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by pathbrae
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1179

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

or a flexible 1/4 wave antenna that again is longer and more efficient. A 1/4 wavelength of insulated wire connected to the metal body of the radio, and allowed to hang down will also improve the efficiency of the radio/antenna system. Interesting idea. To save my tired old brain from doing the mat...
by pathbrae
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: waterproof camera for sea kayaking
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: waterproof camera for sea kayaking

Nikon AW1 was excellent but isn't available any more - but if you see one second-hand it's worth considering. It was an interchangeable lens camera with a reasonable sensor size and is capable of producing very good quality images. The negatives - It's a bit bigger than the compacts but is still man...
by pathbrae
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3717

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

Not misunderstanding - just not fully understanding. Seems to me that I am understanding very well. Calling for help would be done using the device you have on your person. Not the device you have stowed away in a hatch. As I wrote in my latest post: As far as I know, there is no law against owning...
by pathbrae
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1077

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

You can retrofit a spray hood to most life-jackets. I wonder if it would be possible to design something similar to protect a kayaker's airway in an emergency situation? Without one the advice is to breath trough hands cupped in front of your nose and mouth to prevent inhaling spray. I've also wonde...
by pathbrae
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

Lomo do a very good tapered bag which I've found to be ideal for up in the bow.

https://www.lomo.co.uk/acatalog/tapered ... ml#SID=117
by pathbrae
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1027

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

An interesting debate indeed, raising several points. My only hope is that we don't all get so bogged down in concerns about our own (or our groups) "followership" skills that we forget to enjoy ourselves. A lot of the points made about the original article seem to be based on the premise that the p...
by pathbrae
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1027

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

I think we might be in danger of overthinking this....
by pathbrae
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3717

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

Am I misunderstanding the purpose of this app? I thought the purposes were: Registration of a planned route before the trip Tracking during the trip For the first purpose, you need neither phone coverage nor access to your phone during the trip. For the second purpose, you need phone coverage, but ...
by pathbrae
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3717

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

Thanks Gordon. That echos my feelings about Safetrx fully. Good points - Makes use of technology most of us already have. Database can store multiple vessels and the profile to suit can be called up from the app. It's free! It's fairly easy to use. It's fine when sailing as it can be used in shelter...
by pathbrae
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 635

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

I'm sure Rubberman in wales would do a dry-suit repair / service for you.

https://www.rubberman.co.uk/7/Repairs.html
by pathbrae
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat
Replies: 8
Views: 711

Re: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat

I've only ever seen these strange swirl marks on very new boats, they seem to get worse for a bit then disappear after a few outings although they'll sometimes return just before I sell a boat. I've also noticed them on the occasional new car for a month or so too - and again they seem to come back ...
by pathbrae
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First drysuit....
Replies: 11
Views: 988

Re: First drysuit....

Not really appropriate for you as you've never worn the suit in anger, so can send it back, but this man https://www.rubberman.co.uk/home.html can easily (and quickly) swap out socks or seals that are too big / small for you as well as repair any damaged dry-suits you happen to have.
by pathbrae
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First drysuit....
Replies: 11
Views: 988

Re: First drysuit....

Don't skimp - It's one thing which really does benefit from some shopping around and trying on a few to find one which is comfortable. There are so many variables in terms of neck and wrist seals, entry zip placement and types, braces / no braces, type of socks (latex, breathable fabric or Goretex) ...
by pathbrae
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 1043

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

From the Sound of Jura... with only one other boat in sight. "Yacht in Sound of Jura, yacht in...... This is Kayak blue Etain, kayak blue Etain....... over" "Ehhhh - kayak blue Etain, this is yacht Blue Etain......." But, once we'd had a laugh about the co-incidence, they were very helpful with the ...
by pathbrae
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 1043

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

Something which I've done in the past is call up a passing yacht on VHF and ask if they have the most recent forecast. They often get a forecast even if I don't due to the difference in height of the radio aerials and are usually happy to help.
by pathbrae
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3717

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

Interesting comments Douglas. I'm also an RYA member - but it had never occurred to me that they would respond to any kayaking issues. I'll bear that in mind if I ever come across any problems in future. My reservations about the SafeTrx app are due to it's reliance on smart phones. I've used it whi...
by pathbrae
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1857

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

I know several sea paddlers who love taking a P&H Hammer down rivers. Basically, as a rough guide, anything a good open canoe paddler can get down, you'll get a Hammer down.
by pathbrae
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What car for a sea kayaker?
Replies: 15
Views: 1261

Re: What car for a sea kayaker?

Saab estate to Toyota Auris estate. Both big enough boots. Toyota has remote keyless entry which I now consider essential for a kayaking car - no more "which pocket did I put the key in" under BA, spray deck, dry-suit etc. when I remember what I've forgotten.... Winter tyres (or Michelin Cross-Clima...
by pathbrae
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: Time for a new PDF

Yup.

Tried the peak explorer, Kokatat MsFit but went with another Kaikoura. It's not exactly the same as the old one so check it out before you buy it - but it's the closest I could find.
by pathbrae
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A slap in the face !
Replies: 4
Views: 609

Re: A slap in the face !

I wonder if it was meant to be a present?
by pathbrae
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat

Do you have a fairly recent VHF licence?
Part of the licencing regs are that you may listen in on any chanel but must not repeat or publish any information which you hear when doing so.

Just saying......
by pathbrae
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 15
Views: 1165

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

It's a comparatively easy route to do but well worth it - I did it solo a few years ago when the weather was too wild to do anything else. The lochs can get fairly interesting though. Loch Lochy is pretty shallow so it throws up some fairly tough waves to batter through - but there's the floating pu...
by pathbrae
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3717

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

I guess I just have an inherent distrust of mobile phone technology - and of paddling in areas with no phone reception.
by pathbrae
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spray deck for Necky Chatham 16?
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: Spray deck for Necky Chatham 16?

Reed will make you one if you send them a template.

https://www.chillcheater.com/decks
by pathbrae
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3717

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

Running on location data provided by the phone is probably the problem, but that's how they want us to run it - a phone is not a suitable navigation device. If I'm in trouble I'd rather CG had an accurate position or track data to work from rather than something which puts me half way up a hill half...
by pathbrae
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3717

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

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1536787456277-4610.png Not a great advert for the safetrx tracking app. I've had it on my phone for a while now but I've not been particularly impressed with it as an app - it looks like it needs a lot more development before I'd trust it enough t...
by pathbrae
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

210 in the list (although I've already spotted a couple missing...) v 282 Munro's That should add up to a fairly massive mileage to paddle them all.
And should it be a complete circuit, or is it enough to paddle the length of a loch to tick it off?
by pathbrae
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

There could be a category of "sea lochs paddled without a skeg" if you want geeky
by pathbrae
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

West Loch on Jura, and it's mainland West Loch cousin are both fine, as is Loch Fyne but I think Loch Etive is probably a personal favourite with Loch Sween not too far behind at the moment.
by pathbrae
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Scottish Sea Lochs

Is there a list of, or even a name for, the Scottish sea lochs more than, say, a mile long, similar to Munro's, Donalds etc. tables for the hills? And if not - should there be? With winter heading our way and weather deteriorating I was looking at some lochs to paddle to get a bit of shelter and tha...