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  1. I have to admit I thought the best bit was just...

    I have to admit I thought the best bit was just that the program indicated to unsuspecting foreigners how midgie things things can get up North :mosquitos: ... and so to go prepared.
  2. I've not weighed mine but a NovaCraft Prospector...

    I've not weighed mine but a NovaCraft Prospector 17' RxL might suit ... it'd have to be second hand as they aren't made anymore :(
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    A while back Ralph & I did the Cheshire Ring Race...

    A while back Ralph & I did the Cheshire Ring Race in a trad Old Town Charles River Canoe, at the time neither of us would describe ourselves as proficient paddlers. It's a canal circuit, so no flow...
  4. As much as I'd like to say "both please" I am...

    As much as I'd like to say "both please" I am also in the unfortunate position of having too many boats :( ... but I'd like to suggest you at least double the price of these gorgeous canoes.
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    DougR ... that is beeriliant SMwhistle

    DougR ... that is beeriliant SMwhistle
  6. Their public life irritates me too, I don't think...

    Their public life irritates me too, I don't think I've ever had as many bites as I had at the SotP Biggish Meet :mosquitos:, there is a theory that they crossed the border by Magic SMralmao
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    Where are you paddling? if it's basically canals...

    Where are you paddling? if it's basically canals and narrowboat navigable rivers then this site is brilliant ... https://canalplan.eu/ ... it'll do all the calculating for you with all the...
  8. The Secret Life of the (Scottish) Midge.

    Just finished on BBC2 Scotland but also available on i-player (for the next 29 days or so).
    The take home message may be to always go paddling with a more attractive friend SMwhistle
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  9. Magic things to build a raft out of ... 5...

    Magic things to build a raft out of ... 5 lorry/tractor inner tubes tied together in 1-2-2 formation, an A-Frame of planks lashed on top with the 4th plank underlining the "A" giving seats over the...
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    Bacon Appreciation Moment .... for most kids of...

    Bacon Appreciation Moment .... for most kids of all ages ... mmmm ;)
  11. Welcome Eleri, more power to your paddle, it's a...

    Welcome Eleri, more power to your paddle, it's a good website you've put together too.
  12. It's a weird game as nearly half of the players...

    It's a weird game as nearly half of the players are to be found at the bar in the pavilion during the match ... as such it has much to commend it SMhappy99
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    Sticky: Beer really helps when it comes to moving canoes

    Here you go Bren ...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3MMjTrDxUk
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    ... and sometimes I enlist support, best to drink...

    ... and sometimes I enlist support, best to drink the contents first SMhappy99 otherwise the barrel would weigh more than the canoe ...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3MMjTrDxUk
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    Welcome back Russ :)

    Welcome back Russ :)
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    After saying "don't do it" ... this is how I do...

    After saying "don't do it" ... this is how I do it when I have to SMwhistle ...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qwn5roUvYQ
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    Here's how I made mine, with my dads help ... a 4...

    Here's how I made mine, with my dads help ... a 4 section, 24ft swaged aluminium radio mast sourced from eBay made 2x 12ft poles and meant I didn't need to chase appropriate spigots. Hope this link...
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    By far the best way to solo portage a heavy canoe...

    By far the best way to solo portage a heavy canoe is "Don't do it!" ... get 3 friends to help you ... SotP Biggish Meet 2019 ... photo by Simms :)
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    Wow Bernie, that is impressive ... my full fat...

    Wow Bernie, that is impressive ... my full fat Mad River Explorer 16ft TT is I'd guess ~40kg inc extra seat & stickers (I don't know, I'll see if I can weigh it, it seems way heavier than my 17' NC...
  20. Sticky: As above and Autumn is a pretty amazing...

    As above and Autumn is a pretty amazing photographer too, thanks for sharing both your sets of photographs Doug.
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    Skid plates ... why do you want to fit them? I've...

    Skid plates ... why do you want to fit them? I've seen advice for Royalex boats that said let the boat wear and abrade, you are getting the use out of it and then when/if you need to fit skid plates...
  22. These reprobates are "silent SotPers", they...

    These reprobates are "silent SotPers", they aren't on the forum but have been to all the recent Big and Biggish Meets ... Bala, Bala, Bala, Loch Ken, Ripon, Barrow upon Soar & Barrow upon Soar ...
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  23. Lovely set of photographs Bernie, the facilities...

    Lovely set of photographs Bernie, the facilities were interesting ... at first glance you'd think we had 2 gents only toilets ... but most SotPers were wearing shorts ... so maybe it was just kilts...
  24. Oops, re-posted my post from above, no idea why...

    Oops, re-posted my post from above, no idea why it happened, I can't delete so I've edited down to this.
  25. Diana (with the paddle that's shaft has warped in...

    Diana (with the paddle that's shaft has warped in the sun SMwhistle) and Potty ... a.k.a. Diana & Mike.

    http://www.cbolton.co.uk/chris/sotp/b2/mike%20&%20diana.jpg
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