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by andynormancx
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 2415

Re: Critique my roll?

I think you might need to pay a bit more attention to the angle of your blade. You start off with a good climbing angle when you set up, but it looks like you aren't always maintaining as you sweep. Which may be one reason why you end up with the blade heading to the bottom of the pool on a couple o...
by andynormancx
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 4049

Re: Knives

That depends on the knive. I’d say that the Copilot isn’t as easy as I’d like to release from its snap in holder with wet hands. My folding knive is easy to open with one hand.
by andynormancx
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 4049

Re: Knives

I've got a NRS Pilot Knife, in my opinion is just isn't sharp enough. Cutting 8mm cord involves sawing at it to get through it. I've found the same with many of the knives sold as rescue knives (I tried out the various knives that people brought along to our FSRT course). The Palm Folding River Knif...
by andynormancx
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: car keys
Replies: 24
Views: 2340

Re: car keys

Same here, I keep them in a Lomo waterproof solid plastic tube, in the big rear pocket on my buoyancy aid (and it is tied on inside the pocket).
by andynormancx
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3575

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

I'm fairly sure that it is small bits of sand/grit that jam it. I hadn't thought of covering it, might be worth a try. The tolerance on the three paddles I've had are clearly too tight. One or two grains of sand* shouldn't jam it solid like this. From what I can tell when it jams the sand/grit must ...
by andynormancx
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3575

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

Third new paddle. Second trip out, went to adjust the feather, button jammed solid. Had to finish the paddle with the ferrule unlocked. When I got home it took 20 minutes of repeated pushing the button in/out using a bit of dowel to unjam it. Even then, it still doesn't snap out with any vigor (like...
by andynormancx
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 3* sea kayak theory and introduction to sea kayaking
Replies: 5
Views: 575

Re: 3* sea kayak theory and introduction to sea kayaking

I'd definitely be interested in March, this one was a little short notice..
by andynormancx
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4174

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Oh yeah, thanks. I’d forgotten those had changed name.
by andynormancx
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4174

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

BC haven't done away with the stars. It is the coaching side that is changing, not the star awards.
by andynormancx
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted kayak medium to large.
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Wanted kayak medium to large.

I've got a Wavesport Z that I'm thinking of selling. I'd want £200 for it. It has adjustable foot pegs, in good condition despite being a few years old, no dents just the usual scratches. Lovely boat to paddle, just a bit too small for me at 6 foot 2. I am near Colchester, Essex. So possibly a bit o...
by andynormancx
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes

Confirmed, they are 10mm nyloc nuts and M5 allen bolts. Looks like the holes in the seat/mounting plate are already large enough for M6 bolts, I already have some of those hanging about from outfitting various other boats. So I think I'll replace the existing ones (they are starting to rust), replac...
by andynormancx
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes

MikeB wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:31 pm
10mm. Throw them away and put stainless wing nuts on.
That sounds like a very good idea.
by andynormancx
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes

I'll have to go and have another look*. Smaller than 8mm did seem strange, but that is what it felt like.

* or rather, feel, there no way of seeing them until I can undo them
by andynormancx
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes

I need to adjust the back band on my Tiderace Xplore. Does anyone know what size the nuts on the back side of the back band/seat bolts are ?

They seem to be pretty tiny, it feels as if my 8mm spanner is too small, I don't think I have anything smaller than 8mm at the moment.
by andynormancx
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Used NDK Explorer wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: Used NDK Explorer wanted

You probably need to make it clear which size you are after: standard, HV or LV ?
by andynormancx
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3575

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

Werner have replaced the second faulty paddle without comment. I'd rather there was some comment though like "yeah, those two weren't quite right". At the moment I have zero confidence that the new one won't jam just like the first two. Fingers crossed. I had a look at one of the nice simple Celtics...
by andynormancx
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4174

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/new-for-2018/#existing-coaches Makes it fairly clear that Level 1 coaches don't get to skip the theory on the new coach award, without explicitly calling out Level 1 coaches by name (it says "Who can bypass the Core Coach Training" and does _not_ list Level...
by andynormancx
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4174

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

I don't have a flow chart I'm afraid, but as I understand it: Instructor - first level coach (all old Level 1 coaches will now be called Instructors) Coach - second level coach (all old Level 2 coaches will now be called Coaches) Leader - not a coaching qualification, designed to make it easier for ...
by andynormancx
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4174

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

BC provide a flow chart for becoming what used to be a level 2 coach: https://f58619eed67ecf47f9c5-69635130c45beb2524d5bafa9c042fe0.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/newsImages/_850x800_fit_center-center_80/Coach-Award-Pathway-FINAL.jpg So they really have simplified things if want you want to be is the equivalen...
by andynormancx
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice Please
Replies: 28
Views: 1618

Re: Advice Please

There are still second hand boats cheaper than that if you are willing to go for a slightly older boat to keep an eye on eBay. I bought a Perception Arc and a Wave Sport Z. They cost less than £180 each. They don't have the fancy outfitting of more modern boats, but they are both in great condition ...
by andynormancx
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3575

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

I can push it flush from the inside. But that doesn't help.

Even if I do that, it won't pop back out to lock the paddle when I put the two halves together.
by andynormancx
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3575

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

Just been in contact with my supplier:

"werner are bit shocked and asked for it back"

Which sounds promising.

Just hoping they don't reply:

"Customer is an idiot, was easy to unjam it"

;)
by andynormancx
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3575

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

I've tried the hose trick, beyond getting soaked I'm no closer to having a working button :( I've also soaked it overnight. I have not attempted to lubricate it, Werner are very clear that they don't recommend that. The gap between the button and the shaft looks a fair bit tighter on my jamming padd...
by andynormancx
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3575

Werner paddle button jamming

I bought a new Werner Shuna two piece paddle recently and my wife bought the same paddle but cranked. After a couple of uses the button on my paddle jammed pretty much solid. You could just about move it with your fingernail and loads of effort. It would not however pop out again, meaning the paddle...
by andynormancx
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: pool sessions
Replies: 12
Views: 952

Re: pool sessions

The two pool pool sessions I go to charge £5 an hour. The one I know the costs on are charged roughly £50 per hour for the pool. Another local pool session that I don't often go to are paying nearly three times that for use of the pool (though it is a slightly larger pool). In both cases, the pools ...