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by eskapist
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack
Replies: 15
Views: 736

Re: Carrying a composite kayak on roofrack

Secondly, the instructions for my (Thule) bars require them for long loads, and in the event of an accident, it's possible that failing to follow the instructions might be considered to invalidate my insurance. Chris Bolton's concerns about any insurance issues can also apply to the location of the...
by eskapist
Mon Sep 27, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79322

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

Thanks for that Nick, I don't know why I missed the full post---- must slow down 🙃
Because I'm light and not in the first flush of youthful fitness any more and want to try out a sail, I'm going to build in dual skegs on my Shrike LV build which will start next month.
Vember is nearing completion!
by eskapist
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79322

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

Nick, while this thread is focused on the interaction between wind and skeg, I recall that in an earlier post you mentioned that you fitted a bow skeg and so wonder if you can comment on it's effectiveness and location. Looking at the picture it might be about 1.5 MTRS from the bow?
Trevor
by eskapist
Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79322

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

Thanks for the tip Nick! As well as using the peel ply I'll see if I can get a bit of some polyester felt that is laid on top to soak up excess resin. I've seen this used by a laminator somewhere but can't recall what it's called. As you know, I could afford to have extra weight in this project, but...
by eskapist
Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79322

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

Yes indeed Nick a very pretty shape, due more to the talents and experience of the designer than to my building techniques!! After tacking bracing strips across each bay I carefully lifted the shell and held it while on the scales which shows that the bare Paulownia shell weighs 3.38 kg. Safely back...
by eskapist
Mon Sep 06, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79322

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

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/81926/1630934869747-0228.png Okay it's not a Shrike but her more curvaceous little sister which I hope isn't highjacking the thread! 12 days after the first strip was laid I've removed the clamps and started planing off the gnarly bits ready for s thoro...
by eskapist
Mon Sep 06, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79322

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

Yes Daryl, that's the place. Pumps were extra, I've not tried a different brand. 3 ltr is a good size to get. I only ever use slow or medium which suits my solo building in a cool workshop. Nick makes a good point about using pumps, you must use a full stroke of each one to get the correct proportio...
by eskapist
Mon Sep 06, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 979
Views: 79322

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

daryl, a big plus 1 for MAS LV , I've used it exclusively on my last 4 builds and I consider it the best that's available in UK. It cures well with no blush, wets out any cloth and tapes, serves well as a finish coat and has low odour and for a little bit more comes with pretty accurate and reliable...
by eskapist
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 28
Views: 5395

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

A chap recently posted on Facebook about how he made a gp out of a 2x4 from b&q ..it would’ve cost peanuts. A western red cedar blank bought online is probably going to cost around £130 ..less at a local sawmill.. if they sell it. but for a first attempt some folks use plain old construction timber...
by eskapist
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Age range, beat this?
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Re: Age range, beat this?

Well done Jason 👍. Definitely not me, I'm just a mere 75 and I doubt that having a baby is my 50 year old daughter's New Year resolution 😄😆😂🤣
Trev.
by eskapist
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Type of Glue for different boat issues
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: Best Type of Glue for different boat issues

Hi kayakbiker, your boat is most likely to be HDPE, which is notoriously difficult to get a good bond, and the decals most likely are vinyl with acrylic adhesive, so I suggest using 3M 468 Transfer Tape. Gently peel back a little more decal, clean both surfaces, especially the decal which quite like...
by eskapist
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1836

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Although I have no experience of paddling a tandem kayak yet,( it's still being built ), my wife and I have been canoeing and riding a tandem bike for many years, and since the very first outing on either we've never had any disagreement nor problems. I think that this is because each has absolute t...
by eskapist
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 1293

Re: Permit etc

Perhaps the most worrying aspect of someone posing such questions is that all the information is easily accessible to anyone who has access to the internet, and if the enquirer cannot be bothered to search for themselves, then possibly they should stay firmly on dry land!
by eskapist
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Security marking PE kayaks?
Replies: 7
Views: 867

Re: Security marking PE kayaks?

Yellerbelly wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:03 am

I wouldn't want to put my postcode on a boat as then the thief knows where you live and you'll probably buy a replacement. And one day you'll probably sell it. These boats could exist after our death.
Very good point !
by eskapist
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Security marking PE kayaks?
Replies: 7
Views: 867

Re: Security marking PE kayaks?

Whilst there are some highly aggressive industrial fluids which will etch PE, these aren't available retail. If I had a similar boat I would mark it by writing name/postcode/logo etc using the hot tip of a soldering iron preferably in an area of 'lesser' structural importance, perhaps somewhere like...
by eskapist
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norfolk Broads Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Norfolk Broads Advice

The best and first thing to do is to buy a copy of "Norfolk Broads Canoe & Kayak Guide" by Steve Maloney, you can get this from Amazon. This book will tell you all you need to know about put-ins, slips, parking on all of the rivers and broads. Second, look at the official Norfolk Broads website, ple...

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