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by OMarti
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak User Questionnaire
Replies: 2
Views: 322

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: 284

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: 459

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: 459

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: 459

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: 2443

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: 587

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: 587

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: 587

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: 758

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: 667

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: 3000

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: 1118

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: 1118

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: 1543

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: 1543

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: 1543

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: 2511

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: 1368

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: 4065

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: 4065

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: 4091

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: 1003

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