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by OMarti
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 18
Views: 1710

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

Coming back to the original subject, I want to report an experiment done in France with pyrotechnic flares, in the middle of the 80's. 30 years ago or more, the expiry date of pyrotechnic flares was 3 years from the construction date. Then the lobbying of flare makers persuaded french authorities to...
by OMarti
Tue May 26, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak in Africa
Replies: 10
Views: 500

Re: Sea Kayak in Africa

There was an attempt by Beau Miles in 2007, with a movie :

Didn't watch it. Hope it mays help

Olivier
by OMarti
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toggles
Replies: 9
Views: 765

Re: Toggles

I use this kind of thing, used to make fishing net float :

https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Water-Float ... 446&sr=8-2

Olivier
by OMarti
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Åland charts
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Åland charts

Steve, I miss you message. Sorry, sorry !!! I'm definitely interested I'm not in the hurry, planning to go there in June or July. I'm at Saint-Rémy-lés-Chevreuse, south-west of Paris, between Versailles and Rambouillet. I will be kayaking in Britanny from 4th to 18th of April (Crozon and Golfe du Mo...
by OMarti
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: France : an accident in the Bay of Somme leaves 4 victims ...
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

France : an accident in the Bay of Somme leaves 4 victims ...

I reproduce here the announcement by FFCK (Fédération Française de Canoë Kayak - French Canoë Kayak Federation). French version at https://www.ffck.org/2020/01/12/24222/ An accident in the Bay of Somme leaves 4 victims, the Canoe Kayak family is mourning An accident took place yesterday Saturday Jan...
by OMarti
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Åland charts
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Åland charts

Hello,

I'm interested in the Aland charts. Is half price a correct offer ? With a negotiation on whose paying for the shipment to France ;-)

Happy new year.

Olivier
by OMarti
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak User Questionnaire
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Re: Kayak User Questionnaire

There is only one possible response for each question. For most of them, it has no meaning for me if I can't check several responses.

Olivier
by OMarti
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Paddle found on Claree, French Alps
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Paddle found on Claree, French Alps

Should I relay the info on french forums ??
by OMarti
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Re: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel

The broken RDF is close to the front hatch. So your method seems feasible. I'm not gone try anything before leaving for Corsica next Thursday, I've some time to think of it.

Thanks for your help.

Olivier
by OMarti
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Re: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel

As far as I can see, the RDF are little plastic plates that are glued. The glue broke. I guess you're right : asking Rockpool is a good idea. I've already interact with them when I need a certificate to matriculate my boat in France. Mike Webb help me very kindly and fast :-) But they will probably ...
by OMarti
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Broke deckline fixation on an Isel

Hi, I've broken one fixation of the deckline on the Rockpool Isel* of the wife, during a recovery training. As I've already seen that problem on a Rockpool, I have two questions : - How can I repair that ? - Do you have a suggestion to replace the present fixations with stronger ones ? Thanks for yo...
by OMarti
Wed May 15, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 4267

Re: New P&H model ?

This one : ?

by OMarti
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare disposal.
Replies: 10
Views: 808

Re: Flare disposal.

Ken_T wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:40 am
Hi,
Please do not set off parachute flares inland, they reach the ground still burning & have caused fires.
Ken
Yes, I was thinking of handheld flares only. Ken, thanks for this important correction.

Olivier
by OMarti
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare disposal.
Replies: 10
Views: 808

Re: Flare disposal.

Well, I cannot imagine that there is no possibility to exercise with any kind of security related material. It is mandatory to practice. But it might imply some booooooring administrative procedures :-((
by OMarti
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare disposal.
Replies: 10
Views: 808

Re: Flare disposal.

Hello, The French sailing school Les Glénans made an extensive test of old flares, some of them being 30 years old. It was when the authority, under pressure of flare makers, decided to limit the validity to 2 years, instead of 3 years at this time. The conclusion was that even 30 years old flares a...
by OMarti
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?
Replies: 6
Views: 1039

Re: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?

I use a laundry bag, like this one : https://www.decathlon.co.uk/laundry-bag-id_8505236.html. I have threaded a bungee inside along the sides, with a plastic carabiner at each corner. Recently, I've separated (seamed) the bag in two pockets. In one pocket I put my tow line, and some mess in the othe...
by OMarti
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Typhoon drysuits : technical data
Replies: 3
Views: 951

Typhoon drysuits : technical data

High everybody, I'm looking for some technical data about the Typhoon drysuits, made in TX4 fabric. What are the figures for respirability (in g/cm2/24h) and impermeability (in mm) ? I cannot find the information anywhere, and Typhoon does not seem wanting to answer my question (asked on their websi...
by OMarti
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 4063

Re: Sea kayak speed

On flat water, I really enjoy paddling a longer boat (19,5') than my sea boat (17'). On the shorter one I feel the limit. But my hull is more designed for rough sea and the 19' hull for speed. On small boats, you really feel the limit very soon. On flat water or calm sea the difference between 14,5'...
by OMarti
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 1331

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

My wife uses the Isel for several days trips. It's OK in summer. With winter clothes and winter sleeping bag it might be complicated.

The X-Cite which is almost a copy of the Alaw Bach is quite splashy. The flat shape near the bow is probably the reason.

Olivier
by OMarti
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 1331

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

My wife is 1m68 (5'6"), 54kg, size 38 (french size ~12 UK ?), and very happy of her Isel. She use it as light as possible on day trip, and for few day trips.

Found it second hand last year in Belgium :-)

Olivier
by OMarti
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1657

Re: Cooking with sea water

The various plimsoll lines on big boats are there to take into account difference on water density that comes more from temperature than from salinity, except in cold polar water. Generally sea water salinity is between 30 in Arctic waters and 40 permil. Could be lower near River mouth and higher in...
by OMarti
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1657

Re: Cooking with sea water

I used the 1:3 proportion for years on small sailboats. Is it an especially nice flavour? Could you tell a difference from water with sea salt added? I didn't make a review of the water I sail on, and cook with ... But I don't remember noticing any special taste. I don't do that to close from the s...
by OMarti
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1657

Re: Cooking with sea water

Grian wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:29 pm

ETA findings from elsewhere:
1:2 seawater/fresh for veg and 1:3 for pasta.
I used the 1:3 proportion for years on small sailboats.

Olivier
by OMarti
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 2919

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

I would really feel naked if I paddle without a PFD, ride the motorbike without a helmet or drive a car without a seatbelt ...

But in fact I do paddle a waveski without a PFD.

Olivier
by OMarti
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak categories
Replies: 19
Views: 1458

Re: Sea kayak categories

When a 'beginner' asks questions to choose a sea kayak, I feel comfortable to use some categories to describe the range of available kayaks, and help him to determine what will be his/her navigation program. I commonly use playboat (i.e. Dolphin, Cetus, ...), mixed (i.e. X-Cite), touring (Explorer, ...
by OMarti
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 4846

Re: Carrying flares

Boat less than 3m50 can not sail farther than 2nm of a safe harbour. All boats sailing above this distance should be registered, and carry some safety stuff: flare, VHF, pump or bucket, etc
by OMarti
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 4846

Re: Carrying flares

As France loves reglementation for any kind of activity , all vessel cruising at more than 2 nm of a harbour (any place safe to shore with the boat you're on) should carry 3 orange flares. We practice every year in my club (onshore). I don't know what rule applies when a British paddles in France wi...
by OMarti
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 5554

Re: Knives

I've got this : http://laboutique.snsm.org/securite/85- ... 30650.html

But never tried it ....

Olivier
by OMarti
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Where to surf on the Continent?
Replies: 5
Views: 1806

Re: Where to surf on the Continent?

3 famous places in Britanny :

- West coast of Quiberon, from St-Barbe to Penthièvre
- Grève de St-Michel, at Plestin-les-Grèves
- Le Dossen, at Santec

All crowded in summer. Should be OK in September.

Have a look at http://www.spotsurf.fr or https://www.surf-report.com/surf-info/france/

Olivier