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by rockhopper
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 240
Views: 39473

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Hi Nick, another beautiful construction but I don't think anyone has yet asked possibly the most important question....how on earth do most of these kayak builders manage to keep their workshops so tidy and neat?? Do they tidy them just for the photo? It's just not natural....surely every normal wor...
by rockhopper
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1769

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

interested to know what his plans are from The Blackwater down to the Thames. Is he keeping to the coast (which can be tricky) or shortcutting across to Kent?

Rog
by rockhopper
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1769

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

just a quick point, i believe, if conditions are dangerous for him at sea, he has every right to land where he wants/needs to and anyone preventing him from landing/forcing him back to sea could well face police action..

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1769

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

i think there will be Simon, just give it a bit of time...I saw you topic last night but could not get on to the Facebook page! kept just going to my own so need to sort that out before i can see if i can assist.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1291

Re: Sandy Skeg

I understand the principle of a centreboard, converting sideways energy into forward energy however yachts have rudders because they use the wind to power them and cannot be steered by the use of a paddle on each side of the boat to act either as a rudder or a means of deflecting water to turn the k...
by rockhopper
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1291

Re: Sandy Skeg

Are you confusing a ruder system (pedal operated steering system) with a skeg (drop down blade that help prevent weather cocking and aids tracking). I cannot think of a sensible alternative to having a working skeg in certain conditions... a bit like having a drop down keel on a sailing boat.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1291

Re: Sandy Skeg

Unfortunately, the conditions where the skeg is most likely to get jammed are also the same conditions that make a floating launch the most difficult. Usually this is with breaking waves which means I tend to end up with a cockpit half full of water (which I can pump out but it is still not ideal) o...
by rockhopper
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1291

Sandy Skeg

No, not a new character from Poldark. Just wondering if anyone has bright ideas to solve this which may help me needlessly experimenting with options. I often kayak alone which means that when launching from a beach I have to try to keep the skeg from getting stuck in with sand and small stones. I a...
by rockhopper
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: Surf launch...
Replies: 6
Views: 1291

Re: Surf launch...

Mmm! doesn't look like the best choice of things to do. Wouldn't have been any better coming back in afterwards.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Family Sea Kayaking
Replies: 10
Views: 948

Re: Family Sea Kayaking

I initially hesitated proffering an answer on this subject as I think it is a tricky one however the two previous comments are probably spot on. Taking kids out anywhere on the sea can be fraught with problems and as there would be three children and only two adults it dictates extra care. Certainly...
by rockhopper
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Sea kayak wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 821

Re: Sea kayak wanted

Friend has red Dagger Cortina 16.5 sea kayak
Think you may be getting confused with a Ford Cortina...I suspect the boat you may mean is the Dagger Cortez !

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1525

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

Blast! that beats me...only have 6...
If only they did Top Trumps kayak cards (or maybe that's just a bit too sad...and it has the word Trump in it!!) so maybe not..

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1525

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

It has to be said that one of the joys of paddling is getting to know your boat, how it behaves in wind and waves, when being turned and leaned, until you know it's likes, dislikes and foibles......then you load it with gear and find you have to re-learn it all over again...great fun. It is also wha...
by rockhopper
Tue May 30, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Jackson Karma RG paddle recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 846

Re: Jackson Karma RG paddle recommendation

I think many aspects of paddle choice are quite subjective, what suits one person may well not suit someone else of exactly the same build, size and kayak. Depends quite a lot on what you are used to. You could end up trying a 200cm paddle and find it too long for surfing but fine for the paddle out...
by rockhopper
Mon May 22, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.
Replies: 14
Views: 1910

Re: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.

Depending on what I plan to do on a days paddling often depends on which hatch I pack stuff into. If I fancy doing carved turned and being fairly manoeuvrable I tend to load the front hatch which lifts the back end of the kayak slightly higher meaning that it releases earlier when tilted to one side...
by rockhopper
Tue May 16, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: restoration projects...or junk ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1523

Re: restoration projects...or junk ?

If you fancy a restoration project it is probably worth waiting for something worthwhile and that you could use once finished. Maybe keep an eye out for an old Anas Acuta or similar classic boat. They will generally be well made, seaworthy and once you have finished the restoration and paddled it fo...
by rockhopper
Tue May 16, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: low angle technique
Replies: 8
Views: 897

Re: low angle technique

Perhaps part of the trouble is that you are much stronger on one side than the other which is likely to cause problems in other sets of muscle groups. Would it be worth working on the muscles of your weaker side so that you would be more balanced and also not have to put as much strain on the strong...
by rockhopper
Tue May 02, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Rockpool Isel for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Re: Rockpool Isel for sale

can't seem to get the photos up....

Rog.
by rockhopper
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: VE Explorer aircore carbon 205-215
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: VE Explorer aircore carbon 205-215

Hi, are they right handed?

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY
Replies: 11
Views: 2814

Re: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY

Excellent and informed post. Many thanks.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite layups
Replies: 13
Views: 1118

Re: Composite layups

Hi Graham, just had a look on the P & H website and you are spot on about the footrests options. Really surprised as if the fittings are glassed in for things like the Yakima footrests then it would be as easy to glass in the fittings for a footplate (or use the same fittings. A custom bulkhead is g...
by rockhopper
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite layups
Replies: 13
Views: 1118

Re: Composite layups

Mike,

just to make sure that your choice is a footplate rather than bulkhead. The footplate option will be adjustable with a fixed bulkhead behind it but just a bulkhead will be fixed (and watertight) and is then normally fitted out with close cell foam to fit the paddlers size.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Europa kayak for youngsters?
Replies: 15
Views: 5557

Re: Europa kayak for youngsters?

May be worth you contacting Reed as they will make spraydecks to your specification:
http://www.chillcheater.com/decks-and-hatches

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY
Replies: 11
Views: 2814

Re: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY

I would think that, if you can show the remaining area of the estuary past these pinch points can be hazardous to paddlers then they would have a duty of safety to allow transit across them... Looking at the list of current sites Essex has a massive list: Benfleet and Southend Marshes Blackwater Est...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY
Replies: 11
Views: 2814

Re: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY

Your title, 'Paddling to be banned on the River Exe Estuary' is a little bit 'Daily Mail' as it is proposed to only ban it in certain areas however, my local area, Leigh-on-Sea and Two Tree Island have a large Brent Goose population that overwinters and feeds on the mud flats. In addition Two Tree I...
by rockhopper
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 1919

Re: summer paddling gear

just a quick question for those that use the Thermocline shorts/trousers/one piece..... I have one of their long sleeve tops which is lovely but the outside is very smooth and slippy. Do you not find that the lack of traction (against overtrousers) when you are sitting in a kayak means that you tend...
by rockhopper
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - waterproof roll top rucksack 40-50 litres
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: Wanted - waterproof roll top rucksack 40-50 litres

Have you looked at the Overboard waterproof rucksacks. They are very strong construction and quite keenly priced so probably worth buying new.
http://www.over-board.co.uk/backpacks/w ... packs.html

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 2554

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

To be honest, the weight of a tent does not matter too much if you are sticking it in a kayak, it is more about the packed size.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 2554

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

Don't skimp on the sleeping mat.... I heartily recommend the Exped downmats or their Synmats. Super comfy and warm. Very tough and rolls down very small for packing too.

Rog.