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by Jonathan.
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 17
Views: 505

Towing eyes

Like many others, I’ve been in the habit of using my car’s towing eye to attach the bow of boats on my car roof. I think of it as insurance - should either roof rack or straps fail, then the extra tie still stops boats flying off and through another car’s windscreen. Now, however, I’m having second ...
by Jonathan.
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fantastic!
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Fantastic!

Just had a lovely new Platypus delivered after I returned my old one when it sprung a leak after a considerable amount of wear and tear.

So big thanks to Cascade Designs for five star customer service. What a great advert for MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Seal Line drybags and their other goodies.
by Jonathan.
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Re: Rolling

You might want to check out Pat Moore’s weekends http://www.onemooreadventure.com/oma-clinics

Plas y Brenin also offer rolling courses.

Good luck
by Jonathan.
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Icom M33 Problem
Replies: 10
Views: 3143

Re: Icom M33 Problem

Same problem here.

I just followed the advice on this page, cleaned the terminals, and hey presto - problem solved.

No need for a new battery, and no need to trouble Icom. I’m delighted.

Thanks folks
by Jonathan.
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scorpio HV or MV
Replies: 12
Views: 928

Re: Scorpio HV or MV

If it’s roominess that counts, then you might consider a composite Northshore Atlantic. I’m 6ft2, nearly 15 stone and have size 13 feet, and I’m comfortable in mine. The one drawback for me is cockpit length - I struggle to get my knees out easily. But that may be down to body proportions rather tha...
by Jonathan.
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: close encounter with a humpback whale
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

Re: close encounter with a humpback whale

I watched the BBC’s programme and thought it stunning. Photography was terrific and so, too, were the interviews with the quirky and likeable experts who shared their knowledge of whales, knowledge often gleaned from new technology such as drones. The saddest part was seeing whales casually killed ...
by Jonathan.
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: close encounter with a humpback whale
Replies: 7
Views: 2398

Re: close encounter with a humpback whale

I watched the BBC’s Natural History programme and thought it stunning. Photography was terrific and so, too, were the interviews with the quirky and likeable experts who shared their knowledge, knowledge often gleaned from new technology such as drones. The saddest part was seeing whales casually ki...
by Jonathan.
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plan B
Replies: 4
Views: 728

Re: Plan B

Excellent report, Allan - many thanks I saw it on Fbk earlier, shared it, but decided that wasn’t enough and, having been warned, I had no excuse for paddling without a PLB. This one has a seven-year battery life which sold it to me. I’m expecting delivery this morning. https://www.force4.co.uk/ocea...
by Jonathan.
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

Thanks for the info, PlymouthDamo - that’s helpful. System X told me they could only service Kokatat and not Sweet suits because the technology is different. Now that sounds as though it might have been bullshit. And Mr Ed, it sounds as though you and I were thinking along similar lines. If Hammond ...
by Jonathan.
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

Thanks all for suggestions. The choice has not been easy. I’ve felt like the owner of a new car who can only get it serviced by the garage up the local side street. Far better had Sweet Protection got its act together and organised some UK customer services. Instead, their head office recommended Re...
by Jonathan.
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Sweet Protection drysuits

Has anyone had theirs serviced? My Sweet Intergalactic suit needs pressure testing and patching, but I’m struggling to find someone to do the work. Up and Under who sold it to me can’t help and nor will System X who tell me they only do Kokatat; apparently, they lack the technology to service Sweet ...
by Jonathan.
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Sweet Protection drysuits

Has anyone had theirs serviced? My Sweet Intergalactic suit needs pressure testing and patching, but I’m struggling to find someone to do it. Up and Under who sold it to me can’t help and nor will System X who tell me they only do Kokatat; apparently, servicing Sweet suits means different technology...
by Jonathan.
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aquapac - Customer service
Replies: 0
Views: 413

Aquapac - Customer service

Another company that takes the trouble to keep customers happy.

I punctured the Aquapac case I use for my Vhf so I appealed to the company for help. The result? They sent me some patches which arrived next day.

They work a treat and there was no charge.

Brilliant!
by Jonathan.
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: north norfolk easy sea kayak venue for 21st / 22nd Oct
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: north norfolk easy sea kayak venue for 21st / 22nd Oct

I’ve paddled in that area and reckon Burnham Staithe is a good place to launch; access and parking are easy and there are no charges. You’re unlikely to encounter much in the way of swell or tidal flow so conditions will generally be benign (though I suspect next weekend will be close to springs). B...
by Jonathan.
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tall and advice needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Tall and advice needed!

Another factor to consider is cockpit length.

Ideally, you want to be able to get your legs out of the boat without having to perch on the back deck or lean right back (as I have to when exiting my Atlantic).

My next boat will be one with a longer cockpit.
by Jonathan.
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tall and advice needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Tall and advice needed!

I’m 6ft2 and find many boats impossibly small. But I am the owner of a Northshore Atlantic and not only is it comfortable, it would probably fit a bigger paddler. If it’s a fibreglass boat you want, then the Atlantic is one of the less expensive ones. The plastic version is likely to be cheaper stil...
by Jonathan.
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Polarised glasses?
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Polarised glasses?

I got my glasses from http://www.rxsport.co.uk/ and recommend them.

Quality advice matched by quality service
by Jonathan.
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1600

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

A six-step recovery plan - that should keep me busy well into 2018. Very many thanks for your kindness, Douglas. And thanks, too, for that strap recommendation, dc9mm. The physio recommended something similar and I tried it for a month or so, but it didn’t seem to make any difference. There isn’t an...
by Jonathan.
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1600

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

Wow! What great feedback - thanks to one and all. Replies seem to agree on one point - that my injuries are likely to be a symptom of a broader problem. In my case, I suspect that’s to do with posture and a weak core - things I must work on. And once I’m back in a boat I’ll also get someone to have ...
by Jonathan.
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1600

Tendinitis - advice?

Early in September I tried paddling round the Isle of Wight but our trip plan was too ambitious and I’m left with two painful elbows. Since then a physio has given me excercises which seem to make no difference, and a GP-friend suggested rest is the only cure. I’d love to get back in my boat but at ...
by Jonathan.
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3444

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Not looking for a paddle but do you sell framed prints of your photo, Douglas?

It’s stunning.
by Jonathan.
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service
Replies: 16
Views: 2794

Re: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service

If you buy from Rick, you're travelling first class.

Top bloke. Top service.
by Jonathan.
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service
Replies: 16
Views: 2794

Re: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service

A big thumbs-up for Mike Nelson of North Shore. After I had convinced myself my Atlantic had developed a hidden leak he thoroughly checked it over. He didn’t succeed in finding any mystery puncture but was too kind to tell me to be more careful putting my spray deck on properly. He did, however, not...
by Jonathan.
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent
Replies: 17
Views: 1391

Re: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent

Wish I could go myself but a stupidly busy diary means all I can do is read about it. So any winter sun trip report would be very much appreciated.

Hope you make it.
by Jonathan.
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: greenland paddle workshop
Replies: 14
Views: 1193

Re: greenland paddle workshop

If you can wait until next year Freedom Kayaks in Dorset has a two-day paddle-making course starting March 31.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1362441 ... 81/?ti=icl has details
by Jonathan.
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent
Replies: 17
Views: 1391

Re: winter sun & coaching for the incompetent

I haven't tried them but I like the sound of http://www.kayakfuerteventura.com/en/ .
by Jonathan.
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outstanding service from Olympus
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: Outstanding service from Olympus

That’s good to know, Rowland. I had condensation in my TG4 and had meant to chase up either Olympus or John Lewis but delayed doing so, thinking it was too much hassle. Now I’ll get on to Olympus in the expectation it won’t be a waste of time. One thought for you. Have you sent Olympus a link to you...
by Jonathan.
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Phone photography - waterproof cover...
Replies: 11
Views: 2326

Re: Phone photography - waterproof cover...

Don’t have any recommendation for you but I’d be surprised if a good case doesn’t exist. At the Brittany festival an Italian paddler was using a chart on his iPad to navigate. I was sceptical but at the end of the week he still had his iPad on his deck. He was confident that everything was completel...
by Jonathan.
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak trips with shuttles by public transport
Replies: 18
Views: 1638

Re: Sea kayak trips with shuttles by public transport

Wells next the Sea to Burnham Overy Staithe.

Coasthopper shuttle