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by EK Sydney
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak with upturned stern or not
Replies: 28
Views: 4008

Re: Sea kayak with upturned stern or not

As much as I admire the Taran and wish I owned one, what Jim and Phil are saying seems a bit at odds with what Douglas Wilcox reported in his review of the Taran being so buoyant that in a steep chop it can slam into waves upwind/ be thrown about more than kayaks with 'low volume ends' in short ste...
by EK Sydney
Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VIDEO: sea kayak sailing
Replies: 31
Views: 2616

Re: VIDEO: sea kayak sailing

If you paddle hard with a sail up, you'll go fast. Despite how it looks, this wind only hit about 25kn, but it was constant. The sails trimmed the very heavily laden boats to the point at we could catch a decent developed sea, but boy we were paddling hard. https://vimeo.com/27268493 Sailing in the ...
by EK Sydney
Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 24287

Re: Skim Kayaks

'm personally struggling that anyone would conciser paying £2400 for something as poor quality as a Tiderace. When you're a punter, you can say what you like about boats & brands & quality on a forum like this, if you're inclined to do so. When you're in the industry & trying to set up a competitor...
by EK Sydney
Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 24287

Re: Skim Kayaks

The other thing about a boat that is being subliminally marketed as 'a re-badged XXXXX' is that they are never, ever the same on the water. I've had a few goes in boats that I thought looked incredibly like something else only to find that their performance on the water was nothing like the boat I'd...
by EK Sydney
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hot places and decent kayaks for hire
Replies: 15
Views: 2041

Re: Hot places and decent kayaks for hire

It's pretty hot in Sydney Dave. Always happy to have some Brits to bounce off the cliffs. It's a long way though...
Mark.
by EK Sydney
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reflecting on....
Replies: 86
Views: 7596

Re: Reflecting on....

Rob's pic of a very hopeful Sharon, trying to pre-empt a tropical Queensland trade wind….

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by EK Sydney
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Got ourselves in the news.
Replies: 7
Views: 1354

Re: Got ourselves in the news.

It wasn't a bloke dressed in black with a big beard was it Douglas?
by EK Sydney
Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Money talks
Replies: 17
Views: 2254

Re: Money talks

Brit boats suited to big guys that I've paddled:

Etain 17'7
Taran
Xtra HV

All do different things, all have cockpit & volumes well suited to anyone up to 125kg I reckon.
by EK Sydney
Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sunsets - share yours
Replies: 87
Views: 7805

Re: Sunsets - share yours

A couple from today's perfect Sydney winter's day, off Coogee Beach.

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by EK Sydney
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Odd #2
Replies: 14
Views: 1294

Re: Odd #2

Mystery solved. Massive dead Narwhal in the vicinity. Any time...
by EK Sydney
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Odd #2
Replies: 14
Views: 1294

Re: Odd #2

Douglas, it's one of those Greenlandy rolling bladder thingys, designed to keep your Narwhal afloat after you have harpooned and clubbed it to death. Pretty sure it starts with a Q, has some L's in the middle, and ends in a K. This one must have been for a seriously large warm-blooded furry sea crea...
by EK Sydney
Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit sea kayaks
Replies: 23
Views: 3766

Re: Open cockpit sea kayaks

Fair enough, I was only being cheeky... And yes, once you understand what downwind ski paddling in the sea is all about, those skills transfer back to sea kayaking and basically change the way you paddle. Ski paddling is fairly one dimensional in some respects, sea kayaking by contrast has so many a...
by EK Sydney
Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit sea kayaks
Replies: 23
Views: 3766

Re: Open cockpit sea kayaks

You know in open water ski racing and paddling here there is no training scheme, no awards, no stars. It still seems to pump out some damn good watermen and women through the surf clubs.
Should I duck...?
by EK Sydney
Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit sea kayaks
Replies: 23
Views: 3766

Re: Open cockpit sea kayaks

Excellent points Selkie. I paddle skis in the sea regularly, and have also wondered about how far away we are from some of the new fast tourers being adapted to have a ski cockpit. It really comes down to hull design, most of the boats you mention above are pretty lacking compared to the real open o...
by EK Sydney
Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Point 65n build quality
Replies: 21
Views: 5036

Re: Point 65n build quality

How, then, do they justify charging £2349 when the whole lot, including shipping probably only costs them a couple of hundred quid? Because… you get what you pay for. Epic & Think skis are made in China, in a very tech-intensive process, they're expensive, but basically flawless. Some other manufac...
by EK Sydney
Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reflecting on....
Replies: 86
Views: 7596

Re: Reflecting on....

Gina reflecting…
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Botany Bay early morning
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by EK Sydney
Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stuart Trueman Oz Circumnavigation Book
Replies: 2
Views: 835

Re: Stuart Trueman Oz Circumnavigation Book

Yes, if he makes it he'll complete the first 'full' circumnavigation of the country, and I beleive it will also be the first winter loop of Tassie.
The book is great.
by EK Sydney
Mon May 27, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stuart Trueman Oz Circumnavigation Book
Replies: 2
Views: 835

Stuart Trueman Oz Circumnavigation Book

For those of you interested in the northern hemisphere, Stu Trueman has just released his book, 'All the Way Round', detailing his circumnavigation of Australia. Not sure if it'll be available in hard copy in your neck of the woods, but you can download it through Amazon http://www.amazon.com/All-th...
by EK Sydney
Thu May 23, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kari-Tek Skeg/rudder^
Replies: 10
Views: 2240

Re: Kari-Tek Skeg/rudder

I still feel there is a place for a well designed lifting under stern rudder for the best of all worlds. Amazed that no one is developing this. I think a few guys have had a crack, but it's not that easy. We've looked at it with some naval designers, carbon manufacturers etc, and had a couple of id...
by EK Sydney
Mon May 20, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: More to Hong Kong than big buildings....
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: More to Hong Kong than big buildings....

Agree! I had a paddle around the ocean side of the island with a local paddler last year on skis - http://expeditionkayaks.blogspot.com.au ... -kong.html
The guy I was came 25th in the Molokai today, quite a paddler.
by EK Sydney
Fri May 17, 2013 12:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: silva 70 p alternatives?
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: silva 70 p alternatives?

I believe they've been re-branded as Nexus 70P, and are still available worldwide as an ongoing item (we just ordered 25 of them…)
Mark.
by EK Sydney
Mon May 13, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This years cameras?
Replies: 13
Views: 1969

Re: This years cameras?

We're a week into testing the new Olympus Tough. It's got a brilliant burst function at full res. but, the field of view is so wide that even though you get some great action shots, the subject looks miles away. The lens protector is also anything but tough, you pull it off getting it in & out of yo...
by EK Sydney
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3936

Re: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?

Righto, so Jim & Mike, if I can find some water seeping through a peat bog anywhere handy, that should give me the authentic experience, mixed in with my Laphroaig?
Off to Hong Kong next week, will raid the duty free.
Such an excellent forum, knobs and all.
Mark.
by EK Sydney
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3936

Re: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?

So having read all this whiskey talk over the years here, am I on the right track with Laphroaig 10 year cask strength, or is that the equivalent of drinking Fosters when you're in Sydney?
by EK Sydney
Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3936

Re: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?

Typical boozers making fun of innovation.
Well done Tanto, here's a carbon skeg slider knob that I whipped up, another weight saving pearl. I know there are a lot of knob lovers out there.
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by EK Sydney
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement rudder pedals
Replies: 19
Views: 4179

Re: Replacement rudder pedals

If you have a set of Yakima rails, such as those Valley use for their boats, then the Onno Gas Pedals are an excellent system - http://www.onnopaddles.com/onnocomponents.html Very rigid, instant power transfer and if you can set them up right you can get good drive through your heels. Be warned, if ...
by EK Sydney
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Video: Winter paddling in South Norway
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

Re: Video: Winter paddling in South Norway

Great video Anders, hope the showers were hot afterwards. I wondered why you would bother puttting on alll that kit for a paddle until I saw your surf spot.
Mark.
by EK Sydney
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taran versus Pace
Replies: 21
Views: 5295

Re: Taran versus Pace

…and here's a light hearted comparison of Pace vs Pace. No Hale…
by EK Sydney
Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Warm Winter sea kayak destination?
Replies: 15
Views: 2368

Re: Warm Winter sea kayak destination?

The Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Apologies in advance to everyone shivering in the north….
by EK Sydney
Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forward paddling technique
Replies: 25
Views: 1964

Re: Forward paddling technique

I have had a similar experience over the past few years, ever since an Olympic paddler here told me my stroke was rubbish and then gave me a whole series of constructive things to fix. It's been great fun learning again, and I'm now a completely different paddler to the 2009 model. My mate Rob wrote...