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by pathbrae
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Hi and a question on behalf of my partner
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: Hi and a question on behalf of my partner

My wife likes her Kokatat MsFit BA.

I don't know if you are anywhere near Glasgow but Lomo managed to find a dry-suit to suit my wife.
Oban Sea Kayak should be able to help out too if you are ever in that area.
by pathbrae
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When the North Sea's too rough....
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: When the North Sea's too rough....

Image

There's always a wee trip along the canal.....
by pathbrae
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Wanted - Sea kayak for a complete novice apr. £300

Once you get hold of it, assuming it's plastic, check the bulkheads are waterproof too - a bit of extra sealant (Sikaflex or equivalent) is usually all that's needed but there's nothing worse than one leaky hatch flooding the entire boat and ending up with soggy sandwiches.
by pathbrae
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 681

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

That looks very neat - can't wait to (not?) see the finished repair :-) (if you know what I mean....)


The chard lump of epoxy possibly had just a touch too much catalyst added??
by pathbrae
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 2212

Re: Knives

There was a previous thread here about sea kayaking and knives, which attempted to find someone who's actually needed to use a knife in anger at sea (so not on a river). No-one owned up to having needed one. I suppose you only need it once......... and if you don't have it to hand, you'll probably ...
by pathbrae
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 865

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Or this..... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1516987838593-8924.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1516987943165-8308.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1516987942836-8292.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/61824/1516987943...
by pathbrae
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 865

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

There's a very good pub right beside the bridge over the Atlantic which makes an excellent place to wait for the tide to decide to be helpful. Dorus Mor tide stream can be a challenge to get right. Advice in the sailing pilots is to leave Crinan at Dover HW - so in a kayak, possibly an hour before H...
by pathbrae
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 865

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Which part were you thinking of doing? (from where to where)
by pathbrae
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 681

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

C'mon - you can't post that sort of picture without telling is how it happened..... But I'd also go for the thickened epoxy to stick it back on then do a gel coat repair once it's back to being the correct shape. Or alternately..... https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1276...
by pathbrae
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?
Replies: 11
Views: 779

Re: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?

Of course you can - in the same way as you can climb Ben Nevis in trainers if the weather is fine. Make your own judgement call on the weather forecast and local conditions ballanced with your own skills / capabilities / experience and, if you think it's safe, then why not. It will be hard work, com...
by pathbrae
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2427

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Ocean cockpits were much more difficult to enter than a modern key-hole design and although you can do a heel-hook into an ocean cockpit, it's not easy. Not at all, in fact much easier to get in to an ocean cockpit with over the side and constant cork-screw and no folds of spraydeck to get hung up ...
by pathbrae
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Help please ! :-)
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Help please ! :-)

Loch Crinan + summer = midges x infinity. I've found it's much easier to leave them behind with the outboard than it is to try to out-pace them on oars - and, with the outboard, I've got a free hand to swat the b****s off! 21kg isn't much lighter than a dingy - I'm always amused by the picture on th...
by pathbrae
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Help please ! :-)
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Help please ! :-)

I also have a Pointer K2 which I take onto the boat with me (on a comparatively sheltered mooring in Loch Gair) and I have, very occasionally, used it to leave the boat, having dropped off all my kit at a pontoon before hand and padddled it ashore but I've never used it to get out to the boat - I ju...
by pathbrae
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?
Replies: 21
Views: 759

Re: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?

On the trousers and cag topic..... I've never swim tested the roll together seal on Kokatat's bib trousers and cag but, having tried it out paddling once, found that it does make for a very uncomfortable roll of material under a spray-deck and BA I like it as an idea as it would (possibly) work if c...
by pathbrae
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Deck size for Etain 17.5
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Deck size for Etain 17.5

Reed "Keyhole A" is indeed a perfect fit - thanks for all the replies, saved me having to return a "too big" deck
by pathbrae
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This seasons colours
Replies: 25
Views: 1621

Re: This seasons colours

Nice pictures - but I'm not sure people are really getting the idea here........
by pathbrae
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bikes on Karitek roof rack?
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: Bikes on Karitek roof rack?

My Thule T-track bike racks fit on the Karitek rails without any bother, I just swap one set of j's for the bike holder. Putting the bike on with the rack down is fairly easy (although you could also do it with the rack up)
by pathbrae
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2427

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Interesting points about technique development over the years. In terms of rescues, I suppose boat development was the main driver. Old sea kayaks trapped a huge amount of water behind the seat and needed to be see-sawed to empty them, modern boats have a bulkhead right behind the seat (or the seat ...
by pathbrae
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: valley in red
Replies: 14
Views: 602

Re: valley in red

You could always go for a custom fade. Light in the middle to darker towards the seam would work well with the two reds. It would be subtle but distinctively yours.
by pathbrae
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2427

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

here is a place in paddling for everyone whatever you want to do whether you want to engage with personal/coaching or instructor awards... or not. Lets just all keep safe. That's the nail hit squarely on the head. Unfortunately, SCA BCU etc have no way of recognising experience. They are certificat...
by pathbrae
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 862

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

... but not cheap
by pathbrae
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 862

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

Extreme Any canoe or kayak up to a value of £5000 and £350 for any one paddle. £110.00
Extreme Plus Up to 3 canoes or kayaks each with a value not exceeding £5000 and £350 for any one paddle. £180.00
From the BCU site....
by pathbrae
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 26
Views: 1188

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

I bought a new Werner Shuna two piece paddle recently and my wife bought the same paddle but cranked.
Did Werner fix this? I also have a wife that sometimes cranks - especially when i buy new paddles.....
by pathbrae
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2427

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Maybe we could just have a basic test for paddlers proficiency (we could call it something simple, how about a "proficiency test") then we could do a bit of training, get a bit of experience (maybe keep a log book?) and sit an assessment to become an instructor. (we could call that an "instructor" a...
by pathbrae
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 862

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

"it would be almost insane to sea kayak in certain places without carrying comprehensive insurance from the BCU" " Its absolutely worth having their cover via BCU membership to deal with the much more likely scenario of someone else making a claim against you." "You won't get a better or more compr...
by pathbrae
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: I liked this
Replies: 3
Views: 368

I liked this

And I thought I was the only one with this sort of convoluted rationalism......

http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/s ... dling-kit/
by pathbrae
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2427

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Ahhh Advanced Sea Kayak Leaders, what would we do without them?
by pathbrae
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Deck size for Etain 17.5
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Deck size for Etain 17.5

then surely just wait for the boat to arrive, then you'll know for sure. That suggests the requirement for an unreasonable degree of patience to get get out and paddle it!! :-) But thanks for the reply - My current kayak cockpit is 82 x 48.5 so pretty close to the 85 x 48.25 quoted for the Etain. D...
by pathbrae
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Deck size for Etain 17.5
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Deck size for Etain 17.5

Thanks Arthur.

Reed say Keyhole A (which I already have) but I've been told it should be B or C.
The boat isn't here yet so drawing a template isn't an option yet - but I'd like to be ready to get it out and get it wet once it makes it's way North.