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by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat height?
Replies: 4
Views: 487

Re: Seat height?

In my experience, while there may be a few occasions when a higher seat might be advantageous, most of the time it's not, and in a sea kayak I would want it as low as it will go.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare disposal.
Replies: 10
Views: 573

Re: Flare disposal.

Thanks, OMarti. I believe it's illegal to practice with flares in the UK even inland or when the Coastguard have been told; they may only be fired in an emergency. jet, your post prompts me to mention a user on this Forum who asked the authorities for advice (the Police, I think) on flare disposal, ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare disposal.
Replies: 10
Views: 573

Re: Flare disposal.

I contacted Holyhead Coastguard, who said they could dispose of them if I brought them to their HQ, subject to phoning a few days before to check whether the right people would be on duty to deal with them. Which is what I did. Then I bought a Greatland green rescue laser flare; I won't be buying an...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak

Sorry, my mistake, link fixed now.
by Chris Bolton
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Info wanted on Blenheim Kayak

There's a previous thread here about getting used to a Blenheim, or not. Hope it helps.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Gave du Pau - Canoe Trip?
Replies: 1
Views: 158

Re: Gave du Pau - Canoe Trip?

There's a brief mention of it on Song of the Paddle, and from the dates on the post was probably in June. On SOTP you can safely assume it was in a canoe unless stated otherwise.
by Chris Bolton
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2062

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I've never heard that advice, which doesn't mean it's wrong, but if you want for it to go tacky you'll have to make another mix. It goes off faster in the pot (less heat loss) than on the boat. Nor have I had brush marks in flowcoat. I would put the boat on its side so that the area was mostly horiz...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access officers
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Re: Access officers

Lower Lydbrook is in Gloucestershire which makes it BC South West Region.

The EA Guide to the Wye says "Launching for individual but NOT groups. Donations requested in honesty box". Maybe "individuals not groups" is the reason for the different posts.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3473

Re: GPS

Three posts back, I wrote that I'd check whether Memory Map charts can be loaded onto an Android phone. The answer is Yes. The Memory Map website has instructions for copying onto an SD card and activating the licence . I had already registered the licence on my PC and the licence covers five device...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?
Replies: 17
Views: 2292

Re: Kayak or Canoe for larger person?

I'd go back to your original question, kayak or canoe. Have you tried an open canoe? If not, it's worth hiring or borrowing one to see how you like it. For your size, I'd look at something at least 15ft-16ft long and 35" wide for stability (for some reason, canoe dimensions are rarely quoted in metr...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which way North
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Which way North

Although, the line drawn by OS runs through the Isle of Skye, where the compass needle often points anywhere but grid North!
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2062

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Looks OK - I'd fill the voids first (flowcoat would do), so that you can sand it all flat, including the hull surface round the mend, then flowcoat the whole area. If it all ends up a mm higher than it was before it will make zero difference to how the boat handles. Is the Tiderace logo moulded in?
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2062

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

The resin cures as a result of mixing the two parts and doesn't need air, so taping over makes no difference. Make sure you wear a mask and cover your hands and arms when sanding epoxy. It can sensitise you to further contact, a friend of mine can't even sit in an epoxy boat without getting a rash n...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

I guess you would need a subscription for the inreach and not the PLB? Yes. My Inreach costs me £24/year, plus £17 for each month that I choose to activate it for. The PLB has no oncosts other that a new battery and service every 5 or 6 years (about £80 for the McMurdo). Another difference is that ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2062

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

OK, I didn't know CSM for epoxy existed! In that case I think you're right to use CSM for the first layer, and the top layer, but I'd put at least one layer of woven in the middle.
by Chris Bolton
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2062

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I think I'd use woven. CSM is held together with a glue that dissolves in polyester resin, but not in epoxy. So you can't manipulate it round a curve as easily, if you're using epoxy. Woven is stronger as it has higher density of fibres. That also makes it harder to wet out, which is more of a probl...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 967

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

I'm wondering how much actual breathing a breathable suit does when it's covered with water and has a thick BA over it. I have a DAM-X and Typhoon Ps220. The difference in breathability is noticeable. The DAM-X is robust and will last longer, so gets used for day trips,when I can dry it at home bef...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: testing a plb
Replies: 7
Views: 579

Re: testing a plb

That's odd. Wikipedia redirect 'PLB' to ' Emergency position-indicating radiobeacon station' . This contains an entry for Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) which are are fairly expensive beacons for aviation use. This section says: According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, ground te...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 2062

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

how many layers of 200gsm ish woven cloth do I need to aim for As many as it takes to build up to the surface level. the 3kg of gel coat I've ordered I don't believe you need gelcoat, as such, for the repair you're doing. Gelcoat is thickened resin without wax additive, for use as the first layer i...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 967

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Is there such a thing as specialist drysuit repair glue, or will Super Epoxy work? Epoxy would not be suitable, it's too rigid and would just crack when the suit flexes. I would use Aquasure . It's a flexible sealant, not a glue, so you don't need tape, just apply a thin layer of it over the leak a...
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

The day went like this:
Everything there is what you'd do for a paddler who wanted to learn how to go paddling, ignoring awards. Which says to me that the award is doing the right thing - it just (without being too heavy) formalises what a paddler should learn, for those who want it formalised.
by Chris Bolton
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

He was very clear that those wordy, kind of vague, documents aimed at the paddler being coached is all we are going to get That suggests to me that the vagueness is intentional, so that providers can be flexible in their interpretation to suit the paddler - for example, the ability of younger paddl...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Packraft advice
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: Packraft advice

I don't have experience of Packrafts (and I know they are lighter fabric than some inflatables) but as a general comment on durability, when the RNLI refurbish their Class B (RIB) lifeboats after something like 20 years, they scrap the rigid hull and retain the inflatable part.
by Chris Bolton
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Werner splits - grease for easier splitting?
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: Werner splits - grease for easier splitting?

I've used the bike paste on a carbon paddle shaft for the opposite reason - to stop it creaking with every stroke. It was a very slightly loose fit, after being sanded down because somebody thought it was too tight... It's intended to increase grip, not as a lubricant, and contains fine grit. Pencil...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit identification
Replies: 10
Views: 820

Re: Cockpit identification

As above, it's been very neatly done. The cockpit moulding appears to be an unusual shape; compared to other sea kayaks the rim is more pointed towards the front, and the seat is well forward. It could be from any kayak design, not necessarily a sea kayak, and given the neatness of the modification ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing

In general, you need a licence to canoe on most artificial waterways, that is, canal and canalised rivers. The cheapest way to get a licence is usually to join British Canoeing. A list of the waterways covered by membership is here: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-canoeing/access-and-environme...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Mixed single blades for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Mixed single blades for sale

Hi, can you clarify what the blades are please?

The photos are too small to see, except the one close-up, which shows a left blade, Kinetic Xti in carbon, with a paddlok joint. Can you describe the rest?
by Chris Bolton
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3473

Re: GPS

do you know if this will work solely on a tablet/phone or do you need the desktop app to manage the android device? I think it should be possible to copy the chart files from the CD and load them onto the android, but I haven't done it. You might need the PC software to manage the licence. I will t...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3473

Re: GPS

How much do you pay for that bit? You can buy the 1:50k maps for the whole of GB (not UK, NI is not included) for £50 from Memory Map . The android app used to be £10 but I think it's free now. Memory Map also sell a full set UK marine charts for £25, which is a real bargain. (They were £50 when I ...
by Chris Bolton
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3473

Re: GPS

Mine is a Homtom Zoji Z8 with a 5in screen 64gb memory etc etc. IP68 rated cost me £93 Thanks, Fozzy. I use Memory Map, and I think their app will run on that. Your link doesn't work, but I found it on Aliexpress - that's in the US, did you get it from there and if so did you have to pay import dut...