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by Irish Sea
Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: What on earth?
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: What on earth?

I would love to try it. ..but maybe not enough to bid on it ;)
by Irish Sea
Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: What on earth?
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: What on earth?

This boat was called the "Cliffhanger". I have a catalog from 1998 here that shows it. 13ft long, 23.5'' wide It was basically meant as a sea playboat for rockhopping, surf etc. Sort of like the "Rockhopper" or the P&H "Hammer" just in composite. Don't know if it was any good but I guess it's save t...
by Irish Sea
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat
Replies: 7
Views: 1290

Re: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat

Yes ..that keel easy stuff is what I had seen..but still don't see anything on plastic boats..Although I would of thought that the manufacturers would put a fair thickness where it was prone to wear...But I suppose they want us to buy new boats too in a few years!!! To be fair, the boats I have in ...
by Irish Sea
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat
Replies: 7
Views: 1290

Re: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat

KeelEaszy claims their keelstrips are suitable for PE. How well they stick in reality I don't know. To come back to the question: I would think that if you can get one to stick it may not be such a bad idea. I've seen several PE boats that are worn through, usually in the stern area from lauching of...
by Irish Sea
Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?
Replies: 30
Views: 7867

Re: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?

I much liked the Valley Gemini SP I recently testpaddled for exactly that purpose. P&H Delphin or TR Vortex are other likely candidates.Nick Schade's Petrel Play in stitch and glue Plywood would be an interesting home built alternative. With a bit of extra weight you could make it pretty much bombpr...
by Irish Sea
Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Personal Floatation Device
Replies: 20
Views: 4216

Re: Personal Floatation Device

If you read the certification of pfds they are not certified for the type of use that sea kayakers put them to ie they provide minimal bouyancy and are only to be used close to shore and with help at immediate hand. Once people have crammed all the stuff into the pockets then the bouyancy is even l...
by Irish Sea
Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Plastic drysuit zips - any good ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1726

Re: Plastic drysuit zips - any good ?

I've had two drysuits now with the Ti Zip plastic zippers. Never had any problem with them. Keeping them lighly lubricated is a good idea though. I like that they are noticeably less bulky than the metal version. In terms of robustness I'm not sure. I've seen several metal zips with damage -usually ...
by Irish Sea
Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Layer me up!!
Replies: 38
Views: 3311

Re: Layer me up!!

My drysuit gets rinsed in fresh water after every outing inside and out to get the salt residue off and then air dried at normal room temperatures (aka no radiators or similar). That's it. It has never been washed and probably never will be...
by Irish Sea
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Layer me up!!
Replies: 38
Views: 3311

Re: Layer me up!!

I purchased one of their budget drysuits made from Tropos fabric in 2013 and I have been very impressed with it. I have been using it since I got it pretty much all year around and roughly once a week. While breatheabilty may not be quite as good as Goretex it has worn very well so far. Still dry an...
by Irish Sea
Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Layer me up!!
Replies: 38
Views: 3311

Re: Layer me up!!

I got my K/tat suit in 2008. It's absolutely fine. From what I've heard, I've no doubt they're excellent. I've got one in the boot of my car waiting to be delivered after I replaced a torn neckseal - having had a good look at how it's put together, it's clear that it's a well-made bit of kit. Still...
by Irish Sea
Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surfing a Sea kayak..Advice wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 1981

Re: Surfing a Sea kayak..Advice wanted

Also: The speed of a seakayak allows you to catch waves a bit further out from the beach where they aren't as steep yet. When you are allready surfing at speed and low on the wave there's a much smaller chance of the bow diving.
by Irish Sea
Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aries or Delphin^
Replies: 27
Views: 8641

Re: Aries or Delphin

How do the Delphin and Aries compare for size, fit? P&H notes some pretty significant differences in volume between the boats: 290L for the Aries 155 vs 267L for the Delphin 155 and 279L for the Aries 150 vs 247L for the Delphin 150 Is there really such a big difference between the boats or is there...
by Irish Sea
Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4356

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

I think in europe the majority of the cork comes from portugal. As far as I know the cork (which is basically the bark) can be harvested every couple of years from the same tree without destroying it.
by Irish Sea
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4356

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

Hi, Willy Neumann in Germany is (optionally) using cork as a core material for their boats. Don't know how they deal with the natural inconsistencies of the material. http://www.willyneumann.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=38 (scroll down a bit) rough translation for the n...
by Irish Sea
Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1st Post....New To Sea Kayaking
Replies: 17
Views: 2309

Re: 1st Post....New To Sea Kayaking

Tony (or anybody else for that matter). Happy to help with translation if you want to know something specific and google translate doesn't make much sense.

Cheers,

Bjorn
by Irish Sea
Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1st Post....New To Sea Kayaking
Replies: 17
Views: 2309

Re: 1st Post....New To Sea Kayaking

Hi, Lettmann, a well know kayak maker from Germany, uses a similar setup in their sea- and racekayaks. http://www.lettmann.de/technik/boote-technik/sitzanlage and also http://www.lettmann.de/technik/boote-technik/mac .I don't think the boat is a Lettmann kayak though as their hulls tend to be more r...
by Irish Sea
Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4356

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

If I could only find the time to build one of these beauties...
by Irish Sea
Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4356

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

And another impressive writeup :)

Thanks a lot, Jim!
by Irish Sea
Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4356

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

Thanks, Jim very informative as always :)

So would you say the soric core has superior properties to the LRA core, assuming the LRA is indeed some sort of closed cell foam?

And what about TR's "resin supported core material? Any idea what that might be and how it compares?

Cheers,

Bjorn
by Irish Sea
Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4356

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

They use the LRA core on all their fibreglass and carbon layups and the soric core only on the glass/kevlar "rock solid" layup.
by Irish Sea
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4356

Re: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

Thanks everybody. Very interesting so far! Tiderace says they use a "resin supported core material" in all their layups. Zegul say they use a "Soric core" in their heavy duty layup and a so called "HD LRA core" in their other layups. Soric core Soric SR is a special type of pressure stable polyester...
by Irish Sea
Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin
Replies: 22
Views: 4356

Hull layups "core" technology vs single skin

Hi Guys, I was wondering how these newish "core" layups as used by Tiderace or Zegul compare to the more traditional single skin hulls used by the likes as Valley, P&H, NDK. I understand that the idea behind the core is to keep two, presumably thinner layers of laminate appart from each other for ad...
by Irish Sea
Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: HV Plastic sea kayak recommendations please
Replies: 8
Views: 2997

Re: HV Plastic sea kayak recommendations please

The Valley Etain and the Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 would be worth a try. Maybe also the Tiderace Vortex if you don't mind something that's a little more focused on play and surf but can still do multiday trips.

Cheers,

Bjorn
by Irish Sea
Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Valley Nordkapp Forti?^
Replies: 37
Views: 16671

Re: New Valley Nordkapp Forti?^

I had the chance to demo a couple of boats last weekend. PH Cetus MV, Valley Etain 17.5, Valley Aquanaut, Northshore Atlantik as well as a Nordkapp LV and the new 40. Both the Nordkapps stood out as beeing dramatically different in their stability profile compared to the other boats. For me 177cm, 7...
by Irish Sea
Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Zephyr kayak ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2626

Re: Zephyr kayak ?

WS says 125kg max capacity for the 155 and 135kg for the 160. Plenty for a day/weekend boat I'd say. Even for heavier folk. For me (75kg, 177cm) the 155 would definately be the one to go with as the 160 feels way too roomy and I find the 155 has a nicer, more agile feel to it.
by Irish Sea
Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Zephyr kayak ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2626

Re: Zephyr kayak ?

Hi, you mean the Zephyr by Wilderness Systems I guess? If yes, I don't own one but I have paddled it several times. I also know professional seakayak coaches who have some in their instructional fleet and are very happy with them - as are their clients. A very versatile boat. Turns well, stable on e...
by Irish Sea
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Sea Kayak-LV wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 919

Re: Sea Kayak-LV wanted

Hi, the Valley Avocet LV would be a good candidate for you. Though probably not that easy to find 2nd hand. Valley also makes the Anas Acuta with a keyhole cockpit. If you otherwise like the boat maybe worth considering? Other possible candidates: NDK Pilgrim, NDK Romany LV, Rockpool Isle, Tiderace ...
by Irish Sea
Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Pace Evoke anybody paddled one?
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Re: Tiderace Pace Evoke anybody paddled one?

Thanks Guys!
by Irish Sea
Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Pace Evoke anybody paddled one?
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Tiderace Pace Evoke anybody paddled one?

Hi Guys, I'm looking for a day / weekend boat with some play potential and a decent turn of speed. Saw the TR Evoke and it struck me as an interesting proposition for my intended use. I like the idea of a compact boat with a waterline length similar to many classic 17+ foot expedition boats. It also...
by Irish Sea
Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gul drysuit any good?
Replies: 2
Views: 1136

Re: Gul drysuit any good?

Hi, I've had a Gul scapa for about 2 years now. The older model with frontzip and latex socks. Used it a fair bit and still dry. It is showing some minor delamination now though, especially under the arms and at the edges of the seam tapes.The cut is a little baggy and the overskirt somewhat too lon...