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by Richard Barrett
Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roofrack? Inform your insurer
Replies: 20
Views: 7316

Re: Roofrack? Inform your insurer

Frankly, I don't blame them as many roof rails that simply clamp on are crap in that most people do not clamp them on tight enough for fear of damaging the paintwork so that if you have to brake in a hurry, the rack and the load end up on the bonnet. I speak from personal experience of having had a ...
by Richard Barrett
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling around Hilbre island, Dee estuary
Replies: 11
Views: 1596

Re: Paddling around Hilbre island, Dee estuary

Yep you need 9m tide and that will give you 4 hours if you get on promptly. It's very shallow if you head directly for Little Eye and the rule of thumb is to head for the Point of Ayr lighthouse and only turn north when you can see a gap between Hilbre and Middle Eye.
by Richard Barrett
Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cal-Mac
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

Re: Cal-Mac

That's a may be, but what if you end up sandwiched between other cars with kayaks on or motor homes or commercial vehicles and Calmac end up having to leave vehicles on the quay. These people are caught between the rock and the hard place and given that with RET the fares are so cheap, I'll stand up...
by Richard Barrett
Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cal-Mac
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

Re: Cal-Mac

As it receives £55m in subsidies from the government - about half it's operating costs - it's difficult to argue with and as I will probably never take my boat off the island ever again, guess IDGAF
by Richard Barrett
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sgian Dubh
Replies: 14
Views: 2557

Re: Sgian Dubh

I live on Harris, but it's not me. My fantasies are in a different class altogether
by Richard Barrett
Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 20
Views: 4034

Re: Searching for the Finmen

Just do a search on Amazon - that's where I got it from
by Richard Barrett
Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 20
Views: 4034

Searching for the Finmen

I am loving this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Searching-Finme ... 629&sr=8-1 and have great respect for Norman for having the courage to self publish it.
by Richard Barrett
Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Trip Ideas Please
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: Scottish Trip Ideas Please

If you wanted wilderness and safe water, you could try paddling up into Loch Langavat on Lewis. You would not see a soul.
by Richard Barrett
Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking on exped^
Replies: 64
Views: 3974

Re: Cooking on exped

Pick-as-you-go Sunday lunch collected on a nip up and down the loch today. https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s320x320/429136_353728531319197_180117478680304_1255168_78850928_n.jpg BTW - We will happily provide free dinner to the first sea paddlers that check in at our waterside es...
by Richard Barrett
Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking on exped^
Replies: 64
Views: 3974

Re: Cooking on exped

I can't quite understand why people would take such nasty photos (do they collect them?) but it reminded me of one good piece of advice for eating on expeds - 'Don't take laxatives and sleeping pills together'
by Richard Barrett
Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking on exped^
Replies: 64
Views: 3974

Re: Cooking on exped

Found these to be generally excellent and require little other than some pitta or couscous http://www.lookwhatwefound.co.uk/Page/index.aspx You can get them in some Sainsburys or buy oneline
by Richard Barrett
Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who is your favourite (SEA) artist?
Replies: 22
Views: 2645

Re: Who is your favourite (SEA) artist?

If I could ever afford one, I'd have one one of Maggi Hambling's wave series for my dottage. Saw them in Cambridge last year and they are magnificent. The one currently on the landing page of her website is sublime - in a class wuith Hokusai's wave above - http://www.maggihambling.com http://www.mar...
by Richard Barrett
Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle of 2011?
Replies: 23
Views: 1466

Re: Best paddle of 2011?

Just being able to launch from the slipway in front of house we'd been building for four years was pretty special for me back in August. Stoney broke but happy.
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by Richard Barrett
Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who is your favourite (SEA) artist?
Replies: 22
Views: 2645

Re: Who is your favourite (SEA) artist?

Mikebelluk wrote:I like the work of Taylor A Earnshaw.
Thanks for introducing me to his work Mike. Considering I lived and paddled around the Wirral for ten years or so, I'd never heard of him.
by Richard Barrett
Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who is your favourite (SEA) artist?
Replies: 22
Views: 2645

Who is your favourite (SEA) artist?

Here's the magnificent Norman Ackroyd whose current collection of the Hebrides outliers is superb
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by Richard Barrett
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Your local castles...
Replies: 45
Views: 4728

Re: Your local castles...

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Our local 'castle' at Ardvoulie on Loch Seaforth in Harris - more of a Victorian house with turrets really.
by Richard Barrett
Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reflecting on....
Replies: 86
Views: 6710

Re: Reflecting on....

This morning across the loch
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by Richard Barrett
Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knee replacement
Replies: 13
Views: 1857

Re: Knee replacement

Had my 3rd cartlidge op on a Thursday and the following Saturday headed off to the Hebrides for a week of paddling after which my leg was permanently bent. Needless to say, the surgeon was not best pleased and put me on an intensive course of physio including the electrical charge thinggy (interfere...
by Richard Barrett
Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good news in Harris
Replies: 1
Views: 463

Re: Good news in Harris

Yep good news indeed - but it looks so small that once the crew's aboard, I doubt if there will be any room for casualties :) We're really getting ourselves organized for more tourists out here with a http://www.hsar.org.uk team being established. Did our first night time exercise in driving rain an...
by Richard Barrett
Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hebridean Delights
Replies: 15
Views: 1264

Re: Hebridean Delights

Delights indeed - such stunning photos and fortunate with the weather for the most part
by Richard Barrett
Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outer Hebrides 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Re: Outer Hebrides 2011

Good luck with the new venture Richard. I hope everything goes well for you. Barry Hi Barry - Good to hear from you - been keeping track of your aches and pains on Justine's blog. It's age mate and just get's worse, but hopefully it's a steady process of decay rather than falling off an cliff into ...
by Richard Barrett
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outer Hebrides 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Re: Outer Hebrides 2011

Yep - heading up there Wednesday - hopefully never to return!
http://www.lochedge.co.uk/index.php
by Richard Barrett
Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: WTF??
Replies: 12
Views: 885

Re: WTF??

No buoyancy aid !!!!
by Richard Barrett
Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2011 Wishlist
Replies: 38
Views: 1768

Re: 2011 Wishlist

To launch on the slipway across the road from the guesthouse we're building on North Harris and paddle across Loch Seaforth to explore the cleared villages around the coast of South East Lewis. It's taken five years and a load of hassle to bring this together, but now I'm going to enjoy it. We'll be...
by Richard Barrett
Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scopes
Replies: 28
Views: 3102

Re: Scopes

Mark, As a birder and sea kayaker, I have to say I wouldn't bother as little scopes are fairly useless and decent scopes with a 65mm or 85mm objective lens need to be mounted on a sturdy birding tripod - so you are immediately carrying a lot of weight. Any decent scope - say £600+ should be totally ...
by Richard Barrett
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hebrides SOT
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: Hebrides SOT

Just don't forget to buy a copy of that amazing book "Walking on Harris and Lewis" :)
by Richard Barrett
Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Any good wine box suggestions?
Replies: 13
Views: 793

Re: Any good wine box suggestions?

Arniston Bay comes in 1.5litre study plastic containers and is reasonably drinkable. Took two lots out around Harris and Lewis last week, drank the lot, then cut the top off the container and used it to carry out the rubbish. See http://www.arniston-bay.com/stdContent. ... nvironment
by Richard Barrett
Mon May 24, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look What We've Found
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Look What We've Found

If you're a lazy camper like me and can't be arsed to carry raw ingredients around with you for a week's sea trip, then I can't recommend Look What We've Found http://www.lookwhatwefound.co.uk highly enough. It's excellent food sourced from specialist growers, comes in easy to dispose of pouches and...
by Richard Barrett
Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone want to swop paddles?
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Anyone want to swop paddles?

Age means I'm finding my Werner Ikelos a bit much these days - so is anyone up for doing a swop for a Werner Cyprus or similar sized blade in carbon

Straight shaft 220cm long - two years old by in very good condition.