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by Mac50L
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1274

Re: Sandy Skeg

Has anyone tried running a longer line temporarily looped through the 'tug' line which can be pulled from the cockpit to free a skeg in such situations? Rog. I missed replying to this bit earlier and the answer is yes. Freya did that near a decade ago when she circumnavigated the South Island of Ne...
by Mac50L
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1274

Re: Sandy Skeg

Perhaps a flexible rubber flap fixed to one side of the mouth of the skeg box might be simpler (and less engineered). Rog. I suspect it would be preferable to have two rubber flaps and overlap them when closed. They won't stick down so far when open and the overlap does not have to be very great. A...
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1274

Re: Sandy Skeg

Are you confusing a ruder system (pedal operated steering system) with a skeg (drop down blade that help prevent weather cocking and aids tracking). No, the mention of the American sliding pedal steering was about bad design. I cannot think of a sensible alternative to having a working skeg in cert...
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1274

Re: Sandy Skeg

Just wondering if anyone has bright ideas to solve this which may help me needlessly experimenting with options. Freya circumnavigating the South Island of New Zealand had continual problems with her skeg, Paul Caffyn ditched his skeg part way through the Australian circumnavigation. These are a co...
by Mac50L
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1458

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

scottdog007 wrote:When is it one is supposed to use the skeg?
Never use one.
And are their times when you should not use the skeg?
When you have a rudder, no problems on beaches, no jamming problems ...... OK, yes I had to.... no, not sorry....
by Mac50L
Sun May 21, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.
Replies: 14
Views: 1798

Re: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.

I thought I'd practice putting some weight in the boat. Started with 2 litres of water..... Paddles like a dream. Been there, done that about a decade and a half ago. I tried a tortured ply hull. The only "comfortable" way of paddling it was with 3 litres of water just behind the seat. However it g...
by Mac50L
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 2301

Re: Kayak Volume

I see this started back in January.....
Question - anyone considered how much usable/accessible volume is lost due to the skeg box? My guess would be 2-5+ litres. The volume is there but you can't get a dry bag into it. One of the many (wait for it...) reasons to use a rudder?
by Mac50L
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.
Replies: 19
Views: 2073

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

Do they anywhere give information to the grassroots non competitive paddler? How to paddle and do rescues. Basic information.

I certainly couldn't find any. Where do instructors get their information on what they should teach? Do they have to pay for it?
by Mac50L
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What glue?
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Re: What glue?

I'd suggest caution with that chart, especially with regards to styrofoam. Try the glue on a bit of waste material first as some versions of some glues will dissolve the foam.

In the case of the original question I'd use, and do use, a contact glue.
by Mac50L
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lovely moment- what sea kayaking is all about.
Replies: 3
Views: 952

Re: Lovely moment- what sea kayaking is all about.

We have a National Park where kayakers are common. On one trip up there I took the group round a small island and into the "harbour", an area about the size of a small tennis court. The seal youngsters there (right time of year), a dozen at least, were very friendly. I had a couple clamber aboard at...
by Mac50L
Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

In addition to not being able to quote correctly Mac50L seems to be on a trolling expedition but I'll comment anyways: You mean the block of text in yellow? Some sites work easily some don't so I suspect I missed adding a bit of HTML code in the right place. As for trolling, like to explain? To me ...
by Mac50L
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

Applying a bit of logic means feathered is unnecessary I said/meant "windage is usually the excuse". As Chris above says and I say too from using paddles as long as he has (over 3 decades), no feather, no memory of wrist twist. I've also heard of a number of paddlers with wrist problems removing fe...
by Mac50L
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

Applying a bit of logic means feathered is unnecessary (wind from ahead for a small percentage of paddling time) or dangerous at times (beam winds). Logic points to a Greenland paddle with its Wing profile and high buoyancy for support or recovery if you can't roll. I've pointed out complains I've h...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 1189

Re: Tandem kayak

Not much choice really - how about an open canoe instead? I certainly wouldn't consider an open canoe seaworthy and certainly not in the conditions I've taken my double. Which one? I designed and built my own and one of the early trips was a 38 day circumnavigation of Vanu Levu, Fiji. Also consider...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Paddle grip

Paddle grip: Information is available on the paddlers span from hand to hand and the angle of the elbow. If you mean 90 degrees, then a load of rubbish. A lot of YouTubes about it and the elbows are shown at ~70 degrees while the speaker talks about elbows at 90 degrees. They never seem to look at ...
by Mac50L
Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF handheld ans scan-function, allowed in the UK?
Replies: 18
Views: 1436

Re: VHF handheld ans scan-function, allowed in the UK?

So for instance if a vessel approaches Den Helder via the Schulpengat, all communication is handled via CH 62, mandatory to keep listening on this channel. JB So you have to listen to Ch 62 but you should also be monitoring Ch16 for Mayday calls, international proceedure. How do they expect this to...
by Mac50L
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland to Scotland Exped Success - Olly Hicks and George Bullard
Replies: 2
Views: 724

Re: Greenland to Scotland Exped Success - Olly Hicks and George Bullard

I see he still claims to have been the first to row across the Tasman Sea from Tasmania to New Zealand but he actually didn't, being picked up some way off from New Zealand. Actually rowing across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand to Australia had been done previous to his attempt.
by Mac50L
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek Compact Trolley
Replies: 2
Views: 708

Re: Karitek Compact Trolley

Neither trolleys look good and exactly why I designed something different. The fore & aft length of the tray the kayak is resting on is, to my mind, too short, stressing the hull and needing tight straps. The design below needs straps just to stop the kayak sliding off, not to keep the trolley uprig...
by Mac50L
Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak build plans for tandem
Replies: 8
Views: 1055

Re: Kayak build plans for tandem

I always carried my double on the car so no length/turning problem.
by Mac50L
Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Round Ireland, youngest?
Replies: 13
Views: 1535

Re: Round Ireland, youngest?

What's with these young girls? Making us old grey-beards look whimpish. There should be a law against it. We've got one here, a year or so older, all the way New Zealand and half of it in winter (under 25 years old), round Vancouver Island, round Svalbard and not sure what she's rounding now. She wa...
by Mac50L
Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak build plans for tandem
Replies: 8
Views: 1055

Re: Kayak build plans for tandem

It's probably feasible to use a single kayak plan of appropriate dimensions and put a uniform straight section in the middle!. That's what I did with my double design but the insert length was half a sheet of ply which made a 6.2 metre double. As for weight, I was building it upstairs at a factory ...
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle dilemma/durability
Replies: 35
Views: 6690

Re: Paddle dilemma/durability

I agree somewhat, I'm one of the tightest people I know. Just as a matter of interest, why, if you are as you describe, do you buy anything? If you buy I'd say you were NOT frugal. Except for PFDs, neoprene sprayskirts and hatch covers, everything else I make. That includes kayaks, paddles, rudders...
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 200
Views: 36314

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

Epoxy and bad joins, gaps wrong place etc. Use a hotair gun to soften the epoxy. It doesn't destroy it but softens it for "corrections" to be done. I had sheerclamps coming off as I'd not left them long enough to dry before offering up the sides. A row of clamps and a hotair gum and you'd fail to se...
by Mac50L
Thu May 19, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Car speed with roof rack^
Replies: 77
Views: 13497

Re: Car speed with roof rack^

A couple of decades plus of carrying sea kayaks on station wagons and vans. Always tied front and rear. Front tie-downs an inverted V to each kayak. The aft end a tie-down to each kayak, an inverted V or to the tow hitch. The only thing holding them to the rack is made-up bungy to stop them blowing ...
by Mac50L
Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: putting a sea kayak on the roof by yourself
Replies: 25
Views: 3890

Re: putting a sea kayak on the roof by yourself

I know what you mean. I was way too mean to spend money on a racking system. Much like our antipodean friend Mac50L I preferred to spend my money on other things. Douglas :o) The meanness extends to building the kayaks too which means light, 18 kg and could be lighter. However I won't mention the d...
by Mac50L
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: putting a sea kayak on the roof by yourself
Replies: 25
Views: 3890

Re: putting a sea kayak on the roof by yourself

A few options here - http://www.kask.org.nz/category/equipment/ Scroll down to "Kayak Transport and Loading". Side load, end load, cheap load, free method (last one, mine). I'm loading on to a van, single handed usually, two of us if someone offers to help. I could load a double by myself just as ea...
by Mac50L
Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 200
Views: 36314

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

My question is about stability on the water of this design. I read a lot of comment about roll-rolling etc...It makes me concern a bit, do I have to plan on getting wet all the time? I will be using it on small lakes and very low current rivers. I am 54 years old and very fit, 6 ft tall at 180 poun...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navel gazing
Replies: 28
Views: 4067

Re: Navel gazing

I guess you don't have Waitrose then) I had to Google it to find out what. The answer is NO. There are no supermarkets in NZ like it especially as Wiki says this - The company has a royal warrant to supply groceries, wine, and spirits to Queen Elizabeth II and, as of 1 January 2011, to Prince Charl...
by Mac50L
Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navel gazing
Replies: 28
Views: 4067

Re: Navel gazing

Nick P wrote: I feel self-conscious when I realise I'm the only male in the store that is not wearing a suit.

N
You'd feel at home here. You'd totally look out of place wearing a suit. Yes, there are people who do but only in the centre of a big city and only during work time - maybe.
by Mac50L
Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2641

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Try these, quick and easy to make and do note the auto-adjust rudderlines - http://kask.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/RudderPedals40V2.pdf The last bit describes the lines and alignment "round the hinge pin". Some have tried without doing that and the lines wear out. I've heard some excuses about rental...