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by ChrisJK
Wed May 12, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

What like a sort of self-righting paddle airbag ?!
by ChrisJK
Sat May 08, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

I think this discussion does hi-light the probability that not all kayakers can roll their way out of trouble. For myself I can't get myself round the mechanics of rolling whether from scratch or from reentry. The stage that coaches seem to skip is how to 'shadow roll' ie upright and breathing air s...
by ChrisJK
Fri May 07, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 759
Views: 70171

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

I can't totally envisage what you have done but It looks just like the sort of thing I fear I will do at some point.
There are aspects of solving a 3D puzzle in building a boat but that is possibly why we've got hooked.
by ChrisJK
Mon May 03, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Peanmeanach

I am a gardener and was aware of a bothy as a gardener's shed well before I ever head of it's use as a travellers refuge. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bothy#:~:text=A%20bothy%20is%20a%20basic,to%20use%20free%20of%20charge.&text=These%2C%20such%20as%20Bothan%20E%C3%B2rapaidh,an%20old%20hut%20or%20ca...
by ChrisJK
Mon May 03, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Peanmeanach

For Canadians a Bothy is also a gardener or estate worker's accommodation.
by ChrisJK
Sun May 02, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

A Shrike is a bird that uses a tool to catch it's food. We do so much more than that but we are always inventing and then improving new ways of doing all sorts of activities. It was was once thought we would be foolish to fly but what was that sketch of a proto parachute in the drawings of Leonardo ...
by ChrisJK
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

This is a great thread and illustrates that we all learn at different speeds in which, age, height,weight and general fitness etc may or may not play a part . I appreciate 'on the rocks' post as a succinct round up of the possible learning curve but cost may well also be a factor to consider. It mig...
by ChrisJK
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

Hi Mac
Thanks I'll be over a hundred feet it takes me that long.
For point 2 I'm building a Shrike so that may help skill level.
I hope the OP is following this stuff
by ChrisJK
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

Mac your post makes no sense to me are you assisting the initial question?
by ChrisJK
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

I'm four years into paddling and as yet I've not learnt to roll, I'd like to but Covid bounced it on a year. I have however learnt the basics. So is one a beginner until you can roll? I think the OP probably would wish to stay upright at all costs. Maybe a round bottom hull to start with and decent ...
by ChrisJK
Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

That's all very well but as I learnt there can be overconfidence in ones abilities.Particularly in swimming poorly outfitted in reasonably calm but cold water. I suspect that many contributors have years of experience and many techniques are second nature. Starting from scratch for the OP how does o...
by ChrisJK
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

Ha Ha that is why I included "careful" I have had some close calls with Barnacles. The said inflatable is a Gumotex Solar which got me into kayaking and canoeing in the first place and I've now had it for 4 years without puncture. One of the described paddles included my adult son his petite wife as...
by ChrisJK
Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

Pride can precede a fall. Today was a beautiful sunny day. I met family members on the Welsh coast and had an hour or two paddling in my inflatable sauntering around close to the shore and careful rock hopping. No mishaps. I was mindful of this thread so I took a short swim in what I had been paddli...
by ChrisJK
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

So what exactly is a Troll?
by ChrisJK
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

Sorry I'm not covered in warts and live under a bridge and shout "Trip trap; I'm going to eat you all up" There may be a reason why call outs to the RNLI are up 60%. I have learnt through limited experience that there is more to sea-craft than meets the eye. Folks really don't think that what is san...
by ChrisJK
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

I am not sure if I'd have taken up kayaking if I couldn't have been able to swim up to a mile in a wet suit in open water. I haven't swum for over a year due to Covid but I would hope some of the muscle memory is still there. So first technique swim along a beach in water just deep enough to swim in...
by ChrisJK
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

If you join a club they may well have members with just the right boat at the right price at the right time and won't rip you off.
by ChrisJK
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Helmet question
Replies: 5
Views: 288

Re: Helmet question

Hi I travelled down the Spey in an open boat wearing a cycle helmet when necessary but saw it wasn't the best. So in invested in a mid range helmet. That piece of coast by Solva is great for rock hopping and looking into caves where you could possibly bang your head if picked up by swell. I'd take s...
by ChrisJK
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Solo safety and caution
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Solo safety and caution

"Always three when out at sea" was something a swimming teacher said to me a couple of years ago. Sound advice even if two of those three are on land but know where you are and what you intend to do and approximate return time. I've been paddling for about 3 years and done some solo trips at sea but...
by ChrisJK
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Angmagssalik
Replies: 5
Views: 527

Re: Angmagssalik

I looked up the boat and found this https://www.flickr.com/photos/camwader_ ... 823799526/
by ChrisJK
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 759
Views: 70171

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

Oisin thanks that is an interesting point. Orange was a colour I was considering for the lower half of my build when I get to that stage for the reason that you allude to that if my boat is upside down I just might want it to be visible to would be rescuers but where can one purchase a marine class ...
by ChrisJK
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 759
Views: 70171

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

Thank you. Yes it is also a little thick and unwieldy so I'll keep it for the purpose intended perhaps snip a bit off for a test as a possible gap filler.
Fyne do have tough cloth rub strips for bow/ stern. The graphite powder appears to be a tint as the info says it has no anti fouling qualities.
by ChrisJK
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 759
Views: 70171

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

After a basic check the main material for fire blankets appears to be fibreglass. Take that as you wish.
by ChrisJK
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 759
Views: 70171

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

Thank for this food for thought.
Mm I had not thought of asbestos so until I find out what the fire blanket is made of I'll keep it in my van for emergency.
Fyne sell graphite powder that's why I asked but I need some more disposables so I may ask them.
by ChrisJK
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Walrus sightings in Pembroke

The plot got lost for me somewhere about the mention of a barrister and a dog. However on canals and rivers it is almost impossible not to disturb wildlife, what with ducks playing injured and flapping for distances before adeptly flying back over ones head or kingfishers flitting along to the end o...
by ChrisJK
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 759
Views: 70171

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

This keel strip discussion is food for thought. I am well away from these niceties as I have only just taped my panel strips together and am working through some issues in that stage. However I salvaged an uncovered fire blanket the other day which is presumably made of Kevlar judging by the weight....
by ChrisJK
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing kayak seat with foam
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: Replacing kayak seat with foam

Hi Stuart That is a tad extreme. I have an original roto seat in my Capella to which i attached a thin layer of salvaged floor insulation foam but some foam roll mat would have done the same job of making it more comfortable. I'm never one to extract original features until I know what is going to b...
by ChrisJK
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement Hatch Covers For Wilderness Tarpon 130t
Replies: 30
Views: 798

Re: Replacement Hatch Covers For Wilderness Tarpon 130t

Depending on how perished the covers are you could try using stormsure glue. I have extended the life of my square hatch covers on my Capella. I do have spares as they are no longer being produced but this fix has staved off needing to use them. Remember to put the Stormsure in the freezer if you do...
by ChrisJK
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boat choices
Replies: 32
Views: 1469

Re: New boat choices

I do enjoy these threads that weave about and educate. Three years ago I snapped up what was described to me as a beginners kayak and it is over 16' with a flat bottomed hull and a wideish beam, it is also probably meant for a paddler larger than me but will probably perform at it's best if loaded f...