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by Mac50L
Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2408

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

So two of you are saying that Point 65 can't or don't make reliable kayaks? Isn't that a safety issue?

Back to my rants about bad design, and not just kayaks, I'm about to go up in our roof to fix badly designed extractor fans.
by Mac50L
Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2408

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

Why all that maintenance? Take my partner's kayak, 18 years of use, no maintenance except for 2 short bits of "string" which should be replaced every few years or so due to sun damage. Takes about 5 minutes or less. Rudder lines, still the same ones. Pulleys? What pulleys? If your gas pedal rudder p...
by Mac50L
Thu May 14, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?
Replies: 41
Views: 6283

Re: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?

The nordcap made in NZ morphed into the rader range of kayaks, not remotly like what we know as a nordcap The Arctic Raider was a completely different kayak and sold in parallel with the Nordkapp, not in place of it. The Arctic Raider's mould, as far as I know, moved to Australia and has had varian...
by Mac50L
Thu May 14, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?
Replies: 41
Views: 6283

Re: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?

To answer Mick I referred it to Paul Caffyn (the paddler, and I won't repeat his rude comments about what he does or doesn't paddle) and Grahame Sisson (the builder) and I presume they would know what they were actually doing. Here are their comments - Paul - What I have paddled and still currently ...
by Mac50L
Wed May 13, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?
Replies: 41
Views: 6283

Re: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?

comparing what Paul paddled around Australia, and the gear he used then to what is available now , and what Paul paddles now is a poor comparison. And what he paddles now can't really be called a Nordkapp . As far as I know it is exactly what he would have bought 3 decades ago. Sisson didn't as far...
by Mac50L
Sat May 09, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?
Replies: 41
Views: 6283

Re: How to turn my Nordkapp in strong wind?

I initially paddled at 90 degrees to the wind with some skeg, no major problems. Then I went downwind (180 deg), but when I tried to turn the kayak I was unable: the wind pushed me to continue downwind and the Nordkapp seemed impossible to turn despite any effort, the short steep waves stopped any ...
by Mac50L
Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddle size
Replies: 11
Views: 2777

Re: Greenland paddle size

I like a shoulder as it gives a placement but no problems moving a hand out for an extended sweep stroke. Loom - fists against the hips and the paddle shoulder starting on the outside of the little fingers. The paddle is held with thumb and fore finger on the loom and the rest of the fingers on the ...
by Mac50L
Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Getting kids started - kayak options please
Replies: 17
Views: 2330

Re: Getting kids started - kayak options please

I'd suggest building which is what I did for my daughter's 10th birthday. Built at work and brought home at midnight. Not painted, not enough time so I lied, "Not painted so you can choose the colour."
by Mac50L
Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddle size
Replies: 11
Views: 2777

Re: Greenland paddle size

Try a slightly longer and a shorter. At $20 (10 pound?) per paddle it shouldn't break the bank. Make sure the edges are sharp, or reasonably so. Your weight with a good plank of WRC should be about 750 - 850 grams.
by Mac50L
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddle size
Replies: 11
Views: 2777

Re: Greenland paddle size

As someone campaigning against too long paddles and using 220 or shorter GPs, I'd suggest what you have is long enough. Making one, I use a 20 mm thick plank and waste half of what a 2x4 bulk of timber carver would waste. Tips have kwila which is commonly used for veranda decking and hitting rocks t...
by Mac50L
Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Words fail me...
Replies: 13
Views: 2606

Re: Words fail me...

The latest I've read is that he wasn't Irish but came from Auckland so a local (not that it appears to make much difference). It seems it was a classic case of not tying the ends of the kayak to the car and the high winds, with kayak on, damaged the rack. What ever, it shows stupidity. And we're sup...
by Mac50L
Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5744

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

ruralweb wrote:.... - how on earth can one seat design fit everyone.
i've long said kayaks should be sold witout a seat. Shop assitant, "There's the kayak, there's a pile of different sized seats over there in the corner, find one that you like."
by Mac50L
Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5744

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

I was looking at the specs of a White Water boat and noticed the seat was fully adjustable it even moved backwards and forwards why are my sea kayaks not like this. It has been done. Mariner in USA did it to trim their kayaks for the wind and load conditions. The rest of us simply fit a decent rudd...
by Mac50L
Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tara around NZ
Replies: 6
Views: 1435

Re: Tara around NZ

We breed them tough down here. Here's what she said to Paul Caffyn before the interview was shown - "(it is) Way better than (an) interview!! Spent whole day filming with them in Milford Sound today in a massive storm, 50K and torrential rain. It's to going to be gold!" I think the 50k refers to kph...
by Mac50L
Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Killer seals
Replies: 10
Views: 1562

Re: Killer seals

We've had seal pups clamber on to our kayaks, two at once on the aft deck on a tippy kayak means a rather forceful brace. I had one giving advise while I changed film in the camera one day. He then went round checking/tasting paddles, did a wooden one seem the same as a glass bladed one? There was a...
by Mac50L
Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trangia fuel
Replies: 11
Views: 1758

Re: Trangia fuel

I took with us, on our trip through North America last year, our little fold-down burner head for screwing on to gas cans. Never saw any cans that it would fit. The cans we use contain 75% - 80% butane, 25% - 20% propane, are self-sealing and we generally use the 230g size, sometimes the 500g. I'm l...
by Mac50L
Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 40
Views: 5846

Re: Newbie

or do people have some goals they aim for. Whilst sailing I always dreamt of selling up and sailing into the sunset, do sea kayaker have similar goals. Coming from a sailing background and an island I wanted to explore having sailed there a couple of times, I had the choice, a 40 foot yacht or a se...
by Mac50L
Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 40
Views: 5846

Re: Newbie

I am not sure I how many years it takes to be that proficient and whether in my early 50s I have that many left to reach that level of expertise. Am I missing out or should I just stick to splashing about in the shallows with water wings? Early 50s, a youngster.... I'd also suggest getting an unsta...
by Mac50L
Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New line of sea kayaks...
Replies: 19
Views: 11263

Re: Weight of the HV version

The boat is amazingly light for it's size (and volume, this being the HV model),... Tom the Dane .... the below link states it weighs 60 pounds. (27 kg): http://www.inukkayaks.co.uk/product/scott-hv/ Nick. 27 kg, I'd call that a brick. Heavy plastic kayaks come lighter than that so what experience ...
by Mac50L
Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do you know this kind of rescue?
Replies: 41
Views: 4432

Re: Do you know this kind of rescue?

SOF? Where? SOF - do you mean the first video? Orange & green kayak has 3 hatches and screwed on deckline fittings meaning bulkheads and glass. The hatches are moulded into the deck too which means either glass or plastic. The white one has an oval deck moulded, inset hatch. These are both glass or ...
by Mac50L
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do you know this kind of rescue?
Replies: 41
Views: 4432

Re: Do you know this kind of rescue?

Very badly done, very poorly executed. If Freya had been the rescued person she would have done a head stand, half twist, a pirouette and then rolled off the deck. She'd also have been wearing black leather or been naked. Absolutely no finesse shown at all. Stupidest thing I've seen in a long time. ...
by Mac50L
Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1st sea kayak - advice please
Replies: 12
Views: 1911

Re: 1st sea kayak - advice please

boats are only 12 feet but are already approaching the limit on weight which my wife and myself are able to manoeuvre into our garage. We are in our 60's and are unlikely to get stronger! Into the garage? Use a trolley and if up to the ceiling, plenty of pulleys and rope. I have storage outside but...
by Mac50L
Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Rentals in New Zealand
Replies: 6
Views: 897

Re: Sea Kayak Rentals in New Zealand

Have a look at - http://www.kask.org.nz/category/web-resources/ Scroll down to the "Other New Zealand Commercial Operators and Hire Companies", Upper and Lower South Island. Marlborough Sounds http://www.marlboroughsounds.co.nz/ out of Picton in the Queen Charlotte Sound, easy to do a week paddling ...
by Mac50L
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is something wrong at Valley...
Replies: 222
Views: 22807

Re: Is something wrong at Valley...

At the risk of appearing tetchy, re-read my post (2 above). Of course Valley still exists. It was maybe a cynical comment by me but 5 years to get things going? Especially after the comment "Valley know this is annoying and are as keen as anyone else for the provider to get them up and running asap...
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is something wrong at Valley...
Replies: 222
Views: 22807

Re: Is something wrong at Valley...

Can we do a report in our national newsletter that Valley no long exist? A Google search turns up nothing, one address given just gives "access denied" and another site was last setup 5 years ago but hasn't anything on it. Do they or do they not still exist? Paul Caffyn who always uses their design,...
by Mac50L
Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayakers know best
Replies: 4
Views: 1210

Re: Kayakers know best

I told Paul Caffyn (circumnavigations of Australia, NZ, Japan, Britain, Alaska etc.) that he was a very ignorant paddler as he didn't know about tree marking and his reply "Coloured markers in trees - I have so much to learn." ....... :-) Oh well, what do you expect (tree marking) from the Yanks.......
by Mac50L
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayakers know best
Replies: 4
Views: 1210

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: 276
Views: 42951

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: 276
Views: 42951

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: 2876

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.