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by Owen
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 781

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: 9
Views: 473

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: 13
Views: 552

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: 13
Views: 552

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: 13
Views: 552

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: 694

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: 1573

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: 798

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: 1573

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: 798

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: 4317

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: 744

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: 360

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: 818

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: 2912

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: 15
Views: 1357

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: 1400

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: 3491

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: 3491

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: 3491

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: 974

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: 3491

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...
by Owen
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3491

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Regarding peer paddles: As I understand the rules in UK (I am from Denmark, so I have no first hand experience with those rules), if an accident happens during a peer paddle, the group member with the highest formal qualifications will take all the heat from the authorities, no matter if he actuall...
by Owen
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 966

Re: Leaving a vehicle

I'm not sure about Glenfinnan, it get very busy with holiday makes and coach tours. There is a large car park connect to the hotel, they might charge but no harm in asking. There's also the railway station. Another option is to drop off your kayaks etc. Then take the car up to Mallaig and park in in...
by Owen
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 966

Re: Leaving a vehicle

No point telling the cops, they won't do anything about it they just don't have the time. Witch Loch are you thinking of?
by Owen
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 1083

Re: Expedition food - help!

Just go on your trip with your fussy mate, then when you get out into the wilds barbeque him. You get fresh meat and solve the problem of menu's.
by Owen
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transporting sea kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Transporting sea kayaks

The trouble is many roofracks are only rated at 50 or 75kg. You could try a van rack which tend to be stronger. Also, you might need to extend it out each side to get 4 boats on. You'll have to check if this is legal in Sweden and any other country you will be crossing, I'm not sure it's legal here ...
by Owen
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transporting sea kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Transporting sea kayaks

4 Sea kayaks is getting on for 100kg, what size car do you have?
How are you getting to Sweden?
by Owen
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northern Norway next summer? Travel tips.
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

Re: Northern Norway next summer? Travel tips.

adam21 wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:00 am
Hey Erling!!!
Thanks for the info, can you please tell me the estimated cost b/w Stavanger to Helgeland via ferry,
it is a cost-effective trip or not???
You do know that there is no ferry to Norway from anywhere in the UK anymore, I'm not even sure the Harwich to Hook of Holland still runs.
by Owen
Wed May 09, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life
Replies: 8
Views: 957

Re: Giving an aging boat a new lease of life

Pick a dry day, put some water in one of you're compartments - a couple of buckets full should do - gently roll your kayak. Watch for any leaks, if it can flow in it can flow out. Repeat with your other compartment. Once you've found your leak there's plenty of folk who can advise you on how to fix ...