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by charleston14
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone used a RUK Load Assist?
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Anyone used a RUK Load Assist?

Rhino have a removable load assist bar compatible with aero and square bars, nobody seems to stock it though. Note, if you don’t want to drill a hole in a square bar (quite hard steel) just use a 90degree shelf bracket clamped on using 2 jubilee clips and cover the bracket in foam and duck tape so i...
by charleston14
Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone used a RUK Load Assist?
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Anyone used a RUK Load Assist?

Looks like it would be good on square bars not sure about the brackets compatibility for aero bars. wooden plank zip tied to the roof bar or raised roof rails can achieve the same. If using cradles like j bars etc you can get a bit “creative” My solution aka bodge.. using j bars was to slide in a sp...
by charleston14
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 16
Views: 424

Re: What is better J bars or v bars

I don’t really think either are better it’s just personal preference.

My Scorpio was happy on j bars but I find Thule dockglide an easy system for solo loading so use that now. With the j bars I always have to use a side loading arm to assist getting it up there solo.
by charleston14
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddle Makers??
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Greenland Paddle Makers??

charleston14 wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:48 am

There is also a good video on YouTube by Chuck holst.
I meant Matt Johnson , it’s a plan by Chuck Holst

by charleston14
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddle Makers??
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Greenland Paddle Makers??

Looking at the prices of bought Greenland paddles, I think I’d rather make one, I might do this myself. If time is not an issue and you use spruce instead of western red cedar, you can probably afford to screw up many times. It’s personal choice of course. At least with a bought one you’re probably ...
by charleston14
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding strength to a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 375

Re: Adding strength to a kayak

Agreed. Jim’s suggestion is better than mine, I hadn’t thought of carbon tape.
by charleston14
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding strength to a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 375

Re: Adding strength to a kayak

In that case I reckon I’d try try epoxy resin and a carbon cloth or maybe biaxial fibreglass cloth (But still epoxy as biaxial cloth can delaminate using polyester and cured polyester resin is less stiff than epoxy) Boat upside down hanging off the garage ceiling so that gravity holds the wet cloth ...
by charleston14
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding strength to a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 375

Re: Adding strength to a kayak

I thought about doing that on an old sea kayak, I’d probably have used epoxy resin and a heavy gauge carbon Kevlar cloth. As it was just a low volume “day boat” paddled mostly empty, in the end I just stiffened the deck using carved styrofoam blocks wedged underneath as i had a block of pink 2” thic...
by charleston14
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks

You’ve only been kayaking twice and might go paddle out past the bay.. I don’t want to curb your enthusiasm, far from it, but, really think you should consider investing in some training to stack the safety odds in your favour, and don’t paddle alone unless you’re staying well inthe bay. Always carr...
by charleston14
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Restoration of P&H Umnak Icefloe
Replies: 13
Views: 467

Re: Restoration of P&H Umnak Icefloe

If you can bring yourself to do it you can cut away a small section of the deck at bow or stern, sand and buff it then send to east coast fibreglass supplies, they can then analyse the colour using a machine and mix up a custom flowcoat colour that matches. They will send the piece back, which you c...
by charleston14
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ears
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Ears

I use docs pro plugs for rolling, you need to get the correct size for your ear. AS water sports in Exeter had a range you can test to get the right size. Once you figure out how to fit them properly they are superb. Pro plugs have a tiny hole that allows you to hear but self seals when underwater. ...
by charleston14
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Carbon Kevlar Fabric
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Carbon Kevlar Fabric

Film would be the way to go for an external repair.
by charleston14
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic RM experiences please?
Replies: 7
Views: 574

Re: North Shore Atlantic RM experiences please?

In terms of “ cover more distance with less effort, but still be quite nimble and relatively stable” ..my first thought was as mk1 Scorpio. It’s no slouch but give it some edge and it turns well. It’s tough ..but it’s a little bit heavy. Valley Sirona RM perhaps ? https://www.cornwall-canoes.co.uk/v...
by charleston14
Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea sickness issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1015

Re: sea sickness issues

Wish I understood the physiology of seasickness my biggest issue is What I’d call “inverse seasickness“: I’ll explain. I’m really not sure why, but if I think about how my kayak, or a boat I am on, will move before it’s actually happened (reading the sea I suppose) my brain somehow anticipates that ...
by charleston14
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea oak kayaks?
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Sea oak kayaks?

Are we talking about a company or design called sea oak ? Or, skin on frame kayaks using bending oak in their construction, like cape falcon kayaks do? Or something else ?
by charleston14
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to sea & touring
Replies: 10
Views: 696

Re: New to sea & touring

I’d agree that we need to understand your definition of “some experience” before a helpful recommendation can be made. Having done some whitewater and can handle a kayak “in conditions” would be very different to someone who has sat in a kayak a couple of times and not had any training. The recommen...
by charleston14
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted Kirton C-Trip Sea Kayak - now found
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Wanted Kirton C-Trip Sea Kayak

Edit; post removed as the one I saw had been sold.
by charleston14
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Eddyline Fathom
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: Wanted - Eddyline Fathom

Bit of a digression but Interesting to see them being made if you’re interested
by charleston14
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Clio mark 4 roof bars
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: Clio mark 4 roof bars

So long as you buy a decent roof rack and fit it using the appropriate fittings for the vehicle and follow the instructions, there’s no reason why a roof rack would part company with your Clio. In addition For a sea kayak I’d recommend appropriate cradles such as dockgrip or dockglide, yak kombi or ...
by charleston14
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hi Viz flag/tag for roof rack mounted sea kayak
Replies: 19
Views: 795

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

High vis vest threaded into stern toggle loop, then tie a knot with the vest so it stays put.
by charleston14
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted, Greenland kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Wanted, Greenland kayak

Anas Acuta on eBay (ignore first image)
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Valley-Anas- ... _Auction=1
by charleston14
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Carbon Kevlar Fabric
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Carbon Kevlar Fabric

East coast Fibreglass supplies; I’ve always been happy with their service.
by charleston14
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project
Replies: 16
Views: 1773

Re: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project

There may be a market: suggest you post that on the Greenland inspired kayaking Facebook page.
by charleston14
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reed Chill Cheater Paddle Suit
Replies: 6
Views: 500

Re: Reed Chill Cheater Paddle Suit

These are worth a look

I hear they are very robust and made to measure and you can customise them too. Made in the U.K.

http://damx.co.uk/kayaking-options-details-features/
by charleston14
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reed Chill Cheater Paddle Suit
Replies: 6
Views: 500

Re: Reed Chill Cheater Paddle Suit

The only thing I’d add is that if you’re likely to be practicing rolling, the drysuits with neoprene or glideskin neck seals are not as dry as suits with latex seals. Though neoprene necks are very comfortable for a days paddling. My peak adventure suit has a neoprene neck that can be opened up a bi...
by charleston14
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Re-Gelcoat an entire hull ?
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Re-Gelcoat an entire hull ?

Seems it’s been asked beforehand

viewtopic.php?t=90084
by charleston14
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Re-Gelcoat an entire hull ?
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Re-Gelcoat an entire hull ?

I think the theory is Sand then clean up then one coat of Gelcoat which dries tacky, then one coat of flowcoat which dries hard .then lots and lots of sanding and buffing ..one coat of flowcoat prob ok if not changing the colour.