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by dpround
Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grading the Menai Straits
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

Re: Grading the Menai Straits

There are some pretty dangerous features of the swellies that perhaps should be taken into account for grading it, but they are only hazards at certain states of tide. One example are the fish traps on the island by Britannia bridge, which form a fearsome strainer at some states of tide, while at ot...
by dpround
Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grading the Menai Straits
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

Re: Grading the Menai Straits

The conclusion may be that familiarity is in danger of making me over confident on the straits, while the relative novelty of WW for me is leading me to overestimate the risks?
by dpround
Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grading the Menai Straits
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

Re: Grading the Menai Straits

In the case of the straits, you would only get swept along. (Operating close enough to the Caernarfon bar pose a rear risk of being swept out to sea would not be at all wise for obvious reasons) In my earliest days kayaking I have capsized in the centre of the straits, and self rescued by swimming t...
by dpround
Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grading the Menai Straits
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

Grading the Menai Straits

I know it isn't really a river, but I am interested in opinions of the grade that would be assigned to the various sections of the Menai straits. The scouts have graded the entire straits B3 (grade 3) and the swellies A (grade 4). A coach I respect agreed with the grade 3 rating of the straits presu...
by dpround
Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale: Knife, Poggies, Sweet Helmet
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: For Sale: Knife, Poggies, Sweet Helmet

What have palm changed in the design of the pogies?

All the best

David
by dpround
Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry suit maintenance
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Re: Dry suit maintenance

Avoid exposure to UV - ideally dry under cover, not on the washing line etc. Drying on the washing line does help with the smell though! Even rinsing it every use it will probably get pretty whiffy! Some things attack latex seals - suncream for instance. Don't panic if/when the seals go. Everything ...
by dpround
Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First Dry Suit - HELP
Replies: 36
Views: 2565

Re: First Dry Suit - HELP

I have a LOMO drysuit, the yellow one. It is allegedly only about 2 years old, but the main zip is giving trouble and the fabric and seam tape has delaminated around the zip. I have only had the suit for 1 year of fairly gentle use. I have only got the PO's word for its previous life and age, which ...
by dpround
Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 3star sea kayak assessment needed
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: 3star sea kayak assessment needed

I also need a sea kayak 3* in North Wales. Anyone else want one?

All the best

David
by dpround
Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Wanted UKCC Level 2 Assessement.
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Wanted UKCC Level 2 Assessement.

I also want a level 2 (re)assessment, but ideally in North Wales, or at least in the North West. Can anyone help?

All the best

David
by dpround
Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Posting a Paddle
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: Posting a Paddle

Be wary of parcel2go. They lost a parcel of mine. When I asked for the insurance it turned out I would have to sue them to get it. As the parcel was not worth that much I took the loss. If the paddle is valuable consider going with someone reputable.

David
by dpround
Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lendal Blade removal issue
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: Lendal Blade removal issue

I had exactly the same results and ended up removing the spigots mechanically with a burr. I later found out that I could have just got blades without spigots. (I needed to replace a blade rather than change the feather.)

David
by dpround
Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: winter
Replies: 27
Views: 1545

Re: winter

Be aware that it can be difficult to feel for the spraydeck release wearing thick neoprene gloves. I have been shown some palm-less gloves by Reed. They look utterly improbable, ridiculously thin, but the recommendation cam from a source I would trust. I have also heard very good things about pogies...
by dpround
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: newbie wanting advice
Replies: 8
Views: 969

Re: newbie wanting advice

>But until then some queries I have. please bare in mind I have only ever used a Frenzy and mainly close to shore. >1. sea kayak, touring kayak what's the difference Any sea kayak worth its salt will have two buoyancy compartments, one at the bow and the other the stern, in addition to the cockpit. ...
by dpround
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thats enough
Replies: 15
Views: 1711

Re: Thats enough

It occurs to me that any craft with high initial stability in a beam sea will roll to follow the waves. In order to stay on top you must bend from the hips to stay on top instead of being able to edge the boat so that it stays under you. For this reason something with high initial stability may actu...
by dpround
Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thats enough
Replies: 15
Views: 1711

Re: Thats enough

I have been looking into adaptive sea kayaking, there was a kayak called the tribalance and had rear outriggers and in a review it says for sheltered water only, it got me thinking, would outriggers cause problems in swell? If side on to swell would it try to tip? I have spent a lot of time on SOTs...
by dpround
Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof Rack Systems Karitek and Hullavator
Replies: 13
Views: 1760

Re: Roof Rack Systems Karitek and Hullavator

I have bought an extra towing eye for my car and have a bow and stern rope attached to these in addition to the straps on the roof rack. I would recommend this solution if you are going to use a roof rack with the bars a bit too close together for comfort.

All the best

David
by dpround
Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak advice needed
Replies: 26
Views: 2623

Re: Sea kayak advice needed

The difference between the Explorer and the Explorer HV is entirely above the waterline and mostly a pair of knee bumps. After trying both I chose the HV by an easy margin given my ageing knees. On flat water the Explorer feels a bit twitchy, but it seems far more relaxed when there is a bit of a sw...
by dpround
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on new boats & kit for new club
Replies: 19
Views: 775

Re: Advice on new boats & kit for new club

In a similar situation I bought Peak Centre Vest buoyancy aids, Peak centre cags and peak long john wetsuits all from Summit to Sea. I worried particularly over the buoyancy aids as my kids have gone through a number that have not been particularly satisfactory, but the peak centre vests are excelle...
by dpround
Thu May 24, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Modifying an Anas Acuta
Replies: 13
Views: 1314

Re: Modifying an Anas Acuta

Valley will help you with the cockpit coming etc, at least they offered to for me for not too much money. I chickened out of buying the the boat with the ocean cockpit in the end. They also gave me loads of advice.

All the best

David
by dpround
Fri May 18, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Not Sure About This?
Replies: 24
Views: 1498

Re: Not Sure About This?

Zec, have you had a proper coach look at your roll? There are a lot of different ways to roll and it is usually possible to come up with something that works around a disability or weakness. A roll like a Pawlata gives a huge amount of leverage, so long as your arms do the right things then you will...
by dpround
Wed May 16, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Novice questions , be gentle.
Replies: 10
Views: 1179

Re: Novice questions , be gentle.

My advice is to try out the local clubs before you buy anything. Most clubs will be able to get you kitted out, some with club kit and some just with the good will of the members. Once you settle into a club it will become far more obvious to you which kit you should buy to fit in with the club. You...
by dpround
Fri May 11, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introducing the kids
Replies: 34
Views: 3152

Re: Introducing the kids

I expect most of you know this, but a bit of rope (tail) tied on the back grab handle and trailing in the water is a good way of increasing direction stability to give pupils that are struggling a bit of help. It is also easy to steadily reduce the amount of rope.

All the best

David
by dpround
Tue May 08, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale - kayak, Sea and Canoe kit
Replies: 12
Views: 1213

Re: For Sale - kayak, Sea and Canoe kit

Hi, I'm interested in the pulley and any karabiners you might have left. Please let me know what the postage would be and how to pay you.

All the best

David
by dpround
Thu May 03, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley, NDK, TRace, Rockpool, P&H- Strongest Lineup Overall?
Replies: 94
Views: 4514

Re: Valley, NDK, TRace, Rockpool, P&H- Strongest Lineup Over

Re SOT kayaks, I was just trying to make the point that there will be vast numbers of people who have started out with SOTs looking for a more serious sea boat. As a coach I know that lots of people have very serious hangups about spray decks. There seems to me to be a real hole in the market and al...
by dpround
Tue May 01, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley, NDK, TRace, Rockpool, P&H- Strongest Lineup Overall?
Replies: 94
Views: 4514

Re: Valley, NDK, TRace, Rockpool, P&H- Strongest Lineup Over

I think there is a huge gap in the market at present - between Ocean Kayak's offerings and closed cockpit sea kayaks. OK's offerings are good for what they are intended, but the hull forms really do not respond well to anything fancy and you really would not want to be on one if it got really rough....
by dpround
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Fest-Where Next?
Replies: 39
Views: 2936

Re: Tryweryn Fest-Where Next?

Events like the Anglesey sea kayak symposium get booked solid months in advance. You might want to consider what they are offering (training, guided trips, technical sessions, assessments, kit suppliers on site etc) and translate it to your setting.

All the best

David
by dpround
Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broken Lendal paddle^
Replies: 9
Views: 1668

Re: Broken Lendal paddle

I tried boiling the ends of the paddle in a burco. The blades came off the little spigots easily, but I could not get the spigots out of the shaft and ended up destroying them. In retrospect I should have just cooked the new blades and removed the spigots from them. Now it looks like the only remain...
by dpround
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broken Lendal paddle^
Replies: 9
Views: 1668

Broken Lendal paddle^

I snapped one of the blades on my Lendal paddle Monday night. The paddle was quite nice, a one piece cranked shaft Lendal touring with SF blades. Easily the best paddle I have. I phoned Lendal hoping that they wouldn't charge too much to fix it and was shocked when they said it was scrap! Is there a...
by dpround
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: L2 Coach Prerequisites
Replies: 34
Views: 1354

Re: L2 Coach Prerequisites

You need to be 3* standard in both kayak and canoe (one blade and two blade.) You need at least one 3*. You have the option of having a 3* kayak and 3* canoe and then you do not need the additional CPD module.

David
by dpround
Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best CHEAP junior paddles
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: Best CHEAP junior paddles

Sea Kayaking UK / Lendal were very generous to a local scout troop and so we have a range of Gremlins in 170 - 200cm with 45 degree feather. So far the sizes and feather seem a pretty good match for the kids. Nobody has asked for a left hand paddle and I haven't mentioned they exist, so seem to have...