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by seylan
Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Poggies or Gloves^
Replies: 33
Views: 3763

Re: Poggies or Gloves

I've used gloves and pogies but since I tried palmless gloves I wouldn't dream of using anything else. They work so much better than I would have expected - I could bore you for hours (well, for 10mins at least) on the things I like about them.
by seylan
Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on drysuits
Replies: 17
Views: 1687

Re: Advice on drysuits

I had a non breathable drysuit for a couple of years and was fine while paddling. The problem I found was that I got quite cold whenever I stopped, either on or off the water. I now have a goretex suit and so far find that because I'm not damp inside it I'm not getting cold when I stop. I tend to we...
by seylan
Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reed clothing
Replies: 19
Views: 2282

Re: Reed clothing

Like button???
by seylan
Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flare Friday
Replies: 0
Views: 432

Flare Friday

There's going to be a flotilla gathering in Greenock this Friday, 31st August, at 8pm to show appreciation for Clyde Coastguard who are due to be closed down later this year. People will be letting off red flares. I'm hoping to paddle across from Helensburgh and I think some other kayakers are launc...
by seylan
Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Chafing
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: Chafing

I'd also recommend Body Glide. I bought it after reading about it in another thread on this forum. I use it for my neck where the latex used to really rub and make it look like I'd tried to hang myself after a couple of days' paddling. It works really well and I imagine it would do the same on any r...
by seylan
Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuits and She Wee(ing)
Replies: 15
Views: 2021

Re: Drysuits and She Wee(ing)

I've got a ladies Kokatat Drysuit with a relief zipper. It's the same as the men's one (i.e. not the drop seat) but a bit lower. I've used it without problems. Not with a she-wee I have another brand - It's called Whizz Freedom and I think and may be a bit more flexible than the she-wee. I've not ha...
by seylan
Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice Needed - Sea/Touring/Angling Kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 1097

Re: Advice Needed - Sea/Touring/Angling Kayak

For the people I paddle with (including club trips) about 20miles would be more typical.
by seylan
Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Back on track
Replies: 19
Views: 1506

Re: Back on track

I hope you have many, many happy years paddling and that the pleasure of it always makes up for the pain :o)
by seylan
Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Veggie & Vegan Camp Food...
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: Veggie & Vegan Camp Food...

Great timing! I'm being driven through the night back from Shropshire and so thought I'd put together a shopping list for kayaking food for a trip starting Monday. I was trying to think what veggie food my non veggie paddling partner would enjoy but decided to have a quick look on the forum before I...
by seylan
Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: On-the-go repairs
Replies: 16
Views: 1406

Re: On-the-go repairs

Another vote for gaffa tape - it kept my carbonlite boat dry for a whole day's paddling and I'm sure it would have lasted longer. I think the person who did it for me put on some sex wax first. Put it on the boat that is :o) I put two inflated dry bags in the front hatch (one was the pointy kind) ju...
by seylan
Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Clyde Gareloch Trip
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Clyde Gareloch Trip

You don't have to be overcautious though. I saw this sub from a distance: http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss145/tradcello/Steam-train-on-the-Clyde-.jpg and I paddled fast to the narrows at Rhu so it would overtake me there and I could get a close up: http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss145/tradc...
by seylan
Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Clyde Gareloch Trip
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Clyde Gareloch Trip

Ade - I don't know of any particular restrictions about navy boats (if there are then I'm sure someone else on here will be able to tell you) - I just keep well out of their way like you would with any large vessel. And there's usually plenty of warning of warships or subs coming as there are police...
by seylan
Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Clyde Gareloch Trip
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Clyde Gareloch Trip

No - I just had to google that to see what you were talking about... You had a lovely day for a paddle today and the thunder gave plenty of warning before it really started to belt it down :o) I was working unfortunately but I'm going to get out for a few hours tomorrow so if you spot me, say hello!...
by seylan
Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Clyde Gareloch Trip
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Clyde Gareloch Trip

Och - your put in was almost right in front of my house - I could have seen you if I'd looked out of my window :o) The only problem with the military police is that if they have any excuse to approach you (like if you're just a bit too close) then they'll follow close behind you till you're out of t...
by seylan
Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ideas wanted - kayak hire/guiding in South West Scotland
Replies: 17
Views: 674

Re: Ideas wanted - kayak hire/guiding in South West Scotland

Hi. I'm based in Helensburgh and can often paddle midweek but I don't have transport. I wouldn't be confident taking you anywhere too adventurous unless there were a couple of others with experience going too but if you fancied, say, a day paddle on Loch Long / Loch Goil that would be no bother. I c...
by seylan
Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Circumnavigation of Britain 2012 - attempts
Replies: 183
Views: 14294

Re: Circumnavigation of Britain 2012 - attempts

I loved this comment from the blog, and it's good advice:
"I'd rather be 100% below the 'in big poo' line than 1% over it."
by seylan
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Equipment Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1096

Re: Equipment Advice

I'd advise you stay away from the Roanoke spraydeck. Mine started coming apart at the velcro attachment within a few weeks of light use and a friend had exactly the same problem. Plus it's one size only so if you're anything less that a tad portly and don't have a waist tube thingy there's plenty of...
by seylan
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: St David's rescue^
Replies: 214
Views: 22003

Re: St David's rescue^

I'd like to add my thanks to Taran for posting and particularly for continuing to come back and reply in a really reasonable and thoughtful manner when I'm sure at times all he wanted to do was smash his computer :o)
by seylan
Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wimmin's event
Replies: 27
Views: 2532

Re: Wimmin's event

Andrea - I have total sympathy. We all have to deal with that kind of treatment from time to time and to be faced with it on a daily basis must be frustrating, to say the least. But my concerns remain. A few more uncomfortable examples - I'm sure most South African white women felt more comfortable ...
by seylan
Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wimmin's event
Replies: 27
Views: 2532

Re: Wimmin's event

I totally agree with No Kayak - nothing wrong with a festival celebrating women in sea kayaking which men are welcome to attend. And for the record I'm not jealous - as a woman I would have been able to attend this event. But the fact that I'm not the one being excluded doesn't make it seem any less...
by seylan
Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wimmin's event
Replies: 27
Views: 2532

Re: Wimmin's event

That's quite an easy response to any kind of segregation (blacks don't need to come in here - they've got their own restaurants/buses/whatever unfortunately springs to mind) and women have fought long and hard to have access to many male only institutions. To be honest its not the exclusiveness that...
by seylan
Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wimmin's event
Replies: 27
Views: 2532

Re: Wimmin's event

I wonder if anybody is planning to organise a men only sea kayaking festival...
by seylan
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: (wrist)watch considerations
Replies: 13
Views: 1357

Re: (wrist)watch considerations

Another vote for the cheapo waterproof one attached to the BA. It stays there always and I forget all about it till the odd occasions when I need to know the time on the water. I had to change the batteries once and I took the risk of not sending it back to the manufacturer and so invalidating the w...
by seylan
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: fish farm off Gometra
Replies: 13
Views: 1137

Re: fish farm off Gometra

I also signed this petition. In my view very few arguments could justify further destruction of the marine environment, even on a small scale. The damage done by fish farms is well documented.
by seylan
Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Luckiest GoPro footage ever?
Replies: 5
Views: 990

Re: Luckiest GoPro footage ever?

I love the video! Its like the beginning of a story for kids... - the lost camera
by seylan
Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Skerry^
Replies: 5
Views: 1451

Re: Valley Skerry

My club uses Skerrays and a lot of people find them uncomfortable. A lot of the guys in particular get dead legs after short trips so take the foam seat out - that seems to help a lot. For me it was a relief to finally buy my own boat and not have to endure the Skerray pain (for me it was uncomforta...
by seylan
Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF in rough water
Replies: 40
Views: 2034

Re: VHF in rough water

Thank you all for the suggestions. I think for me in the meantime the most practical thing will be investing in a better whistle - the VHF is relatively new and I don't want to spend more money on another one - and positioning it either in the middle of the paddle or near the top of the BA so I can ...
by seylan
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Quick questionnaire :-)
Replies: 9
Views: 1350

Re: Quick questionnaire :-)

Hi
Are you only looking for people who live in England? I wasn't sure whether 'other' meant eg Scotland or Wales or whether it meant someplace else in England.
by seylan
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Helensburgh incident
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Helensburgh incident

Hi Jim
Not mine - I'm lucky enough to live 50 yards from that slipway - but yes it belonged to Hugh (Helensburgh KC) who I was paddling with.

And yes, that was Saturday - today is (was) Sunday :o)
by seylan
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Helensburgh incident
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Helensburgh incident

I was out with 2 friends on Sunday and we paddled past Kilcreggan. We were discussing radios and checking the signal and I kept mine switched on afterwards. We heard the coastguard calling for assistance for this kayaker when we were already half an hour past Kilcreggan and there were two boats whic...