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by Simongelder
Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Henderson Footpump - where to buy??
Replies: 16
Views: 3133

Re: Henderson Footpump - where to buy??

Thanks - I hadn't heard of the Bosworth pumps before. I found this detailed article on foot pumps and fitting one on their web site.
http://www.thebosworthco.com/seakayaker_article.pdf
by Simongelder
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Henderson Footpump - where to buy??
Replies: 16
Views: 3133

Re: Henderson Footpump - where to buy??

Are these Whale Baby Foot Pumps worth a try? The spec says they are compatible with both fresh and salt water. The capacity is 8 litres per minute which doesn't sound huge but should be more achievable than with a hand operated stirrup pump which may claim higher capacity. Quite good value at about ...
by Simongelder
Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trangia fuel
Replies: 11
Views: 1763

Re: Trangia fuel

My Trangia is converted to gas but I still keep my alcohol burner for it. Whilst in the Alps eg. France, Austria, we couldn't get meths but could get fondu fuel which seemed like a good idea and worked. Alcool a bruler in France worked well. In Austria we could only get a gel-like fondu fuel which b...
by Simongelder
Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: J-Bar recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1915

Re: J-Bar recommendations

I was thinking of getting these to replace my j bars. http://www.ajkayakequipment.com They are soft foam pads - softer than the standard roof bar pads. Because they conform to the shape of whatever is resting on them they can be used for different hull profiles - including marathon kayaks, WWRs as w...
by Simongelder
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: J-Bar recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1915

Re: J-Bar recommendations

My Palm bars are not the right shape for my Nordkapp. I have had to add pads to stop the metal digging into the hull on the lower part of the J. They would probably be fine if my roof bars could be set further apart but I am restricted to set fix points. I am rather disappointed and am considering w...
by Simongelder
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What's the difference between full carbon & glass/carbon?
Replies: 6
Views: 969

Re: What's the difference between full carbon & glass/carbon

If your happy with your current paddle try re attaching the blades using Epoxy rather than hot glue and silicon. I've used it to reattach blades which have then lasted 10years+ without any issues. Even if you do decide to splash out on new blades if you can fix the old ones, it will be handy to hav...
by Simongelder
Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1053

Re: Paddle advice

When you have improved further, fair enough get the expensive paddles to add to your quiver and choose which set to use depending upon the type of paddling you are doing on a particular day. If you are away for a weekend or more, the old intermediate paddles can be packed in the car as spares. As f...
by Simongelder
Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1053

Re: Paddle advice

Ideally it is useful to have more than one set of paddles. At your stage I would probably get a set of my own hard wearing intermediate paddles rather than have to borrow the equivalent club paddles eg N12 blades and carbon shaft. If you are still learning, there is a likelihood that you will be hit...
by Simongelder
Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Touring Boats - Where can they go?
Replies: 18
Views: 1439

Re: Touring Boats - Where can they go?

My Dad and his uncle paddled canvas folding kayaks down the Wye including Symonds Yates on canoe camping trips in the 50s. Many others did too! It doesn't seem too long ago that the standard glass fibre boats for white water were 4 metre designs. Despite being more fragile than the touring kayaks yo...
by Simongelder
Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vynek refurb?
Replies: 2
Views: 836

Re: Vynek refurb?

Hi Jonno, The sea kayaking 'gear' board and the almanac have threads on renovation of old boats including installing hatches and gelcoat repairs. Haven't seen one where an old, small hatch is cut away to allow a new, larger one to be fitted but I am sure the principles will be similar. My early 80s ...
by Simongelder
Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling with a stoma
Replies: 5
Views: 906

Re: Paddling with a stoma

The thread comes up if you search for 'ostomy' and is relatively recent. Looks like two paddlers with similar problems.
Home / Community / Community Forums / Whitewater and Touring / Paddling ostomists. overcoming health issues.
by Simongelder
Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Symmetrical vs. asymmetrical paddle blades
Replies: 10
Views: 2470

Re: Symmetrical vs. asymmetrical paddle blades

Just go with paddles you feel most comfortable with rather than fashion. A couple of decades ago (or more!) most of us used symmetrical (curved) blades for whitewater and slalom and polo. I sometimes still use my old carbon bladed slalom paddles which are symmetrical and I do not believe that the ne...
by Simongelder
Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice needed, DIY Splits.
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: Advice needed, DIY Splits.

I recently fitted a Mitchell adjustable spigot to my carbon shaft Streamlyte paddles. Once I had confirmed the internal diameter of the shaft (27mm), I obtained the contact e-mail addresses for Celtic Paddles and Mitchell blades and asked them nicely if it is possible to buy one of their spigots. Bo...
by Simongelder
Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas Acuta...... again^
Replies: 49
Views: 13650

Re: Anas Acuta...... again^

By the way, when the weather is cold, unless you have relatively thick soled footwear, bare aluminium can make your feet feel very cold. That's one of the reasons why I have gone with wood for now - although the main reason was that it is what I had in the garage to get me on the water quick! The No...
by Simongelder
Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anas Acuta...... again^
Replies: 49
Views: 13650

Re: Anas Acuta...... again^

Wildwater racing kayaks have foot bars glassed into the hulls - this is recommended in the current UK wildwater racing manual. In a long kayak without a rudder this allows variable placement of the feet along the bar to aid turning. This can be useful sometimes and can relieve long sessions of edgin...
by Simongelder
Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Numb legs in marathon K1
Replies: 9
Views: 3775

Re: Numb legs in marathon K1

I noticed that the seat in my marathon K1 was relatively flat compared to other boats at the club. Many of the newer privately owned K1s seem to have higher backed seats than mine. I have now built up layers of foam mat at the back of my seat to replicate the high back shapes. I have also added a ho...
by Simongelder
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?
Replies: 24
Views: 3314

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

At £99 I am interested whereas at the old prices GoPros were simply too expensive. My home PC works just fine on windows XP and I have no immediate plans to replace it. I have hesitated at getting the new Hero because the product info says it needs Windows 7 or above. Does anyone know if it is okay ...
by Simongelder
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wavehopper technique?
Replies: 24
Views: 2650

Re: Wavehopper technique?

If you are using flat bladed paddles what length are you using. It is much easier to steer and balance a WWR with longer paddles. Before wings became the norm, top paddlers used between 215 and 220 cm asymetrical paddles. I don't like wings in boats without rudders, especially in moving water or win...
by Simongelder
Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water confidence
Replies: 31
Views: 4556

Re: Water confidence

Take a step back and maybe while holding onto the side/someone's boat try just dipping your shoulder in the water, then your ear, then maybe your nose. Build slowly and carefully and you'll get there eventually. I recommend holding onto the side of the pool as suggested by Kizzie too. Can do this w...
by Simongelder
Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good universities for whitewater:
Replies: 20
Views: 2178

Re: Good universities for whitewater:

Manchester Uni is a good central location for easy access to North Wales, the Lake District, Yorkshire, HP etc. Also a decent polo scene and access to the Goyt and Mersey for local grade 2/3. Also one of the top 10 UK unis in the recent academic rankings. No prizes for guessing where I went! Had can...
by Simongelder
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DIY front hatch & bulkhead.
Replies: 19
Views: 6399

Re: DIY front hatch & bulkhead.

@ Simon, I used 2 x layers carbon fibre and 5 x layers 200gm glass cloth with black tinted epoxy resin. The hardest part was glassing the surrounds from the inside to the boat working blind, so I used a few cheap mirrors and lights to see what I was doing. As the hatches are the biggest ones availa...
by Simongelder
Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch size choice for DIY fitting
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Re: Hatch size choice for DIY fitting

Many thanks for the advice which has been very helpful. I have a fixed budget to use for this project (birthday money!) and the oval hatches and rims whilst tempting are notably more expensive than 24cm round hatches. I am almost decided on a classic set up with round hatches fore and aft, but setti...
by Simongelder
Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Torches / flashlights for sea kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 3638

Re: Torches / flashlights for sea kayaking

Have a look at the Alpkit website and reviews of their head torches. I use an Alpkit gamma but their new viper is supposed to be even more powerful. Fantastic value as well! Blows away my Petzl tikka for power and has great battery life. Plenty powerful enough for bike riding on unlit trails at nigh...
by Simongelder
Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: boyancy aid
Replies: 4
Views: 1349

Re: boyancy aid

May be worth looking at the Wetsuitoutlet web site. Besides canoe/kayak brands at good prices, they also have sailing brands such as Musto and Crewsaver. I bought a Crewsaver, vest style BA last year with pocket and hand warmers at front which is slim and fits quite high up on the body (it's designe...
by Simongelder
Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch size choice for DIY fitting
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Re: Hatch size choice for DIY fitting

Old Nordkapps have 17cm hatches, a Trangia 27 will just fit, 25 won't. My Sea King has 17cm hatches, I was always last packed and often with grazed knuckles, it was a lot of effort getting stuff like tent and sleeping bag in. For my sleeping bag I had to put the empty dry bag in first, then push th...
by Simongelder
Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DIY front hatch & bulkhead.
Replies: 19
Views: 6399

Re: DIY front hatch & bulkhead.

Here's a link to my retro build hatches to my cedar strip boat. http://bluggery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/new-hatches.html Now I have nice big waterproof hatches I am happy, but it was a pig of a job, which would have been easier if done during the initial build. If anyone is considering retro fitting...
by Simongelder
Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch size choice for DIY fitting
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Hatch size choice for DIY fitting

I am about to commit to ordering the materials required to add hatches and bulkheads to a bare hull, early 1980's Nordkapp HM. I am still wavering about what hatch sizes to fit. I was originally going to fit kajaksport click on hatches, 20cm at front and a large oval hatch at the rear. My dilemma is...
by Simongelder
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DIY front hatch & bulkhead.
Replies: 19
Views: 6399

Re: DIY front hatch & bulkhead.

Thanks Jim, that helps a great deal. I am now wrestling with how I would go about making bulkheads with flanges. I figured that I would laminate sheets which are slightly larger than needed and cut to size using a cardboard template taken from the appropriate part of the inside of the hull. To make ...
by Simongelder
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DIY front hatch & bulkhead.
Replies: 19
Views: 6399

Re: DIY front hatch & bulkhead.

I am about to embark on fitting bulkheads, hatches, deck lines etc to an early 1980s Nordkapp HM. Looking at the various other posts I will probably laminate my own bulkheads using CSM and polyester resin. However I would appreciate advice about what to use to glass the bulkheads into the fore and a...
by Simongelder
Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Refinishing carbon paddles .
Replies: 10
Views: 2428

Re: Refinishing carbon paddles .

It looked like clear enamel spray paint in the video. I wonder whether it will go opaque and peel off after a while, particularly if the surface hasn't been prepared? A short term, inexpensive term way to make your carbon paddle plades look shinier for a while is to apply black shoe polish to the bl...