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by Ian_Montrose
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Letter to Santa - GPS
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Letter to Santa - GPS

Just a thought, does he have a printer and lamintator? One of my favourite uses of Memory Map is to print out custom maps of the area I'm going to be paddling, add some notes and then laminate so they're waterproof. Other random gift ideas for a sea kayaker: waterproof camera or action camera, Jetbo...
by Ian_Montrose
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Letter to Santa - GPS
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Letter to Santa - GPS

Memory Map comes with licenses to use on a smart phone. As he already has the software I'd look at loading it on his phone for walking and shore-based nav and get a basic non-mapping GPS for on the water. That's exactly what I do and it works for me. That's assuming he's not still nursing an old Nok...
by Ian_Montrose
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Letter to Santa - GPS
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Letter to Santa - GPS

Do you want mapping or not? That's a key question as it significantly affects your budget. I opted against mapping as I couldn't convince myself that the small screen on most handheld GPSs would be usable taking into account my aging eyesight. I carry a basic Garmin 10 which does everything I person...
by Ian_Montrose
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?
Replies: 21
Views: 1293

Re: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?

I manage all year round in my drysuit, as do quite a few friends of mine. The suit itself generally doesn't provide much insulation and I adjust the under layers as sea/air temperature requires. On those occasions where I find myself getting a bit on the warm side I dunk my hat in the abundant suppl...
by Ian_Montrose
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Really bright torch
Replies: 13
Views: 909

Re: Really bright torch

Bit of a shits and giggles suggestion but what about an audio track of a barking and snarling dog on your phone? Play it full volume and simultaneously bang the sides of the van and any chancing rogue will think you've got a psychotic rottweiler guarding you.
by Ian_Montrose
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weather or Not
Replies: 9
Views: 974

Re: Weather or Not

My preference is Windguru.cz and I pay a small annual fee for the Pro version which I feel is well worth the money. For the UK it gives both GFS and WRF forecasts and at different resolutions. It's also clear when the data was generated by the source model. However, weather is only one part of the j...
by Ian_Montrose
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations on a summer cap for sea kayaking?
Replies: 10
Views: 1217

Re: Recommendations on a summer cap for sea kayaking?

I've got a Musto cap which has a sewn on retainer line and clip. I've had it since 2014 and no sign of rust on the clip. Have a look here:
https://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/advance ... =musto+cap
by Ian_Montrose
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What do you do if better advice ignored
Replies: 30
Views: 2725

Re: What do you do if better advice ignored

It seems to me that your problem started before you got on the water. Nothing to do with me having an opinion about whether you or they were right or wrong at the decision point. You just don't seem to have had enough confidence in their respective ability levels, as you couldn't assure yourself the...
by Ian_Montrose
Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2984

Re: PLB use

Thanks for the responses. Seems like in this small sample that everyone advocates their use and in all options simultaneously rather than as a last option. Don't really think it matters if you are 5 mile offshore or 500m if you can't get ashore. I can think of lots of scenarios where I could end up...
by Ian_Montrose
Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2984

Re: PLB use

I would never consider them a waste of time but they are not a "get out of jail free" card either. They are one of many tools that you may choose to have in your box. What I think is important is that we all have put reasonable thought into what equipment we carry for emergency use, why we carry it ...
by Ian_Montrose
Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7002

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

As others had warned me after 6 or 7 outings in fresh water and one in sea my switch has started to fail. My pump started operating in the off position during my last trip to Arisaig. Still, it was worth trying and at least it went when I was with a group of fellow kayakers so no big deal Im now go...
by Ian_Montrose
Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Closed Cell Foam, which one?
Replies: 5
Views: 974

Re: Closed Cell Foam, which one?

EVA foam as used in cheap swim floats or camping mats works for me.
by Ian_Montrose
Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7002

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Ian, That switch in your link above appears to be a 240V version so does it still work with a 12V battery connection ? In my initial searches they all seem to be mains rated rather than DC. Thanks. Hi Yes, it's the exact one I have - still have the receipt with part number. I'm not an electrician b...
by Ian_Montrose
Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7002

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

I'm always rather wary of supposedly waterproof items that don't have a specified depth, pressure or IPX rating, especially in a marine environment. It will be interesting to hear how long the Zen switch lasts, my money would be on not very long but I hope I'm wrong. I went for a remote control swit...
by Ian_Montrose
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: where do you put all that kit when paddling
Replies: 18
Views: 2501

Re: where do you put all that kit when paddling

I've got kit that I take on every trip and then additional kit that I take if I'm going on a multi-day trip. Most of the additional multi-day kit is related to camping so I won't cover that here. My standard kit is listed below. There are some items that I could possibly leave behind if I'm only goi...
by Ian_Montrose
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Deck Bag
Replies: 9
Views: 2153

Re: New Deck Bag

You really shouldn't need to ballast a boat like the Charleston. If you find that you do though, a couple of empty 5L square bottles (the kind you get antifreeze, screen-wash, juice concentrate etc in) should be more than adequate. Just fill them up when you get to the put in and it saves you carryi...
by Ian_Montrose
Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a "basecamp" / "family" tent
Replies: 23
Views: 3592

Re: Recommend me a "basecamp" / "family" tent

MikeVeal wrote:A lot of people do not realise that Nylon flysheets have a very short life. Eight to twelve weeks of sun will kill them.......

For us Scottish paddlers that's about 15 years then!
by Ian_Montrose
Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on Clubs on the East Coast of Scotland
Replies: 9
Views: 1721

Re: Advice on Clubs on the East Coast of Scotland

Hi Lewis I'm in Montrose as well and can confirm the town does not have it's own club. I'm a member of the Stonehaven club (http://www.stonehavencanoeclub.co.uk/) but haven't been particularly active with them this past year or so but they are beginner friendly. They usually have some coached sessio...
by Ian_Montrose
Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: McMurdo Fastfind PLB battery replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 2164

Re: McMurdo Fastfind PLB battery replacement

From memory, there are one or more FastFind models that have user-replaceable batteries. The model I have (the 210) the documentation states that the battery is not user-replaceable. Even if I could source a battery I would not consider doing it myself and the main reason is the risk of compromising...
by Ian_Montrose
Fri May 29, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: low profile mesh deck bag
Replies: 5
Views: 1067

Re: low profile mesh deck bag

I've got one very similar to this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEAVY-DUTY-SEA-KAYAK-WATER-RESISTANT-CANVAS-DECK-BAG-/281697749891?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item41967e8b83 Does me fine. I did have something larger before but succumbed to the tendency to fill the space so ended up with all sorts of stu...
by Ian_Montrose
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Style Rolling Awards - some potential or bad idea?
Replies: 38
Views: 4260

Re: Greenland Style Rolling Awards - some potential or bad i

God no! It's akin to proposing that homemade skin-on-frame kayaks should need to get a CE certification before being put on the water.
by Ian_Montrose
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hat for a windy day
Replies: 12
Views: 2078

Re: Hat for a windy day

I've got this one and like it. Waterproof, good brim to keep the sun out my eyes, has never blown off and has a built-in retainer clip just in case it ever does,

http://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/2014-mus ... -1474.html
by Ian_Montrose
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Sea Kayak Wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 1245

Re: Sea Kayak Wanted

I have a North Shore Polar HV for sale, about 5 years old but pretty much unused for the last 2 years. White hull, yellow deck with Silva 70P compass fitted. Located in Montrose. Will accept £800 which I think is a very good price. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/G3_wLSPKgbCw_mSSTaet8iz0p7ZQSsnazx...
by Ian_Montrose
Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Neck Saw salt water
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Re: Neck Saw salt water

yabbadabba wrote:
Water based lubricant, KY Jelly or any of the sexual lubricants are good removing any friction of the latex seal, get the flavoured ones and you smell nice too.

I can just imagine trying to explain to my wife why I have a tube of sex lube in my kayaking kit bag.
by Ian_Montrose
Fri May 23, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How big / small a tent should be?
Replies: 22
Views: 6337

Re: How big / small a tent should be?

So much to take into consideration. How much space will it take up in the hatch? How big the user is and how much comfort they want. Gear storage in porch and room for cooking if weather closes in. How big a pitch are you likely to find? With so many factors, we're all going to end up with a differe...
by Ian_Montrose
Thu May 22, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Switching to wood for fuel
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: Switching to wood for fuel

We see people with Kelly kettles in the Lake District all the time unfortunately there is very little driftwood so they also bring thier axes to chop down saplings and tree branches to feed them and build fires. This gives us local boys a bit of a bad name - it's gotten to the stage where local far...
by Ian_Montrose
Tue May 20, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A matter of interpretation
Replies: 31
Views: 3487

Re: A matter of interpretation

Owen wrote:This really has nothing to do with vegetables, swede form comes from a design first used in Sweden.

Ah, but what if those Swedish designers based the shape of their kayaks on a turnip?
by Ian_Montrose
Fri May 16, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Switching to wood for fuel
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: Switching to wood for fuel

I wonder if, on those wet, windy evenings when you've landed, are tired and need to get into the shelter of the tent and get some food into you, whether I'd want to be exclusively reliant on wood for my heat source - - That had crossed my mind. I'm not sure I'd ever be confident enough to rely comp...
by Ian_Montrose
Fri May 16, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Switching to wood for fuel
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: Switching to wood for fuel

Pro: Renewable resource - fits with our ethic of doing a little damage to the planet as possible - that is not burning fossil fuels. Just wonder if I can convert my car to run on wood ..... Fair point. However, I think I'd have to burn a small forest as fuel before I'd compensate for the environmen...
by Ian_Montrose
Fri May 16, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What GPS do people use?
Replies: 21
Views: 1931

Re: What GPS do people use?

I still use an old Etrex, but I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've had to refer to it to check my position. Mainly just use it for logging distance and speed. I also have a Nexus 7 tablet on which I've installed Memory Map OS maps and marine charts as I already had licen...