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by Mac50L
Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2641

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Sorry MikeB, I was confusing it with the SmartTrack which stows vertically. Confused with that one because they had a picture of just the blade holder, upside down. Shown the right way up and especially with a blade in it, it is the common style of kayak rudder most use. It is plastic and most (all?...
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: On a Wing and a prayer ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1487

Re: On a Wing and a prayer ...

Diving under and flutter are often caused by griping the paddle too tightly, wings will set themselves in the water. Graham As Graham says. Plus if it dives under the kayak, taking you with it, it indicates a poor stroke technique i.e. you are pulling it straight back instead of using the wing acti...
by Mac50L
Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2641

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

As there seemed to be consensus that the article, Choosing a Kayak should stay on the KASK site and as it really is historic, it is now under Kayaking History -
http://www.kask.org.nz/category/kayaking-history/
by Mac50L
Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2641

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

The old articles in the KASK site written by Bill Lozano of AKT, New York, even if in retrospect contain views that could be challenged today, This is something I definitely challenge - https://www.atlantickayaktours.com/pages/instruction/safety_and_rescue.html Most kayaks are plastic and the pictu...
by Mac50L
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2641

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

I may stand to be corrected on this, but I believe the "butterfly" footrest is that as shown in the images right at the end of the 1988 Valley Catalogue. (Page 6 / item B - the C-Trim rudder and associated footbar and rudder control). This is certainly what was used in both the Aleuts I've owned. S...
by Mac50L
Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2641

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Sorry about going off topic but referring to the article mentioned, page 9, it mentions the VCP Butterfly footbrace. Does anyone know what one of those looks like? Is it what the Americans refer to as the gas-pedal type? I think I designed and fitted my first of that style at least decade before the...
by Mac50L
Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2641

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

See an example here on page 6: http://kask.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/ChooseaKayaksafetypdf.pdf Also note that that is 1998. Rereading it I'm wondering if I should leave in on the KASK website or remove it. Are there are too many comments that are out of date? A mention of built in bilge-pumps becom...
by Mac50L
Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navel gazing
Replies: 28
Views: 4067

Re: Navel gazing

Hi Mac50L, " worked my way down from dredges to kayaks via dinghies and yachts" .....Swimming next? Sorry, very childish remark. Must be the mince pies!! Richard Whaaat???? Get wet??? Get back to your mince pies..... Nice day here, about 23 C, should be out paddling instead of mince pies and wine a...
by Mac50L
Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof bars a cautionary tale
Replies: 6
Views: 3372

Re: Roof bars a cautionary tale

....I was hit by a strong blast of wind several times on the motorway. On arriving home I discovered not only had the upright shifted but the front bar of the roof rack had also moved leaving less than an inch of bar in the foot. ..... No it wasn't tied down front and rear as, in my opinion, this p...
by Mac50L
Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navel gazing
Replies: 28
Views: 4067

Re: Navel gazing

"Why, then, are kayakers stereotypically such nerds? Is it demographics—our advanced age or the critical bias of our university educations? Is it because most of us are really landlubbers, fearful city folk trying to come to grips with the alien sea in an absurdly vulnerable craft?" Nerds? Not down...
by Mac50L
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kayak tragedy on chilean lake
Replies: 5
Views: 1995

Re: kayak tragedy on chilean lake

Having recently had 2 die in a New Zealand lake a few months ago it is interesting reading the 2 links that Mike provided. In the first they all capsized in 9 foot waves and some got to an island. In the second link one kayak capsized in the 6 foot waves and the rest got round a peninsula. It was th...
by Mac50L
Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5082

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

So you don't tell your 2 year old not to run across the road, you might get run over? I was not quoting running across a road, just running in a park and the kid might fall over and scuff its knees. On the other hand, if it doesn't learn to run, how does it gain experience in balancing and not fall...
by Mac50L
Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5082

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

... "Safety and group dynamics and thinking", there isn't any if the group don't really know each other and don't know the "sport" / "event" they are undertaking. That's why, for those people, written rules and procedures are introduced. Maybe this helps in case of litigation at a court of law ? Pr...
by Mac50L
Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5082

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

Just yesterday, on a national event here, I bumped into someone who didn't wear a b.aid. "I am a certified life guard swimmer" at which point I got silent about that. Warm sunshine, water temp 14.8 C. I am not sure how long I can swim actively without much protection on. My guess is not much beyond...
by Mac50L
Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5082

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

A week ago we had 2 drown out of 11. They were students from Australia on holiday. Rental and no guide and wind got up a bit as it does. Fairly obvious no group discussion on how to handle things if they got beyond their ability, which was minimal, and no basic instruction on what they could do to s...
by Mac50L
Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Skudder System
Replies: 8
Views: 2452

Re: P&H Skudder System

Mac, its a brand new system only releast last year, by P&H, the scaray was vally??? And Im thinking it may have been the origanal Kary Tek skeg rudder . Valley didn't fit the skudders to the Skerray, they were designed and fitted in New Zealand and long before P&H designed theirs. This means P&H re...
by Mac50L
Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Skudder System
Replies: 8
Views: 2452

Re: P&H Skudder System

Newbie55 wrote:Has anyone had any experience of the 'skudder system' that can be fitted to P&H Skorpio kayaks and their reliability.
The skudder was being fitted to imported Skerrays here in New Zealand about 3 decades ago. One user I knew seemed reasonably happy with it.
by Mac50L
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loading kayaks on a van?
Replies: 13
Views: 2322

Re: Loading kayaks on a van?

Not sure about getting the third kayak on but I load on to that height of van, single-handed (yes, with one hand if necessary). The vehicle is a Ford Econovan. I have a pole that pokes into the rear rack. You could make an equivalent of a pole that clips on. I lift the stern of the kayak on to it. I...
by Mac50L
Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are all kayak trolleys junk?
Replies: 27
Views: 7449

Re: Are all kayak trolleys junk?

I wasn't impressed with the bought ones or my poor effort to build one. Decent attachment to the boat seems a definite requirement, something which the Canadian expedition cart excels at. Just my humble opinion. The thread should be "Are all commercial kayak trolleys junk?" As you have found, the a...
by Mac50L
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are all kayak trolleys junk?
Replies: 27
Views: 7449

Re: Are all kayak trolleys junk?

branwell wrote:After trying trolleys such the ... and then a home made one, I wasn't overly impressed. Then I came across an awesome trolley made in Canada
Why (impressed)? That is the home-made one but without the support legs.
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are all kayak trolleys junk?
Replies: 27
Views: 7449

Re: Are all kayak trolleys junk?

Is that much the same as Pete Baars sells John, i.e. the Freya copy? The Freya one is the T-bar trolley without the support legs, probably because I didn't send the leg part of design to Germany. Simpler than the KCS trolley to dismantle as there is no bolt and it fits kayaks better and straps to t...
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are all kayak trolleys junk?
Replies: 27
Views: 7449

Re: Are all kayak trolleys junk?

Are all kayak trolleys junk? No , my T-bar trolley, built more than 20 years ago is bomb-proof (it was the original design, since been copied round the world). It is possible to drag a loaded double across a soft sand beach, no squeaking, no collapsing and yet it packs down to small parts. It also s...
by Mac50L
Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dragging kayaks
Replies: 13
Views: 3971

Re: Dragging kayaks

What about making your own trolley? http://www.kask.org.nz/t-bar-kayak-trolley/#more-337 The one shown has PVC water-pipe components. Not strong enough? OK, use aluminium with wall thickness to suit which is what my first one was built of. Quite suitable for dragging a loaded double through soft san...
by Mac50L
Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Point65N Rudder pedals
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: Point65N Rudder pedals

Pedals - http://kask.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/RudderPedals40V2.pdf from this section of that website - http://www.kask.org.nz/category/do-it-yourself/ If you want more pictures I can supply them though that document covers everything fairly fully. More probably by e-mail would be the best way. One ...
by Mac50L
Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Point65N Rudder pedals
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: Point65N Rudder pedals

Have you any minimal woodwork and plastic cutting skills or workshop facilites? If yes, then it is relatively easy to make a completely new set of pedals that should be bomb-proof and easy to adjust, adjustment just infront of the seat (no reaching into the bowels of the cockpit). If "yes" I'll prov...
by Mac50L
Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BIKES AND KAYAKS
Replies: 13
Views: 3062

Re: BIKES AND KAYAKS

I know a kayaker, I've cycle toured with him for years, who towed his kayak ~400 km to the paddling area, over 2 decades ago. We met up as arranged and kayaked for a week. A another cycle touring friend came up and took over my kayak for the next week. Our kayak towing friend met a couple of touring...
by Mac50L
Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Injury Free Paddling??
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Re: Injury Free Paddling??

Using a Wing and ski is very different to a standard sea kayak and Euro blade and yes it does reduce the risk of injury because the stroke is much less impact on the body plus the ski is very light so moves through the water easier. It's also easier off water as well because the skis can be half th...
by Mac50L
Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Injury Free Paddling??
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Re: Injury Free Paddling??

Do you paddle like this and does it reduce injury? Looking at the picture, it looks like he has a reasonably short paddle, not something mentioned. North American sizing charts usually go on about stupidly long paddles and what we got caught having to use 2 years ago, leading to injury. A short pad...
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2352

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

I love foam seats: very comfy and easy to construct. But they did not work for me with the electric bilge pump behind the seat; water flow was blocked by the seat. I tried to make some channels under it but the soft foam would squish and not work. Just put a bit (or 2) of ~10 mm diameter water pipe...
by Mac50L
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2352

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

To get back to the original theme of problems with sea kayaks, here is my list of problems (not complete) that I have encountered: I see you have had rudderlines fail. The only one I ever had fail was stainless steel and before Dyneema/Spectra became available. Why anyone uses SS today I don't know...