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by Andy Harpur
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA/Life jacket advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 977

BA/Life jacket advice.

My wife recently commented that one of the reasons she no longer paddles much is the bulkiness of her BA (sitting on top of what ladies naturally come with that blokes don't). She asked why she couldn't use a sailing lifejacket instead (?) maybe one that she has to pull a cord to inflate. She never ...
by Andy Harpur
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a "basecamp" / "family" tent
Replies: 23
Views: 4007

Re: Recommend me a "basecamp" / "family" tent

I've always fancied one of the tents that you often see the dutch using...
DeWaard - http://www.dewaardtenten.nl/index.htm
You'll need deep pockets though, and I'm not aware of a UK importer.

I've had 2 Khyam 'ridgidome' family tents over the space of 20 years and have been pleased with them...
by Andy Harpur
Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 120m Ship aground on Ardnamurchan
Replies: 1
Views: 990

120m Ship aground on Ardnamurchan

No reported injuries, fingers crossed for a happy outcome for wildlife and the local community...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-h ... s-31515061
http://kilchoan.blogspot.co.uk/

...someone has a lot to answer for.
by Andy Harpur
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Only Ewe...
Replies: 13
Views: 2473

Re: Only Ewe...

Great stuff Ian :o) I've spent 4 of the last 9 weeks working away; hoping that today's break in the great weather will see wall-to-wall sunshine resume soon...
by Andy Harpur
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: No Inn on Inn Island
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: No Inn on Inn Island

The nearest Inn to Inn Island is the Pier House at Port Appin, though strictly that's a hotel. There's this one, The Old Inn, at Portnacroish which unfortunately hasn't served a pint to the public in a while... http://i319.photobucket.com/albums/mm477/Newdaze5440/Just-Stuff/1-P5040768_zpse3f07503.jp...
by Andy Harpur
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks
Replies: 37
Views: 7645

Re: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks

I've had a Hardcore Xplore for 3 years which was one of the first batch from the Cobra factory in Thailand. As far as I'm concerned the build quality has been excellent. I had a problem with it last year following a week long expedition with it fully loaded which had collapsed a void between gelcoat...
by Andy Harpur
Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Keeping thieving hands away from your boats
Replies: 18
Views: 1811

Re: Keeping thieving hands away from your boats

I went to a neighbourhood watch meeting recently and the local copper was raving about smartwater saying that it's now a real deterrent to criminals. Now you probably think it's going to wash off; but they do a marine pack that I presume would be useful for tagging kayaks.
by Andy Harpur
Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: In the news...
Replies: 0
Views: 612

In the news...

Sorry if it's already been posted :
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politic ... it.html?fb
by Andy Harpur
Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Typhoon Dry Suit Sizing
Replies: 21
Views: 3333

Re: Typhoon Dry Suit Sizing

I bought a PS220 from WetsuitOutlet last week. I thought the price was pretty competative. I ordered Wednesday afternoon and it was with me 500 miles away in the Highlands on Friday morning in time for last weekend's Storm Gathering. I'm 6'2½" , 13½ Stone with a 43" Chest. I went for the XL, which I...
by Andy Harpur
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inshore Water Forecasts by email
Replies: 11
Views: 1505

Re: Inshore Water Forecasts by email

I signed up, but was unable to access the site using IE 9 (9.0.8112.16421). It just hung with "timer" going round in the center of the window.

Managed to access the site with Google Chrome...

...now waiting patiently for my first e-mail :o)
by Andy Harpur
Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Weather Archive ?
Replies: 2
Views: 492

Marine Weather Archive ?

Does anyone know of a location on-line that stores an archive of the daily inshore waters marine forecast ? i.e. Wind, Sea State, Weather, Visibility. I'm looking for past information to add to old entries my log book.
by Andy Harpur
Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flam to Gudvangen, Norway trip
Replies: 14
Views: 3134

Re: Flam to Gudvangen, Norway trip

I really enjoyed seeing these photos... dead jealous! :o) I happend to be in Norway the weekend before last with cheap flights from Edinburgh. We did the " Sognefjord in a nutshell " day trip from Bergen, which includes the mountain railway to Flåm. We may have been there at the same time as you. Th...
by Andy Harpur
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Return to Islay
Replies: 10
Views: 1154

Re: Return to Islay

Yeah, fantastic. It looks pretty special.
...so much so I think it's time for a wee dram of Caol Ila
by Andy Harpur
Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat Repairs
Replies: 10
Views: 2245

Outstanding Customer Service

Thanks to everyone for their replies, particularly Mike and Aled. I e-mailed Tiderace after this thread on Wednesday afternoon and recieved a phone call from Dave Felton the same evening. Dave happens to have been in Scotland and travelled to pick up my boat for repair under warranty yesterday after...
by Andy Harpur
Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Biolite Stoves
Replies: 7
Views: 1634

Re: Biolite Stoves

They look like a bit of a gimmick to me... On a 5 day trip up the West coast last week I turned data services off on my blackberry and switched it off between calls. I managed to get reception with vodaphone to call home and relay our plans every day (even though somedays I had to walk up the neares...
by Andy Harpur
Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: beach pebbles jamming skeg
Replies: 22
Views: 2484

Re: beach pebbles jamming skeg

Carry a stainless steel climbers nut tool, this can be used for removing crud from your buddies skeg...
by Andy Harpur
Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat Repairs
Replies: 10
Views: 2245

Boat Repairs

I'm reasonably practical and can install a bathroom or build a wall, but I've never worked with glass/resin before. I found some good information on this thread but before I go out and buy some supplies I want someone to confirm I'm doing the right thing... The boat is a Tiderace Xplore Hardcore pro...
by Andy Harpur
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gruinard bay to Oldshoremore
Replies: 15
Views: 2295

Re: Gruinard bay to Oldshoremore

I don't think my photo's are as good as Mike's. My little Olympus Mju just didn't seem to cope very well with low light levels in caves and slow shutter speeds in rough water. At the start of the 5-day trip I was also trying to conserve battery power, so besides being gripped, there's only one shot ...
by Andy Harpur
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about
Replies: 18
Views: 1960

Re: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about

Impressive as ever Andrea.
Good to see one of your trip reports again :)
by Andy Harpur
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 9058

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

There's an interesting article with quotes from Patrick on the "For Argyll" news website.
After the first five hours we were 100 % committed as there was no way we were going to be able to paddle back against the wind and waves that were pushing us on at 5+ knots.
by Andy Harpur
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 9058

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

Looks like they've made landfall. Congratulations guys!
by Andy Harpur
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 9058

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

Their latest position at 15:00 places them <17Nm from the Norwegian coast. :)
by Andy Harpur
Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spot Tracker
Replies: 32
Views: 3270

Re: Spot Tracker

Hi Geoff. Sent you a PM...
by Andy Harpur
Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spot Tracker
Replies: 32
Views: 3270

Re: Spot Tracker

Glyn, Thanks for the offer of loaning your Spot, but I don't like being responsible for other peoples gear and knowing my luck I'd probably break it! ;) Geoff, Remember our paddle to Soay? I was out there again recently :) Good luck on your Greenland trip, I've already got an eye on your expedition ...
by Andy Harpur
Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spot Tracker
Replies: 32
Views: 3270

Re: Spot Tracker

For anyone else who may be thinking of http://www.yellowbrick-tracking.com for an expedition I received the following quote for 10 days rental, You'd be looking at a price of £100.09 plus VAT, which includes delivery to you, the unit itself, data costs (for transmissions every 4 hours) and an online...
by Andy Harpur
Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spot Tracker
Replies: 32
Views: 3270

Re: Spot Tracker

I think Ligan's link should be http://www.yellowbrick-tracking.com . Yeah, I found it. Cheers both. Have sent the sales team an e-mail requesting a rental quote. On the face of it, it seems a good bit of kit if you're doing lots of expedition type paddeling. Seems a bit pricey if there's only a wee...
by Andy Harpur
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spot Tracker
Replies: 32
Views: 3270

Re: Spot Tracker

I ordered a McMurdo FastFind 220 GPS PLB on Friday and already carry VHF, a selection of flares, jotron strobe, whistle, etc... I've also been thinking about getting a SPOT for a solo trip on the West coast but seem to be finding plenty of reports of people moaning about their unreliability. This ar...
by Andy Harpur
Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayakers blog list^
Replies: 13
Views: 2185

Re: Kayakers blog list

Douglas - http://seakayakphoto.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-roll.html
and
Derrick - http://www.kayakquixotica.com/kayak-wor ... yak-blogs/

....both have good lists. ...and there's mine too ! :)
by Andy Harpur
Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Irish Sea Crossing
Replies: 13
Views: 1635

Re: Irish Sea Crossing

Fantastic! :) Good luck guys.
by Andy Harpur
Wed May 08, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oronsay & Carna
Replies: 13
Views: 1346

Re: Oronsay & Carna

Thanks to all for your comments. Jurassic, I nearly paddled across to say Hi, I'd seen your canoes rigged up when we passed Reispole (possibly the best camp site I've ever stayed at), glad you had a good day too.