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by Daker
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Far North Scotland surf
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Re: Far North Scotland surf

Just seen this post and would suggest re-posting on the Surf Kayak Scotland Facebook page if you haven't already done so. Most regular surfers will keep an eye on there and a number will travel up to the North coast when the forecast looks favorable. Cant wait to be allowed to drive a bit further an...
by Daker
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Irish Sea crossing from Campbeltown?
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Irish Sea crossing from Campbeltown?

A few of us did it from Southend a few years ago,paddling across one day, camp overnight and back the next. I dont have the planning details easily to hand but we did a LOT of planning / re-planning / checking tides etc and penciled in a few possible dates for tides and just had to pick one that had...
by Daker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Squeezing into a surf kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Squeezing into a surf kayak

Cool, sounds like you have a great solution there.

There’s a few guys based at Leuchars that surf and a few others in Fife that paddle St Andrews so post on the SKS FB page if you’re heading out.
by Daker
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Squeezing into a surf kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Squeezing into a surf kayak

I presume this is the same question that was asked on the Scottish Surf Kayak Facebook page ? Did you get enough info or still needing help ? One thing that did occur to me is that a lot of the boats which have raised rear decks may present an issue in being able to get thick thighs into the cockpit...
by Daker
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Classic skin on frame PBK Otter - Free to a good home !
Replies: 0
Views: 479

Classic skin on frame PBK Otter - Free to a good home !

A non-paddling friend is looking to find a good home for an old PBK Otter which he has inherited from a deceased relative. Apparently made in the '70s Wooden frame and canvas hull. It hasn't been used for many years but is stored in a garage and believed to be in good condition. Whilst it may not ha...
by Daker
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Converting to a 3-piece Kayak - PART I^
Replies: 23
Views: 6572

Re: Converting to a 3-piece Kayak - PART I^

Was there a follow on post to this at all as don't think I saw one - eg Part 2 ?
by Daker
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to repair a small crack on stern
Replies: 12
Views: 827

Re: How to repair a small crack on stern

Just to add reassurance if any was needed, I've had to remove temporary epoxy putty repairs on kayaks and windsurf boards in the past and the only way to get it out is to grind it away. So the repair above could last the life of the boat. ;-) (Caveat that its not really suited to large or structural...
by Daker
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glue for fibre glass?
Replies: 12
Views: 1077

Re: Glue for fibre glass?

I have repaired paddles and fabricated 2 piece paddles from single pieces using carbon tubing similar to the link above, that is by far the best, neatest, strongest solution IMO. Search on eBay as there are various UK sellers and readily available in short sections for a few quid. Installation as pe...
by Daker
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 1418

Re: Kayak trolleys

Personally I would say there is no trolley currently available on the UK market which truly fulfils what folk are looking for and I have owned or used most of the ones listed above and would not buy any of them for proper expedition use. Most are too big to store easily, too heavy, too awkward to as...
by Daker
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Re: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?

antenna was becoming stiff so I gave the wind in and antenna quick blast of WD40. I then wound it in and out a few times and wiped off the excess and its never been an issue since. Thanks, exactly the sort of infrequent maintenance I was thinking of. Last thing any of us want it to have to use it f...
by Daker
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?

Just curious if anyone has bothered to add any kind of lubrication or protectant to the retractable antenna on their Rescue Me PLB1 ? Mine is usually carried in a zip-lock bag but accidentally got rinsed at the weekend and its fairly obvious that a few drops of water can get into the antenna housing...
by Daker
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak
Replies: 17
Views: 1860

Re: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak

The only reason anyone would CHOOSE to go out in those sort of conditions is for a bit of practice in how to cope, should you find yourself in similar on a trip and have no choice but to land. Any surfing will be a very short, possibly scary 'ride', followed by brutal bongo-sliding and a high chance...
by Daker
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long thin roof box on Karitec?
Replies: 2
Views: 615

Re: Long thin roof box on Karitec?

Haven't done so but cant see why it should be an issue for the rack but, depending on what you intend to carry in the box, it will significantly add to the weight you need to lift once you have a couple of boats on there too. Obviously so long as its within the max loading for your vehicle also.
by Daker
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted Delpin 155
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Wanted Delpin 155

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Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:51 pm
Wanted Delpin 155. Get in touch
I have one local to you that I might consider selling, depends what your budget is - - - - - - - - ?
by Daker
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: high top transit roof rack advise please
Replies: 24
Views: 1480

Re: high top transit roof rack advise please

Thanks for the reply. Certainly sounds interesting. My experience of the Karitek ELRR and HLRR is that they work very well so long as you are able to keep the bars completely parallel whilst lifting them but if not, eg parked on a slope or unevenly positioned boats, they have a bit of a tendency to ...
by Daker
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New paddles?
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: New paddles?

If you like your current VEs, Id just buy a joint piece, cut them in half and fit a Celtic Padlock joint. Its easy enough to do if you're careful. One thing to remember, if you want the two pieces to be the same length for use as splits at any time, the cut need to be a bit off centre to allow for t...
by Daker
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: high top transit roof rack advise please
Replies: 24
Views: 1480

Re: high top transit roof rack advise please

I have one of the Outside Engineering LARS systems fitted to a 2.5m high Fiat Ducato. Do you have any pics of that please as I had the impression it may not have worked on higher vehicles as there was a need for the cross bars to extend above the roofline when in the lowered position (to provide th...
by Daker
Wed May 29, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: high top transit roof rack advise please
Replies: 24
Views: 1480

Re: high top transit roof rack advise please

Ive owned 2 high top Transits and now have an extra high roof Citroen Relay and wouldnt use anything other than a KT rack. Its not perfect and does still require a fair bit of grunt on high vehicles but I havent come across anything comparable. Where are you based as I have an older KT rack for sale...
by Daker
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Kayaks banned from Surf Snowdonia
Replies: 1
Views: 668

Re: Kayaks banned from Surf Snowdonia

RIDICULOUS !! Whilst kayakers are never going to be a big part of their income they really should be accommodating all surf users (IMO). If there has been some sort of incident then they need to manage those using the waves as well as crowd levels, and work together with the paddling community rathe...
by Daker
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1350

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

I use a Vaaka Cadence Sensor paired with a Garmin 310xt. I cannot see why one of those monitors would not pair with a Fenix. Thanks for the comments but the whole point of the question was to utilise the functionality of the device I already own and NOT having to buy yet another widget to provide t...
by Daker
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1350

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

I completely understand about not being interested in racing, but if I use a 'racing' stroke at cruising speed (i.e. same technique but lower rate) the boat glides along much more easily than before I improved my technique (and started racing). Exactly. But for me its more a curiosity thing really....
by Daker
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1350

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Having now had a look at the SUP widget it appears spot on - Stroke Rate as well as distance per stroke and speed so should be able to provide everything I need. Also, as I own sea boats between 16 and 18’ as well as an FSK, it could be interesting to gauge how much more efficient the longer / skinn...
by Daker
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1350

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Thanks for the SUP app suggestion, I’ll take a look st that. As for whether it’s necessary, that’s an entirely different thing and totally subject to an individuals objectives. However, if for the sake of argument, in a given craft, I can decrease my stroke rake and maintain the same hull speed, tha...
by Daker
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1350

Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

Anyone own a Garmin Fenix 5 and found a way to get Stroke Rate to show in the Kayak setting ? Or alternatively a 3rd party app that will do so please ? Strangely, if you choose “Indoor Rowing” it defaults to show stroke rate (presumably based on an accelerometer measuring arm movements) but has no o...
by Daker
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Romany Classic and Romany Surf for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 903

Re: Romany Classic and Romany Surf for sale

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by Daker
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 9
Views: 1696

Re: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?

Id be interested to know how those who have owned or paddled the Epic 16x find it compares to similar boats from other manufacturers in both speed and stability. I've only ever read good reviews of the Epic but it is by far the widest of these style of boats at a quoted 58.4cm. The Taran 18 is 52cm,...
by Daker
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For Sale : Romany Surf Sea Kayak
Replies: 6
Views: 1405

Re: For Sale : Romany Surf Sea Kayak

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by Daker
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Surf Kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: Wanted - Surf Kayak

Aah, nice one. See you down the coast sometime then, :-)
by Daker
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Surf Kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: Wanted - Surf Kayak

Why the Maverick ?
Not to everyone's taste unless you are quite light weight, the Neutron is a lot more user friendly I would suggest.

There was a PE Neutron in Falkirk recently on FB but looks to be sold now.
by Daker
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 4014

Re: GPS

Thanks for the reply. On looking further I realised I can do that from the existing data fields available on the Fenix 5. Map reference comes up onthe nag widgets but it can be added to any of the others as acustomdata field. The more I thought about it, I realised Grid Ref May come in useful in any...