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by MaverickvRS
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drying room ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 612

Re: Drying room ideas?

I don't have vast experience, but even heat is important - you can get electric underfloor heating mats in varying sizes, at not too huge an expense. coupled with a shower tray to fit, and suitable "waste" output for run-off and adequate ventilation or extraction. If you're going that far, a tiled w...
by MaverickvRS
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: STOLEN kayak paddles
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Re: STOLEN kayak paddles

Worth a trip past your local Cash Converters etc just in case?

https://www.cashconverters.co.uk/Hackney
by MaverickvRS
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?

I did my Paddlesport Instructor course with Escape Outdoors a few months ago - a really good course and Grahame is a great coach. I will be doing other courses with them!
by MaverickvRS
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?

Escape Outdoors are running one at the end of September, based in Sussex...

http://www.escapeoutdoors.org.uk/activi ... d-courses/
by MaverickvRS
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sunburn
Replies: 5
Views: 685

Re: Sunburn

I swear by Riemann P20 - You can get various factors and applications - spray or lotion.

I have Factor 20 lotion. It's almost like an oil but not sticky

EDIT - It's also kind on latex and neoprene seals too from what I've read, which is a good thing!
by MaverickvRS
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2371

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

The only time I scared my trainer was a planned capsize - I went over, froze and just stayed under until I bailed, long enough later that he'd started worrying. I'd already managed it properly outside without safety, training or practice. It was a huge and unpleasent surprise when I found out that ...
by MaverickvRS
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: J Bars
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Re: J Bars

Get folding ones. Height barriers can be a real PITA with fixed ones...
by MaverickvRS
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 2201

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

We wear them whenever there is a risk of hitting your head. Whether that be from other kayakers paddles, boats or falls. It also helps differentiate groups. We have red and blue helmets which are sometimes used to make up teams when doing games. It's also easier to do head counts. Most centres also ...
by MaverickvRS
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 2201

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

You get critisied for not using helmets on flat water over here! I think part of that is the type of paddling we do. My view as a role model is always wear a helmet, as in my case, Scouts will see us wearing helmets and think it is the norm to do so, from their first experience on the water onwards...
by MaverickvRS
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 1564

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

Chalky723 wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:11 pm
I have a krab on mine, sometimes i take it off before throwing, other times not. Depends how much time I've got from getting out of the boat. If it's thrown on the bag it's screwed shut, so not going to catch anything.

D
Won't catch anything, just knock the recipient unconscious? ;)
by MaverickvRS
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2371

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

A nylon deck on maximum looseness comes off with a well timed sneeze to be fair... Indeed! Although I'd imagine if you were trying to push a nylon deck off with your knees it'd just expand in front of you like a balloon...... D Thats why you fit a knee release strap across near the thigh brace posi...
by MaverickvRS
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An odd question regarding length and suitability
Replies: 15
Views: 1091

Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

May seem like going off on a slight tangent with this one but bear with me... Some local clubs do have boat storage so you don't need to get it up stairs at your apartment - it's generally secure and insured - can always use a bike lock anyway. That way you can invest your hard earned cash on the bo...
by MaverickvRS
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2371

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I think it also depends on the kayak - you look at the size of the coaming lips of modern kayaks compared to an older mirage/dancer - it's a lot deeper and therefore has more grip on the spraydeck. I learned originally in these ancient things which had barely anything holding the deck on - the cockp...
by MaverickvRS
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2371

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

Pulling a spray deck upright is far harder than upside down, however, it feels a lot longer when you are inverted! It all depends on the confidence of your paddlers. I'd always want to start with a nylon deck on maximum looseness, they will come off if you kick out of the boat without pulling, but ...
by MaverickvRS
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2371

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

As a group we usually give the first taste of the spraydeck in a pool session, standing beside them for a "hand of god" rescue if anything does happen. We explain and get them to go through the motions the right way up, making sure they pull the tab. Sometimes it helps if they practice it right way ...
by MaverickvRS
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2371

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I have seen in the past (observing, not in my groups!) paddlers practicing capsizing, no paddles, while holding the release tab! I've always gone down the route of "what will happen in the real world?" Tap the boat 3 times, then follow the cockpit rim to the front and pop the deck. The best one is w...
by MaverickvRS
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2091

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Tow bars count as a modification and can increase premiums. I can't fit one to my car as it's not type approved for towing (major fail, especially as lower models on the same platform can!) Beam deflectors are a temporary fixture and a legal requirement when driving abroad, so shouldn't be classed i...
by MaverickvRS
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Air bags
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: Air bags

If my boat is stored for a while I part-deflate them, just have to make sure to re-inflate when I next use!
by MaverickvRS
Fri May 25, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.
Replies: 19
Views: 1027

Re: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.

Orientation matters too (see what fits. I put mine upside down and stern first as it cuts down wind resistance and makes it possible to open the boot most of the way). Get a cockpit cover (if its a closed cockpit) that really helps with streamlining. Kayaks are fairly streamlined anyway so you shoul...
by MaverickvRS
Wed May 16, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to wear now it is warming up.
Replies: 13
Views: 1075

Re: What to wear now it is warming up.

I always dress for the swim - it's easier to cool down than to warm up.
by MaverickvRS
Wed May 16, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 349
Views: 31711

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

I got a new buoyancy aid recently and that makes rolling interesting - it's a 70N which may not sound a huge increase, however getting to a completely inverted start position is a challenge on flat water.
by MaverickvRS
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on putting kayaks on a roof rack
Replies: 19
Views: 1186

Re: Advice on putting kayaks on a roof rack

Yep Thule roof bars are available for the Fiesta but the fitting kit for the Mk7 and the new Mk8 give a weight limit of 40kg including the weight of both bars. Not enough for two Fusions. Yeah, I'd personally risk it - I don't actually know what the weight limit is for mine, but it's probably less ...
by MaverickvRS
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on putting kayaks on a roof rack
Replies: 19
Views: 1186

Re: Advice on putting kayaks on a roof rack

Get wider roof bars? Mine were 140cm on my metro - didn't look pretty, but could still get 4 boats on!! D We have a Fiesta in the house and unfortunately the Ford original bars are pretty much the only option (you have to change the roof gutters etc which you have to have a lot of confidence!!!) Th...
by MaverickvRS
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 2201

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

The only time I paddle without is at the occasional pool session. When "outdoors" I always wear one - it's like a seatbelt in the car, it feels unnatural without!
by MaverickvRS
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What PFD!
Replies: 7
Views: 682

Re: What PFD!

I bought a Yak Rakau last year - 70N of buoyancy - took it to a pool (without a boat) a few weeks ago and I couldn't get myself to sink, even when trying! Got everything I need, including a big front pocket and a quick release belt with metal ring on the back. EDIT - Front pocket holds a 4m webbing ...
by MaverickvRS
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater pfd
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: Whitewater pfd

I went for the Yak Rakau, entry level but still 70N and a decent amount of pockets etc - perfect for what I need.

Make sure whatever you buy doesn't clash with your drysuit - nothing worse than the colour not being aesthetically pleasing! ;)
by MaverickvRS
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peter Berry Taz John Keady Jay Smith Waterboy Jonathan Johns
Replies: 203
Views: 62426

Re: Peter Berry Taz John Keady Jay Smith Waterboy Jonathan Johns

Just seen this pop up on my Facebook - didn't realise he lived less than 2 miles from my house ! (just outside East Preston)
by MaverickvRS
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in tv ads
Replies: 1
Views: 578

Re: Paddling in tv ads

Still my favourite was the Mitsubishi ASX