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by pathbrae
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

As a stove, hard to beat a trangia.....
From past experience... don't try to cut too many corners, it's better to "buy it once, buy it right!" as the old adage goes.
by pathbrae
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cruising inertia
Replies: 19
Views: 970

Re: Cruising inertia

Without peddling, The physics sez - the skinny bloke should be quicker downhill. The reality sez - the fat bloke pics up speed faster and attains a higher descent velocity. I don't understand it - but it invariably seems to be true (and I don't think it has anything to do with kayak speed - but who ...
by pathbrae
Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 892

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

Wow - what a lot of opinions! My own personal preference (and this is only my own preference....) is straight shaft, medium blades, the lighter the better, feather of about 45 degrees, which I have reduced from 60 over the past year. (I started paddling when 90 degrees was all you could get in "...
by pathbrae
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: VHF radio

I have searched the manual for my Icom M91D for that, and I have not found anything. Mine is a Standard Horizon, I've never used an Icom DSC set.... but on the Standard Horizon it's Menu GPS Setup Unit Power (Off or On) So fairly easy to switch off if it's not needed - just be aware that it will ta...
by pathbrae
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: VHF radio

On DSC sets, it seems to be the GPS which eats into the battery life. Switching off the GPS unless you think you might need it (remote or unknown area and solo?) and using it as a standard voice comms ony set should give the same or possibly even better battery life than a non DSC set as the battery...
by pathbrae
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 16
Views: 847

Re: Wings?

I'd also suggest that a heavy (compared to a racing K1) sea kayak isn't going to benefit from the lift and glide effect generated by a well used wing so might not yield a similar performance benefit than going from a euro-blade to a wing in a racing K1 would show. Sea kayak euro blades also tend to ...
by pathbrae
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 8
Views: 541

Re: Paddle grip

Interesting, I'd never actually thought about paddles from that point of view before. I agree there's not a lot of information around, but perhaps it is so closely related to all the factors involved in choosing a paddle length that it might just be repetition. I suppose it'll vary with the width of...
by pathbrae
Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Santas coming
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: Santas coming

Hope you both chose the same colour... :-)
by pathbrae
Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Santas coming
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: Santas coming

I'm getting a nice new pair of carbon Shuna's from my wife and apparently I've bought her a handbag....
by pathbrae
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Hand bilge pump
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Hand bilge pump

The harmony pump might not be big enough to clear your cockpit in a sea kayak - especially as you would rarely have the pump completely upright. Have a look on some of the chandlery web-sites - they often sell a bilge pump with an extension hose which can be used on either end, either to clear the c...
by pathbrae
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Hand bilge pump
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Hand bilge pump

Not a lot of difference between the hand pumps - although they do differ massively in price! I've had both metal and plastic shaft versions - metal corrodes (eventually) and plastic breaks / bends (eventually) so now I just replace mine with the cheapest I can find, knowing it won't last long. A che...
by pathbrae
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Glueing hatch rim
Replies: 12
Views: 502

Re: Glueing hatch rim

That's a serious looking jig! :-)
I just dumped a load of weights on top of mine.
I used the SS (slow set) version as I was doing the repair in summer - but it still sets fairly rapidly.
by pathbrae
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling Question and Advice for Newbie
Replies: 22
Views: 1497

Re: Rolling Question and Advice for Newbie

That's why some people fit some ballast to their kayak. I think "fit" is the important point here. I've often seen folks just dump water bottles, gravel or bricks into their hatches to "make the boat more stable" - which might reduce any tendency to lee/weather-cocking if done t...
by pathbrae
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Helmet?
Replies: 9
Views: 825

Re: Kayak Helmet?

I suspect any metal fittings would rust and it might soak up a fair bit of water - but what are you intending to use it for? If it's just for a bit of rolling practice when you might hit another boat or a fairly soft bottom - for £20 why not? If, on the other hand you want to go surfing or rock-hopp...
by pathbrae
Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Air Bags
Replies: 12
Views: 720

Re: Air Bags

Not sure about air bags - but I've put in closed cell foam to fill the empty space in front of the footrests.
I don't know how robust an airbag would be or how easy it would be to hold it in place?
by pathbrae
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What do you do if better advice ignored
Replies: 30
Views: 1926

Re: What do you do if better advice ignored

I can see it being a very difficult situation. Especially in a group of three..... Having already ignored a bit of advice and taken the open crossing option - and having got away with it - I can see why there was great reluctance to do anything other than take the same exposed route again. I don't l...
by pathbrae
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: VHF Radio - security?
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: VHF Radio - security?

Waterproof bag and lanyard onto my BA for me. Even though it's waterproof, I've found that if water gets into the speaker I can hardly hear the radio. I'm always a bit cautious about using too strong a cord / attachment for anything in my BA pockets. Strong enough to avoid loosing anything if I drop...
by pathbrae
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Glueing hatch rim
Replies: 12
Views: 502

Re: Glueing hatch rim

A very good rub down - I used a flap wheel on a dremel to get rid of all the old adhesive from the boat (I was fitting new rims to replace old cracked ones) and a good wipe with acetone on the boat and the rim before gluing them.
by pathbrae
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Glueing hatch rim
Replies: 12
Views: 502

Re: Glueing hatch rim

I've had excellent results with 2 part acrylic adhesives to attach Kajaksport rims to a GRP boat http://www.thegluepeople.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6_14&products_id=25 (I think I used 3 packs on two oval rims and the day hatch rim when I replaced mine) Although you probabl...
by pathbrae
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Travelling to Inchmickery
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Travelling to Inchmickery

Why "inflatable kayak" ??

A suitable inflatable kayak, in the right hands and with an eye on the weather is perfectly capable of getting across to Inchmick and back.
by pathbrae
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Travelling to Inchmickery
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Travelling to Inchmickery

In an inflatable kayak. Choose a day with very light winds. (F2 or less in the marine forecast) Go on neep tides (half moon) Landing is easiest at low tide so aim to be on Inchmickery about an hour before low water, and leave an hour after low water. The easiest place to land is on the South East co...
by pathbrae
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie saying hi
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Re: Newbie saying hi

Thanks for the vote of confidence....;) If I'd been predicting disaster I'd have suggested putting it on the hull, not the deck.... :-P In all seriousness though, I've been a member for many years and given that bad things happen, even with the best of planning, equipment and training, I don't grud...
by pathbrae
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2042

Re: PLB use

Manual inflation as you don't want it activating as soon as you enter the water. That was my own feeling - but I wondered if there was another school of thought out there. All my lifejackets are auto so I've never used one in the kayak. I suspect even a good bit of heavy surf would be enough to fir...
by pathbrae
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie saying hi
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Re: Newbie saying hi

An RNLI sticker would do the trick....... :-)
by pathbrae
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2042

Re: PLB use

Ruralweb - manual or auto inflation?
by pathbrae
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie saying hi
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Re: Newbie saying hi

That's a fairly ugly repair right enough! Functional though. Getting an exact match with new gel-coat won't be easy - but possibly a well positioned sticker might hide a slight colour mis-match. New elastics and deck lines (and possibly some on the rear deck too) and new rudder wires will go a long ...
by pathbrae
Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2042

Re: PLB use

The RYA run a very good sea survival course. The bias is very much towards having a vessel sink out from under you (or catch fire) and taking to a life raft - but there are several interesting points raised about cold water survival, non-submersion drowning etc. which sea kayakers could learn from -...
by pathbrae
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Lendal Norkskapp button failure
Replies: 13
Views: 738

Re: Lendal Norkskapp button failure

Someone on here might have a broken pair of the same vintage which could be used for parts.

One other option would be to fix the joint with some epoxy and use them as a one piece - not ideal, but better than binning them.
by pathbrae
Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Edging the opposite way when turning in a sea kayak!
Replies: 30
Views: 2552

Re: Edging the opposite way when turning in a sea kayak!

...unless, of course, you are playing in tide races or streams when the same rules apply as on a river - lean into the turn hard when breaking in or out across an eddy line or you'll be getting your hair wet.
by pathbrae
Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Disposal of Flares
Replies: 23
Views: 1462

Re: Disposal of Flares

Try ringing a local chandlers - Port Edgar will take them back free if you are replacing them or will charge to take them (I think it's about £2 per item) otherwise. That might be out of date as I've not had to take any back for a few years now though so best to call first

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