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by andynormancx
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 464

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: 507

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: 2562

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: 318

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: 760

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: 3214

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: 3214

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: 3214

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: 3214

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: 332

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: 949

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1329

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: 1937

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 495

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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: 1742

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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