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by Jonathan.
Tue Mar 26, 2024 9:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: KIS .. .A great event in Brittany!
Replies: 6
Views: 402

Re: KIS .. .A great event in Brittany!

Is it all happening in French? I don't speak French and if I came, I'd come on my own. But I am probably going to the CKMer international meeting at Belle-Ile the next week. So the dates work. I’ve been four or five times, and think it a lovely event on a lovely stretch of coast. You won’t have lan...
by Jonathan.
Mon Mar 18, 2024 9:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat storage
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Boat storage

charleston14 wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2024 10:56 pm
You may want to try this: well padded out j bars, hang them off the wall using 2 garage hooks…..
That sounds like a clever solution but I’m struggling to visualise it.

Don’t suppose you’d mind posting a photo, please?

Many thanks
by Jonathan.
Sun Mar 17, 2024 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat storage
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Boat storage

Great - thanks.
by Jonathan.
Sun Mar 17, 2024 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat storage
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Boat storage

I’m looking for a pair of cradles I can bolt to my garage wall that will let me store my kayak on its side.

Does anyone have recommendations, please? The name of a supplier would be a bonus.

Many thanks
by Jonathan.
Mon Mar 04, 2024 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Negotiating locks
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Re: Negotiating locks

You may also want to think about taking a sling and carabiner as most locks have mooring points close by for canal barges to tie on to while waiting to enter the locks, I often used these mooring points as a secure placement for a sling to help me get out of the boat on my own. we developed a techn...
by Jonathan.
Mon Mar 04, 2024 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Negotiating locks
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Re: Negotiating locks

pathbrae wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2024 9:12 pm
If you are portaging locks, take an old cheap carpet mat, the kind you get in a pound shop, to make it easier to slide the boat in and out of the canal again.
What a great tip, thanks
by Jonathan.
Mon Mar 04, 2024 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Negotiating locks
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Re: Negotiating locks

pathbrae wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2024 9:12 pm
None of the Scottish canals will allow a kayaK to transit a lock, you need to potrage.
I knew you’d need plenty of room to go through a lock and even more caution, but I didn’t know there was an actual restriction. Big thanks
by Jonathan.
Mon Mar 04, 2024 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Negotiating locks
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Re: Negotiating locks

There’s some quality advice there - warm thanks.

When I’ve paddled on the river near my home I’ve avoided portages by starting either above or below the nearest lock. But it’s obviously time I got better acquainted with the lock and started incorporating it into my trips.
by Jonathan.
Sun Mar 03, 2024 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Negotiating locks
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Negotiating locks

I’m planning a solo trip that takes in both coast and river, and wonder if anyone has an efficient way of getting past locks?

Going through with a barge or cruiser is probably easiest, but there’ll be spots where that would mean a very long wait.

Thanks
by Jonathan.
Fri Feb 02, 2024 5:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camp seat
Replies: 13
Views: 601

Re: Camp seat

I have one of these https://crazycreek.com/products/hex-2-0 ... 9740393788

It fits through a round hatch, it’s insulating, and it’s very comfortable. It goes with me on all my trips.

The downside is that, as far as I know, it’s only available in the US.
by Jonathan.
Fri Dec 29, 2023 11:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Absolute Tides
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Absolute Tides

Thanks both. I’m glad to say my problem is solved. I tried using that email address to contact the developer but had no reply. But I also had a second go at deleting and reinstalling the app, and this time it worked. No idea why that didn’t work when first I tried it; perhaps restricting myself to r...
by Jonathan.
Wed Dec 27, 2023 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Absolute Tides
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Absolute Tides

I’ve had Absolute Tides on my iPhone and my iPad for a few years, and suddenly the app is crashing on both making it unusable. Anyone else had this problem - and found a way to fix it? There are no contact details for the developer in the Apple store. I’m using the latest version of both the iOS and...
by Jonathan.
Mon Jul 10, 2023 11:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF reading material
Replies: 14
Views: 1096

Re: VHF reading material

That’s a useful reminder, Chris. Many thanks
by Jonathan.
Tue Jul 04, 2023 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF reading material
Replies: 14
Views: 1096

Re: VHF reading material

Don’t know about reading material but it’s worth learning the NATO phonetic alphabet - Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and so on. It’s a while since I did my VHF course but I seem to remember that alphabet familiarity was a requirement. And even if it’s not required, it’s still useful for conveying inf...
by Jonathan.
Tue Jun 13, 2023 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 1204

Re: Book recommendations

I recommend James Castrission’s Crossing the Ditch. The ditch in question is the Tasman Sea which separates New Zealand from Australia and is notoriously unpredictable. The book tells of the meticulous planning that enabled James, with Justin Jones, to become the first to successfully kayak between ...
by Jonathan.
Tue Jun 06, 2023 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayaking in the Algarve
Replies: 2
Views: 489

Re: Sea kayaking in the Algarve

What a great website.

I hadn’t thought of kayaking the Algarve but you may well have started something.
by Jonathan.
Tue Mar 07, 2023 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS. Valley load carrier
Replies: 0
Views: 1140

FS. Valley load carrier

This GRP expedition boat would suit a big paddler (I’m 6ft1 and have plenty of room)). Valley no longer make them but many were exported to the USA where they remain popular with larger kayakers. The skeg works well, it has a deck-fitted pump and watertight hatches (two oval, one round). The gel coa...
by Jonathan.
Thu Jan 19, 2023 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry robes
Replies: 22
Views: 2901

Re: Dry robes

by Jonathan.
Mon Jan 16, 2023 11:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flat Earth Sail to Aries Mast Foot Location
Replies: 6
Views: 1363

Re: Flat Earth Sail to Aries Mast Foot Location

Douglas Wilcox has detailed instructions on fitting Flat Earth Sails to various boats, and one of his recommendations was to fix the mast base to one side of the riidge or V.

https://flatearthkayaksails.com.au/coll ... tructions
by Jonathan.
Mon Jan 16, 2023 8:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kokatat drysuit - still simply the best?
Replies: 28
Views: 4817

Re: Kokatat drysuit - still simply the best?

Owen wrote:
Sun Jan 15, 2023 11:11 am
Nice, if you can afford it. They are ridiculously over priced, you could buy a plastic kayak for the same price. I think Sea kayak Oban have them in stock.
A drysuit that costs £1,900 in the UK can be bought for £1,300 in the USA
by Jonathan.
Mon Jan 16, 2023 8:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kokatat drysuit - still simply the best?
Replies: 28
Views: 4817

Re: Kokatat drysuit - still simply the best?

The great thing about Kokatat drysuits is the aftersales support.

Leaks caused by wear and tear is inevitable, but System X will fix them and their charges aren’t exhorbitant.

Sweet Protection also makes good drysuits but they’re let down by the non-existent customer support.
by Jonathan.
Thu Jan 05, 2023 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry robes
Replies: 22
Views: 2901

Re: Dry robes

the dryrobe went on straight over my slightly clammy base layers and OMG it was heavenly warm and cosy …. and I have to say the fleece lined hood is a game changer. I fully intended to use it as a changing robe too but by the time I was ready to drive home, I was snug and almost dry anyway and didn...
by Jonathan.
Mon Dec 26, 2022 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry robes
Replies: 22
Views: 2901

Re: Dry robes

They’re popular with swimmers.

https://dryrobe.com/ claims to be the original but there are alternatives such as https://gorillarobes.com/

From what I’ve seen they’re bulky and would take up a lot of space in a boat. I was thinking of buying one for when I’m camping out of a car.
by Jonathan.
Mon Dec 26, 2022 6:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry robes
Replies: 22
Views: 2901

Re: Dry robes

Many thanks for the comments. Just to be clear, I’m not bothered about changing discretely; what I want is something to wear rather longer - something that’s snug and cosy when the temperature drops and I’m sitting at a campsite. If anyone has experienced a DryRobe and knows how the alternatives com...
by Jonathan.
Mon Dec 26, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 22
Views: 4051

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

Headline in today’s Guardian:

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by Jonathan.
Wed Dec 21, 2022 4:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry robes
Replies: 22
Views: 2901

Dry robes

I want a dry robe to keep myself snug and comfortable on a wet, chilly evening, and would welcome recommendations.

Thanks
by Jonathan.
Fri Dec 09, 2022 10:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Douglas
Replies: 6
Views: 1673

Re: Douglas

You’re a great story-teller, Douglas - and I imagine that was without the benefit of a wee dram? I’ll enjoy listening to your podcast again. Meanwhile, what sticks in my mind are your insights into manufacturers’ attitudes to constructive feedback; some top advice for folk in the market for a new bo...
by Jonathan.
Mon Dec 05, 2022 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Douglas
Replies: 6
Views: 1673

Douglas

Here’s a podcast that features one of this forum’s most knowledgeable and generous contributors. I’m really looking forward to listening.

https://pca.st/yn1rnf7d#
by Jonathan.
Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Aid provider?
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

Re: First Aid provider?

Not quite on your doorstep, I am afraid, but I did my REC course in North Yorkshire with Tim Cain of https://www.medicrec.com/ and thought him top rate.

He’s ex-military and knows how to create training scenarios that feel very realistic.
by Jonathan.
Thu Nov 10, 2022 7:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Storm Cags
Replies: 7
Views: 1464

Re: Storm Cags

I found something cheap and cheerful sold as a festival cag on eBay. I wouldn’t expect it to be waterproof but, as Chris says, when you’re wearing a drysuit that hardly matters.

The key thing is it’s windproof and I get pleasantly warm in it.

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