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by Owen
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$
Replies: 6
Views: 426

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: 8
Views: 391

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: 1942

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: 1053

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: 1942

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: 385

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: 2243

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: 772

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: 1247

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: 922

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: 1317

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: 1197

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: 957

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: 646

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: 998

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: 1326

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: 1872

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: 1326

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: 1326

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: 1326

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: 1326

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: 856

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: 440

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: 1489

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: 1852

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: 18
Views: 1694

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: 1031

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: 2228

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: 2529

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: 2529

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...