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by pathbrae
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?

I replaced leaking hatches on an Island Explorer several years ago. All three were originally stuck on with Sikaflex and bolted. All three had cracked and split around the bolt holes. After cleaning and sanding I used a two-pack acrylic adhesive for the new rims. No bolts. I can still pick up the bo...
by pathbrae
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Re: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto

Any second-hand boats available near you? Local club? As a beginner maybe you shouldn't be considering a new boat but work your way through few second hand options over the next few years so that, when you do buy new, you know exactly what you want and can spec your new boat to suityou. Buying an of...
by pathbrae
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 14
Views: 512

Re: Permit etc

Which country are you in? No need for any insurance, permit etc. in the UK but that's not the case in other countries
by pathbrae
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: VHF and training

Putting a vhf into an Aqua-Pac type dry-case solves the water in the speaker problem, makes it float and acts as a wind break to make your transmission much more readable in windy conditions. Downside is a slight increase in overall size and (for a DSC set) you can't activate the DSC alarm while it'...
by pathbrae
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spare paddles scratching deck
Replies: 29
Views: 5065

Re: Spare paddles scratching deck

The Reed paddle britches can be threaded onto the deck lines for a semi-permanent fitting, that way the deck lines don't need to be too tight to keep them in place. I untied one end of my deck line, pulled it through to the bow and back down past the point where I want the paddle park to sit then fe...
by pathbrae
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pembrokeshire family kayaking?
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Pembrokeshire family kayaking?

I can't help with any local knowledge of your area but in general.... (and you've probably done most of this already) Proper buoyancy aids for everyone and a couple of ways to call for help are good advice. Don't put a phone in a dry bag in the boat - keep it attached to you in case you end up in th...
by pathbrae
Sat May 18, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: wanted - ocean cockpit spraydeck
Replies: 2
Views: 239

Re: wanted - ocean cockpit spraydeck

Reed will have one to suit. https://www.chillcheater.com/decks/aqua ... ixed-waist. There's a size chart on the page or they will make to order if needed.
by pathbrae
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1494

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: 820

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: 4426

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: 1446

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: 1320

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: 1293

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: 1293

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: 4426

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: 4426

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: 817

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: 882

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: 1177

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: 1177

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: 1281

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: 1281

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: 4426

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: 2197

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: 1420

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: 1584

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: 671

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: 663

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: 17
Views: 1729

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: 4426

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.