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by rockhopper
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Deck for a narrow cockpit - Explorer
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Deck for a narrow cockpit - Explorer

Alternatively have a chat with Reed about one of their Aquatherm spraydecks:
https://www.chillcheater.com/decks

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suitable kayak for a novice
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: Suitable kayak for a novice

Hi John, not sure I would recommend an inflatable, especially when there may be fishing hooks involved. Sounds like a sit on top would be the best option. Very user friendly and easy to paddle. Great as a base to fish off and perfect for just enjoying the experience of being on the water. He can alw...
by rockhopper
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Jetski/Powerboat groups
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: Jetski/Powerboat groups

'The Romford Navy' is what we call them around here. Shame to tar them all with the same brush as I have come across some really nice ones but they are noisy (but not as noisy as the local RNLI hovercraft!!).

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 9
Views: 453

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Having scanned the report it seems clear that cutting the kelp does not mean that the plant regenerates from the original holdfast and by leaving the holdfast in place it may well reduce the ability for new kelp plants to establish themselves... so it is not like some of the other types of seaweed t...
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 9
Views: 453

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Norway has a similar harvesting technique in some areas and there is strong evidence that it is very damaging for the environment, affecting not just populations of species living in the immediate area but also affecting the juvenile fish stocks that use the kelp as shelter from predators. I think t...
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting
Replies: 9
Views: 453

Re: Marine Biopolymers - Kelp Harvesting

Email also sent.
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: SOT advice and suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: SOT advice and suggestions

I am not an expert on SOT's but as there have been no other comments yet I thought I would give some input. I know that the Perception Triumphs are particularly good as they have a hull that reacts similar to a sit inside kayak so you can us it's shape to help turn the boat. They tend to be around t...
by rockhopper
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 788

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Of course Allan, that is fine if you have a confident roll however I was assuming from his comments that the OP is not in that position and that he was looking for a paddle option that made it easier for him to find the surface.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 788

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I tended to find that the thing with slapping the paddle on the water surface is that in rougher waters you will not necessarily get the same 'feel' from the slap so it can make it more difficult to be sure where the blade is however, with the air core in the blades of the VE the paddle will lay in ...
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 788

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

The VE paddle has an air core in the blade so will find the surface with the blade flat on it naturally.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tall and advice needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 896

Re: Tall and advice needed!

South East Kayaking have a test fleet of Rockpools and they are closer to you...

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: Boat for tiny person

Rockpool Isel... http://www.rockpoolkayaks.com/isel.php or you could consider something like a Zegul/Tahe Greenland (usually an ocean cockpit but some early ones were available with keyhole cockpit I believe) or a Greenland T (keyhole cockpit). https://zegul.taheoutdoors.com/ze_en/speciality.html R...
by rockhopper
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Re: Difference between Pilgrim and Isel?

I have had an Isel for about 2 years but not paddled the Pilgrim so can't do a direct comparison. I can say that the Isel is light (probably lighter tan the Pilgrim), very comfortable and great at inspiring confidence. It is well built (up to Mike Webb's usual standard), robust, great initial and se...
by rockhopper
Wed May 30, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos
Replies: 11
Views: 796

Re: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos

I had a Delphin 150 for about a year but found it a bit of a lump (others may well diagree!). It was the Surf Spec. version so heavier than the standard one and, more especially, than the Corelite one. Mine felt heavy both carrying and paddling. Well worth you having a go in your selection before ma...
by rockhopper
Thu May 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: New boats worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1126

Re: New boats worth it?

The problem, if you want a particular boat, is waiting for a suitable one to come up for sale. There aren't many Aries 155 that I have seen come to the market. Similar problem with boats like the Rockpool Isel and especially an, anything like new, Anas Acuta. There probably aren't masses sold to sta...
by rockhopper
Mon May 21, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 933

Re: Water Carrier

I would highly recommend the MSR Dromedary water bladders. I have had two for over 6 years and they have been bullet proof and with no nasty taste:
https://www.raymears.com/Bushcraft_Prod ... g-6-litre/




Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri May 04, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Spraydecks
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Re: Spraydecks

Worth you looking back over previous posts about spraydecks but i have used Reed Aquatherm ones for a number of years and been very happy with them. Light, tough and even machine washable!! If you contact them they may well know of the appropriate size spraydeck for each boat. https://www.chillcheat...
by rockhopper
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plastic surf kayaks
Replies: 40
Views: 15501

Re: Plastic surf kayaks

by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED Romany Classic
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: WANTED Romany Classic

Oh gosh.... there's suddenly loads of them... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nigel-Dennis-NDK-Romany-Classic-Sea-Kayak-Lendal-Sea-Paddles-Nookie-Spraydeck/282869990352?hash=item41dc5d83d0:g:Y2wAAOSw~YRadmh2 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nigel-Dennis-NDK-Romany-Classic-Sea-Kayak-with-Silva-Type-70-Compass-T...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED Romany Classic
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: WANTED Romany Classic

There is one on EBay right now:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/sea-kayak/23 ... SwiqFadLvy


Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Basic Surf Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Re: Basic Surf Practice

Who was your coach? Always good for people to get feedback and recommendations.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Adding water to hull for ballasting
Replies: 14
Views: 1010

Re: Adding water to hull for ballasting

Also bear in mind that in some instances a rudder can make weathercocking worse as wind from the side will push the front end round whilst the rudder at the rear acts as a pivot point. As long as the rudder is easy to lift out of the water then it is easy to experiment and find out whether to have t...
by rockhopper
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Adding water to hull for ballasting
Replies: 14
Views: 1010

Re: Adding water to hull for ballasting

Is your problem stability or weather cocking? The scrambler is a fairly stable SOT so I suspect it is weather cocking that is the issue. Ocean Kayak do sell rudder kits but they are very expensive (£300 +) and I don't think they fit the Scrambler. Your best bet may be to replace the Scrambler with a...
by rockhopper
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1442

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

That's another possibility. Douglas Wilcox has included details in his blog:
https://seakayakphoto.blogspot.co.uk/20 ... -from.html

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1442

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

We paddled the Crinan Canal a few years back. Absolutely lovely apart from having to portage fully loaded kayaks. With some of the locks it is easier to portage a few at a time rather than putting the boat back in the water so i would advise taking a trolley if possible. The locks stop being used, i...
by rockhopper
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?
Replies: 11
Views: 1294

Re: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?

Large swimming noodles are ideal for filling a sit on top. Cheap, resilient (won't puncture and don't need to check they are inflated) and you can push them to the far end of the boat.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?
Replies: 21
Views: 1247

Re: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?

Hi Daryl, just a thought...where are you based? Bearing in mind you are new to the kayaking it may be worth seeing if there are any paddlers local to you who would be interested in going out with you for the first few times as a bit of a safety net and who may be able to give you a bit of advice/poi...
by rockhopper
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Recommend Me - Thermal Undersuit
Replies: 8
Views: 774

Re: Recommend Me - Thermal Undersuit

Just to add... there are 2 Immersion Research options. One is the lighter weight waffle type K2 version (which I have) and the other is the heavier weight option (which I have not tried).

Rog.