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by pathbrae
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: The ocean cockpit...

Only when I'm in the boat and launching through surf..... The I remember getting trashed trying to get into the boat in the first place!
by pathbrae
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

The switch on mine broke after a few months. Attwood sent a replacement from USA, no charge, so their customer service was very good a few years ago.
Mine's been OK since.
by pathbrae
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 507

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

I just put mine behind the seat in my Etain. It's held in by the elastics for the back-rest and stays in place during rescues etc. but is reasonably easy to get out if I need it. I presume the Nordkap has the same sort of seat arrangement?
by pathbrae
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: VE Explorer carbon sea paddle £200
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: VE Explorer carbon sea paddle £200

I thought it would go fairly quickly... :-)
by pathbrae
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: VE Explorer carbon sea paddle £200
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: VE Explorer carbon sea paddle £200

Hi Mike - I sent you a message a few days ago but I don't know if you got it. Is the paddle still for sale?

David
by pathbrae
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Chart Plotter for PC
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Chart Plotter for PC

Just a quick "thank-you" to the folks at Belfield Software http://www.chartsandtides.co.uk/ I've used Belfield chart plotter for years on the PC to help plan routes etc. but having finally abandoned Windows move to Widows 10, I couldn't re-intall the application as I had "exceeded the activation lim...
by pathbrae
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Etrex
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Old Etrex

The original eTrex range is not USB, it is RS232. You may be able to use it with a USB/serial adaptor. Garmin sell (or at least sold) a usb to Garmin cable for the etex range. In Memory Map I had to play with the settings to find a port number to get my old Sumit to work but it got there eventually...
by pathbrae
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Etrex
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Old Etrex

The original eTrex range is not USB, it is RS232. You may be able to use it with a USB/serial adaptor. Garmin sell (or at least sold) a usb to Garmin cable for the etex range. In Memory Map I had to play with the settings to find a port number to get my old Sumit to work but it got there eventually...
by pathbrae
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Etrex
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Old Etrex

Memory Map still seems to work with my old Sumit GPS, which has the same Garmin 4 pin connector.
by pathbrae
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 16
Views: 1442

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

My list for defo keeping on the person at all times is: PLB Whistle VHF Emergency food (I'm type 1 diabetic) GPS (or wear a GPS watch with Lat/Long and GB grid ref on it) What's yours? PLB VHF Whistle Knife Strobe Bright yellow Reed skull cap (in case I end up bobbing about...) And in the pockets o...
by pathbrae
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 48
Views: 5860

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

It's getting there - previous versions were very buggy (not a lot of use in an emergency) and, on Android on 3 different phones, wouldn't display the trak I had just recoreded, crashing the app every time I tried. I don't know how it behaves in terms of battery life yet, it used to kill my phone bat...
by pathbrae
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to repair a small crack on stern
Replies: 12
Views: 681

Re: How to repair a small crack on stern

No - Gel coat is the outer layer of a composite boat. It's not as "runny" as resin and is waterproof once it cures It doesn't set in air so when the boat is being built once it's applied to the mold it stays "tacky" on the surface to give a good bond to the resin used with the glass / diolene /kevla...
by pathbrae
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to repair a small crack on stern
Replies: 12
Views: 681

Re: How to repair a small crack on stern

It looks like a bit of gel-coat repair might be all it needs - or possibly a bit of repair to the "hole" with stiffened resin then gel coat to make good the cosmetics (and waterproof the repair)
by pathbrae
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Kayak trolleys

KCS - Expedition Trolly https://www.kayakcarriers.co.uk/product-page/expedition-trolley-mark-5-10-foam-filled-tyres For - very light, (3.2Kg with extension fitted, 3.0Kg without) packs into the boat without any problem, solid wheels are pucture proof, tool-free build and take down. Against - not muc...
by pathbrae
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Logos and livery
Replies: 8
Views: 597

Re: Logos and livery

Sounds like an excellent idea. Possibly a page in the Almanac could be used to keep links to photographs of all our classic boat logos before they fade away?
by pathbrae
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting a hatch: sika primer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 624

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: 8
Views: 704

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: 15
Views: 1093

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: 33
Views: 3007

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: 5316

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: 697

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: 278

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: 1676

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: 11
Views: 1303

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: 48
Views: 5860

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: 1682

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: 1793

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: 1462

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: 1462

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: 48
Views: 5860

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 ...