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by Aled
Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Edging the opposite way when turning in a sea kayak!
Replies: 33
Views: 5097

Re: Edging the opposite way when turning in a sea kayak!

In an effort to avoid equations, smoke, mirrors and snake oil, here's something I do regularly to gain further insight into boat handling and performance: Paddling similar boats, get a friend to paddle vigorously around some yachts, buoys and posts. Follow them one boat length behind, match their sp...
by Aled
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Edging the opposite way when turning in a sea kayak!
Replies: 33
Views: 5097

Re: Edging the opposite way when turning in a sea kayak!

Here's another version of the same thing... When the boat runs forward, and is upright, it makes an ellipse or lens (biconvex) like shape in the water, i.e. symmetrical, and generally (if its a long boat) runs straight. Tilt the boat to the side, and the ellipse becomes more of a segment shape (plan...
by Aled
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Canoe Boys - on BBC TV 17th April 2016
Replies: 21
Views: 3207

Re: The Canoe Boys - on BBC TV 17th April 2016

Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed it!
by Aled
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xcape
Replies: 11
Views: 1510

Re: Tiderace Xcape

Scaling a boat through a range of S, M, L, X or HV variants involves juggling a few variables - and becomes a bit more involving than just clicking Edit, Scale and typing in a percentage value. Take an Xcape designed around a 75kg paddler, then sit a 60kg paddler in the same boat. The boat sits high...
by Aled
Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 13
Views: 2114

Re: Helmets

by Aled
Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro mounts
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

Re: Gopro mounts

I bought one of each of the Radpoles, 14", 23" and a 29". The 29" is good for getting the camera beyond the end of the boat, although it does bounce a little it gets all the boat in frame. The 14" gets the camera vertically above the base and at eye level and without vibration. I use a bolted in bas...
by Aled
Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro mounts
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

Re: Gopro mounts

by Aled
Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2730

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Also note that that is 1998. Rereading it I'm wondering if I should leave in on the KASK website or remove it. Personally, I'm in favour of keeping all the archive stuff, even if it's a bit nostalgic... The old articles in the KASK site written by Bill Lozano of AKT, New York, even if in retrospect...
by Aled
Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2730

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Just found Jon Wood's enquiry about the Cliffhanger in 2007: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php/f,4/t,22753 Matt, I only paddled one briefly at an Anglesey symposium back in the 90s - the concept is obviously sound and still relevant today. The tricky bit is mixing up sufficient ...
by Aled
Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2730

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Paddled one once way back, designed by Frank Goodman, I can also vaguely recall visiting VCP and seeing it at the plug stage. I think it predated Julian Patrick's Rockhopper. If I remember rightly it was a 'playboat for the sea' before the term was ever invented. The shovel front end was designed to...
by Aled
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4142

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

Have you considered ... cork? Yes, albeit a few years ago, we also considered basalt woven cloth. There were issues with cork: inconsistent material thickness, varying material density and varying degrees of porosity/voids. Some boats would be heavy, some boats would be 'less stiff' than others, al...
by Aled
Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4142

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

Aled may well interject if my speculation is too far from the mark. Not at all! Jim's on the money here... We use three grades of core which vary in thickness and density. The layups are boat specific as are the reinforcement positioning. The epoxy resin when vacuum bagged gives best strength and a...
by Aled
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: UK clockwise and now counterclockwise
Replies: 8
Views: 2387

UK clockwise and now counterclockwise

Well done John Willacy on his second UK circumnavigation
by Aled
Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg trouble^
Replies: 7
Views: 1905

Re: Skeg trouble^

John, You might get away with straightening the wire some more. Although we don't recommend it, you can pull the old wire out of the blade using quite a bit of force. The ABS blade was originally moulded onto the wire by Kajaksport, so it will be firmly attached. I've heard of someone who did this b...
by Aled
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Necky Rip (old version) - Wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 458

Re: Necky Rip (old version) - Wanted

Still looking for a 90s Necky Rip, help!
by Aled
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broken coaming
Replies: 8
Views: 2211

Re: Broken coaming

Looks like the thigh brace on that side of the cockpit has taken 'some weight' during the exit - i.e. the thigh brace has been pushed vertically upwards as seen in the pictures. Failure like this can happen when the rim is only bonded/fillered in and not additionally secured with fibre/resin between...
by Aled
Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fast exped kayak. Kayman Raider
Replies: 7
Views: 2262

Re: Fast exped kayak. Kayman Raider

If you like the Taran, I'd suggest buying a Taran, rather than one of the cheap 'genetically modified' things that Kayman specialise in.
Aled
by Aled
Tue May 12, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?
Replies: 41
Views: 6378

Re: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?

Nick, it's difficult to comment on your first scenario without knowing more about the circumstances. In the second scenario, having to spin on the spot while stationary - it would be advisable to lift or retract all underwater appendages, whatever their shape or size. The bit I'm worried about is th...
by Aled
Mon May 11, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?
Replies: 41
Views: 6378

Re: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?

A ruddered boat will lee-cock in 2 ways: a. sitting still in a beam wind b. not using the rudder actively while travelling forwards (using it like a skeg, and not actively steering with it) A ruddered boat will always turn into wind, but don't paddle it like a skeged boat. Just keep paddling forward...
by Aled
Mon May 11, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kari-tek easy load 5 kayaks
Replies: 8
Views: 1595

Re: Kari-tek easy load 5 kayaks

4/5 boats on a van takes 2 people, and they need to be coordinated and reasonably strong. 5 sea kayaks could be 120kg+ above your head - this might also exceed you roofrack limit for a 2 bar setup.
by Aled
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Instant Paddler Feedback
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: Instant Paddler Feedback

Great idea, and the best bit is - it doesn't require an SD card. All the pictures are kept indefinitely in permanent memory :-)
by Aled
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: gopro mounting ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 1724

Re: gopro mounting ideas

Kayalu, they ship from the US, it's good stuff, it works.
by Aled
Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How safe is it to sea kayak alone?
Replies: 10
Views: 4442

Re: How safe is it to sea kayak alone?

I love paddling solo – it gives me ‘ a special kind of freedom ’ that I've not experienced in any of the other outdoor sports I've tried. I’m a self-taught paddler (although I was given a 2hour kayak lesson by Nigel Foster when I was in school). I realised from the outset that ‘getting it wrong’ whi...
by Aled
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Abrasion from back rests
Replies: 16
Views: 1889

Re: Abrasion from back rests

Stretched/looser hamstrings = better paddling posture = less pressure/dependence on the backrest
by Aled
Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 8300

Re: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it

- Improve the position of the boat on the wave (i.e slightly higher on the face) - maintain the direction so when the boat moves up the wave you've already in position to straighten it out and continue to surf the wave. Those goals work for me Greg, prolong the ride and use the power of the wave. E...
by Aled
Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 8300

Re: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it

Mark R wrote:I find that ruddering 'upstream' achieves nothing but arm strain with long boats, so I simply don't try to change direction with it.
Try it, it's fun!



by Aled
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it
Replies: 67
Views: 8300

Re: Broaching your surfski…and how you can prevent it

pic1 http://upload.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/seakayaksurfing1.jpg pic2 http://upload.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/seakayaksurfing2.jpg pic3 https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/224748_10150171160997800_5209495_n.jpg?oh=a666c7301e73fed62b7db7b30721842d&oe=554344F8 Personally, I think t...
by Aled
Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5763

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

The OP mentioned adjustable seats but part the conversation now talks about re-positioning a seat – different thing altogether! Seats in TR boats can be re-positioned up to 15ish mm either way. The seat / cockpit rim tabs can accommodate this, but beware… The seats are sprung into position – during ...
by Aled
Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5763

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

Mick, over the last few years I've done a fair bit of pondering over the footrest requests, done a few tests, talked to suppliers, peers and customers, and as yet, I've not reached a conclusive decision of how or why the system should be changed. There are many fundamental differences between the dy...
by Aled
Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5763

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

What is the purpose of having an adjustable seat? To my mind, the answer lies somewhere between necessity of pure function and creating value by extending a feature list (the longer the list of features, the greater the perceived value). I’ve designed sea kayaks with adjustable seats, but don’t any ...