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by pugwash
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?
Replies: 15
Views: 1347

Re: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?

Shoes back in stock, just ordered some.
by pugwash
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 10
Views: 854

Re: The ocean cockpit...

I have enough problems getting out of a keyhole cockpit, a ‘friend’ described my exit style as resembling ‘a shot water buffalo’.
by pugwash
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 10
Views: 854

Re: The ocean cockpit...

Interesting point, just printed out the plans for a Shrike build and I’m trying to make up my mind to build with either a keyhole or an ocean cockpit, leaning towards the later because it’s mainly being built to arse around rolling, but would it make it almost impossible to get into, so perhaps the ...
by pugwash
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 2088

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

If you can wait that long Cheri is coming over to teach both rolling and paddling at a camp in Cornwall 29th to 31st May run by those nice people at How We Roll.
by pugwash
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 2088

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

My logic told me that carbon was the way to go, as having a two piece paddle which I could put on the front deck as a spare if needed seemed like the way to go. Luckily I was able to spend a couple of days paddling with both carbon and wood and they are quite different. I found it really hard to cho...
by pugwash
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?
Replies: 15
Views: 1347

Re: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?

The shoes are out of stock as well, Father Christmas was well upset.
by pugwash
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit breathability
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Drysuit breathability

Was lucky enough to get out and do a decent paddle yesterday. I put on a couple of layers - thermal rashie and a warmish top - all under a drysuit. We did about 15k and stopped for lunch. While paddling I was quite warm, but when we stopped quickly got cold, so chucked a storm cag over everything wh...
by pugwash
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1217

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

I understand doubles are called divorce boats n the US, just saying...
by pugwash
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heading north...
Replies: 10
Views: 1760

Re: Heading north...

Gutted I may have missed a good thread on towing eyes...
by pugwash
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: Kayak trolleys

C-tug Possibly the best of a bad bunch, quite robust and will go through a large oval hatch without complete disassembly. The strap, done up as per instructions doesn’t slip. Quite easy to move fully loaded expedition kayak. The old pneumatic wheels were terrible. The pins retaining the wheels work ...
by pugwash
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3238

Re: VHF and training

One thing I’ve never understood about people’s desire for a 6w vhf in a kayak. The range of a vhf is about 1nm per watt, so more watts could equal more range,, and on a large ship it does, but range is also limited to roughly the square root of the height of the transmitter. So say I’m standing up o...
by pugwash
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a PLB
Replies: 13
Views: 1534

Re: Recommend me a PLB

I was going to post something, but if you look at what Chris Bolton wrote, and replace the 8 years with 10 years, it’s exactly what I would have written...
by pugwash
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Stealth Kayak
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: Wanted - Stealth Kayak

Are you still looking, if so I might have something for you, how about a Splash 550? Sitting there doing nothing so it can go to a new home.
by pugwash
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Kari-Tec CCBR Brackets
Replies: 0
Views: 283

Kari-Tec CCBR Brackets

I have four (two pairs) of Kari-Tek CCBR open canoe mounting brackets for sale, i.e. enough brackets to mount one boat. They are unused and come in the original unopened bag, with original unused straps and fittings. They let you mount a Canadian canoe or very large sit on top to the Kari-Tek roof r...
by pugwash
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on second hand Kayak please
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Advice on second hand Kayak please

I used an Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 with a nine year old, and got a nine year old and a 13 year old on a Malibu 2 XL, I also paddled a Tarpon 130T, and recommend all three providing you don’t push them beyond their limits. But they are really heavy, and as they are quite wide they are inefficient to padd...
by pugwash
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 34
Views: 6789

Re: sea kayak for big guys

When I was your weight I used to paddle an Ocean Kayak 15ft sit on top, and had to use scupper plugs to stop water coming in. At around 115kg I moved into a Valley Argonaught, I can still paddle it but I do rattle around now at 85kg. Don’t worry the weight will come off, just think how long it took ...
by pugwash
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin outfitting
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Delphin outfitting

I went the other way, my Aeries didn’t have the back band fitted so I added one. I’ve also lost a fair bit of weight recently and have had to add more pads to the hip pads to keep the boat on edge, otherwise it’s too loose. I was off the water for a few months and when I tried to roll the boat on my...
by pugwash
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gorleston to Southwold paddle, 10th October 2010
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: Gorleston to Southwold paddle, 10th October 2010

Nice write up Mark, enjoyed reading it, reminded me of the day we did the Ocean Kayak review and I took a swim round about there. Glad to see you’re still paddling.
by pugwash
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 17
Views: 2166

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

Agree it’s a lovely place to paddle, I can beat the puncture story above, my c-tug tyre exploded on the back deck of the kayak as we paddled the very first stretch of canal, turned out I hadn’t used the trolley for ages and then inflated the tyres just before we set off, leaving the boat on the trol...
by pugwash
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2020

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

Most of the time I use a HF throw tow, never had to throw it in anger, it works great as a waist mounted tow though. Also got a couple of the Palm tows, and these are OK as well and get well used on club nights, top opening pouch is easier to repack than traditional bag.
by pugwash
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New kayak advice
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: New kayak advice

It looks like you’ve done your research, the Scupper Pro, despite its age is still probably the best sit on top ever built, and although sadly discontinued there are still a lot of decent ones around. Most will be the SPTW, the TW standing for tank well. The designer wanted to dive off his so design...
by pugwash
Thu May 24, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boats worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 1641

Re: New boats worth it?

A lot depends on how hung up you are on colours. I bought a second hand Aeries 155 and love it, but the colour combination of yellow and lime green is at best ‘memorable’, for a few hundred, actually quite a few hundred I could have had a more esthetically pleasing colour combination, so you pays yo...
by pugwash
Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bass Strait Crossing - Video
Replies: 11
Views: 1540

Re: Bass Strait Crossing - Video

Huge respect for getting across that particular bit of water, it scarred the sh1t out of us when we did it, and we were on a massive car ferry.
by pugwash
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 1469

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

It’s only mid January and I’ve already seen my favourite thread title of 2018!
by pugwash
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?
Replies: 11
Views: 1707

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

I had a 120 as my first boat and agree with all the above, of course you can take it on the ocean. Few points to think about, first one is that in the beginning, mine is around 10 years old now, they had a problem with leaking front hatches, in ‘conditions’ with water coming over the front of the bo...
by pugwash
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4504

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

I’ve always got the feeling that the BCU teach what they want me to learn rather letting me decide what I want to learn, and the classic example of this was when I started to look at the old level 2 coaching scheme, which would have been handy for coaching at the club, I was told by the BCU that to ...
by pugwash
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service
Replies: 16
Views: 2969

Re: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service

As Rick says, depends on the dealer. My local dealer is great, right on the water with loads of demo boats for people to try and a great range of product to try on so you actually get the right size. I think it’s really important to support the better dealers, otherwise stuff might be cheaper on eBa...
by pugwash
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1307

Re: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?

Interesting comment about the Whetman contact tow, i’ve got one of these as well, and the carabiners look identical to the DMM bent gate Shadows that I’ve got on my other tow lines. I might have a Google around for the Argon version, they have done sterling service on the contact tow, in fact they s...
by pugwash
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1307

Re: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?

Thanks for the replies, funnily enough the carabiner that has given up the ghost is a DMM bent gate shadow, and it is indeed the little sprin that has failed so it no longer closes, the bent gate wire version is pretty freely available, it was just the bent gate shadow I was having problems finding ...
by pugwash
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1307

Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?

Got bored so decided to check some kit, and a carabineer on one of my tow ropes has given yup the ghost. On checking two other ropes, I found that all three ropes use a bent gate carabineer rather than a straight gate, even my contact tows uses a pair of bent gates, anyone know why?