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by pathbrae
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Standard Horizon hand held vhf - not picking up signals
Replies: 8
Views: 404

Re: Standard Horizon hand held vhf - not picking up signals

Get some height - top of a hill - whatever... to get the arial clear of any obstructions and increase range by "seeing" over the horizon. (Didn't you learn anything from "Stanger Things")
Any paddling mates local to you with a VHF? Ask them to do a radio check on an unused channel
by pathbrae
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First sea kayak - Virgo vs. ...
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: First sea kayak - Virgo vs. ...

Forget all of the above. I don't mean to put a damper on your enthusiasm, just to protect your wallet. If this is your first sea kayak look for a good SH boat unless you really do have more money than sense. And even then - paddle it for a while first. No kayak is "right" for everyone or for every o...
by pathbrae
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch covers lubricant
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: Hatch covers lubricant

The only problem with silicone is it's ability to creep and then make any f/glass / gelcoat repairs more difficult - but that's not an issue on a Scorpio.
Halfords sell a silicon spray for car window rubber seals - it seems to work very well.
by pathbrae
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak touring cag/jacket recommendations 2020.
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Sea Kayak touring cag/jacket recommendations 2020.

https://www.escape-watersports.co.uk/cl ... ket-detail

Well within your budget. I've got an older version of this and have found it excellent for warmer weather paddling when it's too hot for a dry-suit
by pathbrae
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Tiderace Vortex
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Tiderace Vortex

Where are you based? How old is the Vortex?
by pathbrae
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1199

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Spinning on the spot in a tail squirt should not be attempted in a sea kayak :) Falls of Laura?? Not always intentionally!! To the OP -- don't neglect flexibility training as well as strength - TBH, after a certain point in a sea kayak, shoulder strength becomes less important than flexibility and ...
by pathbrae
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Thule Pro Bars and Malone J Bars How to Secure

I went back to square bars to support my Karitek Easy-Load carrier as I didn't feel the aero-bars were giving a very secure connection. The slot / T-Bolt fitting on bike carriers does seem to work on aero bars though so maybe it's the comparatively smaller volume of kayak carriers sold which is prev...
by pathbrae
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 1073

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

People do seem to have an idea that hand held flares are much safer than launched flares, but from most of the reports I've heard from people who have used them they still seem pretty hazardous. A cautionary tale.... Many years ago, when the coastguard / RNLI organised dates to come and fire off ex...
by pathbrae
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 54
Views: 2416

Re: Is vhf course needed

Getting back to the original question here.... Register the set with Ofcom - it's free, do it online, wait about a year or so and they will add you to their database. (They don't seem to work very quickly...) Pick up a copy of the RYA Short Range Radio course book (or look up online) https://www.rya...
by pathbrae
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 54
Views: 2416

Re: Is vhf course needed

Interesting point being raised from the above. I have two VHF hand-helds, one DSC one non-DSC but I've only registered the DSC set. If I had bought the non DSC set first, I would have applied for a licence for it (why not, it's free...) then, when I bought the DSC set I would also have registered it...
by pathbrae
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 54
Views: 2416

Re: Is vhf course needed

I just had a good read of that ofcom link provided by Richard and it reads well, it's looking like I don't need any additional certificates to use a vhf within 12 nautical miles of low tide so this should be plenty coverage for my uses, if I'm wrong please correct me but it does look like that I th...
by pathbrae
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 54
Views: 2416

Re: Is vhf course needed

No, no and yes.. So thats a yes then No - you don't need a license to listen to weather updates. No, you don't really need a license to call for help in an emergency but yes - you are required to hold a short range certificate if you intend to use a portable marine band VHF to comunicate with others...
by pathbrae
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1732

Re: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.

Beryl wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:00 pm
pathbrae wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:45 pm
The OP was December 2018 and the poster hasn't replied to any of the advice offered, nor have they posted anything else to the forum.....
Good read mind...
I was hoping for volume two "The Plan" if not volume three "The Voyage" :-)
by pathbrae
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1732

Re: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.

The OP was December 2018 and the poster hasn't replied to any of the advice offered, nor have they posted anything else to the forum.....
by pathbrae
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 10
Views: 857

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: 744

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: 744

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: 440

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: 440

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: 351

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: 929

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: 929

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: 929

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: 18
Views: 1819

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: 6275

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: 803

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: 803

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: 1332

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: 669

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: 668

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...