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by Dave Manby
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: VW T4 convertion
Replies: 23
Views: 3063

Re: VW T4 convertion

I can't emphasise this enough. When insulating a metal box you have to remember that any moisture - from your breath, wet kayaking gear etc. - will condense when it hit the cold metal and turn fibreglass to a soggy mess, also the water will run to the bottom and if there is no drainage just sit ther...
by Dave Manby
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Everest Kayak Expedition On BBC 4 Saturday 28th Dec At 22:00
Replies: 81
Views: 7683

Re: Everest Kayak Expedition On BBC 4 Saturday 28th Dec At 22:00

Can you get Kodak 16mm developed these days? I've got 7 reels of Kodachrome slide film that I can't get developed! Last time I looked someone had worked out how to develop it to B&W prints at c.£1.00 a slide. £36 to find out what the picture are like? I think not.
by Dave Manby
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Everest Kayak Expedition On BBC 4 Saturday 28th Dec At 22:00
Replies: 81
Views: 7683

Re: Everest Kayak Expedition On BBC 4 Saturday 28th Dec At 22:00

Spoke to Chris tonight and he's happy for you to try and sell it on E-bay but they ain't worth much these days!
by Dave Manby
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Everest Kayak Expedition On BBC 4 Saturday 28th Dec At 22:00
Replies: 81
Views: 7683

Re: Everest Kayak Expedition On BBC 4 Saturday 28th Dec At 22:00

Have you a photo of the camera? Chris organised and filmed the 1st British expedition to the Grand Canyon, a trip down the Marsyandi, pulled out of going with Mike Jones on the original Blue Nile expedition.
by Dave Manby
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: french alps snow levals
Replies: 10
Views: 1211

Re: french alps snow levals

Snowing in the French Alps last weekend so don't count chickens yet!
by Dave Manby
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EJ resigns
Replies: 18
Views: 2364

Re: EJ resigns

Kayaks are far too cheap these days to allow the manufacturer enough profit margin to re-invest in the development of new boats, new fittings, events, sales support etc. You can argue as much as you like about the rate of inflation but kayaks are far better now-a-days: the plastic is better the fitt...
by Dave Manby
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Age range, beat this?
Replies: 4
Views: 950

Re: Age range, beat this?

Took me 73 year old dad and my 3 year old nephew down the Coruh in rafts and double a topo 15 years ago.
by Dave Manby
Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canyon Gear (boat bags) - sad news & opportunity
Replies: 6
Views: 2001

Re: Canyon Gear (boat bags) - sad news & opportunity

Allan just told me that Jeff passed away today. A combination of sadness and relief for Delia.
by Dave Manby
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 32
Views: 3530

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

We sat in our kayaks on the Severn waiting for the Bore to come through at around 11.00pm. At about 12.30 we paddled into shore to discover the Bore had been passed us but there had been no wave.
by Dave Manby
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WERNER SIDEKICK STRAIGHT GLASS PADDLE, 30deg feather, 195cm
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: WERNER SIDEKICK STRAIGHT GLASS PADDLE, 30deg feather, 195cm

I'm interested - any chance of you delivering it to Mile End climbing wall (Haverfield Rd, London E3 5BE) for me to pick up later?
by Dave Manby
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Dee in a Day
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: The Dee in a Day

It has been done from Bala to Chester in a day in a kayak and in an open double canoe but both were done when the river was HIGH which it certainly isn't at the moment!
by Dave Manby
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Dee in a Day
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: The Dee in a Day

From Trevor (Pontyscyllite aqueduct) to Chester is easy paddling. There is Trevor Rocks rapids just upstream of the aqueduct and Newbridge rapid a few miles below which are easy class 2 rapids. Below this there are two weirs Erbistock and another which should be portaged probably. Once below the wei...
by Dave Manby
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 177
Views: 61263

Re: History of Slalom boats

SL7 also had knee bubbles if I recall correctly.
by Dave Manby
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wilderness gentle paddling with mountains?
Replies: 8
Views: 1156

Re: Wilderness gentle paddling with mountains?

Euphrates Erzican to Ilic. Stunning trip. Fly to Erzican spend a night in town shopping for food etc. taxi to Alp launch down the river for four to five days get out at Ilic and get bus taxi back to Erzican. The train no longer runs. pm me for details. THY fly boats and inflatable kayaks would be go...
by Dave Manby
Thu May 23, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chile or Costa Rica
Replies: 6
Views: 900

Re: Chile or Costa Rica

Ecuador everything Costa Rica has but closer together. OK no Caribbean beaches. Chile is none too cheap
by Dave Manby
Thu May 09, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking holyday to Idaho
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: Kayaking holyday to Idaho

Boats on internal flights are pretty much a no no so unless you can get routed all the way to Boise(?) be careful. Also many Idaho rivers are permit rivers: Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, Locksau (sp?) etc. Hiring boats in Idaho is easy, reasonable and common.
by Dave Manby
Sun May 05, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 15
Views: 3332

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

I don't know about the 9R:2 but years ago I paddled the Burn mk1 own the Yusufei gorge section of the Coruh and then took the Burn mk2 down the same section. It was almost enough of a different boat to maybe warrant a different name except it looked so similar. The main improvement in the mk2 was th...
by Dave Manby
Wed May 01, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 1654

Re: When where who?

John MacLeod posted this on the UK Canoe Slalom Results page on Facebook: " Maurice made possibly the earliest fibreglass boat in UK called 'Maid of St.Helens' laid up over a skin/lath kayak. 20kg at least 💪 maybe 1961 - always contributing to the next way forward."
by Dave Manby
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 1654

Re: When where who?

by Dave Manby
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 1654

Re: When where who?

When, where and who was the first person to make plastic kayaks? 1st plastic kayak made by Robin Witter of ACE in 1976 Chester. Graham Mackereth, Robin and Rodney Witter invested in developing the idea. Graham pulled out as it was eating money. The Witters persevered and we had one for the training ...
by Dave Manby
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1882

Re: White Water London HELP

Emigrate to Wales!
by Dave Manby
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ian Beecroft - a tribute page
Replies: 60
Views: 16888

Re: Ian Beecroft - a tribute page

Jonathon your post popped up on my screen whilst I'm battling spreadsheets and recalcitrant printers and brought a smile and a tear to my face: a smile because an image of Ian with that look in his eye "this is worth the effort" when a scheme came to fruition and a tear because every so often I see ...
by Dave Manby
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting to India with a boat
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Getting to India with a boat

Jet fly boats. Well they did in 2017 and I haven't heard otherwise.
by Dave Manby
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?
Replies: 8
Views: 1081

Re: How many boats fit in a jumbo van?

You can get to wales in a mini. (Better joke if spoken)
by Dave Manby
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere
Replies: 5
Views: 771

Re: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere

Euphrates Kemah or Alp to Ilic and get the train back stunning trip. Fly to Erzican
by Dave Manby
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 1906

Re: Church Beck

I have never put a probe next to a glass Topo - I only had a glass double Topo Sorry only had a plastic single topo I've lost my glass double topo in rasta colours lent it to my brother who lent it on and he's lost touch with them so if anyone sees a red green and yellow double topolino let me know!
by Dave Manby
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: courier or ayr kayak pick up
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: courier or ayr kayak pick up

I'll be up that way in June and can get it down to Llangollen - I think depends if I go in the van or Fiesta!
by Dave Manby
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 1906

Re: Church Beck

I have never put a probe next to a glass Topo - I only had a glass double Topo
by Dave Manby
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 1906

Re: Church Beck

Pioneered by lakes paddling legend Richard Evans. Certainly ran everything he published. Mostly in prijon probe or latterly an RPM. Anyone ticked all his becks? The probe was from eurokayak. The Probe was a prototype for the plastic version of the Topolino - they basically got the shrinkcage wrong ...