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by PhilAyr
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hand Held VHF wattage
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: Hand Held VHF wattage

I think it depends on the manufacturer. As well as an icom I have an Entel handheld. On the Entel if you switch to low power on 16, it will stay on low power (even when switched off) until you switch back to high power. With the Entel ch 15 and 17 are locked on low power, interestingly I can't get c...
by PhilAyr
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF licence fee
Replies: 13
Views: 787

Re: VHF licence fee

JB-NL said :
And what happens if you operate a VHF in distress without a license? Will channel 16 be blocked, the RNLI will not respond...?
Operators licence or not, the coastguard would never ignore a mayday call under any circumstances.

Phil
by PhilAyr
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2613

Re: Insurance and qualifications

If your worried about being sued why not get all members of your paddling group sign a disclaimer ?

Phil
by PhilAyr
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 10
Views: 1073

Re: Lightning

I would suggest lying down inside your cockpit.
...and remain upright ! ..Something I will need to practice.

Phil
by PhilAyr
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 36
Views: 2475

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

I will probably add it to my growing list of safety & emergency equipment. However I do have a few reservations. My concern would be the possibility of false alarms due to forgetfulness, user error or simply battery failure. I hope I am wrong

Phil
by PhilAyr
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: marine vhf - listening online?
Replies: 7
Views: 2685

Re: marine vhf - listening online?

I agree with Jim. The format is much the same. For everything else on VHF including written examples of the correct protocols on routine, distress, urgency and safety calls I would suggest getting a copy of this or something similar : http://www.marinesuperstore.com/books/books/rya-vhf-handbook?utm_...
by PhilAyr
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cameras and salt water
Replies: 22
Views: 1831

Re: Cameras and salt water

Arthur wrote : I disagree with Douglas... there are no downsides to the latest electronic viewfinders compared to optical. Admittedly they have improved over the last few years but I wouldn't go as far as to say that there are no downsides ! https://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?N...
by PhilAyr
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Etain or Sorpio
Replies: 6
Views: 1002

Re: Etain or Sorpio

Hi Peter, Try and get your hands on a demo Scorpio Mk2. It is a superb boat and very different from the Mk 1 version.

Very stable, manoeuvrable, and a dream to paddle in a following sea.

I once tried out an Etain composite and now paddle a Scorpio Mk2 MV.

Phil
by PhilAyr
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1288

Re: Register your EPIRB

Bear in mind though its taking them about five months to do that. I applied to register my PLB in June 2017 and only received confirmation of registration late November 2017 along with this note : I do apologise for the longer than anticipated delay, due to changing computing systems, low staffing l...
by PhilAyr
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drogues for landing in surf?
Replies: 13
Views: 1385

Re: Drogues for landing in surf?

No, I Have not tried it, but it does sound like a recipe for disaster.

I would never under estimate the power of waves/surf. You could be clobbered by your boat or end up entangled in line. Or even worse.. both !

Sorry for sounding like a wussy !

Phil
by PhilAyr
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3380

Re: Carrying flares

A big thank you to Douglas and Ian for coming to my rescue with your detailed explanations. It now makes some sense.
Douglas - some of the "pyros" we carry down in the holds are designed to REALLY get attention! :o)
One can only imagine !! :-S

kind regards


Phil
by PhilAyr
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3380

Re: Carrying flares

Also, mention of an EPIRB (meaning a 406Mhz beacon) but not of a SART (121.5Mhz transponder)? Fortunately both functions are incorporated in the majority of modern PLB's As far as I know, the 121.5 MHz transponder is a mandatory part of a 406 MHz EPIRB, required by the IMO. So I am not sure that th...
by PhilAyr
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3380

Re: Carrying flares

I wouldn't venture out without my flares...

https://www.atomretro.com/product_info. ... 70s-FLARES


....and they are perfectly safe as long as they are not too tight !


Phil
by PhilAyr
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help please ! :-)
Replies: 9
Views: 747

Re: Help please ! :-)

by PhilAyr
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This seasons colours
Replies: 25
Views: 2096

Re: This seasons colours

Grian wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:32 pm
You definitely brought some brightness!!! :D
It's Christmas! Let's all spread a little cheer ..
Off to Amazon... 'waterproof fairy lights'.
For your kayak ? ...Solas and the MCA would just love that !!

Phil ;-)
by PhilAyr
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2102

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

Hi Ken I agree with Douglas, I have been paddling the Scorpio for over 18 months now and in that time I have not noticed any stretch in the cord. Ken ..why don't you save yourself the hassle and leave it alone and keep the new cord as a spare ? After all " If it aint broke...... " ! On a final note ...
by PhilAyr
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2102

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

Hi Douglas,

I have not paddled a skegged Scorpio but your explanation does make a lot of sense.

Thanks for your input.

kind regards.

Phil
by PhilAyr
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2102

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

[quoteI've been in touch with P&H and they have confirmed that the 'half way' set up is correct for the skeg and that this method is to allow for the eventual stretching of the skeg line, even though the lines are pre-stretched, which may take a few months of use.] [/quote] Well that's a new one on...
by PhilAyr
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2102

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

My skeg slider only goes halfway, but I checked under the boat and it is fully retracted. I assumed the extra space on the slider is to account for any stretch developing in the skeg cord over time. Hi Northern Sounds as if the slider was set up for the skudder rather than the skeg. For "skudder" f...
by PhilAyr
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: valley in red
Replies: 14
Views: 920

Re: valley in red

Just wondering... Has anyone got any interesting trip reports they could post ?

Phil :-$
by PhilAyr
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck size for Etain 17.5
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: Deck size for Etain 17.5

Good Afternoon Pathbrae,

Do as I did for a Scorpio HV and post them an actual size template of your cockpit with details of your waist measurement, distance from backrest, poly or glass etc, etc.

By doing that you are more or less guaranteed a perfect fit.

Kind regards,

Phil
by PhilAyr
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 2102

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

Congratulations on your purchase Northern Blue. I have owned the MV version for over 18 months now and I love it. In fact I would go as far as to say that it is the best boat I have ever paddled. I only wish P & H made a glass version ! I also had a small leak in my day hatch but the matter was reso...
by PhilAyr
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 27
Views: 2170

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

The mini cam lever type joints on VE paddles and Mitchell Blades are much better.
I agree. That's one of the reasons why I own a VE and not a Werner. Although the joints on the Celtic ( Lendal ) paddles look good too.

Phil
by PhilAyr
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55

Hi Pathbrae : I fully agree with your reply and you underline the point I was trying to make. By making the decision to follow the compass bearing and not the GPS suggests to me that you pre-planned the trip by studying the tidal stream speed and set along with tide times and chart data etc. What ra...
by PhilAyr
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55

I was referring to paddling a bearing using deck compasses, not hand bearing compasses. The idea of trying to take and plot an accurate position from a sea kayak does make me smile though.... Agree with what you say. Every-time I see a (experienced) seakayakers preparing the course with an academic...
by PhilAyr
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Confusing (To Me) Article In Ocean Paddler #55

where I've been using the term 'deviation', I should have in fact been using 'variation' ? I think, given the definition you gave in your first post what I understand MD to be, which is usually the effect of the Earth's fluctuating magnetic fields, or more permanent naturally occurring Iron source ...
by PhilAyr
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Test Calls
Replies: 24
Views: 1635

Re: VHF Radio Test Calls

Hi Pathbrae I have to agree, I also miss Clyde Coastguard ! My own radio check calls were often ignored by CG but were usually replied to by another vessel. There are many vhf blind spots on the west coast of Scotland. It is possible that you were out of range and they just didn't hear you ! This is...
by PhilAyr
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Radio : Transceiver
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Re: Radio : Transceiver

Have a look through the almanac and you will find much said on this very same subject. Most of it is down to personal preference, but you cant go wrong with most icoms or standard horizons. There has been a lot of debate on VHF radios with dsc (digital selective calling). Personally I decided agains...
by PhilAyr
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Test Calls
Replies: 24
Views: 1635

Re: VHF Radio Test Calls

My understanding is most leisure boaters don't bother with the DSC alert function when calling the coastguard or other boaters, they just make a voice call. On the only warm sunny day I had this summer I noticed that ch 16 was chocker block with people making radio check calls to the coastguard ! Fo...