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by ChrisMac
Mon May 07, 2007 8:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: All rounder boats
Replies: 19
Views: 2325

If you are looking for a 1 boat for all then the Recoil looks quite good or the Riot Turbo might be worth a look. I guess it depends on the level of river running you want to do and what proportion of your boating is river/play/surf to decide what compromise is best.

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by ChrisMac
Mon May 07, 2007 8:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What would you expect to see from the industry this summer?
Replies: 38
Views: 3990

THe next big thing like planning hulls and short boats were a few years back. At the moment the new boats dont inspire me to buy as I dont see the performance gain over my current boat esp in the playboating sector. I have no idea what that will be hence Im not a designer but there must be something...
by ChrisMac
Wed May 02, 2007 8:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The silly season started... what are you going to do?
Replies: 61
Views: 7672

Having not been in my boat since early February due to ear drilling I am looking forward to about 3 weeks time when I can get back on at HPP. Off to France aswell over the summer.

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by ChrisMac
Wed May 02, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I just want to check if everyone got what they ordered
Replies: 105
Views: 15241

This is not intended to be a dig at anyone who has one but what is the difference between a link to a commercial site in a post and a very pretty signature that if clicked sends you to their commercial website?

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by ChrisMac
Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Driving en France
Replies: 39
Views: 4417

I don't think you need the GB stickers if you have a number plate with the blue EU bit on it saying GB. As for the converters trying to work out where they go to be effective when the headlamp lens has not markings on it is such a piece of guess work. As a result I haven't bothered with either for y...
by ChrisMac
Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ear Plugs
Replies: 37
Views: 3856

As some one who is now very bored of sitting on the bank waiting for my ear to recover from the drill and surgery I suggest that the only real answer is the custom made ones from either a hearing aid shop or the hospital. The pro plugs didnt work too well for me and my consultant is not prepared to ...
by ChrisMac
Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: To hatch or not to hatch...
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

Re: To hatch or not to hatch...

-How do you stop things moving around, and tipping about in the hatch? -If the hatch is full, does the centre of balance of the boat change? In my Mafia there are 3 loops of cord that you can clip kit to prevent it moving about. I have no knowledge of the solo so cant comment. As for upsetting the ...
by ChrisMac
Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterstick kayak paddles. Nottingham
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Try the pawn shops round the less desirable parts of town. A friend had a squirt boat nicked a few years ago and we found it at a pawn shop. The shop owner was happy to hand it over once we suggested involving the police.

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by ChrisMac
Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Handi Rack
Replies: 25
Views: 3759

We took 3 to morocco for new year and had 4 plastic surf boats on each with no problem. I would recommend them for travelling as they worked well and saves alot of hassle trying to hire a roofrack for whatever hire car you get. The only thing you need to be careful with is not over inflating them as...
by ChrisMac
Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your latest gadget...feed my gear habit!
Replies: 31
Views: 5001

Dave Thomas wrote:I would class a Thermarest chair kit as entirely essential.
So would I. My latest toy is an ipod kit for the car.

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by ChrisMac
Sat Feb 10, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: TEAM TRAINING CANCELED
Replies: 27
Views: 3687

I believe the cancellation has more to do with the coaches being snowed in in S Wales than ambient temperatures at Hurley
by ChrisMac
Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dee Tour - it's happening!
Replies: 106
Views: 18046

I belive the term is Agrivated trespass which is a criminal offence. This happends if there is more than a ertain number of people and is preplanned. It was passed into law as a way of dealing with environmental protesters at road construction sites etc.

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by ChrisMac
Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Opening times for HPP
Replies: 14
Views: 2250

I think its 10 til 8 Monday and Friday, 10 til 9 Tues to Thurs and 10 til dusk at the weekends which is about 5 at the moment

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by ChrisMac
Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EAST & WEST DART: URGENT WARNING
Replies: 104
Views: 15536

Dont be supprised if the police did turn up that they ask you to move on and threten you with arrest under preach of the peace legislation. That does give them the right to arrest you if they think that your presence COULD lead to a breach of the piece.

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by ChrisMac
Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Laptops while travelling
Replies: 12
Views: 1931

I always take mine as I can use it to store photos and it has my music library on it.

As for keeping it safe I use one of the crumpler neoprene walets and then put it in a rucksack or travel bag and it has been fine so far.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Playboat advice
Replies: 21
Views: 2678

Given that you dont want a DR boat, which would best meet your needs, I would suggest you try the Necky Orbit Fish as they probably have the next best carvy hull as apposed to a butt boncer.

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by ChrisMac
Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Digital Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4385

One solution for the storage is to use an ipod. You can get an adaptor for about £20 that will enable you to transfer photos from your camera to the ipod. Its easy to use and can fit plenty of photos on aswell as some music.

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by ChrisMac
Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good read
Replies: 39
Views: 4599

No Turing Back either by Walt Bladaddar or it is written about his life is worth a read.

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by ChrisMac
Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Exotosis
Replies: 38
Views: 6328

Does anyone have any advice for decent earplugs? I read the 'when ears go bad' article on the site, and have looked into getting fitted plugs from an audiologist, but my GP reckoned it could be a few YEARS on the waiting list to see one. I have used a few sizes of the Docs Proplugs but can't get th...
by ChrisMac
Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: H2O/Waterstick......
Replies: 12
Views: 1611

My understanding is the watersticks designer left and either works for or founded H2O hence the similarities.

ChrisMac
by ChrisMac
Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Exotosis
Replies: 38
Views: 6328

I have it in both ears, and I am back at the consultants this week hoping I dont need the drill.

Since diagnosis, a number of years ago, ear plugs are as essential to my boating kit as my helmet and bouyancy aid in an attempt to prevent an appointment with with the drill.

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by ChrisMac
Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Too late for Xmas list? ( waterproof Headcam )
Replies: 28
Views: 4766

I would be interested to what water pressure they can stand as whilst 3m vertical depth is more than enough. In terms of water pressure how would this compare with the shock pressure from capsizing or running a drop etc?


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by ChrisMac
Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Helmet info please (Orosi etc)
Replies: 34
Views: 4153

Check out Gath helmets too- they are a pretty safe bet if you ask me. Not to pricy either, don't look like the most fashnable helmets in the world but when deos that ever matter. Cheers but they dont look like very decent helmets, especially not the ones with the neoprene bit on the forehead and vi...
by ChrisMac
Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Destination 2007................
Replies: 41
Views: 4829

So far Morocco for New Year surfing, some snowboarding for Easter then probably Norway in the Summer. Only Morocco is actually booked so far so it could change

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by ChrisMac
Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Top Tip: Grab loops and security fixing points on WW boats
Replies: 62
Views: 6968

From what I understand the limiting factor is not the strength of the bar but the inserts into the shell that is the real limiting factor and this is the most likely fail point in the system.

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by ChrisMac
Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Levels in south wales (brecon)
Replies: 5
Views: 806

We ran the Melte last saturday and it was quite low but the ground was vrey wet so I dont suppose it would take much more rain for it to come up.

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by ChrisMac
Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quality of Plastic by different manufacturers- opinions
Replies: 34
Views: 3765

Personally I have had more problems with the shells of Dagger boats I have owned than with any other brand but thats just my experience. From my limited understanding how you cook the boat as in time and temperature during the moulding process is as important as the plastic used. Over or under cooke...
by ChrisMac
Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calling all Space Cadet owners!!
Replies: 2
Views: 967

I used to have one and it didnt have a bottle holder. I made one that attached vertically to the end of the bow foam pillar. I think the bottle holder in the seat is only in the newer liquidlogic products.

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by ChrisMac
Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Big boat advice please
Replies: 57
Views: 7058

To be fair Chris, its not the everyday getting in and out thats an issue. Unless you've had to exit your boat whilst pinned with the force of a river on your back, your experience is rather irrelevant. Giles Fortunately, with the exception of rescue courses, I have not been vertically pinned since ...
by ChrisMac
Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak seats?
Replies: 10
Views: 1583

In anything other than a creek boat then the Riot powerseat was superb, fitted really well and really positive.

ChrisMac