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by Matt P
Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Sirona^
Replies: 5
Views: 3158

Re: Valley Sirona

I wonder how many people will associate the name with a (creepy) song instead of a Celtic goddess
by Matt P
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2665

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Tripod (how web 1.0, heh) doesn't allow hotlinking Confused - it's working for me. Can you not see the image in the thread? Once you go to the page where the image is hosted (as you must have done when you found it), it will appear here (unless you are using a private browsing mode or similar) Unti...
by Matt P
Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 24
Views: 2665

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Tripod (how web 1.0, heh) doesn't allow hotlinking, so you may need to go to the source and right click > view image - link

Would you paddle one again, Aled?
by Matt P
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: close encounter with a humpback whale
Replies: 7
Views: 2365

close encounter with a humpback whale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u-MW7vF0-Y

Hard to know how close these two were to death-by-whale from that distance, but eek
by Matt P
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A "good paddler"?
Replies: 12
Views: 4112

Re: A "good paddler"?

1) they are hard to find

2) you have to be gentle with them
by Matt P
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Are all kayak trolleys junk?
Replies: 27
Views: 7804

Re: Are all kayak trolleys junk?

I've got a C Tug with the new wheels (which squeak a bit). They have a rubber / something-rubber-like tread which is bonded to the rims and have plenty of grip, but I would have rather had the older (discontinued, sadly) wheels because they can be squeezed through the (round) hatches of my Alaw and ...
by Matt P
Mon May 25, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your best beach
Replies: 13
Views: 2307

Re: Share your best beach

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Can't keep this one secret, but you usually have it to yourself for a while if you arrive early enough
by Matt P
Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines: Seadog or Carabiner
Replies: 33
Views: 5688

Re: Towlines: Seadog or Carabiner

The problem with the Seadog clips is this:

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by Matt P
Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak-based Dissertation 2015: Participants wanted
Replies: 39
Views: 6106

Re: Kayak-based Dissertation 2015: Participants wanted

It refers to this thread / topic - link
by Matt P
Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: My long way to the roll (and still going)
Replies: 82
Views: 10126

Re: My long way to the roll (and still going)

I started sea kayaking regularly in 2007 (nearly eight years ago), but I didn't manage to roll a short boat (in the pool) until a couple of years ago. I then gave up trying to learn how to do it in a structured / determined way for a couple of years (tried to roll my sea boat in the sea a few times,...
by Matt P
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Killer seals
Replies: 10
Views: 1525

Re: Killer seals

There are plenty of diver & seal interaction videos on YouTube, like this one - link I don't think this discovery is going to herald a spate of grey seal attacks on humans, but it should remind people (if they need reminding) that they are big wild animals with claws and lots of teeth and lots of na...
by Matt P
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do you know this kind of rescue?
Replies: 41
Views: 4345

Re: Do you know this kind of rescue?

scameron wrote:next time anyone makes a film like this can we have the Laurel and Hardy theme as back ground music?
This is similar - link
by Matt P
Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kimmeridge Bay
Replies: 9
Views: 2561

Re: Kimmeridge Bay

Tempted to turn up with my (three piece) sea kayak IN my car...
by Matt P
Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Horrible but compelling
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: Horrible but compelling

This is also horrible but compelling, but for entirely different reasons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3WeXGmqYsE
by Matt P
Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Channel crossing - long way
Replies: 28
Views: 3636

Re: Channel crossing - long way

Jim wrote:the start point seems to be a few miles offshore?
It only displays the last 50 or something entries

(not looking good at the moment)
by Matt P
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Day Hatches
Replies: 17
Views: 1915

Re: Day Hatches

I'm not sure it is as easy to raft up and open one of the front or rear hatches, but I have never used my day hatch on the water

I used to have one of the click-on Kayaksport hatch covers on the day hatch on my Alaw, but I replaced it with a non-click one when I lost it
by Matt P
Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks
Replies: 37
Views: 7115

Re: Whats happend to Tiderace sea kayaks

I was also at the Skye Sea Kayak Symposium last year I met a few people with Tiderace kayaks who were really happy with their boats, but I also saw one boat dissolve when it was put in to the water Another exploded when someone looked at it the wrong way Dave Felton was there too, but I didn't ask h...
by Matt P
Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle feather
Replies: 29
Views: 2373

Re: Paddle feather

Started out with straight paddles with 60 degrees of feather, but now I use cranked paddles with 30 degrees of feather

I often try different feathers (including left-handed ones) during club paddles for laffs, but 30 degrees just feels right for me
by Matt P
Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Channel Islands^
Replies: 115
Views: 16085

Re: Channel Islands^

According to this site, camping is forbidden I went to Chausey with a few other people in 2011 for two days / one night (great paddling; eerily quiet), but we loaded our boats on to a sailing catamaran and stayed on that overnight We did leave our kayaks on a beach (on the main island) overnight bec...
by Matt P
Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Splendid scenic symmetry sea kayak sailing to Sannox
Replies: 14
Views: 1314

Re: Splendid scenic symmetry sea kayak sailing to Sannox

Wow

(note to self: try to take some paddling photos this year)
by Matt P
Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22045

Re: Skim Kayaks

Mark might not like people hiding behind pseudonyms (which is partly why I stopped using mine), but it is still allowed and it doesn't follow that he wants everyone who uses one to be outed. There's no inconsistency. Or to paraphrase something that is usually (mis) attributed to Voltaire (one of his...
by Matt P
Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Massive Oyster Farm in Loch Moidart
Replies: 13
Views: 2099

Re: Massive Oyster Farm in Loch Moidart

More info on the Jersey farm - link Because it is in a bay that people rarely paddle in / by (because it's boring) and there are much more interesting low tide walking / exploration opportunities nearby ( link ), it isn't something that people complain about a lot (afaik) The visual and navigational...
by Matt P
Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Kayaks
Replies: 168
Views: 22045

Re: Skim Kayaks

Someone over here has a Diamante Blaze in not-glass and I'm absolutely smitten with it because it's so light (can pick it up and run about with it), but I've never paddled it because its owner had the bulkhead moved forward (I'm 6 foot something; they're not) Relieved to know they're still available...
by Matt P
Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Channel Islands^
Replies: 115
Views: 16085

Re: Channel Islands^

I'm in the midst of a huge de-cluttering and organizing chore at the moment (including consolidating stuff that is spread across several hard drives and computers), but I will upload any half-decent Channel Islands images if I find any Hopefully, I (and others here?) will have a lot more by the end ...
by Matt P
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who CANT Eskimo roll
Replies: 111
Views: 12247

Re: Who CANT Eskimo roll

I still can't roll a sea kayak (long story / complicated / don't want to talk about it), but I still go out on my own sometimes when the weather and sea state is gentle I keep an inflated paddle float in the cockpit (between legs/knees) If I were to capsize, I would use that to do an assisted re-ent...
by Matt P
Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on plastic Boat - Nordkap RM
Replies: 13
Views: 1034

Re: Advice on plastic Boat - Nordkap RM

I'm the same height as you / e-wan and weigh 10 kilograms less, but I would be surprised if that meant I could put significantly more kit in to a Norkapp RM. Any boat should be able to carry enough stuff for a weekend trip. I hired one during the Skye Symposium last year (I have an Alaw here) and I ...
by Matt P
Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do I need Wings?
Replies: 110
Views: 6934

Re: Do I need Wings?

They are available at ultimatekayaks.co.uk, but price might not be sane (for you)
by Matt P
Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tow line
Replies: 3
Views: 958

Re: Tow line

I've got the new one (I was going to modify the bag on the old one, but that one is lost at sea) It is much easier to restow, but I prefer the belt on the old one (thicker padding) It is more bulky than the old one (I think the compactness / compressing aspect of the old bag was why it was designed ...
by Matt P
Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 13 is a lucky number on Skye
Replies: 12
Views: 1340

Re: 13 is a lucky number on Skye

When I was there during this year's Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium, I opted for a shorter trip from Elgol to Loch Coruisk which didn't include a circumnavigation of Soay It was hard work getting several boats from that landing spot to the loch and back, but paddling on the loch was definitely worth th...
by Matt P
Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: hypermobility and wrist injury
Replies: 1
Views: 408

hypermobility and wrist injury

Some of the joints in my hands are a bit hypermobile (aka double jointed) When my forearm and and wrist / palm are straight, I can move all of my (straightened) fingers backwards / up by 50 degrees and they can be pushed / stretched to almost 90 degrees without much pain I can also move my entire (s...