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by Ken
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The moral of that story
Replies: 22
Views: 1553

Re: The moral of that story

Don't believe anything I say, I have a sick and twisted idea of what makes a good river/playspot.
by Ken
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choose your corner, Ammo V Burn
Replies: 24
Views: 1391

Re: Choose your corner, Ammo V Burn

When all is said and done though, there is a lot of competition for the Burn in the 2.5m ish creekboat camp, the Ammo is pretty much in a class of its own. I have paddled both, own neither, but would buy an Ammo rather than a Burn as it fills a gap in my stable of boats.
by Ken
Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Storing kit over winter
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: Storing kit over winter

My Allstar lives in the back of my pick up most of the time, and has pretty much every blow up gizmo you can buy in it. The boat seems to regularly freeze up with no ill effects at all so far.
by Ken
Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Channel Tunnel
Replies: 18
Views: 1314

Re: Channel Tunnel

We've done it the last two years, no issues whatsoever and a far better option than using the ferry. As stated above, book the extra height option.
by Ken
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bumper Sticker
Replies: 22
Views: 878

Re: Bumper Sticker

Voodoo wrote:Image

As seen on a Van at Hells Mouth

Discuss !
As I dimly remember, wasn't a sticker saying this once available from the BCU?
by Ken
Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Old Throwbag
Replies: 23
Views: 881

Re: Old Throwbag

After 15 years I would definitely retire a rope, but as to what a sensible cut off should be, I haven't the faintest idea. Does any manufacturer give a recommended life span for an unabused rope?
by Ken
Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grappling hook, any suggestions please?
Replies: 29
Views: 1787

Re: Grappling hook, any suggestions please?

Just a thought, but surely chucking any sort of grappling hook into a stopper is simply asking for it to snag on the bottom, with resultant loss of hook and fair length of your throwline. Me, I'll stick with taping krabs to paddles, lobbing throw bags at it, and if all else fails, splits! However, i...
by Ken
Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South-East: Break-out practise locations
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: South-East: Break-out practise locations

How about St Patricks Stream, near Henley. Not exactly hardcore, but there's definitely a few eddies down there.
by Ken
Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Holding your breath
Replies: 36
Views: 2323

Re: Holding your breath

Just done 3 mins 1 sec sat at my desk, not sure I would want to replicate it under water however. All got to help though, and knowing you've got the extra reserve has got to give you more confidence in holding on for an extra roll attempt or three.
by Ken
Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scout if you can't see...
Replies: 63
Views: 2785

Re: Scout if you can't see...

I thought that that if a rapid could be run in control without bank inspection, then it couldn't merit grade 5. Its feasible to run a grade 5 blind and just be lucky!
by Ken
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Happy Thruster
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: Happy Thruster

The happy seat comes as a combo with the happy thruster, and they connect together in use. I've never had a problem wet exiting a boat with one in, but I've only done it for real twice.
by Ken
Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thoughts on the Jackson Villain
Replies: 16
Views: 1374

Re: Thoughts on the Jackson Villain

I've got a Villain S (the small one) to replace my aging Jefe. Fantastic boat, does everything my old boat did but its faster, and unlike the Jefe its possible to surf waves in it. Much easier access to the back for getting kit in too. My only quibble is that the sizing seems a bit out. My female fr...
by Ken
Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sucking is cool
Replies: 17
Views: 1358

Re: Sucking is cool

Totally priceless.
by Ken
Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hurley next week
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Hurley next week

I can see it going to one gate, but not two just yet.
by Ken
Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pulling a full size canoe trailer with a car?
Replies: 17
Views: 1430

Re: Pulling a full size canoe trailer with a car?

mpooleman wrote:Newer licences are more complicated than old ones, I had to do my trailer test to tow pretty much anything with a 4x4 pickup.
Thankfully I'm an old git.
by Ken
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pulling a full size canoe trailer with a car?
Replies: 17
Views: 1430

Re: Pulling a full size canoe trailer with a car?

Open your bonnet, there will be a plate on the slam panel giving your maximum towing weight. If a canoe trailor with 4 opens on it is anywhere near the limit for a braked trailor I'll be amazed.
by Ken
Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pulling a full size canoe trailer with a car?
Replies: 17
Views: 1430

Re: Pulling a full size canoe trailer with a car?

I don't think size matters too much. Look at the number of glider trailors you see on the motorway. Thats got to be twice the length of anything you use to pull it. From personal experience, I've had a Vito van on a car trailor behind my Ford Ranger pick up. That was both bigger and heavier than the...
by Ken
Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: pyranha or Jackson
Replies: 36
Views: 1728

Re: pyranha or Jackson

Get a Jackson and it'll sort your heartburn out!
by Ken
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Sea Kayak for sale
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: Sea Kayak for sale

I'm very interested, is the boat still available?
by Ken
Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: pyranha or Jackson
Replies: 36
Views: 1728

Re: pyranha or Jackson

Hang on Seth, are you saying that Burns deliberately break in order to save the paddler injury? And aren't you sponsored by Pyranha? For me its a Jackson all the way, but its a close thing. I personally can't get on with the Molan, but others seem to really click with them. I would have said that un...
by Ken
Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantiic Sport
Replies: 5
Views: 914

North Shore Atlantiic Sport

While I've been paddling for more years than I care to remember, I still haven't tried sea kayaking and rather fancy getting one. Liked the look of the plastic North shore Atlantic sport, and it looks like the bargain of the centuary. Is this the case, or is it too good to be true? Also, as an exper...
by Ken
Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Chertsy Boating
Replies: 8
Views: 508

Re: Chertsy Boating

Well, you're up to 47.
by Ken
Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dead Drysuits?
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Re: Dead Drysuits?

I've got an old Typhoon, good seals and zip, but the material seeps.
Any use?
by Ken
Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best boof in the world?
Replies: 68
Views: 8391

Re: The best boof in the world?

Don't know about beating the boof, but wow, do I want to run that river!
by Ken
Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley First Video
Replies: 15
Views: 1203

Re: Lee Valley First Video

Looks surprisingly steep, particularly at the end of the video. Can't wait to try it.
by Ken
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing kit is ugly
Replies: 73
Views: 6429

Re: Canoeing kit is ugly

Isn't the "wetsuit" in the top picture painted on? Not that I'm looking closely or anything.
by Ken
Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Changing outfitting
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Re: Changing outfitting

Re the leaking, for starters there seems to be a rubber washer on the inside of the boat on the footrest bolt and it looks perished and in need of replacement. A bit of silicone sealant on the underside of the bolt heads will do wonders as well.
by Ken
Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: hurley
Replies: 14
Views: 675

Re: hurley

A reasonable roll and an attitude to get stuck in and you will be fine! Newcomers always welcome, just be sensible and don't paddle on your own.
Ken.
by Ken
Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Bunkhouse recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Tees Bunkhouse recommendations

As the title says, can anyone recommend a bunkhouse or similar in the Tees/Swale area. Just got back from the Alps and need to plan more trips to drive away the back at work blues!
Cheers
Ken.
by Ken
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: You know it's going to get expensive when...
Replies: 39
Views: 1945

Re: You know it's going to get expensive when...

You try a new playboat and you have to admit that is actually better than your current one.