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by mrcharly
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates

The electric Whales are less prone to blocking than the manual pumps (they have a better intake filter for starters).
What sensor did you use? Float sensors are used on boats, but they usually require a cm of water at least.
by mrcharly
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates

I'm familiar with the pump type and have refurbed them a few times (used to live on a sailing barge).

They are generally reliable but very vulnerable to getting something stuck in one of the flap valves. Even a bit of hair is enough to disrupt the suction and prevent them pulling up water.
by mrcharly
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates

lol I used to crew for some fast people in multi-day river races in Australia. They had electric pumps back then (over 30 years ago). Saved on stopping paddling when they needed to pee.
by mrcharly
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates
Replies: 16
Views: 473

Re: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates

OK, thanks. That is useful input.

If I get the boat I might look at converting the place taken up by the pump into a day hatch.
by mrcharly
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates
Replies: 16
Views: 473

behind-cockpit pumps vs separates

I'm considering an older 80s boat that has a pump mounted on the aft deck, just behind the cockpit. Although a high-capacity pump would be useful if spraydeck leaks, or I swim and have to re-enter, I'm not sure the utility outweighs the inconvenience. The pump handle looks like a major snag hazzard ...
by mrcharly
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Prijon Barracuda - first (sea) boat
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: Prijon Barracuda - first (sea) boat

All a moot point; I didn't win the ebay auction.

The reviews are universal in saying that a rudder must be fitted or the boat will weathercock.

Tippiness . . . The boat I paddle on flat water now has a max waterline width of about 15"
by mrcharly
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Prijon Barracuda - first (sea) boat
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: Prijon Barracuda - first (sea) boat

It is the PE boat.

Fittings look in good condition, decklines a bit tatty.

Hatches and bulkheads watertight
by mrcharly
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Prijon Barracuda - first (sea) boat
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Prijon Barracuda - first (sea) boat

I'm experienced at paddling racing K1 (currently own a CleaverX). Looking for a boat to paddle in Scottish sea lochs. The only sea kayak I've paddled was a P&H Scorpio. Felt ok, but a bit solid and lacked any oomph. There is a Prijon Barracuda for sale, probably will go for under £500. would that be...
by mrcharly
Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 17
Views: 746

Re: Long swim.

I recently read Southern Exposure which is about a solo circumnavigation of the South Island of New Zealand. Despite paddling routinely outrageous seas, what really freaked the author out was being caught in an off-shore wind. Note also that the author of that book, Chris Duff, is a former US Navy ...
by mrcharly
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 17
Views: 746

Re: Long swim.

You have to wonder if he had lost his paddle, or he kept capsizing.
by mrcharly
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 19
Views: 1818

Re: new from British Canoeing

For club trips I guess it is down to the individual clubs to self police the competency of their leaders. Clubs carry some responsibility for any official club trip. For a club to be able to confidently state to insurers (absolutely vital in the event of an incident), they have to be able to prove ...
by mrcharly
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 20
Views: 746

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Ah - if you are crossing a channel, then you really have to give way to all vessels making passage along the channel. You should also cross at right angles.
by mrcharly
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 20
Views: 746

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Always aim to pass behind any vessel. The 'rights of way' have an overriding rule; give way to vessels constrained by their ability to maneuver. Yachts are constrained by draft and wind - a yacht going upwind can tack easily, if they are heading downwind, not so much (a slam gybe can take the riggin...
by mrcharly
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Complete 'Newbie' from Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: Complete 'Newbie' from Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Best thing is the find a local club - you will be able to borrow gear, get advice, people to paddle with. Scarborough has a club https://webcollect.org.uk/sdcc
by mrcharly
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?
Replies: 17
Views: 528

Re: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?

I don't think the actual incident was much fun. He said he was feeding at the zoo, pushed meat through bars but it fell too close to the bar. Although instructions were to never put part of body into enclosure, he was young, foolish and thought he could grab the meat before the tiger could reach him...
by mrcharly
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?
Replies: 17
Views: 528

Re: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?

Thanks for all your generous advice. I feel very encouraged ! Hoping to give it a go later this month and try some of it out. Oh and just to add I have pretty much had to give up my favourite sport, cycling, due to the injury, so it is exciting to think I may be able to start something new. I used ...
by mrcharly
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17^
Replies: 69
Views: 21725

Re: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17^

FSK’s -Taran, really good all round. Training/exped/downwind/fast -Pace 18. Not really an exped boat, fast on flatter and calm conditions. Really good training boat -Pace 17. A friendly FSK, not the fastest but pretty accommodating -SKUK Quantum. Stable and fast with a beam of wind and good into wi...
by mrcharly
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks

It is very difficult to give you recommendations for using a kayak when we don't know you competency in other areas.

You say you've paddled twice. How good a swimmer are you?
I'd hope that you intend to wear a PFD (buoyancy aid)
by mrcharly
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?
Replies: 17
Views: 528

Re: Arm Disability: Is It Possible To Kayak With One Elbow Straight?

You mentioned that your grip is weak. Firstly (I am not a physio, so take this with a pinch of salt), I recommend that you do your physio exercises. Lightly, gently, and multiple times a day. I've recovered from very nasty accidents (one where they told me I probably wouldn't regain full use of 3 fi...
by mrcharly
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to sea & touring
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Re: New to sea & touring

I echo the suggestion to join a club, but for a different reason to the ones given.

Most clubs have a variety of boats that you can use and borrow.

That enables you to very cheaply try out different types, models of boat. Much cheaper than buying something finding it isnt what you want
by mrcharly
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nelo C-Trek - any experience?
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: Nelo C-Trek - any experience?

Kirton had a model with the same name but considerably more expensive than the Nelo version.

Nelo's race boats are expensive, so I don't know how the C-Trek works out cheaper (it is more complex with more fittings).
by mrcharly
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nelo C-Trek - any experience?
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Nelo C-Trek - any experience?

does anyone have any experience of the Nelo C-Trek?
https://www.nelo.eu/product/c-trek/

Seems a bit of a bargain, I'm not sure what the catch is. Given Nelo's pedigree, I guess it is more of a fast-paddler's boat than a stable tourer.
by mrcharly
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Portage technique for K1 Marathon
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: Portage technique for K1 Marathon

I could give you lots of tips on what NOT to do! Main things to avoid: Falling out. Getting caught outside of other boats (either sprint ahead and get a clear spot or take a rest and recover and get a clear spot). 'turning round' to pick up your boat. When you step out of the boat, step out facing i...
by mrcharly
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Blazing bum, batman!
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Blazing bum, batman!

So, yesterday I stepped up my time and distance by a big jump and went out for 2.5hours (previous paddles have been 1.5hours, max, and those have been training sessions with mixed pace). After 1.5hours in the boat my glutes were very, very painful. I was desperate to get back to the portage. On top ...
by mrcharly
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions

If you grip it tight and control the angle, that when you have the problem that you need to know what angle it's at! That's exactly my reflex; the vast bulk of my paddling a K1 in the past was in fast-flowing rivers or choppy water. So being able to control blade angle to water, quickly switch driv...
by mrcharly
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions

I'm only having trouble when 'having a wobble' and I want to use the paddle for support, mid-stroke. Since you paddled K1 before, I guess you must have developed the reflex for supporting off a (nearly vertical) paddle during the stroke. I would re-learn that before going further with wings - I wou...
by mrcharly
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions

Your point is taken - when making a driving stroke. I'm only having trouble when 'having a wobble' and I want to use the paddle for support, mid-stroke. I guess the answer is "don't wobble". For now, I've solved that problem by going back to the beginner boats, figuring it is better to have good pad...
by mrcharly
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Tor vs marsport Epsilon / Raven
Replies: 3
Views: 1039

Re: Tor vs marsport Epsilon / Raven

I've tried an epsilon and a Tor. The Epsilon feels more stable than the Tor to me. That makes sense, since I'm close to 80kg in my clothes and the Tor has a weight limit of 80kg (according to the purple paddler stability guide), compared to the 100kg limit for the Epsilon. There was no secondary sta...
by mrcharly
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Returning to paddling K1 after 30year gap - some questions

I used to paddle K1 in Australia 30 years ago, mostly in 10km races and down river races. Back then, boats were all trapezoidal decks (min width requirement, no concave surfaces) and wing paddles were not around. Joined a local club (Cambridge) and had a go with wing paddles in a couple of beginner ...