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by PeterG
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1536

Re: Sea kayak speed

On a long open crossing much of the above discussion holds. However, much of the time you are ducking in and out of the tide or just messing around in and out of the rocks, caves etc, in that case a boat that turns easily will be less tiring over a long day. My Anas acuta is 5.2m overall but with a ...
by PeterG
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Tavy pollution?
Replies: 2
Views: 221

Re: Tavy pollution?

Southern Waters new system of +/- real time reporting is good, although the ones I'm signed up to are into the sea. I was ill on the Tavy some years ago and logged it with the EA at the time
by PeterG
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Rapids' on OS map
Replies: 7
Views: 843

Re: 'Rapids' on OS map

There still seems an element of subjectivity, rivers change character at sheet boundaries -I don't think so. The cragginess of hillsides the same, but no doubt as the digital master is updated it will become more and more uniform, Pity in a way, I like the subjectivity and even artistic contours mak...
by PeterG
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best stuff to stick foam to hull
Replies: 11
Views: 632

Re: Best stuff to stick foam to hull

sikaflex is messy to use and slow setting, but seems to stick anything to anything, lasts longer than evostick, but both will eventually fail as water creeps into the foam and junction. sikaflex will last quite a few years of almost constant wet
by PeterG
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Handheld VHF can be very quirky, near the cliffs in Scotland sometimes someone 50m away in plain sight is out of range. On the other hand from the top of Butser Hill 270m you can hear the port traffic at Cherbourg 110 miles away. The handhelds have an aerial designed for all round use and not too af...
by PeterG
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

Loch Eribol might qualify as most scary with a northerly swell rolling in. Wiki has a list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sea_lochs_of_Scotland but I suspect the minimum 1 mile will disqualify many many fine lochs and then there is the definition are we talking fjords or including bay shaped ...
by PeterG
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reverse polarity in compasses
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: Reverse polarity in compasses

Seen this several times, it doesn't seem to take much, just another compass or speaker VHF or phone. It is frightening how easy it is to reverse them back with a magnet. We always check each others and think about wind direction if in the mountains or waves on the sea.
by PeterG
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River Shiel to Loch Moidart Water Level Summer
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: River Shiel to Loch Moidart Water Level Summer

I've paddled up from the sea near HW around the first few bends without problems, but then found it too shallow to paddle against the flow. Coming back down was easy although the 'V' down into the sea had grown a lot in the time I'd been upstream! Maybe it was just increasing flow rather than it bei...
by PeterG
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 950

Re: Expedition food - help!

TVP and kibbled onion are cheap, light and easy to carry, add something for flavour, stock cube, a sun dried tomato, black pepper etc and a dash of olive oil. Cooking is just adding boiling water and waiting a few minutes. If you use instant potato powder, just wait a few minutes, add the potato pow...
by PeterG
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 888

Re: Boat for tiny person

The old P&H vela is a really good boat for a small person and surprisingly fast for its length, might still be some around.
by PeterG
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayaking in the heart of Stockholm Archipelago
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Sea kayaking in the heart of Stockholm Archipelago

I paddled from Vaxholme some years ago, easy to get there by public transport, good kit, good advice, what not to like.
by PeterG
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adjusting Silva 70p compass
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Adjusting Silva 70p compass

The brass frame seems to keep the lubber line in place, as it can rotate out of the way if you are not careful. You also don't want to restrict the bellows or you will get bubbles.
by PeterG
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yak Greenburg
Replies: 2
Views: 332

Yak Greenburg

In the market for a new touring BA to replace my Palm Kaikoura, I notice the Yak Greenburg is massively on sale all over, so I suppose it failed to sell. Very few reviews on the internet. Anyone tried this?
by PeterG
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

I really like the 'bulldog' plastic clips. The force need to break one would be far above towing forces. Although I might not like to be lowered down a cliff on one I suppose
by PeterG
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Coast - keep the locals sweet!
Replies: 26
Views: 3702

Re: West Coast - keep the locals sweet!

Seeing the post https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=129195 on Ulva and toilets that became a discussion on access, I thought I'd resurrect this thread. We had some problems at Ulva recently, a man in a 4wd pick-up more or less told us to go home and not come back, however, ...
by PeterG
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wild Camping on the Island?
Replies: 13
Views: 4266

Re: Wild Camping on the Island?

Any of the beaches away from the main towns just above HW -best at neaps rather than springs.....
by PeterG
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GCSE research on kayaks
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: GCSE research on kayaks

The ocean cockpit is very practical for long journeys being seaworthy and with maps etc handy on the foredeck, but people claim they are harder to get in and out of. How about a cockpit with a sliding section to convert to keyhole for entry and exit and ocean for paddling
by PeterG
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Harbour Porpoises
Replies: 5
Views: 696

Re: Harbour Porpoises

They winter out on the continental shelf but come back to the same sheltered inshore waters every year, it seems they may become accustomed to local kayakers and remember them from one year to the next. Once near Cuan sound we had one apparently leaving its young calf with us for safety as the adult...
by PeterG
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic surf kayaks
Replies: 40
Views: 15645

Re: Plastic surf kayaks

As a time to time surfer in my Bullit S, my experience is that fins are like beach rudder with the paddle, initially the paddle loom is bending out shape to keep the boat in control, but after a while it all gets easier as you engage the rails and get the angles right. Take away the fins and I was s...
by PeterG
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Padding - how snug
Replies: 18
Views: 1376

Re: Padding - how snug

I'm very loose in the boat but with an ocean cockpit something always grips somewhere if needed. Repeated rolling in the pool can give me bruises, especially trying something new and snappy. However, in the real world the odd roll in surf or breaking waves is always painless. I go back to a relaxed ...
by PeterG
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: very nice Inuk for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 189

very nice Inuk for sale

see this post viewtopic.php?f=38&t=128775

price open to discussion, please PM me if you are interested
by PeterG
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Nelo Inuk for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 842

Re: Nelo Inuk for sale

Sale fell through so it is still available
by PeterG
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Nelo Inuk for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 842

Re: Nelo Inuk for sale

sold by PM
by PeterG
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drogues for landing in surf?
Replies: 13
Views: 1385

Re: Drogues for landing in surf?

We've practiced landing a 2 boat raft through surf using another boat further out to sea on a long line to control the raft. We found that if the control boat was facing the shore it was impossible to generate enough power back-paddling to brake the raft in the surf. Facing out to sea the paddler ha...
by PeterG
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Nelo Inuk for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 842

Nelo Inuk for sale

I'm selling a Nelo Inuk for a friend. Very little used and perfect apart from a few scratches from launching off shingle beaches. 'A1' construction, fibreglass/epoxy, fitted rudder, in a striking purple with black cockpit. about £750. The boat is lying near Portsmouth PM me if you are interested. ht...
by PeterG
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patterns on loch's surface
Replies: 11
Views: 989

Re: Patterns on loch's surface

Water arriving at the surface in a gentle upwelling doesn't have time to be affected by the wind so looks and is smoother, the sea is a 3 dimensional entity whereas we only work on two planes.
by PeterG
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: 3-piece carbon fibre greenland paddle
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: 3-piece carbon fibre greenland paddle

Is this still for sale and do you have a price in mind?
by PeterG
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 3357

Re: Knives

Capsized, paddle leash wrapped round him and pinned him in the boat.
a whole new subject!
by PeterG
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2801

Re: Paddle recommendations?

re greenland paddles, it depends if you are a meat cleaver type of guy or prefer a sharp knife to carve fine slices of water. Even I resort to the cleaver if I have to shovel water to stay on that first wave in a race. Expedition touring my muscles and tendons would rather be gently cutting slices d...
by PeterG
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 3357

Re: Knives

I've never needed a knife in an emergency on the sea and no one in any group I've been with has ever needed one. However, I always have a 'Whitby' rescue cutter on my buoyancy aid which will saw through rope to 8mm using one hand if it is in tension -I'd feel a fool if I ever did need to release som...