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by Robert Craig
Wed May 29, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A Level Design Engineering Paddling
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: A Level Design Engineering Paddling

Done. I wonder whther you might get more usdeful replies in response to posting this on the sea kayak forum?
by Robert Craig
Fri May 10, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Vela -return to Sea kayaking
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: P&H Vela -return to Sea kayaking

Could it be that the 105 kg was meant to be the total load - that is paddler plus gear?
by Robert Craig
Wed May 08, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Vela -return to Sea kayaking
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: P&H Vela -return to Sea kayaking

I own and have owned a Vela for years. I'm 5 feet 8 inches, and about 10 1/2 stone, and it's just right for me, and I love it. It's low windage, and it's biassed to being fast rather than being agile. I'm happy in it both when it's calm and when the wind gets up. But maybe at 12 stone you might be o...
by Robert Craig
Wed May 08, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's

I'd guess that the boat you choose won't have a lot on influence on your safety, as you are a WW kayaker. The issue will be what's comfortable and what fits - for which you might be best trying out several boats - which, as you hint, might be easier in a club environment. If not a club, I'd suggest ...
by Robert Craig
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When where who?
Replies: 15
Views: 899

Re: When where who?

As to when GRP kayaks were first made, I made a GRP kayak in 1968, by taking a mould from an existing GRP boat. Presumably the existing bioat was pre-1968. I don't remember GRP being a novelty for kayaks then. [Though the GRP boat replaced a lath-and-canvas kayak which I wrote off on the Aberdeen De...
by Robert Craig
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which way North
Replies: 2
Views: 446

Re: Which way North

What luck to be paddling the West Coast of Scotland in this epoch!
by Robert Craig
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bollox
Replies: 5
Views: 1026

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: 744

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: 744

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: 1174

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: 273

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: 273

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: 1644

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: 6125

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: 818

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: 1644

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: 2912

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: 545

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: 1644

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: 2036

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: 2036

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: 2036

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: 2036

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: 15
Views: 1357

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: 1011

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: 3492

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: 3492

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: 3492

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: 3492

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.