Search found 826 matches

by tg
Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1st Post....New To Sea Kayaking
Replies: 17
Views: 2258

Re: 1st Post....New To Sea Kayaking

Hi Tony, If you want contact with Essex paddlers I can certainly help there. I have been paddling this area for over 30 years, rivers, estuaries and sea. There is quite a fraternity/sorority and plenty of waters as I'm sure you are aware. There is a good adult's only pool based club in Witham on a M...
by tg
Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A "good paddler"?
Replies: 12
Views: 4145

Re: A "good paddler"?

Aah, this old chestnut! I seem to remember posting a similar topic on here some years ago. I know that I am a good paddler. In the way that I know that I'm good at other things. With paddling I have to confess I suffer a little insecurity. That stems from the BCU Stars system, and my lack of them, 3...
by tg
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this a sea kayak?
Replies: 29
Views: 6080

Re: Is this a sea kayak?

I remember some time ago (probably really quite some time ago..) the idea of using a skeg seemed almost to be like "cheating" amongst some paddlers I used to go out with. They were more experienced sea paddlers' than I, at the time, and a great hoo-ha was made of edging and steering the "proper" way...
by tg
Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this a sea kayak?
Replies: 29
Views: 6080

Re: Is this a sea kayak?

I don't sail - but I paddle with folk who do. In each case, they comment that paddle sailing is actually harder work than just paddling - - - That's a hard one for me to call Mike. The outfit posted has a leeboard and outriggers. Once I'm on the wind it's a doddle. I'm not sure that would be the ca...
by tg
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wild camping
Replies: 15
Views: 4266

Re: Wild camping

"Ssh.. you havent seen me, right?"

Loch Morar (too windy on the outside for a solo paddle).

Image

Tim
by tg
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wild camping
Replies: 15
Views: 4266

Re: Wild camping

I fear that this issue will become more of a concern as prescriptive sea paddling develops. I am in no way 'against' guide books, but, like all innovation and advance there may be consequences unforseen that will need some kind of resolution. It strikes me that the combination of a prescribed route,...
by tg
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this a sea kayak?
Replies: 29
Views: 6080

Re: Is this a sea kayak?

I have to say I found paddling to be by far the best way of controlling the aforementioned craft. So much so that I dispensed with the rudder completely. The rudder on these bag-boats can be a rather fussy affair, all string and foot paddles. I found I was paddling up to sailing speeds and using ste...
by tg
Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: inflatable kayak for wave surfing
Replies: 9
Views: 4000

Re: inflatable kayak for wave surfing

I know what Jim means. But anything is possible, apparently...! http://www.redbull.com/us/en/surfing/stories/1331616567465/video-evidence-famous-hot-dog-session-at-jaws I've been looking into blow up SUPs (is that a 'topic' of it's own now?). There appears to be a manufacturer who makes a blow up SU...
by tg
Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this a sea kayak?
Replies: 29
Views: 6080

Re: Is this a sea kayak?

Douglas Wilcox wrote: No point in asking me...

Douglas
I know.. :-)

Interestingly I was re reading some previous threads about the FE Sails..

Of course, I'm looking at my hardshells in a slightly different way now.

Tim
by tg
Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this a sea kayak?
Replies: 29
Views: 6080

Re: Is this a sea kayak?

IS THIS A SEA KAYAK? First you need to define what a sea kayak is and I suspect you will have varying definitions depending on who you ask. But this is a sea kayak.. err.. right? http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h326/angmagssalik/WaltonBackwatersTimAl20and21072015%20008_zpsjjxty4xf.jpg I know th...
by tg
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this a sea kayak?
Replies: 29
Views: 6080

Re: Is this a sea kayak?

Seaworthy I should think, but it appears to have been misappropriated to use as the main hull of a sailing trimaran. :-) Seaworthy so far Jim. bF5 with a short choppy sea of 2ft. I know that's not like a 6ft ocean swell but I'm confident that would'nt phase this rig. I had this surfing on small win...
by tg
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this a sea kayak?
Replies: 29
Views: 6080

Is this a sea kayak?

Just curious about peeps opinions...


Image
by tg
Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South East England and Channel Islands Sea Kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 4326

Re: South East England and Channel Islands Sea Kayaking

Hi Rog/Mark, I think time taken over the whole SE Guide process may have something to do with a lack of contributions from some Essex paddlers. I have a vague recollection of wanting to get involved with SE Guide some years ago. Unfortunately the request for pics in this thread had a closing date th...
by tg
Tue May 12, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How yotties see us?
Replies: 33
Views: 4048

Re: How yotties see us?

Thanks uxb, excellent post IMO, I have variously done all the activities mentioned in the 'yottie' forum's thread, as no doubt have others here. So, full of opinions as usual! Certainly agree on the visibility comments by Jim. Rather aghast at admissions by 'yotties' about 'needing' nav. aids and la...
by tg
Sun May 03, 2015 1:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flamborough head swell forecast
Replies: 3
Views: 1202

Re: Flamborough head swell forecast

Hi e-wan, We camped at Skipsea Sands Holiday Park having paddled to that point the day before. The site was OK. We encountered a lot of drift nets in Bridlington Bay the evening before, but few on the day we paddled. We left Skipsea and made a bee line for Flamborough Head and stopped at North Landi...
by tg
Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How safe is it to sea kayak alone?
Replies: 10
Views: 4399

Re: How safe is it to sea kayak alone?

I think your main concern on the Norfolk Coast should be the wind. Given that you are aware of tides and sea conditions. Wind is generally SW, so blowing offshore. Although this is not set in stone, obviously. An inflatable paddler would be well advised to be up to date with the wind forecast and it...
by tg
Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hello some advice please.
Replies: 30
Views: 4288

Re: Hello some advice please.

Hi Dave, http://foldingkayaks.org/phpBB/ A folding kayak might be worth thinking about. The 'classic' design (Klepper Aerius; now copied/imitated by various others, including Wayland) has a high payload, will require less skills to handle from the outset (as a C paddler you'll have plenty enough I'd...
by tg
Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pembroke Puffins
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Re: Pembroke Puffins

Bards.. did I mention there was one in the Walton Backwaters last year; that's the Thames Estuary for Christ's sake! Just one on it's lonesome. Should have taken a pic but no camera.. alas.
by tg
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Life jacket /bouyancy aid
Replies: 35
Views: 4643

Re: Life jacket /bouyancy aid

I use both types; depending on conditions, even my mood. BA if I'm near rocks and, Life Jacket (Crewsaver Horseshoe style 150Ns) for less bulk and maybe if I might find myself bobbing around for some while. LJ; less bulk, more area for all that expensive GoreTex to do it's thing. Huge amounts of bou...
by tg
Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: More Norfolk Whales
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Re: More Norfolk Whales

Reported this evening a pod of 40 pilot whales now off the Essex Coast at Brightlingsea. The Police, (!??) are apparently trying to drive them into deeper water. Hmm..
by tg
Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: whats so great about kevlar carbon kayaks
Replies: 24
Views: 5401

Re: whats so great about kevlar carbon kayaks

I've found the hulls both the semicarbon Tahes I've had to be incredibly resilient. There is no gelcoat so no cracking and both have had fairly regular beach landings in short seas and seal launchings from sand and shingle, so quite abrasive if not quite the thump of hitting rocks. In fact the bow a...
by tg
Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 40
Views: 5841

Re: Newbie

Whilst sailing I always dreamt of selling up and sailing into the sunset, do sea kayaker have similar goals. I appreciate everyone's individual.just helpful to know in helping me finding my niche I always think the learning curve is pretty steep. Kayaks demand the paddler to be pro-active to keep t...
by tg
Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: whats so great about kevlar carbon kayaks
Replies: 24
Views: 5401

Re: whats so great about kevlar carbon kayaks

On the water when loaded for a trip, it will make very little difference. 2kg less is still an extra 6-pack of beer after all! When lifting onto the roof of a vehicle or beach carry a light boat makes a hell of a difference IMO. For me light boats make paddling in general more accessible, easier. M...
by tg
Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us your seals & cetaceans...
Replies: 28
Views: 3470

Re: Show us your seals & cetaceans...

http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h326/angmagssalik/WaltonBackwaters24082013010_zpsa6e4efb8.jpg http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h326/angmagssalik/WaltonBackwaters24082013008_zps09792c3f.jpg http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h326/angmagssalik/WaltonBackwaters24082013013_zpse48817ba.jpg Septe...
by tg
Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea life protection lacking...
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Re: Sea life protection lacking...

Thames seem to have been done. Blackwater and Colne Estuaries as well Hamford Water and Dengie Flats;now show as National Nature Reserves on google maps. I'm not at all sure whether these constitute MCZs. They were certainly listed to become such. I haven't noticed any real changes, that affect me a...
by tg
Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wing Paddle or Not^
Replies: 42
Views: 8435

Re: Wing Paddle or Not^

I think if it's in budget then perhaps it should be tried. I paddle for recreation only, generally my local waters. Had a wing since 2010 and definitely feel the benefits in my larger volume boat and greenland (style etc. etc) boat. Generally I'm more interested in paddling to a place for a reason; ...
by tg
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^
Replies: 38
Views: 10269

Re: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one

If you want a light tandem that can double as a single and is short enough not to need a rudder, consider the xt 17 folding kayak from Pakboats http://www.pakboats.com/ I have their Quest 135 and I think they are very underrated: very stiff and seaworthy. The xt design is so stiff they made a 21 fo...
by tg
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plagiarism and all about Baidarkas
Replies: 24
Views: 2548

Re: Plagiarism and all about Baidarkas

Regular Boeshield my arse! Soun's painful. But interesting enuff for me to poke me baklava above the samphire. Spose you cood call it Tundra at six below. T9 does it for me tho an takin it darn noun again! Sure nuff I'll just Crouch an rinse me poles in the backwartas. Speaking of Totums carnt bear...
by tg
Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Calling Solent
Replies: 37
Views: 4404

Re: Calling Solent

I am so 'with' Mark on this. In unfamiliar waters I might think that I should contact CG but in my heart that is not what my sea paddling means to me. Actually I don't think that we do hold the same views. I really believe that we should be keeping the CG informed of our activities ... You're right...