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by Mike A
Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: solar/ battery charging.^
Replies: 43
Views: 5571

Re: solar/ battery charging.^

For our sport I keep wondering about a small ducted propeller attached to a generator akin to the way that the wind up generators work in torches or to give a small charge to a phone. Use straps around boat to secure to side of boat and hey presto our own power station as we move through the water. ...
by Mike A
Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof rails - are they worth it?
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: Roof rails - are they worth it?

The T tracks on the early mk2 focus are superb for being able to position the roof bars so far apart. It makes for a really stable load when carrying an open or sea kayak, which is key to what makes roof rails so great. Only pity is that the roofline isn't flatter. The new rail looks good on the mk3...
by Mike A
Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe England bullies
Replies: 46
Views: 4863

Re: Canoe England bullies

Thanks indeed. Given the lack of information coming out of Nottingham Towers it would be great to know what is going on in OUR organisation! Still no news about the goings on at the AGM Still no news about the fact that Brian Chapman stepped down from the SCA board and the impact that this has on hi...
by Mike A
Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seal harassment by jet skiers at Walney
Replies: 15
Views: 1483

Re: Seal harassment by jet skiers at Walney

If you could get the BBC interested, hit the social media outlets and raise public awareness then you would probably have the greatest chance of using this horrid incident to improve future practice.
by Mike A
Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe England bullies
Replies: 46
Views: 4863

Re: Canoe England bullies

I am sure that if the BCU wished to involve its members it would do more to engage with members and actually try to get more people to attend the AGM. Perhaps they could even invite motions or topics to be discussed. I am astounded that no mention of the AGM was made on facebook in advance of, or po...
by Mike A
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Manchester canoes - sad news
Replies: 2
Views: 793

Manchester canoes - sad news

Really horrid news, apparently after a great opening event, Manchester canoes have been broken into and kit stolen

Palm / Typhoon drysuits, Cags, thermals, fish finders etc etc

See more here
http://www.facebook.com/ManchesterCanoes

Really feel for the guys, hope the s***bags get caught soon

Mike
by Mike A
Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Important: Lower Tryweryn take out
Replies: 87
Views: 5546

Re: Important: Lower Tryweryn take out

If you go to the shop would you complain if 'outsiders' had been allowed to buy all the copies of the sun that should be kept for the locals, who might want to buy one? LOL, have you been to Cynwyd as well? My gran walked into the little paper shop, picked up a paper from the counter and was told s...
by Mike A
Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Girls getting ideas?
Replies: 88
Views: 5688

Re: Girls getting ideas?

Its all about the USP
by Mike A
Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spray Decks
Replies: 12
Views: 894

Re: Spray Decks

Probably best to get 2 decks off ebay or such.

There is a reed deck that should fit your Explorer on at the moment for about £20. But check with the seller as I think the title states Keyhole B and the description Keyhole C

Mike
by Mike A
Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6603

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

Following on from StoneWeasels excellent post, I am a paddler first and a coach second. If there are only a few volunteer coaches in a club then the burden placed upon them is far too great and they dont get out to paddle for themselves. If you are not paddling for yourself, not only do your persona...
by Mike A
Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6603

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

Performance awards, should solely to judged on the performance observed. Any a side from that is conjecture and a gross mistrust of the assessor's role. Totally agree with Simon on this, each candidate should be judged purely against the set criteria of the award. Unfortunately, especially with reg...
by Mike A
Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 2009-2010 Burn
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: 2009-2010 Burn

Hope you got the version you wanted.

But just wondering, which is best?
by Mike A
Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6603

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

CW introducing its own awards SCA replacing its members on the BCU board I wonder if all is not well with the relationships between the home nations and BCU? But as a member of CE I am sure we will be the last to know anything! Agree re the last comment from Chris. The only thing that has really cam...
by Mike A
Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SCA / BCU - changes at the top - -
Replies: 30
Views: 4637

Re: SCA / BCU - changes at the top - -

It is very refreshing to see teh SCA being as open and communicative as it is - I just wish CE were! Given the often un-practicalities of attending meetings for interested volunteers, it is great to see thought given to other means of contact such as phone and skype or simply web casting and twitter...
by Mike A
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good deals on dry suit? anyone
Replies: 18
Views: 1679

Re: Good deals on dry suit? anyone

And then the next question, which is best?

New Palm Torrent or Typhoon Multisport 4?

Dam X look a really well made suit that is designed to last, but it does look heavy

Mike
by Mike A
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I4 vs Loki
Replies: 23
Views: 2785

Re: I4 vs Loki

I loved my I3. A superb, responsive, fun river runner that occasionally had me seeing sky when I forgot to edge on landing and was fantastic on eddylines. Unfortunately I think it shrank in the wash and I had to get rid. I have considered getting another, but I wonder if I have got too used to the c...
by Mike A
Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Minimum coaching quals for coaching on white water
Replies: 41
Views: 2717

Re: Minimum coaching quals for coaching on white water

Never been comfortable with the slalom coaching L1 award and moving water. I just couldnt get my head around how a normal L2 could not coach on moving water but a non paddling parent with L1 could coach on pretty much any grade of water so long as they had their "coaches rucksac" and had put in plac...
by Mike A
Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any good
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any

I have a copy, wouldn't recomend it as a must have. Save with the 2 star DVD really. But agree that it looks like it is aimed mainly at coaches - where there is definately a need for standardisation! The variation in skills that I am seeing in paddlers who supposedly have their new 2 star is amazing...
by Mike A
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yoga - does it do the trick?
Replies: 26
Views: 1418

Re: Yoga - does it do the trick?

Pete,

Could i ask where you are doing your classes / what type of yoga you are doing?

Its something Ruth and I have been talking about.

Mike
by Mike A
Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Buoyancy aid - essential features
Replies: 16
Views: 3086

Re: Buoyancy aid - essential features

Could the knife be an NRS co pilot?

http://www.canoeandkayakstore.co.uk/143 ... knife.aspx

As for whistles, I have added a bright fox40 whistle to each of mine. Always useful.
by Mike A
Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: adventure wanted
Replies: 18
Views: 2885

Re: adventure wanted

Suggestion for an area: As a club, Liverpool CC have regulalrly gone to Alaska. 1) Easy flights to Anchorage 2) Reasonable hire of good qaulity kit 3) Multiple options of destinations - our prime destination has been Prince William Sound. Three, unique two week expeditions completed 4) Fantastic wil...
by Mike A
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Buoyancy aid - essential features
Replies: 16
Views: 3086

Re: Buoyancy aid - essential features

Fit, fit and fit. Cut to allow adequate floatation for your size but effective freedom of movement Clean outline with limited snag hazards Secure shoulder straps and fastenings to allow hauling you out / holding by the straps Visible colour Pockets that you can easy access (possibly whilst upside do...
by Mike A
Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Minimum coaching quals for coaching on white water
Replies: 41
Views: 2717

Re: Minimum coaching quals for coaching on white water

No worries Rich - with it being late I hadn't clicked that it was you asking, and typing on smart phone isnt the easiest with these big fingers! I am all for peer to peer learning, and think that the truly amazing numbers of trips being run by competent paddlers is fantastic, but think that there ar...
by Mike A
Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Minimum coaching quals for coaching on white water
Replies: 41
Views: 2717

Re: Minimum coaching quals for coaching on white water

If post does refer to the LCC trips, I am not sure if understanding is quite correct. The upcoming intro to ww coach led trips is a trip run wholly within coaching remit - Old inland L3 assisted by old L2 and possibly an L4 as well. Coach led trips should be a trip led by a coach opperating within t...
by Mike A
Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Minimum coaching quals for coaching on white water
Replies: 41
Views: 2717

Re: Minimum coaching quals for coaching on white water

Quinny, could i ask if your post refers to LCC trips?
by Mike A
Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Front Airbags
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Front Airbags

I am wondering if anyone can recommend what size airbag, or a specific model, to get for the front on my M Burn? I think Pyranha used to a specific wedge shaped one for just that area, I lost that one a few years back, but I can't see anything on their website. Looking to buy online as local kayak s...
by Mike A
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: last Chance to get Your Photos into the New North West Guide
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: last Chance to get Your Photos into the New North West G

Loved the old book - apart from the photos, one of the best layouts / descriptions in a guide book I have used, and appreciated the very clear maping. Totally agree with the change of name, I always thought it odd that the rivers of southern lancarshire where in a lakes guide. But I never complained...
by Mike A
Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck Slates.
Replies: 49
Views: 7010

Re: Deck Slates.

Actually, probably interested in 2 or 3 sets
by Mike A
Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck Slates.
Replies: 49
Views: 7010

Re: Deck Slates.

Interested.
by Mike A
Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:42 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Manchester Canoes - New Shop
Replies: 5
Views: 1423

Re: Manchester Canoes - New Shop

Sounds good - best of wishes to you.

Looking forwards to visiting. Cant wait to hear when and where*

Mike
*Especially if you have some hot opening deals!