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by Mr Ed
Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22642

Re: Skim Kayaks

Ok, just picked up on this , Tourer , whoever you are , lets start with you identifying yourself instead of hiding behind some bullshit name. if you want to fire shots at Mega , get your facts right , we have been making sea kayaks for 20 yrs , yes we specialise in surf , but have always made sea k...
by Mr Ed
Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which Paddle Britches
Replies: 6
Views: 1453

Re: Which Paddle Britches

Are you planning on doing much pearling?!!!!! If you do get the reed ones ditch the clips and attatchment points and just put holes in it and cable tie it to your deck lines. Much less faff. Mine gets in the way of my compass recess but it would be easy enough to oull up that bit of the material and...
by Mr Ed
Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22642

Re: Skim Kayaks

Tourer,

It's been great having your inputs on this thread and watching you hang yourself more with each subsequent post.

I think George Whitebread had something to say about it in the form of two words.

Ed
by Mr Ed
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue solutions
Replies: 18
Views: 1689

Re: Rescue solutions

Awesome video find Geth.

Not convinced by ropes in the surf zone... Toggle tow out to deeper water maybe? Re- entry and roll by the swimmer might have been doable too. Exceptionally difficult rescue conditions though.

Will be interesting to see what people reckon.

Ed
by Mr Ed
Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mega Viking?
Replies: 4
Views: 1257

Re: Mega Viking?

I just googled it and looked at the hull shape. It looks from the outside to be a similar shaped boat to the Sterling kayaks Reflection of The Hurricane Riders paddlers fame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8roaOB1sTPE Does anyone know how much advantage that wide boat around the cockpit and keel ta...
by Mr Ed
Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Practice - confession
Replies: 13
Views: 1619

Re: Rescue Practice - confession

Same here… In my club, we are aware of it, and start every year with saying "this year, THIS year we'll practise a lot". Never happens. Well, last two years it HAS happened, but just once… Not good. - A friend and I last winter deceided to do something about it ourselves, and went out trying to res...
by Mr Ed
Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22642

Re: Skim Kayaks

Aled wrote:
Tourer wrote:Rockpool Bach and Xcite are fairly similar if not nearly identical.
Gutted, all that hard work to no avail... :-(
Loved the photos Aled. Really interesting process.
by Mr Ed
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cold water disorientation.
Replies: 19
Views: 2232

Re: Cold water disorientation.

Ear plugs massively helped at the weekend.

Hadn't realised how important it was for stopping disorientation due to cold water temperature. Some great advice here. Many thanks.

Cheers

Mr Ed
by Mr Ed
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17^
Replies: 52
Views: 17296

Re: Rockpool Taran (full size) vs Tiderace Pace 17

Both nice boats. Haven't really seen a Pace 17 up close or paddled one. The Taran 16 I had a play in was nicely put together and super quick and the rudder was a bit of a revelation. My only criticism was that the cockpit seemed tight and it was a shin scraper getting legs in and out but then i'm qu...
by Mr Ed
Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cold water disorientation.
Replies: 19
Views: 2232

Re: Cold water disorientation.

Some great stuff there folks. Thanks for all the useful informative replies. There is another aspect to this that the discussion isn't getting at. Putting ice cold water (or very cold at least) provokes dizziness and even vertigo by stimulating the vestibular nerves in the inner ear. I understood it...
by Mr Ed
Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cold water disorientation.
Replies: 19
Views: 2232

Cold water disorientation.

I've been practicing rolls all winter at the end of my sea paddles and the water at the moment is particularly cold and i've noticed disorientation after rolling for ~30 seconds after rolling back up due to the cold water and "ice cream head". This could limit ability to do further subsequent rolls ...
by Mr Ed
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayakers Airlifted off Anglesey
Replies: 27
Views: 2758

Re: Sea Kayakers Airlifted off Anglesey

Kayaks'N'Beer wrote:Touring boats. No decks. All in, in calm(ish) conditions? Smells like the curse of the nugget to me. Lucky lads.
What's the curse of the nugget?
by Mr Ed
Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vertical Knee Position
Replies: 7
Views: 1085

Re: Vertical Knee Position

Tiderace boats deliberately have a high knee position I suspect for exactly that reason.
by Mr Ed
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forum split
Replies: 81
Views: 5644

Re: Forum split

I'm giving serious consideration to sub-dividing this forum...something like 'Paddling' and 'Gear'. Thoughts? The forum at the moment is a bit like watching reflective tape stick... Some more arguments would be good (have tried to start some but no one bites) and people actually discussing paddling.
by Mr Ed
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Longest sea kayak in production...?
Replies: 21
Views: 6930

Re: Longest sea kayak in production...?

After many years of aggressively exporting our Brit style boats and paddling methodology, are we becoming more cosmopolitan paddlers here in the UK? I reckon UK sea paddling is diversifying into different niches, Surf/tiderace play, greenland, speed and touring. All with different advocates and int...
by Mr Ed
Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2 Double kayaks stolen
Replies: 36
Views: 5697

Re: 2 Double kayaks stolen

Why aren't the police following this up? You could phone the police, say you're going to collect it from the seller of gumtree and kill the thieves with a gun- they might show up then?
by Mr Ed
Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reflective tape - recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 3664

Re: Reflective tape - recommendations

Black duct tape is reflective at night and really cheap.
by Mr Ed
Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who CANT Eskimo roll
Replies: 111
Views: 12670

Re: Who CANT Eskimo roll

How's your sculling? - When Teaching Greenland rolling techniques I spend a lot of time on sculling and I make sure folks get good at it. The position to practice is called the "Side Scull" and IMHO needs to be in your top draw of favourite skills. It is essentially a high brace position, whilst ly...
by Mr Ed
Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who CANT Eskimo roll
Replies: 111
Views: 12670

Re: Who CANT Eskimo roll

All good stuff. So does anyone know the reason as I asked earlier why we all try to roll, ie tipping over one side and then righting yourselves on the opposite side to the capsize, as opposed to capsizing and righting your self the same side as you fell in, hope that makes sense. would this not be ...
by Mr Ed
Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "The Dump" a fast, simple way to empty a kayak?
Replies: 30
Views: 2939

Re: "The Dump" a fast, simple way to empty a kayak?

Looks like a useful technique to have in your toolkit. Certainly saves immersion time. I can't think you'd be putting any more force on your spraydeck than you would during a standard rescue anyway. It's speed is it's main benefit. You would have to practice with your friend beforehand though.
by Mr Ed
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling with a swamped cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 2102

Re: Paddling with a swamped cockpit

I've got to say i'm yet to be convinced by a pump. Is it not just a real faff to a) install b) maintain? I think of it really as just another thing to go wrong tbh. Having the skills to paddle a flooded boat to safety then emptying your boat and cowboy re-entering I would rate higher than a pump. An...
by Mr Ed
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast Guard stations cut and now this !
Replies: 11
Views: 1069

Re: Coast Guard stations cut and now this !

Let the plebs drown I say.
by Mr Ed
Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British style sea kayaks are as obsolete as the Model T Ford
Replies: 97
Views: 13098

Re: British style sea kayaks are as obsolete as the Model T

Why could we not have a rudder where the skeg is? Surely it can't be that hard to engineer a rudder there?
by Mr Ed
Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2014 Tiderace
Replies: 70
Views: 9882

Re: 2014 Tiderace

Can anyone figure out when you go to the weights and colours tab why some of the highlight dots are red and some blue?
by Mr Ed
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: France tideraces
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: France tideraces

Thanks everyone. Some really good information there.
by Mr Ed
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: France tideraces
Replies: 7
Views: 904

France tideraces

Does anyone have any experience of the tideraces off the coast of Brittany? I'm specifically thinking the archipelogo of islands off Le Conquet near Brest. Including Ushant? Looks like a very interesting area. Are there any guidebooks for the area in the vein of some of the guidebooks you find in th...
by Mr Ed
Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Celtic Paddles
Replies: 13
Views: 3089

Re: Celtic Paddles

I think Lendal took a bit of a kicking when their quality control dropped like a stone when production moved to the US and a number of people jumped over to Werner. From the Ocean paddler article I think it's taken Nigel Dennis longer to get set up than he'd perhaps have hoped. The issue is confused...
by Mr Ed
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace xcite and p&h info
Replies: 13
Views: 1818

Re: Tiderace xcite and p&h info

I own an Xcite. Have done for 2 and a half years. Usually operating in the tideraces off Anglesey. Xcite is an excellent boat. Really nice blend of everything, it's quick, playful, & incredibly responsive but also can pack a fair bit of kit in when necessary for some light touring. The aggressive ed...
by Mr Ed
Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good News ?
Replies: 25
Views: 2570

Re: Good News ?

Don't start me on fish farms....
by Mr Ed
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good News ?
Replies: 25
Views: 2570

Re: Good News ?

There seems to be so many of these small schemes that have a massive local impact. North Wales is getting much the same with huge arrays spanning from the Wirral to Llandudno. Massively affecting the view. On top of that we're seeing some big backlashes against the hydro-schemes on some of the local...