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by ChrisJK
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SoT with sit-in performance
Replies: 19
Views: 400

Re: SoT with sit-in performance

Hi CeeGee I noted that you were on the Shrike thread. Did you build one? There appeared to be a couple of folks who lived in a warmer climate than the UK and constructed SOT versions. I liked the look of the SOT's which I think P4ddy has just bought from the point of view of having a console (knee g...
by ChrisJK
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Volan Impressions & Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: P&H Volan Impressions & Experience

An interesting post as I am building a Shrike which is in all likelihood longer,lighter and faster than my P&H Capella (square hatch) it's also likely to be more manouvreable and quite probably a tad tippy'r What has also taken my attention is FB which I refuse to join. Obviously we all value privac...
by ChrisJK
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 767

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

This is all very educative but is the Op following and possibly to little avail if the problem is with the son's musculular skeletal structure. Seeing has the OP posted in sea kayaking one assumes that's the principal type of paddling.. As a newbie it's not always easy to relax but it is a key ingre...
by ChrisJK
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing bulkheads in plastic kayak
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: Replacing bulkheads in plastic kayak

I have an old Capella and found a bulkhead leaked slightly so I used an appropriate bathroom sealant or similar and it has generally worked.
by ChrisJK
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Float and flash VHF radio disaster?
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Float and flash VHF radio disaster?

Carry belt and braces. I have the slightly maligned HX300 which is probablly value for money , I got it pretty wet in my inflatable on an inland water way but it didn't draw attention to itself. It's also done several sea trips. I always carry my ancient iphone in an Aquapac and when funds allow I w...
by ChrisJK
Sun May 30, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak delivery?
Replies: 7
Views: 590

Re: Kayak delivery?

You could possibly build a Shrike with no taxes involved.
by ChrisJK
Sun May 30, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transporting sit-in kayaks
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Transporting sit-in kayaks

I guess some these issues and answers will depend on the op's wife's height and general strength. Plus how high the vehicle is and how important it is to avoid scratches to car paintwork. I have a battered Expert van which is pretty high so I need a short ladder to put the straps in first and then u...
by ChrisJK
Sat May 29, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 20
Views: 1470

Re: Walrus sightings in Pembroke

Perhaps Wally could be trained to clear pacific oysters and American crayfish. I hope he survives.
by ChrisJK
Sat May 29, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 20
Views: 1470

Re: Walrus sightings in Pembroke

According to the Times today. Our Walrus has gone south to Les Sables-d'Olonne on the French coast.
by ChrisJK
Wed May 26, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 767
Views: 71238

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

Building a Vember is a way off for me. My Shrike build is ticking along slowly. I have found strong nylon fishing line helpful at points and stiched a section of keel that was giving me grief before using CA glue. some ties will remain till I have filleted and taped it as I understand that nylon is ...
by ChrisJK
Sat May 22, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1036

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

I was on a paddle today and in the group of 14 I think 4 were Dam X
I'd not absorbed the existence of the make till reading this thread.
by ChrisJK
Fri May 21, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1036

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

Thanks. Perhaps an Illustration of the saying "Yer pays yer money Yer takes yer choice"!
by ChrisJK
Wed May 19, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1036

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

I find the Peak thermal rashy top and leggings comfortable.
by ChrisJK
Tue May 18, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1036

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

I bought a Typhoon dry suit second hand for £25.00 It has a spray deck tuck bit as you describe. It was of course well used and had some flaws which I have repaired. It has a shoulder zip which can be sealed solo but can be a struggle. I think whatever suit you buy one weak point will be the neck an...
by ChrisJK
Sun May 16, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2888

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Thanks Chris that's an interesting point, a bit like WW canoeists fill most space with air bags. Would that be an option in a kayak cockpit as long as they were properly secured and wet exit isn't hindered? Or is Minicell foam a better method. It's not a paddle float but a perhaps a way to float whe...
by ChrisJK
Sun May 16, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2888

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Thanks OTR I have yet to attempt a re-entry roll with a Greenland paddle but the loom is self registered. I slid out of my Capella when I tried it in the pool with a Euro blade so I have padded it out and may need to augment that. For Seawolf I recently spent the night on one of those self inflating...
by ChrisJK
Sat May 15, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio vs plb
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: VHF radio vs plb

Hi LRB125 I have been going through this process and have gone for radio first with PLB next on the listI Bear in mind that licences are needed for both but they can be obtained free from Ofcom. The Radio technically should be used when you have done the necessary course which can be done at a centr...
by ChrisJK
Wed May 12, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2888

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: 78
Views: 2888

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: 767
Views: 71238

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: 463

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: 463

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: 78
Views: 2888

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: 1918

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: 1918

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: 1918

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: 1918

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: 1918

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: 1918

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: 1918

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...