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by Mac50L
Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2717

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 Are there are too many comments that are out of date?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: 4147

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: 3428

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: 4147

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: 2015

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: 5184

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: 5184

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: 5184

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: 5184

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: 2550

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: 2550

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: 2496

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: 7999

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: 7999

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: 7999

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: 7999

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: 4107

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: 888

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: 888

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: 3227

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: 1215

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: 1215

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: 2408

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: 2408

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...
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2408

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

Easiest way of doing things is to make the item, hold the market for as long as possible and then get out if competition becomes too great. Even better to publish and let anyone do their thing as with the rudders and trollies I mentioned. My complaint is people trying to patent things which have bee...
by Mac50L
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2408

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

I have no idea what KS does and what patents were applied for and awarded. There are cases where patents have been awarded to "ideas" where prior samples of working units were in existence but the Patent Office was not made aware of.. KajakSport were told after the patent was awarded that 2 manufac...
by Mac50L
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2408

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

I feel that that is a bit of a stretch. Just because I mention that PT65N skegs that are on my kayaks are rubbish suddenly all Northern hemisphere manufactured kayaks are bad? I can not understand why. Good, we now have a better understanding, hopefully, of the situation. There are the good/well de...
by Mac50L
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The mechanics of a good "float".
Replies: 22
Views: 2408

Re: The mechanics of a good "float".

Skegs on PT65N are rubbish and need work, a lot. .... It seems that PT65N kayaks have been getting worse throughout the years..... the hull designs are unique.....Johan Wirsen and Nigel Foster. Sounds like a rubbish car - nice shape but the wheels fall off. What you are saying, or so it sounds, is ...
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...