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Gumotex 410C becomes the ‘Solar 3’

Gumotex have rebranded 2013’s Solar 410C (right) as a Solar 3. Everything about the two boats appears to be the same, including the price (discounted to about £650 in the UK), but weight somehow goes up 2kg to 19kg. Actual differences only add … Continue reading

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IK autopsy

Performing my cutting-a-kayak-in-half trick gave me a long overdue chance to see exactly how they’re put together, as well as other stuff, like why it was failing and how well certain glues stuck. The neoprene inside I used to assume … Continue reading

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Semperit Mori

A couple of days after trying out the Semperit I noticed a scratch on the hull bottom (left) so decided to pre-emptively patch that with Bostik 1782 (less faff than 2-part). It looked like an old scratch which had opened … Continue reading

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Flat Calm in the Summer Isles

A few pictures from a 5-hour, 22-km paddle round the Summer Isles on a rare day of near-zero wind and hot, sunny skies. From Badenscallie I went south past Horse Island and Iolla Mhor to Carn nan Sgeir, a quick loop around Meall nan … Continue reading

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Semperit at sea – 2

With an inexpensive Sevylor barrel pump I was able to get the repaired Semperit up to a good pressure. Ten days passed while i finished my current project, during which time the boat lost no air that I could feel. Over the same period … Continue reading

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Semperit at sea 1

No doubt about it; since flogging my much-used Sunny in 2011, followed by a flawed experiment with a Feathecraft Java, I’ve become spoiled by high-pressure IKs like my fast Incept K40 (based on the Forelle’s design), the brick-hard but slower Grabner Amigo … Continue reading

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Semperit Forelle 2; afternoon refurb’

Here in the Summer Isles the reliable May  sunny spell  is about to end – great for solar panels, but strong afternoon easterlies not so good for day-long IK-ing. Suilven mountain even caught fire. Yesterday, before it picked up we nipped … Continue reading

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Seawave sailing video

  Spring is here, time to sharpen our paddles! While you’re doing that, here’s a Seawave sailing vid with a sail kit (right) from kayaksailor.com. With the lee boards it all looks a bit complicated for me, but perhaps that explains how they manage without a rudder. … Continue reading

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Paddling to Brighton

Tuesday was set to be a scorcher – no less than  30°C predicted in mid-September (in the end over 34°C, the hottest September day for over a century). No excuses then to try my first south coast paddle if the winds and … Continue reading

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