations that I've got my VHF in my BA pocket. I'd still take the HX300 on a multi day trip though, so much easier to charge than bringing the charging base for the HX40 (given...