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by Spikeedog
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 54
Views: 2055

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: 54
Views: 2055

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: 54
Views: 2055

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: 54
Views: 2055

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 324

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: 366
Views: 56084

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: 1363

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: 1363

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: 1363

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: 1363

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: 990

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: 312

Re: Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear

The Cag is now on ebay - sorry! Other 2 items available here for now.