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By morticiaskeeper
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May 12th South Cerney Lake 86, there is a canoe and kayak day. All the big manufacturers are there. See a boat you like, pick it up and go and play.

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By Flintstone
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<Googles 'South Cerney'>

Oooh, Cotswolds. There's posh. Nice day out there I think.
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By kanga
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Flintstone wrote:<Googles 'South Cerney'>

Oooh, Cotswolds. There's posh. Nice day out there I think.


Ah, but very close to this


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_South_Cerney

.. now "Duke of Gloucester Barracks". Did a lot of Cadet gliding from there in the '70s. :) VGS then moved to Hullavington.

Still used for RAF cargo parachute training from C130s, and parachute club at weekends, I believe.
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By Rob P
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Lockhaven wrote:... especially with all those dykes to navigate.


I had no idea that map reading was a lesbian speciality.

Rob P
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By morticiaskeeper
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Flintstone wrote:<Googles 'South Cerney'>

Oooh, Cotswolds. There's posh. Nice day out there I think.
Last year was excellent. Good coffee, pizza oven going all day, lots of boats to play with.

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By GolfHotel
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Rob P wrote:Presumably (thread) drift is acceptable on this post?

If so, just to say I have an inflatable canoe and have huge fun crawling very slowly along the rivers and drains of East Anglia. The benefit being it just deflates and gets flung in the boot at the end of the day.

Rob P


Are you sure it is an inflatable Canooo you are crawling over? I heard of someone who was canoodling with an inflatable companion. But he didn't advertise it on Tinternet.
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By Genghis the Engineer
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Half a lifetime ago, I was a very keen canoeist (as in, knocking on the bottom of international standard in slalom K1, good national level in slalom C1, good club level in marathon K1 and K2, paddling UK and alpine grade 4 for fun). I've taught most classes, including open Canadian. All of this was a quarter century ago, but principles are principles, and I do get back into somebody else's boat for a play every couple of years.

They're a great way of getting around - it is well worth doing a basic skills course to about 3-star or inland proficiency level if you're going to get the best from it, but even a 1-star course will at least teach you how to go in a straight line, turn onto the heading you want, and deal with a capsize.

What would I buy for Flinty's mission spec? Probably a 2-3 person Canadian, a couple of mid-range wooden paddles, couple of comfortable buoyancy aids (NOT lifejackets), couple of canoeing cagoules ("cags") and a reasonable size waterproof bag or two for lunch, personal kit and dry clothes. Probably a polyethelene boat that can be stored on a couple of joists in the corner of the garden, is incredibly hard to break. Don't forget to buy a roofrack and some long straps (not rope).

I've never tried the brand out, but this is the sort of thing I think you want... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canadian-Can ... rk:29:pf:0

Equally, learn on a course first, so you know enough to try out a boat and know you're happy with it before you buy. And if it's for very occasional use, see what's for sale second hand at the local canoe club, or go along to a show and see what people have brought along to sell, you'll save a lot of money.

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By Flintstone
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Genghis, you've been in my eBay search history haven't you?
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By Genghis the Engineer
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And frankly, you should delete the cookies that store it. That stuff you searched on yesterday, you really don't want that coming up in adverts. :D

Seriously - there are only so many search keywords available here.

By the way, paddle length is really critical to comfort. Try a few out, ideally with an instructor about, and work out the right length for you in a typical boat - don't just buy online without knowing the right length for you. And learn how to J-stroke (this is NOT a euphemism!)

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By Bill Haddow
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Paul_Sengupta wrote:
Miscellaneous wrote:Loch Lochy


Who on earth named this? You can't even blame different languages like the River Avon or Torpenhow Hill.



It is a sort of maritime thing. Boaty McBoatface is another example.

Bill H
By Foo Gee
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We have a three seater (although we've had four in it on a couple of occasions) Canadian canoe that was given to us. It's nothing special and came with two different sized paddles. It is more than sufficient for what we use it for - paddling into town downstream on the river for a bit of lunch and perhaps a few glasses of something too. It's probably about a 5 or 6 kilometer trip.

The return trip is back on the canal and is about 4 kilometers but takes about the same time. I'm sure this is because the river flow assists us on the outward rather than the beverages inhibiting us on the return.

The joy of paddling down the river chasing kingfishers with dragonflies and damselflies hitching a lift is fantastic and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, I'm not so sure I would be doing this too often so the idea of getting kitted out with loads of specialist gear would be a waste.

For times when we have loads of energy we take the pedalo into town but that is much harder work and requires a bigger lunch to replace the energy spent going in.