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by rockhopper
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Into strong head wind

I love going out when it is really windy as it is about the only time you get decent waves in the Thames Estuary however the biggest issue I find when it is really blowing is getting the boat to turn quickly in the direction I want. Riding wind blown waves in, breaking out from the wave before it ge...
by rockhopper
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 630
Views: 64621

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Perhaps the name "Skip" would show more respect for her than "Dumpster"?
perhaps you could try 'Reporpoised'....combining reusing and a nautical creature!!!

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hobie Mirage Adventure Island.
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Hobie Mirage Adventure Island.

Unfortunate name....'Adventure Island'....just means the funfair place on Southend seafront to me..
https://adventureisland.co.uk/rides/

Rog.
by rockhopper
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SWSK3
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Re: SWSK3

I don't know the solution to the pacific oysters, but we do have a problem. My daughter finished her Marine Biology degree at Plymouth this year (just in time!!). It seems that the preferred method by people in the know is to take a heavy hammer to them or, much simpler if they are on a soft/muddy ...
by rockhopper
Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 965

Re: Energy drinks

I have to be careful with pre and mid paddle intake. I find it easy to eat a bit to much and it is then uncomfortable sitting in a paddling position. Little and often is my paddling intake preference. A chewy toffee or a Chewitt for yourself and any paddling buddies is a great treat at the time and ...
by rockhopper
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 965

Re: Energy drinks

Just water and a banana and/or a packet of chewits if you need a bit of flavour after the water. Never see the point of sugary drinks.
You would have to be exercising very hard over a long period to warrant taking on an energy drink.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 1963

Re: Long swim.

I'm definitely with Pedro on this one...Bloke is a selfish idiot both for risking the crew of the lifeboat ('I didn't think they would launch in such rough conditions'.....yeah! right!!) and for putting his partner through such an ordeal. He cannot have been out in such conditions at that location p...
by rockhopper
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 630
Views: 64621

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Nick....I have only one question....How do you keep your garage/workshop so tidy ?

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling cag advice
Replies: 18
Views: 840

Re: Paddling cag advice

Can anyone advise what the neck seal is like on the Kokatat Hydrus? I am not keen on really tight neck seals...normally they leave me feeling strangled especially around my Adams apple..

Thanks,

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 32
Views: 1319

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

Interestingly, all three of the near misses I have had with other watercraft have been with small catamarans (the one or two person size). On each occasion I was very aware that the person in charge of the boat had their view of me (and on one occasion, myself and two other kayaks), obscured by thei...
by rockhopper
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 1963

Re: Long swim.

and...floating on top of the water you would be much easier to spot..
by rockhopper
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 1963

Re: Long swim.

I would find it a lot easier to kayak back to shore than to swim....

Rog..
by rockhopper
Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plymouth Sound
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: Plymouth Sound

Thanks Chaps....just the sort of information i was after. Certainly the put in at The Quay looks quicker and easier to get to than Mountbatten.
Doesn't look like the Brennan Torpedo was ever used in anger. Would have been interesting to see how well it worked.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plymouth Sound
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Plymouth Sound

For some years I have been meaning to have a paddle around Plymouth sound but just never got around to it when i have been down that neck of the woods however in late September myself and a couple of friends are back in the South Hams area and it seems like a good opportunity. As there seems to be a...
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 630
Views: 64621

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

I was just also reading about the Petrel Play and wondered if anyone has made either of the boats out of Medite Trycoya which is a special water stable MDF used for external projects used as an alternative to marine ply
http://www.chilterntimber.co.uk/product ... -x-1220mm/

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thin booties.
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Thin booties.

I stopped using the neoprene type boot for kayaking a couple of years ago. I found that it was a pain that if they got water in it stayed in and they took ages to dry. The grip and sole thicknesses tended to be poor. Made my feet hot in hot weather and didn't really stop them getting cold in cold we...
by rockhopper
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Point 65°N Sweden Touring Kayaks
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Point 65°N Sweden Touring Kayaks

Looks like a Nemo. Not sure it has a front bulkhead...may depend on which exact model..

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Slippery shaft
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Slippery shaft

Sorry for the tabloid quality topic title!! I find that I definitely need a bit of additional 'tack' on my paddle shaft, especially when paddling hard or in trickier conditions. I currently use surfboard wax which works fine but I just wondered if anyone out there had a better/alternative that they ...
by rockhopper
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak ideal length for coastal fishing
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: Kayak ideal length for coastal fishing

I'm not an expert on this subject but i would definitely lean towards the longer type of boat. There are lots of articles on fishing from kayaks on Google and they tend to use ones like the Ocean Kayak Prowler which is 13 feet long...i would think 12 or 13ft would be ideal as they will track in a st...
by rockhopper
Mon May 25, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VE Paddles back....
Replies: 1
Views: 499

VE Paddles back....

Had an email this morning from Palm who have taken over the manufacture of VE Paddles with availability as from the Autumn as follows: We want you to be the first to know that Palm Equipment has taken over VE Paddles. The paddles will be made in the UK, at our Clevedon factory and will be available ...
by rockhopper
Thu May 21, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Teksport Rockhopper 340 info
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Teksport Rockhopper 340 info

Hi Amy, I had one when I first started kayaking. They were bulletproof in terms of construction however they are very heavy. You would also be very wise to make sure you got one with bulkheads as there is a lot of space to fill up with water if you don't. I also found it a bit of a monster to try to...
by rockhopper
Mon May 11, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1608

Re: Boris says...

Interesting...I hoped my post would generate discussion.

It would appear that in principal it is now possible to kayak in England only but a fair point about involvement of the rescue services...
Would swimming in the sea be viewed in the same way?

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon May 11, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1608

Boris says...

I believe....

Boris says I can go kayaking....

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat May 02, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC Shipping Forecast
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: BBC Shipping Forecast

Why on earth would they do that!!! Is it a temporary measure during lockdown when not as many people on the water?
by rockhopper
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First sea kayak - Virgo vs. ...
Replies: 13
Views: 1692

Re: First sea kayak - Virgo vs. ...

I second what Pathbrae has advised... I bought a Delphin 150 a few years back having read lots of reviews on how good they were and that they had the Connect outfitting for a really nice fit when paddling. Having paddled for quite a few years I mistakenly thought I was a good enough judge not to hav...
by rockhopper
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2020 Sea Kayak events
Replies: 33
Views: 3466

Re: 2020 Sea Kayak events

Just to advise that all the links to the Christian Canoe club make my Norton Internet Security go crazy with the following message: Dangerous Web Page BlockedYou attempted to access:http://christiancanoe.co.uk/faq/This is a known dangerous web page. It is highly recommended that you do NOT visit thi...
by rockhopper
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak touring cag/jacket recommendations 2020.
Replies: 4
Views: 758

Re: Sea Kayak touring cag/jacket recommendations 2020.

Have a look at the Reed Aquatherm stuff...https://www.chillcheater.com/dry-cags
very light and exceptionally tough. Can be washed in a washing machine. I always use mine in preference to the 'normal' paddling top that I have.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?
Replies: 17
Views: 2696

Re: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?

For me it was the 'lift music' accompaniment that had me pleading for the presenter to say something instead.....

Rog.