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by john.ruston
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This seasons colours
Replies: 25
Views: 2181

Re: This seasons colours

Popular yuletide event at Coleraine, NI.

The annual Festival of Light is an illuminated procession on the River Bann.

http://www.ccka.co.uk/forum/discussion/ ... e-of-light
by john.ruston
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Disposal of flares
Replies: 1
Views: 491

Re: Disposal of flares

I suppose it had to happen eventually Chris. Looking at the follies of our fellow man, and seeing flares ignited at crowded sports venues around the world. This one was probably match surplus! I'm sure there will be those who seek to mitigate this and would say that recycle bins need clearer labelli...
by john.ruston
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1352

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

A local paddler with a place in London recommends cored straps with locks. Perhaps these wont cut so easily : Thule 841 https://www.surfsurfsurf.co.uk/roof-rack-pads-tie-downs-and-car-seat-covers/thule-841-lockable-steel-core-surfboard-tie-down-straps?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8IDDjqjV1wIVzbvtCh1kwgLbEAQYAS...
by john.ruston
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1352

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

Arthur. Lockable steel cored straps are available.
by john.ruston
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1352

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

Arthur.
Check your home insurance for 3PL content. If you have it, contact your insurer for a cover note (covering letter). You will have to do this every year.
PM sent. John.
by john.ruston
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kernow Grand Tour
Replies: 13
Views: 1882

Re: Kernow Grand Tour

An entrancing write-up. Lovely photos. Yes, to stay at home holidays.
But are you complaining about meeting only a few on the water? Surely that's a bonus! Would you really prefer a crowd? J.
by john.ruston
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: greenland paddle workshop
Replies: 14
Views: 1108

Re: greenland paddle workshop

I think the OP is asking for advice and information and shows awareness of own limitations and the need for safe working practices. That seems sensible to me.
by john.ruston
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55
Replies: 21
Views: 1422

Re: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55

You can check declination value in most locations by using NOAA's handy calculator @ https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag-web/calculators/mobileDeclination#igrfwmm Deviation is generally meant to be local environmental influences, for the navigator this might be summed up by his yachts Deviation Curve (...
by john.ruston
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent
Replies: 17
Views: 1304

Re: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent

Yes, looks heavenly!! However if you plan to be dunking your head repeatedly it might be an idea to protect your ears and minimise heat loss. I've just picked up some of the Eskimo-Tears Reed hoods and was impressed by how well they worked. What hair I still have stayed dry despite floundering about...
by john.ruston
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17
Replies: 10
Views: 734

Re: Weekend trip report 28/29 October 17

It's always nice to read output from those who can produce a good solid slab of prose !!
by john.ruston
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 2232

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Kernow post mostly on Facebook I noticed.
Do we have to take up this proprietary product ?
So far many of us have got on fine without it and use the phone or face-to-face to sort out trips, swap tips and bellyache about the weather. J.
by john.ruston
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 2232

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Unusual choice of words attracted my attention. FETTLING is a common foundry-man's term, equiv. DEBRIDE (ex. wound care).
It would be hard to fettle a wire esp. Stainless Bowden cable. whether kinked or not.
Thats me. J.
by john.ruston
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder pain solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Shoulder pain solved

Apologies for drifting off OP's topic. Re: Shaft Stiffness, Just had a nice message from Lendal USA to say that despite best efforts they can find no records of a grading system. Maybe they never had complete documentation. I've sent their kind spokesperson Julian, a link to this thread. J.
by john.ruston
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder pain solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Shoulder pain solved

Thank You Jim.
by john.ruston
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder pain solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Shoulder pain solved

To Greg; back in the day Lendal used to offer paddle shafts in a range of stiffness. I'm still regularly using an old Scottish made item Lendal graded F for stiffness. Now I can't remember what the system was then but the choice was right at the time and still works well. Touch wood still no aches '...
by john.ruston
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Really bright torch
Replies: 13
Views: 956

Re: Really bright torch

There's some reasonably priced 'divers' torches out there which are mini floodlights. A pal found a scorcher for about £15. Will ask him where he got it and post you back.J.
by john.ruston
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wrinkles and plastic surgery
Replies: 4
Views: 619

Re: Wrinkles and plastic surgery

Abrasive paper (use wet perhaps with a hint of Fairy liquid as a cutting fluid) wrapped round a rubbing block (get from car bodywork suppliers) gives you a flat surface. As said above use a progression of ever finer papers - don't dismiss the worn papers they can get superfine. Common sense will tel...
by john.ruston
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1755

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

A popular supermarket is getting criticism for selling cheap inflatable kayaks as beach toys. Kayaker critics have been quick to query the suitability of the kit and the skills deficits of likely buyers. Its been suggested that the shop is acting irresponsibly. There's a degree of high expressed emo...
by john.ruston
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling...
Replies: 13
Views: 1714

Re: Rolling...

Scull ... one quick stroke might be all you need to get past the "dead point"
Progress report would be appreciated :)
by john.ruston
Sun May 28, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 1907

Re: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?

Great to have an observation from another local. That's a handy method. Cross referencing. Selecting for Liverpool on April 1st 2017 we get HW Liverpool 1500 DST less 1.5 hrs. =1330. This agrees nicely with the other sources consulted. That's always a comfort ! J Liverpool Tides http://www.cams.bang...
by john.ruston
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.
Replies: 19
Views: 2096

Re: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.

Well said. Its about time this was clearly stated.
Agree with Chris' views or not its clear that more and more of the sea touring fraternity are unhappy that some folks have set themselves up to govern over the rest of us.
by john.ruston
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 1907

Re: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?

Chris. Its a teaser I'll grant -- lots of possibilities ... Saturday lasts tides might have been heading towards Neaps but by any standard it was still a big tide - almost at summer spring tide levels ?? Up my way that does force early changes. Local Low water level can vary by 5 hours between Sprin...
by john.ruston
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 1907

Re: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?

Monday. I see Reed's WA offer Cruising Anglesey and Adjoining Waters by Ralph Morris as authoritative. Hopefully this link points to a copy of his tide stream notes for the area about Bangor Bay. https://www.dropbox.com/s/2wptbu6w6d8hy55/Screenshot_2017-04-03-09-40-04.png?dl=0 I fear this link has t...
by john.ruston
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 1907

Re: Tidal constants and ebb tide beginning earlier - Why?

Terry Storrey (1986) ... "_About two hours before LW L/pool the tide begins to ebb E. past Beaumaris, and the SW stream in the Swellies grinds to a halt. However the water level continues to drop for a further hour and a half." He makes the point that the (vertical) change in direction of water leve...
by john.ruston
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU AGM / President / Unrest !
Replies: 16
Views: 1941

Re: BCU AGM / President / Unrest !

May be much merit in this idea. Thanks for posting.
A hard exit ?? Topical notion ! Might also have merit.
Seems to be a steady rise in numbers of sea tourers who are questioning the relevance of the BCU. It seems a bit of a closed shop. No great affection for it here. John.
by john.ruston
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 tether/lanyard
Replies: 12
Views: 1599

Re: Standard Horizon HX300 tether/lanyard

I've done it your way Rick, at the time it seemed neatest, simplest and strongest. Leaving aside the weight issue, if you need an extra pocket there's this clip on from Nightgear. Its got the standard Molle attachment points for pfd. It even holds this SH HX300 radio - complete with the offending be...
by john.ruston
Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Local sharks for local paddlers
Replies: 1
Views: 686

Re: Local sharks for local paddlers

Valuable work and interesting results. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the various Protection and Conservation zones could be linked to provide corridors. The survey's diagrams suggest at least one offshore possibility. Many thanks for posting.
by john.ruston
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Radical Moves Sea Squirt - any information?
Replies: 2
Views: 651

Re: Radical Moves Sea Squirt - any information?

You don't seem to have any responses yet. Would this item be of any interest ? There is reference in both the Douglas Winning text and the 'family tree' below. The search facility on UKRGB is a great first step in any quest for info- endless treasures lie here. John. http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.c...
by john.ruston
Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Silva Compass?
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Re: Silva Compass?

Try this for model 85 spare ring.

http://www.technicalmarinesupplies.co.u ... -85e/1173/

Hope that helps. J.