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by Chris Bolton
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For sale: P&H Cetus MV
Replies: 5
Views: 1282

Re: For sale: P&H Cetus MV

Not sure if these posts are in the public domain Yes, they're public. If you want to send private information, use the 'contact icon' and send either a private message (which the recipient reads on here) or an email (sent to their inbox, from the site admin). If you would like your email address re...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Changing deck lines on a Sea Kayak Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Changing deck lines on a Sea Kayak Advice

I would use 6mm if it will fit through the fixings, otherwise 5mm. How much to buy depends on the layout you want and how willing you are to have some left over - I took a rough guess and bought 50% more, rope is always useful to have. I start from the first fixing in front of the cockpit. Tied an o...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Judge Sprint K1 for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 889

Re: Judge Sprint K1 for sale

Boat still available, outrigger now sold
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Beginner kayak wanted!!
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: Beginner kayak wanted!!

they seem to say they are in the outbox
They do indeed stay in the Outbox until the recipient reads them.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 35
Views: 1028

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

Different designs of boats could be an advantage. You can swap them around and see which you like best; it's all learning. Some people just don't 'get on with' some boats, but really take to others that are superficially similar. It might be stability (more or less, or primary v secondary), turning,...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 1179

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

On threads like this, it's worth drawing attention to the Almanac - this isn't just a Forum, we have a knowledge base as well. Take note, however, that's it's information accumulated over 20-ish years, so not all the advice will be current

https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/sea/almanac/
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 16
Views: 455

Re: VHF radio replacement

True, I think there are a lot more direct DSC alerts. Apart from battery life, the other reason I didn't go for a DSC radio is that my brother (marine pilot and yachtsman) told me there are so many DSC alerts they all have to be followed up before any action is taken so you don't necessarily get any...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 16
Views: 455

Re: VHF radio replacement

regulations around DSC would need changing to allow a DSC mayday these man-over-board signals send a DSC alert I think the MOB sends an alert, to the yacht crew, which isn't a Mayday. It does say in the Q&A for the MOB1 "An 'All Ships DSC Alert' can be sent from this unit if you decide that the sig...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 1179

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

The RYA advice is interesting but bear in mind that it's aimed at yachts, which have more space and you're not quite so dependent of keeping things on your person. You can get DSC handheld VHF radios but the battery life is much reduced by the need to keep tracking GPS in case an emergency position ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 1179

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

I've given up using flares. If you're in trouble, there are two things you need to do; say you need help and show where you are. A parachute flare will do that, IF somebody who knows what it means is looking in the right direction during the few seconds it's visible, but they'll still have to search...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW rivers in the UK with the same name!
Replies: 14
Views: 599

Re: WW rivers in the UK with the same name!

Calder (Lancashire); flows into the Ribble, gd 2? Calder (Yorkshire): flows into the Aire, gd? weirs? * these two flow in opposite directions from the same watershed in the Cliviger gorge Calder (Cumbria): flows through Sellafield (but get out before that!) gd 2/3 Calder (Highland): flows into the S...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Cetus MV
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: Wanted - Cetus MV

I have tried to pm but its impossible If the problem you're finding is that the PM remains stuck in your Outbox, that's what happens; it stays there until the recipient opens it. You can also (from the same 'contact' icon) send a more direct email. The message is sent from UKRGB direct to the recip...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Perception Expression x2
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Re: Perception Expression x2

Hi Kavay & anais I'm hoping I can help you out here. If you click on the username for OP on this advert you'll see that he's only made one post, and hasn't logged in to the Forum since May 28th. He advertised his boats at what looks like a bargain price, so my guess is that he's sold them very quick...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 659

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

Having never tried a sea kayak is there a significant feel in difference of weight. Im guessing there isnt a large difference in speed to a more stable K1. For racing, there are minimum weights for K1s - 12kg for sprint and 8kg for marathon. If I remember right, it used to be 12kg for both (I may b...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 35
Views: 1028

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

Also would I be able to do this in a 5mm diving wetsuit? I missed that on my first reply. Paddling any distance in a 5mm diving wetsuit will be very uncomfortable, it will restrict your movement and will chafe. You could possibly use it for days when you're planning to practice self rescues, but ev...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder up hitting in the deck. Solutions?
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Rudder up hitting in the deck. Solutions?

There is also a V shaped fitting that can be installed on the deck that centers the blade.
Or just a block of wood shaped to fit the deck with a V in the top. I would say having the blade touch the deck is an advantage, not a problem; it keep it straight.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 35
Views: 1028

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

The Perception Expression would be good for your use. Those in the advert were a good price and I'd be very surprised if they're still available. Whether you want to go for something a bit longer depends on how comfortable you feel in rougher water and your general balance, confidence and fitness. Y...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 659

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

In your first post you wrote: After trying a fibreglass racing style kayak at a local club I wanted to have a similar kayak of my own for just general flat water and river running I think you probably meant 'river touring' as 'river running' means whitewater or at least significant speed of flow, an...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 659

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

The boats you've linked: Orange unbranded plastic - could suit you but needs a lot of work and isn't worth the starting price Perception Acadia - would be a good boat for you Orange fibreglass - more of a general tourer than a slalom boat but probably not as suitable as the Acadia, overpriced Gaybo ...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Re-Gelcoat an entire hull ?
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: Re-Gelcoat an entire hull ?

I haven't heard of the idea of gelcoat then flowcoat, but I see the logic. I think, for a full boat, if you sand properly before you flowcoat, and you get the flowcoat right (which may need spray equipment), it shouldn't need sanding and buffing afterwards. When I used to race wooden sailing dinghie...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Re-Gelcoat an entire hull ?
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: Re-Gelcoat an entire hull ?

I would say flowcoat rather than gelcoat; it's intended for that use, while gelcoat is optimsed for using in a mould.

See this thread where I suggested the same thing - although unfortunately the story hasn't been finished.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Mersey Estuary
Replies: 9
Views: 1154

Re: Mersey Estuary

Tobbolly, what's the rest of your route? I agree with Jim about Morecame Bay; even if you get down the Dee and across the Mersey (and I'd want neaps, not springs), Morecambe Bay is a big challenge. You can't just paddle round the coast, as most of the time the tide is out, so you have to go straight...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Removing a P&H seat
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: Removing a P&H seat

I'd drop an email to P&H and ask how they put them in. Unless they do it before they put the cockpit rim on (which I think would make other things more difficult), it should be reversible.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 659

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

Welcome to UKRGB! It feels as though I am constantly having to correct the direction its going when going at any considerable speed This is the key point. As a slalom kayak, it's designed to turn quickly. a bit like modern fighter aircraft, it's directionally unstable, so that as soon as it starts t...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice for Sail Kayak build.
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Advice for Sail Kayak build.

Welcome to UKRGB! I don't have answers for everything, but some thoughts. The PBK is an old design and you might be better with something newer, both in terms of build and use. There are many sailing canoe designs on the web. If you want to stick with skin and frame, look at https://www.gaboats.com/...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 24
Views: 718

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

I haven't done detailed research but as I understand it the presence of an SSSI doesn't, in itself, change public access. There's only an issue if that public access damages the things the SSSI is protecting. So if the river is a public navigation (and if there's a specific Act of Parliament that's ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Welsh Rivers Guidebook ed.2 Research
Replies: 34
Views: 2634

Re: Welsh Rivers Guidebook ed.2 Research

I've had a quick look in likely places (such as the Glaslyn) in my copy of Snowdonia Wild Water, Sea and Surf - not spotted it so far. Any idea where I should be looking?

Might Terry Storry have written it in "British White Water: The 100 Best Canoeing Rivers"?
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 24
Views: 718

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

he had beef with people leaving the river and going on his land too
He's quite within his rights on that.
it says so ALL over the internet
but talking complete rubbish there!
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Avon in Salisbury
Replies: 24
Views: 718

Re: River Avon in Salisbury

I think it's fairly well established that the owner of the bank owns the bed of the river, up to the midpoint, but not the river flowing over it. There's a lot of evidence that there's a right of navigation (like a public footpath) along almost all rivers in England and Wales, and as a public right ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Judge Sprint K1 for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 889

Re: Judge Sprint K1 for sale (+ O1 outrigger)

Bump - still available. Reduced to £400.