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by Ceegee
Wed May 04, 2022 1:46 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Coaches in Pembrokeshire
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Coaches in Pembrokeshire

SimonMW wrote:
Wed May 04, 2022 12:09 pm
... useless at sea surfing?
What other kind of surfing is there? Couch, channel, internet?
by Ceegee
Sat Apr 30, 2022 12:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northshore Aspect RM
Replies: 9
Views: 753

Re: Northshore Aspect RM

The first is the hatches; they are really bad quality and they don't last much. This might not be the case in the UK but in Crete with 50oC in the summer and lots of salt they don't last much. Also only Valley produce them so can't find them from anywhere else. IIRC Kajaksport hatches will fit (rou...
by Ceegee
Sat Apr 23, 2022 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement seam tape
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Replacement seam tape

Regardless of what you choose, the easiest way to get the old seam off is a knackered wood chisel and mallet (gentle taps) followed by a surform file. Be careful sanding, best to mask first and use a 120 grit wet & dry to give the new seam a "key".
by Ceegee
Sun Apr 10, 2022 8:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outstanding customer service
Replies: 28
Views: 2951

Re: Outstanding customer service

I bought my Rockpool Alaw Bach from Mike at rockpool probably over 10 years ago ... You can't beat service like that. Rog. I can only agree. A while back a footrest screw attachment broke free on my Alaw Bach at the Anglesey Symposium. Mike drove out in the evening, collected it, fixed it and had i...
by Ceegee
Sun Apr 10, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is an old Nordkapp Jubilee worth?
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: What is an old Nordkapp Jubilee worth?

I used to have a Jubilee, bought second hand, also late 90' which I sold 2007 for around £900 (then). It's not the greatest Nordy imo, certainly not a classic, and the ocean cockpit is a PITA in modern terms. I wouldn't get my hopes up, certainly not above the £1,000 mark, depending on condition (ge...
by Ceegee
Thu Feb 10, 2022 5:01 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Recovery technique post swim
Replies: 11
Views: 462

Re: Recovery technique post swim

I see your problem frostyrob. Try packing as much foam in both ends as possible, to exclude the maximum amount of water, for starters. It's also an idea to fit a 12" length of "swim spaghetti" (those brightly coloured foam swimming tubes) around the centre of the paddle shaft. Makes i...
by Ceegee
Tue Feb 08, 2022 12:38 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Recovery technique post swim
Replies: 11
Views: 462

Re: Recovery technique post swim

there are other ways such as the scramble or cowboy re-entry that work even in rough water In my experience the ONLY truly reliable self rescue in really rough (breaking wave) conditions is re-entry and roll, in which case you had better be able to paddle to shelter* with a partly flooded cockpit, ...
by Ceegee
Tue Feb 08, 2022 11:15 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Recovery technique post swim
Replies: 11
Views: 462

Re: Recovery technique post swim

As this is in the surf, not sea kayak section I assume it relates to the former only. Always stay up-wave of your boat when swimming. A water filled boat propelled against you by a wave can seriously injure, even kill. Hang on to a toggle and follow the boat in, or let it make it's own way to the be...
by Ceegee
Mon Jan 31, 2022 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greek Sea Kayaking
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Greek Sea Kayaking

Yep, we get these violent funneling north winds all over the Med. The Meltemi in Greece, Bora in the Adriatic, Mistral in France or Tramuntana here in Mallorca. The latter can blow 3-4 days with beautiful crisp air and blue skies, and complete closes out the north shore where I live. But in Spring (...
by Ceegee
Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greek Sea Kayaking
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Greek Sea Kayaking

You could try Rod in Milos. It's doable if you are planning a multi-day. The maximum hop is 20km from Sifnos to Antiparos. If you want to stick just to Naxos he may be able to advise. Many outfits will rent unsupervised if you can demonstrate competency or come with a referral, in my experience.
by Ceegee
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea boat for smaller paddler - suggestions...
Replies: 13
Views: 915

Re: Sea boat for smaller paddler - suggestions...

I take it this is about volume rather than length. Have you considered the Tahe Greenlander (or Zegul follow ons) or one of the other low volume Greenland-style boats (Seabird etc.), or the Rockpool Isel ? Not plastic I know. The trouble with plastic is they need to be large production runs, i.e pop...
by Ceegee
Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fowey harbour permit scheme
Replies: 30
Views: 1818

Re: Fowey harbour permit scheme

I had similar at my local put in. The beach is a swimming zone, ringed off with yellow buoys and no "vessels" are allowed in the swimming zone, although this seems to exclude SUPs and pedalos, but applies (reasonably) to jet skies, pleasurecraft, dingy tenders AND KAYAKS. There is a small ...
by Ceegee
Mon Dec 27, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit oversocks or boots
Replies: 8
Views: 587

Re: Drysuit oversocks or boots

If I'm paddling in northern climes when I tend to wear dry suit year round, I tend to use mukluks, which generally allow you to launch from beaches without getting wet feet i.e. no water sloshing around inside the boot between it and the dry suit for the rest of the trip. I'm fussy about launching, ...
by Ceegee
Fri Dec 24, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do you rinse your kit?
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: How do you rinse your kit?

Water is precious in Mallorca, and my house relies on winter rain catchment (no mains). Fortunately most beaches where I launch/land have showers. I just stand under the beach shower in my (very limited) kit (shorts, rashie, PFD, spraydeck) for 30 seconds, and rinse my paddle joint. I let the kayak ...
by Ceegee
Fri Dec 17, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swan Hazard
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Swan Hazard

And if all else fails try this...
by Ceegee
Mon Dec 06, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry suit self repairs
Replies: 4
Views: 492

Re: Dry suit self repairs

It's relatively easy (and cheap!!!) to replace seals cutting out the old and gluing new ones onto the stubs. LOMO amongst others sell kits(from £5 for a pair) plus the adhesive (£8). Simple tools, a scissors, box cutter, some abrasive paper and a 1litre plastic bottle (for sleeves) and a small traff...
by Ceegee
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ibiza to Formentera
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Re: Ibiza to Formentera

Thanks, have PM'd you.
by Ceegee
Sun Nov 14, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ibiza to Formentera
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Re: Ibiza to Formentera

¡gràcies Cathy!
by Ceegee
Mon Nov 08, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ibiza to Formentera
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Re: Ibiza to Formentera

I got curious and went and looked around on the Spanish kayak forum, FB groups and on Wikiloc. ...It is also possible that the kayak rental company is trying hard to stop inexperienced people assuming the crossing is straightforward. Thanks Cathy, in the absence of a response from the local agents,...
by Ceegee
Mon Nov 01, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ibiza to Formentera
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Re: Ibiza to Formentera

I see this thread has generated a few comments over on the water safety thread. I've emailed the rental outfit, but heard nothing back, so anything from any local paddlers, or those that have visited appreciated. Here is their exact wording: "Navigation to Formentera and the islet of Espalmador...
by Ceegee
Sun Oct 31, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ibiza to Formentera
Replies: 9
Views: 922

Ibiza to Formentera

I read recently ( https://www.ibizakayak.es/vuelta-a-ibiza/ that it's forbidden to cross from Ibiza to Formentera by kayak, under pain of mandatory "rescue" (needed or not) charged at €250/kayak. Given that it is only a 5km island hop with 2km the longest crossing, and similar rules state ...
by Ceegee
Thu Oct 28, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov
Replies: 36
Views: 1867

Re: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov

Having a quiet day so reading some of the attachments, I'm even more confused. So a "ship" needs to be a hollow vessel with internal storage, i.e. a kayak is but a SOT isn't? One definition would if it has no engine, and the operator can pick it up and carry it, it isn't a ship. That would...
by Ceegee
Thu Oct 28, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov
Replies: 36
Views: 1867

Re: Government consulatation on watercraft as ships - deadline 1st Nov

Tbf the BCU is right to be worried. The 300m offshore nonsense in France illustrates. Here in Spain I fell foul of the Policia by trying to launch from a swimming beach (awash with pedalos and SUPs mind you) and when I went to the marina the harbour master tried to charge me the same launching fee a...
by Ceegee
Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: California dreaming
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: California dreaming

Remember if you are buying expensive kit like Kokatat drysuits or Werner paddles to take the labels off and take them for a paddle before returning, or possibly get hit with VAT and import duties on return.
by Ceegee
Fri Aug 27, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Dibidil Rum - lost sleeping bag
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Dibidil Rum - lost sleeping bag

You might want to contact the Mountain Bothy Association (or the Kinloch ranger), they have a work party scheduled for Dibidil, if not already there. Plus it would be an idea to have your detailed posted there for hikers. Far more numerous than kayakers.
by Ceegee
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DIY footrests?
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: DIY footrests?

... It's not a complicated fabrication, just a bent strip of alloy and a bit of wood (although I'd paint or epoxy the wood for durability)... If you can look in Rockpool kayak, most have that kind of footplate. Or if you are handy with fibreglass, just go the whole hog and make the footplate out of...
by Ceegee
Wed Aug 25, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3103

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

I love paddling with people who have G/land paddles, Its always good to have a ready supply of kindling. I strongly suspect that much in the same way the Inuit swapped a harpoon for a rifle, a kayak for an aluminium boat with an outboard, and an igloo for modern housing, they only used long, thin w...
by Ceegee
Fri Aug 20, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3103

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

While I agree with Mike re: buy the best you can, BUT at some stage you will need a spare paddle, so it is also an idea to buy a cheaper, albeit heavier split paddle for now and relegate it to the spare once you have tried a few. On peer paddles most people will let you try theirs, away from the roc...
by Ceegee
Tue Aug 17, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and technique training for beginners
Replies: 10
Views: 848

Re: Safety and technique training for beginners

Or you could just attend one of the symposia once pre-Covid normality returns. They are not just for top-notch paddlers. Any number of top coaches, a variety of workshops at cut-price rates (i.e. the one-off attendance fee), manufacturers' demo boats to try, classes and lectures, great socials, even...
by Ceegee
Thu Aug 12, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 piece sea kayak conversion ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1270

Re: 3 piece sea kayak conversion ?

I’m wondering if through bolts would be easier (no work making latch recesses that need to be very well bonded etc) so long as I can fathom how to do it with bolts, in a way that makes a good seal. If you use bolts I'd go for something like Damo described, i.e. external into captive nuts, so not pi...

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