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by Balgarvie
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knowing when to turn back!
Replies: 13
Views: 3655

Re: Knowing when to turn back!

Did you catch any big fish at the summer isles this time Barry ? ; )
by Balgarvie
Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Valley Etain^
Replies: 15
Views: 6992

Re: The Valley Etain^

I'm 6'3" and weigh 218lbs and have been paddling the larger etain for 18 months now with no complaints. Its a very good fit and the seating position I find to be very comfortable indeed. As has already been said the volume is huge, I can easily get in the day hatch what I struggled to get into the r...
by Balgarvie
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rockpool Alaw
Replies: 17
Views: 1964

Re: Rockpool Alaw

I had an Alaw, and the seating position was pretty good. However, for various reasons I traded it in for an Etain and I don't find the seating position all that different from the Alaw. The foredeck on the Etain is slightly raised compared to other valley boats and it seems to be just high enough to...
by Balgarvie
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Your local castles...
Replies: 45
Views: 4911

Re: Your local castles...

A couple of contributions from the east coast...

Dunottar:
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St.Andrews:
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by Balgarvie
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reflecting on....
Replies: 86
Views: 7151

Re: Reflecting on....

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Loch Lubnaig
by Balgarvie
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broken Corryvrecken - anyone else had a problem?^
Replies: 16
Views: 3466

Re: Broken Corryvrecken - anyone else had a problem?^

My foam core cypress broke in exactly the same place. Desperate measures produced a replacement within three days with absolutely no quibble and the "new" paddle so far seems fine.
by Balgarvie
Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good Service
Replies: 0
Views: 250

Good Service

I'd like to put in a word for Desperate Measures. My paddle developed a fault on Sunday Spoke to DM on Monday Couriered paddle down overnight Tuesday Was told Wednesday paddle would be replaced and couriered back up overnight Got my new paddle an hour ago, in time for two weeks in the outer hebs ! B...
by Balgarvie
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I know GPS is evil but Garmin 62 vs 78?
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Re: I know GPS is evil but Garmin 62 vs 78?

I have the 78s, it does what I need it to do but I just do not trust Garmins claims on waterproofness so I keep it in an aquapac. Some on this forum will say that causes condensation inside the bag which can be just as damaging, and that may well be true, but I've not experienced it yet and I've bee...
by Balgarvie
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale RPM and RX300
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: For Sale RPM and RX300

Have you still got the RPM ?
Where are you ?

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by Balgarvie
Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea paddling destinations for (relative) beginners
Replies: 40
Views: 1986

Re: Sea paddling destinations for (relative) beginners

Anywhere that puts a pakora sauce thing onto a freshly landed scallop really doesn't warrant inclusion in the list of excellence! But other than that, Kisimul cafe does indeed slide in. Portion size could be better it has to be said but at least they do use local ingredients. We had breakfast there...
by Balgarvie
Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea paddling destinations for (relative) beginners
Replies: 40
Views: 1986

Re: Sea paddling destinations for (relative) beginners

i'd agree the idea of good customer service is still sinking in in certain locations in Scotland but there are still plenty quality mid range offerings available if you're prepared to look. For example, Kisimul cafe in Castlebay, Creelers in Broadford, the Fishmarket in Mallaig, the But n Ben at Auc...
by Balgarvie
Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seasickness... yuk!
Replies: 15
Views: 2325

Re: Seasickness... yuk!

I'm prone to it. A long slow swell will bring it on and if I happen to have the sun in my eyes then that accellerates things considerably. Solution is generally to make for land, fast. I find the wrist bands help, and the normal motion sickness pills. I believe theres a medication which you let diss...
by Balgarvie
Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED - Plastic Nordkapp
Replies: 2
Views: 144

WANTED - Plastic Nordkapp

I'm looking to buy a plastic Nordkapp. Doesn't need to be in pristine condition but would be handy if it was within easy reach of central Scotland.
PM me if you're thinking of selling.

Thanks

B
by Balgarvie
Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone got an ipad?
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: Anyone got an ipad?

I have navionics on the itouch and thought I would get the iPad version only to find they want £40 for it!
by Balgarvie
Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The big freeze
Replies: 5
Views: 934

Re: The big freeze

And this was the scene yesterday underneath the Tay railway bridge:

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by Balgarvie
Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: young gray seal Firth Of Forth
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: young gray seal Firth Of Forth

Funnily enough we had a very similar experience in virtually the same location today. I was concious of "heavy breathing" very close behind me on the way over to Inchcolm from Aberdour then eventually spotted what looked like a big adult within about a foot of the back of my partners boat. It carrie...
by Balgarvie
Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: East Sands Surf Webcam, St. Andrews
Replies: 10
Views: 1705

Re: East Sands Surf Webcam, St. Andrews

During the summer season theres a sign up just at the ramp beside the cafe forbidding dogs in the area between the ramp and the pier, not sure if the dogs can read though. As of this weekend just past that restriction has been lifted so you can take your dog wherever you like until it all starts aga...
by Balgarvie
Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broadford or Portree?
Replies: 17
Views: 984

Re: Broadford or Portree?

Easy - Broadford, simply because of the presence of Creelers Restaurant and their fantastic seafood gumbo !
Wish I was on commission, but I'm not, honestly.
by Balgarvie
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A Weekend On Gigha
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: A Weekend On Gigha

Yes we saw otters, almost at the northern most point. One saw me as soon as I rounded a corner and made a dive for it and the other two were so engrossed in their breakfast they just lay where they were for a good few seconds before finally realising they were being watched and followed their mate. ...
by Balgarvie
Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A Weekend On Gigha
Replies: 3
Views: 475

A Weekend On Gigha

Six of us made the long trip last weekend from Fife, Dundee and Friockheim to Point Sands on the Mull of Kintyre, with the aim of completing a circumnavigation of Gigha. There was a brisk wind blowing on the Friday night but the sunset boded well for kayakers as well as shepherds: http://i682.photob...
by Balgarvie
Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone paddled around Fife?
Replies: 6
Views: 328

Re: Anyone paddled around Fife?

Its only my opinion but I wouldn't have thought theres that many easy landing places along the east neuk coast - the village harbours offer the easiest access, but not great if you want secluded camping spots. Once you get round Fife Ness then I guess you'd have camping possibilites at Kingsbarns or...
by Balgarvie
Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A New Dual Camera SANYO Xacti VPC-WH1, Anybody had a play ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1690

Re: A New Dual Camera SANYO Xacti VPC-WH1, Anybody had a play ?

I also have a CA9 and echo most of Simons comments above. Its hard to beat for handiness - easy to keep in the BA pocket and whip out at key moments. I've tried a few underwater shots with it too and the results are also pretty good. I wouldn't say its professional quality but its good enough to sho...
by Balgarvie
Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suitable Foam and Glue For Footrest^
Replies: 30
Views: 9252

Re: Suitable Foam and Glue For Footrest

Hi Paul - Hows that roll coming along ? You'll get the foam you need from either Brookie or Stirling Canoes but phone them before going along since I believe they don't always have it in stock. The foam block thats in Babs boat is jammed in, theres no glue involved and its sufficiently tight to have...
by Balgarvie
Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Airbeds....^
Replies: 19
Views: 4667

Re: Airbeds....

Barry - Smallbear and I both have expeds. You'll get a reasonable price from Tower Ridge in Perth. They're expensive but they happen to be the only way I can sleep in a tent. You're welcome to try the next time we meet. One thing worth looking out for is thermarest are meant to have a down filled on...
by Balgarvie
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A wee trip round the Summer Isles
Replies: 17
Views: 946

Re: A wee trip round the Summer Isles

The summer isles were obviously the place to be seen this weekend. We arrived Saturday afternoon to find a fairly brisk south westerly blowing - I have rule of thumb which goes something like - in case of difficulties opening the car door, don't bother launching a kayak" - so we left it till Sunday ...
by Balgarvie
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger GTX For Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Dagger GTX For Sale

Selling my very nearly new GTX. Its only been on the water a grand total of three times and it was bought new so its in extremely good condition.
If you're interested then let me know. Pictures can be supplied.
by Balgarvie
Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Icom M33 Problem
Replies: 10
Views: 3050

Re: Icom M33 Problem

I'm afraid after trying everything here to no avail I gave up on it. Theres a special adapter you can get which takes AAA batteries and that seems to work fine.
by Balgarvie
Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Filthy Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: Filthy Scotland

I've paddled past Braefoot tanker terminal many times without noticing a problem but this morning I was surprised by the guff of gas/petrochem coming from it. Surely something not right ? Slightly off topic but on a recent trip to the Crowlins and while searching for a suitable camp site on the Appl...
by Balgarvie
Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do I have a Scottish Lendal?
Replies: 9
Views: 998

Re: Do I have a Scottish Lendal?

In order to qualify as a "Scottish/British" product the item only has to have the last stage in its processing/manufacture carried out in this country. So on that basis if they're being assembled in Ayr then they qualify as a Scottish product.
by Balgarvie
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Icom M33 Problem
Replies: 10
Views: 3050

Re: Icom M33 Problem

Thanks everyone, it could well be the terminals so I'll give them a buff and see what happens.

B