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by pathbrae
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cetus lv
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: Cetus lv

What shoe size? I couldn't get my size 9s comfy under the deck of the LV
by pathbrae
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Thoughts on Night Nav white lights
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: Thoughts on Night Nav white lights

The minimum requirement "be able to show a white all-round light" in practice a torch is sufficient. Having a permanently on light which doesn't need you to take your hands off the paddle is an excellent idea though. I used to use a mini-maglight and a translucent plastic 35mm film tub as a difuser ...
by pathbrae
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: A man for all seasons, a boat for all waters?
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: A man for all seasons, a boat for all waters?

If you plan to throw it down the Dee (or anything similar) a plastic boat will be more likely to survive than a composite, similarly for any rock hopping etc - but for everything else - a composite boat is just "nicer" even if it is more expensive. Keep an eye on SH boats - you might be lucky and pi...
by pathbrae
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?
Replies: 17
Views: 718

Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

adventureagent wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:39 am
I love bouncing in waves, holding a paddle, punching buttons with one hand while holding the GPS in the other hand.


Sounds like fun right enough (probably why I just keep mine in my pocket most of the time)

:-)
by pathbrae
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal Stream Atlases
Replies: 26
Views: 3307

Re: Tidal Stream Atlases

http://www.visitmyharbour.com/tidal-stream-utility/ And http://www.visitmyharbour.com/articles/category/842/tidal-streams/ I've not tried the app yet but I do use the tide stream pages which are based on the Admiralty tide stream atlases so are ok for sailing but maybe not detailed enough for kayak...
by pathbrae
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?
Replies: 17
Views: 718

Re: Have you a useful dashboard method/position suggestion?

Garmin do a suction mount for their GPSs, which might be what you are looking for (or a mobile phone suction mount adapted to fit might work) - but why do you want it constantly in view? I just stick mine in a pocket and get it out if I need it
by pathbrae
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Hi, Being slightly pedantic HS stood for Hatches Standard, HM Hatches Modified, boats built without hatches started with an 'S'. Ken Indeed... From the "Nordkapp" history within this forum there is " According to the Nordkapp page of their 1985 brochure, Valley offered 12 variants of the Nordkapp i...
by pathbrae
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

I'm wondering why it came with no skeg - maybe thats how it was ordered? I don't know when retractable skegs first appeared (but I'm sure someone will....) but the early Nordkapps came as HM - Hull Modified - which had a built in fixed skeg as an extension of the hull molding and HS - Hull Standard...
by pathbrae
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 13
Views: 729

Re: Starting from scratch

I have no equipment whatsoever (CIWW provides everything for the course), and therefore am on the bottom of a steep but enjoyable learning curve which will hopefully lead to my buying enough kit to get out in local waterways and coastal areas to build up my experience. Sound like it might be the bo...
by pathbrae
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: What year is my Valley Nordkapp HS?

Give them a ring - email doesn't seem to work too well.

I think my HM, which has similar deck fittings, hatches and cockpit, but no pump, is about 1986 but I can't read the serial on the Valley certificate any more
by pathbrae
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Riot Brittany - any views?
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Riot Brittany - any views?

Why not try a plastic Nordkapp? I'm guessing your ebay Nordkapp was old enough to have an ocean cockpit, which is a fairly tight squeeze to get into?
by pathbrae
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to pack a skeg kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 716

Re: How to pack a skeg kayak

Mac50L wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:48 am

The bottom not the top. What model, never seen any. Rubber flaps are better than nothing.
Ahh - sorry, but we were talking about inside the boat - not about jamming skegs. (for the record - I've never had a skeg jam on me yet)
by pathbrae
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to pack a skeg kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 716

Re: How to pack a skeg kayak

hy have a skeg" or if you insist on one why badly designed i.e. no cover when retracted? I've never come across a skeg without a "cover" - but that's another issue. My current kayak has an offset skeg box which means I can get my tent right up into the stern of the boat on the wide side and my slee...
by pathbrae
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shallow water worries
Replies: 23
Views: 925

Re: Shallow water worries

How did the demo go? I think kayak cockpits will have change a lot since your teenage years. Nowadays, with big key-hole cockpits, you'll fall out without any real effort regardless of how shallow the water was. The basic drill is deck off, hand behind hips and roll out forward - which is supposed t...
by pathbrae
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 123
Views: 4736

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

After re entry roll just padling to nearest eddy or calm water end empty the boat.
Mmmmm that might be a lot easier said than done...........
by pathbrae
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?
Replies: 11
Views: 745

Re: Swanage Bay/ Poole harbour?

It's not the boat, it's the paddler.... Might be stating the obvious here but a "proper" sea kayak doesn't make you any safer, it just makes it a bit easier to cover the distance. If you have a good roll, can rescue each other in deep water etc. the GP boats should be fine on the sea on a calm day -...
by pathbrae
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rotating J-Cradles on roof bar
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Rotating J-Cradles on roof bar

I'd not be too quick to modify the mounting of a J-Bar. If you do, and it fails, the manufacturer will use your modification to escape any liability. For plastic boats, I'd not worry about deforming them if they sit on edge in the cradle - you'd be much more likely to "oil-can" the hull if it was fl...
by pathbrae
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1290

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

I suspect most of us are waiting until he gets into our local waters when we can be in a position to offer help / support / food / company etc. Good luck to him though.
by pathbrae
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 11
Views: 748

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

Likewise, I also wonder if I am really taking part in a "high risk" sport - I stopped filling in the survey as I don't personally regard the Sea Kayaking which I do as high risk, therefore I didn't think adding my personality type profile to the research would have added anything. It's an interestin...
by pathbrae
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Firth of Forth restrictions (?)
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Firth of Forth restrictions (?)

Channel runs between Inchcholm and the mainland. Braefoot terminal sits opposite Inchcolm. The channel markers are only about 250m apart here so no problems paddling across if there's nothing moving when you get to them. The main deep water channel lies S of Inchcolm, channel markers here are about ...
by pathbrae
Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Recommendations on a summer cap for sea kayaking?
Replies: 10
Views: 801

Re: Recommendations on a summer cap for sea kayaking?

Check out the on-line chandlers for "cap keepers" - but basically just a couple of croc clips and a length of cord...
by pathbrae
Wed May 31, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 917

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

If the boats not running straight - put down a bit more skeg. If it gets better - result, if it gets worse, pull it up a bit. Ignore any "rules" - find out what works for you, in your boat and in the way you paddle and the conditions you are paddling in, how the boat is loaded and so on and so on......
by pathbrae
Mon May 29, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Firth of Forth restrictions (?)
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Firth of Forth restrictions (?)

Mostly - it's fairly relaxed out on the Forth and sea kayakers have a good relationship with Forth Ports I'm not sure what the official line is at the moment but the new bridge (Queensferry Crossing) did have a restricted area during it's construction to keep everyone safe, so all vessels had to kee...
by pathbrae
Sun May 28, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats
Replies: 22
Views: 1311

Re: Towlines - no more carabiners or floats

Could adding a snagless carabiner into the loop in the jam cleat help? Release in the same way, from the jam cleat, but leaving the carabiner attached to the towed boat - quick to place and avoids rope on rope issues.
by pathbrae
Sat May 20, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.
Replies: 14
Views: 1192

Re: Why did I not do this before......Adding ballast.

I picked up a SH Nordkapp HM a few years ago and could barely get it up onto the roof of the car. When I got home I found 3 x 7Kg bars of lead glassed in behind the seat! That was maybe a bit of over-kill!! I never paddled it with the lead in the boat so can't comment on how much it changed the hand...
by pathbrae
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Anyone fitted a bike carrier to their Kari-Tek roof rack?
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Anyone fitted a bike carrier to their Kari-Tek roof rack?

No problem fitting one as long as it comes with T Track fittings. Mine are Thule carriers with the locking tension nob at the bottom of the arm and they fit without any issues. Pay close attention to the instructions which come with the carrier - I'm fairly sure the first instruction is to throw awa...
by pathbrae
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?

I know what you mean about the Reed seams - I put mine on outside-in if I'm going to be wearing it for a while
by pathbrae
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?
Replies: 11
Views: 763

Re: Tiderace Xplore Classic, replacing the cable hose for the skeg cable?

Does the outer cable need to be replaced? A bit of self annealing tape and a new inner might be all that's needed??
by pathbrae
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 1919

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.