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by Allan Olesen
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 541

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

Anna Liffey wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:23 pm
(Tilley hat???)
An absolutely indispensable piece of sea kayaking equipment.

If you are going on a kayaking trip and have to choose between bringing your paddles and bringing the Tilley hat, you should choose the hat and paddle with your hands or a piece of lumber.
by Allan Olesen
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 693

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

This is not a matter of having a confident roll. I can't even say that I have one. I have used this technique since I started rolling. I am a self-trained roller, and from the very start I knew that there were two thing I would need to practice if I ever wanted to use the roll for anything else than...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: Expedition food - help!

I am very fond of hummus on kayak trips. Good taste and high nutrition (lots of protein and fat). The main ingredient is chickpeas which don't contain any gluten. I don't know how long it will last when cooked. The ingredients should be able to last quite long, since all of them except the lemons ha...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 693

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Of course, "rough conditions" is a relative term, but I have done successful rolls in anger in waves up to 1.5-2 meter. I have not had a problem feeling the blade. It happens that I am in doubt, but then I just make a short "test" sweep of 20-40 cm over the water surface. If the blade angle is incor...
by Allan Olesen
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 693

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Are you sure you need the indexing for a roll?

I find it much more efficient to simply "feel" the water with the paddle blade. It is very easy to lay the blade flat on the water surface and from there angle it a few degrees before starting the paddle motion.
by Allan Olesen
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 14
Views: 1356

Re: New UK legislation on knives

We have had a similar legislation in Denmark for a few years now, resulting in some strange verdicts. Not only is it forbidden to carry certain types of knives on your person - it is also forbidden to have them in your car if the car is in a public place. One person was sentenced for having a normal...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 6634

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Excellent stuff guys. Thanks again. I think I would worry about a flat battery if I can't switch it off. How about an open skin fitting with a soft foam bung when you're on the water - would there be enough pressure for the 650 pump to squeeze it out? Still doesn't help with the pump not switching ...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 6634

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

I would like to leave the NRV out of the system but it is surprising how much water gets into the cockpit via the 19mm dia skin fitting and past the (static) pump impeller when paddling in swell. I had the same experience (also using an automatic pump, same model as suggested by Douglas Wilcox in t...
by Allan Olesen
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 6634

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Seawolf, have you tried if your switch problem will go away if you remove the non return valve?

The slight back pressure from the non return valve could be the reason for the air pocket you describe.
by Allan Olesen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Adjusting Silva 70p compass
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Adjusting Silva 70p compass

I would place it between the kayak and the brass frame.

I don't know the exact function of the brass frame. I have installed it because if I don't know what it is supposed to do, I can't know if I can remove it.

I guess the brass frame could prevent a lost compass if the plastic frame broke.
by Allan Olesen
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Adjusting Silva 70p compass
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: Adjusting Silva 70p compass

The Silva/Garmin 70P quite often sits a few mm too high. You could cut a "gasket" out of a piece of rubber/neoprene and place under the frame. Have you considered that those few degrees may actually be exactly right for the magnetic variation in your area? So before you adjust anything, try pointing...
by Allan Olesen
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Drysuit seals
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: Drysuit seals

I have heard - from a seller of latex seals! - that silicone seals can fail completely in an instant when they get old. Latex seals usually fail more slowly with small cracks showing up over time.

But since I got it from a seller of latex seals, I am not trusting it 100%.
by Allan Olesen
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3164

Re: Carrying flares

Also, mention of an EPIRB (meaning a 406Mhz beacon) but not of a SART (121.5Mhz transponder)? Fortunately both functions are incorporated in the majority of modern PLB's As far as I know, the 121.5 MHz transponder is a mandatory part of a 406 MHz EPIRB, required by the IMO. So I am not sure that th...
by Allan Olesen
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 3235

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Star awards have also changed. 4 star and 5 star have been replaced with Sea Kayak Leader and Advanced Sea Kayak Leader.
by Allan Olesen
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 3235

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

I know of some people who have not taken the current 4 star because they feel they would then be obligated to run club trips and this isn’t something that particularly motivates them. That has to be the silliest excuse that I've heard for not developing your skills. Why would any qualification obli...
by Allan Olesen
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle britches
Replies: 4
Views: 613

Re: Paddle britches

Some months ago, I was with a group which ended up in 2 m swell which later became surf. 3 members of the group had the dark blue / black britches from NorthWater. 2 of the britches disappeared in the surf. The remaining one only "dislocated" but stayed on the kayak. The yellow model from NorthWater...
by Allan Olesen
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes

In my Xplore, produced in Finland, the nuts are 10 or 11 mm.

Smaller than 8 mm sound very strange. The small screws for the deck line fittings have 7 or 8 mm nuts, and those are a lot smaller than a typical seat bolt.
by Allan Olesen
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 3235

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Now the BCU have changed things again, and the 4 star and 5 star coaching awards no longer exist, as they have been replaced by Leader and Advanced leader. A coach has been taught how to coach and lead. A leader has only been taught how to lead. So calling both of them "coaches" is wrong and silly....
by Allan Olesen
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 26
Views: 1724

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

RichJ wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:00 am
Wish I had a 'like' button!
I have, but it is jammed.
by Allan Olesen
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 3235

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

The process in the article seems pretty simple and straight forward to me - with one graving exception: It does not describe what you are certified to do when you have reached a certain coach level. If, for example, a Sea Kayak Leader becomes a "Sea Kayak Coach (moderate water)", which level of sea ...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: What deck for an aries?
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: What deck for an aries?

I used a Reed Aquatherm for a year. It was very sturdy in surf. It is probably the best, cheap spraydeck you can get. However, I had two other problems with it: It was too fiddly to mount on the cockpit coaming It was too elastic to push off with the knees if I couldn't use the hand strap I finally ...
by Allan Olesen
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Protecting paddles for air transport
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Re: Protecting paddles for air transport

Some people use a hardcase for an electric guitar or bass.
by Allan Olesen
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 26
Views: 1724

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

I have two Werner paddles, one with the old locking mechanism, and one with the new one. Both will sometimes do what you described. When it happens, I disassemble the paddle, insert a water hose inside the ferrule and exercise the button while I have the water running. After some time, I can feel th...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55
Replies: 21
Views: 1333

Re: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55

You don't have to be on the water to be lost. Which pretty much sums up me starting this thread :-) Nice one. But your joke made me aware that my post could be interpreted as an insult. So just to make things clear: By "lost", I meant literally lost. As in being on a kayak trip where you have hit l...
by Allan Olesen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55
Replies: 21
Views: 1333

Re: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55

pathbrae wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:53 pm
The idea of trying to take and plot an accurate position from a sea kayak does make me smile though....
You don't have to be on the water to be lost.
by Allan Olesen
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55
Replies: 21
Views: 1333

Re: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55

As an aside, how often is a compass bearing so critical that it make any real difference in the real world? Even with total concentration I doubt if anyone can hold a bearing to within 5 to 10 degrees in a kayak - and that's before wind and tides take their toll and start to play with your actual t...
by Allan Olesen
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Radio : Transceiver
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Radio : Transceiver

Not sure about the higher power thing for kayaks. The range in miles is only about three times the square root of the antenna height in metres, so sitting down, only about 3miles. Rough rule of thumb is one mile for every watt, but 5 or 6 miles doesn’t matter if the signal can only go 3 miles, so y...
by Allan Olesen
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 2040

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

You presented a made-up problem No, the problem is very real. The made-up problem I referred to was the skeg wire problem. I suppose we can agree that you did not really want to know what to do with a kinked skeg wire. And my point is that we all recognized that you did not want your question to be...
by Allan Olesen
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 2040

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Yeah, pretty much as I thought. You presented a made-up problem and did not even get one single reply dealing with it. Nobody has done any attempt of giving advice on kinked skeg wires. All posters in this thread are making fun of the experiment or just using the thread for small-talk, knowing that...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 2040

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

I'd take fettling to mean any non precision engineering aimed at getting something to fit / work / stay on / come off. Usually involving a big hammer and sometimes a sharp chisel I had to look it up (not a native English speaker), and apparently it means shaving open strands off a rope or wire. But...