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by mcgruff
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1972

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

From the map there seem to be lots of woods. Ever tried a hammock? There's nothing like a hammock after a hard day. Even my bed at home isn't as comfy. A set up which lets you camp or hang makes it easier to find a place for the night. Sometimes there won't be any flat ground but you can find a few ...
by mcgruff
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Surfing in Sydney
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: Kayak Surfing in Sydney

Enjoyed the video. Looks like a fantastic place to go surfing. Hope you don't mind me asking a question. I noticed the blue boat had its rudder up. Do you think rudder down would have helped the broach at 2:20? Don't mean to be critical at all. I'm new to kayaking and just trying to learn as much as...
by mcgruff
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 1374

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

Turn it into a dragon ship:

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by mcgruff
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 4087

Re: Knives

Oops now I've really dragged it off topic. Sorry OP.
by mcgruff
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 4087

Re: Knives

On a bit of a tangent, I wonder if our choice on knives is going to become far more restricted when the Home Office (Gov) ban the sale of knives over the internet (as they have said they intend to do). So we'd then become limited to only those knives that our local bricks & mortar store chose to st...
by mcgruff
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 4087

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. It maybe just needs a good sharpening session (by a pro) and a top-up hone every so often to keep a razor edge. A lot of knives won't be shipped with a perfect edge becaus...
by mcgruff
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 4087

Re: Knives

Old thread but worth mentioning Mora who make some really good, inexpensive knives with decent steel. The Mora Rope & Mora Marine Rescue have serrated edges although I don't think you'd really have any trouble cutting through rope with a standard blade if it's kept razor sharp. I personally like the...
by mcgruff
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Just joined
Replies: 16
Views: 1261

Re: Just joined

Here's another design for a double paddle canoe: Singoalla

Extremtextil has a great range of outdoors fabrics for the canoe-tent: https://www.extremtextil.de/en/fabrics.html.
by mcgruff
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Just joined
Replies: 16
Views: 1261

Re: Just joined

Where are you planning to take it? On flat water that "ocean-going" design could work but on long sea tours it looks too heavy to land and carry up a beach.
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help please ! :-)
Replies: 9
Views: 839

Re: Help please ! :-)

Oru folding kayaks might be of interest. Never been in one so can't really tell you anything about them except that they exist.
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: Buoyancy & Handling

Thanks for the advice. I take the point that it's not a hard and fast rule but it does help to get an idea of the range. I guess different shapes of hull will distribute the volume in different ways. More volume in the bow/stern sections would create a bigger pitching moment and so an extra few litr...
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: Buoyancy & Handling

Don't suppose there are any rules of thumb for this? 2:1 maybe?
by mcgruff
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Buoyancy & Handling

Let's say the "buoyancy ratio" is the ratio of the volume enclosed by the hull in litres to its displacement in kg (the mass of the boat plus paddler plus cargo). A 1:1 ratio - neutral buoyancy - is obviously way too low. Big waves would roll right over the paddler. The kayak would rise back to the ...
by mcgruff
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 276
Views: 42877

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

The Shrike might not be the boat I'd need for an extended trip (limited storage capacity?) and I must admit I'm intrigued by the newer ski-influenced designs HOWEVER I'd still love to get to know a more traditional, hard-chined Greenland-style hull. This looks like an important reference point in ka...
by mcgruff
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 276
Views: 42877

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Just discovered your stitch 'n glue Shrike design and wanted to say thanks for making this available. I've been wondering about a cheap way to get into sea kayaking and this could be the perfect option. A design based on an traditional Greenland kayak is much more interesting than the 2nd-hand plast...
by mcgruff
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rough Weather Limits?
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: Rough Weather Limits?

PlymouthDamo wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:05 pm
You could also consider a Shrike. The designer is a regular on here and the plans are free:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=110381
That looks interesting. Thanks!
by mcgruff
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rough Weather Limits?
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: Rough Weather Limits?

Lots of great info here - many thanks :) What I'm getting is that kayaks are extremely seaworthy craft - subject to the skills of the paddler of course. That's good to hear. I guess any kind of boat that people take out to play in large, breaking surf has to be a solid performer. I very much take th...
by mcgruff
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rough Weather Limits?
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: Rough Weather Limits?

I certainly won't be heading out to sea until I've mastered my boat. Anyone who's done a bit of exploring will be on intimate terms with the "survival equation": what environment are you in? What are the current conditions? What state are you in? What are you capable of? There are always risks but i...
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rough Weather Limits?
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Rough Weather Limits?

Sometime in the not-too-distant future I'm going to be a free agent for a year or so and this could be a great opportunity for a big sea kayak tour. I don't have any real paddling experience but I do love exploring Scotland's wild & lonely places by bike and on foot. A sea kayak opens up some amazin...
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Face Mountain 25 Tent
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: North Face Mountain 25 Tent

In my experience, few tents can really stand up to bad weather - exactly the time you need them most. Four pole geodesic designs are very strong and should stand up to a force 8 gale. For years I used a Terra Nova Quasar for solo backpacking in Scotland but nowadays I'm in an MLD Trailstar. These ar...