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by RoryD
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Point 65N X-Ray SEA KAYAK FOR SALE - Nairn, Scotland - £650 - now sold
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Point 65N X-Ray SEA KAYAK FOR SALE - Nairn, Scotland - £650 - now sold

This sleek Swedish kayak has served me very well for day trips and camping expeds for over a decade, but I’ve fallen for a modern fast sea kayak so it’s time for someone else to enjoy this seaworthy and efficient boat. As a well-maintained fibreglass boat that’s always been stored indoors/undercover...
by RoryD
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Scotland - Northeast
Topic: River Blackwater
Replies: 11
Views: 5710

Re: River Blackwater

Bailey Bridge removal 22 March as seen by drone (from PKC Facebook page) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxJZt0cUYRE PKC talking about October before replacement bridge open - so it'll be a building site for quite some time. A shame all the woods had to be removed for the craning - wonder if they'll...
by RoryD
Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rights
Replies: 66
Views: 15356

Re: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rights

We are into March now and, according to The Herald, The Scottish Govt has not yet taken a decision on the Highland Council proposal to suspend the right of responsible access - http://bit.ly/1oR80Un "A Scottish Government spokesman said Highland Council had applied for one, but this had prompted a n...
by RoryD
Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rights
Replies: 66
Views: 15356

Re: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rig

My own letter is done now too and I concur that, since land below HWS is no longer included, it's not such a significant access issue for paddlers/other visitors. My objection therefore focuses instead on the incompetence of the Highland Council in supporting this inappropriate application for a Sec...
by RoryD
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rights
Replies: 66
Views: 15356

Re: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rig

Thanks for posting that, Ian - saves me from finding a web host for the image of the public notice. Alastair's email to me with a proof of the notice similarly clarifies the position w.r.t. the intertidal zone in his accompanying email: " Please find attached a copy of the notice which will be print...
by RoryD
Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rights
Replies: 66
Views: 15356

Re: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rig

(will post when have a time frame and contact details for formal submissions). Highland Council’s Local Access Officer for Lochaber informed me today that “ We have not as yet published the notice. There will be a four week consultation process. I will inform you when we go to print .” Will post wh...
by RoryD
Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SCA Touring Survey
Replies: 39
Views: 5166

Re: SCA Touring Survey

In fairness, the SCA does still have some Access involvement Yes; The SCA responded immediately and positively to my emailed enquiry in which I asked whether the proposed Ardtoe area access ban was something the SCA wished to engage with (I'd found nothing on the website suggesting this would be th...
by RoryD
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rights
Replies: 66
Views: 15356

Re: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rig

Prompt and helpful response from SNH HQ to an email I sent them (have also alerted JMT and SCA): Thanks for this enquiry, which I’ll reply on promptly... Have you seen the details of section 11 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003? They’re available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2003/2/sect...
by RoryD
Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rights
Replies: 66
Views: 15356

Beaches South of Ardtoe - proposal to suspend access rights

Those who know and enjoy the beaches/ land next to the singing sands south of Ardtoe may be interested in a Highland Council proposal I stumbled across to suspend access rights under the Land Reform Act there for a full year for the purposes of a TV programme. Although the singing sands beach itself...
by RoryD
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: PRO-TEC (Ace Water) HELMET - Inverness area
Replies: 1
Views: 165

PRO-TEC (Ace Water) HELMET - Inverness area

Pro-tec Ace Water Helmet in glossy red / medium size (I think) … 55-56cm. High density injection-molded ABS shell with dual density waterproof liner and 16 open vents for good ventilation and drainage. CE EN 1385. Light use with usual scuffs/scratches & tiny chip on edge of one vent, but no signifi...
by RoryD
Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ballot Papers for Post of General Secretary SCA
Replies: 21
Views: 1389

Re: Ballot Papers for Post of General Secretary SCA

I'm amazed you haven't heared of Duncan Winning ....... I do in fact know of Duncan and his contributions (I was explicitly referring to the three Hon Vice Pres') and the point I was making is simply that we shouldn't have to happen to have heard of them, but should be provided with the info to all...
by RoryD
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ballot Papers for Post of General Secretary SCA
Replies: 21
Views: 1389

Re: Ballot Papers for Post of General Secretary SCA

..... and on a related matter (and perhaps I'm being blind &/or stupid) I have been unable to find any info in The Paddler or SCA Website re. the three people seeking members' approval for re-appointment as Honorary Vice Presidents at the AGM. I haven't heard of any of them, and wonder how I would b...
by RoryD
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ballot Papers for Post of General Secretary SCA
Replies: 21
Views: 1389

Re: Ballot Papers for Post of General Secretary SCA

I hadn't appreciated the background to this election. So, thanks to the two threads/links here, I have dug out my Paddler address sheet from the bottom of our recycling wheely bin, cut off the voting slip at the bottom (presumably that's all SCA needs) and will post my vote shortly. I participated i...
by RoryD
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak sailing back from Ailsa Craig.
Replies: 59
Views: 4850

Re: Strengthening deck for mast base

I glassed in a DIY rib under my foredeck to take the mast base forces as my kayak's deck flexed un-nervingly (Point 65 Xray): http://img814.imageshack.us/img814/593/deckstrut.jpg It certainly stopped all flexing and cost virtually nothing as I had the resin etc already - but it's not a job I'd repea...
by RoryD
Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kayak sails^
Replies: 37
Views: 4680

Re: kayak sails

My kayak feels naked without it, get a flat earth rig now! It's a real rush overtaking waves! Douglas :o) It becomes totally natural to sail, and is indeed a real rush overtaking the waves ... but you are pretty restricted if is nobody else has sails and you wish to stay together on a trip. To prev...
by RoryD
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trouble on Skye.
Replies: 31
Views: 4290

Re: Trouble on Skye.

We (small Inverness club group) took out there a fortnight before your club's visit, at the end of a fantastic trip down from Loch Bracadale, and found only a number of quite chatty, friendly middle-aged-plus women walking their dogs. They appeared to live somewhere around the bay. But our cars were...
by RoryD
Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: OPEN CANOE and ALL PURPOSE KAYAK - Scotland
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Modern MULTI-PURPOSE KAYAK - Scotland

Our open canoe sold well on eBay tonight, but the modern multi-purpose KAYAK is still FOR SALE . I'll probably re-list it once the weather gets a bit warmer, but in the meantime it remains for sale - and I'd let it go for £250 for cash or cheque (eBay & PayPal fees are horrendous!). Details: Modern ...
by RoryD
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: OPEN CANOE and ALL PURPOSE KAYAK - Scotland
Replies: 1
Views: 372

OPEN CANOE and ALL PURPOSE KAYAK - Scotland

Hi; I'm rationalising the fleet to raise funds for a new open canoe, so am selling our family open canoe and an all-purpose kayak on eBay: Pyranha Hunter Open Canoe - eBay item No 330541079252 - bidding starts at £350 – http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FAMILY-TRIP..._Rafts_SM&hash=item4cf5c89ad4 Wild One all-p...
by RoryD
Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flat Earth Sails^
Replies: 13
Views: 2703

Re: Flat Earth Sails

Seems like Mick has created a bit of a masterpiece there - VERY nice indeed. It will interesting to see whether sailing does indeed catch on here as over there - I have my doubts. Here's a few shots of my Q-kayaks rig as I thought mine was expensive enough, and not everyone can/would invest £300 in ...
by RoryD
Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flat Earth Sails^
Replies: 13
Views: 2703

ANOTHER KAYAK SAIL - BY Q-KAYAKS

There’s a cheaper Kiwi-made alternative (currently £179 incl. mast & all fittings) that’s imported/sold by Marine Revolution in Tayport, across the Tay from Dundee. See images towards bottom page at http://www.marinerevolution.co.uk/kayakaccessories.htm . I bought one of these Q-Kayaks sails last ye...
by RoryD
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orcas of Small Isles on Friday
Replies: 2
Views: 416

Re: Orcas off Small Isles on Friday

We saw them ! Were camped on Eigg and saw them very clearly approaching Eilean Chathastail - with the Shearwater in frantic pursuit (not exactly crossing their bow as the boat came into harbour!). So big/powerful/fast; really impressive & my 1st time seeing them in Scotland. In only a few days aroun...
by RoryD
Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterbuster pump - spare switch
Replies: 1
Views: 619

Waterbuster pump - spare switch

Hi everyone, if anyone needs parts for Attwood Waterbuster pumps, try e-mailing Jeanne at Jeanne.Smit@attwoodmarine.com I had a switch fail and the parts were sent from the states promtly and without charge. Hope that helps. Phil Hi; Thanks to this forum, its search function and Phil's post from 20...
by RoryD
Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry suits - Expectations?
Replies: 14
Views: 3680

Re: Dry suits - Expectations?

A timely & revealing thread for those considering buying a drysuit! I have a Lomo suit and Reed salapettes and cag and have found both excellent. The Lomo suit is 2.5 years old and showing little sign of wear After just over 3yrs of (steady but not heavy) use, my own LOMO Tornado drysuit is starting...
by RoryD
Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Radio advice^
Replies: 14
Views: 7253

Re: Radio advice

Having read here of the reliability of LW over FM reception for forecasts, I took a larger Sony radio that had LW on a recent trip up the E side of the Uists. At no overnight stop however did I manage to find Radio 4 LW reception - whereas FM was entirely reliable (for Iain Anderson's show as well a...
by RoryD
Sat May 23, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam for outfitting
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: Foam for outfitting

Still with the swimming theme, if you want thicker foam I used the childrens' large playbricks from Swimshop for a seat and cockpit fitting out - see http://www.swimshop.co.uk/product.asp?p ... KS&recno=1 . Nice and colourful too!
- Rory
by RoryD
Tue May 19, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camping in Arisaig and info. can you help?
Replies: 21
Views: 2665

Re: Camping in Arisaig and info. can you help?

Would recommend going right to the end of the road past Back of Keppoch to Gorten Sands Caravan Site - or Gortenachuillish on the OS map. The on-farm campsite there's less noisy/frantic than most others in the area - at least it used to be. Great kayaking/seals around the islands & skerries and a ni...
by RoryD
Tue May 19, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp chimp hatch to fishing hatch mod?
Replies: 12
Views: 1429

Re: Nordkapp chimp hatch to fishing hatch mod?

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/5167/nordkappnewhatches.jpg I actually left the chimp pump in (it worked OK), and cut a new day hatch on the other side - as well as making a bulkhead behind the seat/relocating the pump hose outlet. But could easily have increased the size of the hole from the pu...
by RoryD
Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Applecross lark
Replies: 59
Views: 5177

Re: Applecross lark

Not sure if I prescribe to the idea of keeping housing for locals... Sorry; I could perhaps have been even clearer ... I was talking about keeping croft houses for resident crofters/their families - whether incomers or indigenous. Many of the most active crofters across the Highlands and Islands wh...