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by Mac50L
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayakers know best
Replies: 4
Views: 1196

Re: Kayakers know best

Note the - "Land markers are vital to even the most experienced kayakers. Chitek suggests leaving a path of colored fabric tied to trees" That will be very helpful for the majority of paddlers who paddle the open sea or open coastal waters and something I'd not thought of doing. Must go and buy a pa...
by Mac50L
Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 200
Views: 36300

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Cutting ply panels - I recommend a carpenter's saw ~2'6"? near 300 mm? long blade. Cut the panels by hand. A saw like this will go round the curves but importantly won't wiggle the way a jigsaw can so should give a more accurate cut. Time to cut shouldn't be but a minute or two longer than using a p...
by Mac50L
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 200
Views: 36300

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

The comment about the difficulty of fitting a curved deck - the very first kayak I built had a V deck on the plan and I fitted a curved one instead back in 1983. Since then all the kayaks I've built have had curved decks and my design, my plans and instructions, are just about the same as Nick's in ...
by Mac50L
Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Holiday reading
Replies: 22
Views: 2789

Re: Holiday reading

nickcrowhurst wrote: Valerie Fons - "Keep it moving". Truly inspiring account of one woman's courage.
She runs a cafe (with a one room kayak museum) and kayak rental on Washington Island, Wisconsin, USA and I was talking to her July last year. Her trip from the Arctic to the Antarctic is yet to be written.
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Holiday reading
Replies: 22
Views: 2789

Re: Holiday reading

"Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak: One Woman's Journey Through the Northwest Passage" by Victoria Jason. Unfortunately she died a few years later due to cancer. She had been due to come to New Zealand to the annual sea kayak forum.
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Holiday reading
Replies: 22
Views: 2789

Re: Holiday reading

I've been following the posted links and come across this one. Haven't read it myself but it looks promising. Paddle to the Arctic: The Incredible Story of a Kayak Quest Across the Roof of the World Don Starkell I saw a copy in a secondhand bookshop "The Bookshop" just east of Cork (Youghal) yester...
by Mac50L
Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Holiday reading
Replies: 22
Views: 2789

Re: Holiday reading

Simongelder wrote:The Paul Caffyn books have been recommended but are out of print.
E-mail Paul at <kayakpc@xtra.co.nz> and check with him dirrectly, Kayak Dundee Publications,

Also check on the KASK website under Pubications -

http://www.kask.org.nz/publications/
by Mac50L
Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Perfection Essence 17
Replies: 9
Views: 1118

Re: Perfection Essence 17

What's your paddling style? Paddle low with the blades away out from the hull or with the blade entering the water just about hitting the hull and the shaft near vertical? If the later you also need to use body rotation and be padded into the hull with foam to lock your hips in and your feet on good...
by Mac50L
Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle 'suck'?
Replies: 14
Views: 1710

Re: Paddle 'suck'?

Just tuned in. I tried a nice Werner Ikelos, the largest blade. The woman who loaned it told me my high angle Werner is too short. What, 1 metre long? I suspect she doesn't know how to paddle properly. I've paddled with 1.9 metre paddle quite happily but over 220 cm is far too long. 210 - 215 cm is...
by Mac50L
Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkap Jubilee - Jim
Replies: 26
Views: 3848

Re: Nordkap Jubilee - Jim

Mate, that's like 30 years ago history. The Nordkapp in its current incarnation is miles from the boat Caffyn paddled, and is in no way shape or form reliant on a rudder, in fact a rudder would mess it up completely. It's a Kiwi broken record thing to keep talking about the Nordkapp, and I'm a Kiwi...
by Mac50L
Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkap Jubilee - Jim
Replies: 26
Views: 3848

Re: Nordkap Jubilee - Jim

So the British Nordkapps were build heavy for long expeditions and the New Zealand ones built light (way under 20 kg - 13 kg?) for REALLY long expeditions like round Australia, all the coast of Alaska etc. Also Paul Caffyn won't use a Nordkapp without a rudder either. I suppose it shows technology c...
by Mac50L
Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle 'suck'?
Replies: 14
Views: 1710

Re: Paddle 'suck'?

Last year on a guided trip in the Queen Charlottes, BC, Canada, the paddles were Werners, hooked and horrible plus far far too long (240 cm) as all North American paddle manufacturers recommend. So glad to get back to my GPs that go in and come out of the water quietly and cleanly. Even the 190 cm r...
by Mac50L
Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudders
Replies: 8
Views: 1146

Re: Rudders

Paul Caffyn, one of the greatest long distance paddlers, changed from skeg to rudder near the start of his Australian circumnavigation and increased his daily distance by nearly 20%. Does that say something? If a rudder breaks or fails it is due to bad engiineering. Note rudder pedals should not be ...
by Mac50L
Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^
Replies: 38
Views: 9653

Re: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^

Our kayak is 38.5kg I can't remember the weight of mine but used to carry it up and down stairs single handed when building it - wood. Suspect ~30 kg. We have Navigator rudder, which I am not happy with. They took a good New Zealand design a decade after we'd been in production and made a mess of i...
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pull-Over Kayak Trolley?
Replies: 15
Views: 3608

Re: Pull-Over Kayak Trolley?

I made my trolley based on this design http://www.zen40268.zen.co.uk/seakayaking/Trolley.html That's basically the T-bar trolley, designed back in 1995 - http://www.kask.org.nz/t-bar-kayak-trolley/#more-337 It is claimed the Germans didn't copy the design though they received a copy of the design t...
by Mac50L
Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^
Replies: 38
Views: 9653

Re: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^

Carrying straps - if more than 2 in a group use lifting straps (one strap if 3 people, 2 straps if 4 people). They should be free or nearly so. Get safety belts from a wrecked car and sew up end loops. If you can't sew then tie a loop in the end or put (tie) the loop where needed for the width of th...
by Mac50L
Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^
Replies: 38
Views: 9653

Re: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^

I do not see any problems with rescue, as you don't even need to roll it - the boat is so stable that you can climb in without any problems (if you manage to capsize...which is hard to do). I recommend the front paddler holds the far side cockpit rim with the near side rim under their armpits. The ...
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pull-Over Kayak Trolley?
Replies: 15
Views: 3608

Re: Pull-Over Kayak Trolley?

Have you thought of building your own?

http://www.kask.org.nz/category/do-it-yourself/

Fit what ever size wheels are avaiiable or suitable for the job. If you want more strength substitute metal for plastic for the structure.
by Mac50L
Wed May 28, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new Zealand, trolleys and rudders
Replies: 0
Views: 437

new Zealand, trolleys and rudders

It is interesting, having just found this forum, some of the subjects and comments, some that relate to the bottom of the world. Circumnavigating New Zealand - Freya never did, she only did the South Island. It has most recently been done by a 25 year old girl (being 3 times her age I use that term,...