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by mcgruff
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 274
Views: 42426

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

In a rough water capsize and wet exit, a single fitting would need to be strong enough to take a shock loading of the paddler's weight. For hammock suspension, the rule is to use cord etc rated at least x5 the person's body weight to cover shock loading & any weakening from knots or splices. Presum...
by mcgruff
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Has anyone heard of an epic 16 cruiser touring kayak?
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: Has anyone heard of an epic 16 cruiser touring kayak?

I guess this is a surf-ski hybrid design with similar lines to the 16X? Sounds like a very nice boat.
by mcgruff
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Has anyone heard of an epic 16 cruiser touring kayak?
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: Has anyone heard of an epic 16 cruiser touring kayak?

Many would argue rudders allow for more efficient paddling, at least for racing or long distances. You can concentrate on laying down the power with a clean, even stroke and use the rudder to make small corrections to stay on course.
by mcgruff
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 603

Re: Off side roll

It's often said we have five senses but that's not true. We also have a sense of kinaesthesia/proprioception: the sense of position & movement of our limbs and body. This is obviously fundamental to all sports. Except maybe darts. I can't offer any advice on rolling specifically but, in general yoga...
by mcgruff
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Converting to a 3-piece Kayak - PART I^
Replies: 15
Views: 5172

Re: Converting to a 3-piece Kayak - PART I^

But we do appreciate them and your posts :)
by mcgruff
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kuiu - Woohoo!
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Kuiu - Woohoo!

Just discovered Kuiu ("kooyoo") outdoors gear, in particular their modular rucsac system: https://www.kuiu.com/global/shop/packs/ The rucsacs are designed to carry very heavy loads and, by all accounts, do that very comfortably. What's really interesting is that the modular system can be taken apart...
by mcgruff
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 274
Views: 42426

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

Thanks :) That makes sense.
by mcgruff
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 274
Views: 42426

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

Do longer, pointy ends influence the way the boat handles (ie in waves - rest of the time they're not in contact with water) or are they more about aesthetics?
by mcgruff
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 531

Re: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak

Maybe ocean swell forecasts (longer wavelengths) could help plan the next surf day - assuming you're near an open stretch of coast. Local knowledge of the way conditions interact with the coastline will be key.
by mcgruff
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scotland hostelries?
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Scotland hostelries?

Portree - Raasay (Raasay House Hotel) - Broadford - Plockton - Strathcarron perhaps? I know you can wild camp near the Strathcarron Hotel - follow the river up a little way - but you'd have to investigate possible camp sites at the other locations. Could also look at Gareloch - Torridon - Applecross...
by mcgruff
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heading north...
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Re: Heading north...

Thanks Chris. I'd post a whole lot more about this amazing adventure if folk were interested, but I can see that I have been hugely eclipsed by a query about towing eyes. Apologies :( I assumed the full story was on Facebook but a long time ago I stopped using it - even before all the Cambridge Ana...
by mcgruff
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto

To make the choice even harder.. there's also the Epic range. They've got 16ft and 18t kayaks similar to the Taran and also the V6 with a surf ski cockpit. If you're keen to learn kayaking skills like rolling, or if you just like a sit-inside cockpit, the V6 won't be for you. On the plus side, it's ...
by mcgruff
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 274
Views: 42426

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

Aha! A rolling version.

Was wondering how I could ask why it's so low in the water without casting aspersions towards the paddler..
by mcgruff
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2332

Re: New P&H model ?

Does the kayak cockpit have any plus points or do you think it would be better with an open surf ski cockpit?
by mcgruff
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?
Replies: 9
Views: 448

Re: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?

A tuiliq could be another option.

Especially when you want to stop for a nice nap.


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by mcgruff
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak

I once tried paddling a similar two-person kayak on my own. Completely uncontrollable on the windy days I had it out in. It took huge effort to keep the bow into the wind. Downwind was even worse. The combined effect of the wind and some furious paddling to try to keep the bow pointing the right way...
by mcgruff
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA/Life jacket advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: BA/Life jacket advice.

Cold water shock : If you're wearing a drysuit or wetsuit, or if you swim regularly in cold water, cold water shock might be manageable. If not, I wouldn't expect a 100% success rate in finding and pulling the cord on a self-inflating lifejacket while you're being zapped with what feels like a 10,0...
by mcgruff
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Etain FOUND at Sound of Iona - SEARCH FOR OWNER
Replies: 2
Views: 759

Re: Valley Etain FOUND at Sound of Iona - SEARCH FOR OWNER

A very sad tale. I don't suppose we'll ever find out what happened.
by mcgruff
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner, what are my options?
Replies: 19
Views: 761

Re: Beginner, what are my options?

The hard chine Greenland hull design has low initial stability. It will feel quite wobbly until you get used to it. However, the secondary stability is good. You'll tip over so far until the point where you're trying to push a lot of air (in the hull) under water and then you can lean against that -...
by mcgruff
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner, what are my options?
Replies: 19
Views: 761

Re: Beginner, what are my options?

Stitch & glue looks like an easy way to build your own kayak. I'd base the hull size on your body size & amount of gear you need to carry. I don't think shrinking it down to 14ft would work. If it's built in sections a full-size boat won't be a problem to store or transport. If you can cope with str...
by mcgruff
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?
Replies: 56
Views: 6284

Re: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?

And there's also the V6 with a front hatch creating 170l storage capacity in a fast hull to compete with sit-inside touring sea kayaks. My own SINK v SOT theory is that Greenland's kayak builders arrived at sit-inside designs because of limitations of materials and clothing and of course the challen...
by mcgruff
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 16
Views: 1072

Re: Impatient.... help!

On the subject of weight loss, swimming & cycling are good ways to burn up fat with relatively low impact on your joints (compared to jogging eg). On a hilly 2.5hr ride yesterday I must have burned off almost 2,000kcal. When people talk about the benefits of cycling they'll mention cardiovascular fi...
by mcgruff
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Hard chine designs are known for low initial stability but good secondary stability. The low initial stability can make them feel unstable & precarious but it also has a positive side in that it also makes the boat respond less to chop coming from the side (once you're used to handling it). You migh...
by mcgruff
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pembrokeshire family kayaking?
Replies: 9
Views: 629

Re: Pembrokeshire family kayaking?

Cold water can be much more dangerous than people sometimes realise. http://www.ussartf.org/cold_water_survival.htm It's even worse for children. A higher surface area to body mass ratio means they lose heat more quickly than adults. The following article about the Gareloch tragedy in 2012 isn't qui...
by mcgruff
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1024

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

@mcgruff. Rule #1 don't get seperated from the boat! Swimming is never an option. Certainly not in some of the west coast tidal streams. With a deckless ski reentry should be practiced until bombproof. If you doubt your ability to maibtain contact then get a leash and start to use it before things ...
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1024

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Apologies to the OP :) Maybe a mod could move this to a new topic? Thanks. Yes a solo trip and, hopefully, the adventure of a lifetime. My roll is very good for the first 180 degrees ;) However, I'm finding it hard to look beyond a surf-ski hybrid like the Epic V6 so that won't be an issue. There ar...
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1024

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

I'm planning an extended tour of the West of Scotland, Outer Hebrides etc. There would be lots of times when I'm much further than that offshore. I think I need to have a plan for the worst case of losing the boat ie get out of the water before you die of hypothermia, one way or another. Swimming ma...
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

I doubt it. With two kayaks on the roof, you won't be driving at high speed.

Probably the way you drive has a much bigger impact: accelerating gently, driving smoothly & anticipating your moves in the road ahead.
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1024

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Do you think you could double up two layers of thermocline? If it wasn't "summer use only" it looks like the ideal fabric. Easy to look after. Breathable. Most importantly you can swim in it. My emergency planning is focussed on getting out of cold water as fast as possible. Wouldn't like to try swi...
by mcgruff
Mon May 13, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 854

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

Another interesting IPX8 torch is the Thrunite TH10 v2. It's got a more focussed beam with a massive 300m throw (according to specs). A wider beam might be more useful in caves but a long throw can add a really important safety factor if you're navigating in the dark, at sea or on land. It can be th...