Search found 2818 matches

by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greece : Great White Sharks arrive 1st April 2006 Picture
Replies: 19
Views: 4414

Age?

Does anybody know what age she might be ? I think she was born yesterday, but the rest of us weren't ;-) btw, posting the same thing in more than one part of the Forum is called cross-posting, and it tends to annoy people, particularly if it's a commercial post in a none commercial part of the site...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Looking after wet electronics^
Replies: 24
Views: 14187

Silicone grease is an insulator?

Looking at those links, silicone grease is described as an insulator. Putting it on contacts would stop them corroding, but wouldn't it introduce a resistance?

Maybe a thin film is OK as the resistance will be small? Any electrical experts who can clarify the position?

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which is the most aerodynamic?
Replies: 27
Views: 3359

Aerodynamics

It's not so much the drag from the boats as the effect they have on the drag from the car. If the boats are flat, they block the air which the car displaces and pushes up over the roof. If the boats are on edge, the air can rise round them and so the car works more like it was designed to.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spectrum of cost
Replies: 9
Views: 1506

Folding

Mark wrote "plastic or composite" which I'm reading as "any material", but being pedantic I could claim that a boat made from fabric and alloy poles is composite. So I'll start with the Khatsalano at £3053. Good value if you want to go to places where you'd otherwise have to hire boats (and take the...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Divert your course 15 degrees
Replies: 10
Views: 2243

US myths

A similar probable but amusing myth:

The US spent $4million designing a pen for their astronauts that would write in zero gravity. The Russians gave their cosmonauts pencils.


Chris
by Chris Bolton
Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry suit: with or without feet?^
Replies: 23
Views: 8555

Feet - definately (having tried both)

I bought my first drysuit with ankle seals, using the logic that if I ended up with air in the wrong places and floating upside down, I could let the air out of the ankle seals. Similarly, if I punctured the suit and filled it with water, I could let the water out - otherwise, I thought, I'd be unab...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Prats at Stanley..yes you know who you are
Replies: 167
Views: 26559

Trespass

It's worth noting that while trespass is ordinarily as civil matter (as discussed in the many access threads), trespass on a railway is a criminal offence. The railway do take trespass very seriously for several reasons: 1. If somebody gets killed by a train they want to have done everything they ca...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dart person
Replies: 11
Views: 1802

Where is obvious, I know when, but who?

Image
by Chris Bolton
Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shopping! Chosen Boat - Now what colour?
Replies: 23
Views: 3120

Sharks

Yellow also attracts sharks - global warming mean they will be much more common round here...

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pontcysyllte aquaduct
Replies: 7
Views: 1338

Aqueduct & canal

Apparently paddling over the aqueduct is not permitted, but nobody stopped us. It's a bit scary; you feel that if you hit the edge, you could fall over, but I don't think you really would. The force 6 wind didn't help! Paddling up the canal to Horseshoe (assuming you know to shoot Horseshoe down the...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: E-mail Gremlins
Replies: 2
Views: 1062

Mail links

Mike, I can suggest a reason why the BT Yahoo spam filter may have started blocking it. Any address in a mail link on a web site will be picked up by spammers. (I only ever put an address in "name at domain dot com" form or as a .gif image of the address.) Once spammers start sending spam to the add...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spot the Coach
Replies: 25
Views: 3151

T Shirts and Beards

so we all wear BA's and helmets - hence T-shirts won't be visible We found that suitably sized T shirts can be worn over the BA, so I don't see why that should be a problem. Regarding the beard test, I think that's a test for a Coaching Beard . I don't score very highly, but my beard is the sea kay...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle Blade Repairs^
Replies: 14
Views: 7030

More thoughts

Andrea, Looking at the photo, I don't think it has a foam core. It has a substantial spine, so the blade isn't taking much of the longitudinal bending, which means that there isn't much load across the break in normal paddling, and your patch won't have to be very strong to have a chance of working....
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle Blade Repairs^
Replies: 14
Views: 7030

Epoxy repair

As Chris S says, with some possible additions: - chamfer the edges of the hole (to maybe 30 degrees from the surface), so that the infill has more area to key to. - to thicken the epoxy, don't use a filler powder, use glass mat cut up so that all the bits are just 2 to 3 mm long. - after filling the...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: AGM - BCU leadership rattled. [Posted Your Proxy Form Yet?]
Replies: 146
Views: 35814

Spirit of the motion

I would argue that proposing 1%/250 instead of 5% is precisely within the spirit of the motion. Although the purpose of the motion isn't stated, the only credible interpretation is that it aims to make it more difficult to call an EGM, but not impossible. 1%/250 does that. The other (not credible, t...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: You never need to reverse screw roll
Replies: 49
Views: 6587

The Shell wrote:Also why are threads being posted questioning that taught techniques are wrong?
Maybe, these threads are questioning that wrong techniques are taught?

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dee Bore
Replies: 14
Views: 3335

Boat length

I've not paddled the Dee bore myself but I've heard that the wave isn't necessarily that steep, and a longer boat can be useful to keep enough speed to stay on, or catch the second wave if you don't. As the river gets close to Chester there are two 45 degree bends. The wave tends to reflect off the ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Glue, Knee Pads and a Coleman Journey
Replies: 5
Views: 830

Using Evo-stik

When using Evo-stik on plastic, always apply a thin layer, leave it and let it dry fully. Then spread a second layer on top of that, and make the joint as per instructions.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fuji 9500 and 1150 Peli
Replies: 11
Views: 1069

Hmmm

Thanks, Rich, good point about leaving some cushion space. The way the box fits in the boat, I can't see anything would impact it on the lid or base. But, is it a risk I want to take.... You've helped clarify my thinking, anyway. I might need to experiment with putting some rigid spacers in the box,...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fuji 9500 and 1150 Peli
Replies: 11
Views: 1069

Fuji 9500 and 1150 Peli

The Fuji Finefix 9500 is apparently 93mm high. Measuring my 1150 Pelicase, the biggest that fits my boat, it is 93mm deep.

Does anyone have said items and is able to confirm whether the camera fits in the box?

Thanks

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: You never need to high brace?
Replies: 28
Views: 4100

You never need to high brace?

Insipred by the video in the Learning styles thread, and independantly of the thread on reverse screw rolls, I suggest for debate:

"You never need to high brace"

As a C1 paddler I never high brace; if the problem is on my on side I low brace, if it's on my off side I fall in and roll.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 25, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mile End Mill
Replies: 36
Views: 4336

Halifax

a site in Halifax! I can't remember the name Sowerby Bridge, pronounced "Sawby". The site is managed by Halifax Canoe Club I think; I've only ever been then when there was a slalom, so I'm not sure how easy it is to get to the water other than via the club; so far as I know there are no permission ...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sea Site Updates - Sat, 25 Feb
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Website

Mike wrote:you have to select a country first (not that they make that clear - - )
Thanks, Mike. I've done some experimenting; looks like I choose an unlucky sequence of Link / County / Link which is a dead end! Some other sequences seem to work. I've emailed Lendal and suggested they sort it.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sea Site Updates - Sat, 25 Feb
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Lendal site

Thanks, Mike.

The Lendal link takes me to their home page, but nothing works, either in IE or Firefox. Anyone else have this problem?

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drinking water^
Replies: 30
Views: 13580

Peroxide?

Jim described filtering the water in the Grand Canyon. The guides also added a small dose (5 drops per 20litre jerrycan) of what they said was hydrogen peroxide. I had never heard of this as a sterilising agent, but Google suggests it is, although not common.

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ty Warp paddles now in
Replies: 36
Views: 5231

Jubilee clips

Lancaster Simon wrote:To use them as splits, you can use jubilee clips to hold the 3 bits together
There's a member of this board who still carries the scars on his nose from hitting a wave hard with Jubilee clips on his paddle shaft...!

Chris
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Martin Salter - Reading MP
Replies: 36
Views: 16477

Money

Angling contributes £17million (net) in rod licence income toward the Environment Agency's fisheries budget of £30m pa to help protect the aquatic environment I think he has a unique interpretation of the word "net" here, and a somewhat biased understanding of the benefits that fishing gives a rive...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: lies, damn lies and statistics...
Replies: 40
Views: 3638

Complex?

James Hartley almost wrote:The more apparently complex a post, the more vital it is to search until you find its inner simplicity
by Chris Bolton
Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who paddles what? - the ultimate directory
Replies: 51
Views: 10444

My boats

I have 3 sea boats: - a Sea Tiger, which I have had since 1986 and not used much since I bought the Vyneck, but which is much more manouverable, has many advantages (despite some people's opinions) but is not nearly such fun to paddle. The Sea Tiger was one of the first boats to have an adjustable s...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Youngest person to paddle the colorado?
Replies: 12
Views: 2755

Canyon

Dan,

There are many articles about the Canyon on line - just Google for them.

I went 2 years ago (with some other citizens of this board) and my photos are here.

Amazing place!

Chris