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by Maarten Z
Sun May 19, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bach Eto
Replies: 7
Views: 1004

Re: Bach Eto

I've seen a demo boat on the SKUK symposium. Of course it looked good. Unfortunately I didn't have/take the time to talk with Mike on the topic. I own an Alaw Bach for 7 years now and still absolutely love it so I don't have an immediate need to buy a new one. I use this reference for a list of chan...
by Maarten Z
Thu May 11, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat repair - explained
Replies: 9
Views: 1783

Re: Gelcoat repair - explained

Many people advocate adding 'wax in styrene' to the gelcoat to make this 'flowcoat' non-stick. It's not absolutely necessary, wait for the gelcoat to harden, and simply give it a good wipe with acetone - it will remove/dry off the sticky surface. Adding the wax to gelcoat raises the viscocity - if ...
by Maarten Z
Mon May 08, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSLR camera bag??
Replies: 7
Views: 894

Re: DSLR camera bag??

I started off with the Ortlieb V-Shot but found it cumbersome to open & close whilst on the deck. Plus the teeth of the zipper would rotate when used in non-perfect conditions making it malfunction. I replaced it with the Ortlieb Aquazoom as mentioned above which, admittingly, didn't get proper test...
by Maarten Z
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?
Replies: 7
Views: 813

Re: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?

I have both a Reed and a Balaclava from Kokatat. The latter for colder weather (fleece lined) which is very comfortable.
https://kokatat.com/product/surfskin-balaclava-inusba
by Maarten Z
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: club kayak for smaller people?
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

club kayak for smaller people?

Looking for a club kayak for smaller & lighter people (think 1m65, 50kg), should be suitable to take out on the open water... Currently our club is looking at Perception Carolina 14 and the likes, but I'm hoping for a slightly more sportive design as I'm afraid they will have a lot of issues keeping...
by Maarten Z
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon HX300 tether/lanyard
Replies: 12
Views: 1684

Re: Standard Horizon HX300 tether/lanyard

On my HX280E, the belt clip was secured with a bolt. I removed the clip and replaced it with a plastic wire clamp (like this http://www.narva.com.au/sitebuilder/products/medium/979/pc-clamps.png). I attached a piece of 4mm cord to it. Couldn't make up from the pictures if the HX300 uses a similar be...
by Maarten Z
Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio - security?
Replies: 11
Views: 1367

Re: VHF Radio - security?

I have removed the belt clip from my HX280E and replaced it with a plastic cable clamp (like this http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mOsMPu8DPq12OcPsB7GFFJQ.jpg). I secure the radio with a piece of 4mm cord to my BA. My radio lives inside a BA pocket, a bit of work to get it out when you need it...
by Maarten Z
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: round Ireland youngest!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1074

Re: round Ireland youngest!!!

What an achievement. I think I remember her from the Anglesey greenland games in 2013? Saw some pictures on FB, is that an Alaw Bach? Congratulations on fitting everything in as well! I already struggle with it when I'm on a weekend trip. :-) Congratulations!! Curious what the next adventure will be...
by Maarten Z
Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standing wave (white water) vs "rolling" wave (sea)
Replies: 2
Views: 1014

Standing wave (white water) vs "rolling" wave (sea)

In a discussion amongst paddlers the other day, we came to an open-ended conclusion that there's a difference between standing waves on whitewater and rolling waves on the sea. Potential differences that were highlighted were to which side you're edging when on the wave and the direction the water f...
by Maarten Z
Mon May 23, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dover-Calais
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Re: Dover-Calais

We've used both when going to UK for our paddling trips from Belgium. We really prefer the tunnel these days: less fuzz and a lot faster.
Just book the correct height, not sure if the price is that much different.

Enjoy the trip!
by Maarten Z
Wed May 04, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Croatia Maps
Replies: 7
Views: 873

Re: Croatia Maps

i have this one: http://www.superknjizara.hr/?page=knjig ... jiga=17085
seems like they didn't update it since 2003 :-)
also 1:100.000 but enough detail for that area I think

Openseamaps is pretty detailed in that area too.
by Maarten Z
Tue May 03, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Croatia Maps
Replies: 7
Views: 873

Re: Croatia Maps

I went there twice in 2010. Beautiful place. We stayed in an apartment in Sali on Dugi Otok and did 4 daytrips around the island which proved to be nice and varied. I did have some maps and a sailor's guide, will need to dig through some boxes to see which one we used (we recently moved). For our tr...
by Maarten Z
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: putting a sea kayak on the roof by yourself
Replies: 25
Views: 4408

Re: putting a sea kayak on the roof by yourself

My father is a happy user of the Eckla load assist:
http://www.eckla.de/dachtraegerzubehoer.html (scroll down a bit)
Not so much in the expensive department. More risky for your car compared to the fancy thule or karitek roof rack.
by Maarten Z
Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a "smart charger"
Replies: 2
Views: 937

Re: Recommend me a "smart charger"

Same suggestion from me. Although some added info: these chargers are rebranded a lot. I got mine from Conrad (German online shop) where it is branded as "Voltcraft IPC-1". I think the original manufacturer is Lacrosse, type BC700. It comes in two variations: one has a higher charge current capabili...
by Maarten Z
Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Omelette in a bag -
Replies: 4
Views: 2718

Re: Omelette in a bag -

Nice idea but I don't think I'll try this one. My thoughts: The bag gets thrown away after use (that's the whole point, right?) so I'd rather wash out the pan. Definitely check that the plastic bag you use can withstand boiling temperatures without 'flavouring' your food with chemicals. They are fre...
by Maarten Z
Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: December Sea Kayaking holiday - any suggestions?
Replies: 12
Views: 2798

Re: December Sea Kayaking holiday - any suggestions?

Another one is Raskas Kayak in Marseille - France. Nice guy, but he seems quite inactive in december as well... no harm in trying?
by Maarten Z
Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Snoopy's robot boat rescued by sea kayakers ? :-)
Replies: 6
Views: 1933

Re: Snoopy's robot boat rescued by sea kayakers ? :-)

Not having any sensible input on who might have rescued your robot boat, I didn't reply. (Which was the original reason to post here if I'm correct?) I did however check your site and must say I admire your endeavours. Being an RC enthousiast (or at least I was untill the kids showed up), electronic...
by Maarten Z
Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: December Sea Kayaking holiday - any suggestions?
Replies: 12
Views: 2798

Re: December Sea Kayaking holiday - any suggestions?

Sea kayak Koh Chang in Thailand? http://kayakchang.com/
Or http://seakayaksardinia.com/?
I can recommend both although it depends on your definitions of "easy to get to" and "fairly warm and mellow"... :-)
by Maarten Z
Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are all kayak trolleys junk?
Replies: 27
Views: 8077

Re: Are all kayak trolleys junk?

Am I the only one happy with my Eckla trolley? If you give the straps some thought, it stays in place just nicely. Folds fast and fits in the hatch. I had an old style KCS which tended to collapse on rough terrain and was afraid it would damage my boat (although it never did), as described above. KC...
by Maarten Z
Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A "good paddler"?
Replies: 12
Views: 4155

Re: A "good paddler"?

purely for the paddling aspect and at first glance: good posture, efficient forward stroke and the looks on the face when it's getting rough...
but going further, there's too much to consider
by Maarten Z
Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon VHF Radio
Replies: 1
Views: 1029

Re: Standard Horizon VHF Radio

what was the effect of the leak? I have an HX280E and have had bad luck (?) with the batteries so far. After charging it works for a few hours (on standby) and then suddenly switches off. I just purchased my 3rd set. They don't come cheap. Don't think it has to do with water ingress in my case. On t...
by Maarten Z
Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Laminators
Replies: 10
Views: 1336

Re: Laminators

I only have and use an A4 laminator. The times I get an A3 chart I fold it in half so it fits my map case on the spraydeck. I tend to look a lot on the map so want to have it in eye reach at all times. I use one of these for writing trip & tidal info on the sheets: http://www.dasbasteln.de/malen/mar...
by Maarten Z
Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ailsa Craig
Replies: 19
Views: 3025

Re: Ailsa Craig

I opted for the V-Shot due to the higher IP rating, hope the T-Zip will be as 'fast' as the closing system on the aqua-zoom. Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, even going off-topic, but I wanted to add this information should anyone bump into my post when searching for the Ortlieb V-Shot. I was ...
by Maarten Z
Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey 2015 - photos
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Re: Anglesey 2015 - photos

I didn't attend this year but saw these passing by on my friend's facebook page and am pretty sure she's the one. https://www.facebook.com/steven.hobert.9?fref=ts Seals beware! http://users.telenet.be/mzanders/ceegee1.jpg http://users.telenet.be/mzanders/ceegee2.jpg Indeed, you should be very proud!
by Maarten Z
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your best beach
Replies: 13
Views: 2348

Re: Share your best beach

Image
Sardinia exactly 1 year ago..hmmm..
by Maarten Z
Fri May 22, 2015 7:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 4781

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015

Charity: we're supporting the belgian chapter of brick children school ( http://www.brickchildrenschool.com/ http://www.brickbybrick.be/ ) which looks like an efficient & transparent organisation. Still unclear how our renovation project will come along by then so I still have to hope for it... The ...
by Maarten Z
Tue May 12, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Throw Tow
Replies: 3
Views: 1048

Re: Throw Tow

I've got the one from HF. Although I like the concept and versatility of the system, it is simply too bulky in my opinion. Not to mention expensive. The original one from Jeff was more compact. Wish I chose his when I had the chance. Don't think he still makes his version? I reverted to a Peak UK po...
by Maarten Z
Sat May 02, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gel Coat Repairs Youtube links advise.
Replies: 2
Views: 874

Re: Gel Coat Repairs Youtube links advise.

Best one I've seen so far:
part 1:
part 2:

blog post: http://blog.theartofpaddling.com/2014/0 ... ir-part-1/
by Maarten Z
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shortest sea kayak camping expedition ever?
Replies: 6
Views: 1709

Re: Shortest sea kayak camping expedition ever?

just great! For sure it looks like a night well spent...
Saw this passing by on facebook a few weeks ago: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/microadventures-3/
by Maarten Z
Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Battery Boxes
Replies: 3
Views: 1927

Re: Battery Boxes

Looks good! Nice build.
Where did you find the voltmeter/carplug/usb connector combo?

Thanks,
Maarten