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by rockhopper
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany v Alaw Bach
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Romany v Alaw Bach

You're right Chris, that's kind of what I meant but you worded it so much better.
More of a buffer before any 'dings' and scratches make their way to your fibreglass layer.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany v Alaw Bach
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Romany v Alaw Bach

From my experience the Romany is constructed using a lot more resin and therefore tend to be a boat build to take knock however that does make it heavier which is noticable on the water. That doesn't mean to say that the Alaw Bach is in any way weak, mine is 10 years old and still going strong. The ...
by rockhopper
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?
Replies: 10
Views: 982

Re: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?

I own an Alaw Bach and and Isel. Had the Alaw for years and it is a fantastic boat to paddle. Got the Isel a couple of years ago and it has become my boat of choice (unless multi-day paddling/camping). It has all the good traits of the Alaw but is that bit more manoeuvrable, lighter, responsive...a ...
by rockhopper
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck for a narrow cockpit - Explorer
Replies: 4
Views: 491

Re: Deck for a narrow cockpit - Explorer

Alternatively have a chat with Reed about one of their Aquatherm spraydecks:
https://www.chillcheater.com/decks

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suitable kayak for a novice
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: Suitable kayak for a novice

Hi John, not sure I would recommend an inflatable, especially when there may be fishing hooks involved. Sounds like a sit on top would be the best option. Very user friendly and easy to paddle. Great as a base to fish off and perfect for just enjoying the experience of being on the water. He can alw...
by rockhopper
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Jetski/Powerboat groups
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: Jetski/Powerboat groups

'The Romford Navy' is what we call them around here. Shame to tar them all with the same brush as I have come across some really nice ones but they are noisy (but not as noisy as the local RNLI hovercraft!!).

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 16
Views: 1283

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Having scanned the report it seems clear that cutting the kelp does not mean that the plant regenerates from the original holdfast and by leaving the holdfast in place it may well reduce the ability for new kelp plants to establish themselves... so it is not like some of the other types of seaweed t...
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 16
Views: 1283

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Norway has a similar harvesting technique in some areas and there is strong evidence that it is very damaging for the environment, affecting not just populations of species living in the immediate area but also affecting the juvenile fish stocks that use the kelp as shelter from predators. I think t...
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 16
Views: 1283

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Email also sent.
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SOT advice and suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 397

Re: SOT advice and suggestions

by rockhopper
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SOT advice and suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 397

Re: SOT advice and suggestions

I am not an expert on SOT's but as there have been no other comments yet I thought I would give some input. I know that the Perception Triumphs are particularly good as they have a hull that reacts similar to a sit inside kayak so you can us it's shape to help turn the boat. They tend to be around t...
by rockhopper
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 1080

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Of course Allan, that is fine if you have a confident roll however I was assuming from his comments that the OP is not in that position and that he was looking for a paddle option that made it easier for him to find the surface.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 1080

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I tended to find that the thing with slapping the paddle on the water surface is that in rougher waters you will not necessarily get the same 'feel' from the slap so it can make it more difficult to be sure where the blade is however, with the air core in the blades of the VE the paddle will lay in ...
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 1080

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

The VE paddle has an air core in the blade so will find the surface with the blade flat on it naturally.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tall and advice needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Tall and advice needed!

South East Kayaking have a test fleet of Rockpools and they are closer to you...

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 1099

Re: Boat for tiny person

Rockpool Isel... http://www.rockpoolkayaks.com/isel.php or you could consider something like a Zegul/Tahe Greenland (usually an ocean cockpit but some early ones were available with keyhole cockpit I believe) or a Greenland T (keyhole cockpit). https://zegul.taheoutdoors.com/ze_en/speciality.html R...
by rockhopper
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?

I have had an Isel for about 2 years but not paddled the Pilgrim so can't do a direct comparison. I can say that the Isel is light (probably lighter tan the Pilgrim), very comfortable and great at inspiring confidence. It is well built (up to Mike Webb's usual standard), robust, great initial and se...
by rockhopper
Wed May 30, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos
Replies: 11
Views: 1379

Re: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos

I had a Delphin 150 for about a year but found it a bit of a lump (others may well diagree!). It was the Surf Spec. version so heavier than the standard one and, more especially, than the Corelite one. Mine felt heavy both carrying and paddling. Well worth you having a go in your selection before ma...
by rockhopper
Thu May 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boats worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1318

Re: New boats worth it?

The problem, if you want a particular boat, is waiting for a suitable one to come up for sale. There aren't many Aries 155 that I have seen come to the market. Similar problem with boats like the Rockpool Isel and especially an, anything like new, Anas Acuta. There probably aren't masses sold to sta...
by rockhopper
Mon May 21, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 1203

Re: Water Carrier

I would highly recommend the MSR Dromedary water bladders. I have had two for over 6 years and they have been bullet proof and with no nasty taste:
https://www.raymears.com/Bushcraft_Prod ... g-6-litre/




Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri May 04, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydecks
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Re: Spraydecks

Worth you looking back over previous posts about spraydecks but i have used Reed Aquatherm ones for a number of years and been very happy with them. Light, tough and even machine washable!! If you contact them they may well know of the appropriate size spraydeck for each boat. https://www.chillcheat...
by rockhopper
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic surf kayaks
Replies: 40
Views: 16213

Re: Plastic surf kayaks

by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED Romany Classic
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: WANTED Romany Classic

Oh gosh.... there's suddenly loads of them... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nigel-Dennis-NDK-Romany-Classic-Sea-Kayak-Lendal-Sea-Paddles-Nookie-Spraydeck/282869990352?hash=item41dc5d83d0:g:Y2wAAOSw~YRadmh2 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nigel-Dennis-NDK-Romany-Classic-Sea-Kayak-with-Silva-Type-70-Compass-T...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED Romany Classic
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: WANTED Romany Classic

There is one on EBay right now:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/sea-kayak/23 ... SwiqFadLvy


Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Basic Surf Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Re: Basic Surf Practice

Who was your coach? Always good for people to get feedback and recommendations.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding water to hull for ballasting
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: Adding water to hull for ballasting

Also bear in mind that in some instances a rudder can make weathercocking worse as wind from the side will push the front end round whilst the rudder at the rear acts as a pivot point. As long as the rudder is easy to lift out of the water then it is easy to experiment and find out whether to have t...
by rockhopper
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding water to hull for ballasting
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: Adding water to hull for ballasting

Is your problem stability or weather cocking? The scrambler is a fairly stable SOT so I suspect it is weather cocking that is the issue. Ocean Kayak do sell rudder kits but they are very expensive (£300 +) and I don't think they fit the Scrambler. Your best bet may be to replace the Scrambler with a...
by rockhopper
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1945

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

That's another possibility. Douglas Wilcox has included details in his blog:
https://seakayakphoto.blogspot.co.uk/20 ... -from.html

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1945

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

We paddled the Crinan Canal a few years back. Absolutely lovely apart from having to portage fully loaded kayaks. With some of the locks it is easier to portage a few at a time rather than putting the boat back in the water so i would advise taking a trolley if possible. The locks stop being used, i...