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by MePower
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: backs - dodgy ones
Replies: 27
Views: 1542

Re: backs - dodgy ones

I'm beginning to think my lower back pain when paddling is related to tight hamstrings, so I'm trying to stretch them before my next trip. Anyone else find the same? Chris You're right on the money there Chris. If i do any sport, road riding, kayak, walking, i have to do my hamstring stretches. If ...
by MePower
Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Photo thread - wildlife
Replies: 37
Views: 2843

Re: Photo thread - wildlife

2 week old cygnet near Holy Island
Image
by MePower
Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak trolleys
Replies: 72
Views: 11867

Re: Sea kayak trolleys

Has anyone tried one of these: http://www.pull-over.com/pull_over_kayak_trolley_design_concept.php Looks like it would pack up very small, but not much good for rough surfaces or sand. Looks very tippy, as in, not wide enough. I think most of your energy would go into twisting the boats bow to keep...
by MePower
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which VHF radio to buy?^
Replies: 20
Views: 11056

Re: Which VHF radio to buy?

Mr Hoppy wrote:I use an Entel. Very similar to the M-71 in terms of spec, size and price. Mine just sits on my BA with no cover and has done a year with no obvious signs of salt problems.

Chris
Ditto, no probs on the rib or kayak. Attach to ba with a lanyard and you`re off.
by MePower
Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayakers rescued off Highland coast
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Re: Kayakers rescued off Highland coast

Score 1 for carrying flares! Nice positive response from the Coastguard too. Glad all's well.
by MePower
Sun May 30, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NGK Explorer backrest advice^
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Re: NGK Explorer backrest advice

To be honest, the only time i notice the backrest in my boat is when it sometimes gets in the way getting into the cockpit. I`ve come to the conclusion that its primary purpose is to stop the paddlers bum from sliding too far back when pushing on the foot rest. This leads me to believe the problems ...
by MePower
Fri May 28, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VW T5 roof rack advice
Replies: 21
Views: 2859

Re: VW T5 roof rack advice

Rhinos with a roller, and karitek v cradle. Using the front holes for roof rack placement gives the perfect length for the v cradle to support hull.
by MePower
Fri May 21, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Build your own kayak trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 862

Re: Build your own kayak trailer

Nice idea, not sure how it would cope with a side wind, unless you plan to load the trailer with all your gear? My mate did a similar build for his 2 downhill bikes, he ended up tipping it over on a roundabout as it was top heavy. I love the idea of a trailer though.
by MePower
Fri May 21, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit outfitting - Hip pads
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: Cockpit outfitting - Hip pads

Nice idea, my cell blocks are cable tied on which is a pain. The kids have some wetsuits which are too small for them now. Got to go and dig out the loft to find them....
by MePower
Wed May 19, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: An Away Week - Lakes, Skye & Northumbria
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: An Away Week - Lakes, Skye & Northumbria

Some great action shots! Looks like you all had a great time. The Farnes are my fave play park, the beach car park in bamburgh village is a good spot for launching and its free. Approach the village from the south and its on your right. Have a blast.
by MePower
Sun May 16, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A Scottish trip of contrasts
Replies: 15
Views: 1559

Re: A Scottish trip of contrasts

Those pics say it all, superb!
by MePower
Sat May 15, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Down sleeping bag advise please^
Replies: 35
Views: 10640

Re: Down sleeping bag advise please

Alpkit must be ok, mostly sold out. I have a coleman down bag, packs nicely and rated at -6, but it coughs feathers all over the tent! Its pretty rubbish. Saving/ begging / borrowing for a helium.
by MePower
Fri May 14, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tell the coastguards
Replies: 24
Views: 1439

Re: Tell the coastguards

Speaking with a coastgaurd bod at Runswick bay when they were out on a training run, he said if you only carry a vhf or mobile, then yes, the coastgaurd appreciate a heads up, as this gives them a running start as to where to look. If carrying a plb, then it isnt needed as this directs them anyway. ...
by MePower
Fri May 14, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite kayak for the larger paddler.
Replies: 8
Views: 2183

Re: Composite kayak for the larger paddler.

Agree with MikeB, I'm a big fella at 18 stone, 6'3", and i have had to pad out my explore x seat with foam. The explore might be a better fit. If its a foot size issue, there is an inch height difference, 13 " for the explore, 14" for the explore x.
Regards, Vee
by MePower
Tue May 11, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New toy from Typhoon
Replies: 5
Views: 771

Re: New toy from Typhoon

Did it per chance have a price on said suit?
Regards, Vee
by MePower
Sat May 08, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New toy from Typhoon
Replies: 5
Views: 771

Re: New toy from Typhoon

Is this a 2 piece suit? It says double waist. I'm going to need a dry top and pants for summer.
by MePower
Fri May 07, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smaller wheels for C-Tug Trolley?
Replies: 23
Views: 4330

Re: Smaller wheels for C-Tug Trolley?

If you deflate the tyres to fit the hatch, one of those small bike pumps wouldnt take up too much room, or even the co2 version. To be honest, i've never pumped up the tyres on my c tug since i bought it last year,(lazy boy) they are quite flat in fact, yet the tyres are robust enough to look like t...
by MePower
Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Covering kayaks stored outside
Replies: 11
Views: 961

Re: Covering kayaks stored outside

Ditto for the polish. I use Mer on a rib (orange consoles) that spends all its time on a mooring, no fading after 7 or so years.
by MePower
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I've got it wrong all these years....
Replies: 13
Views: 1059

Re: I've got it wrong all these years....

The questions and answers are, imho, better than the ad!
by MePower
Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Easter paddling, anyone interested?
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Re: Easter paddling, anyone interested?

I'm interested, can travel thurs afternoon, come back on the monday if this fits. Camping or b+b`s?
by MePower
Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Collison Alert for Motorboats and Ribs
Replies: 9
Views: 811

Re: Collison Alert for Motorboats and Ribs

Being a rib driver myself, it is quite hard to see over the high bow, so is good practice to stand at the console rather than sit on the jockey seats. We can see crab and lobster pot flags even when seated, and are always on the lookout for these, so a flag on a kayak would be very helpful in a high...
by MePower
Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayaking - a sport for middle aged/older people ?
Replies: 48
Views: 3313

Re: sea kayaking - a sport for middle aged/older people ?

Although it might not be "cool" for younger folk, a sense of natural wonder doesn't switch on at the age of 40.... In my experience, most youths do have a sense of adventure, but parents do nothing to nurture it. Instead of taking time to plan these trips, they give in to demands for electronics an...
by MePower
Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is this......please
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

Re: What is this......please

Seal snot? Sorry dont know..
by MePower
Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Battery life in real use?
Replies: 11
Views: 527

Re: VHF Battery life in real use?

Had the entel for a few months now, very robust, very good battery life, bit bigger than my old icom, time will tell.
by MePower
Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayaking - a sport for middle aged/older people ?
Replies: 48
Views: 3313

Re: sea kayaking - a sport for middle aged/older people ?

I've been trying to get my brother to give sea kayaking a go. Hes a sailor and always will be. He cant understand why someone would pay all that money for craft that you have to propel yourself. He points out that you could buy a half decent sail boat or motor boat. So my understanding is that young...
by MePower
Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF/EPIRB/Strobe: Are flares necessary any more?
Replies: 14
Views: 1024

Re: VHF/EPIRB/Strobe: Are flares necessary any more?

A Fastfind 210 is next on my shopping list, mainly for the reasons above, and because its smaller and easier to put in a ba pocket. Flares will be demoted to the day hatch. They're too big, clumsy, and very limited to be relied on completely. At least with a plb, vhf radio and a mobile, you have 3 c...
by MePower
Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boil in a bag - Serving suggestions?
Replies: 26
Views: 1309

Re: Boil in a bag - Serving suggestions?

This winter ive used a crewsaver hyperdry with merino wool unders and have been spot on in and out of the water. Im a big fella who finds it difficult to regulate temperature at the best of times but find my current wear great. Havnt needed gloves or pogies at all but worn a sealskins windproof hat....
by MePower
Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 12v bilge pumps, good or bad?
Replies: 23
Views: 1560

Re: 12v bilge pumps, good or bad?

I have a 1200 gph. Its there as a backup in case i get tired trying to empty a full boat. If you've ever been dumped onto a beach and then tried to turn a full boat over to empty it, the pump comes in useful as well.
by MePower
Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Self righting device.
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Self righting device.

Surely just wearing a yachties type floatation device would suffice.. http://i959.photobucket.com/albums/ae72/westendcleaning/sea%20kayak%20pics/seapro-harness-lifejacket.gif The inflated jacket would also have the effect of keeping head above water until the flick and roll is completed, rather than...