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by Owen
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Coast - keep the locals sweet!
Replies: 28
Views: 3977

Re: West Coast - keep the locals sweet!

It's a couple of years since I've been, but no there's very little there. A free campsite, a cafe, a glamping tent and a b&b. It's great my favourite island. Keep your eyes peeled for sharks and whales, sea eagles and peregrine.
by Owen
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 633

Re: Gigha Plan B

there's also Carsaig bay, turn right in Tayvallich village. Although if the Sound of Gigha is too rough, Carsaig bay will be as well. The food and beer at the tayvallich arms is good as is the pub on Gigha.
by Owen
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northshore Atlantic - leaking pipe
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Northshore Atlantic - leaking pipe

I have the same boat with the bar along the bottom of the cockpit and the same issue with leaks. I think a lot comes in through the screw holes in the hull. I've tried sikaflex but it only works for a while. These days i just double bag everything and don't worry too much about it.
by Owen
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please
Replies: 7
Views: 690

Re: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please

I've circumnavigated Coll, so came at it from the sea. I don't remember there being anywhere on the west side to escape. Coming from the sea we were met by bay after bay with fantastic long beaches and not a sole on them. The surf was huge. There are a few places on the east coast.
by Owen
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2703

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

Shouldn't that person be in the kayak?
by Owen
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 15
Views: 1196

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

I use a Lomo fleece undersuit with just a thin thermal t-shirt. Anymore would by too bulky and hot while paddling. It's a fine balance between having enough insulation if you do take a dip, and not over heating and sweating like mad when you're working hard. Once off the water I prefer get the sweat...
by Owen
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF licence fee
Replies: 14
Views: 1266

Re: VHF licence fee

Whether you have or don't have a licence for your radio is nothing to do with the coastguard, that the responsibility of ofcom. Once-apon-a-time they had people who did go around checking such things, I don't know if they still exist. It's still worth doing the course as others have said, it's knowi...
by Owen
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3142

Re: Insurance and qualifications

A good question. A glib answer might be that there doesn't have to be a reason, Actually yes there does, you can't just sue someone willy-nilly there has to be a reason. The volunteer leader is some where between, I think; very unlikely to be sued if there's a serious incident, but can't rule it ou...
by Owen
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3142

Re: Insurance and qualifications

I'm not worried about being sued by the people I paddle with, though I'd be upset if they drowned. But my wife and children might worry about my being sued by the grieving widow and destitute family of the deceased. My family could lose their home, without even being aware that they were at risk. B...
by Owen
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3142

Re: Insurance and qualifications

I think nearly all of this anguish comes down to the ridged formal leader and followers approach pushed as the only way to proceed by the BCU. You don't get groups of walkers, cyclists or climbers getting their knickers is a twist about liability yet their doing activities with a similar or even gre...
by Owen
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak adventure book
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Re: Kayak adventure book

Argonauts of the western isles by Robin Lloyd-jones.
Commitment and open crossings by Bill Taylor.
by Owen
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3142

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Regarding peer paddles: Here you are talking about the situation where one group member does something stupid, for which he is deemed responsible. But what about the situation where the group does something which is stupid, and the authorities afterwards tries to find out who was responsible for th...
by Owen
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3142

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Regarding peer paddles: As I understand the rules in UK (I am from Denmark, so I have no first hand experience with those rules), if an accident happens during a peer paddle, the group member with the highest formal qualifications will take all the heat from the authorities, no matter if he actuall...
by Owen
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Leaving a vehicle

I'm not sure about Glenfinnan, it get very busy with holiday makes and coach tours. There is a large car park connect to the hotel, they might charge but no harm in asking. There's also the railway station. Another option is to drop off your kayaks etc. Then take the car up to Mallaig and park in in...
by Owen
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Leaving a vehicle

No point telling the cops, they won't do anything about it they just don't have the time. Witch Loch are you thinking of?
by Owen
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 1039

Re: Expedition food - help!

Just go on your trip with your fussy mate, then when you get out into the wilds barbeque him. You get fresh meat and solve the problem of menu's.
by Owen
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transporting sea kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 744

Re: Transporting sea kayaks

The trouble is many roofracks are only rated at 50 or 75kg. You could try a van rack which tend to be stronger. Also, you might need to extend it out each side to get 4 boats on. You'll have to check if this is legal in Sweden and any other country you will be crossing, I'm not sure it's legal here ...
by Owen
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transporting sea kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 744

Re: Transporting sea kayaks

4 Sea kayaks is getting on for 100kg, what size car do you have?
How are you getting to Sweden?
by Owen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northern Norway next summer? Travel tips.
Replies: 6
Views: 1442

Re: Northern Norway next summer? Travel tips.

adam21 wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:00 am
Hey Erling!!!
Thanks for the info, can you please tell me the estimated cost b/w Stavanger to Helgeland via ferry,
it is a cost-effective trip or not???
You do know that there is no ferry to Norway from anywhere in the UK anymore, I'm not even sure the Harwich to Hook of Holland still runs.
by Owen
Wed May 09, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life
Replies: 8
Views: 923

Re: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life

Pick a dry day, put some water in one of you're compartments - a couple of buckets full should do - gently roll your kayak. Watch for any leaks, if it can flow in it can flow out. Repeat with your other compartment. Once you've found your leak there's plenty of folk who can advise you on how to fix ...
by Owen
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1409

Re: Cooking with sea water

If you use dilute sea water for cooking, do you use the same dilution ratio for sea water from different seas?
by Owen
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A cautionary tale?
Replies: 10
Views: 1397

Re: A cautionary tale?

I don't think I'd be quite as civil about it if it had happened to me.
by Owen
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1745

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

You have to portage the locks.
Don't know about a licence, but not heard it mentioned before so I assume you don't.
The joy of wild camping is finding some fantastic sites for yourself.
Midgies in June on the west coast? Prepare to be eaten alive.
by Owen
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3049

Re: Paddle recommendations?

I'm simply amazed at the money being talked about, thrown at a paddle. $NZ1000. !!! And what do I pay? About $NZ25 all up, about 12 pounds and that is for the best in the world. Yes, I've had complaints - "Can't get them to raise blisters." "Find it too easy to roll with." That commenter can't figu...
by Owen
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please
Replies: 15
Views: 3053

Re: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please

You shouldn't be getting wet in the lower back or anywhere else. You will get a bit sweaty under your BA as your suit can't breath there. Same goes for your spraydeck.
by Owen
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 3763

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

John K wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:04 pm
Owen wrote: What different training/qualification would you like to see instead?
Separate personal skills about the very basic 3 star and leadership.
by Owen
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 3763

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

I do tend to agree with other poster on this thread that what seems to be missing is training for paddlers who just want to paddle but might not want to lead or coach, I know of some people who have not taken the current 4 star because they feel they would then be obligated to run club trips and th...
by Owen
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rough Weather Limits?
Replies: 15
Views: 1352

Re: Rough Weather Limits?

Don't get hung up on any particular make or model of kayak until you've paddled a wide number and types of boats. This is where being in a club is helpful, also try them loaded as well as empty and in as many different sea states as you can. With kayak design it's all about compromise, a high perfor...
by Owen
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1117

Re: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?

Karabiners come from rock climbing, having a bent gate makes it easier to clip onto your rope. Doesn't make any difference on tow ropes as you're normally clipping onto fixed deck lines.
by Owen
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF use on inland waterways
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Used vhf on Lochs Lomond, Katherine and few others, no one stopped me.