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    Default Scottish Canoe Exhibition; 28 / 29th Oct 06

    So who is going? I meant to make last year but at the last minute something came up. This year was looking doubtful but I am now able to go on the Saturday

    http://www.canoescotland.com/Default.aspx?tabid=235

    Looks like there will be plenty of exhibitors to take my money anyway. In fact it was talking to Dave at Endless River that I was reminded about this (apparently he will have a big stock of out of print books at big discounts )

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    Aaargh! Why is everything like this on in Scotland .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matto View Post
    Aaargh! Why is everything like this on in Scotland .
    Yes but you know the road up now

    If it is any consolation I understand it has a strong kayak bias but will tell you more about it when I have been.

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    I'm planning to attend one of the days - probably Sunday. I've been delegated to do something on the saturday!

    Also I hope to pick up an ex-Glenmore Werner paddle @£60 (deposit is paid!). They are selling on their older stock. Call them if you are interested.

    Philip

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    I'm also hoping to get along to this on the Sunday. I went along last year and there was some good stuff there and some of the workshops were very interesting, particularly Claire Knifton's outfitting one.

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    Probably be there both days, fitting in a poling trip up the Almond at some stage. I've never done the Almond so don't know how feasable the plan is, but I found a put in point very close to Brookbank and poling looks okay from there. Be glad of some company.
    If it wasn't for the rain in our lives there would be no rivers. X 2

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    10 Boats wrote:
    fitting in a poling trip up the Almond at some stage
    Hmmmm. Tempting Tony - spent most of my child/teenage years in or on the Almond. Will be around all weekend but have to go across to Alyth at some point.

    Matto:
    Aaargh! Why is everything like this on in Scotland
    England/Wales get their version at the Outdoor Show in Birmingham..

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    I've finally earned enough to get a day pass for the Sunday only as I'm at a sailing conference on Cumbrae on the Saturday.

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    I went last year before i even had a boat. Its a pretty small venue and really only a couple of hours worth of browsing at the very most. As Magikelly has said it leans more towards the kayaking.

    I will be going up on the saturday this year to ogle some stuff i dont need.

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    Before I start drilling........... I'll pop in to see the 10am 'outfitting workshop'. I hope it's canadians, not sea kayaks.

    The almond, may pop along that solo. No poleing but paddling.
    I have lent my SCA touring guide to my bro so is it in there ?

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    I don't think the Almond is in either of the SCA guides. I did see it in spate once and it was doable right from the top where the A road crosses.

    As far as this w/e goes I am planning to pole Sunday afternoon. As we are putting in in Perth the paddle potential is limited, with only a short down stream section before Tay.

    Anyone wanting to paddle rather than pole would be better of doing the Tay. I am expecting the Almond to be shallow. Actually, I am hoping it will be. If it is running deep and fast I'll probably end up in the Tay myself!
    If it wasn't for the rain in our lives there would be no rivers. X 2

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    Hoping to be there on the Saturday with my good lady.

    Quote Originally Posted by chrish View Post
    Is there a secret handshake or the likes so we know who we are if we meet?
    Surely we'll be able to spot each other by our beards?
    (apart from the aforementioned good lady of course!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueCanoe View Post
    Surely we'll be able to spot each other by our beards?
    (apart from the aforementioned good lady of course!)
    .......I've a beard??????

    (MK - we need a beardy smilie!!!)
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    I've never shaved but still haven't grown a beard .

    We should be there on Saturday , hopefully the workshops will be in a more suitable, less noisy area this year as I couldn't hear most of what Claire Knifton said last year.
    'There is no wealth but life itself.'

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    I should be there early tomorrow till just after lunchtime so perhaps see some of you there.

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    Anyone interested in padling Loch Faskally (Pitlochry) after the wshops about 2ish ?

    Nick

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    Scots Charles...

    The outfitting workshop is for canoes, I saw the programe today. Cant remember but i think its late afternoon.

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    Ta, saw the workshop, very good. Going to see the speakers talk.
    A good event, good bargains, impressed by the Lomo dry bags, seriously cheap.

    The films were good as well.

    Just checked the web for prices on b-aids and going back to buy a
    ranger one tmrw.

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    Default Commercialism vs. improvisation

    I was there on Saturday and saw the excellent outfitting talk by Nancy Brooks, which had lots of good tips and the chance to ask questions. Met Magikelly, too, which made me wonder how many of the other people there were on the forum - mysterious!

    The interesting prices for some of the equipment on sale (£15 for four, three-inch long pieces of wood and four bolts at Endless River) made me realise the value of improvisation and a quick trip to a DIY shop. Nancy brooks had a mastfoot made from a cheap bit of plastic for putting under sofa caster-wheels, bought from B&Q. I'm sure if it had been sold as a "mastfoot", the price would have found a way to jump up. Surely instead of forking out for an expensive brand-name thwart, one could make one easily with a spare length of wood and some sandpaper, no? Does anyone have a good story of how they improvised to fix a piece of equipment or make something new?

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    Quote Originally Posted by astoria View Post
    I was there on Saturday and saw the excellent outfitting talk by Nancy Brooks, which had lots of good tips and the chance to ask questions. Met Magikelly, too, which made me wonder how many of the other people there were on the forum - mysterious!
    I was at that talk, grey fleece. Lingered at the end to get as much info as poss. a very good free wshop. I also watched her presenatation on a swedish trip, very good as well.

    Still scared of drilling my 2wk old boat, but...

    I think I'll fit a front and rear airbag and pop rivet them in and delay the strong point drilling till I do some grade 3+.

    Luckily being an RYA sailing instructor I have already thought out sailing in bigger lochs. Was toying with a kite rather than a sail ?. A tarp would be carried for journeys anyway so maybe best just to use that as a spinaker.

    I'm a tech teacher so will turn my mastfoot at work. Maybe sell them on
    ebay

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    I think I remember someone in a grey fleece. Wish I'd seen the Swedish presentation. What kind of boat did you get and where from? I'm hoping to get one in the next month, so just wondering.

    I've thought about the kite idea as well, but haven't thought of a way to do it safely. With a sail, you can always take it down immediately if the wind gets too strong, but how would you do that with a kite?... apart from the expensive step of cutting the harness! Maybe, as a tech teacher, you could invent some neat collapsing mechanism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by astoria View Post
    I was there on Saturday and saw the excellent outfitting talk by Nancy Brooks, ... the value of improvisation and a quick trip to a DIY shop.
    Nancy brooks had a mastfoot made from a cheap bit of plastic for putting under sofa caster-wheels, bought from B&Q. Alex
    I have a photo- If anyone wants a copy (not yet sorted this photobucket stuff)

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    We should have sorted out that secret handshake after all! We were at the outfitting talk too ( I was in leather bodywarmer, Mrs BC in purple t-shirt). Had a good day and only bought a paddle and a dvd. Soooo tempted by the 15 foot Nova Craft Prospector at the Bear Creek stand, but managed to resist (for a little longer anyway!).

    Can't help but notice again that everybody I have spoken to in the short time I've been canoeing has been really friendly and helpful.

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    We went to the Exhibition, bought our first canoe, met up with Magikelly, and promised to join the forum... I wish we'd had more time (and money) and I wished I'd seen the outfitting demo, as I think thats my next task...

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    I have an Old Town Charles River. The outfitting talk was great. The swedish river trip presentation but had a lot of non-paddling eg lining etc.
    I'mlucky to have all the hand and machine tools eg spokeshaves and planer thickneser machines to make trelis's for support the canoe and paddles etc when I can get time.

    Kite

    Most kites have a control bar or two strings, releasing one string while holding the other would 'collapse' it. Of course it will then fall in the water ! I think the trick could be two keep it short. A lot of polar sledge haulers use a kite.

    Just have to borrow one a and try it, after I have fitted bouancy bags !

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    Wow, intriguing. I've always wanted to try kite-jumping/buggying, but they're pretty expensive and I don't know anyone who has one.
    It'd be interesting to hear how you get on if you try it with a canoe - I've heard of the polar guys using foils to pull sledges. Sounds like a plan.

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    Well I have been waiting for LIDL or ALDI or ASDa etc to sell one for kids, maybe 3ft across, hoping there would be enough power in that. The wind is uo today but I think I'll just go on the Union Canal or Falkirk Wheel canal.

    Once I get a rig I 'll get a photo posted.

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    A kite like this ????

    http://www.familyadventurestore.co.u...f6902a908361cc

    Nick

    PS Sheet in, gybe oh !

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    I've got kites and tried it on Ulswater over the summer but to no avail. The lines were too long and the thing got too wet to take off.

    Think you would need really short lines and a bit of experimenting.

    Oh have a kite buggy as well thinking of selling it. No time too play anymore

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