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by Niall Milner
Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: "the gorge" on the Nith
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Probably worth giving the Queensberry Estate Office a call. They will have access to all the kit and expertise required to deal with this (plus it's their land!).

Niall
by Niall Milner
Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?
Replies: 29
Views: 2429

If in fact, you were sold a 2nd Quality boat you should have been told that it was. This in turn affects the period of the warranty, which is why they cost less. I don't think so, this was a full price item! I hear what you're saying Tom, which is why I e-mailed Dagger to voice my concerns, part of...
by Niall Milner
Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?
Replies: 29
Views: 2429

I give up! It is the principle that irks me, not any concerns about my boat specifically. It is the idea that as boaters we are happy to accept things that aren't quite right (see Canned's post suggesting I'm being a bit of a twat - sorry I'm paraphrasing) and still pay £800 for the privilege. Maybe...
by Niall Milner
Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?
Replies: 29
Views: 2429

Yeah, I rang the shop originally on the way home from the river and they basically said "do we need to do anything here?" I would guess that apart from having a moan at Dagger on my behalf, the answer is very little as the seat is now sorted and functions as designed. This isn't strictly a warranty ...
by Niall Milner
Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?
Replies: 29
Views: 2429

If you put blue tack on the plates to line them up it makes it a lot easier All useful info, but my point is, why should you have to do this on a product that has an RRP of £800 when the person in the factory was paid to have done it for you. As a parallel, no one would accept that a brand new moun...
by Niall Milner
Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?
Replies: 29
Views: 2429

Guys in the shop made it out to be a lot simpler than this! Well it would be, if Dagger installed the front bolts in the pre-existing slots in the seat, rather than a dedicated hole. I still can't figure out a practical reason as to why they'd do this, apart from to save time in the factory if lini...
by Niall Milner
Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?
Replies: 29
Views: 2429

The new Nomad seat is fully adjustable. Loosen the seat bolts, and the pillar bolt connected to the seat, and slide the seat forward. enjoy. Simon Well exactly! For some reason mine wasn't set up like this from the factory, which given the cost of the boat seems a bit shabby/lazy. Not a big deal no...
by Niall Milner
Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?
Replies: 29
Views: 2429

Dave, I agree with you there, I can't expect the manufacturer to have the boat trimmed specifically for me out the box, but......... .....if the seat is clearly designed to be adjustable so that the owner can move it to suit, why install it in the boat in a way that is patently unadjustable, and awk...
by Niall Milner
Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?
Replies: 29
Views: 2429

Nomad Seat - Dagger, Why?!?

Apologies on the length....... Got my new Nomad yesterday, and very yummy it is too! Anyway, picking it up on the way to the river I didn't have too long to make any detailed adjustments so just got on with the seat as I found it. The boat was a bit tail happy coming out of rapids, the nose tended t...
by Niall Milner
Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Fest photo competition
Replies: 87
Views: 12699

Hope you don't mind me entering you Paul but I love it. Am I the only one that found this turn of phrase rather amusing? http://photos-353.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v76/54/121/544677353/n544677353_73967_2516.jpg For what it's worth - Upper Rauma 2005, the trusty H2, Photo by Robin Almond To be...
by Niall Milner
Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A Ugandian disaster courtesy of Opodo/Flybe
Replies: 25
Views: 4547

When we flew to Zurich in the spring on this "toothpaste tube with lolly sticks for wings": http://photos-g.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v282/54/121/544677353/n544677353_936182_4780.jpg BMi were concerned that the boats weren't going to fit, but had a go for us anyway, and unsurprisingly three cre...
by Niall Milner
Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WWPF
Replies: 41
Views: 4117

http://www.wetwestpaddlefest.co.uk/remote/WWPF_small.jpg No guessing required, its me old mate Mr Andy Arnott! As for where, I'd have to say first drop on the mighty Morriston, no? If so, this pic is a year or two old I think, I was there too? Andy, part right!! I think the picture's way more recen...
by Niall Milner
Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Etive River Race 2008
Replies: 136
Views: 20545

James,

I am a lowly rec. member of the SCA. Is that sufficient for your insurance purposes?

Niall
by Niall Milner
Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: If you liked the H2 you'll love....?
Replies: 17
Views: 2249

I too was faced with a similar dilemma after splitting the nose of my trusty H2 245 in Italy this spring. I've ordered a Nomad 8.5. For the last age I was adamant that if the H2 died I'd get a Burn. But.... over the holiday I had enough of sliding across slabs around big features and having the boat...
by Niall Milner
Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Wet West Paddlefest 2008 13th&14th September 2008
Replies: 22
Views: 20646

Neil & Co,

Any details on the accommodation arangements/event base yet?

Would be nice to start thinking about what's within striking distance on the Saturday if you're not planning on bringing a playboat....

Cheers,

Niall
by Niall Milner
Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: JJs had me arrested tonight,
Replies: 360
Views: 75258

SJ wrote:Does passage through a site include stopping to play on the features in the eyes of the Land Reform Act?
There is no distinction between the two. Passage is passage, how long you want to take over it, and whether you stop on the way - well that's up to you!

Niall
by Niall Milner
Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Car Wear & Tear
Replies: 41
Views: 4662

So maybe that's the answer: 40p a mile? 40p/mile is not the answer. It is the tax free maximum rate at which an employer can reimburse an employee for use of a private car. Any reimbursement received in excess of that 40p is taxable as income. Geek Alert! I keep track of my accounts with home finan...
by Niall Milner
Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Car Wear & Tear
Replies: 41
Views: 4662

How do other clubs / groups of friends deal with wear and tear costs on cars? Take it on the chin! You did conciously buy a car that could take you and your mates boating in the first place, right? My car choice has always been based around taking a full crew boating, and in making that choice I ac...
by Niall Milner
Fri May 23, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Etive River Race 2008
Replies: 136
Views: 20545

After watching a few Liquid Lifes I would say on the flats, by slalom peeps, if any enter. They have the power and stamina to paddle like mad on the flat bits which in all honesty makes up the majority of the course. The rapids will only be a feature of the race if people make sloppy mistakes and ge...
by Niall Milner
Tue May 20, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling, Culture and Buildings
Replies: 12
Views: 2092

The Bridge over the Ribo in Switzerland is pretty cool and frames the drop nicely!

Image
Paddler: Ed Smith
Piccy: Me
May 08
by Niall Milner
Fri May 16, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway- July or August?
Replies: 50
Views: 4840

James, We headed out in mid July in 2005. As much as there was nothing doing in Voss due to the high water there was still loads to be done around Sjoa, further north towards the Rauma and back down to Skjak (sp?) which all in all made for a nice loop. How this years levels compare to 2005 though, I...
by Niall Milner
Tue May 13, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some pics of Tessin and Val Sasia
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

ali marshall wrote:People who are as old as you Pauly!!!
But Paul was the oldest bloke in our group........
by Niall Milner
Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Holey Sh*t!
Replies: 58
Views: 9117

Why on earth would you build that? http://paddlefu.co.uk/gallerys/Ballyshannon%20-%2023.02.05/images/Ballyshannon%20Mega%20Stopper%203.jpg At the back of a harbour!! http://paddlefu.co.uk/gallerys/Ballyshannon%20-%2023.02.05/images/Ballyshannon%20Mega%20Stopper%201.jpg Is it to keep non-local skippe...
by Niall Milner
Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ford Galaxy, et al + Espace sliding roof bars-how many boats
Replies: 5
Views: 965

Also.....

If anyone has one of those Renault Espaces with the moveable spoiler thing that acts as roof bars. How many boats can you get on with a set of uprights?

Thanks again,

Niall
by Niall Milner
Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ford Galaxy, et al + Espace sliding roof bars-how many boats
Replies: 5
Views: 965

Ford Galaxy, et al + Espace sliding roof bars-how many boats

Leading on from my previous post about Ski Racks, if you have a Galaxy/Sharan/Alhambra sized MPV and take all the seats out except for the driver and front passenger, would you be able to fit five creek boats inside?

Biggest boat being 255 cm long.

Ta

Niall
by Niall Milner
Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hire a car in Europe - what exactly is a Ski Rack?
Replies: 7
Views: 864

Thanks for all the helpful answers!! I have a set of Thule Bars that work great on Estates with Roof Rails (I'm onto Estate car number four and they're still going strong). Only thing is the broker also said we weren't allowed to fit our own roof bars - and we can't pre-book a specific car so we sti...
by Niall Milner
Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hire a car in Europe - what exactly is a Ski Rack?
Replies: 7
Views: 864

Hire a car in Europe - what exactly is a Ski Rack?

Right, hoping some of you can help! Looking to rent cars on arrival in Zurich for our week in Val Sesia. The brokers booking web page talks about a Ski Rack, we're wondering if this is roof bars with ski clamps? If so we could remove the ski clamps and use the bars to carry our Kayaks over the mount...
by Niall Milner
Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inspire me!
Replies: 4
Views: 973

Andy, Get your lazy arse down to the NEsk! Absence truly makes the heart grow fonder and after a year you'll have forgetten what a cracking (and generally under-rated) run the river is. http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/northeskmark2.jpg Go and do it this weekend!! Niall (Is that inspirational enou...
by Niall Milner
Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: At what point do you need a river running boat?
Replies: 39
Views: 3793

Just realised after my ramblings above that there is a simpler answer At what point do you need a river running boat? When YOU want one and can afford to buy it! As dedicated paddlers I would hope that we all think we need a playboat, river runner, sea kayak, C1, OC2, surf kayak, etc...................
by Niall Milner
Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: At what point do you need a river running boat?
Replies: 39
Views: 3793

For me the key at the core of it is the river characteristics. Latterly this has been replaced with the safety and comfort element a bigger boat affords. When I was in Uni (97-01) playboats were at the peak of their power. Every year a new boat came out, that for a small outlay (trade in last years ...