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by Jurassic
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh
Replies: 67
Views: 9479

Re: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh

Anyone got any news about the trail? - I'm planning to try it in August from the Helensburgh end. What is parking like at this end. There is free parking at the pier car park in Helensburgh near the slip but speaking from experience I'd let the police station know that you're leaving your car if yo...
by Jurassic
Sat May 11, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oronsay & Carna
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: Oronsay & Carna

Hi Andy and 'Jurassic' I was one of the group of 4 also on Loch Sunnart last weekend but one, camping at Resipole on the Saturday night. I guess that you, Andy, were one of the two we passed launching/landing at Salen (we were in a red van and a silver estate)? And one or two of our group chatted t...
by Jurassic
Thu May 02, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oronsay & Carna
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: Oronsay & Carna

Hi Andy, I was amongst the sailing canoes that shared the loch with you on Saturday. It was a lovely day and I enjoyed reading your blog. We had hoped to get around Oronsay as well but on this occasion had to settle for circumnavigating Carna (enjoying sailing up through the western gap against the ...
by Jurassic
Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF choice
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: VHF choice

Another vote for SH. I have the bottom of the range HX280E as I didn't want all the gadgets and gizmos fitted to many of the more expensive models. It works well, has great battery life (another advantage of having no extra features) and I managed to get it for £90 (albeit it was through a group buy...
by Jurassic
Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SOT repairs
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: SOT repairs

Mikebelluk wrote:This info may help
http://www.northwaleskayakfishing.co.uk/id69.html
Nice link, that looks quick and easy (and cheap which G-Flex is NOT!)
by Jurassic
Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SOT repairs
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: SOT repairs

I'd be inclined to use this stuff (it's amazing) http://www.westsystem.com/ss/g-flex-epoxy/
It's designed to work on polyethylene boats unlike most other epoxies. There's a video of a somewhat contrived kayak repair here http://www.westsystem.com/ss/g-flex-torture-demo/
Hope this helps.
by Jurassic
Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which video camera?
Replies: 9
Views: 856

Re: Which video camera?

If you want to just use it for footage from the front (or rear) of the boat facing towards you then the GoPro is very good (and very waterproof), however I find that type of footage very "samey" after a while so if you want a reasonably priced camera that is compact and will shoot decent footage in ...
by Jurassic
Mon May 28, 2012 1:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Jet-Skis and midges
Replies: 23
Views: 3163

Re: Jet-Skis and midges

So there we have it, the silly season has returned with avengence. No sign of the midges though. With them you can at least fend them off with a spray or jacket but I can’t see anything you can buy for mad jet-skiers ! Urgh, this all sounds depressingly familiar. I spent a few days on Loch Lomond i...
by Jurassic
Tue May 08, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice waterproof VHF radio.^
Replies: 19
Views: 3120

Re: Advice waterproof VHF radio.

I had been looking at Icom m23. Does anyone have experience with this newish model? Do your recommendations float or do you use lanyards?Looks like I can get a decent pair for £300 so delighted with that. Whilst I have the Standard Horizon HX280E I have a friend who owns the Icom M23. It doesn't ha...
by Jurassic
Mon May 07, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice waterproof VHF radio.^
Replies: 19
Views: 3120

Re: Advice waterproof VHF radio.

I have the Standard Horizon HX280E that Yakdiver mentions. It's a basic radio without the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive sets but it has all the essentials, good battery life and is reasonably priced. I haven't had it long enough to comment on longevity but all the reviews I read b...
by Jurassic
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond this Saturday
Replies: 14
Views: 965

Re: Loch Lomond this Saturday

The layby at Aldochlay can get full at the weekends even during the winter but I can confirm that the parking at the big car park in Luss is free from October until April.
by Jurassic
Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tricky launch
Replies: 6
Views: 887

Re: Tricky launch

This was the view of the Clyde estuary from my kitchen window yesterday (in Helensburgh),the mist you can see is spindrift! Some of the local windsurfers (of which I'm one) did go out for a play, I probably would have had a go but I've just had surgery so no activities for me for a few months. Appar...
by Jurassic
Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend a winter wetsuit
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: Recommend a winter wetsuit

That Gul suit is very similar in design to my Spartan suit and is very cheap for the spec. Just be aware of the potential restriction of the dry zip across the shoulders. It may not be an issue for paddling a kayak (plenty of kayaking drysuits use a similar zip location after all) but it's something...
by Jurassic
Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend a winter wetsuit
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: Recommend a winter wetsuit

You maybe already know this but most wetsuits readily available in the UK are surf suits (ie designed for surfing). They're designed to keep you warm when you spend most of your time submerged (like a surfer does) and are constructed mostly from double lined neoprene (which has the nylon fabric coat...
by Jurassic
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak regulations in France
Replies: 11
Views: 2509

Re: Sea kayak regulations in France

Thanks for posting Jersey Kayak, that's very interesting.
by Jurassic
Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaking Hatch: retrofit with bolts/rivits?^
Replies: 19
Views: 3484

Re: Leaking Hatch: retrofit with bolts/rivits?

I know it's probably too late and you've already bought the Sikaflex (which I'm sure will be fine) but I've been using West System G-Flex for a few jobs recently and it's amazingly strong. I used it to bond a mast foot into my open canoe which is subject to some major stresses and to repair the nose...
by Jurassic
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea paddling destinations for (relative) beginners
Replies: 40
Views: 2061

Re: Sea paddling destinations for (relative) beginners

The chippy at Inverary is acceptable. Nothing like as good as the one at Seahouses though. A top tip if you're in Inveraray is not to go to the chippy but head for the George Hotel. The food in there is great and very reasonably priced. The bar area is nice and cosy (especially in winter with an op...
by Jurassic
Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea paddling destinations for (relative) beginners
Replies: 40
Views: 2061

Re: Sea paddling destinations for (relative) beginners

What about Arisaig/Morar/Moidart area? Plenty to do there with sheltered paddles if it's stormy (even Loch Shiel if you fancied freshwater). Lovely scenery and not quite so far to drive.
by Jurassic
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nothing like being at one with nature.
Replies: 24
Views: 1968

Re: Nothing like being at one with nature.

I had an interesting discussion with a friend who readily refers to herself (in a lighthearted way) as a reformed Ned. She says that for years (until her her mid twenties) she would have left litter, fire rings etc behind and says she never gave it a thought. She always regarded herself as a lover o...
by Jurassic
Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy aid recommendations?^
Replies: 24
Views: 4299

Re: Bouyancy aid recommendations?

Thanks OGB, I'm watching it now.
by Jurassic
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy aid recommendations?^
Replies: 24
Views: 4299

Re: Bouyancy aid recommendations?

Thanks for the tips guys, keep them coming. I'll check out Stirling Canoes first as it's en-route to Perth anyway. Brookbank have had enough of my cash already so it'd be cool to support another business too. My canoe is a flat water boat (NC Pal) so WW use is unlikely at this stage (hence the empha...
by Jurassic
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy aid recommendations?^
Replies: 24
Views: 4299

Re: Bouyancy aid recommendations?

I'm off work tomorrow so I think I'll take a run over to Brookbank to poke and prod some of these BAs and see how they fit. In the meantime if anyone has any opinions please post them as you can never have too much advice/info. Thanks.
by Jurassic
Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy aid recommendations?^
Replies: 24
Views: 4299

Re: Bouyancy aid recommendations?

Yes I'm familiar with the Delta Ranger Mary as my friend wears one, seems like a great value option and is on my shortlist. Dave, the Kaikoura was one of the BAs I was most interested in but I did wonder if it was a bit over specced (if you can have such a thng)? The Taupo and Symbiant also look nic...
by Jurassic
Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy aid recommendations?^
Replies: 24
Views: 4299

Bouyancy aid recommendations?^

Hi all, I'm planning to splash out on a new BA shortly and was wondering what folks would recommend based on their own experiences? I intend to try on as many as possible and go for one that fits well and it also needs to have a front zip for convenience (my current one doesn't and it often gets stu...
by Jurassic
Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex V. Neoprene
Replies: 14
Views: 4763

Re: Latex V. Neoprene

As a relative newcomer to kayaking it's interesting to hear anecdotal evidence about drysuits and dry cag/trousers. Initially on reading the various manufacturers and retailers blurb I assumed that dry meant dry but that's not necessarily true and what the hell does semi-dry mean? I now own a drysui...
by Jurassic
Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Sea Kayak - NorthShore Atlantic RM^
Replies: 29
Views: 14084

Re: First Sea Kayak - NorthShore Atlantic RM

It seems to do well in this test Richard (especially taking into account the reasonable price).
http://www.canoekayak.co.uk/categories/ ... p?item=638
by Jurassic
Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stand on Toppers
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: Stand on Toppers

My mate does overnighters on his SUP (I go in my kayak). It works fine with a big dry bag on the back with his kit in it. It's a quite a bit slower than a kayak (probably similar pace to an open canoe) but it's nice to have him along for company. He's a pretty shit hot surfer and he gets a sore back...
by Jurassic
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Metal thermal flasks^
Replies: 22
Views: 4801

Re: Metal thermal flasks

The steel flasks seem to vary a lot in terms of performance and price doesn't always seem to have any relation to how well they work. I have a small one that my dad gave me that he got as a freeby and it works pretty well but one of my friends paid a premium price for a name brand one which turned o...
by Jurassic
Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Administrators - new forum area please!
Replies: 14
Views: 1524

Re: Administrators - new forum area please!

MikeB wrote:;-)

In any event, it's always good to hear it's of some use - -


Mike.
I didn't mean to imply it wasn't good Mike, I've spent hours browsing the Almanac. In fact I found it by following the link from one of your posts not by clicking on "Sea".
by Jurassic
Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Administrators - new forum area please!
Replies: 14
Views: 1524

Re: Administrators - new forum area please!

Took me ages to find the almanac too chykensa if it's any consolation.