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by Aled
Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Record attempt...
Replies: 3
Views: 561

Record attempt...

is drawing closer...

http://www.paddlefaroes.com/
by Aled
Sat May 09, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stolen: Tiderace Xcite: RETURNED!
Replies: 16
Views: 3062

Re: Stolen: Tiderace Xcite: RETURNED!

'Thank you' too all for your support, Xcite XC078EC21 has now been returned! The boat had been left abandoned on the grass in between a few other boats at the end of the Anglesey Symposium week. Thanks go to Nigel Dennis for spotting it and returning it. The Police have been 'round to 'close the cas...
by Aled
Mon May 04, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stolen: Tiderace Xcite: RETURNED!
Replies: 16
Views: 3062

Stolen: Tiderace Xcite: RETURNED!

Stolen: Tiderace Xcite Taken from my parents' back garden in Four Mile Bridge, Holyhead, Sunday night, 26/04/09. Colour: All white (hull, deck, seat + rim, bulkheads), Kevlar 10mm outside seam, black ropes and elastics + hatch rims Construction: Full Carbon (the inside is all black, chequer-board cl...
by Aled
Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: White Decks
Replies: 29
Views: 2845

Re: White Decks

Personally, I'm a big fan of an all-white boat. Deck glare has never been a problem, especially when compared to sunlight reflecting off waves/ripples all around.
by Aled
Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore_s - replacing a Sirius
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Anders,

PM sent...
by Aled
Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: dry suits
Replies: 17
Views: 1418

I do paddle solo quite often, hence the dilema. Does a front zip cause too much bulk under a neoprene deck? In short, no. You are more likely to feel the top of the zip in front of your right shoulder when the suit's new to you, but after a few minutes of wearing the suit you'll ever notice it agai...
by Aled
Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Strip built kayaks
Replies: 33
Views: 5467

Looking forward to seeing your KF design! Especially pics of the 1/8 model...
by Aled
Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: dry suits
Replies: 17
Views: 1418

It's all relative, but the "best value for money" for me is a triple layer Gore-Tex suit from Kokatat.
(I bought mine full retail, I was that impressed)
by Aled
Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Little Kayak Books, John Brand
Replies: 3
Views: 1080

Just received my books, excellent service from Carna. I've been looking for the complete set for nearly 20 years...
by Aled
Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek noise
Replies: 14
Views: 1396

ramshackle... This happens on my van occasionally, usually with 3 boats (out of a possible 4) @ 60mph+ ish... As the van bounces down an uneven road the whistling 'note' changes in pitch. There's never any noise on an empty rack. All I can assume is that the windflow around the boats + their weight ...
by Aled
Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek noise
Replies: 14
Views: 1396

What vehicle?
Which style of roof rack is it fixed to?
Does it make a noise with the complete rack on, or with roofbars and rack base only?
Js or Vs, and how many?
by Aled
Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone have a VW van without a KariTek rack?
Replies: 40
Views: 8800

<= 3 boats V
>= 3 boats J

...on a wide rack
by Aled
Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Circumnavigation of Britain Info
Replies: 29
Views: 2329

John and Dawn Moore plus friend did it a few years after Nigel Dennis and Paul Caffyn, and fund raised all the way round.
by Aled
Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone have a VW van without a KariTek rack?
Replies: 40
Views: 8800

Pop Top

I've been looking into getting a drop down rack working with a pop up top. There is a German made system, similar to the KariTek, but much lighter. It seems light enough to bolt onto a GRP camper roof, but only holds a couple of surf boards. The issue seems with the gas struts only being strong enou...
by Aled
Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone have a VW van without a KariTek rack?
Replies: 40
Views: 8800

Rack

Pros: 'Easy' and quick loading of your 'heavy' boat. No need to clamber over the van or mess about with steps/ladders etc. Safe loading in windy conditions. Secure, strong when in place, T5 (100kg roof load capacity) takes 4 boats legally. Cons: Price. Noise - wind noise, rattling chains, clonking o...
by Aled
Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Landing a sea kayak in Surf ???
Replies: 31
Views: 2784

To add to Adrian's Plan A Part 2) If there's high probability that a wave is going to carry you ashore, paddle in at a slight diagonal (see Cailean's pics). This allows the boat to turn and slide sideways as the wave picks you up, rather than dive forward, dig the nose in and loop. You can setup the...
by Aled
Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Building a plug
Replies: 3
Views: 682

Chris, Use this software to design the boat: KayakFoundry Print off all the forms, glue the forms onto some sheet timber, attach these onto a strongback, search the BoatBuilding forum on the BlueHeronkayaks website for strongback designs. Buy your 6mm bead and cove woodstrip from: Robbins Staple and...
by Aled
Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why do longer boats go faster....
Replies: 18
Views: 3384

Slim

Just like Al27 said, ship rules do not apply to slim kayaks. That's why a well driven sprint K1 can reach a speed of 12kn (6ms). Recent tank test research on K1s suggests that trim at this speed is an important factor, not just hull shape.
by Aled
Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sikaflex 291 question
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Sikaflex will stick to most surfaces well, but using the appropriate Sika primer will make it a longer lasting bond. Sika Surface Prep Guides If the drain bung is held primarily by a mechanical fixing (most are), - screws, bolts, nut on the inside etc, then there is no need to use the more exotic ad...
by Aled
Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wire cutters suitable for skeg wire?
Replies: 12
Views: 1951

Or this from Screwfix
by Aled
Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Whats in you pocket?
Replies: 32
Views: 4932

What pocket? After close inspection, I did find a pocket on the front of my BA, but there was nothing inside..! ;-)
by Aled
Wed Sep 10, 2003 7:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: unidentified marine species
Replies: 21
Views: 3299

Wondering....

Go on Peter, put us out of our misery, what boat is it?
by Aled
Wed Aug 20, 2003 12:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: decklines
Replies: 3
Views: 3161

Deckfittings

<t>The metal loop type of deckfitting is plenty strong! The only weakness which comes with old age is with the rivets holding them in place. If they are loose, leak or are suspect in any way, drill them out and replace with stainless machine screws, nuts and large washers and a blob of sealant. If t...
by Aled
Sun Aug 17, 2003 2:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Overfalls and tide races (playboaters/sea kayakers)
Replies: 3
Views: 1177

Races and Overfalls

Holyhead is a good spot for messing about in boats...

www.aledw.btinternet.co.u..._stack.jpg
by Aled
Fri Mar 28, 2003 12:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Myth???
Replies: 6
Views: 1958

Re: Myth???

<t>My thoughts...<br/> Some loaded boats are quicker upwind because they have the momentum and punching power to drive through certain size waves, rather than get lifted or stopped by the opposing wave energy, allowing a smooth paddling style. Though, if loaded too much or waves are steep, heavy boa...
by Aled
Wed Mar 19, 2003 1:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle blades
Replies: 37
Views: 14779

Alternative?

Just to keep the campfire going...

What about large blades on a shortish shaft?
That way you get loads of acceleration/power when needed, with a light/quick cruising stroke.

i.e. 20.5cm Powermasters @ 215cm
by Aled
Sat Feb 08, 2003 12:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Packing out human waste^
Replies: 45
Views: 17520

Re: Packing out human waste

<t>lol @ Jim! What about a large funnel above the BDH?<br/> <br/> I assisted with one such opperation while at sea, the paddler in question lay on their back across the front decks of the two kayaks and aimed down. Legs and arms keep the boats slightly apart. Rear decks were too low and the water wa...
by Aled
Fri Feb 07, 2003 1:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The pro’s and cons of surfing with fins
Replies: 7
Views: 1565

Proper turns!

<t>"....do fins inhibit fast turning....cutbacks/ blunts etc?"<br/> <br/> Cutbacks, in the "old school" style of carving the boat through a turn while keeping/increasing forward momentum, no - fins don't inhibit turning. They provide grip (stop spinout) while the boat rotates about the immersed padd...
by Aled
Thu Feb 06, 2003 9:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The pro’s and cons of surfing with fins
Replies: 7
Views: 1565

Go large!

Down the line and through the turns, fins (especially waveski size) are superb!
Hard bit is getting on and off the beach...
by Aled
Wed Jan 29, 2003 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tow Lines - sea boats
Replies: 35
Views: 8111

Re: Towing

<t>Like I said, I'm a fan of the belt tow, but I've been thinking of ways of combining the best features of both towing systems.<br/> The advantage of the belt is speed of use and re-use, the disadvantage is the load it places on the paddler after towing for a while (obviously!). For these extended ...