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by Allan Olesen
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2400

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: 2400

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: 428

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: 199

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: 2400

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Now the BCU have changed things again, and the 4 star and 5 star coaching awards no longer exist, as they have been replaced by Leader and Advanced leader.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: 1168

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: 2400

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: 326

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: 280

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: 1168

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: 1059

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: 1059

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: 1059

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: 472

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: 1581

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: 1581

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: 1581

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...
by Allan Olesen
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 1581

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Does this count?
by Allan Olesen
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hot air, cold water
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Hot air, cold water

Will the trip be lead by the same people who have a policy against spraydecks? If yes: Use your drysuit. Whenever you feel too hot, take a roll. Then use the necessary time for pumping the cockpit dry. When they get tired of waiting for you, they will allow you to use a spraydeck so you don't have t...
by Allan Olesen
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine VHF Short Range Certificate
Replies: 11
Views: 978

Re: Marine VHF Short Range Certificate

Bit of as aside but does is a UK license also valid on European waters beyond costal ports (e.g. European rivers)? I seem to remember my old pre-DSC license used to be fine for sailing into French Channel Ports and my ICC would allow me to sail further inland but as I never sailed further inland I ...
by Allan Olesen
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cetus lv
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: Cetus lv

There's a great facility here:- http://www.kayakacrossthewater.co.uk/sea-kayak-size-volume-comparison-chart/ How do they define max. load? Does it include paddler weight? And what are the criteria for the load? The answers for those questions could be very different for different manufacturers. And...
by Allan Olesen
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Nordkapp Forti standard bulkhead position
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Nordkapp Forti standard bulkhead position

The Valley website (always short on info) requests the inseam measure and say will add 1 inch for safety. But, should the bulkhead be placed and used with only one inch slice of foam? What exactly are they selling? A kayak with normal footrests on rails, with footrests and bulkhead placed to fit yo...
by Allan Olesen
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Autumn clothing
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Autumn clothing

Apologies in advance for what will probably turn out to be a really stupid question! I don't think your question is stupid. But your question clearly shows that you are taking too few swims when paddling. If you take a swim (as in practice rescues) on every kayaking trip, you will not be in doubt w...
by Allan Olesen
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roofrack advice please
Replies: 19
Views: 908

Re: Roofrack advice please

I'll try that, thanks. It's pretty poor, though, that Toyota don't show that info. Skoda clearly states all sort of max loads (but then it advertises it as an 'estate', not some fancy 'tourer'!) Knowing the exact allowable load when you don't know the actual load will not help much. A long kayak wi...
by Allan Olesen
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 123
Views: 5254

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

A new observation which may be a reason for abandoning the idea of a non return valve: This weekend we trained scoop rescue. I was the last "victim" in row, so when I was rescued and my cockpit was almost completely water filled, I just strapped on my sprayskirt and started paddling with the group, ...
by Allan Olesen
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues and letting go of the boat
Replies: 29
Views: 2203

Re: Rescues and letting go of the boat

and very reassuring that so many fellow paddlers would rather overcome the minor difficulties of a tether than risk letting go of the boat. The discussion clearly shows that both sides are concerned about risk, not about difficulty. So the choice is between a risk and a risk, not between a difficul...
by Allan Olesen
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Silva lp70 or 70p deck compass replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Silva lp70 or 70p deck compass replacement

If you Google "kayak compass", and then click on "images" (2nd line down) you will get photos of several suitable replacements from, for example, Ritchie and Autotonic: http://bit.ly/2eF70QO Nick. Perhaps I am being dense, but which of those compasses would you consider a replacement for a Silva/Ga...
by Allan Olesen
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Silva lp70 or 70p deck compass replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Silva lp70 or 70p deck compass replacement

Are you asking because you can't find a new Silva?

If so, look for a Garmin. Garmin bought the Silva company, and in some markets the compasses are now sold under the Garmin name.
by Allan Olesen
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tent with a big porch?
Replies: 28
Views: 1281

Re: Tent with a big porch?

to be fair many breaks were down to the fabric drying and shrinking - I always leave it looking slack and saggy if damp now. I have seen this advice repeated over and over: Never tension the tent when the fabric is wet. The fabric will shrink when drying. So I think it would be very hard to blame t...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues and letting go of the boat
Replies: 29
Views: 2203

Re: Rescues and letting go of the boat

seawolf856 wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:30 am
reached to grab it,
There is your mistake.

You should not let go of your boat while underwater.