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by dpround
Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted something like Diesel 80, Burn L etc
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: Wanted something like Diesel 80, Burn L etc

The Salto Evo sounds like it might do the job. I am 14st and so, depending on the review, may be too heavy for it. What do you think?
by dpround
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted something like Diesel 80, Burn L etc
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Wanted something like Diesel 80, Burn L etc

I could do with a boat more suitable for coaching, something with a bit more volume and more forgiving rails than my current Inazone 242. I think the Diesel 80, Burn L, Axiom 9 etc might fit the bill. Cheapish would be good! Ideally North Wales, but we will be doing the Christmas tour of the relativ...
by dpround
Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BEING SEEN OR HEARD
Replies: 28
Views: 1209

Re: BEING SEEN OR HEARD

Maybe a shotgun would gain their attention (please don't try this at home) Fired in which direction? (same point applies to letting off flares!) I think salt water corrosion is going to be a major problem when carrying a shotgun at sea... ;) I have one of the fog horns linked in the previous posts....
by dpround
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 5 Star
Replies: 35
Views: 11017

Re: 5 Star

It may be that the leadership element will be separated out to some extent. I did a prototype "Certificate of competence" for group leadership, which was described as like a coaching qualification without the coaching bit. Perhaps when the scheme is finished this will end up as level 1 - X leader qu...
by dpround
Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle Buying Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: Paddle Buying Advice

I think it would be best if you put a price on "entry level". Until you get to the big brands and beyond my idea of "entry level" I would avoid split paddles as the joint will be a weak point that will have a degree of slop and will add weight. We have a number of one piece Carlisle Magic paddles an...
by dpround
Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?
Replies: 56
Views: 5646

Re: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?

I think sinks (closed cockpit) are just as safe solo as SOT once the paddler has mastered a re-entry and roll in adverse conditions and sorted a pump that works in adverse conditions. In fact sinks may be safer as you are less likely to be overwhelmed by the conditions or be separated from the boat....
by dpround
Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Alaw
Replies: 17
Views: 1963

Re: Rockpool Alaw

Various Nigel Dennis (SKUK) kayaks have knee bumps to allow a much more bent-legged position. Unfortunately there is no clear naming scheme - eg Explorer HV has knee bumps, but the Explorer does not - the only real difference between the kayaks is knee space, the volumes are much the same. The Roman...
by dpround
Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 456 incidents, 9 fatalities
Replies: 99
Views: 6563

Re: 456 incidents, 9 fatalities

I think another issue that causes disorganised groups is the fear of litigation. I have been paddling with one group that deliberately avoided anything that could be considered organisation as nobody wanted to carry the can as the leader. This inevitably reduces safety for all concerned and so must ...
by dpround
Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: what is a good sit-on-top for an activity centre???
Replies: 20
Views: 1411

Re: what is a good sit-on-top for an activity centre???

The OK Peekaboo is a surprisingly good boat, adequately fast for pottering, huge load capacity (it was starting to get marginal with me, two kids and the dog...) and very stable. It has also got a window, which frankly is rarely better than looking over the side, but it certainly generates interest....
by dpround
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Speed of Plastic boats
Replies: 22
Views: 1816

Re: Speed of Plastic boats

I should think the plastic Valley Nordkapp would take some beating. Keep in mind that it isn't a fast boat it you have to do a recovery every 100yds. I am finding my NDK explorer plenty wobbly enough. It also isn't fast if it isn't comfortable for long periods - try before you buy. Also do you reall...
by dpround
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 456 incidents, 9 fatalities
Replies: 99
Views: 6563

Re: 456 incidents, 9 fatalities

For Holyhead one recurring theme is that kayakers are failing to inform the coastguard of their intent. I am sure that nobody wants to trouble them, but it would probably save them trouble in the end if the reports are anything to go by.

David
by dpround
Thu May 26, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak trailers for dummies
Replies: 16
Views: 1799

Re: Sea kayak trailers for dummies

There are lots of trailer options. One cheap method is to get hold of a caravan chassis. Old caravans can be very cheap and often the chassis are OK. The slightly more modern ones tend to be galvanized and so last really well. The chassis off a larger caravan will probably be fine as is and just nee...
by dpround
Mon May 23, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Batteries?
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: Batteries?

LiPo batteries have three disadvantages - unless packaged in something else they are fragile and can burn fiercely if dropped or bumped with something hard. - they are immediately and completely destroyed if over discharged - will explode if overcharged Radio modellers use them all the time as the r...
by dpround
Mon May 23, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Balance
Replies: 22
Views: 1581

Re: Balance

I have an NDK explorer HV and also find it a bit twitchy. The explorer is an expedition boat and so apparently will feel far more comfortable with some ballast on board if you are not carrying expedition supplies. Typical suggestions are adding BHD bottles fastened along the keel full of sand/lead/w...
by dpround
Tue May 17, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1 1/4 inch right angle skin fitting?
Replies: 1
Views: 406

1 1/4 inch right angle skin fitting?

I think I might actually get round to fitting an electric pump. I was going to fit a rule 1100gph as they don't seem to cost any more, I think it will fit and I should think that you can't have too fast a pump. The only pain is that the 1100 needs an 1 1/4inch skin fitting, which I can't seem to fin...
by dpround
Wed May 11, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top Tips For Seakayakers Videos
Replies: 11
Views: 881

Re: Top Tips For Seakayakers Videos

If these are top tips to get you started, then I can't really agree with any of them! Perhaps he has forgotten getting started being such an expert? My tips would be: 1) Join a club - free training - cover for inexperience - cover for limited safety equipment - safe introduction to new venues - easy...
by dpround
Thu May 05, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking oportunities - Rosmuck, Galway, Ireland
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Kayaking oportunities - Rosmuck, Galway, Ireland

There only seems to be one place called Rosmuck, even though there are plenty called Rosmuc ;) I have had a look at Oileain, which gives some information, but not the level of detail I am used to from our excellent Pesda guide books. It looks like care will be required with the tides in the area tho...
by dpround
Thu May 05, 2011 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking oportunities - Rosmuck, Galway, Ireland
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Kayaking oportunities - Rosmuck, Galway, Ireland

I have booked a holiday cottage in Rhosmuck, Galway. I plan to take the kayaks of course. Does anyone know the area? It looks like a sea kayaker's paradise; well mine anyway. Lots of sheltered shore to explore.The only snag I can see is that the tides could be exciting. Are there any kayaking guideb...
by dpround
Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which cheap split paddle?
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: Which cheap split paddle?

Just noticed in the thread about splitting Lendal paddles that a chap had two Ainsworth fibreglass paddles break where they joined. Just what I fear could happen to the Carlisle one, or any cheap split.

It would be irritating to have to buy a much more expensive spare than my main paddle...

David
by dpround
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which cheap split paddle?
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: Which cheap split paddle?

Not sure what OrigNZ NorthWest Passage are going for at the mo. I like mine. Edit; I'll take that back! They seem to be going up again around £90.00 from a quick scout on www. They did drop to jus' over £70 at one poin, thought they might still be goin' down. Tim The cheapest I can find the two pie...
by dpround
Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which cheap split paddle?
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: Which cheap split paddle?

I think you are taking the *(&(*& a bit with the real cheap and nasties. ;) Just because I said I wanted a cheap paddle doesn't mean that I have a death wish. The Carslile Magic has taken all the abuse that I have thrown at it learning to roll, surfing, fending off rocks etc. All I want to know is h...
by dpround
Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which cheap split paddle?
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Re: Which cheap split paddle?

The TNP's I can actually get are something like 10oz heavier than the Carlisle magic, so I think the extra £10 is well spent there, provided they are OK. I thought our TNP's felt heavy!

David
by dpround
Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which cheap split paddle?
Replies: 13
Views: 597

Which cheap split paddle?

Before you go mad with recommending carbon this and kevlar that, please keep in mind that the *poshest* paddles we have are Carlisle magic polypropylene - and so far, I think they are good enough. What I need are a pair of splits to act as a spare. Are the Carlisle magic two piece paddles OK? I can ...
by dpround
Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coastal water inflatable
Replies: 4
Views: 561

Re: Coastal water inflatable

I would suggest you question if you really need an inflatable. If you are looking for something that you can take on an aircraft then inflatables and folders are really the only way forward. In your price bracket, you would be lucky to find a folding kayak I should think given their price new! Neith...
by dpround
Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anti-theft cables
Replies: 25
Views: 1229

Re: Anti-theft cables

And when you have bought your 25mm hardened steel chain that is definitely proof against even four foot bolt cutters you then google hydraulic cutters... a nice quiet, easily positioned hand tool that works in seconds. I have always worked on the principal that so long as mine is the least attractiv...
by dpround
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: what should the dream sea kayak be like
Replies: 35
Views: 1777

Re: what should the dream sea kayak be like

I have virtually no experience, but I would certainly surf with the skeg right up. Two reasons, one simply to reduce the chances of busting it on unexpected arrivals, but more importantly reducing wetted area aft which should reduce the broaching effect. I have a SOT with a built in fin. It tracks l...
by dpround
Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pumps. What's the best option?^
Replies: 94
Views: 16961

Re: Pumps. What's the best option?

CPC's foot bellows are the Herga 6448, so if it is good enough for Rockpool, it'll do me! There is also the bonus that this is by far the cheapest option and one I can buy from a tame supplier...

David
by dpround
Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pumps. What's the best option?^
Replies: 94
Views: 16961

Re: Pumps. What's the best option?

I think the bellows button is the middle one in the pictures on this page:

http://www.herga.com/air_switches/?id=63

It is supposed to be stainless steel, vandal proof and recessed - all of which seem like a good idea for a kayak application!

David
by dpround
Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pumps. What's the best option?^
Replies: 94
Views: 16961

Re: Pumps. What's the best option?

Tinned copper wire will perform better than plain wire, but you don't get to chose what is fitted to the pump, which is the cable really at risk! CPC can supply the air switches. They are not as expensive as I recalled and so I will almost certainly use them as the final solution is far simpler and ...
by dpround
Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Take a walk on the mild side - stacks on neaps.^
Replies: 16
Views: 3848

Re: Take a walk on the mild side - stacks on neaps.

I was in the group going the other ways (Snowdonia Canoe Club - end of the month Sunday Paddle.) I was the *reason* they went the other way :( Hopefully, with practice, I will be less of a liability...

David