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by kayakbiker
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:08 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

My experience is that if you can get the bars nice and wide V bars would be fine but if your using std bar mounts on the Zafira it will be a bit iffy. I had a HV and its a big boat. I use to see it slightly flex when my bars were to close together. I always found placing on side either J bars or upr...
by kayakbiker
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1318

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Thanks again for the information everyone. I can confirm they were not racing yachts or racing. They were however very large ocean yachts and both had two or more people on board. We were also crossing at a right angle. The channel was 4 miles wide at the point we crossed but even wider at other poi...
by kayakbiker
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1318

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Thanks everyone for your comments and valuable advice. Just to clarify the sailing boats were going downwind very fast. They were really flying! It was very difficult for us to anticipate how to avoid them because of the speed they were going at and the fact they were heading towards us from our lef...
by kayakbiker
Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1318

Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Hi. I have a question regarding yachts and general navigation. On a recent 4 mile crossing that both myself and a friend completed we came accross 2 large sailing boats that crossed right accross our path. What was initially an easy flat crossing became much bumpier as the winds picked up. The body ...
by kayakbiker
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK Seat Glued In Are they Prone to Breaking Loose
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: NDK Seat Glued In Are they Prone to Breaking Loose

Jim, Rick
Thanks very much for your advice and guidance. Very much appreciated
The seat is now in the boat and seems to be rock solid.
Thank You!
by kayakbiker
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Virgo
Replies: 4
Views: 1935

Re: P&H Virgo

Arthur Some interesting information regarding your new boat. Thanks. They say that the Virgo is like a smaller version of the Scorpio. Have you tried the boat loaded up with a weekends camping equipment to see how it handles then. I also wonder how the Virgo will handle the wind. on a normal day pad...
by kayakbiker
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK Seat Glued In Are they Prone to Breaking Loose
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: NDK Seat Glued In Are they Prone to Breaking Loose

Jim thanks for your reply. We were advised to use West system marine expoxy. There are only two discrete points of contact. Two 7 inch by 1 brackets on either side of the seat.. The difficulty is trying to get the epoxy on the brackets and then putting the seat in without getting glue everywhere but...
by kayakbiker
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK Seat Glued In Are they Prone to Breaking Loose
Replies: 6
Views: 519

NDK Seat Glued In Are they Prone to Breaking Loose

Has anyone had the misfortune to suffer a seat breaking loose in their NDK kayak. If so how did you fix it. Has anyone actually tried to bolt a new seat from NDK into an NDK boat especially a Romany The reason I ask is because my friend is planning to upgrade their current uncomfortable glass seat i...
by kayakbiker
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

With regard to staying safe in the great outdoors. Just carry gloves and sanitiser when you go out. If you need to open gates sanitise straight after. Part of my job involves waste disposal. Its bad enough anytime of the year picking up whats been tipped but even worse at this moment in time. Still ...
by kayakbiker
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit measures North Shore Atlantic
Replies: 3
Views: 481

Re: Cockpit measures North Shore Atlantic

Hi Thomas I'm around 6ft1 and 94kgs and have both versions. My RM is the one with the bar running through it. Mk1 My experience is that the RM does have a bigger cockpit. It is definetly easier to get into the RM when doing straddle re-entries. I find my feet catch the composite cockpit front rim wh...
by kayakbiker
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Hatch Toggles
Replies: 8
Views: 677

Re: Valley Hatch Toggles

Thanks for the suggestions guys and links.
Cheers
by kayakbiker
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Well after going out a couple of times with my repaired/patched socks they started to leak again through the seams. I reported to Typhoon who asked me to send them back to look at again. This time they replaced both socks covered by their warranty. They did a superb job and you would not know that t...
by kayakbiker
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Hatch Toggles
Replies: 8
Views: 677

Re: Valley Hatch Toggles

SJD
Yes its those little black hooks/clips. I could just tie cord directly to the hatches but the clips are better I think.
by kayakbiker
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Hatch Toggles
Replies: 8
Views: 677

Valley Hatch Toggles

Hello
I am trying to source some Valley hatch toggles for my kayak. Thats the clip bit that secures to the hatch covers and deck lines. I tried Valley sometime ago but from what I gather they dont supply them themselves.
Does anyone know a supplier.
Cheers
by kayakbiker
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Re: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure

Chris An excellent diagram and possible solution when using J bar clamps. Many Thanks The only problem with my current set of Malones is that they are a jaws type of clamp with the plates not being totally straight. Anyway i have now found if i use the T track and Jaw clamp together they are pretty ...
by kayakbiker
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Re: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure

Thanks for the advice Chris. I will have to try the T bar attachments I do wonder if any manufacturer has a clamp type attachment that is profiled for aero bars though. Aero bars have been out for a while so you would have thought water sport carrier manufacturers would have developed their products...
by kayakbiker
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Vortex or Delphin
Replies: 0
Views: 587

Tiderace Vortex or Delphin

Has anyone had any experience with a tiderace Vortex They are supposed to be great for rock hopping and surf but what are they like using as a dayboat. I have paddled a Delphin long term and found that was a great do it all boat but was wondering if the Vortex is as good. Thanks for letting me know.
by kayakbiker
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure

Recently I upgraded my square bars for Thule pro bars. I thought the pro bars would be better. However I am having trouble fitting my Malone downloaders. The profile of the pro bar is square on one side and tapered on the other. Are wingbars the same. Anyway does anyone know if it is possible to fit...
by kayakbiker
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Rockpool Alaw Bach For Sale
Replies: 4
Views: 1008

Re: Rockpool Alaw Bach For Sale

Hi
Hi pm sent
Thanks
by kayakbiker
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?
Replies: 15
Views: 1785

Re: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?

Thanks for the alternative recommendations.
For information Lomo reports that they expect most boots to be back in stock in Febuary

I might just try those Gul boots though

Thanks
by kayakbiker
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?
Replies: 15
Views: 1785

Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?

My Lomo boots are nearly done but currently Lomo are out of stock in most sizes and they have been for a few weeks now. For anyone that has not tried the Lomo boots they are great as the hard sole is great when walking on rocky beaches. Just wondering does anyone knows of any neoprene boot alternati...
by kayakbiker
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Hi There Yes you are correct Typhoon do offer a three year warranty. and they have repaired the suit with lots of patches and extra tape over the failed seams I was hopeful that due to the fact the seams had failed rather than me punturing them they would have replaced the socks but they chose the e...
by kayakbiker
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eigg
Replies: 7
Views: 975

Re: Eigg

Hi neilmac I did the trip for the first time last May. It was the first time I had completed a crossing over 4 miles. We found it was quite bumpy just after leaving the skerries but settled down after a couple of miles. Locals report its often like that due to shallow water. If your camping be clear...
by kayakbiker
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Hi Peter Thanks very much for the advice regards the repair of my suit. As it stands at the moment I'm dissapointed with the quality of my Typhoon Hinge Yellow Drysuit. It cost nearly £500 and 18 months later and with little use its socks are now like a patchwork quilt around the seams. I am gratefu...
by kayakbiker
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Type of Glue for different boat issues
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Re: Best Type of Glue for different boat issues

Thanks to both of you for the advice. A lot of really good ideas there. Cheers Jim you must have read my mind as the front of the seat is where I'm thinking about locating the electric pump. There was plenty of room at the back of the seat in my old Delphin but not much in my new Atlantic. Looks lik...
by kayakbiker
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Hi No I've always been very careful getting in and out of my suit. Its also a really big suit so plenty of room in it I always go with a bigger suit for the extra insulation in winter. That goes for boots too so I'm not stuffing my feet and all that sock in tight boots Perhaps I've just been unlucky...
by kayakbiker
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Type of Glue for different boat issues
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Best Type of Glue for different boat issues

Hi I would be grateful for best advice for the following issues 1. I have a plastic RM boat and its decal is slighly peeliing off. Apart from replacing is there a good glue for re attaching the original. I have had this happen on warning stickers in my kayaks cockpit but this is one of the main deca...
by kayakbiker
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handheld VHF recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1083

Re: Handheld VHF recommendations

I can recommend Cobra. I have a HH500. With this unit its possible to hook it up to a mobile phone with bluetooth, which is handy at times. I had a problem with mine just after 2 years so contacted cobra customer support. They asked me to send it back to them and then sent me out a brand new unit. G...
by kayakbiker
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Despite being super careful with my drysuit by standing on a clean mat when changing and washing out my boots i found I have been getting damp wet feet. This is in a drysuit that i've worn maybe only 10 times or so. I have checked the rest of my suit and its dry so its definetly coming in from the s...
by kayakbiker
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Etain in Wind and Bulkheads
Replies: 4
Views: 1285

Re: Valley Etain in Wind and Bulkheads

Hello Asmar
Thanks for the info.
I am now the proud owner of an Etain 17.7

Cheers!