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by MartinG
Fri May 17, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?

No, I don't think that's correct. The two layers are thinner than the single thick layer used in the Gumotex boats. The air bladders in double layered boats are very thin. All the protection has to come from the single layer of tarpaulin.
by MartinG
Fri May 17, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?

The advantage with the Gumotex boats is that they are single skinned. Lots of other boats have air bladders encased in a tarpaulin outer layer. Once water gets between the layers they are a real pain to dry. If you have a puncture, single skinned boats are easier to fix. You don't have to remove an ...
by MartinG
Fri May 25, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleeping bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 1215

Re: Sleeping bag?

Not sure any of the Alpkit ones zip together. Have a look at Vango sleeping bags, we have some for family camping. I'm sure they zip together, they might even do double sleeping bags. I bet they won't be light or small though.
by MartinG
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Family Sea Kayaking
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: Family Sea Kayaking

Double sit-on-tops can be pretty heavy too. Getting them on top of a car can be a challenge. Inflatables get around that problem and are easy to store. With an inflatable wind becomes a issue in anything other than a light breeze. Probably not a good idea in an offshore wind. Ocean kayaks Kea is pre...
by MartinG
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone fitted a bike carrier to their Kari-Tek roof rack?
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Re: Anyone fitted a bike carrier to their Kari-Tek roof rack?

Thanks, makes sense.I found some T bolts from an old kayak carrier and tried them out. Those Thule carriers are pricey but look to be ideal.
by MartinG
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone fitted a bike carrier to their Kari-Tek roof rack?
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Anyone fitted a bike carrier to their Kari-Tek roof rack?

We used to have a bike rack that attached with straps to the back of the car. It wobbled about a bit but basically worked. I gave it away though. I want to be able to carry bikes on the car and have seen various options as other cars drive by. That got me thinking about the Kari-Tek rack I have. Has...
by MartinG
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Lakes...
Replies: 9
Views: 924

Re: The Lakes...

Years ago we camped in Keswick next to Derwent Water. We were right at the edge of the lake. It was a camping and caravanning club site. You might have to pay something extra if you are not a member, I can't really remember.
by MartinG
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Coast of Ireland recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 702

Re: West Coast of Ireland recommendations

Hi Alison, for inspiration and planning there is the fantastic resource that is Oileain - http://www.oileain.org/index.php/viewdownload-oileain/ I've paddled in and around Roaringwater Bay a few times and there are plenty of options, both sheltered and very much not sheltered. Lots of good camping t...
by MartinG
Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Layer me up!!
Replies: 38
Views: 3160

Re: Layer me up!!

I hate wearing gloves for paddling, sometimes they slip along the paddle which is very bad news. I feel that I've less control over the paddle too. During winter I have some Lomo gloves that I put on just before getting out of the boat. They keep my hands from cooling down quickly as soon as I stop ...
by MartinG
Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 13
Views: 2076

Re: Helmets

Thanks Jim, those are good points.

It's not retired yet so I'll keep it just for climbing. The kayaking one will have to wear out or break before I consider a new one.
by MartinG
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 13
Views: 2076

Re: Helmets

Any reason why I can't wear my climbing helmet for kayaking? It's lighter, better ventilated and more comfy than my kayaking helmet.

Another thing, it doesn't have any metal parts unlike my kayaking helmet which has rusty bits.
by MartinG
Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairing Kokatat gear
Replies: 11
Views: 1595

Re: Repairing Kokatat gear

I fixed the seam tape on an old Gore-Tex jacket using McNett Aquasure, mainly because I had some and thought it might work. It worked really well and the seam tape is still in place a couple of years later. I spread a bit on the back of the tape and on the jacket seam and pressed them together. Then...
by MartinG
Mon May 11, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kari-tek easy load 5 kayaks
Replies: 8
Views: 1547

Re: Kari-tek easy load 5 kayaks

Thanks Douglas, after reading that I had to rush out to the shed and check my rack, thinking I'd collect the drill on the way. But no, I have the holes too, just never noticed them. I can see how they would make multi-boat loading easier, just need to test it now.
by MartinG
Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Survey about Shoulder Injuries
Replies: 17
Views: 3855

Re: Survey about Shoulder Injuries

I filled in the survey a few weeks ago. Here is some more info about what happened to me. A few years ago I had a frozen shoulder. Onset Like most frozen shoulders mine came on gradually and stemmed from nothing obvious. About September or October 2010 I noticed pain around the front top half of my ...
by MartinG
Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this the biggest issue Sea Kayakers face...?
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: Is this the biggest issue Sea Kayakers face...?

I shudder to think what you typed into Google to get some of those images.
by MartinG
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Space for 2 man tent in lv boat
Replies: 50
Views: 4775

Re: Space for 2 man tent in lv boat

I can fit a three man Vango Tempest in my Aquanaut LV. Goes in the back hatch fairly ok, bit of wiggling about to get it in. Still a bit of room for other stuff around it too. It's nice to have a larger tent, makes sorting stuff out so much easier when it's raining.
by MartinG
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Programme about survival in cold water
Replies: 0
Views: 432

Programme about survival in cold water

Not sure why I was awake at some unearthly hour of the morning but I ended up listening to a BBC World Service discussion programme about survival in cold water.

Worth a listen. You can get it as a podcast too.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01c2m3j
by MartinG
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey Circumnavigation Nuclear Protest Paddle...
Replies: 49
Views: 2893

Re: Anglesey Circumnavigation Nuclear Protest Paddle...

The main thing to consider here is what we leave for future generations. As people who enjoy the outdoors and, in general, the wild and untouched parts, we are all familiar with the concept leaving things as you found them. It's a good principal. Obviously it isn't possible for the infrastructure of...
by MartinG
Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SW Ireland
Replies: 8
Views: 957

Re: SW Ireland

Another vote for Roaringwater Bay and for Oileain. There is plenty to see in Roaringwater Bay and Oileain will tell you all you need to know. You've got options there if the weather isn't kind which helps. If you are a little further to the east don't miss a trip around the Old Head of Kinsale. If t...
by MartinG
Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reed clothing
Replies: 19
Views: 2217

Re: Reed clothing

I've had the salopettes for almost 3 years and they've been used in a fibreglass boat for about 2 years. No sign of wear on the thighs or knees and I don't have any padding under the deck. They are very comfy and a really good fit. I've had to give the feet and lower legs Aquasure blobs and patches ...
by MartinG
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof Rack Systems Karitek and Hullavator
Replies: 13
Views: 1751

Re: Roof Rack Systems Karitek and Hullavator

I have a fairly new Karitek rack. I leave the rails on the roof bars but remove the main rack when I'm not using it. Mine has two nuts that I loosen with a spanner and I then lift off the rack. I have two big hooks on the wall in the shed so I just hang it up. It's about 2 minutes to take it off and...
by MartinG
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairs - seam split from deck
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: Repairs - seam split from deck

Well spotted MikeB. It's a Valley. The toggles give it away. You know, the ones that occasionally pinch your finger reminding you not to carry it using them. The cockpit label says it's 2008 build and I've had it about 18 months from new. Must have spent quite a while in the shop. It's been stored i...
by MartinG
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairs - seam split from deck
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: Repairs - seam split from deck

Thanks for all the suggestions. A bit more info. It seems there is some inside seam tape that's not fully stuck down or fully wetted out. I'd be a bit wary of removing the outer seam as that's sound. I don't have enough room to get any real downward pressure as the max free space above the gap is ab...
by MartinG
Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repairs - seam split from deck
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Repairs - seam split from deck

Not sure how or when this happened but I started noticing water in the back hatch. On a calm paddle maybe a cup full, but with surf, following sea, boat upside down for a while or me sitting on the back deck quite a lot. Sometimes a couple of pints. I put some newspaper under the hatch cover and jet...
by MartinG
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your lighthouses...
Replies: 98
Views: 12264

Re: Share your lighthouses...

Old Head of Kinsale. Obviously not taken this summer.

Image
by MartinG
Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cork Harbour rescue
Replies: 16
Views: 808

Re: Cork Harbour rescue

Once the boat is on it's way I guess you kind of give in and start thinking of explanations for the pub. I'd also say that if I saw the lifeboat coming I'd move away. Last thing you want to do is hinder the actual rescue. You are not the priority. The back hatch is oval. I think it's fitted with a ...
by MartinG
Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cork Harbour rescue
Replies: 16
Views: 808

Re: Cork Harbour rescue

I do know a little more about what happened. The guy in the water had unexpectedly capsized, rolled up and went straight back over again. I think he then tried again, same thing, so something wasn't right and he bailed out. Failure of the back hatch rim left him with a back hatch full of water. At t...
by MartinG
Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cork Harbour rescue
Replies: 16
Views: 808

Cork Harbour rescue

http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/press ... eid=731314

Conditions deteriorated very quickly yesterday around lunch time. It went from force 3 to 4 to force 8 to 9 in the space of an hour or so.
by MartinG
Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Plastic P+H Capella
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Re: New Plastic P+H Capella

I've not seen it but if the construction is as per the single layer Easky then there is a difference in the amount of flex. I've paddled the Easkys and they are quite flexible compared to the triple layer Scorpio I've paddled. You can push the hull or deck in on the Easky with your hand, much harder...
by MartinG
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: J bar bracket replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 1763

Re: J bar bracket replacement

Kari-Tek standard ones are 5.5cm but I think they do a wider one for Aero bars. They asked about the roof bars when I bought mine. It's a thick aluminium plate.