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by Mac50L
Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: kayaker blown out to sea
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: kayaker blown out to sea

Wasn't me as it was a wet day (whimp).

Sandy
by Mac50L
Mon May 23, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Marine forecast - lost the plot?
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Re: Marine forecast - lost the plot?

: Maybe they skipped Saturday as the world was going to end and no-one would be around : ...apparently it hasn't reached Northland yet :) Obvious, silly of me to forget... Even after a third TV item on it tonight. A lot of serious things going on in the world and they have to give that crank at leas...
by Mac50L
Mon May 23, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Marine forecast - lost the plot?
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Marine forecast - lost the plot?

The other day, Friday, we were paddling back for lunch, our "fishing" being mussel and paua gathering and an exceptionally low tide. I was listening to the Marine forecast. (Note, in the following "xxx" was OK, it was what was to happen e.g. wind, swell etc.) "Abel, today xxxxx, Tuesday xxxx, Sunday...
by Mac50L
Thu May 12, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Contact Details on your Yak - Legally Required.
Replies: 108
Views: 5816

Re: Contact Details on your Yak - Legally Required.

: Sorry, but its applies in Auckland as well....and more than likely, most of the country...jump down to page 28.. : http://www.kayaker.org.nz/files/ARC%20N" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... 0Bylaw.pdf This is the 2008 version. Wasn't that revoked? That requirement on page 24 about ...
by Mac50L
Sat May 07, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is this kayak design the future?
Replies: 14
Views: 995

Re: Is this kayak design the future?

It is short so it will be slow. It seems to have a lot of surface area so it will be slow. Looks flat at the bow so it will slap badly into a short head sea - slow...

however it will be a stable fishing platform on flat seas.

Sandy
by Mac50L
Sat May 07, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: anyone know how to change image size
Replies: 8
Views: 491

Re: anyone know how to change image size

As mentioned above -

It takes a lot to beat IrfanView and it is free. Loads very fast, easy to step through a folder, full screen if you hit Enter (remember that when showing pictures to friends), plus a whole lot more.

Yes, other programmes do it too but... and its not Micro$oft.

Sandy
by Mac50L
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: DIY projects
Replies: 0
Views: 959

DIY projects

A few DIY projects can be found here. There have been a couple of new ones in the last 2 days. http://kask.org.nz/do-it-yourself Projects are described and lists of URLs about and how others do it - Camping gear ~ stoves, tents etc. Dry bags Greenland Paddle Construction Kayak Trolleys Rudders Rudde...
by Mac50L
Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ive traded in the Profish for the latest kayak from the USA
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: Ive traded in the Profish for the latest kayak from the

A "one-up" would be to buy the aircraft carrier that the Brits are selling. Then you could bomb those power boaters who come too close. Or send out an anti-sub aircraft to hunt out where the best fishing is or....

Sandy
by Mac50L
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Necky Sea Kayaks
Replies: 31
Views: 2500

Re: Necky Sea Kayaks

Personally I have always liked the way Necky kayaks handle. The Looksha wasn't rigidly stable but always felt that it would "tell you" what it was going to do. Predictable and therefore easy to handle in all sea conditions. My personal take on them.

The SOT, unknown.

Sandy
by Mac50L
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: basic homemade rudder.
Replies: 14
Views: 5205

Re: basic homemade rudder.

Someone mentioned Kiwi ingenuity. The story of the development can be read at - http://sites.google.com/site/kayakamf/kayakrudders Note that Don, the designer of the first one, now lives in Auckland and sails a Mullet boat as far as I know. A copy of our local kayak newsletter did go to Germany with...
by Mac50L
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: basic homemade rudder.
Replies: 14
Views: 5205

Re: basic homemade rudder.

Another picture, this one from my partner's Mac50, blade just about all the way down. The difference is the "T" bar goes right through the red plastic hinge blocks where as on the first picture they are blind. Both work the same way. The bit of yellow tube is there as a buffer on the pull-up string....
by Mac50L
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: basic homemade rudder.
Replies: 14
Views: 5205

Re: basic homemade rudder.

You can look at - http://sites.google.com/site/kayakamf/kayakrudders or http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/grantglazer/Kayak/HintsSandyRudderPedal.htm However for my one of my actual rudders - DSC01071 Mist small.jpg This is a picture of it retracted. The other URLs will show how it is launched though a...
by Mac50L
Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: basic homemade rudder.
Replies: 14
Views: 5205

Re: basic homemade rudder.

On the rudders I build (done 2 or 3 dozen at least), the piece you are using to hold the blade is attached to a "T" bar so it can "hinge" up and the blade is held fore and aft by plastic guides. I use a pull-up as well as a pull-down string. Some other commercial manufacturers use bungy to launch th...
by Mac50L
Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: Safety
Topic: Upper wind Limit
Replies: 18
Views: 3054

Re: Upper wind Limit

Maximum I suppose would be 40 knots in the gusts where the wind whips the surface off in clouds of spume. We, a great number of us, were on the north side of Queen Charlotte Sound and had to get back to Picton (KASK forum some years ago) when a southerly came blasting down the Sound (from over Port ...
by Mac50L
Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tsunami hits Japan
Replies: 58
Views: 2929

Re: Tsunami hits Japan

See - http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/70398/civil-defence-establishing-degree-of-nz-tsunami-threat for arrival times as reported on RadioNZ which are at odds with the PWC, the URL three messages previous. Interesting that the only place I can find times is on the radio web site when TVNZ & Ci...
by Mac50L
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tsunami hits Japan
Replies: 58
Views: 2929

Re: Tsunami hits Japan

Looking at this site Pacific Disaster Centre site, it disagrees with the NZBC times for Nelson (hour later rather than 15 minutes later) and Dunedin (after Lyttelton, not before). For Lyttelton they both agree.

http://www.pdc.org/tsunami.html

Sandy
by Mac50L
Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: All My Kayaks Are Going
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: All My Kayaks Are Going

Where do you stow the 50 km long extension cord for the deep freeze?

Sandy
by Mac50L
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: vhf
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: vhf

Most VHFs out of the box will be on (are on) the US setting and you MUST set it to "I", international. The "C" is for use in Canada. If the shop has taken it out of the box and set it you should be OK (maybe).

Sandy
by Mac50L
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Help tying kayak on
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: Help tying kayak on

Tying ropes to the ends of long kayaks, especially if on a short car, is to stop them twisting in the racks. In my case, it is to keep the rack on the van. For a friend of ours, it is to stop the twisting. Down here in the South Island it can blow very hard, especially the westerlies. We were just a...
by Mac50L
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Help tying kayak on
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: Help tying kayak on

I only use bungies to hold the kayak to the roof rack !!! The "bungy" is made up of loops cut from a car inner tube and looped together. I use ropes to hold the kayak to the van, front and rear. The front ones go to the two tow points making an inverted V to stop twisting in the wind. I also have a ...