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by Daker
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

And meanwhile there are call-outs to PLB / EPIRB activations from devices which are not registered so the owner cannot be traced to confirm if a false alarm.

Like this one recently in Eyemouth -

by Daker
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 16
Views: 755

Re: PLB protection

For sea kayaking I'm happy with mine just in my PFD pocket but for dedicated surfing (only if its big and I'm solo or a long way off shore) I tend to just stick it in a zip-lock bag first, leaving the lanyard out to tied to a strap or similar. I'm not overly concerned about the bag not being 100% wa...
by Daker
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Ride Eclipse
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Re: Wanted - Ride Eclipse

Did you find one or are you still looking - - - - - - ?
by Daker
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Cork - recommend me - -
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: West Cork - recommend me - -

Old Head of Kinsale is well worth doing, the fun of paddling through multiple (50m ?) long passages underneath a golf course with flat calm on one side and possibly lively on the other, subject to conditions.
by Daker
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Surfski Wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 148

Re: Surfski Wanted

There's a V8 for sale near Edinburgh just now, advertised on FB Surfski Scotland (and possibly other pages).

I cant seem to copy the thread but search and you'll find it I'm sure, asking price is £1000 I believe.
by Daker
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Re: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?

Thanks for everyone's replies but my experience of 100 / 200 lumen lights is that they are great for close-up stuff and general use, for example in a campsite, but don't really provide a sufficient pool of light to be of much use in a cave or similar environment. But please keep the suggestions comi...
by Daker
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Re: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?

Thanks a lot.
Good to hear as that was the exact one I was looking at online earlier but wanted to see what came up in reply to the open question. ;-)
by Daker
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 443

Good Head Torch Recommendations ?

I'm sure this has been done many times before but the latest threads I could find are a couple of years old so figured it was worth starting anew. So, can anyone recommend a decent head torch which has a good throw of light, is waterproof, is not the size of a brick and not ridiculously expensive ? ...
by Daker
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: best way to carry one piece paddles on Karitek rack?
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: best way to carry one piece paddles on Karitek rack?

Personally cant see it being an issue if they are suitably bagged. Id be inclined either to add a couple of dedicated eyelets to the rack and some padding to protect the shafts, or strap them to a kayak to reduce the overall windage and potential for flexion of the paddles. KT do a general purpose a...
by Daker
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transport for sea kayak from Edinburgh to Exeter??
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: Transport for sea kayak from Edinburgh to Exeter??

There's a chance I will be driving to SW Wales in the next couple of weeks and could easily take a boat via Bristol in exchange for a fuel contribution.
PM me if that's of any use.
by Daker
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Red - What Colour ?!
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Tiderace Red - What Colour ?!

Fantastic, thanks for that. (Don't know why I didn't find it when I looked, oops.)
I'm about to order another boat from another manufacturer and wanted that same colour. :-)
by Daker
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Red - What Colour ?!
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Tiderace Red - What Colour ?!

Anybody happen to know what the proper colour on the Tiderace Xtras is please ?
ie RAL code or similar ?

Thanks a lot. :-)
by Daker
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 36
Views: 2484

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

I have now tried 3 times to load the app to my phone and on each case it appears to load but will not open so is completely useless and, as far as I can establish, there in no way to log a route on the web site version so not terribly impressed. Personally I only ever contact the CG if I'm likely to...
by Daker
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xtra Standard / HV
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: Tiderace Xtra Standard / HV

Thanks guys.

All of that tends to confirm my suspicions that the one I have is the HV variant, not that it makes a huge difference unless I aim to resell it at some point in the future.
by Daker
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

Many thanks for the comments, I'll have a look at the Palm one also. Like you, I find that I have to make minor tweaks to the way a line is set up by the manufacturer - for example some come with a piece of bungee cord with the line simply tied to the end of that, meaning the bungee is always taking...
by Daker
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

Thanks for the comments. I looked at the HF one but its not really what I need in this case. Although I actually made something very similar myself years ago but found I never really needed the throw option so went back to a standard waist system for the vast majority of my paddling. Good to hear th...
by Daker
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Waist Tow Recommendations ?

Looking for any recommendations on an off-the-shelf waist tow system please as this is as a present for someone and I'm a bit out of touch with what's on the market. I personally have one of the older style (red) Peak ones which I quite like - easy to use, large enough to be easy to repack, all fitt...
by Daker
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xtra Standard / HV
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: Tiderace Xtra Standard / HV

Thanks, that's useful and I don't remember foot room being an issue in the Xtra I have access to but its rather dependant upon leg length and how much one angles ones feet out, I would have thought.

Any other wisdom out there please ?
by Daker
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Xtra Standard / HV
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Tiderace Xtra Standard / HV

This may seem like an odd question but is there an easy way to discern between a Standard Xtra and an HV variant ? Looking at the figures online there is no difference in length or cockpit, only 0.5 cm difference in width and 2m in depth, any of which could be a bit awkward to measure accurately wit...
by Daker
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit rim repair
Replies: 5
Views: 291

Re: Cockpit rim repair

Can you not just slap a patch of glass on top, job done ?
With a bit of care in prep / sanding it shouldn't be terribly obvious and you can add as many layers as you feel necessary.
by Daker
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Re: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak

Thanks for all the comments guys.
Some good food for thought there and good to have some sources for fittings if I ever pursue this.
by Daker
Fri May 18, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GUL Mens Taw Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 472

Re: GUL Mens Taw Drysuit

Depending on how much your postage costs, Id be inclined to order two sizes to try on at home with the intention of returning the one that doesn't fit. Before purchasing the Gul suit I actually did this with a couple of Palm suits, which I quite liked but one of which was too tight in the shoulders ...
by Daker
Thu May 17, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck repairs
Replies: 5
Views: 563

Re: Spraydeck repairs

Totally depends what sort of repair you are trying to do and where, cuts / tears / holes / general reinforcement ?
by Daker
Thu May 17, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GUL Mens Taw Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 472

Re: GUL Mens Taw Drysuit

I have one and its fine. The fabric seems as waterproof as most suits I've owned but to my thinking is a lot heavier than it really needs to be so has a bit of a chunky feel to it. Perhaps because of this the neck, which the hood folds into, is very thick and stiff so if anything is more comfortable...
by Daker
Mon May 07, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: mega thigh braces - what material?? / fixing
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: mega thigh braces - what material?? / fixing

I've only ever seen the braces made from standard fibreglass matting so I suspect it will be ploy resin but it should matter a great deal if all you are doing is reinforcing where the bolt sits, just use what you have.
by Daker
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 980

Re: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak

I would agree with others that the gelcoat has not bonded to the fibreglass woven cloth. If you get a blunt tool like a screwdriver or rounded knife and are able to flake more of it off it will really prove the point. (If doing this I would suggest videoing it so you have a record of it) Normally if...
by Daker
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Re: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak

Thanks for the comments. I don't think it would be possible to buy a complete retro-fit P&H Skudder and, as you say Karitek stopped making their system a while ago I believe. I remember a discussion with Geoff a number of years ago where the pistons had become prohibitively expensive, although TBH I...
by Daker
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Under Stern Rudder on Sea Kayak

Does anyone have experience of having retrospectively fitted an under-stern rudder to a sea kayak and able to advise on the success or otherwise of doing so ? I've recently been paddling a surfski a bit and am very impressed with their manoeuvrability on the rudder particularly when surfing either b...
by Daker
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Surf ski seating adjustment
Replies: 13
Views: 608

Re: Surf ski seating adjustment

Aah, that makes rather more sense as I've paddled the closed cockpit version of the Skua (in Cape Town from the makers shop right on the waterfront !) and am familiar with how stable a boat it is. Have you thought about speaking to the importer or even contacting Arthur at Kazkazi directly as he is ...