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by John Goldhurst
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck for Rockpool Isel? Oh, and a flask.
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Deck for Rockpool Isel? Oh, and a flask.

I own a Isel. Snap Dragon EXP series is what I use good fit even with extended rolling sessions. For size you want to get it (medium long) (ML) is there code

http://www.snapdragondesign.com/products/
by John Goldhurst
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto
Replies: 8
Views: 531

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

As mentioned by (on the Rocks) the selling point for the RockPool boats were the adjustable seat and foot plate. You really do get a custom fit. I was trying to decide between the Pilgrim Expedition and the Isel. I went for the Isel and very happy with it. Just returned from a week in Maine you have...
by John Goldhurst
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1198

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

Simon64 I couldn't agree more. See I don’t buy no need to advertise or update web sites. Honestly who dosent want more sales or customers? Here’s the bigger problem. High end composite sea kayaks are I niche, small market to begin with and that market is getting smaller every year. I live 50 miles f...
by John Goldhurst
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1098

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

I doubt it. However using one sure makes things quieter with highway driving and less work with unexpected rainstorms.
by John Goldhurst
Wed May 22, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit design balancing hip rotation and bracing
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: Cockpit design balancing hip rotation and bracing

Where are you Located ? You are going to need to demo before deciding.
by John Goldhurst
Fri May 03, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS for sea kayaking
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: GPS for sea kayaking

I have been using the Garmin 78sc for the last few years. All the features you could want and holds up well in salt water too.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/63603
by John Goldhurst
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Re: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling

Another alternative is the kokatat Endurance semi Dry Suit.
I have mine for four years and its holding up very well.

https://kokatat.com/product/gore-tex-en ... uit-dsugen
by John Goldhurst
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Alaw Bach and Isel Deck Height
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Alaw Bach and Isel Deck Height

I second reaching out to RockPool directly. I own a Isel and have paddled the Alaw Bach often. Regardless demo both boats. I know a few folks who’s thighs are too big for the Isel. It’s all about fit. If you are in the states Sea Kayak Connecticut, US distributor can help too. https://www.seakayakct...
by John Goldhurst
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat height?
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Seat height?

Well the seat height in my Isel is the lowest of any boat I have paddled.its a good thing! One thing to experiment with is seat position fore and aft. I moved mine a little forward to connect better with the thigh braces and easier for lay back rolls.
Have a great first paddle!
by John Goldhurst
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Sirona 16.1 RM - fit?
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: Valley Sirona 16.1 RM - fit?

Hi there Disco Kayak I think you and I have learned the same lesson. Its all about fit when we get into the high end of sea kayaks. The Tiderace Xcite is a (best kayak in the world) class boat and on my short list for years. I was looking to upgrade from a MV boat my tried and true Impex Currituck. ...
by John Goldhurst
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 1127

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

I own the Isel. Male 170 lbs. , 5.9 and 32 inch waste. I only do day trips no camping.
I fit in the Isel fine as well as the Alaw Bach. Cockpit size and seats are the same. The Isel is a lowered deck, low volume boat.

John
by John Goldhurst
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Re: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?

Hi there The secondary stability (on edge) is very easy to find on the Isel and stable. This is due to it being a hard chine hull in the cockpit area. The Pilgrim has more of a softer chine. I too found that the Pilgrim was harder to hold a edge and was twitchy in finding that sweet spot. Good luck ...
by John Goldhurst
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Re: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?

Pilgrim vs Isel Hi I have demoed the Pilgrim many times. And I have owned the Isel for six months.The difference for me was the sitting position. The Pilgrim has raised knee bumps that didn’t fit me well. My Isel also has a foot plate that I find more comfortable than pegs. I am 5.9 165 pounds Both ...