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by ian johnston
Sun Jan 09, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fowey harbour permit scheme
Replies: 27
Views: 1113

Re: Fowey harbour permit scheme

Mac, Please don't conflate England or Cornwall with "Britain". Whilst it's true that Cornwall has creeping charges for access, this isn't the case everywhere. Here in Scotland we have rights of responsible access enshrined in law which are the most enlightened in Europe. We don't have a permit syste...
by ian johnston
Wed Dec 29, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Pesda Press Sea kayak guide books+Lofotens
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Pesda Press Sea kayak guide books+Lofotens

Hi there,

I'd like the Lofoten Islands guide if it's still available? PM me your details and I can Paypal or BACS transfer to you.

Kind regards

Uan
by ian johnston
Mon Dec 27, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit oversocks or boots
Replies: 8
Views: 426

Re: Drysuit oversocks or boots

Hi there, Lomo Aquaboots are a good option - decent soles for walking over rocks, no problem with fitting into kayaks, hard wearing, offer good protection and are very well priced. Just about all the folk I paddle regularly with use them and I've used them for years. https://www.lomo.co.uk/acatalog/...
by ian johnston
Tue Oct 05, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)
Replies: 23
Views: 1098

Re: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)

Hi Beady, Your original post isn't at all a "stupid question", in fact completely the opposite! Clyde islands have been suggested above and would probably make a better introduction to planning and executing day paddles and trips than the Galloway coast - which is a particularly challenging area. De...
by ian johnston
Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand
Replies: 16
Views: 945

Re: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand

Phil Hk wrote:
Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:59 pm
Put kayaks beside tents, tie guys to kayaks??

We do this with tarps Phil, it can turn a wet evening into a comfortable one!



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by ian johnston
Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand
Replies: 16
Views: 945

Re: Kayak Camping Tents on Sand

Hi YK, Buried stones used as deadmen work but..... I try to avoid camping on sand if there's any possible, even marginal alternative. I've camped or bivvied on slabs, pebbles and shingle banks rather than on sand itself - it's salt-laden, abrasive, gets absolutely everywhere and wrecks kit quicker t...
by ian johnston
Sat Jul 31, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Scorpio
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Re: P&H Scorpio

Hi Paul,

Douglas W has comprehensive instructions on his blog here

[https://seakayakphoto.blogspot.com/2010 ... g.html?m=1]

They'll hopefully have the info you need

Kind regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For sale: Rockpool Alaw in excellent condition - now sold
Replies: 1
Views: 528

For sale: Rockpool Alaw in excellent condition - now sold

Hi All, We're selling a Rockpool Alaw in metaflake blue with "kelp" graphics. The boat has been paddled less than 20 times and is has an unmarked deck, completely watertight hatches, Karitek fitted skeg and just a few of the usual launch/landing scratches on the hull. The boat is reluctantly for sal...
by ian johnston
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scarp paddle advice.
Replies: 10
Views: 562

Re: Scarp paddle advice.

Hi Clippy, My friend Douglas beat me to posting the link to his blog posts about Scarp - and there are some further images and info on my blog here: https://mountainandseascotland.blogspot.com/search/label/Scarp the main thing is the wind - the Caolas an Scarp is shallow and any swell builds up real...
by ian johnston
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland

Hi Jim,

I've posted it to the Competition board - the FB link might be duff, so here's the BBC News link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... d-56886988

Kind regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 173

Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland

Hi All, A large collection of boats and kit has been recovered by Police at a property near Inverurie. It's believed the stolen gear might be from across the UK - details are here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-56886988 I hope that if you've had kit nicked over th...
by ian johnston
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 225

Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland

Hi All, A large collection of boats and kit has been recovered by Police at a property near Inverurie. It's believed the stolen gear might be from across the UK - details are here: https://m.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceD ... sn=scwspwa I hope that if you've had kit nicked over the last few years, it...
by ian johnston
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Scotland - Northeast
Topic: Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 314

Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland

Hi All, A large collection of boats and kit has been recovered by Police at a property near Inverurie. It's believed the stolen gear might be from across the UK - details are here: https://m.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision/photos/a.194069490655652/4412604242135468/?type=3&sfnsn=scwspwa I hope t...
by ian johnston
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Stolen boats and kit recovered by Police Scotland

Hi All, A large collection of boats and kit has been recovered by Police at a property near Inverurie. It's believed the stolen gear might be from across the UK - details are here: https://m.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceDivision/photos/a.194069490655652/4412604242135468/?type=3&sfnsn=scwspwa I hope t...
by ian johnston
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stolen kit found
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Re: Stolen kit found

Hi all,

Possibly the same collection of stolen boats and kit : https://m.facebook.com/NorthEastPoliceD ... sn=scwspwa

Hope it gets returned to the rightful owners!

Kind Regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found: down jacket at Loch Etive
Replies: 0
Views: 295

Found: down jacket at Loch Etive

Hi all,

On a sea kayak trip on Loch Etive last week I came across a Tog 24 down jacket on the shore near a camping spot. If it's your please message me here and I'll reunite you with it.

Kind regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Found: Down jacket oat Loch Etive
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Found: Down jacket oat Loch Etive

Hi all, On a sea kayak trip on Loch Etive last week I came across a Tog 24 down jacket on the shore near a camping spot. If it's your please message me here and I'll reunite you with it. Posted here as the camp site is an obvious one for an open boat trip - also posted into the "Lost and found" foru...
by ian johnston
Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak storage rack
Replies: 49
Views: 5868

Re: Kayak storage rack

Hi Ben, For less than the Kee Klamp solution suggested, my local blacksmith has just made this rack to a design largely led by Mike B's (in the Almanac). Constructed of box section steel, it's a solid thing! The blacksmith charged £275 plus VAT (so £330 all in) which included undercoating it with re...
by ian johnston
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hi Viz flag/tag for roof rack mounted sea kayak
Replies: 19
Views: 1139

Re: Hi Viz flag/tag for roof rack mounted sea kayak

Hi seawolf, I don't even use a complete hi-vis vest, but cut out one of the retroreflective tape strips (leaving a bit of the hi-vis material either side) which gives a couple of feet of strip, and larks-foot that through the stern toggle so the two loose ends hang free. Simple, takes less than thre...
by ian johnston
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 2463

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

Hi ARP, Just to add to the info concerning flares. I'm a professional deep-sea mariner and we carry flare sets on ships, but with a Very pistol launcher. Handheld flares were a solution pre-GMDSS and modern technology, but even then had drawbacks. They're one-shot, can be damaged by immersion and se...
by ian johnston
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak fishing trolley For use over shingle beaches
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Re: Kayak fishing trolley For use over shingle beaches

Hi VKGscotty, and welcome!

Have you thought about using a trolley with spherical "wheels"? I'm sure I've seen a design which used these for shifting sailing dinghies over shingle - if I can find it I'll post info here

Kind Regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scotland hostelries?
Replies: 4
Views: 905

Re: Scotland hostelries?

Hi Jason, Have a look at trips along the Moray Firth coast..... superlative paddling, regular harbour communities and camp sites if you want them, great pubs - oh, and the best chance of good weather....no midges either! Some ideas here: http://mountainandseascotland.blogspot.com/search/label/Moray%...
by ian johnston
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSC VHF Woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1538

Re: DSC VHF Woes

Hi Ken, I'd agree that it sounds like an internal failure. The display fogging seems to indicate moisture ingress somewhere, I'm guessing you've done a detailed look sround for case damage....have you tried dunking it to check fir signs of water getting somwhere nasty?. It'd be good to know what the...
by ian johnston
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSC VHF Woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1538

Re: DSC VHF Woes

Hi NB, Interesting...I've not had a handset do that particular trick! (I'm a seafarer and responsible for all the onboard radios on ships). The SH HX870E is rated at IPX8 which should give adequate water ingress protection, but I note that the strobe is water activated - even when the set is powered...
by ian johnston
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 1131

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

Hi Jules, I had an Aquapac bag for a GPS unit whic developed a leak and contributed to the demise of the GPS. I found a similar size bag from Overboard, less money and a bit sturdier, so far it's performed faultlessly. If I could have found one available at the time I'd have gone for a model by Ortl...
by ian johnston
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boats for Sheep
Replies: 3
Views: 754

Re: Boats for Sheep

Do they shrink after salt water immersion?.....or is that just wooly thinking?.....
by ian johnston
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak sail
Replies: 9
Views: 1297

Re: Kayak sail

Hi Porteous,

Karitek appear to have the Trade Wind 0.8 available.... https://www.karitek.co.uk/shop/sea-kaya ... y=15487401

Kind regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 2154

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

As others have said, Ortlieb for heavy duty use (sleeping bag etc), Lomo tapered bag for up in the bow and Alpkit for general use. I'm sure you're across this, but several smaller bags are a more flexible packing solution than a couple of larger ones

Kind regards

Ian
by ian johnston
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.
Replies: 14
Views: 2471

Re: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.

Hi Sandshark, welcome to the sea kayaking forum! I'd absolutely echo what my good friend Douglas has written above, and if I could add a couple of points too... The tides and sea conditions around the Mull of Kintyre itself are very committing, before you consider an open sea crossing. Any miscalcul...

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