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by Owen
Mon May 03, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: Peanmeanach

At the moment all bothies are closed due to the plague.
by Owen
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: techniques for beginners

I can swim, in the past I've swam over a mile on several occasions. That was quite a long time ago I'll admit. I've tried swimming with a kayak in drysuit, BA, Lomo boots and spraydeck wasn't easy. I doubt I could swim more that 1 or 2 hundred metres dressed like that. Really, why would you want to?...
by Owen
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Great Glen Way campsite?
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Great Glen Way campsite?

I'm actually going to cycle the Badger's Devide Trail, Inverness to Glasgow off road. Starts by following the Great Glen Way to Fort Augustus. Then General Wade's Road to Laggan before heading off across Rannoch Moor to Killin.
by Owen
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Came across this not one I've tried but it looks interesting.
by Owen
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Great Glen Way campsite?
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Great Glen Way campsite?

Yes Tor Point, is looking promising. It's on the right route as well. Not going for a couple of weeks yet so should find somewhere.
by Owen
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Great Glen Way campsite?
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Great Glen Way campsite?

Anyone who's paddled the Great Glen way/Caledonian canel, can you recommend a campsite at the Inverness end?

I'll be arriving late on Friday night and just want somewhere to stick up a tent for the night. I'll be cycling this time not kayaking.
by Owen
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite / Polymer quandary
Replies: 33
Views: 2843

Re: Composite / Polymer quandary

Put I am also concerned over the ecological impact of the two materials. Can anyone advise me which is the least environmentally damaging over the life of the boat? Plastic is recyclable, but does the glass boat redeem itself by being longer lasting, less prone to release "micro plastic" particles ...
by Owen
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Solo safety and caution
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Solo safety and caution

A six foot gap between a stack and a cliff. In a Group. You go in but cock it up, your roll fails and you swim. Will the sea state sweep you onto the rocks? Is there any swell? If yes to either question you need to be removed quickly. Assuming you're with two or more others. one paddler (paddler 1) ...
by Owen
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Solo safety and caution
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Solo safety and caution

It all depends how good are you at getting back in on your own?
by Owen
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

I generally use a screw roll finishing on the back deck but then flip the blade over and punch it forwards as I sit up. Gives a very strong finish to the roll.
by Owen
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bike towing a sea kayak
Replies: 22
Views: 939

Re: Bike towing a sea kayak

I've trolleyed a kayak across Jura via the Viking Portage, an interesting experience never to be repeated.

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I think going through the Corryvreckan was a doddle in comparison.
by Owen
Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing hole in plastic?
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: Sealing hole in plastic?

Could do but it's a right ball ache, easier to drive 20 miles to Fife. Only we can't travel at the moment.
by Owen
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing hole in plastic?
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: Sealing hole in plastic?

Well, half inch tap washers fitted nicely. All I need now is permission to leave town from Obergroupen Fuhrer Sturgeon, so I can put it in the sea and see if it's worked.
by Owen
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

That's crazy, who makes such cr*p?
by Owen
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Along these lines, a related idea for those who keep spare paddles on the front deck, is to have the holster 'sleeve' attached only halfway up one of the spare blade shafts that you insert your paddle into to get a reeeeeaaaally extended paddle blade that'll get you up in anything - and especially ...
by Owen
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing hole in plastic?
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: Sealing hole is plastic?

Their self tapping screws not bolts, screwed into plastic. Searching for the right size rubber washers and see how things go.
by Owen
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing hole in plastic?
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: Sealing hole is plastic?

I'm at work at the moment so can't check. I think there is or was a plastic washer. Maybe replacing that with a rubber one and putting a stainless one on top would work. Have to have a good look tonight.
by Owen
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing hole in plastic?
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Re: Sealing hole is plastic?

Yes done the filling with water, rubber washer is definitely worth trying. Shouldn't cost much and would be easy to do. I'll try that. Any other ideas welcome.
by Owen
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealing hole in plastic?
Replies: 13
Views: 815

Sealing hole in plastic?

I have the old style Northshore Atlantic RM, with the metal bar down the cockpit. There's a couple of screws fixing the bulkheads in place. These have always been a leek point. I've used Slicaflex 291 to try and seal these holes but never had much luck. Consequently it's always been a wet boat. Any ...
by Owen
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

mrcharly wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:42 pm
Wow he comes over as a pompous rude person in that interview! Unfortunate.
Only met him once but yes.
by Owen
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

That's not close, once lockdown is over you'll have to come and paddle St. Abbs and Fastcastle Head, I'll show you what close is.
by Owen
Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

But Mike, when you never get within 300m of any rock. Why do you need one?
by Owen
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

Lots of good kayaking around Aberdeen and Stonehaven, you should have loads of fun there.
by Owen
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

Comma in the wrong place, £1500.
by Owen
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

There's also the question of budget, as an example I paddle a North Shore Atlantic RM the old style. To replace it with the latest model would cost me in the £15,00 range. The same kayak in composite construction is over £3,300.
by Owen
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

I actually meant the shop in Oban, they have a fleet of demo boats you can try before you buy.

You ask some very beginner like questions and then say you like going solo around Jura and Mull. There are some very big powerful tide races on that bit of coast. That's what set the alarm bells ringing.
by Owen
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

When we can travel around Scotland again and their open, go to Oban sea kayaks and try some out. People can recommend all sorts of kayaks but only you will know what's comfortable.

Please get some training before you start wandering around that bit of the west coast on your own.
by Owen
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

The trouble with paddle floats and the like is you're relying on an extra gadget. Something that can fail at the critical moment or get lost, quite likely when you first capsize. It's far better to work on your technique so that you can do it without the aid of gadgets. Develop a solid roll, try wit...
by Owen
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1028

Re: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)

Only had a panicking swimmer once, quite difficult to get them to do anything rational. This guy also pulled his rescuer from his kayak. I really don't have any answers to that one other than brut force which is what I resort to. Definitely have as many techniques as you can possibly think of so you...
by Owen
Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1028

Re: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)

No need to lift or slide anything, just grab the bow and roll under it until your kayak is on edge. As you do this flip the flooded kayak over and all the water flows out. Flip it upright and right your own kayak all in one movement. Job done, takes seconds.