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by ruralweb
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lawler Kayak Ergo for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: Lawler Kayak Ergo for sale

Now sold
by ruralweb
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lawler Kayak Ergo for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Lawler Kayak Ergo for sale

Bought for in Nov 2016 forwinter training but weather so good I hardly used it. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272642569601
by ruralweb
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

I think the float feature is purely design for if you drop the undeployed olb in water so it does not sink. Once activated you must hold the device so the antenna is vertical - it's not designed to float upright with the antenna deployed. I have a Velcro disc on my lifejacket so that once activated ...
by ruralweb
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 13
Views: 761

Re: VHF radio

IMO DSC is really only an option in a handheld in a small. Boat where the handset is plunged into a power supply which will keep it fully charged all the time. In a kayaking scenario a standard VHF and PLB is the better option - remember DSC is a short range system But a PLB is satellite based. If y...
by ruralweb
Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 17
Views: 1167

Re: Wings?

I race surf skis and everyone uses a wing - many also paddle K1s and as you say they are very similar width wise so the technique is the same.
by ruralweb
Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 17
Views: 1167

Re: Wings?

I would agree that unless you have a rudder wing paddles are not worth the expense for a sea kayak as you cannot maintain technique which is key to wing paddle use.
by ruralweb
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: Paddle grip

You need to think about the depth that the blade is going to be pushed into the water - it should not go deeper than the top of the blade or it will delay the exit and cause drag. In the stroke your hand will always be just above the water surface so 4 fingers is about right.
by ruralweb
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle grip
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: Paddle grip

For a wing paddle used on a surf ski the distance is 4 finger width from the shaft/blade junction.
by ruralweb
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kokatat Goretex Norwester Hat - For sale
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Kokatat Goretex Norwester Hat - For sale

On eBay at http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/kokatat-Norwester-Goretex-Large-/272514524967?hash=item3f7321a727%3Ag%3A%7EngAAOSwa%7EBYckte&_trkparms=pageci%253Aff8a2ceb-d5ae-11e6-8d27-74dbd1801db2%257Cparentrq%253A7e7cd3891590a5e0d6767031ffbe1cd8%257Ciid%253A4 This lightweight waterproof breathable hat wil...
by ruralweb
Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Flat Earth Sail Fitting
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: Flat Earth Sail Fitting

Your side stays seem to be too far back - they should be inline with the mast or a few mm back at most. If they are too far back the mast will fall over in a side wind
There is a lot of downward pressure on the mast foot so consider a plate to spread the load.
by ruralweb
Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Composite boats are they worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: Composite boats are they worth it?

I had an Esscence for a few years and it's a great kayak which is easily capable of doing long crossings etc I even did a few races in it. I moved to a composite boat - Epic V6 mainly because of weight, with the V6 I can get all my camping kit etc into it and it still weighs less than the Essence em...
by ruralweb
Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: kayak advice
Replies: 9
Views: 664

Re: kayak advice

If your in the North, Oban sea kayaks have a series of demo days happening where you can try loads of different kayaks.
by ruralweb
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

Yes DSC VHF radios have some advantages however they tend to eat battery power so while good for a short day out if you are planning a multi day paddle you will need to factor in charging them up.
by ruralweb
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

I think we have a few crossed wires - the incident I posted did not involve me. It was posted by the coastguard a few days ago.
by ruralweb
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

Yep you only want it going off when you need it :) As for swimming in it - when it's deflated it's much easier than a pfd to swim with. When you decide to inflate it then you have stopped swimming and switched to survival mode. At this point with a pfd you will drown as they are not designed to keep...
by ruralweb
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

Manual inflation as you don't want it activating as soon as you enter the water. It's far less bulky than a pfd so your chances of getting back into a kayak are increased but if you need to activate it it will keep you afloat and face up which a pfd will not do. Built in spray hood and double crotch...
by ruralweb
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

I always have my sea sickness tablets close to hand :)
I also wear a proper life jacket with spray hood when going offshore - pfds are useless IMO
by ruralweb
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

Another account of how paddling in a group is not a guarantee of safety - this incident happened a couple of days ago: On behalf of the 3 Kayakers in question, Robert Lukaszewicz. Steve and myself, we would like to say a massive thank you to all those involved in yesterday's events. From the coastgu...
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: What cadence for efficiency & distance?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: What cadence for efficiency & distance?

Watch a Champion paddler on an ergo https://youtu.be/IKdrzMLyDXM
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:02 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: What cadence for efficiency & distance?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: What cadence for efficiency & distance?

There is no "punch" - the top hand remains in the same position until the blade leaves the water. At that point the top hand moves forward.
by ruralweb
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: What cadence for efficiency & distance?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: What cadence for efficiency & distance?

Watch the master of paddling doing some coaching https://youtu.be/YjZy1fq7mDg
by ruralweb
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: What cadence for efficiency & distance?
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: What cadence for efficiency & distance?

Forget cadence because without good technique your wasting your time. Get some coaching then spend time perfecting your stroke which means lower cadence and then go from there.
by ruralweb
Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

I regularly kayak on my own and in winter conditions and it's all to common for conditions to change rapidly. If you fail to plan for being in the water offshore then that's opening up a whole can of worms - personally I think the biggest safety error is the reliance on pfds. These are only designed...
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

In reality whatever is wrong the coastguard will send the same assets i.e. Helicopter or lifeboat so I still would activate a PLB first. Then send a mayday and keep sending at short intervals until I got a responce or it was clear I was out of range. I would not fire a flare unless I had enough left...
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

PS the PLB should be your first option rather than the last as it stands the best chance of alerting the emergency services. VHF is very short range and unlikely to be picked up.
by ruralweb
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: PLB use

I've had one accidentally activate - a SPOT Gen3 it was a malfunction and resulted in a call out. In this case it took about 45min for the coastguard to be contacted and becuase of the way the system worked they would have gone to a location 7 miles away from where I was. I've since stopped using th...
by ruralweb
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbon kevlar Taran 18 for sale plus Flat Earth sail .
Replies: 3
Views: 1093

Re: Carbon kevlar Taran 18 for sale plus Flat Earth sail .

Speak to mike at rockpool if he still has the boat as he can strengthen the deck and fit the mast foot - also the side stays need reinforcing.

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