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by Beryl
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: The ocean cockpit...

Interesting point, just printed out the plans for a Shrike build and I’m trying to make up my mind to build with either a keyhole or an ocean cockpit, leaning towards the later because it’s mainly being built to arse around rolling, but would it make it almost impossible to get into, so perhaps the...
by Beryl
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 9
Views: 482

The ocean cockpit...

Does anybody miss these now all general purpose kayaks seem to come with the keyhole style?
by Beryl
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 22
Views: 1286

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

Agree with Charleston14. However, most timber yards will allow to select your timber and finding a knot free 12’ length of four be one planed is not difficult and costs about a tenner. Cut the length of your paddle then split the remainder lengthwise and laminate to main plank. With a handsaw, chise...
by Beryl
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Tahe Marine Mini £480
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Tahe Marine Mini £480

I’d go for that but I think you are many miles from Cornwall. Newcastle or thereabouts?
by Beryl
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem
Replies: 9
Views: 705

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Have you pulled on the socks by pulling on the leg rather than the sock itself? Also, because of the right-angled nature of the foot, fabric socks need to be eased into and out of in two stages otherwise the seam of the sock will be stressed, especially if they are a good fit.
by Beryl
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 293
Views: 48950

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

Nick, I’ve been thinking at some point of trying a sail on my Shrike. Could you put up some thoughts on this? I’m thinking it’s easier to do any mods as I build the boat even if it’s just a simple reinforcing strut under the deck for the sail base. Thanks.
by Beryl
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Kayel Angmagssalik Restoration Project

That looks a treat! I may steal the Greenland paddle trap for my Shrike ;)
by Beryl
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 19
Views: 3051

Re: Gloves

Not mentioned until now is Sealskinz. I’ve recently got a pair of Helvellyn’s off the bay for £23 posted. Only two wet outings so far but dry and breathable. The material of the Palm is naturally grippy rather than something stuck on and the grip is effortless, something I don’t find with neoprene. ...
by Beryl
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?
Replies: 13
Views: 1257

Re: Lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? Thermoformed?

Another option to get to that weight is a wooden kayak. Mine is nearly eighteen feet expedition boat yet only weighs 19kgs. Also it only cost £350 off eBay. Problem is they aren’t common. Look up the ‘Shrike’ on this forum to get an idea of what’s possible. Like you I want something that is manageab...
by Beryl
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 16
Views: 1442

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

You might consider one of these https://northwater.com/products/underdeck-bag . Mine is the perfect size for me and doesn’t get in my way despite my long legs (Im 6ft 2) Interesting but I’m leery about having any sort of structure taking up that part of the cockpit. I keep an emergency paddle to on...
by Beryl
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Reed dry cag for sale...
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: Reed dry cag for sale...

Cag now sold. Thanks for the interest.
by Beryl
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Reed dry cag for sale...
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: Reed dry cag for sale...

Ringmaster.. would fit but not ideal.

Kpete... I’ll pm you.
by Beryl
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Reed dry cag for sale...
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Reed dry cag for sale...

Bought this off a member on here....

viewtopic.php?f=43&t=131564&p=818572&hilit=Reed#p818572

Now have their paddle suit and storm cag so this is not needed anymore.

£50 posted
by Beryl
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 16
Views: 1442

Deckbag and a simple BA?

Bit cheesed off with the price of BA’s that have enough pockets. Then, when you have filled them up they apparently make climbing back onboard quite difficult. I’d like to keep a whistle and my PLB on my person at all times but the rest can go in a deck bag I’m thinking. Haven’t tried one yet so loo...
by Beryl
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 1338

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

Just started using a Greenland paddle. Pottering causes water to runs all over your hands, but once you get a decent cadence there seems to be no problem with drips. Bit of a radical solution mind :)
by Beryl
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 293
Views: 48950

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

On the subject of leash to attach kayaker to boat... I’ve been worrying this as most places on the Shrike are only 3mm thick. You could use the Masik I suppose but that puts the safety cord in your lap with possibility of entanglement. I’m thinking a solution might be an external cord attached to th...
by Beryl
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 293
Views: 48950

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

Can you use the paddlers weight to calculate where the Shrike will sit in the water? At 160lbs I’m planning a 95% starting point, then trim the boat down whilst keeping my size 9 feet un-squeezed. I like the look of low freeboard but perhaps not quite as much as Mikko!
by Beryl
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?
Replies: 56
Views: 7225

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

I’m fresh to kayaking and by a happy accident found myself with two within a month of starting properly this year. SOT is a 13’ Perception Freedom; SINK is a ‘stitch an glue’ Bill Thomas Willow. I enjoy the latter most as it’s more demanding and therefore holds my interest more. But it’s a relief at...
by Beryl
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 293
Views: 48950

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

Has anyone tried home-built hatches just secured with an internal bungee? I can imagine problems but they look very slick I have to say....

https://youtu.be/kg7QfGQL1zk
by Beryl
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Video - Old Blokes Having Fun - Gazza, Rob & The Don paddle Nadgee.
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: Video - Old Blokes Having Fun - Gazza, Rob & The Don paddle Nadgee.

Bump! For anyone that missed this little gem....
by Beryl
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition Kayaks Podcast
Replies: 12
Views: 1563

Re: Expedition Kayaks Podcast

Just enjoyed the North Reef episode. Nicely put together: thanks.
by Beryl
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 1177

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Hi Peter. I came across paddling on the chine very quickly! When I first got the boat I was expecting to swan along swiftly and gracefully, and to be fair it does it so in tranquil conditions. However my small estuary at Gweek conjures up all sorts of winds most of the time with its many side creeks...
by Beryl
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 1177

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Hi. Thanks for the useful advise. I’ve made up a seat out of a Lidl camping mat that gets me closer to the bottom of the boat, nicely tight across the hips and a slim pillar back support. It looks awful but customising the fit of itself has made me more at ease in the kayak. I’ve made up a couple of...
by Beryl
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 15
Views: 1788

Re: Starting from scratch

Welcome to the starting line, I’m on it too! On clothing, I’ve a good quality ‘dry’ two piece suit in which both items have an elasticated second waist which you roll together to give a reasonably waterproof outfit.Bought off eBay secondhand it gives you a lot of flexibility, especially now the weat...
by Beryl
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 1177

Weighting a kayak...

Hi. I’m on my first sit-in and am finding it over-lively in confused estuary chop. This is stopping me familiarising and gaining confidence as quickly as I’d like. Would some small waterproof sand bags be worth experimenting with? The boat is called the Willow. I’m 160lbs. Thanks in advance. https:/...
by Beryl
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Reed Aquatherm dry cag top for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Reed Aquatherm dry cag top for sale

Hi, have mailed you on this. Cheers paul
by Beryl
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1243

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Wetsuits are a remarkably cheap and efficient way of keeping warm. When I used to surf, a 5/3 suit would suffice the whole year in sunny cornwall. Despite the many available alternatives now. I would still keep some sort of wetsuit as a base layer, even if just 0.5mm and in a two-piece. I use plain ...
by Beryl
Fri May 03, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tasty hatch!
Replies: 7
Views: 877

Re: Tasty hatch!

Demo... surely that’s a day hatch just behind the cockpit? Yes it is Neall’s boat I’m referring to. Just by way of explanation, I was going to build the shrike this summer but a Bill Thomas Willow came up locally so I’ve taken the route of least resistance. It doesn’t have a day hatch however and th...
by Beryl
Thu May 02, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tasty hatch!
Replies: 7
Views: 877

Tasty hatch!

Could anyone kindly identify the manufacturer?

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/u ... 8-2384.png
by Beryl
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 293
Views: 48950

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

Just joined the forum on the basis on this inspirational thread. I read all the pages yesterday and most of them again today. Two blokes, a dad and son get an idea in their heads and it goes global. Easy enough today,; you just click on ‘like’, But with this you have to build a very long sea kayak o...