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by John
Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: Paddles
Topic: Paddle length - what's your choice?
Replies: 9
Views: 18434

Very helpful Lee. Thankyou. We don't have cannon over here. Any comment on cranked as opposed to straight shafts?
by John
Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:08 am
Forum: Paddles
Topic: Paddle length - what's your choice?
Replies: 9
Views: 18434

Hi I'm really thinking of buying a quality paddle (or two as it is for the convertible). I've used the TNP paddles. They are fine. They are aluminium and solid. However, the weight does tell after a while. They are also 230cm. I tried at the weekend a lendal 215cm cranked. The weight of course was e...
by John
Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:57 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Leg length for rear seat of convertible.
Replies: 3
Views: 5031

Yes - sit in the front is what I do, however, I would be better in the back for various reasons.
by John
Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:18 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Leg length for rear seat of convertible.
Replies: 3
Views: 5031

Leg length for rear seat of convertible.

I am 6 foot 3 inches in height. I was disappointed when I found I could not sit in the rear of the convertible without removing the foot brace. The problem with doing this is my wife's back then becomes the brace - not a happy solution.

Any comments?
by John
Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: sail for AE convertible
Replies: 28
Views: 48809

Can we expect this sail to be better than the windpaddle?
by John
Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: Spray Skirts, Dry Bags, Foot Braces, Seats etc.
Topic: zipper lets water through
Replies: 7
Views: 11862

An idea I have had but not yet got round to trying is to cut an old windsurfing sail batten and place each end between the pontoons/large bladders and the small heightening inflation points at front (can't remember what they are called). I thought this may create a more rounded and higher front like...
by John
Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Spray Skirts, Dry Bags, Foot Braces, Seats etc.
Topic: Seat for Expedition
Replies: 6
Views: 12195

I bought a Palm River Trek 150l bag to carry my convertible in. This is much more spacious than the supplied bag and can be carried as a rucsack. I fold this up and put it under my seat. This gives added height and is soft and comfortable. It means I have it at the end of a river run to put the Kaya...
by John
Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Spray Skirts, Dry Bags, Foot Braces, Seats etc.
Topic: zipper lets water through
Replies: 7
Views: 11862

Yep. That is a problem. There is I think a discussion about this elsewhere on the forum. The best thing to do is use some McNett zip wax and hope that keeps water out but it will not be completely succesful. I think some clever invention is called for here.
by John
Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Rolling in convertible impossible
Replies: 3
Views: 6853

Tipping is possible

Assured I could not tip I hit the rivers. On one river class 2/3 immagine my shock when I tipped, not once but three times. A half submerged rock and a half submerged branch were the culprits. The kayak is stable but given the right conditions anything will capsize.
by John
Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: AFC and moderate wite water - where is a limit?
Replies: 8
Views: 9408

We have the skirts but chose not to put them on. They will keep the water out a little more though since they are a fairly loose fit any volume of water is likely to make them collapse anyway. If the kayak capsizes I think the skirts will simply come away anyway, they are not very tight even when ca...
by John
Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Holidaying in France
Replies: 6
Views: 10500

Holidaying in France

Holidays Hi I live in Scotland. This year we holidayed in France in the Massif region. We visited a few rivers. One was the Ardeche. We visited in June when it was less busy. Still it was fairly busy even then - especially at the Vallon D'Arc. Yet it was good fun for a coup[le of middle-aged rookies...
by John
Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: AFC and moderate wite water - where is a limit?
Replies: 8
Views: 9408

Hi We had no backbone. By moving bottoms I mean that when I (at front) saw the water was too shallow I would say 'time to lift our bottoms for where our bottoms were became the sticking point in low water. We simply arched our backs and made ourselves a bit more horizontal probably putting weight on...
by John
Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Rolls w. AE Convetible
Replies: 2
Views: 6136

True, the AEC is not easily capsized. Yet to my surprise, while going down some rivers in France (2/3) we did manage to capsize three times. The kayak is stable but rivers have unexpected hazards.
by John
Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:23 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: AFC and moderate wite water - where is a limit?
Replies: 8
Views: 9408

My wife and I, complete rookies, went down some rivers in France this summer (ardeche and allier). One river journey was 2/3. We managed it quite well though we did capsize three times in 18 Kms. Water did get in though we did not have sprayskirts on. We simply emptied the kayak a couple of times. I...
by John
Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: Pumps
Topic: Best Electric Pump
Replies: 8
Views: 15222

I used the basic 12v pump but found it very slow. I bought a 12v Rule Hi-speed pump, cost £60. This inflates within two minutes. However, I find I still need to add a few pumps with the hand pump to really make it hard. Nevertheless, the Rule pump takes much of the hard work out of inflating and me...