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by Bards
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED- P&H Delphin 150
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: WANTED- P&H Delphin 150

Have just that - in Bournemouth, so not a million miles away.
Yellow. Comes with Silva deck compass fitted. £600 takes it.
PM me your email and I’ll ping some photo’s.
Happy for test paddle etc...

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by Bards
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vancouver kayaking
Replies: 10
Views: 1057

Re: Vancouver kayaking

Hi - I would unhesitatingly recommend contacting Jaime Sharp via Jaimesharp@worldwildadventure.com. His boats (singles, doubles. ruddered or rudderless, composite, plastic, even a mighty Taran18!) can be delivered to your venue (either Vancouver the city or the island) with or without a trailer if y...
by Bards
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding water to hull for ballasting
Replies: 14
Views: 1264

Re: Adding water to hull for ballasting

The only way I found of effective ballasting was placing weight along the internal centerline that couldn't move. Lead flashing from a scrapyard worked (I believe best sealed from a toxic point of view, but personally I was far too slovenly for that) as it's density allows for Centre of Gravity to ...
by Bards
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adding water to hull for ballasting
Replies: 14
Views: 1264

Re: Adding water to hull for ballasting

The only way I found of effective ballasting was placing weight along the internal centerline that couldn't move. Lead flashing from a scrapyard worked (I believe best sealed from a toxic point of view, but personally I was far too slovenly for that) as it's density allows for Centre of Gravity to b...
by Bards
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?
Replies: 11
Views: 1365

Re: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

The tidal flow around Handfast (Old Harry Rocks) can also be strong and lumpy; if sticking away from the harbour entrance the shallows of Hook Sands also need factoring in. Have to say I'm unaware of sit-ins being rented out along here.
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by Bards
Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mawddach Estuary
Replies: 6
Views: 1481

Re: Mawddach Estuary

Sorry if stating the obvious, but in a tippy ocean cockpit boat (I'm a sucker for them too...) re-enter and roll is waaaay more possible than cowboy re-entry. Personally I find it easier in ocean cockpits as once you're in, you're in, and can even fit deck before rolling so less faffing without padd...
by Bards
Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Motorhome Roof rack
Replies: 31
Views: 7949

Re: Motorhome Roof rack

I've never had a problem with water ingress, just by using some squashy rubber plumbers' washers and/or squares of neoprene with M8 bolts drilled through. If looking at a converted van, and spending some fair time in it, then do note this will constitute a 'cold bridge' with the condensation issue d...
by Bards
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU courses near Bude?
Replies: 2
Views: 1166

Re: BCU courses near Bude?

Rob McIntyre worth an ask. info@sksw.co.uk who are based in Braunton. I've only heard very good things about his coaching; unsure if they run above 3*, but if not could point you in the right direction.

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by Bards
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: Set-up advice
Replies: 1
Views: 1741

Set-up advice

Okay, well having had some (mild) success at drifting through races with lures for pollack, it's high time I upped my game, particularly as this is generally solo. Swirling around in a nest of sharp hooks and tangle hazards has to stop. I've tried to find a resource online for setting up a SINK for ...
by Bards
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which VHF radio^
Replies: 42
Views: 5195

Re: Which VHF radio

Bards, which Standard Horizon did you get? It's the whistle-and-bells HX-851, though I think they may be replacing that with a new model so unsure if still available; I think that's why I got a deal. No point paying for features you will never use, or don't know how to though, and I'm a bit overgun...
by Bards
Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: What can I catch in the winter?
Replies: 3
Views: 1944

Re: What can I catch in the winter?

I'm no seasoned angler myself, but have found trolling a big Dexter wedge or similar on 12lb line is worth a go; bass always a possibility year-round. I tend to do it when thrashing in a straight line anyway, so my speed is far more than experienced folk recommend, but then I'm out for a paddle and ...
by Bards
Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which VHF radio^
Replies: 42
Views: 5195

Re: Which VHF radio

Another vote for Standard Horizon in terms of both products and service. Even with DSC my battery life is excellent. The additional bonus of DSC is the GPS component, so you can always tell the CGs or whoever your current location even if your visibility/map/orientation have gone West for whatever r...
by Bards
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pilgrim Spraydeck
Replies: 3
Views: 1682

Re: Pilgrim Spraydeck

I use a Palm Approach on mine, which is probably billed as a WW deck, so no map loops, bale hole, blah, blah, blah but really... It's not reinforced, and isn't exceptionally tight, but it's never popped on me. I got it 2nd hand years ago with a Pyrhana boat, have put it in a few 'situations', done a...
by Bards
Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Devon & Cornwall
Replies: 7
Views: 2649

Re: Devon & Cornwall

http://www.pesdapress.com/p23/South-Wes ... _info.html

Worth every penny with useful Tidal Stream info and guide to difficulty without being too by-numbers prescriptive.

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by Bards
Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 4991

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015

Have y0ou applied for planning permission for that tent of your Bards? 'Temporary structure' wriggles around that issue, though given how bloody long it took to take apart it's debatable... I haven't revisited this civil engineering nightmare since last year. Thanks for the reminder... I'll make su...
by Bards
Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 4991

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015

Have y0ou applied for planning permission for that tent of your Bards? 'Temporary structure' wriggles around that issue, though given how bloody long it took to take apart it's debatable... I haven't revisited this civil engineering nightmare since last year. Thanks for the reminder... I'll make su...
by Bards
Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 4991

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015

Last year's had everything from Worbarrow scenic, Portland Bill rounding, cave and tunnel exploration, beer drinking and participants from all corners inc. Channel Islands. A great location for a jolly good wheeze with a wide range of trips and personality types. I'm in, but don't let that put you o...
by Bards
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 1305

Re: VHF cleaning

SH and others are pretty good at working out if a failed item has been rinsed after use; if they find otherwise warranty will be useless. I think promptness of rinse is also important; if there's a freshwater stream or tap at point of egress I give a good rinse before VHF or camera have any time to ...
by Bards
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Food - Food - yes, Food
Replies: 23
Views: 3899

Re: Food - Food - yes, Food

MikeB wrote:Although a bain-marie arrangement helps - it's part of the whole "trip" thing.
Wow, man...that's some far out wildcamp cuisine. Where do I sign up?

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by Bards
Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flat earth sails for the UK
Replies: 33
Views: 7566

Re: Flat earth sails for the UK

I was more annoyed because of the deception Speaking as one who has had multiple dealings with Kari-Tek for several years, and having got to know and respect the staff, I can say that this comment is totally contrary to my experience, and reprehensible on the evidence offered. All businesses can so...
by Bards
Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Making a towline
Replies: 5
Views: 1054

Re: Making a towline

There's nothing in the syllabus or notes on any requirement to have a bungee! (Used there to be??) . When I took my 3* several years ago I believed a shock absorber to be a BCU requirement. Whether this was direct from BCU bumph, or from the mouths of Trainer or Assessor and I/they misunderstood th...
by Bards
Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Making a towline
Replies: 5
Views: 1054

Re: Making a towline

Unsure whether the BCU still states that a bungee/shockcord length is necessary, but plenty of 4 and 5 star assessments are passed without a shock absorber on towline. Not all proprietary systems have them which I'm unaware of being contentious, though some assessors may still have an issue. I used ...
by Bards
Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Donegal
Replies: 5
Views: 1408

Re: Donegal

I went for a stay based in Ramelton and found the locals to be extremely welcoming but largely unintelligible. Didn't have a kayak, but from a small fishing boat Malin Head looked like a box worth ticking preferably with local info on the tidal current (looked a bit swirlywhirly). If piggybacking yo...
by Bards
Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dragging kayaks
Replies: 13
Views: 4259

Re: Dragging kayaks

If dragging means you feel like paddling more and are likely to spend less time and money at the chiropractor's then crack on. I've always bought 2nd hand and revel in treating the boats as a consumable items. I'm a rock gardening, rock dragging, rocky landing Philistine and proud.

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by Bards
Tue May 19, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 4991

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2015

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September. Rude not to, and hope a few will be around before and after to explore more possibilities...

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by Bards
Wed May 06, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scillonian III ferry
Replies: 1
Views: 831

Re: Scillonian III ferry

I've only travelled on it once, and my recollections is that, although delayed a couple of hours for more favourable tide it went ahead in what I recall as conditions far fruitier than that forecast. Not sure what the swell was like, but it was a whole load windier. Not nearly as vom-inducing as rum...
by Bards
Fri May 01, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Christchurch loop
Replies: 4
Views: 1190

Re: Christchurch loop

I generally use the free slipway on Wick Lane (opposite side of river from rowing club). Not attached to car park, so needs to be a speedy drop-off to avoid obstructing others, not that it's used too much. I've aways found parking a couple of hundred metres away in the residential roads, and note th...
by Bards
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Wales Sea Kayak Meet 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 7302

Re: West Wales Sea Kayak Meet 2015

Would love to get a pass for the weekend - feel I could get stuck in a bit more of them with them thar signature moving water bits now. Will you be throwing in one of your fire lighting demo's? ;-)

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by Bards
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: gopro mounting ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 1811

Re: gopro mounting ideas

I used an expensive suction on last year's BC trip and even on a very hairy inverted river episode in which my helmet got totally battered on the rocky bed it remained fixed to the boat. However due to the ridiculous caning the plastic mounting contraption bit broke. Not unreasonably... The moral is...
by Bards
Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Games 2014 short film
Replies: 1
Views: 911

Greenland Games 2014 short film

Last year James Manke and James Roberts got over to Greenland to take part in the event, and with the assistance of others inc sponsors have come up with this suitably understated little gem. One of them may be coming over to the UK later in the year for a visit; if this happens I'll post info up on...