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by Mikebelluk
Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: salty sideburns
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: salty sideburns

That's one of the best sea kayaking videos I've seen. Tongue in cheek, great editing and music, look forward to the rest of them!
by Mikebelluk
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Treaddur rescue
Replies: 4
Views: 1057

Re: Treaddur rescue

A happy outcome for this rescue, unfortunately someone died off the Anglesey coast on Friday.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-w ... te-2994110
by Mikebelluk
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rubber seal / bonded bulkheads leaking
Replies: 2
Views: 375

Re: Rubber seal / bonded bulkheads leaking

Should be fine with Sikaflex Chris. Just mask the area out well and wear latex gloves then you can use a finger to squidge it in well.
ooh er...
by Mikebelluk
Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Greenland Paddles
Replies: 2
Views: 397

Re: Greenland Paddles

At the moment I have the following used/ex demo paddles available: 1 x used 'Formby Finger' 84.5" in western red cedar, that I can refurbish and oil, but has a few marks and dents £75 + p+p 1 x full carbon FF as in original post with a few marks on it 86" long £250 + p+p 1 x 2 piece full carbon FF e...
by Mikebelluk
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3919

Re: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?

I have lots of offcuts of carbon fibre which I am happy to use up to make skegs.
They will not be pretty but they will definitely be lighter...stiffer...and most reassuringly...... more expensive...
by Mikebelluk
Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which watch for kayaking
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

Re: Which watch for kayaking

Suunto Vector for me too; I was quite surprised to see how much it now costs in the new Ellis Brigham brochure I got the other day.
Ellis Brigham expensive? Shurely not.
by Mikebelluk
Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey Circumnavigation Nuclear Protest Paddle...
Replies: 49
Views: 3359

Re: Anglesey Circumnavigation Nuclear Protest Paddle...

I'm ambivalent about nuclear power. There's plenty of countries that have it operating quite safely. New Wylfa will create thousands of new jobs during construction on Anglesey as well as many permanent ones after completion, and it will be built to the highest safety standards. The Welsh Parliament...
by Mikebelluk
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Back rests
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: Back rests

For a real budget back rest, get one of those plastic trugs from Home Bargain that kids keep toys in, and cut out a back rest shape to desired width and depth. Cut 2 slots in it, feed through 2ft of webbing, and then glue on a piece of minicell foam. Use a heated screwdriver to melt some holes in th...
by Mikebelluk
Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Back rests
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: Back rests

http://www.immersionresearch.com/produc ... -backband/

I have fitted the smaller IR Reggie to a boat and it was very comfortable, adjustable and well made. This one is a little larger and would fit you and your boat better, Ade!
by Mikebelluk
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding kayaks^
Replies: 63
Views: 10999

Re: Folding kayaks

There's a great shop, Globetrotter in Steglitz just outside Berlin that has a big selection of folding boats.
It even has an indoor lake for you to try them out!

https://www.globetrotter.de/shop/wasser ... or-200285/
by Mikebelluk
Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Longboats v's a couple of feet of groundswell
Replies: 7
Views: 889

Re: Longboats v's a couple of feet of groundswell

Excellent.
Ace music too!
by Mikebelluk
Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Wettie?
Replies: 9
Views: 1327

Re: Wettie?

Some reasonably priced Animal wetsuits on sale here, especially in smaller/odd sizes>

http://www.boardshop.co.uk/products/men ... tsuits.asp
by Mikebelluk
Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2 boats or 1?
Replies: 21
Views: 1616

Re: 2 boats or 1?

I had a go in a Cetus HV a few days ago and think it is a superb boat, especially for the larger paddler. I was quite surprised on my return home to find that the cockpit has even more knee room when I compared it to my custom built (by me, for me) cedar strip boat, and I am going to adapt my thigh ...
by Mikebelluk
Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Video: Winter paddling in South Norway
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Re: Video: Winter paddling in South Norway

Me too! Good to see loads of paddlers using sticks as spare paddes to complement their euroblades.
by Mikebelluk
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cutting holes in a Romany
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: Cutting holes in a Romany

CSM will be a nightmare to work blind, better to mix resin with micro fibres /chopped glass fibres to thicken it to consistency of peanut butter, and use this to fill around the edges of the skeg box and the interior of the boat. Then use 2" tape over it to strengthen. [This is the 'fun part' of ret...
by Mikebelluk
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cutting holes in a Romany
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: Cutting holes in a Romany

Where you fit it is going to be determined by the internal clearance you need to fit the cable tube via the brass coupling. This should be shown clearly in the instructions. I don't think there is a 'set' position for any boat, just make sure you have enough room to work around the skeg box comforta...
by Mikebelluk
Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddle that won't break
Replies: 24
Views: 2757

Re: Greenland Paddle that won't break

My take... I agree with Rowland, you don't need a full foam core, but some strategic inserts are needed for about 20cm at the ends of the blades as IMHO this is the weakest part of a carbon GP and without it could collapse under extreme stress. Once the blade starts to thicken and progress to the tr...
by Mikebelluk
Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking Vancouver Bay - recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 809

Re: Sea Kayaking Vancouver Bay - recommendations

Hire a car and head over Vancouver Island to Tofino or Ucluelet, fabulous scenery and great paddling there, and you'll find hirers on Westcoast Paddler site.

On the north of the Island, try
http://www.deepcovekayak.com/

It's brilliant there wherever you go really. Have a good trip.
by Mikebelluk
Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: [Kit] Recommended Drybag for "Ouch Pouch"
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: [Kit] Recommended Drybag for "Ouch Pouch"

I use one of these Overboard pouches to keep small bits in, but attached to deck elastics:

http://www.over-board.co.uk/waterproof- ... r-red.html

(I even got it for free by liking them on Facebook.. how mean am I....)
by Mikebelluk
Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Ravenglass Seaquest
Replies: 7
Views: 1688

Re: Ravenglass Seaquest

Must start training. Fed up coming last.....!
by Mikebelluk
Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing a carbon kevlar boat
Replies: 7
Views: 594

Re: Repairing a carbon kevlar boat

a) twill cloth drapes more easily around 3D surfaces, better than plain weave which is ok for flatter surfaces. However twill is more expensive, and sometimes you need to tape up cut edges as it likes to wriggle all over the place when you wet it out. b) that's £17-95 for 50 sheets of Mirka wet+dry,...
by Mikebelluk
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing a carbon kevlar boat
Replies: 7
Views: 594

Repairing a carbon kevlar boat

Good video here shoeing how to fix a carbon kevlar boat:

http://www.easycomposites.co.uk/learnin ... orial.aspx
by Mikebelluk
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Repairing a carbon kevlar boat..
Replies: 0
Views: 939

Repairing a carbon kevlar boat..

Handy video to show you how to fix the dinks and holes:

http://www.easycomposites.co.uk/learnin ... orial.aspx
by Mikebelluk
Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: MASSIVE SURF ON LONG RANGE MSW
Replies: 11
Views: 1650

Re: MASSIVE SURF ON LONG RANGE MSW

More discussion on what may be here:
http://surfforecasting.magicseaweed.com/?p=1954
by Mikebelluk
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: MASSIVE SURF ON LONG RANGE MSW
Replies: 11
Views: 1650

Re: MASSIVE SURF ON LONG RANGE MSW

Image

It's something like this that's getting the boardies a bit wet....
by Mikebelluk
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impressive welcome in the Bristol Channel
Replies: 10
Views: 1672

Re: Impressive welcome in the Bristol Channel

Eurion....please go to Specsavers.
by Mikebelluk
Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddle sizing
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: Greenland paddle sizing

A friend of mine who has a 218 carbon fibre 'Formby Finger' recently tried a 225 western red cedar version and said there was a real difference in his opinion and he preferred the longer paddle, however using the standard measuring method the 218 is the 'correct' length. It could be the flex in the ...
by Mikebelluk
Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forward paddling technique
Replies: 25
Views: 1935

Re: Forward paddling technique

Agree with you there Aled.
We passed a bloke paddling that way on the Dee this afternoon and I thought to myself there's no way you could do that in in a sea kayak....steps back......
by Mikebelluk
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic RM
Replies: 15
Views: 5129

Re: North Shore Atlantic RM

@Mickr
I'm about the same as you... 5'10" 15.5st 38" waist + size 11's and the Atlantic is way too small for me, but the Aquanaut is fine.
And Aquanaut HV even better, but too heavy.