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by seawolf856
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

https://s20.postimg.org/6ehteoj8t/IMG_1822.jpg The skin fitting installed. I've paddled with it as it is i.e. without a bung in relatively calm conditions and the NRV which is fitted in the extended outlet of the pump (see first photo) did not let any water into the cockpit via the pump. It might b...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

https://s20.postimg.org/xl4pslral/IMG_1821.jpg Drilling through the hull is the worst part of the install. Check the proper size of the clearance hole needed for the skin fitting before buying (or borrowing) the hole saw. For example a 3/4" BSP (19mm) skin fitting needs a 1" (25mm) diameter mountin...
by seawolf856
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

So above is the first image of my electric bilge pump installation. It is a Whale SuperSub 650 automatic pump. The hose is 19mm from B&Q. The skin fitting is a 3/4" BSP, which needs a 1" hole in the deck. I'll post some more photos of the hole drilling and the skin fitting install. I fixed the pump ...
by seawolf856
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Oh YES !!! Allan Olesen, you are a genius.
by seawolf856
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

So does it work??


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by seawolf856
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Allan, thanks for the help. OK I've gone into postimages.org, created an account and uploaded a couple of images but what I do after that is not very clear. I've selected the third link from the bottom of the list but if I copy and paste the link into my reply it just stays as a link, is that right ...
by seawolf856
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Innovation at its best there kayakbiker. Get yerself on dragon's den. Just to pick up on another technical frustration, why does it have to be so hard to post photos on here. I also contacted the administrator and to be fair I got an immediate reply but the explanation of how to do it was like an ex...
by seawolf856
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Hi kayakbiker, Yes I agree, it has been fantastic to see so much interest in this thread, it is filled with so much positive feedback, brilliant ideas and encouragement. It has kept me sane through what at times has been a frustrating project. Thanks for your contributions. I drilled the hole in the...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Hi sleepyfolk, you are of course right a nice straight pipe run would cure all ills. I also tried with and without the NRV and once I got it working I agree with you that I don't think it made much difference. As my pipe run is very short and rises only about 200mm in total, I think I'm going to be ...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

First dry run last night. Rigged up the skin fitting on outside of cockpit for test purposes and just connected the battery straight to the pump. Fitted the integral NRV and pushed hose on. I filled the cockpit using a hose pipe and bingo!, the pump kicked in BUT no water came out of the pipe!!! I r...
by seawolf856
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Scorpio spray deck
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Re: P&H Scorpio spray deck

Hi openeyes, welcome to the forum. We don't eat newbies for breakfast here, this is the best place on the planet for help and ideas, so keep visiting. As with all bits of paddling kit, you will soon learn that it invariably comes down to personal preference, so based on my own personal preference I ...
by seawolf856
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking watches?
Replies: 45
Views: 9205

Re: Kayaking watches?

I use a Garmin Fenix3 in the rivers and on the sea, it is bomb proof. It has GPS and because it is a Garmin, you can download apps for it to use for trip logging, weather, even stroke rate if you are into that sort of thing. For my sea kayaking I have made a sea kayak app which includes nautical spe...
by seawolf856
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I think I might paddle too much because....
Replies: 23
Views: 1828

Re: I think I might paddle too much because....

.....every time I sneeze, I google the symptoms for weils disease.
by seawolf856
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Hi sleepyfolk, thanks for staying in touch on this post. Already hit my first dry run hitch. The thin wall tube is far too flimsy and kinks when trying to get the tight bend behind the seat. However I've found a really good looking alternative, believe it or not from B&Q. I've also got an in line NR...
by seawolf856
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Quick update - in case anybody is interested! After a lot of faffing about and endless research, I now have all of the components to attempt the installation of my first electric bilge pump. There were many hiccups, technical conundrums and sleepless nights just to get to this point, but with some m...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 28
Views: 3521

Re: VHF radio

My PLB's in the post!
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The best solution.
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Thanks Sleepyfolk, my dad used Yuasa batteries for years on his golf buggy and swore by them. There is a Maplin and an authorised Yuasa dealer nearby so I can get the genuine article. I'm not worried about the weight as long as I can find a way to fix it down firmly. I'll have to stash my Helinox ch...
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

I own a bog standard plastic boat so drilling holes in it doesn't really worry me. I will do a test run of the pump assembly outside of the boat before fitting it and if it all goes wrong I will just fill the hole with a blank bulkhead connector and go back to paddling in flat calm conditions (he-he...
by seawolf856
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

OK let's all calm down. My fault entirely for being 'irritated' by an inch of water - sorry about that. However just to emphasise that I fully comprehend the circumstances that will have filled my boat in the first place and that is exactly why I've bothered to take heed of Douglas, Phil and all oth...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Spot on Allan, you have tapped right into my psyche. 'Irritated' is exactly what I would feel with an inch or more of water left sloshing around in the boat. I know I'm probably going to come in for some flack here as I could easily paddle with that amount of water left in the boat and it is of cour...
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Thanks guys, nice to hear good stuff about auto pumps being used in anger. I've looked at the auto whale and I've seen the pictures of the install - very impressive. I like the idea of the manual override too but if I was confident that I could successfully fit a switch, I would probably just opt fo...
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Allan, thanks for the reply. I read about the manual override wire on one of the (dozens of) pages I've looked at trying to sort the good, bad and ugly in bilge pumps. I will definitely look again now that I have an actual user calling this into question. I really appreciate your detailed input as n...
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7724

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

I have been following this thread regarding electric bilge pumps for a while and my paddling buddy 'blueythe' is just about to take the plunge and start drilling!! Following our recent progression into tide race paddling and hence lots of deep water self rescue and assisted rescue practice, it has b...
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking.. but not as we used to know it!
Replies: 26
Views: 1965

Re: Kayaking.. but not as we used to know it!

Comfortable and boring....now that sounds like heaven to me. Drifting downstream, no need to engage brain, no aches, no pains, no stress, no facebook, only the twitter of REAL birds, warm breeze - ahhh, kayaking, the perfect antidote for the 21st century.
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weather or Not
Replies: 9
Views: 1028

Re: Weather or Not

Thanks Douglas for nudging me deeper into Windfinder. As always, your advice is spot on.
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weather or Not
Replies: 9
Views: 1028

Re: Weather or Not

I agree that Windfinder, Windy and Windguru are all very good FORECASTING apps. I use these all the time and as blueythe says, they are generally accurate and reliable. However - it is clear from the post that he asking for a source of information which records the ACTUAL conditions on the day so th...
by seawolf856
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1297

Re: Sandy Skeg

Not everyone can perform a floating launch (me included) for whatever reason - cockpit size, poor flexibility, injury, disability, inexperience etc so jammed skegs are always going to be an issue. Unfortunately a remote line outboard of the skeg box is only likely to cause even more problems, if you...
by seawolf856
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast

Thanks for the post, very interesting, it is an area I paddle a lot. There has definitely been increased activity at the plant in the last couple of years, visible from the sea - increased site traffic, cranes etc. It will be interesting to see how the 'authorities' would police an exclusion zone. N...
by seawolf856
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1532

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

Most, if not all sea kayaks will turn into the wind. This is known as weather-cocking. The skeg is designed to prevent (or at least counter the effect) of weather-cocking. 'Owen' has it spot on:- If you're going into (up) the wind keep your skeg up. If you're going down wind put your skeg all the wa...
by seawolf856
Fri May 05, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: He's a LUCKY LUCKY lad
Replies: 1
Views: 813

He's a LUCKY LUCKY lad

Re the 22 year old lad who survived at sea for 32 hours. It certainly makes you want to put your £ in the RNLI tin. Surfers and sea kayakers face the same formidable adversaries, wind and tides. His interview was very humbling and real lump in the throat stuff, an amazing survival and rescue story. ...