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by Sprucey
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?

Hi Guys, many thanks for your replies. Everyone here and on various FB groups have come up with some great suggestions - all looked good. I have now booked onto an Advanced RECV course next week with Getafix in NOrth Wales - their dates just worked for me and meant I wasn't leaving it until last min...
by Sprucey
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 2 Day / 16hour First Aid?
Replies: 4
Views: 371

2 Day / 16hour First Aid?

I am looking for a 2 day / 16Hr REC First Aid Course - preferably water based if possible and approved by British Canoeing.

I was booked onto a course last weekend but it was cancelled due to lack of numbers - I need this before the second week of October- any location.

Cheers,

Sprucey
by Sprucey
Mon May 08, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?
Replies: 21
Views: 2831

Re: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?

Ocean Signal Rescue Me PLB1 for me.
by Sprucey
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Dry suit?
Replies: 22
Views: 5859

Re: Best Dry suit?

Thanks Guys,

NRS I know about but who sells Stolquist in the UK - not a common name?

Sprucey
by Sprucey
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 2632

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

Trangia with both meths and gas conversions. If you can, buy the non stick pans - fry pan at least! When you come to clean, you won't regret it! The whole thing apart from gas/meths bottle will pack into stove incl. foldable cutlery, cleaning scourer/sponge, fire starter, matched/lighter, salt & pep...
by Sprucey
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Dry suit?
Replies: 22
Views: 5859

Best Dry suit?

Not sure which way I want to go yet but, if money no object, what do people think is the best dry suit for exped / touring?

If I put my budget limit of around £550 what would that narrow people's recommendations to?

Cheers,

Sprucey
by Sprucey
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reflective Bungee
Replies: 13
Views: 1477

Re: Reflective Bungee

Kayaksport supply reflective bungee - contact one of their dealers - Karitek?
by Sprucey
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Round Hayling, best kayak for relative beginner
Replies: 22
Views: 3222

Re: Round Hayling, best kayak for relative beginner

Ultimate kayaks are also Epic dealers.

http://www.ultimatekayaks.co.uk/
by Sprucey
Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are all kayak trolleys junk?
Replies: 27
Views: 8009

Re: Are all kayak trolleys junk?

Talking of trolleys, I thought you may be interested in this home made French design spotted at a symposium in Western Brittany a few years ago. They look good and I intend to make and try one. They float (the square axle tube is filled with expanded foam) and break down into the 2 side-panels, axle...
by Sprucey
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Food - Food - yes, Food
Replies: 23
Views: 3759

Re: Food - Food - yes, Food

Mike,

you should cut fresh some lemons and limes into chunks and freeze them in a bag in the freezer - that way they work as ice cubes too!

We keep some in the freezer at home all the time - they'll last longer on paddle trip too.
by Sprucey
Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam Seat
Replies: 5
Views: 1418

Re: Foam Seat

Hi, I have just fitted a foam seat into a Valley Aquanaut to give myself a little more thigh room where the valley seat rises up at the edges. I find the seat comfortable and had no issues paddling round Portland at the weekend. I bought it from Fyne Boats - approx. £35(ish) incl.postage. Service wa...
by Sprucey
Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding seat
Replies: 18
Views: 1941

Re: Folding seat

Crazy Creek chair Hex chair from Sea Kayak Oban. Same principle as the Thermarest chair but doesn't require a Thermarest as there is built in foam padding. Folded it only takes up the space of three - 4 soft drinks cans end on end. Brilliant around the camp.
Sprucey
by Sprucey
Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How many sea kayaks...
Replies: 15
Views: 2541

Re: How many sea kayaks...

Kitfaffer,

I hope she doesn't sell them for what you told her you bought them for? !!!!!! ;-)

Sprucey
by Sprucey
Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Another Karitek question
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Re: Another Karitek question

Thanks Guys,

it's early days but knowing it's possible opens up more options re: van selection.

Sprucey
by Sprucey
Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Taran owners?
Replies: 11
Views: 1354

Re: Taran owners?

Rich, I can't comment on the Taran as I have never paddled one (looking forward to trying yours) but what I do know from a season of K1 paddling is that you will probably need to modify your FWD paddle stroke to improve stability and speed. Most sea kayakers enter the blade for the catch too far out...
by Sprucey
Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Another Karitek question
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Re: Another Karitek question

Hi Howlin,

thanks for that - I had already seen Simon's blog.

Did you use stronger securing catches when it was lowered and kayaks on rack?

Sprucey
by Sprucey
Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Another Karitek question
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Another Karitek question

I have a KT rack already on a Honda CRV. I am considering going down the campervan route. Coming back from Portland yesterday I overtook a VW Transporter camper with the lifting roof and it had a KT rack on it. Does anyone have any experience of fitting one to a lifting roof on a camper - what extra...
by Sprucey
Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Easky 15 for Cappella rm mk1 backward step?
Replies: 8
Views: 1437

Re: Easky 15 for Cappella rm mk1 backward step?

Hi Rae, stick with the Capella - it's a very underrated boat and you will grow into it. It carries good weight for exped stuff and is very manoeuverable. It's a great platform for learning all the core skills. I had problems when I started too but the more time you spend in the seat the better it wi...
by Sprucey
Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thin Neoprene?
Replies: 5
Views: 1248

Re: Thin Neoprene?

Cheers Guys. The block is fitted and used on a 11hr circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight at the weekend in very adverse wind conditions. It worked well but after K1 paddling I don't really use a back rest anyway these days. I have tipped the Valley seat fwd to improve my position - helps tip the pe...
by Sprucey
Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thin Neoprene?
Replies: 5
Views: 1248

Thin Neoprene?

Being Lazy but also want to tap into your combined knowledge and not re-invent the wheel. Anyone know a UK source of thin (2mm - 3mm?) Neoprene sheet to cover a foam block back rest I have just made (a la Gnarlydog's website) and other cockpit lining areas? I don't need metres - probably 1/2m would ...
by Sprucey
Fri May 23, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1664 Challenge
Replies: 18
Views: 1440

Re: 1664 Challenge

I went down to Eastney yesterday after work and they were packing up in the rain - loading boats onto trailers and getting personal gear from their vans etc. (I missed the RM band!) It was peeing down with rain, quite windy from the south and they were still all in their drysuits and BA's. Despite t...
by Sprucey
Thu May 22, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1664 Challenge
Replies: 18
Views: 1440

Re: 1664 Challenge

We paddled with two of the gys on Sunday. I believe it was always their intention to start around midday yesterday. They have a large landing craft with bow and stern doors and several Gemini inflatables as support /safety craft. I think the early dog leg was their rendezvous and deployment from the...
by Sprucey
Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wing Paddle or Not^
Replies: 42
Views: 8442

Re: Wing Paddle or Not

I have just read this thread and concur with Mark, Aled and Nick. I have just had a winter of training with wings and completed the DW in a K1 last weekend. Changing to wings and a tippy K1 at the same time was enormously challenging. Warnings about the risk of damaging my wrists due to the "extra p...
by Sprucey
Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9599

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Hi Eliza, yes, that's me! Mr Spotty! Our coach tango'd our three team boats in the check in area at Devizes so I thought I would leave them on - it was great conversation starter out on the water! I'm a a sea kayaker from Portsmouth CC and joined Southampton to learn and train for this race after de...
by Sprucey
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9599

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

I did it too - 21:34 in a K1.

Not bad for a 52 year old fat sea kayaker

Sprucey
by Sprucey
Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle feather
Replies: 29
Views: 2431

Re: Paddle feather

30deg for me for sea blades - 65deg for wings in K1
Sprucey
by Sprucey
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Channel crossing - long way
Replies: 28
Views: 3684

Re: Channel crossing - long way

A team from the Royal Marines and Navy (including two from Portsmouth Canoe Club) are attempting it in May this year.

details of the 1664 challenge can be found here.

http://www.justgiving.com/1664Challenge-KayakTeam

Sprucey
by Sprucey
Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 274
Views: 42420

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

That looks really sweet! I'm going to have a go. I think it would make a great boat boat for my vertically challenged partner - she's tiny and there are virtually no commercially available boats out there for a 5footer! Being light will also be a great help to her. She's the most stable paddler I kn...
by Sprucey
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do I need Wings?
Replies: 110
Views: 7168

Re: Do I need Wings?

Hi Guys, as a sea kayaker now training in a K1 for the Devizes-Westminster race this Easter (like Mark R) I have followed this post with interest. I would like to ask a question to the floor about one part of the paddle stroke that I have had conflicting advice on and it is holding me back. (I know,...
by Sprucey
Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do I need Wings?
Replies: 110
Views: 7168

Re: Do I need Wings?

I'm in the same camp as you Mark - maybe 2 months ahead. My biggest problem as sea kayaker has been letting my returning top hand drop and cross too far over the boat. This results in leaving the blade in the water too far back, lifting too much water, making the boat unstable and sucking the back o...