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by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2009

Re: New P&H model ?

Where do all you people that don't need a day hatch keep things like Storm Cag, warm hat, pogies/mitts, first aid kit, flares/LED light and flask, to name some things that reside in mine? Some in the mini hatch, my laserflare, camera, VHF, PLB are on my BA, some do indeed go in the day hatch - I do...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 775

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

The information about the index grip is complete nonsense, the grip is in line with the blade no matter what feather the shaft is set to I agree, the only thing that makes sense is that they just meant the grip would be on the wrong half of the shaft. the paddlock spigot has a hole in it and 2 slot...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 775

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

I've had a look at my Lendal paddles, with Paddlok, to see how the existing spigot is fixed, but I have only seen the Leverlok in photos. Here's a better picture than the one on Celtic site: https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/1849/1562186757926-3163.png the index grip on your 2 pieces wou...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2009

Re: New P&H model ?

The Virgo does have the option for a hatch in front of the cockpit, with what looks like the same size hatch cover as the Gemini, and given the position of the rear hatch the day compartment on the Gemini can't be very big. The Gemini is also 19cm longer. Personally, I'd value a 'traditional' day ha...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 775

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

To help me understand what you're looking for, what is it about the Leverlok that doesn't do what you want it to?
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: River Dee - Farndon to Chester Weir
Replies: 6
Views: 4148

Re: River Dee - Farndon to Chester Weir

If paddling to Sandy Lane, be aware that the Council have now introduced a 4hr parking limit. Users with non-powered craft can buy a season ticket to park for longer than this, £20 for a year.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adapting Carbon Paddles
Replies: 14
Views: 775

Re: Adapting Carbon Paddles

Do you want to make them adjustable day to day, or to change them permanently to a different feather? For the former, I'd just drill a new hole for paddlok button. I'm not sure which Celtic adaptor you've looked at; is it the Leverlok ? Celtic are effectively the UK successor to Lendal, so they migh...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 836

Re: Weighting a kayak...

The Willow has no Skeg and probably desperately needs one; but for the minute it’s proving useful for developing at least that skill, though it can be quite tiring. Sometimes it’s a relief when there is a headwind! When I started paddling sea kayaking no boats had skegs, so we learnt to paddle them...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted Small Playboat
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Wanted Small Playboat

I have a Riot Turbo 52 I need to get rid of - it's currently fitted out as a C1 but I have the kayak seat etc to put back in.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Help needed please!

It's a slalom kayak, from the days when they were 4m long. The paddle is an Ainsworth Hydro from about 1984-5, I would guess, so the boat is probably from the same time. Not sure of the model, wondered about an Image, but the bow seems very long, possibly that just perspective. Not especially valuab...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Re:Explorer by Voyageur Canoe Paddle?
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Re:Explorer by Voyageur Canoe Paddle?

Would anybody be interested in buying them please? They're reasonable paddles. To have the best chance of selling them, I recommend you put a specific 'For Sale' post in Open Canoeing Gear For Sale, with the photos, plus the length of each paddle; ideally both the overall length and the length of t...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seaward Kayaks
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Seaward Kayaks

The only ones I've came across that have broken (fatigue) were SS. I use Spectra. Sorry, off topic, but I also use Spectra. In the 1970s, I took over maintenance for my University Sailing Club. Our racing dinghies had a winch for the boom vang that wound wire around a 15mm axle. The previous mainta...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seaward Kayaks
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Seaward Kayaks

I rented two Seaward kayaks In BC 13 years ago; from memory, I paddled a Chilco and my son a Quest - but I could be misremembering. They were well built and thoughtfully fitted out. They had rudders, but otherwise felt like British kayaks. The one my son had was unusual among all the designs I've us...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on second hand Kayak please
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Advice on second hand Kayak please

I have no experience of an Osprey but I see from the specifications that it weighs 33kg. That's quite a lot to put on a roof rack by yourself. If the rear bars on your roof rack is near the back of the roof (for example, as on an Estate with roof rails) have a look at rollers that sit just behind th...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: Impatient.... help!

I would suggest looking at Rockpool GT My usual sea kayak is a Rockpool GT. It's a great boat and I find it stable, manoeuvrable and fairly fast. It has enough volume for a 20st paddler but I don't think the cockpit will be wide enough somebody of that weight. My son, who is a muscular 95kg, doesn'...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 28
Views: 5498

Re: sea kayak for big guys

it seems most of the boats are no longer made
Indeed, but they will be available second hand. if you are buying a boat to lose weight (as mentioned in your other thread), and may be selling it on soon, you would be wise not to buy new anyway.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: Impatient.... help!

What, in particular, is your limitation in choosing a kayak? Is it cockpit size/width, stability, getting in and out, etc? Some previous threads that might help: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=105427 https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=124854 ...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 1838

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

I missed this thread when it was posted and have only spotted it now. Sometimes, when I've left details with [Stornoway] CG for a multi-day trip, they have asked for a shore contact. On the only occasion that we've been the subject of a false alarm with good intent, they phoned the shore contact. We...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

A new brand of bag I've just come across - Nite ize RunOff. No idea how good they are but might try one.
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 836

Re: Weighting a kayak...

In the short term, while you develop confidence, some ballast weight will help. You're right to think confidence matters; once you can relax and let the boat find its stable point it becomes easy, but you need to develop the muscle memory, and you can only do that with time in the boat. If you find ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1064

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

You don't need permanent IT staff to keep a website up to date - a content management system doesn't require IT expertise for adding content, only if you want to change the structure of the site. Facebook is basically a content management system, but with a mind of its own and it's own obscure objec...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: The best spots?

leading renters of the house to believe they have an exclusive right of access seems a bit much
Sorry, I didn't mean they'd said that, they're not claiming exclusive rights, just no camping. I don't think they have any objection to people using their benches for lunch (I did on Sunday).
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Understern or overstern rudders?
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Understern or overstern rudders?

It's been discussed here: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=78320 Understern are usually favoured for sprint and deep water, overstern for marathon and potential shallows. Whether you want to do sprint or marathon is also worth considering as the weight limits are different -...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: The best spots?

Anglesey, and indeed much of Wales, is a bit too busy / crowded to provide many wild camps. Places which are only readily accessible from water can work well. While I don't (for reasons above) want to publish the good spots, I can ask paddlers to respect one that looks good but where we have been sp...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel

In this post it's reported that Rockpool use IWT Devweld to fix them in. I am never sure that glueing anything that has broken will be as strong as the original bond that was made in factory conditions onto a clean, new surface - but see what Mike says. If one of the RDFs on my Rockpool broke, and M...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Broke deckline fixation on an Isel

I agree with the suggestion to ask Rockpool. I would call them recessed deck fittings or RDFs. Replacing RDFs is difficult, particularly near the ends of the boat where the underneath of the deck is difficult to reach. What has actually broken; has the plastic fitting snapped or has it pulled out fr...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 980

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

I expect there will be more turbulence at an open cockpit than one with a cover, and turbulence will mean drag, but even if it adds 2% to the drag on the boat that's probably 0.5% on the total drag on the car. As Mike says, however, modern car engines are optimised to work best with the drag of the ...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 29, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Best glue for re bonding a hull stiffener

Looking at comments, I'm checking my understanding of the question. The stiffener is plastic, I assume polythene, but I've understood that the Lettmann Granate is a composite boat?
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 29, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A Level Design Engineering Paddling
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: A Level Design Engineering Paddling

Done. Some questions were a bit unclear, like the one about aiding progress on a day trip - not sure what that was getting at (mapping, engines, more efficient boat/paddle?). It also seems to depend very much on what I choose as my most used craft; solo open, tandem open and sea kayak are about even...