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by Beryl
Sun May 31, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!
Replies: 12
Views: 479

Re: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!

Great info from PD and PG in this thread! The Peak Adventure isn’t a cheap suit so why the inferior ‘neoprene’ seals? I’ve recently tried both seals. Latex is awful if too tight and tricky to cut to size but once done isn’t uncomfortable. The neoprene hasn’t been for a dip yet but the neck always ro...
by Beryl
Thu May 14, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1408

Re: Boris says...

Just back from an evening paddle on the Fal estuary. This was a twenty-five mile round trip because I’m avoiding the sea at present despite only living a 100 metres from it. Just three miles down the coast from me a guy was rescued earlier in the day. The sea was flattish but with a strong offshore ...
by Beryl
Mon May 11, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1408

Re: Boris says...

I’m sticking to my local estuaries which are small and relatively benign. Was going to sneak a paddle early last Saturday but overslept...
by Beryl
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg slider cut-out...
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Skeg slider cut-out...

Thanks for the replies. The tube/wire/connectors are easy to source off eBay. I’ve used nylon air hose OD 6mm/ ID 4mm. 3mm stainless wire and 6mm compression joints used in caravan gas setups. To do two kayaks is £22. The glide box is very basic, half overflow tubing and a wooden ball from the colle...
by Beryl
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg slider cut-out...
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Skeg slider cut-out...

With too much time on my hands I decided to try to fashion something for my old kayak. I doubt it will be a keeper as I can’t think of a reliable way of creating the right amount of friction to hold the Skeg other than fully in or out. So working on the basis I will probably have to buy one, are the...
by Beryl
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 19
Views: 1883

Re: The ocean cockpit...

I’ve just cut my ocean cockpit for the Shrike, looks tiny! Plan is to ‘stick’ it onto my existing kayak (keyhole cockpit) and get a feel for any difficulties whilst safely afloat on my lawn. Interesting point about keyhole spraydecks above. I thought it was just my weak arms as i find it quite a cho...
by Beryl
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 329
Views: 53840

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

”Kevin from New York is a bi-lateral leg amputee. Friends have made him this elegant Shrike:”

Looks like a Shrike Too which would be an obvious choice given the disability. I believe some climbers have done well despite having no legs. I wonder how many have become enviable kayakers?
by Beryl
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1656

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

House has been neglected for twenty years so spending some time on that. Having a wooden kayak is a bonus. Repainted the hull and striped and revarnished the deck. House gets first dibs then a couple of hours on kayak related stuff is done with a clear conscience. Built a paddle float out of an old ...
by Beryl
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling across the Pentland Firth
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: Paddling across the Pentland Firth

An excellent hour. Not convinced that they exported their culture. Living on an island seems inherently defensive to me.
by Beryl
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Quick night light...
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Quick night light...

Sure it been done before but this takes a couple of minutes to be up and running. The ‘fins’ on the light are softish plastic that a thick sewing needle will pass through. I used linen thread to sew it to the hat. I tried the other night on a dark estuary and the gig boat out practising spotted me f...
by Beryl
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Anas Acuta - early 80s - better than new
Replies: 31
Views: 1445

Re: Anas Acuta - early 80s - better than new

Jon, Just had a look at your Flickr album. Worth more than the 44 views IMHO. What a beautiful boat! Been tempted by the AA if I wasn’t building the Shrike.
by Beryl
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 18
Views: 2015

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

Well, I asked the question, so here finally is my reply... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/81267/1583420442149-7016.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/81267/1583420442273-5965.png The deck bag is an old fishing bum bag from a good quality American angling firm, Fishpond....
by Beryl
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wild Ocean Race - Makai Cup
Replies: 8
Views: 515

Re: Wild Ocean Race - Makai Cup

Great stuff! Love the faint “Yeha” that just escaped the music on the way back....
by Beryl
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Finally - Got My P&H Cetus
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Finally - Got My P&H Cetus

“ it looks great in my living room ;-) ”

When my wife was still infatuated I used to keep a spare motorbike behind the sofa. Happy days! Currently in negotiations
about hanging my kayak from the kitchen ceiling whilst the epoxy cures. It’s not going well.....
by Beryl
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?
Replies: 16
Views: 1537

Re: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?

Pedro75 wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:03 pm
Cornwall canoes has them in stock
https://www.cornwall-canoes.co.uk/norse-sea-kayaks.htm

Maybe some of the other canoe shops group do too.
If you look at the details page it says they are for ‘pre-order, spring/summer’. They have no stock.
by Beryl
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Free tide tables
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: Free tide tables

Excellent! Sits conveniently on the back of a kitchen cabinet door for perusal with the first coffee of the day.
by Beryl
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 14
Views: 923

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

I didn’t realise there could be such a potentially high time lag with a PLB: assumed it was the same as my phone or SatNav. Well you would, wouldn’t you. Certainly worth knowing if you are awaiting assistance....
by Beryl
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit breathability
Replies: 13
Views: 1392

Re: Drysuit breathability

I’ve taken to wearing a manual lifejacket on occasion and find it doesn’t create condensation problems. However, this time of year I lean towards a BA for the warmth it offers. When I use a spraydeck I have one with the tunnel removed. This traps warmth in the cockpit without condensation in the mid...
by Beryl
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.
Replies: 14
Views: 2087

Re: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.

pathbrae wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:45 pm
The OP was December 2018 and the poster hasn't replied to any of the advice offered, nor have they posted anything else to the forum.....
Good read mind...
by Beryl
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 19
Views: 1883

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: 19
Views: 1883

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: 26
Views: 2458

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: 531

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: 10
Views: 1147

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: 329
Views: 53840

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: 1556

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: 3302

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: 1442

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: 18
Views: 2015

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: 573

Re: Reed dry cag for sale...

Cag now sold. Thanks for the interest.