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by CaptainSensible
Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet
Replies: 23
Views: 1509

Re: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet

What MikeB said there are many very capable sea kayakers without a qualification to their name I agree, but the one of the reasons why I am now interested in qualifications (I never used to be) is because having 3* Sea (at least) might give people (over there) that I have never paddled with one less...
by CaptainSensible
Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet
Replies: 23
Views: 1509

Re: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet

Fair enough; I'll try to live up to my moniker
by CaptainSensible
Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet
Replies: 23
Views: 1509

Re: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet

Normally, I would agree with you But this is about me (and presumably others) possibly paddling with a group of people that I have never met before (I almost went last year, but I had to go into hospital instead), and not wanting to them to just take my word for it when I say that I can do X, Y, and...
by CaptainSensible
Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet
Replies: 23
Views: 1509

Re: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet

Fair enough, but what about proof of skills / competence? I recall you saying that there were several not-skilled-enough paddlers at the last one, and a common theme in your posts here is a belief that people should aim to become as self-sufficient in terms of skills and equipment and non-reliance o...
by CaptainSensible
Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet
Replies: 23
Views: 1509

Re: 2011 South West Sea Kayaking Meet

Are you going to insist on some form of proof of basic competency / self-sufficiency and this year (like BCU 3*)?

I do not know how you would get people to prove that they are physically fit enough for double-digit mile day trips though
by CaptainSensible
Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.
Replies: 124
Views: 4941

Re: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.

I do not understand some of the fall-out (no pun intended) that the crisis in Japan has had in other countries though (like Germany ) Those reactors (in Japan) seemed to have done what they were designed to do when the earthquake & its many aftershocks happened (look at this ), but their post-shutdo...
by CaptainSensible
Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A question for foldable boat users
Replies: 33
Views: 1355

Re: A question for foldable boat users

It's all trade-offs: a 3-piece is easier to store than a hardshell and quicker to assemble than a folder, but it's still a fairly difficult bundle to move around This is true (and that trip of mine seems like such a long time ago). My kayak is easy to store and much easier to move around than a sin...
by CaptainSensible
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The shuttle.
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: The shuttle.

There are some amazing high-frame-rate/slow-motions videos of the Saturn launches online, such as this one
by CaptainSensible
Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The shuttle.
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: The shuttle.

Atlas is still being flown, albeit in a highly evolved/developed form. I wish I had seen this launch for real ( more info ). The Shuttle's efficiency is questionable. If you really want to kick off a huge (and possibly uncivil) discussion at somewhere like here , then start a thread about single-us...
by CaptainSensible
Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is it just me...
Replies: 30
Views: 1847

Re: Is it just me...

I get moaned at for wearing my all-in-one thermals plus a dressing gown around the house sometimes, but I was knackered on Sunday (after a mere eight nautical miles on paddling on Saturday) and I just couldn't be bothered to wear anything else...
by CaptainSensible
Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pumps. What's the best option?^
Replies: 94
Views: 15777

Re: Pumps. What's the best option?

How durable is liquid electrical tape?
by CaptainSensible
Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pumps. What's the best option?^
Replies: 94
Views: 15777

Re: Pumps. What's the best option?

When I get round to it, I'll (re)upload the video of my (24 volt) 1100 GPH pump emptying a fully flooded boat. Still takes a while, and an airlock often develops when you are down to the dregs. I have actually made detailed plans for an installation of a (24 volt) 2000 GPH (Rule again) monster (with...
by CaptainSensible
Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone used an ifloat?
Replies: 20
Views: 2287

Re: Anyone used an ifloat?

The ifloat and the JCB phone are the same phone; I've been trying to find out who the OEM is for ages. The first JCB phone was made by Sonim ; it was a re-branded XP1. Sonim also make the Land Rover phone. An aquapac + an old/PAYG mobile is cheaper (and it what I use), but I would have no old phones...
by CaptainSensible
Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Head/Helmet Cam
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Head/Helmet Cam

See this discussion. At last night's pool session, one of our club members was trying out one of these . Only VGA and only 30FPS, but it's only £100 and comes with it's own waterproof housing. I've no idea what the video quality is like though, but I'm about to see if they have uploaded any videos t...
by CaptainSensible
Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares- All I need to know!^
Replies: 8
Views: 2116

Re: Flares- All I need to know!^

It is probably an extreme example, but what about white parachute flares for illuminating a possible landing spot when you are paddling at night?

Do you think most people know the difference in use/meaning between one of those and the red ones?
by CaptainSensible
Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The maximum group size for a safe sea kayak trip is...^
Replies: 34
Views: 3956

Re: The maximum group size for a safe sea kayak trip is...

Whenever I've gone out in a big group, it seems to automatically sub-divide into small groups that consist of at least one of the most experienced/qualified paddlers (regularly paddling with L4 and L5 coaches is probably not the norm for most people) plus others that are less experienced/qualified. ...
by CaptainSensible
Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.
Replies: 124
Views: 4941

Re: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.

Things like pumped storage will become more common if wind farms or solar power stations become more common; it is one way of storing energy from an intermittent source.
by CaptainSensible
Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.
Replies: 124
Views: 4941

Re: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.

He could be referring to solar, but building that infrastructure will also require the extraction and refining of a lot of exotic/scarce elements. And there will be pollution, not that it is really possible to excuse or justify what is happening in China (which is building many wind turbines for its...
by CaptainSensible
Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: warm weather sun gloves
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: warm weather sun gloves

I just bought a cheap pair of thin/super-stretchy neoprene gloves and cut out the palms with scissors (but I'm not going to do that to the not-cheap top pair, obviously). http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/1323/kayakgloves.jpg I sometimes use a couple of UV Buff things (a normal one plus one with a ne...
by CaptainSensible
Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.
Replies: 124
Views: 4941

Re: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.

If anyone else wants to post a link to a Daily Mail article, but doesn't want to increase their page views (and presumably revenue), then I think they should use this site.

Explanation here. Put simply, they are making money out of winding people up.

Example
by CaptainSensible
Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pumps. What's the best option?^
Replies: 94
Views: 15777

Re: Pumps. What's the best option?

I made a somewhat bizarre-looking waterproof enclosure for 20 NiMH AA cells a while back for a 24 volt pump (more GPH/less current draw). It looked like four sticks of dynamite. Each stick/tube contained 6 volts worth of batteries, so it was potentially modular/could be used to power other things. I...
by CaptainSensible
Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Odeo Flare^
Replies: 111
Views: 19266

Re: Odeo Flare

Thanks for the correction.
by CaptainSensible
Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Odeo Flare^
Replies: 111
Views: 19266

Re: Odeo Flare

The things that megagreen (and several other websites) sell are just high powered laser pointers (that do this ), and I think the things that Mark just linked to seem to be similar (video of them being tested/demonstrated here - LINK ). If you look at the schematic on this section of the Odeo websit...
by CaptainSensible
Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ATC9K HD Action Camera or Go Pro?
Replies: 11
Views: 982

Re: ATC9K HD Action Camera or Go Pro?

The Contour camera and its waterproof housing might be worth a look.

Lots of other products there too.
by CaptainSensible
Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tides that don't behave^
Replies: 40
Views: 9286

Re: Tides that don't behave^

Aargh! Where have those five-and-a-half years gone?
by CaptainSensible
Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lundy seal - awesome image
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: Lundy seal - awesome image

Those things turn up everywhere.
by CaptainSensible
Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Your best day on the sea in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 3082

Re: Your best day on the sea in 2010?

Best 2010 trip was a night paddle.

Image

sorry
by CaptainSensible
Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSLR^
Replies: 17
Views: 3297

Re: DSLR

Those (EF) "L" lenses will will fit on any EOS body, including my 400D. There's nothing to stop someone spending a five figure sum on an EF lens and sticking it on a 1000D, which is nice. However, the (EF-S) lenses designed for EOS camera bodies with APS-C sized sensors (like my 400D) won't work wit...
by CaptainSensible
Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSLR^
Replies: 17
Views: 3297

Re: DSLR

I've used my DSLR on the water before. It's not impossible and can be perfectly safe, but it is a bit of a faff. If I can ever afford it, I might use a high-end digital compact camera that shoots RAW files (like this one ) with it's built-for-it waterproof housing instead. I usually recommended Cano...