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by Beryl
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 19
Views: 505

Re: What is better J bars or v bars

With uprights you can double your carrying capacity simply by moving the bars to the centreline of the car.
by Beryl
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers
Replies: 21
Views: 896

Re: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers

One day I'd love to try Thermocline 4th element. A single layer is said to be equivalent to 2mm neoprene so a full suit plus separate bottoms & top could be worn in different combinations to cover a range of conditions. Double up for maximum warmth. Could easily add an ordinary kag on top for more ...
by Beryl
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 409

Re: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks

Cheap and light don’t go together with kayaks. Budget for a trolley to transport it and get one as long as you can. With the season ending you may get something like a Perception Freedom (13’) for that money.
by Beryl
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ears
Replies: 13
Views: 626

Re: Ears

I surfed for just eight years until I ran out of ‘puff an bottle’ in my mid fifties. Recently an ear blocked up with wax and was syringed. Nurse noted I had developed a marked restricted opening (surfers ear) Prior to this I had done no watersports or even much swimming bar the usual two weeks in th...
by Beryl
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

Is it glassed in one pass or are the hatch recesses done separately?
by Beryl
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

‘The recessed cockpit and hatches definitely add some complexity.‘ They are designed with a pre-cut kit in mind for sure. I thought originally of leaving them out and just using flush hatches but they probably add rigidity to the deck. The recessed cockpit should be handy for rolling, especially on ...
by Beryl
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

Coming on Nicely! That’s quite a demanding boat to cut out from sheets of ply. Having said that l really enjoyed that part of the boat building despite dreading it at first.
by Beryl
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 409
Views: 58141

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

“I’m getting a bit long in the tooth to be humphing it about!” I’m a 71 year old twelve stone weakling and regularly carry my Shrike in one hand fifty yards to the slipway. Having such a light boat makes a huge difference in so many ways. I would go as far as to say it will probably extend your kaya...
by Beryl
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea sickness issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1016

Re: sea sickness issues

If a little bit of sea is running are people more likely to get seasick in fog? Movement with no visual reference I’m thinking. As an aside, there is a post in the archives where someone found he had to concentrate on his compass base to stop himself slowly tipping to one side in fog. Caught between...
by Beryl
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers
Replies: 21
Views: 896

Re: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers

I’ve tried a lot of gear in my first two years and find conventional separates too lumpy in the middle for comfort. I’m very happy with a Typhoon Curve drysuit. I just pop off my shoes and jump in. The back zip is easy for one person to operate, unlike many other suits. For warmer days I use Forth E...
by Beryl
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which Greenland Paddle?
Replies: 47
Views: 5733

Re: Which Greenland Paddle?

This one cost ten pounds and was made out two pieces of builders timber. It’s a lot heavier than Cedar but gives a good idea whether they suit you or not.
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by Beryl
Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RYA SafeTRX
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Re: RYA SafeTRX

You setup Garmin ‘incident and detection’ which sends an emergency alert to up-to three recipients. It’s operated by one long hold on one of the watches’ buttons. No fumbling for or dropping of phone and isn’t affected by wet hands. Not all models have it.
by Beryl
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RYA SafeTRX
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Re: RYA SafeTRX

Reading this and other related threads it seems to me the weak points are the battery drain and physically using the mobile to make an emergency action. To address this I’ve gone for a S/h Garmin watch. Hopefully this will avoid a flat phone battery and allow a quick and reliable one press emergency...
by Beryl
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

Pete, I’m definitely up for that. I’m sure my Shrike will be there to entertain you at the same time! Now the Vortex has given me an idea of what I might be missing with current commercial boats I’m all for another super light S&G! Just put a final third coat of epoxy on the hull with extra thickene...
by Beryl
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

Do you think the thigh braces look a little skimpy? Just started paddling a Tiderace Vortex. The braces are huge and obtrusive but they give superb contact. Another ‘surfing’ kayak so may be relevant. For info got this email from Nick Schade with a view to building the PP in 3mm. “Hi Paul, That shou...
by Beryl
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg Problems...
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Skeg Problems...

Chris... Following your recommendation when I was building a skeg system for my plywood boat I bought this item and it has proved excellent as one can secure or release outer without tools. Andy... unbelievable that a jam fit should be original set-up! I assume if that is the case it might have at l...
by Beryl
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg Problems...
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Skeg Problems...

Here’s one. Recently acquired a Tiderace Vortex which was advertised with an unreliable/non-working skeg. The outer cable appears to just be a jammed fit into the black plastic sleeve at the slide box end. I’m thinking it must have had some sort of locking collar originally. Can anyone kindly confir...
by Beryl
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Tiderace Vortex for sale - now sold
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Tiderace Vortex for sale

huskytone65 wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:10 pm
Still available?
No, I picked it up today. Big thanks to NIck for meeting me part-way.
by Beryl
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Tiderace Vortex for sale - now sold
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Tiderace Vortex for sale

Hi. I’ll take that please. I’ve pm’ed you for extra photos and your address etc.
by Beryl
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

I chose this design as it is possible to use it on the water or easier to do so at least. I’m prepared to tolerate a little leakage for the convenience. I bought both six and eight inch hatches for the day hatch to try. So far the six inch item has proved suitable.
by Beryl
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

I’ve only had one as a day hatch on the Shrike for a few hours so can’t comment. Damn sight less irritating I can confirm!
by Beryl
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 409
Views: 58141

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

Damian, thanks, but I don’t do pristine: it takes too much maintenance! My ideal is, looks good if you don’t get too close. On that basis it’s a success. The deck is just three coats of tung oil, any mark/scuffs just disappear with the swipe of an oily rag. The hull is ten percent tint but put on ve...
by Beryl
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

Ebay. About ten day delivery from China if I recall. Called an eight inch hatch.
by Beryl
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

May well use something similar myself yet! Have you bought plans? They include versions for different hatch options. Double-checking whether a 3mm build is viable first. I’m still toying with building Nick Crowhurst’s Vember but the extra length when building without a garage is not something I’m o...
by Beryl
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 409
Views: 58141

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

Well there are eyes to dot and tees to cross but with such good weather the ‘Lockdown Shrike’ is spending some quality time on the water rather than the bench....


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by Beryl
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

They will look nice when fitted but I think I will save myself some grief by using a couple of these.... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/81267/1596307346170-9790.png 500g with screws and seal and about £15. Plenty of room for a day hatch then. It’s the only hatch on my Shrike and I’m f...
by Beryl
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted, Greenland kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: Wanted, Greenland kayak

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by Beryl
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted, Greenland kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: Wanted, Greenland kayak

I’ve one of these....
https://billthomasmaker.com/pages/willow-sea-kayak
Sort of Greenlandish. Hard chine, low decks, could carry a dead seal at a pinch. £350 and near Helston.
by Beryl
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Petrel Play SG
Replies: 78
Views: 2894

Re: Petrel Play SG

I wonder if the Petrel Play could be built in 3mm? I found the flimsy 3mm problematic at times when building the Shrike but all reservations fall away when you pick it up. To answer my own question I contacted Fyne Boats and they saw no reason it couldn’t be done in 3mm. I’m definitely up for build...