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by ChrisJK
Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1025
Views: 81619

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

Adventureagent The minimum space needed Is something like 18ft by say 4ft preferably covered but I have managed with a mixture of inside and outside construction with the boat at present living diagonally resting on a trailer holding a ride on mower and another smaller trailer in front of that. Time...
by ChrisJK
Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: P&H Virgo lost on Loch Shiel
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: P&H Virgo lost on Loch Shiel

Hi Layne
Your name was familiar so I checked back to the thread regarding advice and Greenland paddles. By the look of it you've only owned the Virgo for a year. I hope you locate it but was it insured?
by ChrisJK
Fri Nov 19, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pacing.
Replies: 22
Views: 968

Re: Pacing.

Slightly tongue in cheek but is there a metronome for kayakers!? Runners often listen to tunes to assist in their rythm. I was with a couple of much more experienced paddlers playing round the island between the bridges on the Menai straight when unexpectedly this tune titled 'Flotten' (floating) ht...
by ChrisJK
Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pacing.
Replies: 22
Views: 968

Re: Pacing.

I think the op mostly wants to travel distance at a moderate pace and would like to know how best to do that.
I would reckon easy breathing and general fitness might play a part.
by ChrisJK
Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1025
Views: 81619

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

Thanks Eskapist. That's interesting, I thought you might live in a country where Paulownia was produced but I now have no excuse if I were thinking of building a Vember. However I think I would need a better space to build it than I have at present. I spotted condensation forming on the deck in the ...
by ChrisJK
Sat Nov 13, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1025
Views: 81619

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

Thanks Escapist that looks a good boat. That build cost is lower than that of a few costings of Shrikes. Where did you get the Paulownia from? I include a link to Fyne boat kits for comparison as this is considerably more expensive by the look of it https://www.fyneboatkits.co.uk/supplies/wood/paulo...
by ChrisJK
Sat Nov 13, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pacing.
Replies: 22
Views: 968

Re: Pacing.

I might get shot at from some quarters but as Chris has mentioned using smaller blades, I have found Greenland paddles which have longer and thinner blades to be helpful. I think that I use a slower cadence than quite a few paddlers I go with but move at the same speed unless it is a racing sprint w...
by ChrisJK
Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Portuguese Man o' War - Wirral
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Portuguese Man o' War - Wirral

Info

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_man_o%27_war

Interesting that they are colonies
by ChrisJK
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1025
Views: 81619

The joy of customising

I took a shine to an Ocean cockpit as shown in an earlier post but I found from trying one supporting the boat on a couple of ton sacks filled with other ton sacks that I could well come a cropper when afloat . So I worked at enlarging till I was happy which basically ended up as a keyhole. I have r...
by ChrisJK
Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shed for kayak storage
Replies: 15
Views: 628

Re: Shed for kayak storage

I like that idea!
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by ChrisJK
Fri Nov 05, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shed for kayak storage
Replies: 15
Views: 628

Re: Shed for kayak storage

I Guess if space allows the brackets could be at shoulder height with some sort of bar extension to allow levering the boat up as on a roof rack with a sturdy lean to canopy over it would be one solution. The kayak could be bagged for UV protection. Where is the prevailing wind/sunlight coming from ...
by ChrisJK
Wed Nov 03, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1025
Views: 81619

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

Perhaps the sentence is meant to mean " significant loss of weight with little loss of strength but..."? please clarify Simon. I'd be lost with out the help of screws. I suspect bending and clamping a triangular section might be a tad challenging. I used Paulownia for my sheer clamps which upped the...
by ChrisJK
Sun Oct 31, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov
Replies: 33
Views: 1159

Re: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov

Thanks Chris
Unfortunately tomorrow is the guillotine to slice out the incompetence of Sir This or That or Mp for X or Y
by ChrisJK
Sun Oct 31, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov
Replies: 33
Views: 1159

Re: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov

Thanks Chris Have you not personally seen absolute idiots setting out in insane conditions with equipment that might be safe to a skilled user but possibly lethal to those you see eg "There are people who could safely paddle a bathtub at sea. Then there are those who just don't have the skills and k...
by ChrisJK
Sat Oct 30, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov
Replies: 33
Views: 1159

Re: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov

I am following this thread and can see it could theoretically affect me. However anything can be dangerous, whether it has storage compartments and motorised or not. There are some total pratts on surf boards who shave their way through other surfers,body boarders and swiimmers but they won't be inc...
by ChrisJK
Fri Oct 29, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you stow your pump?
Replies: 37
Views: 1058

Re: How do you stow your pump?

Thanks Owen and Mac. Today I went out overdressed with a pump whilst joining a paid for trip on pretty calm water. I took the opportunity to talk to the coach about edging in the Scorpio I was paddling. The advice was helpful with the caveat that not all kayaks respond in the same way. Ahead of us t...
by ChrisJK
Thu Oct 28, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you stow your pump?
Replies: 37
Views: 1058

Re: How do you stow your pump?

Ok Thanks Chris.
I will work on my rolling and staying upright and perhaps two manual pumps one in and one on deck might be a consideration.
by ChrisJK
Thu Oct 28, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 32
Views: 2443

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

I said I would report back. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/83110/1635454448090-8270.png Where am i? https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/83110/1635454569382-3693.png The view https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/83110/1635454799981-1949.png Perhaps as a half way hous...
by ChrisJK
Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you stow your pump?
Replies: 37
Views: 1058

Re: How do you stow your pump?

Thanks for those comments. Yes I am roll averse and have been working on support strokes. In the short time I have been a club member I have seen folks come and go who learnt to roll but hadn't a clue as to staying upright in real conditions. A while back I sauntered out crosswise into a 4-5kn strea...
by ChrisJK
Wed Oct 27, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you stow your pump?
Replies: 37
Views: 1058

Re: How do you stow your pump?

This is surely why I as a newbie read the posts to help accelerate learning. As an apprentice I am more likely to need rescuing than to rescue but you never know. One thing I am certain of is that most of my kayak should be inaccessible to water with water tight bulkheads and airbags in case of eith...
by ChrisJK
Tue Oct 26, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Canoe, sea kayak or sit on top?
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Canoe, sea kayak or sit on top?

I have found over my last 4 years of paddling that kayaking is an absorbing sport/pastime plus being a little expensive but with a careful eye suitable economic options can be found. Including self build designs. I find that as you go along one needs horses for courses. I started with a good quality...
by ChrisJK
Tue Oct 26, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you stow your pump?
Replies: 37
Views: 1058

Re: How do you stow your pump?

I live a sheltered life and have only used my pump in the pool or a calm bay practise so never in a crisis situation. I have never seen anything like the whale. Thinking about the bellows idea.could one of those bellows airbed pumps work if a draw in tube was screwed into the inhale valve? How heavy...
by ChrisJK
Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you stow your pump?
Replies: 37
Views: 1058

Re: How do you stow your pump?

Thanks for this. I will be looking to ways to store my pump within the cockpit on my Capella and Shrike. For the former at present on the foredeck it gets in the way af paddling and for the latter I wish deck lashings to be minimal. I figure if I actually need a pump it just needs to be secure and I...
by ChrisJK
Sun Oct 24, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DRUMHEAD MATERIAL
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: DRUMHEAD MATERIAL

Hi Chris I have made a couple of hatch covers for transit and canal paddles using the material cut from those ton sand/aggregate bags and used grab adhesive to hold a channel for thin shock cord. i did also make a cockpit cover but I think I lost that somewhere. The hatch covers aren't that pretty b...
by ChrisJK
Sat Oct 23, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 32
Views: 2443

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

Perhaps a slight ramble : I went to the Camping and Caravan exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham nearly two years ago when people dying in China from some virus was just a whisper. I had a sweaty moment when I nearly parted with £500 for a Fenix 5 but bearing in mind I had a year earlier bought a sea...
by ChrisJK
Sat Oct 23, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1025
Views: 81619

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

If this is Argyle Kayaks you are speaking of the main lady has been unwell so patience/perseverance may be needed. I bought the whole kit kayak sport skeg assembly including skeg,box,wire and slider as it was just £2.00 more than the Karitek 'Shrike kit' see my recent posts and they are included amo...
by ChrisJK
Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 32
Views: 2443

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

I just looked at the Garmin 2 https://www.techradar.com/uk/reviews/garmin-swim-2 It states it has GPS tracking but that might just show you where you went when you got home on Garmin connect. Which leads to my question in that I have no smart watch but if I had one which had GPS I presume in a Mayda...
by ChrisJK
Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1025
Views: 81619

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

Thanks all. It is probably a number of factors with the coat possibly not being fully cured I may also have got the proportions and mixing slightly wrong but have generally got on ok with this epoxy. I talked to Phil at Fyne boat kits where I bought the epoxy from as they use it all the time with no...
by ChrisJK
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 32
Views: 2443

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

I nearly bought a Fenix 5 and then thought hey there are other things I could spend £500 on but Ioved my donated Garmin Swim which was specific to swimming which was a regular activity pre Covid. However yes one would expect a gps watch would be able to tell you where you are. A mobile phone can do ...
by ChrisJK
Sun Oct 17, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 1025
Views: 81619

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

Thanks Chris. think I mixed the epoxy at the right proportions and I have spent an hour or so sanding the whole boat and was thankful I had bought that orbital sander and a pack of P120 disks.. The stuff was mostly powdery with a few waxy spots so possibly those washes were not in vain. So yes it it...

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