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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:39 am 
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Geohashing is the spawn of XKCD: It's a Random Adventure Generator -- based on the date and the closing DOW value as seeds, it spits out a random coordinate for each degree grid of the globe daily. Go there! Explore! On Saturdays around 4pm, there may even be someone else there!
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I must confess that this tomfoolery was part of the reason for buying the blow-up kayak, so I was greatly pleased today to finally pop Exeter's cherry.

I was planning on getting an early night, but no... a tea-time forum-check revealed a hash too tasty to pass up: 500m off the coast on a still warm evening.

With great haste a van was piled with kit and hooned across country to... well, initially to discover that Maidencombe's car park barrier is one inch shorter than the chipfat camper, before turning tail to Shaldon Ness and kitting up.

Solo paddle, the sea like mercury, mackerel driving the baitfish to the surface: t'was all thoroughly fine, and the hash was hit!

And on the return, just to tease, Shaldon Ness (which is this huge beak of sandstone all shaggy with trees) loomed up close, Teignmouth was lights in the haze, and a low smoky sunset just - for just the briefest moment - turned Devon into Tortuga. Adventure indeed, matey.

There was even beer left in the fridge when I got home.


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Got back a bit late though:

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And the proof:

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:41 am 
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Chapeau, sir, chapeau! I like the atmospheric (if not strictly tactical) Cockleshell Heroes return-to-the-beach shot.

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:20 am 
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Gimme a Klepper Aerius and I'll be as tactical as you like! 8)

The one problem with the Sevy is Boyle's Law! Inflate on a warm day, and the cold sea chills and thus depressurizes the air! Because the boat's shape is entirely inflatable, this means it goes a bit, um, sausagey. Posh blowups and folders don't have that problem (posh blowups borrow some of the rigid structure of folders). But posh = real money. The Sevy is a Specialized Hard Rock among kayaks, in price and performance, and that fits my needs. The Klepper or a sweet Advanced Elements boat are your Stumpjumpers and Epics.

Once the boat has cooled down, you can top it up, but that either means going into shore or doing the pumping en bateau, which is more exciting than I've dared thus far!

Having said that, I wanna try using it to get out to snorkdiving sites. Once the water's warmed up a tad.

Hmm, RB, you're wise in the ways of RIBs. What's the workaround with them? Or does the bigger volume and hard floorboards make it less of a problem?

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:35 pm 
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How man Andy?
What's the score with that pertikuler canoe with regards to it's.. er.. Load Carying abilities?
I've been looking at a couple of inflatable ones in Keswick recently but was advised by the purveyor of said craft, in a very polite way :whistle: , that I might be of too great a Mass for safety :shock:
I have to admit to weighing in at double of wot I was 7 years ago and I wasn't a 7 stone weakling then :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:13 pm 
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Hmmm, would a Soda Siphon CO2 bottle with adapter nozzle (tm) solve Sir's in-boat inflation problems?


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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:20 am 
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RIBs have really tough rubber and you pump them up pretty damn hard. Because they have, as you so righty pointed out, a rigid floor, it's not much of an issue if they happen to go a bit soft. But I've never known inflatable dinghies go that soft simply because night has fallen, even the little ones. Yes they go soft, but not desperately so.

I suspect the issue is more to do with the kayak's shape. A dinghy is just a raft. It sits on top of the water. A RIB has the solid floor to provide the hydrodynamics. How soft does your kayak go?

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:31 pm 
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Pedaldog wrote:
How man Andy?
What's the score with that pertikuler canoe with regards to it's.. er.. Load Carying abilities?
I've been looking at a couple of inflatable ones in Keswick recently but was advised by the purveyor of said craft, in a very polite way :whistle: , that I might be of too great a Mass for safety :shock:
I have to admit to weighing in at double of wot I was 7 years ago and I wasn't a 7 stone weakling then :shock:


The one-man is rated to 300lbs, so at some point I'll strap a bike to it. :evilchuffy: To upscale, it's traditional to get a 2-man :) The 2-man Pointer's no use though, you'd never get to the stuff - a 2-man Colorado, or from a different brand like Gumotex, so you have an open top, would probably work better.

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Hmmm, would a Soda Siphon CO2 bottle with adapter nozzle (tm) solve Sir's in-boat inflation problems?


Er, nope. Matters of scale, dear boy.

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RIBs have really tough rubber and you pump them up pretty damn hard. Because they have, as you so righty pointed out, a rigid floor, it's not much of an issue if they happen to go a bit soft. But I've never known inflatable dinghies go that soft simply because night has fallen, even the little ones. Yes they go soft, but not desperately so.

I suspect the issue is more to do with the kayak's shape. A dinghy is just a raft. It sits on top of the water. A RIB has the solid floor to provide the hydrodynamics. How soft does your kayak go?


From mostly-rigid to supple on the swell. Moar pumpage, methinks, may help - I'm probably being timid!

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
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So, we're discussing andy's ability to keep it rigid, in the cold and when night falls, are we? And he wants suggestions to stop it going floppy?

If only there were some double entendre available here...

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
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Damn, 2 hours too late for the Viagra joke! ](*,) :evilchuffy:

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
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Pump vigorously. Repeat pumping if firmness is lost. :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
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So basically you need a boat fluffer, yes?


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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
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Only once. It doesn't keep on going soft. Once the dog has seen the rabbit, it's adequately engorged for the duration.

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 Post subject: Re: Geohashing
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I'm tempted to suggest something involving an Igor, Guinness, black pudding and a suitable connector/valve arrangement.. :faint:

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