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by davebrads
Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 or 45 degree feather
Replies: 13
Views: 1333

Re: 30 or 45 degree feather

Other things being equal, the motion of paddling is completely symmetrical, Except it isn't for the majority of paddlers. The usual technique involves a control hand that maintains its grip on the shaft while the other hand allows the shaft to rotate between strokes. The feather accommodates this r...
by davebrads
Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling playboat on river
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: Paddling playboat on river

Just another thing to add. Artificial courses are particularly unforgiving to edgy boats eg playboats and slalom boats. So you are really making it hard for yourself trying to learn how to paddle a playboat on Pinkston. If you can make some time to paddle it on a natural river to ease your way in.
by davebrads
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Watch this vid [but well away from tea and keyboard]...
Replies: 6
Views: 1133

Re: Watch this vid [but well away from tea and keyboard]...

DaveBland wrote:So European. It makes a compelling argument for Brexit.

Funny, I thought it made a great argument for Bremain! That's politics for you.
by davebrads
Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Adaptable Design
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Adaptable Design

The problem with all PE slalom boats is that they don't handle anything like composite boats, and up to now they have been far too big for junior paddlers. Consequently they have been useless for teaching kids and even battered old boats are better. This boat won't be cheap and decent secondhand boa...
by davebrads
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: England's Best Grade 3 river?
Replies: 24
Views: 2889

Re: England's Best Grade 3 river?

I was going to suggest the Lune too, because of the above but also because it is paddleable and still somewhat interesting even at reasonably low levels, whereas the Greta needs at least a minimum amount of water before it is worth bothering to get on. However the Greta only gives more as it gets hi...
by davebrads
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hardest unpaddled rapid in the Woorrrrrlld.....
Replies: 1
Views: 740

Re: Hardest unpaddled rapid in the Woorrrrrlld.....

How about the Monessie Gorge on the Spean, with the qualification that it must be running at least 5 pipes? The entrance fall may be death on a stick and therefore it may have to be excluded on that basis, but the stuff below looks crazy but maybe not impossible.
by davebrads
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst name for a boat?
Replies: 13
Views: 1078

Re: Worst name for a boat?

*mediocre Hillman (Chrysler) car
by davebrads
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst name for a boat?
Replies: 13
Views: 1078

Re: Worst name for a boat?

But the worst name ever must be the Dominatrix, difficult to top that one I would think
by davebrads
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst name for a boat?
Replies: 13
Views: 1078

Re: Worst name for a boat?

Chalky723 wrote:Pyranha "Machno"
I think it's quite nice that Pyranha are naming a boat after a N. Wales river.
by davebrads
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best white water boat you have ever paddled
Replies: 12
Views: 1795

Re: Best white water boat you have ever paddled

The I3. It was usable on white water up to quite a high level, and is fun enough to make smaller stuff interesting. Great in surf too. It does have its limitations for sure, I found them a couple of times running the wrong kind of river in the wrong kind of conditions, but maybe looking at this it w...
by davebrads
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HPP – on the scrounge...
Replies: 18
Views: 2060

Re: HPP – on the scrounge...

I doubt if you were shivering in today's temperatures, and the water won't have been much cooler either.
by davebrads
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5761

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Pyranha master (which I think they still make a variant of) is one of my all time hate boats, but again I don't think I ever did any WW in it. I liked it better than the Dancer, but that's not saying much, and it was my first plastic WW boat in which I ran a fair bit of grade 4 before I decided it ...
by davebrads
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5761

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Surely though fibreglass whitewater boats have been replaced by plastic boats because....well...the plastic ones are still around after 20years of use while the fibreglass ones...aren't. How many 20 year old plastic boats are still being used, I bet it's not that many. I guess mostly because people...
by davebrads
Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5761

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Disagree with Dancer, which was first good plastic boat. It was the only widely available plastic boat for a while, then it took a while for anyone to produce a half decent alternative. It was still rubbish. The fibreglass Olympic VI was a much better design and was probably over 10 years old by th...
by davebrads
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5761

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Gambler. +1 Mi335, hideous build quality, I think mine ha twice as much plastic on the left over the right. I never could get it to go in a strait line. I never paddled a Gambler but agree about the Mi335, in fact all the Mi boats were dreadful. I think they even made a copy of a Dancer and made it...
by davebrads
Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5761

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Probably the Pyranha Freestyle, but to be fair it was their first attempt at a plastic boat, and at least it wasn't as bad as the Perception Dancer so that must have been the worst. Except that boat was preceeded by the Mirage, almost exactly the same design but a couple of foot longer so maybe that...
by davebrads
Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck design rethink
Replies: 24
Views: 2097

Re: Spraydeck design rethink

How many boats do you have Jim? If you say that you have several boats with keeper footrests that must mean at least 3. If then most have bullkheads/solid foam I would say that means that at least twice as many have these, so let's say 6. As far as I know that you also have a C1, a WW spec boat and ...
by davebrads
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7514

Re: Lee Valley

Thames - yep, lots of weirs, identify one where it would be feasible to dig a WW channel..... Hmm, they are all either in heavily built up areas or very well to do areas where getting the land would be impossible I always thought that a great opportunity was missed when they constructed the Jubilee...
by davebrads
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck design rethink
Replies: 24
Views: 2097

Re: Spraydeck design rethink

Someone once told me that they were trapped on the bottom of the Gyr because their spraydeck loop snagged on something on the bottom of the river. They came off before it became life-threatening but gave them a scare anyway. I was also told that toggles on the spraydeck release were deprecated becau...
by davebrads
Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tyn Cornel for sale
Replies: 19
Views: 3772

Re: Tyn Cornel for sale

The campsite has new owners, Isi and Stu, and they are really nice people and very paddler friendly, Stu being a raft guide and paddler himself. The are maintaining the site to the same high standard as the previous owners, something that they could not be criticised for, but there are less signs :-)
by davebrads
Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7514

Re: Lee Valley

As a wider point I think that new ways of creating artificial courses needs to be thought out using gradients of rivers created by weirs for example. The reliance on pumps should be minimised, or at least decent ways of supplementing the power needed to power them need to be thought out. Imagine HP...
by davebrads
Mon May 23, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees - Abbey Rapids
Replies: 9
Views: 2521

Re: Tees - Abbey Rapids

And the Dee. In those days the Town Falls slalom was huge, and televised. The BCU should have used the power that gave us to sort out the problems on the Dee once and for all, but instead a highly restrictive access agreement was accepted just to preserve a couple of slaloms and a couple of river ra...
by davebrads
Mon May 16, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barrier across the Dee
Replies: 33
Views: 4654

Re: Barrier across the Dee

I really don't think that anything could be built across the Dee that would survive even an ordinary flood, never mind a stonking flood. It would collect debris and the pressure would be enormous, and if it didn't collapse it would turn into a dam and cause even more damage. I expect that the Welsh ...
by davebrads
Mon May 16, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barrier across the Dee
Replies: 33
Views: 4654

Barrier across the Dee

There has been a posting on the Waters of Wales Facebook discussion group regarding a letter from the Dee Valley Fishing Syndicate stating that they are going to build a barrier across the river Dee just downstream of the railway bridge, and threatening prosecution for trespass, aggrivated trespass ...
by davebrads
Thu May 05, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater paddle feather
Replies: 9
Views: 1532

Re: Whitewater paddle feather

Oh no, not another feather thread! There has been a lot of discussion over the years, and often it has got quite heated, do a search if you are interested. However despite the antagonism I think that we have learned quite a lot. I certainly have revised my opinion as a result, and this is what I cur...
by davebrads
Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Want a new job?
Replies: 4
Views: 1082

Want a new job?

British Canoeing is advertising for a Head of Coaching and Qualifications. It's well paid so hopefully they will get someone who can sort out the mess things have got into. https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/about/jobs/?utm_source=mailoutinteractive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Vacancy%20-%20...
by davebrads
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5145

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

But I do have one query... aren't 'leadership skills' part of what should be being coached to paddlers? It's not much use having all technical skills if you don't know how to apply them in a river trip setting. In which case, those skills are best [and arguably, can only be] taught by someone with ...
by davebrads
Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5145

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

This ^^ There is a strong argument that you don't even need to be a competent paddler to be a competent coach. I would add that I think it would be very difficult for most people to be able to coach skills when they haven't experienced them themselves especially when paddling relies so much on the f...
by davebrads
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5145

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

But the original topic was the "mythical Imaginary club coaching course" We have got a bit off topic haven't we :-) I think that there is a lot of confusion between a coach and a river leader, which is understandable as there are areas where the two cross over, and often the same people in a club a...
by davebrads
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5145

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

what this entire conversation has overlooked is that only as a BCU coach / 4* leader do you get liability insurance. Therefore, no qual = no insurance. This is not the true, and it has been discussed: In fact there are advantages of operating within a club. If you are leading a club trip then at le...