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by Mac50L
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Sit in Kayaks
Topic: Tahe Greenlander T
Replies: 81
Views: 7698

Re: Tahe Greenlander T

You lot forgot you will have to learn to use Greenland paddles and/or make them if you are going to paddle that machine. Otherwise someone is going to "drum you off the sea" - so there...

Sandy
by Mac50L
Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Who else hasn't made it onto the water yet?
Replies: 12
Views: 1259

Re: Who else hasn't made it onto the water yet?

Am I the only one to paddle? Two days on Lake Rotoroa (South Island) - the length of it, a day on Mahinapu and down the river to Hokitika and back, a day on Okarita Lagoon before the rain drove us back to the east coast. Some BIG trout on Lake Rotoroa (still there) and BIG sandflies, some dead.

Sandy
by Mac50L
Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A paddle is a paddle or is it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1833

Re: A paddle is a paddle or is it?

$345, $500 ??? Has someone got the decimal point in the wrong place? I will admit my paddles have risen in price by at least 25%, $14 and now up to over $20, not including epoxy which could add another 50 cents to $1 and linseed oil 50 cents? And a Greenland paddle is a wing paddle for those who hav...
by Mac50L
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Here we go again....
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: Here we go again....

Is that why we are going to be paddling the lakes of the west coast of the South Island this holidays?

Sandy
by Mac50L
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Cobra HH125 VHF
Replies: 12
Views: 2605

Re: Cobra HH125 VHF

Waterproof or not I still carry mine in transparent VHF radio type drybags. A hot radio (on deck) hitting cold water just pushes the waterproofness more than I think acceptable. I think Freya when paddling round the South Island killed at least one radio. I've found the Voyager OK. You can fit AA ba...
by Mac50L
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Compulsary Lifejackets
Replies: 11
Views: 2028

Re: Compulsary Lifejackets

Just wait until they bring in the "two means of communication" rule that Coastguard(?) are pushing. I quite often see a couple of SOTs go out for a 2 km paddle from our bay, no PFDs, no communication devices, no bailers or pumps. Danger? They are never more than 100 metres from shore, two of them, c...
by Mac50L
Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Homemade fish bag (all credit to wee wifey)
Replies: 10
Views: 3254

Re: Homemade fish bag (all credit to wee wifey)

: I can't bring myself to trust my neighbours kids after they cut their way through my fence to pinch a motorbike.

I wondered about that chain you are using. Couldn't you nick some off a container ship's anchor chain? Not too big, 6" link size should do...

Sandy
by Mac50L
Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Double Kayak Fatality - Lake Wakatipu
Replies: 12
Views: 1260

Re: Double Kayak Fatality - Lake Wakatipu

Probably most of you have seen the TV1 and Close-up reports on this. Don't know how TV3 covered it. ?? The kayak was marginally a double. There was probably enough buoyancy material in it to stop it sinking e.g. to allow recovery of it with no one in it. I'd be very wary paddling it solo on a calm d...
by Mac50L
Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Kayak Trolley
Replies: 18
Views: 5761

Re: Kayak Trolley

A description on how to build a trolley - http://www.kask.org.nz/kayaktrolley Note that there are retractable legs so that it will stand up. you don't have to retract the legs after loading as they can drag on the ground without doing any harm. Shown is the PVC version I build. The first ever was fr...
by Mac50L
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: Sit in Kayaks
Topic: Please help me get brownie points
Replies: 14
Views: 2062

Re: Please help me get brownie points

The only answer I know is to build it. My Mac50L is 5 m x 0.51 m and 13 kg before fitting out. Even with rudder, foot pedals, hatch covers, deck rigging it is only 18 kg and some of that weight (2 kg?) could be removed. Maybe a little maintenance with wood, lick of paint now and again but just about...
by Mac50L
Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Chch earthquake
Replies: 6
Views: 928

Re: Chch earthquake

The original quake was not far from us and some have been right under us and no, we are no where near Darfield as it didn't happen there. GeoNet has been using some very odd datum points e.g. why use Diamond Harbour as a datum when the epicenter is in Christchurch (Christchurch road tunnel)? Why use...
by Mac50L
Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: paddles ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1621

Re: paddles ?

To a new paddler I often suggest paddling with arms straight, no elbow bend. Doing this for a minute or so gets the body rotation message through and then bend elbows to get the blade out of the water. Probably a good thing to do as you start off at the start of the day, only a few strokes but to me...
by Mac50L
Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: paddles ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1621

Re: paddles ?

: Got any tips on what makes up a good paddle stroke? Put as simply as possible - use your body, not your arms (no elbow bending during the power). Note "bending", the elbows may be bent so the arm isn't absolutely straight (for those who want to be finickety). The elbow bending is to get the blade ...
by Mac50L
Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: paddles ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1621

Re: paddles ?

Why not use a wooden Greenland paddle? Wood grows on trees and if you really want a carbon paddle, put a match to it... Weight, about 800 grm or less, warm to handle, buoyant when it the water (minus weight), gives "outrigger" support when stopped (for fishing) and has a wing cross-section. Aluet (A...
by Mac50L
Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Essential gear?
Replies: 48
Views: 3420

Re: Essential gear?

If you are running out of money, make it. Go to - http://www.kask.org.nz/do-it-yourself How to make a trolley and flag. If an SOT, put the flag through a bung (block of foam/large cork etc.) and into one of the drain holes. Cut a slot down the side of the bung so it still works as a drain. Go to a r...
by Mac50L
Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why the lack of bulkheads in SOTs?
Replies: 21
Views: 2812

Re: Why the lack of bulkheads in SOTs?

No drownings from wear or splitting that I know of but two from hatches missing or removed. The latest - http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Publications-and-forms/Lookout/LookOutJun10.pdf One drowned, one survived. Aft hatch cover removed, anchored stern on to the seas while fishing and drinking. The oth...
by Mac50L
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: Sit in Kayaks
Topic: Tuiliqs
Replies: 8
Views: 1422

Re: Tuiliqs

The NZ URL I should have posted before -

http://sites.google.com/site/stejdor/greenlandequipment

This is Steve Dorrington's site and Greenland bits he has made including a tuiliq. Steve is in Wellington if that helps.

Sandy
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Cunning flag connection
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: Cunning flag connection

Good to hear someone likes the flag mount on the KASK web site. The main thing is using brass for the deck unit fitting (unless you mount the bits the opposite way round which wouldn't be easy to do). We broke plastic fitting on both our kayaks on the first multiday trip with them in the Queen Charl...
by Mac50L
Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SOT photos wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Re: SOT photos wanted

Thanks for the response. Some of you have contacted Paul <kayakpc@xtra.co.nz> directly - thanks. Those who haven't, I'll have to sort what he wants and get back and ask for the hi-res versions of those pictures he also wants. As an aside, what cameras are used at sea? I use an Olympus FE-170 (now my...
by Mac50L
Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SOT photos wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

SOT photos wanted

Photos are required for a SOT safety brochure being produced by KASK (Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers) for NZ Water Safety. There have been two fatalities lately and information to new users should be given out with every SOT sold. Why would this be of interest to you? Because fatalities mean the p...