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by GrahamC
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Padding - how snug
Replies: 18
Views: 1453

Re: Padding - how snug

I came to sea kayaking after paddling K1 marathon boats where there is very little contact, and certainly no hip padding. I do find that some padding is useful (a gap of probably and inch or so each side) and I also don't use a seat back. I find the freedom that this gives allows me far easier re-en...
by GrahamC
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3590

Re: Carrying flares

I stopped carrying flares when my last set expired. I now carry a PLB, vhf, phone and an LED flare. The area where the rescue took place is frequented by quite a few walkers (dog and coastal path) and I would regard it as well populated most of the year, so I am not surprised that the smoke was seen...
by GrahamC
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?
Replies: 21
Views: 1365

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

I had a pair of Nookie dry trousers with the big high neoprene waist seal. They originally had ankle cuffs but when they failed (after a good few years) I had them changed for latex booties. The result was almost lethal. After a minute or two there was so much water in the boot that I could not lift...
by GrahamC
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3017

Re: Paddle recommendations?

I love my Epic mid wings - but you have those already!

My other favorites (flat euros) are Celtic four piece sea touring, the centre joint is very similar to the Epics. I like the 650s the 700s are too big.

Graham
by GrahamC
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF use on inland waterways
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

I should have added that it is legal to use only when afloat, not on a towpath or in the chip shop.
by GrahamC
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF use on inland waterways
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Yes, you can use marine vhf on inland waters. The Thames Tideway is the obvious one. Any commercial shipping channel or even one no longer used for commercial shipping, like the Weaver, still often have vhf in the locks. In the lake district you sometimes hear it on the bigger lakes. Use it for budd...
by GrahamC
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 2217

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Interesting experiment - I was going to say once its kinked there is no way back - but we all knew that anyway!
by GrahamC
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: McMurdo Fast Find PLBs - Advice Required
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Re: McMurdo Fast Find PLBs - Advice Required

As Chris says, there is no difference between them based on operation, in fact I suspect that they are identical inside. The Ranger is aimed at walkers and mountaineers whereas the Fastfind 220 is aimed at the marine market, thus the Fastfind 220 comes with a flotation jacket so that it will float. ...
by GrahamC
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$
Replies: 8
Views: 1202

Re: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$

I used an inreach for a few years (now sold to another poster in this thread!) and it was very reliable - the two way messaging option is very effective. I found that I was using it every weekend but realistically the subscription was expensive for the amount I actually NEEDED it. I now carry a wate...
by GrahamC
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cetus lv
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Cetus lv

I paddle the Cetus LV and for the size and weight you mention it will fit very well. I am 146lb and 5'7" and if I paddle an MV it feels like a battleship and does not handle anywhere near as responsively as the LV. The LV on edge is very sweet, the MV is harder for me to keep on edge, the paddler th...
by GrahamC
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marking paddles
Replies: 11
Views: 1365

Re: Marking paddles

I use a label printer and then paint a layer of clear epoxy over the top.
The only way to remove it is using sandpaper.
by GrahamC
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shallow water worries
Replies: 23
Views: 1430

Re: Shallow water worries

But you do need a licence I may have misunderstood the discussion, but I think that the unspoken question is: "How would the boater have known if DonA had a license or not if the license is supposed to be carried in your wallet?" Exactly, there is no way they could have known, sounds like someone o...
by GrahamC
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shallow water worries
Replies: 23
Views: 1430

Re: Shallow water worries

The Bridgewater canal is part of the BC waterways licence so it is definitely worth joining British Canoeing if they are now checking. It is interesting to note that it doesn't cover SUPs on all waterways (not included on the Bridgewater). The Manchester Ship Canal Company who are the ultimate owner...
by GrahamC
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shallow water worries
Replies: 23
Views: 1430

Re: Shallow water worries

the only downer was being collerd by the canal police on the bridgewater apparently reported by a canal barge for kayaking without a licence ?????? I played dumb and the chap was OK so no harm done but still ????? . Thanks again Don What!!!! I have paddled literally thousands of miles on the Bridge...
by GrahamC
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shallow water worries
Replies: 23
Views: 1430

Re: Shallow water worries

Hi Don, welcome from another Warrington paddler! As others have said, boats have changed a lot and cockpits have changed size and shape making exits much easier. One thing to do would be to join a local club. I will, of course, push my own club, Macclesfield and District Canoe Club which have access...
by GrahamC
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1749

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

He was forced back out to sea by a landowner in rough seas he was trying to get out of... What! that crazy and probably illegal. As far as I understand, the intertidal zone is owned by the Queen and she lets us use it whenever we want. As for the foreshore, then that is private but sending someone ...
by GrahamC
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 11
Views: 1056

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

As someone who has spent a fair chunk of his life in academic research I see the direction that the survey is heading and I think it is an interesting one, and something I have often considered myself. However, I like to think of my sea kayaking as "challenging" rather than "high risk" but I guess i...
by GrahamC
Sat May 13, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P and H Kayak Water Leak
Replies: 9
Views: 1019

Re: P and H Kayak Water Leak

Unless P+H have changed the skeg system, there is no possibility of leakage from the skeg pivot bolt because this simply slips into a recess in the skegbox which is totally sealed - the deployment bungee and skeg cable ensures that it is retained. As far as I can see, the only possibility for leakag...
by GrahamC
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: astral seawolf
Replies: 12
Views: 1274

Re: astral seawolf

I have an Astral Sea Wolf and love it. I bought it specifically as it allowed easier climbing into boats (sailing canoes and sea kayaks) than my previous Palm Kaikoura. The palm caught on all sorts whereas the Seawolf is smooth fronted. I carry a small folding rescue knife, a vhf, clipped inside the...
by GrahamC
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Evacuation from Mills Falls on R Usk
Replies: 9
Views: 1099

Re: Evacuation from Mills Falls on R Usk

Whatever is best for the casualty. I don't know the river. It if it is gentle from then onwards and the raft is stable and the getout easy, floating down is probably less risky than climbing slippery banks where there could be potential for falling or jarring of the injury. Good to head it worked ou...
by GrahamC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

MikeB wrote: the Werner joint has been known to stick - and also to wear.
One of our paddle group always spits on his werner paddle joint before assembly and, since he has been doing this, we have avoided the ritual tug-of-war in the car park at the end of the day.
by GrahamC
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

I paddle almost exclusively using a wing and rolling with a wing is dead easy - but, unless you have a racing backgound and already use a wing, I would not make it my first paddle of choice. I would choose a reasonable quality euro that splits. Reason, you can use it as your main paddle to start wit...
by GrahamC
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What glue for Reed Aquatherm?
Replies: 2
Views: 696

Re: What glue for Reed Aquatherm?

Just curious in case I need to know in future, did you get answer?
by GrahamC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Paddle grip

I paddle almost exclusively with a wing and I change my grip position depending on conditions. On flatter water I will have my hands relatively close, like paddling the K1; but if I need extra power I will tend to move them slightly further out to give me a lower "gearing".

Graham
by GrahamC
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite boats are they worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 1220

Re: Composite boats are they worth it?

I paddle a Cetus LV and a Scorpio LV and the Cetus is possibly a bit quicker (but this is marginal); I think technique is more important on a long paddle than the boat. Good catch and rotation are going to help you eat up the miles. Trimming the boat and proper use of the skeg (trimming it to balanc...
by GrahamC
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What do you do if better advice ignored
Replies: 30
Views: 2762

Re: What do you do if better advice ignored

Not really adding anything to answer the original question, but sometimes, especially paddling solo, I hear a narrative in my head as if it is from "Sea Kayakers Deep Trouble" and this frequently clears my mind to decide whether to proceed or not.
by GrahamC
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling Question and Advice for Newbie
Replies: 22
Views: 1992

Re: Rolling Question and Advice for Newbie

I have had this problem a few times. Air in my drysuit was the primary cause, in that case try coming up on the other side, as Chris says. There can be so much air that even sculling underwater won't take you round. Remember to burp your suit after a lunch/comfort stop! The other reason could be try...
by GrahamC
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Warwickshire
Replies: 2
Views: 733

Re: Warwickshire

I just thought I would say hi; I did my PhD at Warwick, thoroughly enjoyed it but don't recall much local white water :-(
by GrahamC
Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio battery life
Replies: 4
Views: 949

Re: VHF radio battery life

Just a note on battery care. For Li-Ion or LiPo typical of modern electronics, the battery is damaged by being left in a deep discharge or a full charge state. Ideally it should cycle between about 80% and 25% in order to preserve its capacity (but we would obviously want 100% at the start of the tr...
by GrahamC
Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Disposal of Flares
Replies: 23
Views: 2165

Re: Disposal of Flares

I don't like storing flares, just in case of an accident, they get ridiculously hot when set off. I keep them in a strong (vented) steel box that lives on a paving slab in the corner of my boat shed well away from combustibles. I also recently bought an Odeo LED flare figuring that it was a safe alt...