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by steddyjames
Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Repairing an Old Town Discovery
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

Re: Repairing an Old Town Discovery

Sounds like I'll just take it to a canoe shop that does repairs. I guess the gaffer tape that's on there at the mo will have to do for a while longer.
by steddyjames
Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Repairing an Old Town Discovery
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

Re: Repairing an Old Town Discovery

The slit is half way up the bow of the boat so skid plates wouldn't protect it. It is out of water when on flat water so won't be exposed to repeated scraping on river beds or anything.

I'll check out song of the paddle, Google has failed me on finding anything about repairing old towns.
by steddyjames
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Repairing an Old Town Discovery
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

Repairing an Old Town Discovery

Soooo, my Old Town Discovery has a 2" split in the front. Any idea the best (ie. simplest) way to reparir it? It's only the outer layer, no visible damage on the inside.

Cheers
SJ
by steddyjames
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where do you store your boat(s)?
Replies: 29
Views: 2180

Re: Where do you store your boat(s)?

Same dilema in my last house so I built a shed with racks for everything (7 boards, 5 bikes but alas only 3 boats!). I'm now old and have sea kayaks as well but luckily I also now live on a farm with a barn attached to our cottage so the sea kayaks fit. ...anyway age is a wonderful thing......mortga...
by steddyjames
Wed May 25, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dagger Kingpin 6.2
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Re: Dagger Kingpin 6.2

I used to have a Kingpin 6.2 many moons ago and at 77kg (without kit) didn't have a problem with weight. I used it primarily for playboating at our local tidal spots but did run rivers in it as well. I wouldn't call it an introductory boat though, although an older design it's still a fine playboat....
by steddyjames
Mon May 09, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Last night's rain done anything??
Replies: 8
Views: 964

Re: Last night's rain done anything??

Jeez it's like a baby club...my 7 week old has slowed my paddling somewhat, but that's more to do with sleep deprivation and me wanting to spend every spare minute with my eyes closed. Although I've had some cracking surf session since she was born...much easier than trying to fit a river or sea pad...
by steddyjames
Thu May 05, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking oportunities - Rosmuck, Galway, Ireland
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: Kayaking oportunities - Rosmuck, Galway, Ireland

If you want tame but beautiful paddling go to Killary Harbour, starting somewhere near Lenane. No worry at all about swell or exposure but miles of fantastic paddling with hills all around. It's on the border between Mayo and Galway and a couple of good pubs in the village. There are no guidebooks f...
by steddyjames
Thu May 05, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking oportunities - Rosmuck, Galway, Ireland
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: Kayaking oportunities - Rosmuck, Galway, Ireland

There are endless sea kayaking opportunities in Co Galway (there are also endless places called Rosmuc). There is anything from trips out to the arran islands to sheltered bays to everything in between. Tides, there are up to 5M tides and the associated currents that go with it. This can cause fairl...
by steddyjames
Wed May 04, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What playboat for a beginner?
Replies: 13
Views: 2164

Re: What playboat for a beginner?

Maybe not to everyone's taste, but here we go. Learning in the smallest modern day kayak may not be best for your kayaking technique. It's entirely possible to flatwater cartwheel some pretty big boats by today's standards (Glide's, trixter's, etc.). So don't neccessarily go for the easiest boat to ...
by steddyjames
Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Royal Wedding
Replies: 42
Views: 2506

Re: Royal Wedding

I actually watched the wedding this morning. Fair play to them I reckon, it's great the country still celebrates this stuff.
by steddyjames
Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a 4x4 to get to rivers in BC?
Replies: 14
Views: 1222

Re: Do you need a 4x4 to get to rivers in BC?

We had a normal car (Crysler Sebring or something, god awful really) and for three weeks in Alberta and then BC it was fine. We had a few moments on some of the non-tarmaced roads but hey ho that's just part of the fun! We just used a handirack instead of roof bars. I'm sure a camper or RV would be ...
by steddyjames
Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe England/BCU - where is the love?
Replies: 94
Views: 4607

Re: Canoe England/BCU - where is the love?

If the BCU/CE didn't exist what impact would this have on British/English paddling?
by steddyjames
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Opinion / Review P&H Capella 167
Replies: 12
Views: 2044

Re: Opinion / Review P&H Capella 167

What do you want to know? How is it in wind, does it surf well, whats the new skeg system like, is it ok (big enough) for a 10 day self supported trip? Stuff like that really. Reading your blog most other ??ns are covered off and from previous P&H experience its hard to go wrong with them. Seems li...
by steddyjames
Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your thoughts on why we're uncool
Replies: 62
Views: 4872

Re: Your thoughts on why we're uncool

Am not quite sure what you are on about, even with a spray deck on, it looks quite cool http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/76901_456811372799_528037799_5669674_292288_n.jpg & that's without the boat and not even on the river.... http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5255/5418713415_d8fe332220_...
by steddyjames
Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone had problems with Virgin Airlines 23kg weight limit?
Replies: 11
Views: 1015

Re: Anyone had problems with Virgin Airlines 23kg weight lim

I've flown Virgin to San Fran a couple of times and found them excellent. Admittedly we only had board bags rather than boats but I don't recall them being weighed. It's getting a lot tougher to travel with kit now though. I had an issue with my mountain bike flying to the US mid-west because it had...
by steddyjames
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle Leash
Replies: 15
Views: 973

Re: Paddle Leash

I generally don't use one, but having said that I was paddling at night last Saturday and with the cloud cover/fog it was absolutely pitch black, we could only just make out the coast line which was pretty much just a dim shadow. Add in some swell and I did actually attach a leash in the theory that...
by steddyjames
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is purling?
Replies: 56
Views: 9585

Re: What is purling?

The effect will be more pronounced when airborne, here's me overcooking a boof slightly... http://archive.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/reports/ireland1.jpg Is that ennistymon in Clare? On the purling it's not neccessarily about simply moving body weight but rather having the correct body position that t...
by steddyjames
Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is purling?
Replies: 56
Views: 9585

Re: What is purling?

What happens when you lean back whilst surfing... presume this is retorical... however in my limited experience, when a Sea Kayak starts to purl if we are going to use that term, then by leaning back for a short moment the nose reappears and when you come back to a neutral body posiition you shoot ...
by steddyjames
Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ireland next week - any suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Ireland next week - any suggestions?

Unfortunately for you we are having a spell of really nice weather here in Ireland...ie. no rain. But the surf is due to pick up at the end of next week if you are still around. In Kerry you have some top class options for most swell and wind directions so you should get lucky.
by steddyjames
Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is this Surf Boat?
Replies: 23
Views: 2065

Re: What is this Surf Boat?

It's a Palm 'Northface Dagger' supplied by Cheltenham canoes I reckon ;-)
by steddyjames
Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Buying a dry suit or a boat
Replies: 26
Views: 1807

Re: Buying a dry suit or a boat

Boat, no question.

It's now March so a drysuit is going to be overkill in a few weeks anyway until next winter.....at which point they could have saved enough for one.
by steddyjames
Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waveski Mission Impossible
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: Waveski Mission Impossible

I've shaped and glassed a few of my own boards and it's much cheaper to buy a second hand one than go through all that just for one. I've never made a ski but I imagine it'll be a similar deal. If you skimp on the kit to shape and glass your own it'll just end up crap. You'll most likely make mistak...
by steddyjames
Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: play/river boat for surfing
Replies: 15
Views: 1516

Re: play/river boat for surfing

check out this thread about the supersport http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=55348 Long and fast enough, it surfs extremely well for a non-specialist boat and it should be possible to pick one up cheaply Hmmmm, back in the day Supersports were good but to be fair unless you'r...
by steddyjames
Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A video demonstrating why surfers (justifiably) hate us.
Replies: 66
Views: 6024

Re: A video demonstrating why surfers (justifiably) hate us.

Some surfers do have a massive chip and it comes from doing what you appear to be doing and assume that all kayakers are out of controll menaces just because some are. The reality is some paddlers are out of control pests but then so are some surfers. Denzil Being a board surfer as well as kayaker ...
by steddyjames
Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: play/river boat for surfing
Replies: 15
Views: 1516

Re: play/river boat for surfing

I used to have a Necky Switch which I really enjoyed surfing, but I'd probably find one of the older river running playboats that have fin boxes under the arse, maybe a trickster or something. Don't bother with the ones that have fin boxes right at the back, not really a great position.
by steddyjames
Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A video demonstrating why surfers (justifiably) hate us.
Replies: 66
Views: 6024

Re: A video demonstrating why surfers (justifiably) hate us.

It's a river, surf etiquette does not apply.......
by steddyjames
Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: swim on the lledr on saturday
Replies: 198
Views: 17157

Re: swim on the lledr on saturday

Nice Banzer, This is the age old arguement I used to have with climbers when I lived up north. I always thought climbing was waaaay more dangerous than boating whereas they thought the opposite. Always good banter but I could never change my mind and I'm sure the climbers are the same. Although som...
by steddyjames
Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: swim on the lledr on saturday
Replies: 198
Views: 17157

Re: swim on the lledr on saturday

Randy Fandango wrote:
Gavin. wrote:Your swim is nothing to swimming on this monster

Wow. Double wow. No -- treble wow!
Giles
Now THAT's pushing the boundaries!!!
by steddyjames
Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Oirish touring
Replies: 9
Views: 932

Re: Oirish touring

They admit they've failed to clarify the Access situation in the Republic, My experience since living in Ireland is that access is pretty much like England/Wales 10+ years ago on some rivers. In places paddling is closed from March to October and fisherfolk decide as and when people can paddle. Dif...
by steddyjames
Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: swim on the lledr on saturday
Replies: 198
Views: 17157

Re: swim on the lledr on saturday

One point about old climbers still pushing it... if you have a rope attached, you can attempt the world's hardest climb and you're not going to die. It's what the other end of the rope is attached to that's the problem. Leading hard climbs on trad can often invovles two things.....if you fall you'l...