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by Chris Bolton
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Usk blockage
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: River Usk blockage

That sounds like the kind of blockage that should be reported to NRW under the subject of "blocked main watercourses that might pose a risk of flooding". They will probably take action to clear it or get the landowner to do it. They won't care about it being a threat to navigation or safety, only fl...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Life jackets
Replies: 14
Views: 1211

Re: Life jackets

I think the reason they don't exist is that they become too bulky - a big BA will get in the way when you're trying to climb back on your SOT, as will a lifejacket (the difference between a BA and a lifejacket is that a lifejacket will support you face up if you're unconscious, a BA is more compact ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice request re strong single blade paddles
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: Advice request re strong single blade paddles

I would carry a paddle such as Mal Grey suggests, and an additional item to use as a lever in place of the centreboard, such as a length of timber of suitable width and length. A paddle is not suitable for that kind of use, and may damage the centreboard slot as well as itself.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Contact lenses and paddling
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Contact lenses and paddling

When on fresh water or pool sessions quite often it takes ages to clear my vision whereas in the salt water I never have a problem The only thing I can think of is that the surface tension of seawater is slightly higher than fresh water. Lens movement is the main reason why water splashes affect my...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mega Sea Kayaks
Replies: 12
Views: 1167

Re: Mega Sea Kayaks

I have no idea what that does but no offence intended if it shows as a thumbs down
No, it's a thumbs up. If you look at the bottom of the posts where you pressed it, it says "These users thanked the author [overfallpaddler] for the post: G0rd0nj"
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Contact lenses and paddling
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Contact lenses and paddling

I do the same as you, daily disposables and I only wear them for sea and whitewater (and snow skiing). I've heard of the warning, but never had any problems myself. I do make a point of removing them as soon as I'm off the water. Since you've asked though, I've done a little digging, and found some ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?

Just out of interest, what do thermoformed boats of this size cost roughly? Somewhere, I saw a price for the Vadja Mission X1 of about £2200, but I can't find it again. It appears that Marsport don't sell the Vadja thermoformed boats (and possibly no Vadja boats at all but their website is terrible...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Re: lightweight 12-14 foot kayak? thermoformed?

Your budget may not stretch to a new thermoformed boat. One possibility is a used composite boat; you're not putting as much investment at risk, and it has the advantage that you can typically sell such a boat for what you paid for it (provided you don't destroy it!) which gives the option to switch...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blade repair
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Blade repair

There could be some confusion here. I read the original post as a hole 1 inch deep, meaning into the thickness, so near the spine, and I think Jim has understood the same. Steve Agar read it as 1 inch into the edge, so a 2 x 1 loss of blade area. The OP's latest post mentioned "lack of thickness in ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

Looking at the split, I agree a tube inside is the way to go. It looks to me like carbon fibre, not glass? You can buy carbon fibre tubes from may places, such as here . Buy the largest diameter that fits, and if it's not a close enough fit, make one saw cut down the length and temporarily push some...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 177
Views: 59882

Re: History of Slalom boats

Yes, you're quite right, Jim. I didn't feel Image was right (it was a model of boat), Impulse it was. The logo was graph with an impulse in it, like an ECG.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 177
Views: 59882

Re: History of Slalom boats

Mark Wignall still races in Prem, I knew he worked at Image in the past, I don't know if I knew it was a family business though? Pete is Mark's father. Image was originally a partnership between him and Nick Pink, based in Llangollen, then they split it and Pete set up his half in [Garstang?] and N...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: History of Slalom boats
Replies: 177
Views: 59882

Re: History of Slalom boats

Not sure who made the Spate but I think they were made in Lancashire somewhere?
I suspect you're right - you quoted El Pres having one, and he's Bolton CC. The only boatbuilder in Lancashire I can think of was Image, run by Pete Wignall (if I remember the names right) but I don't remember the Spate.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

Jonathan, I'm not familiar with the details of the joint on VE paddles. Would it matter if you built up the thickness on the inside of the tube? If the tolerances are tight you might be OK just running West 105 through the split. The stress on the male joint is lower at the end, if you'd split the f...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 1418

Re: Kayak trolleys

I have a C-Tug. It's light and strong, and the different parts will fit into various places in the boat, except the wheels take up a lot of space. The wheels have plain bearings, plastic on plastic, and that creates a lot of friction, so can be hard to pull with a fully loaded boat, and if you go to...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

Araldite is too viscous for glassfibre, I would use West 105 epoxy (it's useful stuff to have about, I usually mix 6ml at a time (5ml + 1ml) and the pack lasts years). Don't just try to glue one side of the split to the other, enlarge the split to a V groove and laminate in some glassfibre strands, ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Blade repair
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Blade repair

Not actually that specific repair, but I've repaired blades, and I've repaired carbon. It should possible, but if it's in a high stress position on the blade, ie, part that carries a lot of load back to the shaft, it will be harder to make a good job. "Inch deep into the blade" sounds like a structu...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 1022

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

Replacing the cleats with better ones might be feasible - I'm not familiar with Exo, do you have a photo of the existing cleats?

I did Google for photos and found this thread but you'll have seen it already...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: community forum for coaching and committees
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Re: community forum for coaching and committees

That kind of topic generally gets discussed on the Whitewater and Touring forum, unless it's specific to one of the other areas like Sea or competition coaching.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 2329

Re: Which Drysuit?

I have a Dam-X, the fabric is definitely heavier than my Typhoon, and it is more bulky, but I don't find it restrictive or uncomfortable and I agree it's robust. It isn't breathable, which is fine for day trips, but the breathability of the Typhoon is better on multi-day tours (sea and canoe). Howev...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 3122

Re: Gone very quiet

I do not encourage commenting on the automatic posts at the moment as this split the discussion between FB and the forum.
Thanks Mark. I agree.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What happened to Sea Kayak Size-Volume Comparison website?
Replies: 5
Views: 722

Re: What happened to Sea Kayak Size-Volume Comparison website?

It looks like the whole site has been taken offline. The Sea kayak size chart has been saved on archive.org. If anyone knows the copyright owner of the original site (pamf ?) maybe it could be copied and hosted elsewhere?
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Epic v5 and epic v6 surfskis for sale with 2 Braca paddles
Replies: 6
Views: 1223

Re: Epic v5 and epic v6 surfskis for sale with 2 Braca paddles

I emailed you from this forum, but the email is just sent to me? PM sent. Emails sent via the Forum are copied to the sender, and will go to the recipient provided the email address in their profile is up to date. When you send a PM, the recipient gets an email to say it's there (again, assuming th...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1586

Re: Off side roll

on the rocks , is your 'good' side for rolling the side on which your control hand is (if you use a feathered paddle)? If so, one problem might be getting the outboard blade at the right angle, or getting the inboard blade caught on the hull. For diagnosis of the problem, borrowing a paddle with di...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Drybag lost below Stanley on Tay
Replies: 0
Views: 500

Drybag lost below Stanley on Tay

Lost on 16 Sept, one dark grey drybag containing food and a Trangia stove. It's probably in the sea by now, but please PM if found. Thanks.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3364

Re: VHF and training

Thanks, Phil. I think you're right in both respects, it won't be valid for DSC, and I'm not likely to buy a DSC radio.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3364

Re: VHF and training

For much of my paddling, whether DSC would be better or not is academic as it just isn't practical unless you can recharge daily. if you want to use DSC in an emergency, you need to leave the radio on so that the GPS location is up to date. The battery in a non-DSC radio won't last long enough for a...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3364

Re: VHF and training

My course was well before DSC was invented (although my certificate remains valid) but my understanding is that CG no longer maintain a dedicated watch, ie, there isn't somebody sitting with a headset on listening to Ch16, but they do still have a speaker and can hear transmissions. Certainly I've b...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download
Replies: 9
Views: 1405

Re: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download

Thank you, Simon, it's good to know you didn't mean to put them offline. I'm just loading some of the non-missing ones onto a USB for a long drive and looking forward to listening to them.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Re: Standard Horizon HX300 battery life

Thanks for the input. I do charge it every time I leave home, but not when I'm away from mains power. Since it was reporting a good charge, on a trip away I've saved the power bank for charging things that reported a loss of charge. I'll just need to either get another power bank or not keep a liste...