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by Aled
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 896

Re: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak

A surfski rudder setup as a retrofit would be possible - glass in a tube from deck to hull and have the steering T bar above the deck. It would involve routing the steering cables up onto the back deck (pipes?), and probably the hardest part would be aquiring, making or adapting a surfski rudder wit...
by Aled
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp
Replies: 12
Views: 941

Re: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp

My HM from this era was made of glass roving, csm and polyester resin.
by Aled
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp
Replies: 12
Views: 941

Re: Could Anyone Identify the Year of My Valley Nordkapp

I'd estimate between 1975 and early 1980s, - It's fitted with Henderson cam hatches, which pre-date the plastic Henderson screw-on hatches, which pre-date the VCP hatches. The model is a HS (hatches + standard hull) on the original 'ocean' cockpit. Interestingly, it looks like it wasnt originally fi...
by Aled
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Epoxy repairs in hard to reach areas
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: Epoxy repairs in hard to reach areas

Or, tape a 2" brush onto a stick. Wet the brush in epoxy. Wet out the cloth (pre-cut to size). Drape the wet cloth onto the bristles of the stick-brush. Feed the stick-brush to a position over the repair area, check visually for alignment. Flip the wet cloth onto the repair area, then adjust the clo...
by Aled
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Tiderace Xplore-S Hardcore
Replies: 0
Views: 332

Tiderace Xplore-S Hardcore

Tiderace Xplore-S, Hardcore construction. 7 years old but vgc. Some typical hull and deck scratches, backrest worn. No structural damage.

View photos here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ukyo0qzm2yip ... RLlOa?dl=0

£1500 or offers. Please contact via PM.
by Aled
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Suiler?
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: Valley Suiler?

Or possibly a HM with a 'ground off' skeg?
by Aled
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?
Replies: 9
Views: 873

Re: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?

Yes, that would work - you've obviously though this through! Good luck
Aled
by Aled
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?
Replies: 9
Views: 873

Re: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?

... or if its attached with resin and that black stuff is just to neaten the finish ? Hi, yes, it can be done. As you state above, the black Sikaflex is a finishing piece - the bulkhead is glued in underneath, then glassed in from behind, then tidied up with the black stuff on the cockpit side. The...
by Aled
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xceed - anyone know anything about it?
Replies: 16
Views: 2719

Re: Tiderace Xceed - anyone know anything about it?

Hi Ed, Layups haven't been finalised yet - I'm expecting finished samples of Pace and Xtra from NELO soon. The weights at the various manufacturing stages look very promising. Gelcoats will be epoxy compatible polyester (i.e. easily repairable) all layups will be in epoxy resin, all vacuum bagged, h...
by Aled
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xceed - anyone know anything about it?
Replies: 16
Views: 2719

Re: Tiderace Xceed - anyone know anything about it?

"What is the design idea behind this kayak Aled?" I'm not sure if you want to hear all this, you may prefer a simple straight answer, but I fancy a bit of a ramble, please indulge me... I've only ever had a design 'killed off' once before, that happened when the Xtra replaced the Xtreme. All my othe...
by Aled
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xceed - anyone know anything about it?
Replies: 16
Views: 2719

Re: Tiderace Xceed - anyone know anything about it?

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4549/38301355502_01b5306d50_h.jpg Here'e the Xceed family (Xceed_S, Xceed, Xceed_X) in development - the CAD render shows the plugs - these have been cut in foam and are at the fairing stage currently. Xceed_S: 540cm long, 53 wide, 29.5 deep Xceed: 540cm long, 54 wide...
by Aled
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replace footplate with footpegs...?
Replies: 10
Views: 1227

Re: Replace footplate with footpegs...?

Yes, this is certainly doable. The BigHead fasteners that are glued to the inside of the cockpit can be removed with no ill effects. Grind/sand away as much of the protruding structural adhesive (dark blue/green stuff, probably) until as much as possible/all of the stainless base is revealed, then g...
by Aled
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Another mystery sea Kayak.
Replies: 6
Views: 769

Re: Another mystery sea Kayak.

See recent discussion: viewtopic.php?f=45&t=127890
by Aled
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Another mystery sea Kayak.
Replies: 6
Views: 769

Re: Another mystery sea Kayak.

Early P&H Baidarka
by Aled
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Baidarka Explorer - Worth keeping?
Replies: 10
Views: 1628

Re: Baidarka Explorer - Worth keeping?

I'm sure there are many Baidarka fans out there, and they'll sing its merits, but why stick with a boat that makes life hard and slows down your development as a paddler? Ballasting heavily is a workaround, and its a hassle and a compromise. Change it for a boat that fits your size and weight, and f...
by Aled
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?
Replies: 16
Views: 1257

Re: Kayak design, how to determine handling in wind?

For a skeg boat, place the CLA between 6cm and 8cm behind the LCB, making sure that Design and Target Displacements are close to equal
by Aled
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?
Replies: 7
Views: 1115

Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

It has the older deck fittings, so I'd suggest pre-1990
by Aled
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem tracking
Replies: 16
Views: 1316

Re: Tandem tracking

I'm not familiar with this boat in particular, but as a principle, boats that are designed to have rudders generally need to have their rudders active most of the time.
by Aled
Tue May 30, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg problems and replacement - P&H Capella (pre 2004)
Replies: 15
Views: 1372

Re: Skeg problems and replacement - P&H Capella (pre 2004)

Robert Craig wrote:Now that's neat!
+1
by Aled
Mon May 29, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?
Replies: 11
Views: 1189

Re: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?

Yes the SG5000-06 is the stuff I've been using lately. The 25ml syringes are a particularly useful size. You can purchase the mixing nozzle to make life easier (they're a single-use accessory, but make life easier if you want to inject accurately), otherwise hand mix by stirring and apply with a sui...
by Aled
Mon May 22, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaking hatches Tiderace explore hardcore
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: Leaking hatches Tiderace explore hardcore

Hi Mark, I'd be happy to investigate this further if you can get the boat to North Wales...
Aled
by Aled
Sun May 14, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg problems and replacement - P&H Capella (pre 2004)
Replies: 15
Views: 1372

Re: Skeg problems and replacement - P&H Capella (pre 2004)

It appears that the skeg blade you have in the picture is a KajakSport Retractable Skeg with centre wire http://www.kajaksport.fi/products/skeg/ks-retractable-plastic-skeg-centre-wire-o-3mm25m (not the 'end wire' version) The wire and skeg come as a single unit when bought. Some here have experiment...
by Aled
Fri May 05, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat repair - explained
Replies: 9
Views: 1812

Re: Gelcoat repair - explained

The acetate sheet method is a shortcut technique to reduce/avoid the sanding and finishing. Pressing the sheet over/onto the newly applied gelcoat will effectively create a temporary mould surface for the outer skin. It will squeeze the gelcoat flat and leave a shiny finish, which, if you're not too...
by Aled
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore M vs L for a big guy
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: Tiderace Xplore M vs L for a big guy

Both boats will handle the weight. The L will have more freeboard at 139kg (95 + 20 + 24boat) therefore retaining a little more stability when edged over. The L has 23l more overall volume, although some of this will be above the knees. Add another 40kg to either and they'll both sink another inch l...
by Aled
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore M vs L for a big guy
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: Tiderace Xplore M vs L for a big guy

Go L - the M will probably be too low for your legs. Speed difference will be marginal...
by Aled
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 2542

Re: Kayak Volume

I'm speculating here but maybe it was made smaller at some point to increase room under the front deck and the stats not updated? Sounds right, the original larger tray was reduced in both height and length to create more shin clearance and foot room. The original could take flares, but the early m...
by Aled
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4
Replies: 6
Views: 1142

Re: Shoulder injury AC joint grade 4

Grade 3, no surgery, 15 years ago. My collarbone is still unstable and the AC joint is getting more arthritic as the years go by. It doesn't stop me from paddling, but an hour flat out with wings will leave me very sore and it'll last for a good few days. I hope your surgery settles it all into plac...
by Aled
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?
Replies: 11
Views: 1189

Re: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?

I've not looked at this sub-forum for a long while, so please forgive the lateness of my response... The skeg you have in your boat is a proprietary design from Charger Composites (CC), Finland. It was the in-house system they fitted to all kayaks built by them at this time. The hulls were laid with...
by Aled
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xplore vs Xcape
Replies: 6
Views: 1668

Re: Tiderace Xplore vs Xcape

The Xplore has a 50mm longer waterline than the Xcape The Xplore is approx 15% less stable than the Xcape The Xplore is 12mm narrower at the waterline beam than the Xcape Both are equal in terms of forward speed / efficiency / resistance The Xplore will react quicker to edging/turning than the Xcape...
by Aled
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What do you do if better advice ignored
Replies: 30
Views: 2912

Re: What do you do if better advice ignored

"Walk away from anything or anyone who takes away from your joy. Life is too short to put up with fools." - Unknown