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by Conor Buckboy
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Squirt Boating
Topic: Nene WWC
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Nene WWC

Hi, been on many trips to Nene in a plastic playboat. However with a trip planned this year my club is thinking bringing our relic squirtboat. No idea what it is, just an old fibreglass squirtboat, not a fancy Kevlar thing just solid fibreglass, while I do t fit being 6'3 two of my friends do. Usual...
by Conor Buckboy
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cruising inertia
Replies: 19
Views: 989

Re: Cruising inertia

While yes I understand the obvious differences with shape it's still open to debate. Also while what you have said about bikes is correct in not sure it's truly applicable to kayaks due to a bikes propulsion being virtually constant with the chain on the cogs and clipped in pedals, a lot more consta...
by Conor Buckboy
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cruising inertia
Replies: 19
Views: 989

Cruising inertia

Hello, I'm having somewhat of an argument with one of my paddler friends. The subject is whether a lighter boat or heavier boat will be more efficient in a simple long distance paddle. He thinks the lighter boat while I think a slightly heavier boat will be better. I think this due to newtons law of...
by Conor Buckboy
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Marathon Inertia
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Marathon Inertia

Hello, I'm having somewhat of an argument with one of my paddler friends. The subject is whether a lighter boat or heavier boat will be more efficient in a simple long distance paddle. He thinks the lighter boat while I think a slightly heavier boat will be better. I think this due to newtons law of...
by Conor Buckboy
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 16
Views: 863

Re: Wings?

Thank you Jim, also I'm very interested in comparing the benefits of Wings compared to a Greenland style paddle. Both could provide more efficieny with less effort, the Greenland seems to be the better for rolling, bracing and sculling. However perhaps wings would be better for a race scenario. Of c...
by Conor Buckboy
Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 16
Views: 863

Wings?

My friend paddles with touring wing paddles while I just use an old plastic Carlisle magic paddle. We do a fair bit of WWR racing and marathon paddles as well as just touring around the Solent. My question is are wings a good investment for sea kayaking, as when I have a go with my friends set I rea...
by Conor Buckboy
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Whitewater boat for slalom
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Whitewater boat for slalom

the only issues would be that if the organiser is strict about the rules, to enter a boat must be under 4m in length and above 3.5m in length. That's the only real issue I can think of.
by Conor Buckboy
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Composite boats are they worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 634

Re: Composite boats are they worth it?

I know someone with an essence 17 and a 16, I myself was going to get one originally. However at a local race I attended someone was selling a P&H Icefloe for £100, just to be clear the Icefloe is literally described above very well, it's from a time before proper rotomoukded plastic boats in th...
by Conor Buckboy
Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best starter creekboat/river runner
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Best starter creekboat/river runner

Hi, as the topic says with Christmas coming up and prospect of gift money added to savings I would like to step into the world of big boy boats. I'm not a full beginner so don't need to say go to a local club etc I have my 3 star BCU and own two playboats, one long and slicey the pyranha S8 and one ...
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: Playboat suggestions

As per my post above, I mean a weeklong playboat surfing holiday.
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Loki - any good?
Replies: 22
Views: 1256

Re: Pyranha Loki - any good?

The design flaw of the S8 was its 90degrees instep rails that ran the full length of the hull, instead of a straight edge with no rails it has a 90degree groove where the sidewall of the boat meets the bottom hull, this is a very very bad design structure with any hard impact usually resulting in th...
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Wild water/Extreme kayak racing.
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Wild water/Extreme kayak racing.

Bit late but most descent marathon races have a nice WWR category. You will be paired against true racing k1s and sometimes even sea kayaks but I find it more as fun idea if different boat design strengths. I recommend the stour for a beginner one and then stuff like the Tay for advanced
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing a playboat
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: Choosing a playboat

Why go for the main titles, there are many many many playboat designs out there that are just as good and far far cheaper. I would recommend the fluid dope, fluid flirt, Pyranha Molan (small or medium), dagger G-force (the best intro playboat and super cheap) Robson blowfish (bias as my personal pla...
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Loki - any good?
Replies: 22
Views: 1256

Re: Pyranha Loki - any good?

Anyone know how well a Loki suits up to the old pyranha S8 (the original pyranha slicey playboat if I do say so) as I love my S8 but fear using it on whitewater due to its MASSIVE CATASTROPHIC DESIGN FLAW
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: Playboat suggestions

I'm 6ft 3 and about 90+kg I go on a playboat weeklong holiday to Cornwall or Devon every year with my friend. He uses a Fluid flirt medium (he is about 6ft and about the same weight as me). I currently use a pyranha S8 225 and have used a pyranha Molan before, I also own a Robson blowfish but haven'...
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking but in a Master TG
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Re: Sea Kayaking but in a Master TG

It will be good for bobbing around 400-500m off shore, any more than that and with a bad wind it would begin to be unsafe, just make sure to take a partner that can rescue you at least as WW boats cannot be self rescued. Surfing should be a blast I always take my playboat surfing, but you will find ...
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pool Session Kayaks
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Pool Session Kayaks

We use dagger G-forces for the adults
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: My fellow racers, I call upon your opinion.
Replies: 4
Views: 435

My fellow racers, I call upon your opinion.

I'm afraid this topic is rather a dull one, but I have been forced to resort to is. One of my friends simply won't accept the truth, and so I ask your honest opinion. Give whatever opinion you wish just that it is genuine to your heart, even if you don't know much about each boat I would like to hea...
by Conor Buckboy
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best play weirs in the UK (that aren't Hurley)
Replies: 16
Views: 1858

Re: The best play weirs in the UK (that aren't Hurley)

For local south Hampshire their are some good waves that form on the river hamble from gates leading to side canals and of course woodmill weir on the itchen that is good for lopping and cartwheels, not really a wave as such though
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H hammer
Replies: 3
Views: 976

P&H hammer

My friend is hoping to invest in a P&H hammer for surfing, touring and whitewater use. Has anyone got any reviews or reviews if the have used or got one themselves. Thank you.
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Mixed wing/flat in k2
Replies: 3
Views: 1198

Re: Mixed wing/flat in k2

Me and my friend did it the other way around, he uses wings in the front while I use flat (yet still rather scoopy) touring paddles in the back, with my flats I still do proper technique (I do a lot of K1 paddling but prefer flats as I use it as more of a touring boat), also if we have any stability...
by Conor Buckboy
Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best white water boat you have ever paddled
Replies: 12
Views: 1566

Re: Best white water boat you have ever paddled

I can also second a S8 225 although I still have mine, after using it for flatwater playboating and surfing I can say it will see no other whitewater than man made course, I value it too much to consider damaging or losing it. Such a great boat for taller paddlers and it surfs and squirts so well, w...
by Conor Buckboy
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Convert K1 into tourer
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Convert K1 into tourer

That sounds a lot better as that way I still
keep my k1, I guess it would fit the same way an over thruster would for a playboat, I'll look more into this.
by Conor Buckboy
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Best K1 racer for choppy conditions and harbour races
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Best K1 racer for choppy conditions and harbour races

Coincidentally I paddle on the hamble and the solent too, usually racing on the hamble which near the mouth and quay can get very choppy in the wind, used to row on the itchen but never paddled my k1 there
by Conor Buckboy
Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Sprint and play boat comparison
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

Re: Sprint and play boat comparison

I also live in Southampton and I see myself as a lifestyle paddler, I do both playboating and sprint racing as well as polo. I see playboating as fun enjoyable activity to do in warmer weather and when going around the country, a sort of thing I can do with my friends and play around and an excuse t...
by Conor Buckboy
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 4280

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Surely though fibreglass whitewater boats have been replaced by plastic boats because....well...the plastic ones are still around after 20years of use while the fibreglass ones...aren't.
by Conor Buckboy
Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:31 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 59
Views: 26528

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

Bit of reviving this thread but some people in future might want to read this. I'm currently paddling an ancient Kirton Espada, and God is it stable, just the perfect match between stability and shape, unlike any of the training K1s where the stern deck is huge and flat and wide and just slow. The E...
by Conor Buckboy
Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Best K1 racer for choppy conditions and harbour races
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Best K1 racer for choppy conditions and harbour races

Currently in the project of converting my Espada into a tourer, just got curious to other people's opinions for the best K1 for racing in not so lovely flat conditions. As I'm on the southcoast we do a lot of races offshore/ in estuary rivers where due to the wind we can get about 1-2 foot of swell,...
by Conor Buckboy
Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 4280

Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Doesn't matter if it was the wrong size or anything, simpley the worst boat you've used. Mine by far would be the dagger GTX, I'm 6ft 3 so could fit in fine, the only issue it's a big design of a smaller boat. Whereas the small boat is nippy and smooth this thing was a brick, slow and somehow unstab...
by Conor Buckboy
Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where have all the old school boats gone!!
Replies: 21
Views: 1547

Re: Where have all the old school boats gone!!

I've got a Pyranha S8 225 but (and you could take this as an answer from most people that have a similar boat) I really never want to part with it for the reason that if I do there is a high chance I won't get anything similar ever again, modern playboats are so different it's insane (and yes I'm gu...

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