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by andynormancx
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 1370

Re: Stabilising a kayak

And for the record, when most people here are saying "sea kayak" they don't mean something like your friends "sit-on-top sea kayak" that you referred to.

They are talking about long pointy boats, well suited to long trips on the sea and other tidal waters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_kayak
by andynormancx
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 2524

Re: New UK legislation on knives

On re-reading, I think you are right about the Co Pilot.
by andynormancx
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 2524

Re: New UK legislation on knives

I'd certainly read it as making possession of my NRS Co-pilot knife an offense though.
by andynormancx
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 2524

Re: New UK legislation on knives

But thanks for the kick up the arse, I've started writing up my written submission...
by andynormancx
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 2524

Re: New UK legislation on knives

My reading of section 19 wouldn't cover knives with a stud on the blade. The key words are: "any knife which has a blade which opens automatically" and "by manual pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the knife" I can't see how moving the knife blade out with your th...
by andynormancx
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2932

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

It is worth practicing removing your deck without using the loop/tab, you never know when you might leave it tucked in or it might fail when you pull it. You can remove most decks (but probably not the very tightest) by getting your fingers under the deck along the side of the cockpit and peeling i...
by andynormancx
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2932

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I've never managed to get a deck to come off using my knees, even the one I have with a strap across it that is designed for that. It is worth practicing removing your deck without using the loop/tab, you never know when you might leave it tucked in or it might fail when you pull it. You can remove ...
by andynormancx
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 949

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

There are still some of the old red ones around:

http://www.upandunder.co.uk/Watersports ... e---13624/
by andynormancx
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddling partner(s) in Cornwall 12th-15th July ?
Replies: 0
Views: 199

Paddling partner(s) in Cornwall 12th-15th July ?

I’m going to be down in Cornwall from the 12th-15th July, I was supposed to be doing some walking, but I’ve injured my ankles so I’m going to be doing some paddling instead. I’m hopefully paddling with a coach from Sea Kayaking Cornwall on the 13th/14th (planning on doing my 3* sea assessment later ...
by andynormancx
Sun May 27, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 3773

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

The peak stops my nose from burning, as I can’t wear my normal brimmed hat when I’ve got my helmet on.
by andynormancx
Fri May 18, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access Charter
Replies: 17
Views: 1470

Re: British Canoeing Access Charter

They don't, really. They do set a cookie in you browser so that if you take survey again they tell you you've already taken it, but there it nothing to stop anyone easily bypassing that restriction (use a different machine, use a different browser, delete the cookie, use private browsing mode etc)
by andynormancx
Fri May 18, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access Charter
Replies: 17
Views: 1470

Re: British Canoeing Access Charter

A survey on a web page can't take contact details from you that you don't provide.
by andynormancx
Thu May 17, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Waterproof compact camera

Water on the lens is frequently an issue. I did try some RainX on it, which people said helped. I'm not convinced it made much, if any, difference.
by andynormancx
Thu May 17, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Waterproof compact camera

Most compact cameras I've come across charge via USB. Sadly many of them have a non standard connector on the camera side, making the feature less useful than it should be :(
by andynormancx
Thu May 17, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Waterproof compact camera

It is great having your photos tagged with the GPS. There is a downside however, if you leave GPS enabled on the TG-4, it means that the battery drains itself in a couple of days even if you aren't using it. You can turn it off, but then I tend to forget to turn it back on again... So I just make su...
by andynormancx
Thu May 17, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Waterproof compact camera

My Olympus TG-4 has been great, if I was buying one now I'd get the TG-5.

There are a few of my shots from it here:

https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0vGI9HKKGSNILa
by andynormancx
Mon May 14, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you carry a BCU Membership Card on the river ?
Replies: 39
Views: 5722

Re: Do you carry a BCU Membership Card on the river ?

There are plenty of limitations on what the BC liability insurance does and does not cover, dozens and dozens of them. An important one being: "The Insurer will not Indemnify the Insured against any Claim or Claims nor Costs and expenses following any Claim arising out of, relating directly or indir...
by andynormancx
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: marine vhf - listening online?
Replies: 7
Views: 5539

Re: marine vhf - listening online?

The original poster did specifically say he wanted to listen in to learn how VHF traffic is passed. He won’t learn any of that listening to Radio 4.

But then he won’t learn a great deal listening to channel 16 as most people don’t stick to the rules most of the time anyway.
by andynormancx
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Waterproof camera -any advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1458

Re: Waterproof camera -any advice

As the previous poster suggested, the TG-4 isn’t being made anymore. There are still some for sale but they are listed at £100 more that the TG-5 that replaced it. Unless someone knows something bad about the TG-5 it would seem that buying a TG-4 isn’t a great choice anymore. Looks like the TG-5 sti...
by andynormancx
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which Kayak??
Replies: 8
Views: 668

Re: Which Kayak??

There is also Sheffield City Kayak Club, not too far away.

http://www.sheffieldcitykayakclub.co.uk/
by andynormancx
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which Kayak??
Replies: 8
Views: 668

Re: Which Kayak??

Oldfella wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:55 pm
I am willing to go to club to learn kayaking, but over turning at sea would be frightening.
If that is the case, go and find a local club. Have a play with their boats, then decide which boat suits you.
by andynormancx
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3808

Re: Carrying flares

And Brittany Ferries have no issue, you need to declare it when you make your reservation and there are limits on the number you can carry.

http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/artic ... and-flares
by andynormancx
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 2379

Re: Critique my roll?

One of the pool sessions I attend has lots of young kids, the club's rules mean we can't take pictures in the pool. In the other one the pool itself introduced a no cameras rule for all the groups using it. In that case were are very lucky to be using the pool in question in the first place (it isn'...
by andynormancx
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Critique my roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 2379

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: 3864

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: 3864

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: 2260

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: 3367

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: 3367

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: 568

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

I'd definitely be interested in March, this one was a little short notice..