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by JohnK
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many boats have you retired...
Replies: 16
Views: 891

Re: How many boats have you retired...

I've destroyed very few considering how many I've owned. I lent a home made slalom boat which had seen better days to a friend in the early 70's who ended up jamming it under roots during an Exe WWR at the rapid below a pre-concreted Bolham weir. That ended up in two pieces on the top of a dust cart...
by JohnK
Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Teenage kayak?
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: Teenage kayak?

We have Dagger Dynamos (and they're soooo... good!), and Dagger GT's - we need something in between. Our club uses Dynamos and private purchases are then generally the GTS. I don't know if that was the model you referred to above. For club boats we've bought several RPMs, partly because they're che...
by JohnK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pink boat, tadaa!!
Replies: 34
Views: 3206

Re: Pink boat, tadaa!!

captainladypants wrote:...thinking about colour scheme for paddle and drysuit next!! :)
I'd sell you my pink (or rather cerise) wetsuit except it's fading after 20+ years. Shame really because pink seems to be back in fashion.
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by JohnK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What on earth are they??? (kayaks!!!)
Replies: 36
Views: 6429

Re: OMG! There's another one!

No that's home made (as the eBay advert alludes to) and looks remarkably like ... er one of the surf kayaks mentioned above.
by JohnK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What on earth are they??? (kayaks!!!)
Replies: 36
Views: 6429

Re: What on earth is it??? (its a kayak!)

P.S. If anyone hears of a P&H Surfer (MkI, MkII or MkIII) going cheap then please let me know or a Vega for that matter, I don't have one of them yet either. My first surf kayak was a Vega. Then I had two Surfer IIs. There never was a Mk I it was called the Surfblazer until they fell foul of the na...
by JohnK
Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UK Rippedoff Guidebook
Replies: 75
Views: 4662

Re: UK Rippedoff Guidebook

Is this the same Adam Short who doesn't check his comments on his Severn Bore 2009 posting. Makes BCU Surf look bad too.
by JohnK
Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What on earth are they??? (kayaks!!!)
Replies: 36
Views: 6429

Re: What on earth is it??? (its a kayak!)

Assuming it was built for surf, it's got to be early 70's, any later and the focus was moving away from surf kayaks. The closest would have been a Kirton Vega (which I stress it is not), in some ways parts of the deck remind me of this. It would have had roundels because all competition related boat...
by JohnK
Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What on earth are they??? (kayaks!!!)
Replies: 36
Views: 6429

Re: What on earth is it??? (its a kayak!)

I have no idea. I can't remember seeing that before. I don't remember Gaybo building surf kayaks and it's too rockered for surf. It's amusing how the seller draws attention to the BCMA sticker as if having that makes it a good design.
by JohnK
Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many NEW boats have you bought?
Replies: 31
Views: 845

Re: How many NEW boats have you bought?

12 out 21. No make that 13 out of 22, I've added another one since the other thread. That does not include the 7+ fibreglass I built for myself.
by JohnK
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End of junior paddlers?
Replies: 58
Views: 3148

Re: End of junior paddlers?

Wildswimmer Pete wrote:... radio enthusiasts who did things like build their own TVs from ex-WWII radar sets.
Ha! My dad did that. Our first telly had a 6 inch cathode ray tube and was the size of a chest of drawers.
by JohnK
Sun Sep 13, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: backs - dodgy ones
Replies: 27
Views: 1539

Re: backs - dodgy ones

This support in the sacral area seems really important. I've just checked my boats. My K1 seat is shaped such that there is support in this area (and no higher). Likewise my river boat. I have recently thrown its backrest away because it just got in the way. My slalom boat I notice now I had padded ...
by JohnK
Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe Club Charitable Status
Replies: 10
Views: 1205

Re: Canoe Club Charitable Status

I'm the treasurer of a canoe club with charitable status (see KrisBD post above). Firstly a Charity and CASC are different. I am poised to send in a claim although I haven't done so yet (waiting for the old membership forms from our secretary). Briefly this is what you have to do: First you have to ...
by JohnK
Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Building a composite boat.
Replies: 30
Views: 1844

Re: Building a composite boat.

With you laying up directly on the plug you do the opposite, all the glass layers together and wait for that to go off and then the gelcoat. Sorry, that's not correct; Yes I know. I'm still trying to get my head round how PGL is hoping to do it all. At that point it looked as though he was going to...
by JohnK
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Building a composite boat.
Replies: 30
Views: 1844

Re: Building a composite boat.

Just to clarify is that two layers all over with the woven roving left out around the cockpit and replaced with csm? That's what I was suggesting, although you may wish to play safe in your first one by having the two layers all over then additional around the cockpit area. What exactly do you mean...
by JohnK
Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Building a composite boat.
Replies: 30
Views: 1844

Re: Building a composite boat.

In answer to your original question for the use you're going to put it to you will need 1 layer 450g csm plus 1 layer 300g woven roving with an additional csm layer around the cockpit area and strips or foam / formers elsewhere depending on the shape. You will probably get away with just replacing t...
by JohnK
Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale
Replies: 15
Views: 983

Re: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale

andya wrote:Tonight ...?? ugh ...!!
I've sent you a PM.
by JohnK
Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale
Replies: 15
Views: 983

Re: All the gear, no idea - a cautionary tale

A timely reminder for me Andy. I was phoned up last night by a family of 4 (new members who I've never seen) wanting me to take them on the water tonight. Another too frequent scenario is where a young person is bought a top of the range (ie. stiff) neoprene spraydeck by a doting relative and you fi...
by JohnK
Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting into Whitewater Paddling
Replies: 10
Views: 547

Re: Getting into Whitewater Paddling

I don't know what club you've tried but you can't be far away from Llandysul Paddlers or Amman Valley Paddlers. I don't know about your timescales but it may just be that there isn't any white water around in the summer (apart from the Alps of course).
by JohnK
Fri May 15, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Globalisation and its effect on kayakning
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Globalisation and its effect on kayakning

Maybe you should start off by calling it globalisation and its effect on canoeing because the use of the word kayaking, or as you say, kayakning, is an example of globalisation, or at least an example of the Americanisation of the English language.
by JohnK
Sat May 02, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Aquatic First Aid Course - Somerset
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: Aquatic First Aid Course - Somerset

We have one space left. PM me if interested.
by JohnK
Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Aquatic First Aid Course - Somerset
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Aquatic First Aid Course - Somerset

Frome Canoe Club are organising an 8hr Aquatic First Aid course for Sunday 10th May. There are some spare places. Cost £30 plus certificate. Location - at the clubhouse in Frome, postcode BA11 1BE, next to the Cheese & Grain.

PM me for details.
by JohnK
Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie would like helpful advice
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Newbie would like helpful advice

I suppose the first advice is to join a club. There is a club in Melksham (Wiltshire Youth). They meet in the town centre upstream of the weir. Not sure if they do Open Canadian / touring. Also Chippenham Canoe Club . A bit further away is Frome Canoe Club . They / we have several members who paddle...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle length and holding position
Replies: 41
Views: 1305

Re: Paddle length and holding position

Essentially, the shorter the kayak the shorter the paddle. Not wanting to be difficult, why is this so because surely the paddle goes into the water at the same place and is pulled through the same amount of water despite having more or less plastic on each end of the boat. As most paddles are in t...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle length and holding position
Replies: 41
Views: 1305

Re: Paddle length and holding position

That is wrong. It may have been OK 40 odd years ago when most kayaks were "touring" kayaks, but not today. My (old style) racing paddles are 223 and my fingers curl round the top of the blade nicely. I have 5 pairs of paddles the shortest being 190. Essentially, the shorter the kayak the shorter th...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle length and holding position
Replies: 41
Views: 1305

Re: Paddle length and holding position

1) Overall length can be a bit misleading. The key measurement is neck to neck 2) Put your paddle on top of your head. Move your hands until the elbows make a right-angle. That is your hand position: mark it (for paddling - with 6-8 wraps of insulating tape stops the hands sliding). That gives you ...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle length and holding position
Replies: 41
Views: 1305

Re: Paddle length and holding position

Also, for paddle length, a rough guide that I was also tught is that if you stand your paddle up, then you should be able to curl your fingers round the top of the blade, and if you are having to stretch your fingers, then the paddle os too long, and visa versa. That is wrong. It may have been OK 4...
by JohnK
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Frome - Woolverton to Freshbrook
Replies: 7
Views: 5820

Re: RIVER FROME (Woolverton to Freshford)

This is to do with the stretch above Woolverton to Fresh ford , downstream of Lullington Creamery. Recent work carried out to Lullington weir will impact on paddlers in low water conditions. There is now a concrete sill along the bottom of the weir http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3579/3394886655_71f8...
by JohnK
Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Classic Boats That They Don't Make Anymore...
Replies: 57
Views: 3243

Re: Classic Boats That They Don't Make Anymore...

they bloody well did! Context is everything. I'm talking about competition. That is why manufacturers make new surf boats. Ok, the Sneaker is the exception, and that looks like as you say a shortened Moccasin. I'm not saying long surf kayaks didn't exist during the 80's they just weren't used in co...
by JohnK
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Classic Boats That They Don't Make Anymore...
Replies: 57
Views: 3243

Re: Classic Boats That They Don't Make Anymore...

Oh, and surely your Moccasin doesn't surf like a modern boat, it's too long.
by JohnK
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Classic Boats That They Don't Make Anymore...
Replies: 57
Views: 3243

Re: Classic Boats That They Don't Make Anymore...

I'll put my pedants hat on. To all intents and purposes surf kayaks didn't exist 20 years ago. Certainly in competition (and that leads the way?) you had a choice of waveski or slalom class. Surf kayaks had withered away. I know the International Class was dreamed up in 1991/2 because Malcolm said s...