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by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: correct trim for k1 slalom boat
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: correct trim for k1 slalom boat

I would tend to go by the listed range, rather than the waterline relative to the seam (which will vary depending on the shape of the boat - the seam is placed to get it out of the mould). The question I'd be thinking about is how will a boat handle if I'm at the top of the weight range, and that wi...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway Ferry again
Replies: 1
Views: 556

Re: Norway Ferry again

Signed, in the hope that it might be used as evidence to a ferry operator. But without much hope - a petition really needs to be directed at somebody, eg, petition to Government (no use in this case), petition to DFDS (if they're still called that), etc.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

Thanks Greg, that's useful - the point about independence is key, and doesn't come across at all in the FAQ, although I did infer it from the syllabus. I think BC need to test their communications on a selection of the intended recipients before releasing them, as they are written around internal BC...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Looking for a beginners camping / kayak 5 day trip in europe somewhere
Replies: 5
Views: 595

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

There a few possibilities, but if you can give a bit more background to what you want the advice will be more relevant. Are you thinking of lakes or rivers? Do you want to be camping, from the kayak, on a different site every night, or staying at a campsite and doing day trips? How generally fit and...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

this table may not really be a translation table, but something else, for example a table showing that the required personal performance level for the "Coastal Sea Kayak Award" assessment will be roughly the same as needed for Sea Kayak Leader. Overall, I agree that the FAQ document is not easy to ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

Allan, as I understand it, the change has been in two phases: First, 4* and 5* were replaced by SKL(MW) and Advanced SKL Second, 1*, 2* and 3* have been replaced by Sea Kayak Award, Coastal Sea Kayak Award and Advanced Sea Kayak Award. These are Personal Performance, they don't have any Leadership e...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: close encounter with a humpback whale
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

Re: close encounter with a humpback whale

One of the people in the kayak was a wildlife photographer. He became fascinated by why the whale breached and whether it meant to hit the kayak - the story of his investigation has just been broadcast on BBC2 Natural world - it's on iPlayer here . Lots of interesting footage and discussion about wh...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1443

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

I've never tried inflating a packraft at sea Neither have I, but it's an interesting idea. What I have done is inflate a survival bag - the 8' x 4' orange plastic type. Tread water, hold the bag over your head and let the wind fill it. Pull it over your head and down into the water, bring your knee...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1443

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

I just find the BA tries to put me on my back
so I wondered if you could have too much buoyancy.
Yes, too much buoyancy in your legs from the wetsuit! You need more buoyancy in your BA to compensate!
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1443

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

I don't think an adult size BA with less than 50N is legal to sell in the EU. The racing ones are probably close to the 50N while sea kayak and white-water BAs will have more - partly because if the water is aerated, it's less dense and nothing floats as well. A wetsuit does give you buoyancy, but n...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1443

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

I agree that a bulky BA can make pulling yourself across the back deck more difficult, but I don't find it acts against me when in the water, quite the opposite. I also find buoyancy helpful if doing a re-entry and roll. A typical sea kayaking BA also has a lot of pockets - which make it more bulky,...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Buying kayak
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Re: Buying kayak

Could be genuine, but I'd be watching for a scam. Since the buyer controls delivery, they can divert it to a different address and say they didn't receive the item. Paypal then refunds them (with your money). See here under "shipping scams". I'd tell them you want cash on collection and see what hap...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Thule 520 Uprights
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: Thule 520 Uprights

I would expect it to be per upright, but I don't understand the logic of giving a weight (vertical load) capacity for an upright. The upright is there to take sideways force, which for a kayak is more dependent on the area subject to side winds than the weight. Weight only affects the force when cor...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1318

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I gave up on the idea in the end as it requires a thick webbing band with a plastic stiffening strip I didn't seal mine that way. I just have a simple hemmed edge at the top. To close, I flatten the bag, then fold it zig-zag across the width, 2-3cm between folds. That leaves me with the top of the ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Building a plug
Replies: 22
Views: 1114

Re: Building a plug

Have browse here, Boatsie. I'm sure Google will find more experiences. I've only made a small outrigger float - good luck, but don't underestimate the amount of sanding, filling and polishing you'll end up doing.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1318

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

Home Bargains do some robust and good value bags, only in the shop in summer; £3 for the 5L size and £4 for 20L. Alpkit drybags are very flexible and easy to squash into spaces, but very lightweight. I overbag them with a protective (non-waterproof) nylon bag, but I've found that are not 100% waterp...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

a bad follower should be excluded from a group? I've heard a leader say "I don't want him paddling with us" - not because of dislike (no problem chatting in the pub) but because he's a bad follower. But there's a difference between not including somebody in a group in the first place and dropping t...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

No one in a group has the responsibility to be a "good follower". I'd say the opposite - everyone in a group has the responsibility to be a "good follower". If a "follower" is not co-operative or lacks the skill to participate, the responsibility still lies with the leader to address the problem, i...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

Rich, I think our viewpoints are very close - I completely agree that good followership is as important as good leadership and deserves an equal amount of discussion (which it probably doesn't get). To me, 'Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?' is a different question to 'should leaders be very good...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

How do you "effectively follow"? I'd suggest that examples of "effective following" would be: telling the leader if the plan (or evolving plan) is going out of your comfort zone asking questions if unsure paying attention to the leader (and so remaining with earshot) watching the group to see if an...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1287

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

An interesting and useful discussion, thanks Rich. I agree with the importance of Followership, but my immediate reaction was to the tagline - I question whether a 4* leader should necessarily be a 5* follower. I'll just throw my thoughts in as a contribution, not to claim that I'm right or anyone e...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Preparing old fibreglass kayak for painting
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Preparing old fibreglass kayak for painting

If I patch from the inside (after removing the old patch) do I need to fill the other side too? I would patch from the inside for strength, and when that's set, from the outside to make a smooth surface. The outside patch can be clear resin, except if it's filling a crack, when a few fibres of glas...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Preparing old fibreglass kayak for painting
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Preparing old fibreglass kayak for painting

The repairs don't look very good; from the photo it looks like thin fibreglass mat which the resin hasn't wetted properly. I'd sand them off and redo them (see here for advice). Make sure you wear a face mask or respirator, gloves and cover your arms when sanding fibreglass. I do not recommend paint...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For sale: P & H Sirius HF
Replies: 7
Views: 1414

Re: For sale: P & H Sirius HF

My apologies to the OP - I replied to the interested second poster without thinking where the post was, I didn't mean to be effectively reviewing the boat he was trying to sell and listing alternatives!
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

I also recommend Rubberman. He replaced the feet on my Typhoon suit and pressure tested it. He's near Conwy; I dropped it off while passing one Friday and received it back in the post the next Thursday. I think it was £60 including postage back (but it depends how much patching it needs).
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1387

Re: What degree WW paddle

Zero feather needs more [rotation]if wrists are not flexed Why do you say that? I can see that with feather, when taking a stroke on your non-control side, your control wrist will be flexed back, potentially moving the plant a cm or two forward, but only if it's done by moving your hand back rather...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1387

Re: What degree WW paddle

I think that still leaves the problem of both wrists having to flex through 45 degrees in order to compensate for the natural rotation of the paddle shaft between strokes If you grip with both hands, then your wrists do have to flex. I think (but will need to test next time I'm paddling a kayak) th...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1740

Re: PLB protection

The reference I have is 'personal communication' with the manufacturer.
Rich, is that the manufacturer of the PLB1? Just interested to know whether your comment on the Fastfind is based on it looking similar to the PLB1, or whether you have contact with McMurdo as well?
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1740

Re: PLB protection

The manual for my Fastfind doesn't mention use with the antenna in the storage position. You have to remove the cover to access the ON button, and I think the antenna will unwind itself when you take the cover off, so I don't see the point. The instructions for unwinding it are just to stop it unwin...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1387

Re: What degree WW paddle

That'll be where you feather sits It will be, but it will be strongly influenced by what feather you're used to paddling with already, not your 'natural' feather. the feather allows you to maintain the same grip with your control hand without having to bend your wrist too much I'm not trying to re-...