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by Owen
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bulkhead moving pros and cons
Replies: 14
Views: 746

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: 17
Views: 961

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: 19
Views: 881

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: 17
Views: 961

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: 17
Views: 961

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: 17
Views: 961

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: 17
Views: 961

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: 620

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.
by Owen
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Northshore Shoreline
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Northshore Shoreline

I've replaced the hand-pump with a day hatch in a shortline, not a hard job. I made a bulkhead for behind the seat and cut out the pump and fitted a hatch. You need to make sure that the hatch rim is sealed to the deck as sorting out any leaks is a right nightmare if you get it wrong. I glued the ri...
by Owen
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 1011

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

With all the post from people raving about Greenland paddle I feel I should point out that not everyone gets on with them. I've tried them and absolutely hate them. As with most things try before you buy.
by Owen
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

Re: Kayak Volume

Where are you going? Is this a multi-week wilderness trip where you will not be able to re-supply on route or is it around the coast of Britain? What are you taking? A great many people can manage six month backpacking with a 50 - 60Lts rucksack, 188Lts should be luxury. In the past I've managed som...
by Owen
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 17
Views: 1164

Re: Wings?

Use a set for a few months and then go back to flats, you'll soon feel the difference. Took me quite sometime to get used to using them but I wouldn't be without them now. Why is your friend slower, most likely technique.
by Owen
Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Helmet?
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Kayak Helmet?

That will be heave and soak up water like a sponge other than that it would do.
by Owen
Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What do you do if better advice ignored
Replies: 30
Views: 2049

Re: What do you do if better advice ignored

So if I'm reading this right, you set out to paddle to an island with two others a man and a woman. You wanted to stay in a bay the others wanted to head out to the island. I don't understand this how can you paddle to an island without leaving the bay? All three paddled to the island and all manage...
by Owen
Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2183

Re: PLB use

Sea kayaking safety and rescue by John Lull is still far and above the best book on the subject ever written. Sea kayak by Gordon Brown is ok but let down by the photo's. Essentials of sea survival by Frank Golden and Michael Tipton. Sea kayak navigation by Franco Ferrero. Just about all the books y...
by Owen
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2183

Re: PLB use

Never used mine in anger, but why do you assume the only emergency you could get into and need help involves you floating in the water far from land without your kayak? Granted if you do find yourself in that situation there not much anyone can do for you but it's a rare situation. I think most call...
by Owen
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Salopette recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: Salopette recommendations

One problem I find with a lot of paddling salopettes is they have a wide band of neoprene around your waist, as do a lot of cags. Add on your neoprene deck and all of a sudden you've got three layers of ever tightening neoprene trying to squeeze your dinner out. I've Reed salopettes, cag and deck, I...
by Owen
Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Valley Nordkapp Jubilee hull colour
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Valley Nordkapp Jubilee hull colour

There are quite a few "whites" to chose from why don't you ask Valley which "white" they use? They might even sell you some.
by Owen
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Car roof top Kayak roller.
Replies: 6
Views: 871

Car roof top Kayak roller.

I've just got one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1 just tried it and it seems to work well. If anyone is interested.
by Owen
Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Waterproof jacket
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: Waterproof jacket

How about -

http://palmequipmenteurope.com/product/arcadia-0

or

http://palmequipmenteurope.com/product/vantage minging colour mind.

or

http://www.chillcheater.com/dry-cags/aq ... ouring-cag might be a bit heavy for what you want, but very hard wearing.
by Owen
Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Broken Valley Etain Seat
Replies: 19
Views: 1357

Re: Broken Valley Etain Seat

How old is the seat/kayak and did you buy it new?
by Owen
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?

Only played with it so far, took it out walking and plotted my path https://share.delorme.com/OwenMerrick I sent a text to my sister and she replied. I'll report back after I've been to Lapland next month.
by Owen
Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?

I've just bought a DeLorme inReach SE - mainly for a trekking trip to Lapland - it's waterproof to IP 7, 1m for 30 minutes similar to the VHF radios. It has the advantage of being able to send and receive text messages. I've not used it kayaking yet but I do know that a man called Chris Duff is usin...
by Owen
Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is my canoe safe?
Replies: 31
Views: 2580

Re: Is my canoe safe?

The short answer is that we can't tell anything from a photo. You need to get someone who knows what they're looking at to give it the once over. Does it have fixed bulkheads or is the hull one open space?
by Owen
Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Liquid blue and Reed clothing.
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Re: Liquid blue and Reed clothing.

Bump up to the top.
by Owen
Tue May 31, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Liquid blue and Reed clothing.
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Liquid blue and Reed clothing.

For sale,

Reed Aquatherm trousers size XL only used a couple of times. £20

Reed Aquatherm shirt size XXL. £20

Liquid Blue dry trousers size L, used once. Would suit someone around 6ft tall, I'm shorter. £30

I'm based in central Scotland PM or o.r.mATbtinternetDOTcom
by Owen
Wed May 25, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Jura passenger ferry
Replies: 4
Views: 881

Re: Jura passenger ferry

It doesn't take that long to paddle across, just get the tides right. You can use the lighthouse in mid-channel as a transit.
by Owen
Sat May 07, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: DMM Snagless karabiner issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

Re: DMM Snagless karabiner issues

The DMM alpha's and other climbing crabs are made of alloy, there's been issues with alloy crabs and sea cliff climbing for decades. When climbing you should only get spray on your gear, unless you're very unlucky/reckless. A sea kayaking tow line is getting immersed in seawater all the time so it s...
by Owen
Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Parking recommendations for Shuna and Lismore
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: Parking recommendations for Shuna and Lismore

Yes, used that layby loads of time with no trouble - touch wood. I don't leave anything in the car and it's an old banger, so not worth nicking.
by Owen
Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: printer friendly tide tables
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Re: printer friendly tide tables

Easy tide but you only get the next seven days free.

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