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by andynormancx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1803

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Patches (I only used the CSM one in the end)
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First layer
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by andynormancx
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1803

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I had used chopped strand mat on the only previous repair I've done. I bought some cloth this time, thinking it would be easier to work with. So far however, it seems like for small patches like this the chopped strand mat holds it shape far better when cutting it out than the cloth. I think I'll cu...
by andynormancx
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1803

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

This shows the weakened area, where the structure had delaminated over time, leaving just a paper thin skin under the gel coat. https://www.dropbox.com/s/f2sukg8nz89gj7n/1.jpg?dl=1 I had to cut back a fair way to get to a sound bit of hull. The keel itself is rock solid. https://www.dropbox.com/s/wc...
by andynormancx
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1803

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

The gel coat _is_ a fair bit thicker on the keel than elsewhere. Probably getting on for 5mm thick in the spot I'm working on.

So I am going to have to do a lot of building up extra glass on the keel, as I imagine the topcoat can't really be used for filling in 5mm of missing gel coat ?
by andynormancx
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 515

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

Another vote for the RescueMe 1, it is smaller of the McMurdo FastFind. Pop it into your jacket pocket and you'll forget it is even there. It also tends to be about £20 cheaper than the competitors: https://amzn.to/2CwPavm Functionality wise, all the real PLBs (as opposed to things like Spot and the...
by andynormancx
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1803

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

Jim wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:56 am
You shouldn't find that the keel gel is much thicker than anywhere else
That is good news, I was working on the assumption that it would be thick there and I'd have to do a lot of reshaping.
by andynormancx
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1803

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

[As many as it takes to build up to the surface level . That makes sense. I don't believe you need gelcoat, as such, for the repair you're doing. Gelcoat is thickened resin without wax additive, for use as the first layer inside a female mould. Since there's no wax it stays tacky for the next layer...
by andynormancx
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach
Replies: 41
Views: 1803

Re: Repairing glass fibre damage where you can't reach

I'm going to be brave and attempt this repair myself, taking Aleds approach (try grinding to the last layer first, if that doesn't work back the hole with something to glass over it). One question, how many layers of 200gsm ish woven cloth do I need to aim for ? I'm guessing 4 ish ? Given where the ...
by andynormancx
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1352

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

About 50cm
by andynormancx
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 984

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

I did specifically ask Lee Pooley at the conference if there was any more documentation to come. He was very clear that those wordy, kind of vague, documents aimed at the paddler being coached is all we are going to get. I do wish there was something along the lines of the 1*/2* assessors notes.
by andynormancx
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: ND Explorer - £550
Replies: 13
Views: 2627

Re: ND Explorer - £550

Yes, it was sold and collected yesterday.
by andynormancx
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?
Replies: 7
Views: 726

Re: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?

I had him out of the water in 80 seconds, really need to work on that.
by andynormancx
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?
Replies: 7
Views: 726

Re: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?

Who doesn't like a nice bit of rescue practice ;)
by andynormancx
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?
Replies: 7
Views: 726

Re: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?

We'd never seen the North Sea quite so calm as it was last Friday:

https://youtu.be/h0Zy7kcySsA
by andynormancx
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 12
Views: 1214

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

Yes, real paperwork, through the post. Along with stickers that I'm supposed to stick to my PLB, which for a kayaker is pointless as after a few immersions in sea water they'll be completely unreadable...
by andynormancx
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do you break a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 1324

Re: How do you break a boat?

I managed to put a dent in my Wavesport Diesel by running it at speed into some swimming pool steps 😉
by andynormancx
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1352

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I've watched his videos before and he always puts a lot of effort in.
by andynormancx
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1352

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I think I’ll take my PLB rather than my drone. Especially as if my VHF is dangling from my drone it is going to be rather hard to use it ;)
by andynormancx
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1352

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Even a brief shot of the screen showing he was managing to operate the drone in GPS mode successfully.

I’ll admit I was imagining a radio taped to the top of my Mavic, rather than the radio suspended some distance away from the body ;)
by andynormancx
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1352

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I know it wasn’t a serious suggestion, but I suspect running 5 watt or greater transmitter on top of a drone isn’t going to do great things for the drones GPS receiver and compasses ;)
by andynormancx
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?

Plastic sea boats are definitely more rigid than they used to be. And there are plenty of plastic boats that have similar/same designs as composite boats. However, they do still feel very different to composite boats. If you jump out of a plastic one and into a composite one (even of exactly the sam...
by andynormancx
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 2181

Re: Warm When Wet

I think you will lose heat faster on a cold and windy day than you ever will in the water. This is a dangerous myth, it isn't true. Because water conducts heat away _so_ much quicker than air you are always going to lose heat a lot faster in the water. This is why it is stressed in safety and rescu...
by andynormancx
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 2181

Re: Warm When Wet

I'm really talking about when you end up in the water, trying to get back into your boat. Your fleece isn't going to wick or dry and is not going to keep you warm when you're in the water (which is when you really need the protection from loss of body heat).
by andynormancx
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 2181

Re: Warm When Wet

A fleece top isn't very useful for keeping you warm when it is wet. Water in contact with your skin conducts heat away from you at something like 25 times faster than air in contact with your skin. Fleece is warm mainly because it traps lots of against your skin and also inside the fleece material i...
by andynormancx
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1658

Re: PLB protection

If you watch videos on using it you’ll see that deploying it is easier than those instructions make it look, the videos show that the antenna springs free once you pop the top off. Could actually potentially be easier than the rescueMe.
by andynormancx
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1658

Re: PLB protection

When you say unwound do you really mean unwound or just pulled out. The rescueMe PLB1 needs to have its antenna deploy, but you just pull on the end of it to unwind it.
by andynormancx
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1658

Re: PLB protection

I've seen people with them attached to their shoulder strap. I'm not convinced that I'd actually be able to extend the antenna and activate mine while it was attached to my shoulder strap. I'm fairly sure I'd struggle to visually see whether or not I'd activated it. So my plan is to keep it in a poc...
by andynormancx
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 12
Views: 1214

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

Nope. Just got mine, that I registered sometime in autumn last year.

I wasn't expecting any actual paperwork, so I was surprised when it turned up yesterday.
by andynormancx
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Coach Award E-Learning
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: New Coach Award E-Learning

The answer from BC, I have to create a new account to sign up for the provider e-learning content. So I now have three different accounts for BC: - membership area - e-learning for coaching award - e-learning for the providers info I hope they have plans to streamline this, the last thing coaches ge...