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by Owen
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 16
Views: 746

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 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Helmet?
Replies: 9
Views: 791

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 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What do you do if better advice ignored
Replies: 30
Views: 1877

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: 31
Views: 1685

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: 31
Views: 1685

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: 631

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: 433

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: 772

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: 717

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: 18
Views: 1177

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: 975

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: 975

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: 2492

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: 291

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: 291

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: 862

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: 948

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: 750

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: 587

Re: printer friendly tide tables

Easy tide but you only get the next seven days free.
by Owen
Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: is this a record?
Replies: 14
Views: 1544

Re: is this a record?

Hose mine down with cold water, dry, put away.
by Owen
Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: is this a record?
Replies: 14
Views: 1544

Re: is this a record?

Nice one.
by Owen
Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: is this a record?
Replies: 14
Views: 1544

is this a record?

I know people like to look down on Lomo kit because it's not posh or gucci and their drysuits don't cost a grand so "can't possible be what I need." For a very gentle paddle across the bay to sit on the sea front eating ice cream? But, I brought my Lomo drysuit at the end of 2007, today I ...
by Owen
Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northshore Buccaneer for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 592

Re: Northshore Buccaneer for sale

How old is this kayak?

Square or round hatches?
by Owen
Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: VHF DSC??????^
Replies: 35
Views: 2422

Re: VHF DSC??????^

My last penny's worth.......all the devices talked about here have their pros & cons. What might suit one scenario, may not suit another. I have all three, and that gives me options. Here is a scenario to ponder on......you're on your own (for whatever reason, intentional or not) and you've tak...
by Owen
Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tethering
Replies: 15
Views: 1395

Re: Tethering

simonmc wrote:Have you ever used it with two paddles?



Yes no problem.
by Owen
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tethering
Replies: 15
Views: 1395

Re: Tethering

Image

Just far enough away so that you can slip one blade under it, it also helps hold your splits. The other blade just slips under the deck line beside the cockpit.
by Owen
Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Food - Food - yes, Food
Replies: 23
Views: 3392

Re: Food - Food - yes, Food

If your car camping just get a cool box and eat what you'd normally eat at home. Jetboilers and kelly kettles are only good for burning water get a proper stove.
by Owen
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tethering
Replies: 15
Views: 1395

Re: Tethering

Bungee between the deck fittings either side of the front hatch, thread a short length of hose onto it so it makes a hoop. Just push your paddle onto it.
by Owen
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat
Replies: 7
Views: 1135

Re: Are Keel strips needed for a plastic boat

Would you get one to stick?
by Owen
Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Layer me up!!
Replies: 38
Views: 2721

Re: Layer me up!!

As for Owen's point - "You can spend £1000 on a Kokatat suit or you can get a cheaper suit, the chance of ripping the material on barnacles first time out is the same. The cheaper suit is less painful to replace." Don't know about other manufacturers but it's worth remembering that Kokata...

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