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by pathbrae
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Olympus Waterproof Cameras
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Olympus Waterproof Cameras

I've just noticed that Olympus have indicated that they are pulling out of the camera market. They are going to try to sell it off but if you've been eyeing up an Olympus TG 6 then now might be the time to buy before they all disapear. Likewise any spare batteries etc.
by pathbrae
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Direction of low brace turn
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: Direction of low brace turn

As an aside, there are play boaters and slalom boaters who will use outside edge in current deliberately to sink the stern to initiate play moves or make a really quick turn - these techniques don't work in a high volume boat like a sea kayak, you will either capisize or give yourself a hernia! But...
by pathbrae
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Direction of low brace turn
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: Direction of low brace turn

Try a little bit more positive angle on your paddle blade. On flat water, with no wind, in a sea kayak, get up a bit of speed and edge the boat without placing your paddle in or on the water. It should turn away from the edged side. (note - should.... maybe not every time though!) Low brace turn str...
by pathbrae
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak ideal length for coastal fishing
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Kayak ideal length for coastal fishing

You'll probably get more useful information in the kayak angling group. viewforum.php?f=33
by pathbrae
Thu May 28, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Irish Sea crossing from Campbeltown?
Replies: 8
Views: 726

Re: Irish Sea crossing from Campbeltown?

I've thought about this crossing aswell as it appears to be the shortest route over, it does concern me that there's not a lot of kayakers using this route which makes me question why that is, unpredictable seas? Strong swells and high standing breaking waves perhaps? Or possibly a busy shipping la...
by pathbrae
Wed May 27, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!
Replies: 12
Views: 561

Re: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!

Have a chat to the rubberman in Wales - https://www.rubberman.co.uk/home.html

He will let you know if it can be done and, if you send the suit to him, will sort it out for you.

It looks like £45 to replace a neck seal.
by pathbrae
Sun May 17, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck wear : repair ?
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Spraydeck wear : repair ?

If it's neoprene - Black Witch or something similar available from dive shops for wet-suit repairs.

https://www.wetsuitcentre.co.uk/black-w ... esive.html

or

https://www.wetsuitcentre.co.uk/c-skin- ... r-kit.html

Should do the job.
by pathbrae
Wed May 13, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1472

Re: Boris says...

I for one am glad I live in a part of the country where we are being treated like adults and being allowed to make our own decisions based on the published guidelines. Canoe England have published guidelines, which include sensible advice to stay local, take extra care and only experienced paddlers...
by pathbrae
Mon May 11, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1472

Re: Boris says...

Totally disgusted that people living in different parts of the Uk now have different freedoms, so much for the so called United Kingdom. I agree. Sad that one part of the 4 nations has decided to ignore all the advice, put lining their own pockets first and make "get the economy moving again" their...
by pathbrae
Mon May 11, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1472

Re: Boris says...

English Canoeing have just issued a statement. Briefly, don't do anything 'till Wednesday then wait and see. No mention of sea kayaking. Ends with This announcement relates only to the position in England and to English members of British Canoeing, as decisions and guidance in Scotland, Wales and No...
by pathbrae
Tue May 05, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayaking beginner
Replies: 11
Views: 850

Re: Sea kayaking beginner

Adding to the list above - spend a bit of lockdown time looking at weather forecasting, particularly wind and at the way the tide flows around the bit of coast you will be paddling from. A stiff breeze on a flat sea can be manageable but if the tide turns and is flowing in the opposite direction to ...
by pathbrae
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1700

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

In November 2013 I bought a new length of wire for the skeg of my Island Expedition. Last week I finaly fitted it..... It's only taken the best part of 6 1/2 years!
I'm sure a lot of us still have a backlog of jobs waiting to be done, just maybe not as put off as that one.
by pathbrae
Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Grab handle on throwlines
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: Grab handle on throwlines

In a sea kayaking context, when would you plan to use a throw-line?
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: 679

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: 13
Views: 1384

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: 730

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: 636

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: 582

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: 1647

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: 569

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: 1369

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: 61
Views: 3228

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: 61
Views: 3228

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: 61
Views: 3228

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: 61
Views: 3228

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: 2100

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: 2100

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: 19
Views: 1952

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: 976

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: 976

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?