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by Owen
Mon May 18, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck wear : repair ?
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Spraydeck wear : repair ?

Sorry, I meant Aquaseal
by Owen
Sun May 17, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck wear : repair ?
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Spraydeck wear : repair ?

Sureseal.
by Owen
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling across the Pentland Firth
Replies: 4
Views: 1170

Re: Paddling across the Pentland Firth

seawolf856 wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:59 pm

Saw a documentary ages ago about someone trying to swim across that little stretch of water - he didn't make it!
It has been done, the lady who organizes the cross Forth swim is one who has.
by Owen
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon hand held vhf - not picking up signals
Replies: 8
Views: 669

Re: Standard Horizon hand held vhf - not picking up signals

If you've got a couple of radio sets, just give yourself a radio check.
by Owen
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 1359

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

Could be the explosives act, used to have a copy but not anymore so I can't check.
by Owen
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eigg
Replies: 7
Views: 918

Re: Eigg

I've done it, there's a write up here http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/sk ... sttime.htm where exactly are you going from/to?
by Owen
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3364

Re: VHF and training

When you send a message or call someone on DCS the set sends your T number automatically, it will come up on the called sets screen. If the called station has you in its address book it will show your or your boats name. When you send a voice message you can use whatever callsign you want, just stic...
by Owen
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?
Replies: 9
Views: 798

Re: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?

I used a Reed chillcheater deck on my old Anas. With the smaller cockpit you don't get the problems with doing T-rescues that you can with keyhole cockpits.
by Owen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1327

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

Yes, you'll probably save a thimble full of petrol per 100 miles.
by Owen
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 10
Views: 1297

Re: The best spots?

1. No.

2. They wouldn't be wild if they were listed.

3. That's the whole point.
by Owen
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1408

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Going quite a lot off topic here, I take it this will be a solo trip? Have you read "Essentials of sea survival" by Frank Golden and Michael Tipton.? How good is your roll? How good are your re-entry skills? I"be done a few moderately long crossings (20-25miles) but none solo. I would have to say sw...
by Owen
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1408

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Yes you could double it up no problem, it might be very warm thought. It's a summer /warm water substitute for a wetsuit for divers. As a surface wetsuit it's quite good on its own. I often use a simple cag over it to keep the wind off, no neck or wrist seals. As it's made for divers there's no prob...
by Owen
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 1408

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Forth element thermocline top, very expensive but so much more comfortable than any wetsuit. I have their shorts as well. They also make salopettes but I don't like them as there's no fly hole or zip.
by Owen
Mon May 13, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 1071

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

I've a Limo one very robust and bright.
by Owen
Fri May 10, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2636

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

The SPOT and inReach trackers already do two way texting but need a contract which cost. Whether you think it worth it is up to the individual.
by Owen
Fri May 10, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1353

Re: Stash your paddle float

There's no need to drag anything across your deck, the bow roll method is much quicker and gets rid of most of the water in the cockpit. A cockpit half full of water sloping around all over the place is not helpful when you're struggling to stay upright.
by Owen
Thu May 09, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2636

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

Thanks for sharing this. I wonder if the "old fashioned" VHF call to the CG would have been useful prior to launch? I saw that you'd discounted this owing to doubt about reaching them. This is in no way intended as criticism btw. Mike I doubt it, I've had similar incident even after we'd called the...
by Owen
Wed May 08, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1353

Re: Stash your paddle float

Learn to get back in without one, at the same time as you learn to roll. Then ditch it.
by Owen
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Coast - keep the locals sweet!
Replies: 28
Views: 4952

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: 1114

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: 561

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: 1287

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: 3920

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: 17
Views: 2298

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: 2072

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: 6093

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: 6093

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: 6093

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: 1291

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: 6093

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...