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by simon64
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flying with a 3 piece sea kayak??
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Flying with a 3 piece sea kayak??

The milk run is a useful flight, or use the Alaska marine highway.
When I have paddled in Alaska I just rented kayaks, most towns have a outfitter, depends how fussy you are on the kayak you paddle, or rent/buy a folder such as Feathercraft K1, easy to stick these in a floatplane for drop offs.
by simon64
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion: a Sea Canoeing Guide by Susan and Raymond GriffithsRichard
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion: a Sea Canoeing Guide by Susan and Raymond GriffithsRichard

Hi Tim and Lisa, I still have my copy, I do want to keep it but can photograph the pages and email you if you ket me have your details.
by simon64
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introduction and looking for advice.
Replies: 30
Views: 1014

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

Try the Stratos, its a good kayak (sea kayaks don’t have to be a certain length or beam) a lot of people have them as play the sea boats, and they are forgiving for a newbie, if you get a “proper” sea kayak later you can hang onto the Stratos as a second boat. Yes longer kayaks are “faster” but that...
by simon64
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS Valley Gemini SP RM - now sold
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: FS Valley Gemini SP RM

Think the voodoo doll hanging off the stern may put people off.....😂
by simon64
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dagger katana
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: Dagger katana

Not paddled the Dagger, but had a Pyranha Fusion crossover, while it was great as a river kayak I would not have wanted to use it as a cruising sea kayak in rougher conditions, would be hard work, however as a rockhopper kayak would probably be great, depends what you want to do with it. Maybe look ...
by simon64
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted P&H Virgo
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Wanted P&H Virgo

Oban sea kayaks charge for the demo service, and they let you take the kayaks out on your own, so less pressure, my experience of this particular shop is that they want you to get the best kayak for your needs and are happy if you come away undecided, I felt no pressure at all to buy.
by simon64
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted P&H Virgo
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Wanted P&H Virgo

Sea kayak Oban had stock a couple of weeks ago, and you can demo one first, they have a good selection of demo kayaks
by simon64
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1168

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

If you can find and fit into a small Dagger Alchemy, its a very sporty and nimble low volume kayak with chines and would suit the greenland paddle more than the other kayaks I mentioned, I had one and liked it but was too small really for long term comfort, Problem with the Alchemy was that the larg...
by simon64
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1168

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

I am a fan of the 14-15 ft short plastic sea kayak, I have tried or owned most of the main ones, I found the Hydra rather barge like, the Stratos is good but is more of a play the sea type kayak, the Dagger Alchemy is more of a general tourer, I was paddling a Stratos until I tried the P&H Virgo, wh...
by simon64
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany..
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: Romany..

Kayaks from that era may be considered classics but the modern designs are better for most people, how many Nigel Foster Vyneck kayaks (circumnavigation of Iceland) do you see now ? and the Romany is old now, I remember when they were made in literally a shed and only available in yellow.
by simon64
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone tried these boats
Replies: 15
Views: 1014

Re: Anyone tried these boats

Looks similar to the “Hot dogs“ at Cardiff white water centre, great fun for that sort of thing, but wouldn’t want to paddle one far in flat water. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/62252/1604330705977-8284.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/62252/1604330730261-6562.png ht...
by simon64
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion: a Sea Canoeing Guide by Susan and Raymond GriffithsRichard
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion: a Sea Canoeing Guide by Susan and Raymond GriffithsRichard

I have a tatty copy I can either Scan or send to you, not home till the 8th Nov though.
If you want a new one the bookshop in St Davids had copies a couple of years ago, 01437720480 stdavidsbookshop@btconnect.com
by simon64
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: Newbie

Heat a bread Knife up really hot, will cut foam like its butter.
by simon64
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: Newbie

I lowered the seat in my gemini SP, just whip it out and shave about 1cm off the foam, gives more room in cockpit and lowers your CofG for better feel in the water.
Make some spacers to fit the gap where the bolts go into the seat assembly.
by simon64
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: Newbie

The Plastic Gemini SP is a lot less twitchy than the glass one, and quite a nice day kayak, lower the seat a bit and its even better. Try the P&H Virgo as well, its designed as a day boat and is easily the best kayak I have ever paddled In all conditions, agile and responsive, great stability. Make ...
by simon64
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks
Replies: 15
Views: 800

Re: Recommendations for cheap lightweight kayaks

Have a search for the point 65 modular kayaks, they are 2 or 3 part so each bit is reasonably light, though the whole kayak is heavy, another advantage is they take up less room in garage. They do sit on and sit in versions, can be made either tandem or single by adding/removing sections, I have nev...
by simon64
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddlock vs Leverlock
Replies: 8
Views: 725

Re: Paddlock vs Leverlock

I have used both the Celtic paddlelock and leverlock, I found even with care the paddllock system prone to seizing, and is less convinient to adjust as you need an allen key to loosen the joint, I would only have this system if you need to have a 4 part paddle, that converts to L and R handed, and e...
by simon64
Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic RM experiences please?
Replies: 7
Views: 753

Re: North Shore Atlantic RM experiences please?

I demoed the Atlantic RM at Oban, seemed nice enough but found the fit tighter than the small Stratos I was paddling at the time, The new composite Atlantic Evolution was lovely, As was the Voyager 16.1, the kayak I didn’t expect to like but ended up buying was the P&H virgo, which had the good poin...
by simon64
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Point 65°N Sweden Touring Kayaks
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Point 65°N Sweden Touring Kayaks

For the sort of money they are asking for those, something like the Islander Bolero (previously Dagger Charleston) would be a much better bet at approx £600 new. I used to have the Charleston 14 and did some great sea trips in it as well as river touring. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/upload...
by simon64
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: FS Celtic Mania 5pc - now sold
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: FS Celtic Mania 5pc

Sorry Sold
by simon64
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Lendal Padlock parts
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Lendal Padlock parts

I am sure Celtic will make the cranked shaft for you, it probably isn’t on the main menu as it would be a custom build needing measurements from you.
I recently ordered a paddle from them that was non standard and they were happy to accommodate my needs.
by simon64
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Complete Novice looking for Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Complete Novice looking for Advice

Regarding paddles, can recommend the Celtic kinetic 650, get it in the CF nylon with a lever lock shaft 205-215cm, you have full adjustment of length and feather, It’s a great Mid sized sea paddle, not too big to be a strain, I would avoid the paddlelock joints as they and are prone to seizing up un...
by simon64
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Complete Novice looking for Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Complete Novice looking for Advice

I think the 14-15 ft plastic touring/short sea kayak is a good starting point, I paddle a P&H Virgo that I cannot fault, however they are over a £1000. The following kayaks I have owned and recommend. Perception Expression 14, dagger Alchemy L (the S is XS), Dagger Stratos S (not great in a straight...
by simon64
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS Celtic mania 5 piece paddle
Replies: 0
Views: 264

FS Celtic mania 5 piece paddle

Used twice, good condition, some minor marks on blades, this is a 5 piece packraft paddle 205-215 cm, L or R, paddlelock joints, lever lock adjustment, CF nylon blade. Good Durable paddle for touring. £130 inc post https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/62252/1594312104982-3900.png https://me...
by simon64
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: FS Celtic Mania 5pc - now sold
Replies: 2
Views: 225

FS Celtic Mania 5pc - now sold

Used twice, good condition, some minor marks on blades, this is a 5 piece packraft paddle 205-215 cm, L or R, paddlelock joints, lever lock adjustment, CF nylon blade. Good Durable paddle for touring. £130 inc post https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/62252/1594312104982-3900.png https://me...
by simon64
Wed May 13, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1610

Re: Boris says...

Its very likely that this weekend we will see a mass of people overwhelming the countryside and making a return to full lockdown likely. The actions of the masses crowding Penfan on one day in march now means the entire Brecon beacons footpath network is closed, even for local people who can walk to...
by simon64
Mon May 11, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1610

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.
by simon64
Fri May 08, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Volan
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: P&H Volan

My understanding is that the Volan is between the Cetus and Aries with a bias towards the Aries in agility and handling, it is not a glass Virgo, it is 16ft and I believe production has started recently on the medium volume version with other volumes to follow. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/...
by simon64
Thu May 07, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Volan
Replies: 7
Views: 846

P&H Volan

Found this pic, looks great, was hoping to have tried one by now, ho hum...
Will probably be next years kayak.
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by simon64
Mon May 04, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayaking beginner
Replies: 11
Views: 1063

Re: Sea kayaking beginner

Another one to look at is the Islander Bolero, which used to be the Dagger Charleston, a great budget kayak and should be a few secondhand, the S is quite big as its US designed.