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by Robert Craig
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Re: Leaving a vehicle

The "Harry Potter" car park is down beside the river, on the North side of the road. You can launch straight into the river.

Station car park would be a long carry, and a bit anti-social, I agree.
by Robert Craig
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Re: Leaving a vehicle

Out of season, I've left my car overnight in the "Harry Potter" car park (slept there once) several times, with no issues. As to informing police or coastguard, I've never considered doing that. Means I can change my plans without consulting anyone except those with me. In season, the hotel car park...
by Robert Craig
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 706

Re: Boat for tiny person

My wife is 53 kg and loves my Vela.
by Robert Craig
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Polarised glasses?
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: Polarised glasses?

This doesn't answer the question you ask. But I find photochromic lenses magic!

Can't mix polarised and photochromic, though.

Never tried polarised
by Robert Craig
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: PALM PEYTO BOUYANCY AID FOR SALE
Replies: 0
Views: 152

PALM PEYTO BOUYANCY AID FOR SALE

Palm PEYTO buoyancy aid (aka pfd), red, size M/L for sale.

New and unworn, still go the dangle tags on.

£60

Glasgow area, near Pinkston Watersports or could post at cost.
by Robert Craig
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles
Replies: 2
Views: 257

Re: Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles

Might be a lump of epoxy squeezed out when the blade was attached?
by Robert Craig
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston
Replies: 5
Views: 1305

Re: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston

Most immediate action would be a complaint to the local Council access officer. Facilitating access and enforcing the removal of obstructions is a Council task.
by Robert Craig
Mon May 14, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit - do you carry one
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Always carry, never used.

Leads to the question: "have you ever needed your FA kit (needed in the sense of life or limb saving), and what in it was useful?"
by Robert Craig
Tue May 01, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail

Thanks - I'll have a poke about
by Robert Craig
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail

A friend is trying to acquire a new gooseneck (or gooseneck + boom) fro a Flat Earth sail. The gooseneck, which is a plastic moulding, looks as though it might be a re-used standard moulding for some other purpose, but (as I don't know its name) I can't use the might of Google to find it. Anyone got...
by Robert Craig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Other than the Wye ...
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Other than the Wye ...

Spey too, though admittedly neither in England or Wales - otherwise fits your requirements.
by Robert Craig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 883

Re: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak

My own keel strip has been bashed on rock, dropped, and suffered all sorts of abuse. It's worn through, and chipped. But the gelcoat hasn't flaked of as shown in the pictures posted. Doesn't look right to me. I support the idea of trying to pick off some more gelcoat with a fingernail or a blunt scr...
by Robert Craig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Toggles Re-threading New Decklines
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Toggles Re-threading New Decklines

For the load-bearing function of the toggle attachment to the kayak, I use Kevlar cord. Means that the cord can be thinner than if you use nylon, and so easier to thread and easier to make the knot disappear tidily inside the toggle. Not a difficult task.
by Robert Craig
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1149

Re: Cooking with sea water

I use about 50%:50% for potatoes. 50%:50% means one splash of sea water, one splash of fresh water. 100% Priority is not getting sand in the potatoes, rather than an exact ratio. All fresh is too little salt: all sea is too much. Can't think of any situation where the water wouldn't be boiled, so no...
by Robert Craig
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU insurance - leading youths
Replies: 21
Views: 1236

Re: BCU insurance - leading youths

GregS and others in the know - any comment?
by Robert Craig
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable
Replies: 17
Views: 859

Re: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable

I've got a list of Clyde trips, relating level to gauge. It would be a pain filling in the form on the website - how do I get it to you? Email SCA for the attention of your name?
by Robert Craig
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable
Replies: 17
Views: 859

Re: SCA Where's the Water Now Updatable

Jonathan
Thanks for doing this
by Robert Craig
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Need help for dissertation answers!!
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Re: Need help for dissertation answers!!

Survey complete.

I'd add my surprise to Chis Bolton's comments - I take it you're aware that the official re-introduction in Scotland was in Knapdale? The Tayside ones just happened.
by Robert Craig
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bass Strait Crossing - Video
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: Bass Strait Crossing - Video

Wow - what a paddle!
by Robert Craig
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU insurance - leading youths
Replies: 21
Views: 1236

Re: BCU insurance - leading youths

On the British Canoeing Website here https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/membership/benefits/insurance-towergate/ it states in the FAQ, in the Coaches paragraph towards the bottom of the page: "The policy schedule says all coaches must hold a qualification, does this mean as an experienced volunteer...
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 786

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

I've established (by asking) that BCAB is a part of BC and is funded directly by BCAB.
by Robert Craig
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 20
Views: 4334

Re: Searching for the Finmen

jmmoxon wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 am
Olly Hicks & George Bullard's film:
https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1NBYKYF ... he-finnmen

Really good film thanks, though only passing references to Inuit paddling. The book needs to be read as well.
by Robert Craig
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 786

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

Question is really "does BCAB get the money for all the good work it does from BC (and so from what the SCA et al pay to BC); or does it have a separate source of income, eh from Star Award fees?

GregS, I have PM'd you
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unpinning boats
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Re: Unpinning boats

Only time was with a canoe, not a kayak. I guess we had to move the canoe a metre or less.

Lots of stretch in the rope needed to be taken in as well, as the pin was in mid-stream.
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 786

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

Thanks again

What I'm trying to find out is whether BCAB is separately funded from BC or part of BC. Quote above seems to suggest it's not part of BC, as BC is a "partner"

Sort of: do I pay for it when I pay for my 3* certificate, or do I pay for it through my SCA subscription?
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 786

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

Greg
Thanks.

Looks from this as though BCAB is part of BC, governed by BC, and not separately funded - does that sound right?
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 786

Re: British Canoeing Awarding Body

Link just has pictures and names of people - it doesn't say anything about structure or funding. I've looked here and elsewhere on the new website, and there's nothing about structure, as far as I can see.
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Awarding Body
Replies: 11
Views: 786

British Canoeing Awarding Body

Anyone understand the relationship between British Canoeing and the British Canoeing Awarding Body? Are the separately funded, or does one support the other?
by Robert Craig
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1400

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Paddled this (north to south) in August a few years ago. Aim of the trip was to stop in a cafe every day, succeeded in that (including lunch in the Cairnbaan hotel, much recommended). Midges weren't a problem - a bit of wind, or some rain, and they're gone. As many have said, canal needs a trolley, ...
by Robert Craig
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 3139

Re: Knives

There was a previous thread here about sea kayaking and knives, which attempted to find someone who's actually needed to use a knife in anger at sea (so not on a river). No-one owned up to having needed one. My personal view, having had an accident many years ago, is that if I had a sharp knife to h...