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by ian johnston
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 835

Re: Water Carrier

Hi Bluey, Platypus for me. Tough, flexible, nasty-free construction and easily cleaned- Milton tablets work well. Rather than one big 5-10 litre container, I use two x 2 litre and 3 1 litre containers. My thinking is this: These are more easily stowed than one huge bag, a two litre and a one litre g...
by ian johnston
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bang!..... a change to the Skye scenery
Replies: 2
Views: 656

Bang!..... a change to the Skye scenery

Impressive stuff, and a permanent change to the view from Kyleakin.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43111943 As reported by some friends, a sea kayaking couple who were probably the closest people to the strike and had a closer view than they would maybe have wished! http:...
by ian johnston
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3027

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Phil Douglas beat me to it! "EPIRB" has become quite a generic term, as has SART, but I used the wrong terminology above. You're quite correct: A PLB will usually consist of a 406MHz EPIRB function and a 121.5Mhz Homing beacon function which can be DF'ed by aircraft and surface rescue craft. A SA...
by ian johnston
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3027

Re: Carrying flares

Chris & Rowland - one possible reason for the difference between Calmac and Northlink/Brittany Ferries rules is that Calmac services regularly carry bulk fuel in road tankers on their shorter sea routes and that will be factored into their certification; as far as I know that's not usually the case ...
by ian johnston
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3027

Re: Carrying flares

I concur absolutely with the posts Douglas has contributed above. I was also in Loch Tamnabhaigh when Gordon nearly lost both hands (and his head) firing a rocket flare. The recoil also took a chunk out of the cockpit rim.....and remember that this was on flat water with plenty of time to prepare th...
by ian johnston
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2393

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Hello Mac, I didn't miss the question mark in your post, but thank you for clarifying. Owen says he's tried several GP's. Your default response was that it was (probably) due to poor paddling technique. You don't know Owen, and neither do I. To quote from further up the thread " Paddles really are a...
by ian johnston
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2393

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Mac50L wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:58 pm

Poor paddling technique (probably)?
Regardless of the pros and cons of GP versus Euro (yawn), that is an incredibly arrogant statement......
by ian johnston
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1306

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1516981896894-4071.png in between Phil appears to be having a spot of localised bladder difficulty there Douglas! :o) Jason, I absolutely agree with Douglas and Pathbrae's comments - and with Jim's note about the tidal gates on the ASKT. Regarding C...
by ian johnston
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change to MSI broadcast channels
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: Change to MSI broadcast channels

Hi Jim, I usually do the same, but knowing what channel will be used I've found helpful. Being a Comms geek (and doing it for a living!) I've marked the antenna sites on my maps and mapping software so that I can have a pretty good idea which antenna is likely to be the closest in a visible line, an...
by ian johnston
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change to MSI broadcast channels
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Change to MSI broadcast channels

Hi All, Those of you who are out and about regularly will no doubt be aware of this as it's being announced on each MSI broadcast at the moment - the channels on which MSI broadcasts are transmitted are changing from the current 23,23 or 86. From the MCA website: "From Wednesday 6 September 2017 HM ...
by ian johnston
Sat May 06, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: DSLR camera bag??
Replies: 7
Views: 733

Re: DSLR camera bag??

Hi CC, We use the Aqua Zoom DSLR bag from Ortlieb. It's good...... https://seakayakphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/thank-lord-for-ortlieb-aqua-zoom-bag.html If you look at the header picture on Duglas' blog, he's surfing a Cetus under sail with £3K of camera gear in the Ortlieb bag on the foredeck. The...
by ian johnston
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.
Replies: 19
Views: 1890

Re: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.

Rainshine wrote:
Oh well, I shall just keep paddling on and enjoying myself!!
Good plan.... these are the only "stars" that matter in our paddling group!.....

:o)


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by ian johnston
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: VHF handheld ans scan-function, allowed in the UK?
Replies: 18
Views: 1315

Re: VHF handheld ans scan-function, allowed in the UK?

Well, I guess the situation is a bit different in NL. Channel 16= Coastguard= emergency only. IN case of an ongoing emergency, the CG assigns a separate CH for involved parties. Every "traffic- area"has its own VHF channel via which all traffic is managed. This is what we as kayakers use to contact...
by ian johnston
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: VHF handheld ans scan-function, allowed in the UK?
Replies: 18
Views: 1315

Re: VHF handheld ans scan-function, allowed in the UK?

Hi JB, this makes absolutely no sense to me.... The purpose of Channel 16 is a Calling and Distress channel - vessels call on 16 and then shift to a working channel as a routine procedure. I work on vessels visiting Netherlands ports regularly - there is no restriction on use of #16 as a calling cha...
by ian johnston
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: SoloTent Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Re: SoloTent Advice

Hi Mal, In some ways our approach is very similar, but in some ways a bit different. Like you, I'm camping four seasons - over 50 nights in my tent over the last 12 months in conditions ranging from perfect spring/autumn evenings to midge hell to -15 celsius to gales high in the Cairngorms. A look t...
by ian johnston
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: SoloTent Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Re: SoloTent Advice

Hi Penelope, I've suggested what I and others use further down this reply, but if I was to offer some advice it would be to concentrate on the practicality and reliability of a tent rather than the space it takes up in your boat. Look for something semi-geodesic or geodesic initially, these will pit...
by ian johnston
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: SPOT Tracker & Beacon - Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 587

Re: SPOT Tracker & Beacon - Problem

Sobering stuff Mal, and a prime reason why GMDSS PLB's are the best option.

Kind Regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Karitek Compact Trolley
Replies: 2
Views: 666

Re: Karitek Compact Trolley

Hi there, KCS all the way for me - the best trolley I've ever used bar none. For reviews see here.... http://mountainandseascotland.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/equipment-review-kayak-carrier-systems.html and here..... http://seakayakphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/kcs-expedition-kayak-trolley-test-and.html ...
by ian johnston
Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: ACR Artex PLBs
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: ACR Artex PLBs

Hi, It looks like the differences are that the ResqLink is smaller and lighter (half the weight of the AquaLink) with slightly less power output on 406MHz (the GMDSS satellite frequency) but the same output on 121.5MHz (RACON homing used by SAR craft when in the vicinity of the beacon). Battery life...
by ian johnston
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue off north Cornwall
Replies: 9
Views: 1737

Re: Rescue off north Cornwall

My point is more "so what?" and "what difference does that make"? Sometimes bad stuff just happens, conditions change, tides and weather might not do what they were forecast to do and a 1 knot tide with a gentle breeze can quickly turn into a 3 knot flow when the wind picks up unexpectedly and empt...
by ian johnston
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Alba/Dalriada next week
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: Alba/Dalriada next week

It's a fairly big place Chris.....

:o)

Ian
by ian johnston
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Test Venture JuraMV / New P&H Scorpio MV
Replies: 12
Views: 1697

Re: Test Venture JuraMV / New P&H Scorpio MV

Hi Juan,

You could also try the Scorpio Mk II with a Flat Earth sail....

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Douglas blasting along off Bute in a fresh breeze :o)

Kind Regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stolen sea kayak and paddles.
Replies: 4
Views: 594

Re: Stolen sea kayak and paddles.

Sorry to hear about this Whaleshark - I'll certainly keep a look-out. Did the boat have any distinguishing features (stickers, coloured keelstrip etc?)

Kind Regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch morar restrictions
Replies: 13
Views: 3385

Re: Loch morar restrictions

To add to Douglas' points above, On the same Bank Holiday weekend I was in the area to assess a D of E group doing a route from Ardtoe up to Glenelg. On the Friday I launched from Morar at the small beach just west of the main road at mid-morning and parked my car up at the small car-park at the top...
by ian johnston
Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Spraydeck recommendations, please
Replies: 15
Views: 1572

Re: Spraydeck recommendations, please

Hi Daker, I've had three Reed Chillcheater decks - I wore one out after a number of years use and still have two (for different cockpit sizes) which are a good few years old. All seams are taped, they haven't ever leaked and are significantly more user-friendly than most neoprene decks. For what it'...
by ian johnston
Sun May 29, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Excellent Service and Product
Replies: 3
Views: 1297

Re: Excellent Service and Product

You won't regret that purchase Foxtrot, a truly tough, useful and well made piece of kit For what it's worth, three KCS Expeditions were recently used on the Jura portage - a notorious destroyer of trollies. Not only did they survive unscathed and perform perfectly, there was absolutely no movement ...
by ian johnston
Sun May 22, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: For Sale: Reed Spare Paddle Holder
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: For Sale: Reed Spare Paddle Holder

Now sold, thanks

Kind Regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Thu May 19, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: For Sale: Reed Chillcheater Aquatherm paddling trousers
Replies: 1
Views: 367

For Sale: Reed Chillcheater Aquatherm paddling trousers

Hi,

Reed Chillcheater pre-bent Aquatherm paddling trousers for sale - size Large. Virtually unused and in as-new condition.

http://www.chillcheater.com/trousers/pr ... g-trousers

RRP £58, selling for £30 plus p&p or collect from Aberdeenshire

Thanks

Ian
by ian johnston
Thu May 19, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: For Sale: Reed Spare Paddle Holder
Replies: 3
Views: 426

For Sale: Reed Spare Paddle Holder

Hi,

Reed Chillcheater mesh "Spare Paddle holder" for sale - as new condition

http://www.chillcheater.com/accessories ... dle-holder

RRP £28, selling for £15 plus p&p or collect in Aberdeenshire


Thanks

Ian
by ian johnston
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Scotland - Northeast
Topic: Blockage on the River Don near Montgarrie
Replies: 0
Views: 924

Blockage on the River Don near Montgarrie

Hi river paddlers, Took a walk along the section of the River Don downstream from Montgarrie Bridge (Haughton Park) this evening. Whre the river bends sharp left at the end of Haughton Park (NJ583171) there's a Birch tree come down which is pretty much blocking the river. You wouldn't see this until...