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by Spikeedog
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 90
Views: 3704

Re: Petrel Play SG

Don't make it too thick and if possible use gravity to get it to sit nicely in the joints.
by Spikeedog
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

If you're doing it on winter make sure you have a warm, dry garage. I found that the epoxy just doesn't behave below about 21 degrees and takes double the time to dry out. It's also a disincentive to work on it! If I were doing it again I'd start on Spring... But then again I live in the frozen nort...
by Spikeedog
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

That is a fantastic video. You can see exactly what you're looking at and what your doing. Love the mickey mouse ears too. Many thanks.
by Spikeedog
Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea sickness issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: sea sickness issues

I actually feel slightly nauseous just reading all these posts and thinking about erratic waves and swell. I have suffered a sick feeling when trying to roll in a swimming pool! I now take mild tablets before most trips - peace of mind.
by Spikeedog
Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers
Replies: 21
Views: 971

Re: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers

All good advice. You need a range of different gear to cover the varying circumstances. It does take a couple of years to 'learn' that in my limited experience. Most gear I've bought used and good quality and I've been able to sell on when changing things around.
by Spikeedog
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 90
Views: 3704

Re: Petrel Play SG

. . . and is there leakage?
by Spikeedog
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 90
Views: 3704

Re: Petrel Play SG

I've done all that and they work fine. I do find the small one behind the cockpit gets stuck sometimes though . . . you just need to be careful when screwing it down. Just wondered if the lever mechanism was better.
by Spikeedog
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 90
Views: 3704

Re: Petrel Play SG

Beryl wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:57 pm
Ebay. About ten day delivery from China if I recall. Called an eight inch hatch.
I have the screw in ones on my Shrike but thinking about building a vember. Are these watertight?
by Spikeedog
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 90
Views: 3704

Re: Petrel Play SG

Where did you get those hatch covers? They look a bit easier to open than the screw ones?
by Spikeedog
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Looks nicely set up and skilfully worked.
by Spikeedog
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Another Scottish Shrike. Well done. Hope you manage to get out soon.
by Spikeedog
Tue May 19, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

A heat gun will get the epoxy soft so you can remove the deck. Just go carefully.
by Spikeedog
Tue May 19, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Also....If you've got a wallpaper steamer you can help the pliability of the ply over the curves. Leave it position for a couple of days and keep tightening the straps. After a few days it will glue into position with no strain.
by Spikeedog
Mon May 18, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

That's pretty much how I see it. I should try some weight just behind the seat then a bit of shape in the foam block at the small of my back, and space to move my feet and ankles. Everything else I think is already optimal.
by Spikeedog
Mon May 18, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

I find the hard chine under the seat picks up every eddie just below the surface especially close to rocks..clapotis I think. The chines are great for going fast or far or straight though. A confidence thing.
by Spikeedog
Mon May 18, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

You're a legend mate and I've got a lot of tips from you along the way. I think I could probably do that and make long thin 'bumps' above the deck to preserve the sleek lock of the kayak. Ideally. I'd like to round out the hull too just under the cockpit.
by Spikeedog
Mon May 18, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

I have thought long and hard about building a Vember..
A bit more challenging than the Shrike I think.
by Spikeedog
Mon May 18, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: How to keep busy in the lock-down.....

Dave from Cornwall had been paddling his Shrike for a couple of years. He decided that his knees needed a bit more room to ease his back, so he sliced off the entire deck, curved deck beam (masik) and cockpit and the tops of the stem and stern in one piece, raised the entire detached section by 18 ...
by Spikeedog
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

I think those were too small. The oned I used were about 3" wide but beech and a plywood Base plate with a good length of stainless steel rod to spread the load.
by Spikeedog
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

I used a modified wooden egg cup and stainless steel rod mounted on a wooden plate that sits under the deck. Works and looks great.
by Spikeedog
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Can you use the paddlers weight to calculate where the Shrike will sit in the water? At 160lbs I’m planning a 95% starting point, then trim the boat down whilst keeping my size 9 feet un-squeezed. I like the look of low freeboard but perhaps not quite as much as Mikko! I made a 95% with reduced hei...
by Spikeedog
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Agreed. I built my own from scratch. The only manufactured part on it is the foam seat. It carves a line and a turn as well as (probably better than) any other kayak I've tried.
by Spikeedog
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

That's a really welcome development. I can see a lot more people building their own with the assurance that the panels are all correctly sized and ready for assembly. I think the residential workshop is a also a great idea. I'm a trustee of a men's shed charity locally and we're about to build a bra...
by Spikeedog
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Anglesey Wobbler Board
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Re: Anglesey Wobbler Board

It looks pretty straightforward to make.
by Spikeedog
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 466
Views: 59662

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

...and it handles really well.
by Spikeedog
Thu May 09, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: Stash your paddle float

That's what I was thinking. My spare is a Greenland paddle and I'm never alone on the water though