Seal entry etiquette

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Seal entry etiquette

Post by webb-nickj » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:54 pm

I was wondering if there are any general rules or etiquette around seal entries.

I know British Canoeing list some points to explicitly avoid seal entry, but is there any general advice.

We have a lot of locks to port around by us and the moorings are usually edged with steel or some sort of plastic/fibreglass wooden plinth substitute. The steel I'm not worried about but I'm not sure how resilient the synthetic plinths are.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Nick

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Re: Seal entry etiquette

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Re: Seal entry etiquette

Post by Adrian Cooper » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:11 am

I think you need to make your own assessment as to whether you are likely to cause damage through your actions. You wouldn't think that an edging to a mooring would be anything other than robust but maybe. I am sure that BC would be thinking of damage to vegetation and again, if you have one or two boats going over some innocuous plants it probable won't matter but constant use could cause erosion and damaging protected species would be an offence. You might also like to consider that some riverside plants are actually poisonous and you may not easily tell the difference.

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Re: Seal entry etiquette

Post by webb-nickj » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:34 pm

Thanks - that's pretty much what I thought, but it's good to get other people's views.

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Re: Seal entry etiquette

Post by Dan Yates. » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:12 pm

You should buy the seal dinner first.

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Post by Shufflerschair » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:45 pm

Tea now liberally sprayed over the laptop screen Dan, you charmer!

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Re: Seal entry etiquette

Post by roo » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:58 pm

Dan Yates. wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:12 pm
You should buy the seal dinner first.
And check to see if they've left their weapons back at the base.

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Re: Seal entry etiquette

Post by Adrian Cooper » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:28 am

I suspect quite a few on here have seen the video short of EJ backwards seal launching, summersaulting and converting into a loop doing the rounds on Instagram. If not, you should hunt it down, it is impressive.

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Re: Seal entry etiquette

Post by Jim » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:06 pm

How about the damage to the kayak?
I have launched off rocks and concrete copes plenty of times but try to avoid it when possible.
If the water is flat and the drop less than about 18" I will normally put the boat on the water first and step down into it rather than seal launching, although getting out at a 12" step in my river racer is still proving too challenging for me due to not being able to balance well enough to get my knees clear to stand up (I go round the corner to an easier spot).

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