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by Matt O
Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Podcast - Sea Kayak Photography and Photoshoppery
Replies: 35
Views: 5476

Photoshoppery

Mark, using auto-levels in Photoshop is hardly a crime, in fact this is one of the more useful attributes of the software. The trick in my opinion is for the final output to be as close a representation to what you actually saw as possible. If the auto-levels button acheives this for you then that s...
by Matt O
Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Podcast - Sea Kayak Photography and Photoshoppery
Replies: 35
Views: 5476

Photoshop and Landscape/Seascape Photography...

It is true to say that Photoshop has received bad press, especially when used (and abused) to 'create' images that are not true to life. Although they may have artistic merit they are not a proper representation of what the photographer saw. Photoshop has outgrown its usefulness for such photography...
by Matt O
Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Not a good landing spot.
Replies: 11
Views: 2217

Private Garden???

So which bit is private then? http://my.cuillin.net/rispondmap.jpg It can't be a particularly 'private' garden with, according to the map, a public road going right down to the pier in front of the buildings in the following picture. http://ports.org.uk/portimages/rispond.jpg Also, as it is a public...
by Matt O
Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who else paddles a Carolina?
Replies: 8
Views: 2024

My wife and I started off with a pair of Carolinas a few years ago and they allowed us to get right into sea kayaking. As soon as we started trying to stretch ourselves by paddling in more open water and in rougher conditions we realised that the boats had limitations, trying to paddle in a straight...
by Matt O
Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Retro-fitting Keel Strips
Replies: 6
Views: 2057

Brite Water

Thanks for the suggestion Mike, and the URL, Helen.

Now that is what I call good service - I sent an enquiry to Brite Water and yer man Gavin had got back to me within the hour.

If the quality of there workmanship is as good I will be most impressed!
by Matt O
Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: add to toy box or tip it into the Optio drawer?
Replies: 82
Views: 14556

Hebridean Princess

I've been on that boat... http://www.gla.ac.uk/medicalgenetics/guide06/060318IMG_0055uk.jpg Only problem was it was called the 'Columba' back then!!! Did you know that this and its two sister ships, the Hebrides and the Clansman were built to survive nuclear and chemical attack, had decontamination ...
by Matt O
Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Retro-fitting Keel Strips
Replies: 6
Views: 2057

Retro-fitting keel strip

Thanks for the pointer Mike - as always a lot of useful info there, although I have to say, after looking at what is involved I am not keen on trying this myself.
I'm happy doing small repairs but not confident trying something this big without any experience!
by Matt O
Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Retro-fitting Keel Strips
Replies: 6
Views: 2057

Retro-fitting Keel Strips

I have an Island Kayaks Expediton to which I would like to have a keel strip fitted... can anyone recommend anywhere in the North of England where I could get this done?
I have already enquired with P&H and unfortunately they only do this for their own boats.
Any suggestions most welcome...
by Matt O
Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF RADIO COURSE
Replies: 5
Views: 3047

VHF radio courses in Yorkshire...

I too would be interested in such a course in the Yorkshire area... an info would be much appreciated!
by Matt O
Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Missing paddle
Replies: 1
Views: 804

Misplaced paddle

Gordon

My dad lives just down the coast in Tokavaig, I'll ask him to keep his eyes open as he often walks along the coast northwards to Ord and beyond...
What colour blades does the paddle have?
by Matt O
Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top Tips for sea kayakers
Replies: 26
Views: 4580

Buckfast...

Douglas - having grown up in deepest, darkest Lanarkshire, I resent the insinuation that all we ever drink is Buckfast!

...after all, we did have the occasional bottle of Thunderbird and also Forge lager at 12 pence a can!
by Matt O
Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hebridean Trash
Replies: 64
Views: 10500

I have to concur with CaileanMac - the problems encountered on Barra are not restricted to the Outer Isles but to some degree affect us all. It is good to know that the affluent south is pristine, and generally speaking can afford to clean up its act - the fact that most of the rubbish is just moved...
by Matt O
Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hebridean Trash
Replies: 64
Views: 10500

As a frequent visitor to Skye and more occasionally the Western Isles over the past 25 years I am very surprised and somewhat disappointed with the comments Mr Rainsley makes about the island landscape. In my experience there have been significant improvements with regard to litter in recent years a...
by Matt O
Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH
Replies: 13
Views: 2340

Happy Customer

I took advantage of this offer and have been perfectly satisfied. My DVD arrived (eventually) and made interesting viewing. By the way, Brookbank Canoes still had some copies in their shop last weekend if anybody is after one... One thing though, when is the December issue of Paddles due out as I ha...
by Matt O
Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland, 1929
Replies: 8
Views: 2091

Eskimos and the Scotch...

How exactly does the Eskimo have a 'touch of the Scotch' about him?

It seems that the 1929 attitude of colonial discovery and arrogance can be seen much closer to home than Greenland!!!
by Matt O
Sun Oct 09, 2005 12:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Quest or Island Kayaks Expedition?
Replies: 12
Views: 2139

Island Kayaks

If you want to know more about any of the Island Kayak range then contact Gordon Brown of Skyak Adventures fame. I borrowed an Expedition from him to test while on Skye this summer. He should know more than most as I beleive he had a hand in the design of the boats. Island Kayaks owner Gavin Major a...
by Matt O
Thu Sep 08, 2005 5:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Executive promotes wave/tidal power generation...
Replies: 27
Views: 3729

Off topic....

At last - somebody who isn't a protagonist for the nuclear industry! - also thanks RossC for getting us back on topic. It is also good to see that some of us have an element of personal responsibility for our (global) environment - a wind turbine/fuel cell combo on every house would a great start. R...
by Matt O
Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Executive promotes wave/tidal power generation...
Replies: 27
Views: 3729

Nuclear Power - No Thanks

I beg to differ on the issue of nuclear fission... To my mind the risks involved with generation of power from this source are as great if not greater than burning the fossil fuels. There is always the potential for a major disaster. The problems associated with disposal of radioactive waste which h...
by Matt O
Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Executive promotes wave/tidal power generation...
Replies: 27
Views: 3729

Scottish Executive promotes wave/tidal power generation...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4221062.stm Having just come across this article on the BBC news website I wondered what impact this may have on our chosen sport? (Potential locations, ecological impact etc....) I, personally, am in favour of us using such renewable energy sources and with regar...
by Matt O
Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tides^
Replies: 25
Views: 18361

Tide Prediction Software

Tide Plotter 2005 www.belfieldsoftware.co.uk A great bit of cheap software with a fairly comprehensive range of locations around the coast of the UK. Shows a 24hr tidal curve and also monthly tide tables for each location and for the three year version it costs £20. In addition you also get data fo...
by Matt O
Thu Jun 30, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: IOS
Replies: 6
Views: 989

Skye

A trip across Loch Scavaig and into Coruisk is a must...

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by Matt O
Mon Jun 27, 2005 1:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Great weekend
Replies: 9
Views: 1269

...they are inquistive beasties and will often appear at random to check us out... How very true! On a recent paddle from Elgol to Coruisk the seals appeared to be playing games amongst themselves using our boats as part of their fun. The adolesecent/younger seals especially were trying to get as c...
by Matt O
Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ulva Car Parking and Camping
Replies: 75
Views: 38613

What next?

I think, somewhere in his more reasoned arguement, Douglas has touched on the very essence of seakayaking... To be able to pass through such a beautiful environment and appreciate it for being just that, and to do so without leaving any trace of your passing or disturbance in your wake is why we all...
by Matt O
Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium
Replies: 21
Views: 9525

Camas Daraich...

http://www.gla.ac.uk/medicalgenetics/guide/050530PICT0189uk.jpg Ah Douglas, I see you found the hidden gem of Camas Daraich... Did you also discover the small sandy bay closer to the Point of Sleat, next to the old peir built for the lighthouse? Its glorious white shell sand is a rarity on Skye and...
by Matt O
Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Snowy white Skye guineapigs
Replies: 12
Views: 1755

Skye...

Roll on next week and I will be paddling these very waters, weather permitting...

As always, Douglas, seeing your photos has seriously whetted the appetite!
by Matt O
Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seaworthy?
Replies: 65
Views: 7741

Apologies

Nothing personal... (bad day at work!) Just that making asides without justification doesn't do any of us any favours. I like others have moved into kayaking from climbing as a form of escapism - to get away from the 'denim clad' disasters waiting to happen. I agree you can mask personal inadequacy ...
by Matt O
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seaworthy?
Replies: 65
Views: 7741

Inadequate

steddyjames said: I've got loads of rubbish gear... Inadequate [in-ad'ikwit] adj.- Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient Just because your gear is old/used doesn't mean it is inadequate... A classic example of inadequate is the t*@t I once saw walking up a snow covered ...
by Matt O
Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seaworthy?
Replies: 65
Views: 7741

Inadequate...

Inadequate gear... inadequate intelligence

One tends to find a close correlation between the two!
by Matt O
Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seaworthy?
Replies: 65
Views: 7741

Beards

Shaved mine off last week... thought spring was on the way!
by Matt O
Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seaworthy?
Replies: 65
Views: 7741

Safety...???

Having recently taken up sea kayaking as a pastime, I can fully understand the 'negative' response to your post. The open sea is a hostile environment and a sit on top is most surely a wholly inadequate boat for such conditions.. Having seen more and more people go out into the hills and mountains o...

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