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by username Chris S
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak adventure book
Replies: 10
Views: 926

Re: Kayak adventure book

... [Ewen] shouted out with fear in his voice, “I can’t take much more of this”, as he saw another shark rapidly approach… It was going to be one of those days! Not a book but a blog of long yarns which I think were once in print. Just came across it again after many years. https://terrybolland.wor...
by username Chris S
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: White Water Massif Central by Peter Knowles
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: White Water Massif Central by Peter Knowles

Shame, off there tomorrow with the packraft and tattered old copy but I imagine the rapids haven't moved much.
Look forward to the new edition.
by username Chris S
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Kokatat Front-Entry Women's Kayak Drysuit – Small/Medium £150
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Kokatat Front-Entry Women's Kayak Drysuit – Small/Medium £150

£150 post free UK if you're quick or auctions on ebay tomorrow 8pm starting fifty quid. Small to Med women's dry suit. Hangs about 160cm high, neck to heels. Estimate would suit a person from 5-foot to 5' 6". Thick latex booties added so now completely sealed. Small chest pocket. Note small repairs...
by username Chris S
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Interesting new packable kayak
Replies: 0
Views: 277

Interesting new packable kayak

Just tried out a new kayak-like packraft which may be if interest to some. MRS Nomad S1. Uses packraft TPU fabric (lighter than hypalon, etc) in a less yaw-prone, more pointy form. 2.9m long, weighs 5kg with a deck and skirt, does 4mph at sea. WindPaddles nicely too. Fits in a carrier bag. €1299. Cl...
by username Chris S
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: To the Massif Central
Replies: 12
Views: 3713

Re: To the Massif Central

Loved this book - had lots of adventures with it down there. Off to do the Tarn again end of next month, this time with the packraft. The author contacted me recently about a new edition, hopefully with one of those lovely retro poster covers he's been doing recently. http://www.riverspublishing.co....
by username Chris S
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which inflatable kayak to purchase?
Replies: 17
Views: 44983

Re: Which inflatable kayak to purchase?

Fire away...
by username Chris S
Thu May 19, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which inflatable kayak to purchase?
Replies: 17
Views: 44983

Re: Which inflatable kayak to purchase?

Seeing as I still get a hit most days from this old thread, I've posted my updated IK comparison table below.
This is my selection of good touring and inshore IKs, not all of them. Hope it's useful. More on the blog.

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by username Chris S
Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knowing when to turn back!
Replies: 13
Views: 3608

Re: Knowing when to turn back!

After also bottling out at Bottle island this time last year (for no other reason than it seemed a long way back), two of us easily managed to get to Priest last Friday when the northwest was under a big high. Had it not been for the short day, we could have ticked off the full Summer Isles tour rig...
by username Chris S
Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tunnel and cave canoeing
Replies: 48
Views: 7162

Re: Tunnel and cave canoeing

'Iceland Breakthrough' … I saw the film at the time...was just getting into paddling and was utterly blown away. Like this thread, the film has just resurfaced on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_i5gNs8TeU Your 50 minutes and 24 seconds watching this amazing adventure will not be wasted. ...
by username Chris S
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: inflatable kayak for wave surfing
Replies: 9
Views: 3866

Re: inflatable kayak for wave surfing

Another Gumo Safari from years ago

Sliding around out of control sure looks a lot of fun (once you turn the sound down)

Hard chines - try the Sea Eagle Razorlite IK
by username Chris S
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alpackarafts any good?
Replies: 30
Views: 5142

Five packraft comparison

There's a bit more choice in packrafts now, notably the Alpacka-like MRS from China and Nortik from Trekraft.
Comparison table of five packrafts below, more on the website.

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by username Chris S
Thu May 28, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vogalonga at Venice
Replies: 2
Views: 1406

Re: Vogalonga at Venice

Is anybody coming? Yes, me! Had a fab day out last Sunday. Saw more kayaks in one day than all my years. Highly recommend, though having a packboat obviously helps. More pics here . https://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/voga-39.jpg?w=999 https://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/201...
by username Chris S
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS Jamming, NW Scotland in October
Replies: 1
Views: 999

Re: GPS Jamming, NW Scotland in October

I was wondering what all those warships are doing out in the Minch.
Well at least they have nice weather for it.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0045/00459612.pdf
by username Chris S
Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: Grabner Amigo Hypalon IK
Replies: 0
Views: 382

FS: Grabner Amigo Hypalon IK

Austrian inflatable kayak made from the same bombproof rubber-based fabric used on RIBs (ie: not vinyl). Rolls up into an 80-L backpack. Easy to transport on trains, planes and cars. From out of the bag to on the water in < 10 mins. Can be paddled as a canoe and set up solo or tandem. Ideal for coas...
by username Chris S
Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alpackarafts any good?
Replies: 30
Views: 5142

Re: Alpackarafts any good?

If anyone up north is interested, I'm doing a 'how, why and where' talk on packrafting at the Perth Paddlesports show this October. http://canoescotland.org/events/highlighted-events/fheis-mhor-2014 Especially in Scotland, a packraft offers a whole new way of getting around. Here's an example of a r...
by username Chris S
Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Last of the Summer Isles
Replies: 1
Views: 954

The Last of the Summer Isles

Surprised no one’s mentioned it, but it’s terrible weather for windfarmers on the Coigach at the moment. It’s not got over 10 knots for nearly a week. Very odd. http://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/bot01-e1410474197312.jpg Take last Thursday. The isobars were so far apart they were in ...
by username Chris S
Wed Dec 25, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Crewsaver Hyperdry Pro drysuit - Large
Replies: 2
Views: 766

Crewsaver Hyperdry Pro drysuit - Large

Three years old - used probably less than 30 days and must say looks as clean now as that stock image below. Always dried and rinsed after fresh or salt water. Latex sprayed with 303 and zips regularly waxed. Washed recently with NikWax. Fits me with room for warm underclothes. Me 6' 1" and 93kg bef...
by username Chris S
Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Supai packraft ~ 670 gram boat - £170
Replies: 1
Views: 472

FS: Supai packraft ~ 670 gram boat - £170

PU-coated, heat-welded polyester. Size of a rolled up cag. <30 mins use. Would suit the lighter, smaller pack rafter (i.e., not me), but not suited to white water. http://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/supai-packraft-dimensions.jpg?w=999 http://apaddleinmypack.files.wordpress.com/2013/1...
by username Chris S
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Packraft for sale in the UK
Replies: 9
Views: 5460

Re: Packraft for sale in the UK

Long gone. Sold to Al H as it happens and featured here:http://brompton.com/extraordinary-journ ... 9/60-north

Just planning my next packtrek.

Ch
by username Chris S
Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gruinard bay to Oldshoremore
Replies: 15
Views: 1850

Re: Gruinard bay to Oldshoremore

Just spotted your great report and maps Mike and Andy. Well done for sticking at it - only 20-odd clicks short of Cape Wrath itself. Not sure anyone would want to be out there right now, though. Been blowing F6-7 for three days solid and the sea is running like a river past Tanera Mor. Looks like su...
by username Chris S
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Windpaddle sails?^
Replies: 16
Views: 3439

Re: Windpaddle sails?^

Heavy on the pocket too... That's what put me off buying a WP. But just after my post above I found a near-identical, no-name product on ebay for thirty quid posted. So far so good, fitted by boat easily and worked well while paddling too (more in link below). Can't say I've got close to 18kph yet....
by username Chris S
Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Windpaddle sails?^
Replies: 16
Views: 3439

Re: Windpaddle sails?^

I thought the windpaddle was rather overpriced when it came out a couple of years back so I made my own Im ø version out on a spare flip-out tent (using the same twist and fold principle). Being a tent it turned out to be a flatter disc rather than a deeply dished WP - and it had no window. It worke...
by username Chris S
Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Incept K40 in London ~ £800
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: FS: Incept K40 in London ~ £800

Sorry, forgot price - £130 posted in the Uk (seen new for £230)
by username Chris S
Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Incept K40 in London ~ £800
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: FS: Incept K40 in London ~ £800

Boat is sold. PA still around.

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by username Chris S
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Incept K40 in London ~ £800
Replies: 2
Views: 148

FS: Incept K40 in London ~ £800

Selling my 2-year old Incept K40 Tasman IK as my next IK is waiting in the wings. Used mostly in Scotland and Australia where of course it went as normal baggage. This is a rigid and stable, 14-foot (4.3m) twin side tube IK with a 17-inch beam plus a zip-back deck (rarely used) and a rudder. Averagi...
by username Chris S
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access - River Colne near Denham - Herts/Bucks
Replies: 10
Views: 3135

Re: Access - River Colne near Denham - Herts/Bucks

The river below Harefield runs through the golf club and all access is denied Oh dear, now I know. Wondered why we got a couple of snarls from anglers towards the end. We paddled that section last week (map) - I was invited do didnt check up on access. What a great paddle though. It's actually a pr...
by username Chris S
Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayaking in Sutherland
Replies: 18
Views: 2250

Orcas off the Summer Isles

Not sure if anyone's mentioned it, but a boat tour spotted some orcas off the Summer Isles last week. I was out there myself the day before - would have been quite a sight! There's a youtube vid here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkmzwtOJvNA (not the greatest, looks like an eclipse is going on - ...
by username Chris S
Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which inflatable kayak to purchase?
Replies: 17
Views: 44983

Re: Which inflatable kayak to purchase?

Ahh, that was you then. Thanks for the cuppa ;-)

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