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by Spikeedog
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 262
Views: 41177

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: 262
Views: 41177

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: 262
Views: 41177

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: 244

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: 262
Views: 41177

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: 960

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
by Spikeedog
Thu May 09, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Stash your paddle float

Really interesting article too. Thanks for the link. I'm away to see if I can track down a copy of the game 😀
by Spikeedog
Wed May 08, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Stash your paddle float

That's the plan and the float's main use is to help with that but until then.....
by Spikeedog
Wed May 08, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Stash your paddle float

I'm using a foam paddle float. Where's best to stash it for ease of access assuming the boat is upside down? Is there any merit in attaching it to a spare assembled paddle on the deck?
by Spikeedog
Tue May 07, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Sea kayaking clear out - multiple items for sale
Replies: 13
Views: 941

Re: Sea kayaking clear out - multiple items for sale

I'm interested in the foam paddle float. Will it take a 16.5mm wide paddle? Thanks.
by Spikeedog
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear

The Cag is now on ebay - sorry! Other 2 items available here for now.
by Spikeedog
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3472

Re: GPS

That's just amazing! Thanks.
by Spikeedog
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3472

Re: GPS

I actually need a replacement phone but hate the hype about new models and the Apple approach etc. I just want a basic phone with a long reliable battery so this looks a great option if you can load OS maps onto it and they are readable. How much do you pay for that bit?
by Spikeedog
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3472

Re: GPS

Fozzy wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:05 pm
I use a waterproof "tough" phone which I loaded it with Viewranger OS maps and Navionics.
Interesting - what's a waterproof tough phone and how big is the screen?
by Spikeedog
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: New sea kayaking company in the Canary Islands
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

Re: New sea kayaking company in the Canary Islands

I went with them just a few weeks ago. Lovely weather. A bit of wind and some v.pleasant kayaking. A bit of challenge too. They have some lovely NDK fibreglass kayaks and I would definitely recommend it for winter paddling. Got to use a GP too.
by Spikeedog
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear

Yak Pursuit Cag VG condition. Little used and well looked after. £75 plus P&P YAK Pursuit Cag Orange Description * Medium weight, 2.5 layer ripstop waterproof fabric * Fully taped and breathable * 3 way pre-bent sleeves ans seamless underarm technology * Adjustable stow away hood with PU collar * F...
by Spikeedog
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1444

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Breathable must mean the passage of air through the fabric. I got a cheap Chillcheater top the other day and almost suffocated while trying to get the very tight neck seal over my head so Aquatherm would work!
by Spikeedog
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1444

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

The wind would take you for miles though....
by Spikeedog
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1444

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

That's clever!
by Spikeedog
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3472

Re: GPS

So what's the latest best buy with downloadable OS maps?
by Spikeedog
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1319

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

Lidl do some very tough ones in Spring. Different sizes.
by Spikeedog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1444

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Q E D!! This why I love this forum.
by Spikeedog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1444

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Ha - great point!

I just find the BA tries to put me on my back and treading water in an upright position and swimming or trying to make any progress through the water is a struggle so I wondered if you could have too much buoyancy.
by Spikeedog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1444

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Yes. I take all of that. However, if I weigh 10 stone (nearly 11 actually) then I need say two thirds of the extra buoyancy for a 15 stone paddler. As I always wear a wetsuit as a first layer - there's probably an additional 4 or 5 lbs buoyancy there. So if a 50n BA gives you about 12 lbs, that coul...
by Spikeedog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1444

How much buoyancy do you need?

"Flotation (aka buoyancy) is the force (in pounds) required to keep a person's head and chin afloat above water. Most adults need just an extra seven to 12 pounds of flotation to stay afloat. Any quality PFD will provide more than this amount, so you don't need to spend much time analyzing this num...
by Spikeedog
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Merino tops at TOPMAN £12 and £15
Replies: 5
Views: 588

Merino tops at TOPMAN £12 and £15

Good quality merino tops in the TOPMAN sale. I got a shortsleeve and a v-neck.
by Spikeedog
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak adventure book
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Re: Kayak adventure book

Blazing paddles by Brian Wilson. Really good. This is an inspirational classic. Brian was alerting the world to the plastic problem in the seas 30 years ago in this book. Really annoying that people are just beginning to pay attention now because it featured on prime time TV via David Attenborough....