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by Owen
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 861

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 - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 1753

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 - Gear
Topic: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please
Replies: 15
Views: 1327

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: 2423

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: 2423

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: 891

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 - Gear
Topic: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?
Replies: 11
Views: 691

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: 516

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Used vhf on Lochs Lomond, Katherine and few others, no one stopped me.
by Owen
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$
Replies: 8
Views: 820

Re: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$

I'm another InReach user I've had mine a couple of years and have used it mainly for some long backpacking trips in Sweden and Scotland. Their waterproof (to IP7 I think, I haven't checked) same as my VHF which I use just clipped to my BA without any problems with water ingress. If you have a smartp...
by Owen
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Baidarka Explorer - Worth keeping?
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: Baidarka Explorer - Worth keeping?

I used to paddle a Dawn Treader, same hull different top deck, it's great for carrying a couple of weeks food and camping gear but not much else. It's just a very old design things have moved on a lot since the early seventy's.
by Owen
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues and letting go of the boat
Replies: 29
Views: 2217

Re: Rescues and letting go of the boat

That's one situation I wouldn't want to be p*****g around with Italian hitches and lock off's.
by Owen
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tent with a big porch?
Replies: 28
Views: 1287

Re: Tent with a big porch?

I use a Vango Halo 200 a bit big for one but plenty of room for two with two fairly big pouches. I use one for wet kit and the other to cook. It wasn't very expensive.
by Owen
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues and letting go of the boat
Replies: 29
Views: 2217

Re: Rescues and letting go of the boat

Yes, keeping hold of the biggest floating thing you have is always going to be your best bet. If you need to tie yourself to it then do it.
by Owen
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Which buoyancy aid?
Replies: 5
Views: 575

Re: Which buoyancy aid?

I think the shops in Perth and Stirling have closed, which only leaves Tiso's in Perth.
by Owen
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 28
Views: 2489

Re: VHF radio

Plus, a DSC distress will get the attention of any DSC equipped vessel/CG in line of sight, where as a call on #16 could potentially get missed. My local coastline has plenty of VHF blackspots, hence getting a PLB too. Cheers, Mike Any mayday call will get everyone's attention whether on channel 16...
by Owen
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine VHF Short Range Certificate
Replies: 11
Views: 992

Re: Marine VHF Short Range Certificate

It's a legal requirement, and the course is also useful and interesting.
by Owen
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling...
Replies: 13
Views: 1414

Re: Rolling...

Slow down and put more umph into your hip-flick.
by Owen
Wed May 31, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1054

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

Most sea kayaks should naturally weather cock that is turn into the wind. The skeg is used to balance the trim of the kayak against the wind. If you're going into (up) the wind keep your skeg up. If you're going down wind put your skeg all the way down. If you're going across the wind put your skeg ...
by Owen
Sun May 28, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 1529

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

My concern would be rope on rope contact, if the towed boat is jerking around by either tide or wind you'll end up with the deck line and tow line rubbing up and down on each other. You can cut a nylon rope with another length of nylon rope really easily.
by Owen
Sun May 21, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.

But then I thought. I wonder if my heavy upper frame is the problem or could I get away with a smaller Capella 160 with no ballast? Your upper body size is most likely the problem, you don't need a smaller kayak you need a bigger one. If you can get the chance try out as many boats/different size b...
by Owen
Fri May 05, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mull info
Replies: 9
Views: 1044

Re: Mull info

There are tidal streams around the Treshnish Isles and between Rubha Chaoil and Gometra. Tried paddling against that one once and got nowhere.
by Owen
Mon May 01, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ilfracombe to Swansea Crossing
Replies: 3
Views: 742

Re: Ilfracombe to Swansea Crossing

You really need to get a coach, I think there are a few local to you who post on here. "How much practice do you need" is an impossible question without seeing you paddle. The tide range in the Bristol Channel is huge and the current flow is far faster than you'll ever be able to paddle, you have to...
by Owen
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bulkhead moving pros and cons
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

Re: Bulkhead moving pros and cons

Yes move the bulkhead but don't make it so tight you can't stretch your legs. Put the bulkhead about 4ins short of where your footrests are and put a block of high density foam either side with a gap in the middle. If you're doing the work yourself be careful of the fumes while working inside the hu...
by Owen
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: summer paddling gear

I don't tend to wear over-trousers with mine and definitely don't slide around in the seat.
by Owen
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best Dry suit?
Replies: 21
Views: 2782

Re: Best Dry suit?

Kokatat suits may be fantastic but the OP only has £550 to spend which will only get half a Kokatat suit.
by Owen
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: summer paddling gear

It's ok as an undersuit.
by Owen
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: summer paddling gear

Fourth element gear is easy to swim in, about as warm as a 3mm wetsuit. The inner fleece tends to drain very quickly so feels dry against the skin the outer is slower to dry but is fairly windproof. I've had mine for about seven years and they haven't worn yet. I've also used Reed gear but not the D...
by Owen
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: summer paddling gear

Douglas have you cut them down or just not pull them all the way up?
by Owen
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: summer paddling gear

Fourth element thermocline shorts and tee shirt much more comfortable than neoprene, breaths in air acts like a wetsuit in the water. Forget dry tops just use a light cag to keep spray and wind off when you need it. Fourth element do a farm John suit but no zip, as much use as a chocolate fire guard...
by Owen
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lovely moment- what sea kayaking is all about.
Replies: 3
Views: 895

Re: Lovely moment- what sea kayaking is all about.

No, there are quite a few seals like this one in the Forth i.e. very used to and inquisitive about people. The thing to remember is this is still a wild animal so please don't try and encourage or touch them.