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by Nick P
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Storage shed
Replies: 6
Views: 1055

Re: Storage shed

Key Clamp industrial handrail is another option. Strong, sturdy and put together with a hex key.
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by Nick P
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Skerray, Perception Sealion - any good?
Replies: 7
Views: 1718

Re: Valley Skerray, Perception Sealion - any good?

I had a Perception Sealion for almost 20 years. When I bought it in 1989 it was one of only a few makes that didn't have small, round hatches, and that figured large in my selection criteria, on order to be compatible with camping gear that I had at the time. However, as a boat it was very uninspiri...
by Nick P
Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: just bought a Rockhopper off ebay....
Replies: 17
Views: 3061

Re: just bought a Rockhopper off ebay....

I also bought a Rockhopper via Ebay about 8 years ago. I'll echo what others have said - heavy, maneuverable, seat issues, needs deck lines. But, its a great bash and crash boat for err....rockhopping. I've also found it to be a great 'spare boat' for non-paddling family and friends who just want to...
by Nick P
Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 3689

Re: PLB use

Having just 'upgraded' from an Atlantic 75 to Atlantic 85 lifeboat at Looe, we now have radio direction finding (DF)capability on board. The DF unit can be switched between VHF channels and the PLB 121.5MHz frequency. Standard operating procedure is to keep the DF on 121.5 during routine passage and...
by Nick P
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eddystone rescue
Replies: 0
Views: 826

Eddystone rescue

From the Plymouth Lifeboat Station facebook page at 1235 on 14/08/2016: ALB launched last night to two kayakers in difficulty near the Eddystone Lighthouse. Having left Plymouth in early evening the kayakers had made the 9nm paddle to the Lighthouse but when darkness fell they were too cold and exha...
by Nick P
Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Medway & Swale put-in's
Replies: 3
Views: 641

Re: Medway & Swale put-in's

Many years since I paddled there, but 2 options are: Queensborough slipway 51deg 25.013'N; 0deg 44.426'E used to be able to park on road just up from the slip Another option was the slipway near the Ferry Inn: 51deg 21.31'N; 0deg 53.53'E park near top of slip. positions are based on Google Earth and...
by Nick P
Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Day skipper like course?
Replies: 22
Views: 3979

Re: Day skipper like course?

I'd also recommend Day Skipper as a good starter. I did mine many years ago as an evening class, then went on to do Yachtmaster theory. RYA course structure is very good: you start with the basics and build upon them as you progress through training. A great deal of the training (COLREGS, lights, so...
by Nick P
Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navel gazing
Replies: 28
Views: 4248

Re: Navel gazing

nickcrowhurst wrote:
Nick P wrote:
I particularly like the grammatically correct '10 items or fewer' signs at the checkout. I feel self-conscious when I realise I'm the only male in the store that is not wearing a suit.
Ho, ho, ho!
T'other N.

;-)
by Nick P
Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navel gazing
Replies: 28
Views: 4248

Re: Navel gazing

More navel gazing - or insightful observation, depending on your perspective. "Why, then, are kayakers stereotypically such nerds? Is it demographics—our advanced age or the critical bias of our university educations? Is it because most of us are really landlubbers, fearful city folk trying to come...
by Nick P
Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Anas Acuta
Replies: 3
Views: 1488

Re: Anas Acuta

PM sent
by Nick P
Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Devon & Cornwall
Replies: 7
Views: 2662

Re: Devon & Cornwall

Hi Perry, I'm based at Looe, so S Cornwall coast is my local haunt. To continue on the estuary theme - lots to do: Fowey (free, but tiny carpark just up the road from Bodinnick Ferry, otherwise P&D at Caffa Mill Carpark on the other side); Fal estuary - lots of creeks to explore; Helford estuary - s...
by Nick P
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How many sea kayaks...
Replies: 15
Views: 2685

Re: How many sea kayaks...

Cyclists have a similar dilemma. According the 'The Rules': http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/ and in particular Rule#12 the correct number is n+1, where n is the number already owned. The alternate formula is n=s-1 where s is the number that would result in separation from your partner. Personall...
by Nick P
Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 4179

Re: GPS

Just a thought.... Back in the summer I saw a guy who was paddling around the south west and he had a 7" Samsung tablet in a dry case. He also had charts and OS maps loaded on it, which together with the tablets GPS capability meant he had an effective GPS/plotter system on board and could switch be...
by Nick P
Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kokatat gear
Replies: 9
Views: 1738

Re: Kokatat gear

I got a MSFit BA from Knoydart in Penrith, but I'm not sure if they still exist.
Sea Kayaking Cornwall in Falmouth have quite a bit of Kokatat gear listed on their website, but its always worth calling them first to check whats in stock.

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by Nick P
Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit vs closed cockpit
Replies: 15
Views: 2692

Re: Open cockpit vs closed cockpit

Selkie...I see no problem accepting your conclusions. I do however sense a whiff of sales patter. Do you by any chance sell any of these models for a living? I honestly don't know the answer, BTW. Following the link on Selkie's signature and going to the 'products' tab suggests so. Some interesting...
by Nick P
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof cameras
Replies: 20
Views: 3830

Re: Waterproof cameras

Currently use a Nikon AW100, which I find is ideal for lots of outdoor activities where you need a quick point-and-shoot camera readily to hand. When paddling I have the strap over my head and the camera stuffed between my chest and BA. This camera has survived over 3 years of paddling, winter climb...
by Nick P
Mon May 19, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Footwear for drysuits?^
Replies: 24
Views: 5692

Re: Footwear for drysuits?^

Thanks for the replies everyone. Consensus seemed to be Lomo boots, so I'm now the owner of a pair of size 11s which comfortably accommodate my feet, socks and drysuit socks. I couldn't find a local supplier, so ended up online at http://www.ewetsuits.com First time I've used this supplier, but good...
by Nick P
Fri May 16, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Switching to wood for fuel
Replies: 23
Views: 2786

Re: Switching to wood for fuel

Part of my 'standard kit' (a small dry bag of stuff that goes on every trip) is a stainless mug/pan (I think its UK force std issue?) that can be used on an open fire. The kit includes waterproof matches and firelighters (not environmentally friendly, but very effective and waterproof - sections of ...
by Nick P
Fri May 16, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 19
Views: 3392

Re: Gloves

Not gloves as I simply cannot get away with wearing them - loss of feeling with the paddleshaft and I really do feel warmer without them, just as I did when I dived, gloveless, for years in UK waters. However what has made a huge difference when paddling in the cold are a couple of thin (2-3mm?) cl...
by Nick P
Fri May 16, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What GPS do people use?
Replies: 21
Views: 2197

Re: What GPS do people use?

Personally I have an Etrex H - very basic and simple (like me!). I'm still essentially old-skool using chart/map & compass, but find it reassuring to be able to flash up the GPS if the vis drops etc. I met a chap last year that was doing a charity paddle along the S coast and he had a Samsung tablet...
by Nick P
Fri May 09, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Capella v Venture Capella
Replies: 6
Views: 2493

Re: P&H Capella v Venture Capella

My wife has the triple layer Capella and yes, I believe it is stiffer than the newer single layer model that is marketed through Venture Kayaks. Not had the 2 generations side-by-side to compare precisely.

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by Nick P
Tue May 06, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Footwear for drysuits?^
Replies: 24
Views: 5692

Re: Footwear for drysuits?

Hi Folks, Thanks for the replies so far. I do also have some neoprene wetsuit boots, but TBH they're a bit too small if I'm wearing socks and drysuit socks and the soles are not particularly robust nor grippy for clambering over uneven ground. Looks like I could be investing in a suitably sized pair...
by Nick P
Mon May 05, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Footwear for drysuits?^
Replies: 24
Views: 5692

Footwear for drysuits?^

I purchased a Reed paddlesuit at the tail end of last year and to date I have been wearing it with a rather fetching pair of 'sawn off' old green Dunlop wellies (they had split, hence I cut them down a bit). The latter have now decomposed further :-( What do the rest of you wear over the feet of you...
by Nick P
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing latex neck seal with neoprene
Replies: 8
Views: 2229

Re: Replacing latex neck seal with neoprene

I have, in the past, replaced latex seals on a diving drysuit with neoprene seals. The actual job was done by a local manufacturer (Polar Bears - now part of Reed Chillcheater). Neoprene seals were a more durable, and warmer option for diving. However, a potential problem for a woman's suit may be t...
by Nick P
Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Day Hatches
Replies: 17
Views: 2060

Re: Day Hatches

I think the forward 'useless' compartment is a bit of a personal 'Marmite' thing. I actually like it now, although when I bought my boat (Xplore) it wasn't one of my prerequisites. I use it for bits 'n bobs - spare fishing stuff, scrunched up carrier bags to put fish in, plus chinagraph pencil, micr...
by Nick P
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Launching at Priests Cove Cornwall?
Replies: 3
Views: 611

Re: Launching at Priests Cove Cornwall?

I've never launched there, but know the cove well. Its not ideal, but do-able at a push. Car park is NT (pay unless member) up the hill, but there is a series of steps down to the beach (at low tide). The steps are wide. So, trolley and carry (and/or tame assistant) required. Beach is a mixture of r...
by Nick P
Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp LV?
Replies: 4
Views: 980

Re: Nordkapp LV?

There is a lot of detail and comparison in the thread shown. Nordkapp LV is certainly fast and nimble and would make an ideal day boat for me. In the end, I bought a Tiderace Xplore for multiple small reasons that added up to quite a lot - comfort, greater capacity, stability on edge and just the wa...
by Nick P
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp LV?
Replies: 4
Views: 980

Re: Nordkapp LV?

Might be worth calling AS Watersports in Exeter. They had a Nordkapp LV in their demo fleet a while back. Don't know if they still do. I liked the LV a lot (me 75kg, 5'11") but in the end I bought a Tiderace Xplore. Some deliberations and comments here: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewt...
by Nick P
Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Moving the bulkhead in a plastic boat
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: Moving the bulkhead in a plastic boat

Link to my earlier post (with photos)

http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... =4&t=77944

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by Nick P
Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Moving the bulkhead in a plastic boat
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: Moving the bulkhead in a plastic boat

I successfully moved a bulkhead in my old sealion a few years ago. The bulkheads were dense foam and I wanted to move the forward bulkhead back to use as footrest while also reducing cockpit volume and increasing bow compartment capacity. Since I was moving the forward bulkhead aft, its size needed ...