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by Chris Bolton
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Guide to the Isles of Bute and Surrounding Waters
Replies: 7
Views: 1526

Re: Sea Kayak Guide to the Isles of Bute and Surrounding Waters

With thanks to Roddy McDowell for making his guide available again, and mintokames for facilitating its transfer, it's now hosted here on UKRGB
by Chris Bolton
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean Paddler Magazine
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: Ocean Paddler Magazine

The last I heard was the email Richard sent to subscribers on 21 April last year, and I'm assuming it's still the position: We have taken the difficult decision to place the print version of Ocean Paddler on a Corona Virus hiatus. With no, or greatly reduced incomes, many of our friends, contributor...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Space under the canoe on the roof rack
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Space under the canoe on the roof rack

I think we've tied lightweight bulky things like BAs and karimats into the boats before putting them on the roof. Also awkward items like canoe poles. Travelling with canoeing mates rather than family, we will either have one tandem boat and two of us in the car, in which case we're not short of spa...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Guide to the Isles of Bute and Surrounding Waters
Replies: 7
Views: 1526

Re: Sea Kayak Guide to the Isles of Bute and Surrounding Waters

It's linked from the Sea Trips page of the Almanac Mike, it was linked from the old Sea Trips page but when I converted it the link was dead and I couldn't find the source anywhere, so I couldn't include it on the new page . mintokames , if you know Roddy and he's happy to make the file available, ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Weather Conditions for newbie .
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Weather Conditions for newbie .

It's difficult to set specifics. The wind direction is crucial; if it's blowing you back to where you started, or somewhere else safe, that's good. If it's blowing out to sea, or along the coast to areas that you don't know you can land safely at, don't go out. It's not just where you might end up, ...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Boat repair
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: Boat repair

It looks as if the gel coat had gone off too far before the layup was done. Nick Pink was a pretty competent laminator so I'm surprised. I would encourage it all to flake off, using a very sharp wood chisel if necessary (if you don't have one, a sharp knife slid under the edges might work). I wouldn...
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Icom handheld VHF with AIS
Replies: 8
Views: 214

Re: Icom handheld VHF with AIS

Not cheap, but not as expensive as I thought it might be. The AIS function seems to be receive, not transmit; showing up on ship's AIS would be valuable, but I assume a handheld won't have sufficient power (or a very short battery life if it did).
by Chris Bolton
Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SoT with sit-in performance
Replies: 28
Views: 767

Re: SoT with sit-in performance

SoTs where you sit at least partially below the waterline That may be the problem - there may not be much market for boats that will retain a puddle in the cockpit. The alternative would be a dinghy type self bailer, but it requires a reasonable speed to work and is liable to damage if you forget t...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

The Royal Dee (Aberdeenshire) might also be a contender. The big problem will be low water levels. The UK doesn't have big volume rivers like continental Europe. I've never tried tubing but I expect it needs deeper water than canoe or kayak, or you'll just scrape on rocks.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 796

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

You're supposed to grip the paddle constantly with your dominant hand, but in your subordinate hand you let it rotate to accommodate the paddle's feather, only gripping it when you're making the stroke on that side. That's if you're using a feathered paddle. Apart from being used to using feather, ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scarp paddle advice.
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Scarp paddle advice.

I'm not sure you'll find the book in Stornoway - but worth giving Gael Force Marine a call to see if they have it in stock - otherwise, if you can get it mail order before you go, I would.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scarp paddle advice.
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Scarp paddle advice.

I've paddled through the Caolas an Scarp, going North and then back South and don't remember anything unexpected. It was blowing F4-5 against us when we went North and it slowed us to 2kt, and the flood tide was with us, but the sea didn't kick up; it might be more of a problem with wind from the So...
by Chris Bolton
Sun Jun 06, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hands 'clamping' on paddle
Replies: 32
Views: 796

Re: Hands 'clamping' on paddle

The GP should be able to say whether there's a medical cause (Google suggests Hand Dystonia as a possibility?) but it may just be that he's gripping too hard and his finger are cramping up. What kind of paddling do you do? I'm guessing whitewater, as that's most likely to result in gripping the padd...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 05, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Float and flash VHF radio disaster?
Replies: 12
Views: 510

Re: Float and flash VHF radio disaster?

I suppose the answer might be to carry a 12V power bank instead of a (purely) USB one Thanks, that's useful - I didn't know the cradle has a 12v input. I have a 12v battery to run my cockpit pump, and a solar panel with a 12v output, so it's a possibility even with existing kit. Can anyone else con...
by Chris Bolton
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Float and flash VHF radio disaster?
Replies: 12
Views: 510

Re: Float and flash VHF radio disaster?

I had similar symptoms with the Coastguard, I agree it's the mic that's the biggest problem. You may be right about having to rinse with fresh water and dry fully. I can't say for sure that I've transmitted after blowing the water out. The USB charging is really valuable on a multi-day trip, otherwi...
by Chris Bolton
Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Float and flash VHF radio disaster?
Replies: 12
Views: 510

Re: Float and flash VHF radio disaster?

The Standard Horizon HX300 has a water activated flashing light, but this can be disabled. The manual describes how to do this, I have done it successfully with mine. It meets your requirements for USB charging, IP and wattage, but doesn't have DSC. I would expect the DSC radios from Standard Horizo...
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak identification
Replies: 11
Views: 419

Re: Kayak identification

Car brake fluid (DOT4) will remove paint without harming the fibreglass.
by Chris Bolton
Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak identification
Replies: 11
Views: 419

Re: Kayak identification

I think the Orion came out in the late 1980s, and there's a post on here from someone who bought what may have been the last one in 2010. But it doesn't have any decals, and the hatch covers have been replaced, which suggest it's from the older end of that. Is there a label laminated into the inside...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 31, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak identification
Replies: 11
Views: 419

Re: Kayak identification

Thanks, Simon, that fits with my thoughts regarding a Hutchinson design (although your photo is a P&H not McNulty). It shows the deck recesses I couldn't identify. I agree it's an Orion.
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 31, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak identification
Replies: 11
Views: 419

Re: Kayak identification

Hmmm. I had a few ideas but nothing that matches up. The recessed deck fittings are as used on Valley and McNulty (Derek Hutchinson designed) kayaks, and home built kayaks from Trylon moulds, in the 1980s. The hatches look similar to Valley, maybe with replacement covers. The photos are from difficu...
by Chris Bolton
Sat May 29, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transporting sit-in kayaks
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Transporting sit-in kayaks

Welcome to UKRGB! There are several models of roof rack/attachment that allow you to load kayaks at a lower level and then lift them to car roof height - these are expensive and it would be worth looking for comments from users before buying: https://www.dropracks.com/ https://www.argyllkayaks.co.uk...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 26, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Northshore Calypso double for sale - now sold
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Northshore Calypso double for sale

I have tried sending you pm's but they don't seem to be working.
If a PM stays in your Outbox, it means the recipient hasn't opened it. An email is sent from the site to say there's a PM, but many email systems put them in the spam, so posting here to say you've sent it is often all that's needed.
by Chris Bolton
Sun May 23, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: 2016 Jackson Rockstar
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: 2016 Jackson Rockstar

The seller's profile shows he hasn't logged in since Sept 2020. It's probably sold but if you want to contact him, it would be best to use PM or email from the contact link.
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 19, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Portable and electric bilge pump
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: Portable and electric bilge pump

Something like this ? But probably not that actual product, as you'd need the whole unit to be waterproof and that's unlikely at that price. It's also a bit ambiguous on whether it works with the outlet lower than the pump mechanism or lower than the intake - the word syphon suggests the latter, and...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 19, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak delivery?
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Kayak delivery?

Yes, there are a few posts from people saying things like "I'm planning to buy a boat located in XXX is there anyone who might be travelling from there to YYY who could put it on their roof rack in exchange for..." It doesn't always work, and not usually door to door, sometimes a shorter drive is ne...
by Chris Bolton
Wed May 19, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1046

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

I usually wear Brynje as a base layer under a drysuit, with as many other layers over it as dictated by conditions. A high-tech version of the string vest. It seems to be good for keeping me warm when it's cold but not overheating if it gets warmer. It's intended to be worn next to the skin, but 30 ...
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 18, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1046

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

Anyhow, Typhoon fixed the first tear under warranty.
That's a good point. Typhoon have a good reputation for no-fuss warranty repairs, and also for doing free repairs to normal wear and tear (like worn fabric socks) when suits are sent for warranty repair.
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 18, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seals
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Latex neck seals

My experience of 'Glideskin' neoprene neck seals is that they are good for touring, where you might get waves in your face or the low probability of a roll or swim, and I didn't get a noticeable leak on a single roll, but I would not choose one if I was expecting to have my head underwater more than...
by Chris Bolton
Tue May 18, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1046

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

I have a Typhoon PS220 which is good. I think the current model is the PS440 which has a hinge zip. Many drysuits, that one included, have pockets that are covered by a BA; I think it must be because they are sold for other water sports like yachting where inflatable lifejackets are more usual. Pock...
by Chris Bolton
Mon May 17, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pressurising hatches
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: Pressurising hatches

A club I belonged to had a spare hatch cover with the bike valve in it. I've put the boat on a dry patio and filled it with water. So you turned the stove on, put it in the compartment and then put the hatch cover on, and let the pressure build up? Pure butane would get up to about 1 bar before equi...