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by Robert Craig
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bollox
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: Bollox

Here's an extract from my email to my MSP, Ivan McKie: "These hydro schemes, while obviously producing some green energy, would substantially damage the landscape of one of the best wild landscapes in Scotland. The Total peak power (but only after rain, not continuously) of these scheme is 6.5 MW, a...
by Robert Craig
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: Gigha Plan B

There's access to Loch Sween at the caravan site at Castle Sween, and near the stream about 1 km north of Castle Sween (there's a wee track down, not passable by car). There's access at high water only ('cos of mud) at the causeway leading to the Isle of Danna. There are no tidal streams in Loch Swe...
by Robert Craig
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: Gigha Plan B

Sounds a good trip! As for bad weather alternatives, Loch Sween is very beautiful and very sheltered. I guess one could paddle the inland arms of that loch - Linne Mhuirich and the like - in almost any weather. Eilean Mhor, off the entrance to Loch Sween, is a good paddle as well. The is tidal flow ...
by Robert Craig
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 971

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

... No one in a group has the responsibility to be a "good follower". .... Franky While I agree with most of what you say, I do think that everyone in a group has the responsibility to at least try to be a good follower. To my mind a good follower works out what the plan is and facilitates what the...
by Robert Craig
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boy's wetsuit with front zip
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: Boy's wetsuit with front zip

And so they do! Though only with the zip, not the flap. Zip and some stretch works for me.

Thanks.

Price of £14.99 looks affordable as well.
by Robert Craig
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boy's wetsuit with front zip
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Boy's wetsuit with front zip

I'm looking for a boy's wetsuit with a "relief" feature, so's his drytop doesn't have to come off every time (and there are a lot of times ....).

A full-length front zip would do the job, I think.

Any suggestions?
by Robert Craig
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1465

Re: PLB protection

Interesting!

Can you give me a reference to this?
by Robert Craig
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coast to Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 5958

Re: Coast to Coast

Scottish Canoe Touring, published by the SCA, has a chapter on cross-Scotland routes.

The most adventurous route of which I am aware started in the Outer Hebrides - an it was in an open Canadian! Ray Goodwin, IIRC.
by Robert Craig
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please

Only been there once. We launched on the east coast, first at the new ferry slip, which was 'orrible, with a scramble over big boulders and exposure to waves, than at the old ferry slip further up the loch, which was fine. We paddled to the beach facing the Cairns of Coll, which was beautiful, then ...
by Robert Craig
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1465

Re: PLB protection

It would be good to be able to borrow a dummy PLB to practice with
by Robert Craig
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2635

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

MYSSAK wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:42 pm
I’m not sure if it’s the best one but this photo which I took last summer off north coast of Iceland is my favourite.

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Cunningly and stunningly solves the perennial "horizon line through head" problem!
by Robert Craig
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club liability insurance from BC
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Club liability insurance from BC

My thanks added as well.

We need to notice that where the insurer says "harder to defend", they mean as well "more likely that we will pay out to the injured party".
by Robert Craig
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1465

Re: PLB protection

Mine just sits (on a leash) in my BA pocked. It's passes it's self-test every time so far.

I'd worry about the "cold hands" problem if it were in a drybag.
by Robert Craig
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1784

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Always nice to hear agreement.

You put the idea more clearly than I did,
by Robert Craig
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1784

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Ken_T wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:24 pm
Hi, On flat water most boats turn more efficiently on an outside edge, ..... , but also partly because you tend to paddle further from the low edge than the high edge ....
My point exactly!
by Robert Craig
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1784

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

I think were're discussing a long slow turn, using a sweep stroke, and maintaining speed through the turn. My take is that under these circumstances: 1) Edging the boat either way helps a lot, though at the expense ob balance. 2) Some boats turn one way when edged, other the other way. (Mine doesn't...
by Robert Craig
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1784

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Couldn't agree more with what the previous posters have said. Using the same skills in different environments makes the skills and their variation automatic.

Unlike tennis and badminton, which clash - but that's for another forum.
by Robert Craig
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 13
Views: 1036

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

The portages are all easy, as the surfaces are nice and smooth. However, you migh want to consider launching at the top of Neptune's Staircase. That's a long portage for not much paddling. +1 for cafe at "Well of seven heads."
by Robert Craig
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU 3 star assessment questions
Replies: 12
Views: 904

Re: BCU 3 star assessment questions

Duct tape solves many problems. Denso tape wouldn't be suitable for mending clothes, a tent, or as a bandage cover. It's often possible to dry the surface if necessary. Notice that if the compass is in a map case you may need to but a wet hand into the case to set the compass. Mine's just lark's-foo...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Not because I was there, but because I was negligent.
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

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 gr...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

Re: Insurance and qualifications

I've had a worry for some time that the FAQ quoted above and the insurance schedule document are in conflict. I tried to bottom this out by contacting both the broker and the BCU. The broker said (orally, so I can't substantiate it) that for club members, experience and qualifications were irrelevan...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

Re: Insurance and qualifications

And incidentally, I don't think it matters whether reasonable precautions have been taken. Not taking them would be negligence, but it's negligence insurance.
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

Re: Insurance and qualifications

...., the club committee reckons that as long as I submit my paddle plan to them and they approve it, I can take the group and be covered by the club insurance. .... [/quote] I believe that statement to be true. You are a club member, and it's a club trip ('cos the committee approved it). So you (an...
by Robert Craig
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

Re: Insurance and qualifications

A I see it, if it's a formal club trip, the club committee are taking responsibility that the trip will be "sufficiently" safe. So those taking part don't have to do their own assessment of the leader. This is very valuable to members, who may not have the ability to do this assessment. To my mind, ...
by Robert Craig
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Signing a disclaimer doesn't do much. It's only an indication that you gave consent to participation - but it doesn't prove the consent was informed consent.

I think negligence can still happen even with consent.

But I don't really know - I'm not a lawyer.
by Robert Craig
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak adventure book
Replies: 10
Views: 931

Re: Kayak adventure book

"Paddle to the Arctic", by Don Starkell covers kayak. His previous (but not as gripping) "Paddle to the Amazon" is about canoeing.

A thrawn b*gger, as we say up here.
by Robert Craig
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

Re: Insurance and qualifications

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.... (other than BCU membership which doesn't cover me if i act as a leader - as i understand it). .....
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That's the crux of the discussion here. I think that the BCU insurance covers all club members on club activities regardless of qualifications.
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3133

Re: Insurance and qualifications

If the club member is deployed to lead a session by the club, the club would be responsible and would be asked should it come to court etc why they had deployed that person and why they deemed them fit to do so! Hence clubs needing insurance - it should be noted that the BC Club insurance also cove...