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by ian johnston
Tue May 21, 2024 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why do most American sea kayaks seem to have rudders?
Replies: 74
Views: 2364

Re: Why do most American sea kayaks seem to have rudders?

An expression taken from American long distance "through-hikers" is "Hike your own hike". I guess the paddling equivalent would be "paddle your own kayak". This..... I was finally drawn into reading this thread against my better judgement! Lots of interesting thoughts ...
by ian johnston
Mon May 20, 2024 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

An overnight solo trip on Loch Hourn..... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1716231688572-5739.png Bright and sunny on the first day, and just a light breeze which is quite the contrast to the last three trips involving Loch Hourn! https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/2062...
by ian johnston
Thu May 09, 2024 8:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: Kayak Trailer
Replies: 0
Views: 54

FS: Kayak Trailer

Hi All, Posting this on behalf of a neighbour. Kayak trailer for sale, in vgc - lights, suspension units and hitch all in full working order and comes with a spare wheel. This is a professionally built trailer which will hold up to nine boats and has a lockable storage box and lockable cage. He's lo...
by ian johnston
Thu May 09, 2024 8:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: Kayak Trailer
Replies: 0
Views: 97

FS: Kayak Trailer

Hi All, Posting this on behalf of a neighbour. Kayak trailer for sale, in vgc - lights, suspension units and hitch all in full working order and comes with a spare wheel. This is a professionally built trailer which will hold up to nine boats and has a lockable storage box and lockable cage. He's lo...
by ian johnston
Mon May 06, 2024 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

A four-day trip with the Good Doctor W starting at Mallaig and doing an anticlockwise circuit of the Sound of Sleat...... Day 1 - Mallaig into Loch Nevis https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1714988434967-4622.png Launch point at Mallaig. Mallaig Bakehouse for breakfast prior to setti...
by ian johnston
Mon Apr 29, 2024 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

A couple of day paddles on Loch Ewe last week. The weather was (thankfully) less windy than it's been for seemingly months - and the days followed a pattern of calm early mornings and forenoons with wind increasing from around midday into the evening. Getting out on the water at about 0630 gave nice...
by ian johnston
Sun Mar 03, 2024 5:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS - MSR Dragonfly Expedition Stove
Replies: 0
Views: 187

FS - MSR Dragonfly Expedition Stove

Hi All, I've got an MSR Dragonfly expedition stove for sale. Details of the stove can be found at https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15898468/msr-dragonfly-camping-stove-15898468 . It burns most petrol based fuels and is fully serviceable. I'm selling because I have too many stove options - as my wife wil...
by ian johnston
Fri Feb 23, 2024 9:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond info?
Replies: 36
Views: 1237

Re: Loch Lomond info?

mrcharly wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2024 8:50 am
Best month in Scottish highlands, IMO, is May.

Midges are not yet really serious.
More sunshine than June/July.
Warming up a bit.
Shhhh! Don't tell everyone..... ;o)
by ian johnston
Sun Feb 18, 2024 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond info?
Replies: 36
Views: 1237

Re: Loch Lomond info?

pathbrae wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2024 6:58 pm
Lake? Menteith isn't too far from LOCH lomond
But not the only "lake" in Scotland.....there's also the Laich o' Moray up this way......
by ian johnston
Thu Feb 15, 2024 11:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond info?
Replies: 36
Views: 1237

Re: Loch Lomond info?

Hi Leigh, As alluded to by Damo, the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park is the exception to our enlightened access laws in Scotland. You should be OK on the islands, but from 1st March you'll need a permit for large areas of the loch shore - there's some info here: https://www.lochlomond-tros...
by ian johnston
Sun Jan 28, 2024 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camp seat
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Re: Camp seat

Hi Kenny, After a truly freezing winter trip down Loch Shiel to the sea then up the Moidart coast all three of us on the trip bought Helinox Chair 1's and they've been one of the best kit investments ever. A number of our paddling friends have since bought them and a good addition is a set of "...
by ian johnston
Sun Jan 14, 2024 6:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

Gruinard bay and Gruinard Island, 11 January https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1705255293180-0417.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1705255293211-9179.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1705255293283-5751.png The evening view from our base...
by ian johnston
Sat Jan 13, 2024 7:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

Loch Gairloch, 10th January https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1705172475375-1064.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1705172475414-7489.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1705172475459-7951.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/2...
by ian johnston
Thu Aug 03, 2023 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trolley design - split from Kayak Carrier Systems
Replies: 46
Views: 3414

Re: Kayak Carrier Systems

Mac, Some context for you. The Jura portage is rough, steep and hard on equipment (and portageurs). Jura is a narrow island bounded on the north by the Corryvreckan - a narrow passage containing the world's second largest tidal whirlpool and ferociously fast tidal streams, and on the south by the So...
by ian johnston
Thu Aug 03, 2023 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Carrier Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 1526

Re: Kayak Carrier Systems

Thanks Gary,

I also messaged Andy (the OP) yesterday to let him know that Ronnie has been unwell recently

Kind Regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Tue Jul 11, 2023 3:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: OS map download issue
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: OS map download issue

Hi Chris, I can't explain the white-out section of the download unless it's a data glitch with the download, but a thought regarding maps more generally: I have just about all of the OS Landranger maps for Scotland as paper versions, some of the later purchased ones came with downloads which I've no...
by ian johnston
Mon Jun 05, 2023 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arisaig / Mallaig area
Replies: 5
Views: 813

Re: Arisaig / Mallaig area

Hi Geoff, I've done two multi-day trips from Mallaig in the last six weeks, the last one finished yesterday. The parking is as Owen's described, and I'd add a couple of notes: On our trip in April there was a reasonable amount of parking spots available, that definitely wasn't the case last week. Th...
by ian johnston
Sun May 28, 2023 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bolting in a Silva 70P
Replies: 11
Views: 892

Re: Bolting in a Silva 70P

And with nut-end-up, there might also be the possibility of using any spare threads and making a proper (non-magnetic) bracket for a lightstick or some other light source to use your compass in the dark. Radical. If you do put a lightstick or light source forward of you, bear in mind that unless yo...
by ian johnston
Sun Apr 23, 2023 9:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

Hey Chris,

Actually pretty good temperatures....20°C by day, 9°C at night...in April!

The Severn sounds quite sporting in a sea boat!

Ian
by ian johnston
Sun Apr 23, 2023 6:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

Not today, but a 4-day trip on the Knoydart coast midweek was rather good...... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1682271484323-9141.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1682271484449-5355.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1682271484546-4730...
by ian johnston
Thu Mar 09, 2023 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: KCS MARK 6 EXPEDITION TROLLEY - now sold
Replies: 8
Views: 1220

Re: KCS MARK 6 EXPEDITION TROLLEY

Hi Leigh, Another thumbs-up for KCS trolleys - see Douglas' review of the slightly earlier version here: https://seakayakphoto.blogspot.com/2015/04/kcs-expedition-kayak-trolley-test-and.html which shows the strapping arrangements well. Additional straps can be placed if needed for particularly rough...
by ian johnston
Thu Feb 23, 2023 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scorpio (MKII) skeg won't retract
Replies: 9
Views: 1244

Re: Scorpio (MKII) skeg won't retract

Hi Leigh, Is your skeg the Mk II line operated version (rather than a traditional wire version)? If so, there's some info on P&H's website here: https://www.phseakayaks.com/kayak-care-and-maintenance.php , but you may find more useful info on Douglas' blog at the following links: https://seakaya...
by ian johnston
Sun Feb 19, 2023 11:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freestanding kayak store
Replies: 6
Views: 1093

Re: Freestanding kayak store

Hi Grian, I didn't dig it in at all! Once the ground was level I left the legs long enough to sink in a few cms under the weight of the store itself (having treated them to delay any rot for several years). Actually I had to dismantle that store last year as we were taking down all the overgrown Ley...
by ian johnston
Sat Feb 18, 2023 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freestanding kayak store
Replies: 6
Views: 1093

Re: Freestanding kayak store

Hi Grian,

Some ideas in the Almanac article on this very site: http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/st ... utions.htm

:o)

Ian
by ian johnston
Wed Feb 15, 2023 9:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Has anyone paddled round Raasay?
Replies: 18
Views: 2265

Re: Has anyone paddled round Raasay?

Hi Seawolf, I've done the trip around Raasay twice - PM me if I can help with any info. As a couple of "starters for ten"; depending upon your group size, wild camping spots will need to be really carefully considered. Also, due to the parking situation pretty much everywhere on Skye these...
by ian johnston
Sat Oct 01, 2022 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Admiralty Pilot Books FS
Replies: 2
Views: 1047

Re: Admiralty Pilot Books FS

Thanks Pete - PM sent

Cheers

Ian
by ian johnston
Sat Oct 01, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Admiralty Pilot Books FS
Replies: 2
Views: 1047

Admiralty Pilot Books FS

Hi All, I have three Admiralty Pilot books for sale, details below; all are in "as new" condition: NP 52 - North Coast of Scotland Pilot - seventh edition. Covers the north coast from Cape wrath to Rattray Head and includes Orkney, Shetland and the Faroes NP 54 - North Sea (West) Pilot - e...
by ian johnston
Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2011 P&H Cetus MV Seat - Cushion Search
Replies: 1
Views: 889

Re: 2011 P&H Cetus MV Seat - Cushion Search

Hi John,

Try P&H store, who have these:

https://store.phseakayaks.com/index.php ... liner.html

You'll need to know whether your seat is a Performance or Connect seat, PM me if you're not sure

Cheers

Ian
by ian johnston
Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

An overnight trip on Loch Ericht from the Dalwhinnie end down to Ben Alder Cottage bothy - the paddling was a kilometre shorter than a previous trip as the water level is so low, which made for an adventurous start and finish to the trip! Loch Ericht is a place which sets it's own rules on wind dire...
by ian johnston
Tue Sep 13, 2022 11:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Did YOU paddle today ?
Replies: 207
Views: 18873

Re: Did YOU paddle today ?

From Sandend to Cullen and return; including a stop for a chippy lunch at Cullen. Sandy beaches, narrow channels, caves, rocks, a castle and warm sunshine - a really good day out :o) https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/20627/1663064235384-6851.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uplo...

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