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by Carl M
Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat destoyed by surf. Insurance claim?
Replies: 16
Views: 2570

Contact the insurer, be honest about what happened and let them determine whether you are covered, if you are covered you are entitled to the claim if not you have only lost the cost of a phone call.
by Carl M
Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm Ocean Pro towline......
Replies: 29
Views: 6301

I've just bought A kokatat tow line. M=Not yet had a chance to try it out but the design seems to be a good idea. Aftert he elasticated cowtail the line is wrapped rounda plastic card with a couple of holes in. The first is to keep the card attached to the rope. The second after you have finished wi...
by Carl M
Wed May 02, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Typhoon Drysuits?
Replies: 14
Views: 2945

I had a relief zip fitted by rubberman.co.uk extremely quick service (think I got the suit back 48 hrs after I posted it). I would recommend him.
by Carl M
Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaks For A First-timer
Replies: 9
Views: 1755

I would recommend he does not get a boat at all for a while. As a beginner he will want to go out with people that are able to help him develop, make decisions concerning weather and tidal conditions etc. Solo kayaking is only for those experianced enough to assess and understand the risks involved....
by Carl M
Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3-5 day guided trips West Coast - ideas? From Vancouver, BC
Replies: 6
Views: 1104

I can recommend Tony Hammock of seafreedom kayaks. He has a B&B in connel facing the falls of Lara and is very flexible with arrangements (you can either say you want to have him exclusivly or are willing to go with others to bring down the cost. (Price depends on numbers) his prices are very reason...
by Carl M
Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Managed to get my kayak up to 15 knots today!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1496

On tuesday I managed 8kts without the help of a rib and only paddling quite gently. When we stopped paddling I was doing 4.7 on the tay estuary on a spring ebb tide. I am sure you could get up to 15 on the falls of Lara or somewhere (though in my case it would be with me in rather than on the water)...
by Carl M
Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Senior Moment!
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Reminds me of a sailing course I once went on. If any of the instructors did anything stupid they can to attach a wooden spoon to their buoyancy aid until another instructor "won" it off them. Clients always ask what they have a wooden spoon for! Anyway one instructor was in a rib with an unzipped d...
by Carl M
Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheap VHF Midland Atlantic^
Replies: 9
Views: 6258

Cheap VHF Midland Atlantic^

I have seen for sale the Midland Atlantic VHF for £50. It is not waterproof but comes with a waterproof bag. Does anyone know how reliable a VHF like this is if is the same as one for 3 times the price but without various bells and whistles I would rarely use it sounds like a bargain However if it d...
by Carl M
Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DIY Sea Kayak Trolley for £12.98!^
Replies: 15
Views: 36787

They charge £50+ because people will pay it. If it costs £10 to make ship etc and you can either sell 100 for £50 or 200 for £20 I guess the price is £50 until someone comes onto the market at a lower price.
by Carl M
Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Travel Scotland to Anglesey symposium
Replies: 1
Views: 700

Travel Scotland to Anglesey symposium

I am going to the Anglesey symposium from Perth and staying until the Friday / Saturday. It would be great if I could share a lift with someone. I can take 2 people and 1 kayak in my car or I can go with you if you have space for me and my kayak. If you are interesed please send me a pm with your ph...
by Carl M
Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trying out kayaks
Replies: 8
Views: 1383

I would also recommend the anglesey symposium it starts on Fri 4th May with paddling on the 5, 6 and 7th you can also tay for the week and there is an overfalls and tide races weekend on the 12th 13th though I imagine the demo boats will only be there the first weekend there are hire boats avilable ...
by Carl M
Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: question of enviromental impact
Replies: 27
Views: 3932

What hasn't been mentioned is where your kayak is made. Island Kayaks are made in Sri Lanka for example to the environmemtal impact of getting them to you will be much higher than a UK made boat.
by Carl M
Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: On the water at last - two Cumbrian estuaries.
Replies: 9
Views: 1892

Lucky you,

I was planning of going out on the Firth of Forth on Saturday with the SCA, then the weather forecast changed plan to a canal and Force 9-10 winds cancelled the whole thing (wouldn't have even been able to drive over the road bridge with a kayak on top).

Try again next month
by Carl M
Thu Jan 18, 2007 9:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: LV versus smaller boat
Replies: 12
Views: 2394

You need to consider whether the Riot will take everything you want to take with you, I don't know the boat or whether you are likely to go for weekends away but yuo need to consider it. You can also consider sea kayaks smaller than the LVs designed for smallr kayakers such as the Valley Avocet and ...
by Carl M
Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2007 Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium
Replies: 12
Views: 2553

I could access the website in Opera too with no problems. Though I think it would benefit from having the prices (of symposium and college accomodation etc) on the website
by Carl M
Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling drysuits for other water sports (kite-boarding)?
Replies: 9
Views: 2000

It will do the job but may not be the best. Like Rich I paddle in a sailing drysuit, it keeps me warm, but when I need to replace it I will get a kaying drysuit with a tunnel convenience zip (I had the later added to my current suit as while I generally only sailed for an hour or to I will kayak all...
by Carl M
Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hangovers...^
Replies: 4
Views: 3043

However it would take a very long kayak and a very short car to have a 2m overhang (except maybe doubles) in which case nothing is compulsary (but I still use one anyway)
by Carl M
Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What are the relative differences between........
Replies: 2
Views: 913

In no partivcular order: Advantages of plastic Cheaper Less prone to damage Advantages of Composite Easier to repair yourself More rigid, therefore more responsive Less likely to warp either due to hot temps or under its own weight Lighter Custom options available (eg colour bulkhead positions) If y...
by Carl M
Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: About to buy my First Sea Kayak..advice needed!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3949

Another advanatage of getting invlolved in a club is that is iften the first place people will go to sell their boat, it they know you are looking for a boat like theirs and they are trading up (or quitting) then they might offer it to you rather than go through the hassle and cost of advertising it...
by Carl M
Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: About to buy my First Sea Kayak..advice needed!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3949

Fit isn't just about weight, it is also about having a boat that is comfortable to sit in but is snug enough to easily edge the boat and hipflick when bracing / rolling. When looking at weight you will want a boat that handles well both with minimum equipment on a day trip and including your camping...
by Carl M
Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cold seas
Replies: 5
Views: 1576

The web address is confusing is that Corwall or South Georgia then? :-)
by Carl M
Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Custom Boat Bags
Replies: 6
Views: 1321

I have one on order for my sea kayak. Cost is £55 + postage, river boats and presumably your mega are less I think it was £40 or £45.
When it arrives I'll let you know what I think of it.
by Carl M
Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transferable Skills
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

The one obvious thing which hasn't been mentioned is the effects of being a long way from shore. Deep water rescues are an essential skill for sea kayaking as a back up to your roll. It also useful to know how to do a long distance tow so if someone gets injured / tired you are able to help out.
by Carl M
Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hoods on touring cags
Replies: 32
Views: 4872

Headgear is necessary doesn't have to be a hood. I'm a hat man myself, as I find looking back to check where everyone is impossible with a hood. Matter of personnal preferance, maybe take a waterproof hooded jacket and wear it for a few minutes to see if you like a hood, if you do then get a proper ...
by Carl M
Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry Suits^
Replies: 64
Views: 38712

Latex socks don't have the problems tyour cuffs have in that they do not need to be tight. Ankle seals are a real pain becuase they need to be tight round the anklle and you stretch them over the heal (MUCH bigger stretch and getting a cuff over your hand). The only problem with latex socks is they ...
by Carl M
Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry Suits^
Replies: 64
Views: 38712

The purpose of a drysuit is to keep you warm by keeping you dry why ruin that with cold wet feet. Latex socks are only liable to hole if you wear them without shoes, I came to sea kayaking from dinghy sailing and use my dinghy drysuit. The wetsuit boots I used to wear over my latex socks quickly got...
by Carl M
Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transportation/roof rack question
Replies: 20
Views: 5497

I transport my Mistral on my Getz without any problems, I do use ropes front and rear but mainly in case a strap breaks, the boat won't go too far. As far as someone going into the back of the boat, this is not going to happen with a normal car as the boat is higher than their car but could happen w...
by Carl M
Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore^
Replies: 40
Views: 17919

I bought an ex demo Mistral from North Shore just as the Teesside was closing. My understanding is that Mike Nelson has sold the molds to his European distributor and production is being moved to Poland, Mike will be employed to ensure quality control at the new factory (currently making open canoes...
by Carl M
Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GARMIN Etrex
Replies: 9
Views: 1680

There is a huge range in rechargable, NiCad batteries last about as long as cheap acid batteries, NiMH batteries range from about 1200MAh to 2500MAh in my experiance alkerline batteries are towards the bottom of this range. My digital camera had instructions to avoid using alkerline batteries when p...
by Carl M
Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking beginner
Replies: 14
Views: 3036

Jims advice may be relevant only depending where you live. I live in Perth and have emailed both the Tayside Sea Kayak club in Dundee/Broughty Ferry, the Perth Canoe Club (also went along to a non existant club meeting on the first Wed of Sept in Scone Arms) and have had nothing back from either......