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by Owen
Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?

Reed chillcheater decks are very good, very light and don't give you that tight feeling that neoprene decks do.

No such thing as a breathable deck.
by Owen
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 29
Views: 670

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

Jim wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:57 pm
andynormancx wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:48 am


No one paddles that coast :)

I do.
by Owen
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 29
Views: 670

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

Had to do a module on oceanography for my degree course, talk about mind boggling. Actually the driver of ocean streams like the north Atlantic drift isn't gravity it's salinity. New sea ice is salty, old sea ice isn't. Sea water leeches the salt away over time. Subsequently the water just under the...
by Owen
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 29
Views: 670

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

The tides doesn't just go up and down, it flows around the coast in a wave. In coastal areas this causes the sea to move from one place to another, so the tide does have current.
by Owen
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Shoreline.
Replies: 6
Views: 3284

Re: North Shore Shoreline.

Strange, you dig up a 14 year old thread just to say that you like your new kayak.
by Owen
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 57
Views: 1544

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

Hi Chris Just a further question Re VHF radios do they operate close inshore and in the situation cited in my post would one work on a rocky or isolated beach given that hopefully there are other vessels with radios in the vicinity? Chris They work in "Line of sight" if there is nothing between you...
by Owen
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 57
Views: 1544

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

Chris Bolton wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:28 pm
is there much difference between PLB and satellite messenger at similar prices
A plb needs no subscription, only a service and new battery after 5 or 6 years, typically about £160.
Just changed the battery in mine, gone up quite a bit.
by Owen
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 12
Views: 783

Re: Emergency patches

Sex wax, brilliant for temporary filling holes. Tape and a square of heavy duty plastic sheet. An inflatable buoyancy bag, deflated and rolled up it doesn't take up much space.
by Owen
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 57
Views: 1544

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

My concern is still that using it without it being updated on the positions of satellites in the position it is activated can lead to possible avoidable delays. It hardly applies to me as I’m rarely out of range of summoning help with me whistle but I just find it interesting... Don't think it actu...
by Owen
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1335

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Similar. Probably relevant to this thread. She and her Son were diving in Mexico, in a power boat restricted area. A multi millionaire buisness owner ignored that and drove is large power boat into the area. She saw it was heading for her son so swam over to push him out of the way. Both were hit, ...
by Owen
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1335

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Nismosteve wrote:
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:59 am

I had to use one on Lake Windermere once. A hired motor boat kept matching my direction in a head on situation. It turned out to be a family letting their 4 year old Son steer, whilst the parents sipped wine.
Didn't something similar happen to Kirsty McColl?
by Owen
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dagger katana
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: Dagger katana

A flat hull will tip when side on to waves, a more rounded (soft chined) or hard chined hull should let the wave roll under the kayak but you have to roll your hips to ride the wave. If you sit ridged you will stop the natural action of the hull and then you get tipped. How well are you connected to...
by Owen
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dagger katana
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: Dagger katana

What are you doing in your sea kayak that makes it tip over so easily? Generally sea kayaks are pretty stable.
by Owen
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 57
Views: 1544

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

The OP seems to want both so that should cover it. But some, like myself, have chosen one rather than the other so CB’s post is spot on. The problem with PLB’s is the delay in getting your location pronto. Peeps experience of GPS is mostly through their phones, which is is pretty much instant becau...
by Owen
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 57
Views: 1544

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

Don't know exactly what your budget is but found this https://www.marinesuperstore.com/safety ... 20-gps-plb quite a good price. Radios AND PLB's are nice for reassurance but we paddled for years before such things became available.
by Owen
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 57
Views: 1544

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

I've been using a Standard Horizon HX280E for about six or seven years. I thought it was getting unreliable so I got another Standard Horizon a HX40E this time about half the size of the old HX280E. Turned out there was nothing wrong with the old set after all, so now I have a spare. Standard Horizo...
by Owen
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Resurrecting a Capella 166
Replies: 14
Views: 681

Re: Resurrecting a Capella 166

Try P&H they probably will sell replacement rudders, if not Valley do. If there is a slot for a skeg you could fit one instead of a rudder. But, if it's been made to take a rudder it might not have the slot for a skeg. Hard to say without seeing it. You can't retrofit one in plastic as it needs to b...
by Owen
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany..
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: Romany..

Wasn't the Romany heavily influenced by the original Northshore Shoreline, which is now the Atlantic LV?
by Owen
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler
Replies: 25
Views: 882

Re: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler

The person on the right in that photo looks remarkable like me, I think. Don't worry. Not a stalker. I know this character as Trevor and the venue, Rutland Canoe Club Sunday paddle (including inflatables). Photo shows how low volume an old AA is compared to a modern expedition kayak. https://media....
by Owen
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler
Replies: 25
Views: 882

Re: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler

The person on the right in that photo looks remarkable like me, I think.
by Owen
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler
Replies: 25
Views: 882

Re: Old Anas Acuta, bigger paddler

I also have an old AA, I'm shorter and lighter than you. 5'9" or180cm and 84kg. I no longer use my AA as it's too small for me. When I did use it I found it rode very low in the water and I really could only paddle for short stretches before having to get out and straighten up. Lovely kayak but too ...
by Owen
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A little video for your entertainment.
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

Re: A little video for your entertainment.

Thanks for that, glad you liked it. Getting the sound right is the hardest part. You really shouldn't be put off by all the tartan and shortbread stuff Scotland is so much more.
by Owen
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 59
Views: 2280

Re: Rolling

I suspect that I might crack it with a gp as there is no need to deal with paddle feather. It doesn't matter what paddle you use, Greenland paddles are not a magic bullet to learning to roll. You can hand roll any kayak with enough practice. It's all about learning the body position and techniques.
by Owen
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A little video for your entertainment.
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

Re: A little video for your entertainment.

The hat, yes better than a sunburnt bald head that's for sure.
by Owen
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates
Replies: 16
Views: 714

Re: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates

I have a Rule500 automatic pump behind the seat. The battery is in an otterbox also behind the seat. It switches on every couple of minutes, if there's no resistance it switches off if there is it carries on pumping. There is a buzz as it tests for water which can be annoying on very calm days but I...
by Owen
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A little video for your entertainment.
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

Re: A little video for your entertainment.

The water isn't that deep at the southern end of the Loch, quite a few rocks just under the surface. It was a lovely day and no jetskis.
by Owen
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A little video for your entertainment.
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

A little video for your entertainment.

Something I've just started to dabble with, video.

This is a trip to Loch Lomond, hope you like it.

by Owen
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates
Replies: 16
Views: 714

Re: behind-cockpit pumps vs separates

Pumps behind the cockpit are next to useless, you'd be as well to take it out and blank off the hole.
by Owen
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone recognise this sea kayak?
Replies: 7
Views: 614

Re: Does anyone recognise this sea kayak?

Looks a bit like a McNualty seaglass huntsman.
by Owen
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling cag advice
Replies: 18
Views: 858

Re: Paddling cag advice

I'm on my second Lomo drysuit in ten years. I know a lot of people slag off Lomo because it's cheap but I've been happy with mine. I've had 10 years use out of them and still spent less than the cost of one kokatat suit. The chances of ripping the backside out of either suit is exactly the same. Re ...