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by charleston14
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recycled plastic kayaks
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Recycled plastic kayaks

I’m no plastics expert but I think older plastic kayaks are a different type of plastic to newer kayaks, which are supposed to be more uv stable and less likely to go brittle or fade.,I’m guessing the old plastics are not so suited for grinding up and remoulding in to new kayaks,.,but if they were a...
by charleston14
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Repairable?
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Repairable?

Repairable ?

Looks like it’s spent a very long time damp.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Blue-K ... _Auction=1
by charleston14
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recycled plastic kayaks
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Recycled plastic kayaks

Who are the people in the south west making kayaks out of beach collected plastic? (BBC news article didn’t say)

What kayaks can you get that are made of recycled plastic?

Can we encourage manufacturers of canoes and kayaks to use more recycled plastic?
by charleston14
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?

Glass is class but plastic is fantastic. I don’t worry about dings in a plastic sea kayak, or dropping it off my roof rack, or scapey beach launches, general clumsiness, accidentally reversing onto it, rescue practice etc etc. Bottom line for me is I just wanted to have fun, I think with a composite...
by charleston14
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 sea kayak events
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: 2019 sea kayak events

Black Isle sea kayak symposium
Cromarty. Scotland
http://www.bisks.co.uk/
by charleston14
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 sea kayak events
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: 2019 sea kayak events

Paddle Orkney symposium
3 4 August
http://www.paddleorkney.org/

Seven kingdoms symposium, Isle of Man
21 22 sep
https://m.facebook.com/IOMKayakSymposium

South west paddlefest. Edgcumb Cornwall
1 2 june
Multiple disciplines. Tickets from feb onwards
http://www.southwestpaddlefest.com/
by charleston14
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 sea kayak events
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: 2019 sea kayak events

Ladies Seas the day
September 14 15 Anglesey
https://www.ladiesseastheday.co.uk/
by charleston14
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 sea kayak events
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: 2019 sea kayak events

Moray Firth sea kayak challenge, 20 July
http://www.morayfirthseakayakchallenge.com/

Mid west sea kayaking symposium. Tayvallach, Argyll Scotland 22 23 June https://www.midwestsymposium.co.uk/
by charleston14
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 sea kayak events
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: 2019 sea kayak events

Jersey sea kayak symposium. May bank Holliday weekend
http://jerseycanoeclub.co.uk/symposium-2016
Also on Facebook
by charleston14
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 sea kayak events
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: 2019 sea kayak events

Anglesey sea kayak symposium 4-10 may https://www.angleseyseakayaksymposium.co.uk/ Women’s sea kayak festival. Devon 17-19 Aug http://womensseakayakfestivaldevon.co.uk/news/festival-2017/ Essential women’s sea kayak coaching weekend 7-9 June. Anglesey http://www.kayakessentials.co.uk/essential-women...
by charleston14
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Just for fun........
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Re: Just for fun........

Personally I don’t care for throwing myself over waterfalls especially not in a 17ft sea kayak., but each to their own. I’d paddle off upstream, take out my kidnapper with a couple of rocket flares, get out somewhere, radio the police on my vhf, have my kidnapper arrested and go sea kayaking with so...
by charleston14
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 sea kayak events
Replies: 10
Views: 927

2019 sea kayak events

Please can we get a running list going of all the 2019 events and symposiums?
by charleston14
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik - new start?^
Replies: 59
Views: 8674

Re: Angmagssalik - new start?^

I think there’s one on eBay at the moment
by charleston14
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1801

Re: Sea kayak speed

I was flat water paddling today with someone in a glass valley avocet, I was in a 14ft Charleston tourer (predecessor to the stratos, but has less rocker than a stratos) as my 17ft sea kayak is off the water at the moment. The tourer felt fat, slow and boring, compared to my usual sea kayak, and I w...
by charleston14
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 10
Views: 1126

Re: Drysuit zips

Front or rear? What about the peak drysuit with leg entry. Another option if they still make it I find the adventure suit (back zip entry) very comfy, just don’t forget to do up the neck tensioner when out in the waves ! It’s a plastic zip and easier to do up than some of the very stiff dive suit st...
by charleston14
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 734

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

pop up kayak sailing mast with antenna on the top ..or an extending pole that engages into a fitting on the deck and secured by bungees.

Holding up a paddle might work, but attaching it to a paddler is perhaps a bit risky.
by charleston14
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 734

VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I’ve never seen one and so there’s probably a reason why but has anyone ever thought of increasing the range of a handheld marine vhf by having the antenna higher up? E.g a boat mounted antenna ? ( For plugging in to in an emergency) In theory it should be possible to disconnect the short whip anten...
by charleston14
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blazing paddles audio ?
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Blazing paddles audio ?

Some years ago Brian Wilson’s excellent book blazing paddles featured on the bbc radio program Book at Bedtime. It was I believe, read in entirety by the author.

I’d really like to get hold of an audio copy of the bbc serialisation of this book.

Does anyone know if that’s possible?
by charleston14
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Silva 58 as permanent compass?
Replies: 11
Views: 1633

Re: Silva 58 as permanent compass?

If cost is the main driver and you don't mind a bit of fiddling about, you can get an excellent compass for less than £9 online here https://www.amazon.co.uk/compass-SODIAL-Marine-Compass-Navigation/dp/B011BK29E2/ref=sr_1_6?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1482412355&sr=1-6&keywords=compass+navigation After so...
by charleston14
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak adventure book
Replies: 10
Views: 839

Re: Kayak adventure book

Blazing paddles by Brian Wilson. Really good.
by charleston14
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast

One tip re weight of the kayak You don’t have to lift the whole sea kayak onto the car in one go, if you have a side loading arm or j bars. Put kayak alongside the car about 5 feet away. Lift the bow up and across onto the j bar or side loading arm. Leave it there. Now walk to the stern and pick it ...
by charleston14
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 914

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

As a permanent index modification on a posh paddle you could sand away (key) the gloss coat resin. Build an indexing hump using car body filler. Sanded away until it’s just how you like it, then using a 30quid carbon fibre laminating kit (fishing pole repair kit from easy composites) wrap the new in...
by charleston14
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 914

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I have a Celtic paddle it’s quite nicely indexed
by charleston14
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS dagger Stratos S
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Re: FS dagger Stratos S

Still for sale ?
by charleston14
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Islander Bolero 14 or Perception Carolina 14
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: Islander Bolero 14 or Perception Carolina 14

They are both fine, but you may find a 15 has a bit more cockpit room than a 14. The bolero is a dagger Charleston by another name, Charleston’s pop up on eBay regularly, usually around £300. The bolero has a cheaper less comfy seat than most of “zone “ seats in the Charleston’s I’ve seen The Charle...
by charleston14
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway levels
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: Norway levels

If you go to the nve Norway website there’s a link to live hydrological data from their telemetry stations.

Don’t expect the density of monitoring we have in the UK though. The UK has the one of the densest hydrometry networks in the world.
by charleston14
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 15
Views: 1750

Re: kitting out new sea kayakers

My suggestion is to invest in your hobby because life is too short not to. It’s personal preference but I’d suggest you Get a full drysuit with latex wrist seals and a neoprene neck for comfort. Neoprene lasts better than latex generally, and Unless you’re doing loads of rolling you will appreciate ...
by charleston14
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1346

Re: Cooking with sea water

Here’s a brief extract from the book “fearless” about Freya Hoffmeister paddling solo around Australia (its a good read) After dinner which she cooked inside her tent she brushed her teeth, spat the sudsy water into the crusty receptacle then peed into the pot, she placed the tight fitting lid on to...
by charleston14
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles

My sf polymer 4 piece Celtic paddle blade has a rattle inside the blade, it still tightens on the shaft just fine but what’s the rattle ? Should this be a concern ? Sounds like a loose nut rolling around inside the central part of the blade or something. I messaged them through their website. no res...
by charleston14
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1346

Re: Cooking with sea water

I normally wash up with sea water, or if camping near a stream with stream water (washing up with stream water and washing up in a stream are importantly different). Apparently Freya Hoffmeister just pees in the empty pot, spits out her toothpaste into the pot too, and just leaves it overnight, the...