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by MikeB
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 19
Views: 524

Re: What is better J bars or v bars

Uprights or J bars for a sea kayak. J Bars especially if using a Karitek type roof rack V Bars for a ski or K1 The hull of a sea kayak is a bit too wide for V Bars which makes the boat sit a lot higher off the roof. Hmm - it depends on the V bars - those intended for a ski, K1, whitewater racer are...
by MikeB
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak storage
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: Kayak storage

There are some ideas for sheds and suchlike towards the end of this article on storing kayaks - might give you inspiration?
by MikeB
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FOR SALE: Karitek J Cradles - now sold
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: FOR SALE: Karitek J Cradles x 2 sets & Extended Vee x 1 Set

It's easy enough to convert those cradles to use with an ordinary square or aero section bar. You'll need to drill a couple of holes in the cradles, countersink them and use the appropriate fitting kit. Karitek sell fittings kits on their website . To use on an ordinary T slot bar, you may need smal...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: older valley skeg cable repair/upgrade
Replies: 5
Views: 288

Re: older valley skeg cable repair/upgrade

Not all wire is created equal. If you've not seen it yet, this article on fixing skegs may help. Use furniture polish on the cable - and hose the conduit out to clear any sand. Adapting the slider should be easy enough.
by MikeB
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

I once had Lendal repair a broken paddle for me - perhaps Celtic can as well? One would certainly hope so. No doubt SKO could offer advice / service here? After my frustrating experience with a damaged two-part, I decided that I'd go for 4 parters in the future, if only to make fixing and fettling e...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 753

Re: VHF radio replacement

Does anyone have any real world battery life figures on the HX40 ? It has over twice the battery capacity of the HX300 (1850 mAh at 7.4 V vs 1500 mAh at 3.7 V), but the standby current is listed at 100 mA, which is five times the standby current listed for the HX300 ! The HX40 manual doesn't appear...
by MikeB
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Blade area of Lendal Kinetic Touring paddle?

Well, they now do Kinetik Touring 600, 650, 700 - although I suspect yours is of a generation prior to those size offerings. Between us, Cat and I have 4 sets of KT's, but I'm afraid that none have the size noted on them and I suspect they too pre-date the size choice. You mentioned that you'd not b...
by MikeB
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P and H Kayak Water Leak
Replies: 13
Views: 1581

Re: P and H Kayak Water Leak

There are two commonplace leak points in the P&H skegbox on f/glass boats - one is the cable to skeg gland / fitting - the other is the lay-up of the f/glass used to make the skeg box itself. I've now dealt with three P&H boats with tiny pin holes on the sharp edges on the s/box. The pivot point sho...
by MikeB
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: Kokatat Salopettes - L - Hydrus - now sold
Replies: 3
Views: 334

FS: Kokatat Salopettes - L - Hydrus

lynj wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:08 am
are these sold
Still available - - pm or email please - - but I’m still not accepting your silly offer! [emoji41]
by MikeB
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hi Viz flag/tag for roof rack mounted sea kayak
Replies: 19
Views: 795

Re: Hi Viz flag/tag for roof rack mounted sea kayak

A length of old, red, climbing rope. With judicious application of red and silver reflective tape. Secured to the toggle line with a carbine clip, making it easy to remove.
by MikeB
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: For Sale North Shore Atlantic Composite - now sold
Replies: 4
Views: 408

Re: For Sale North Shore Atlantic Composite

Always worth noting location - -
by MikeB
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 18
Views: 1713

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

I am aware that is a commonly held belief, but I have never seen a credible explanation of which law it would be breaking, and I am not aware of anyone having been prosecuted. To be clear, we are talking about letting off handheld flares in a private place. Letting off a hand held flare on private ...
by MikeB
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: Kokatat Salopettes - L - Hydrus - now sold
Replies: 3
Views: 334

FS: Kokatat Salopettes - L - Hydrus - now sold

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by MikeB
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair/Emergency kit
Replies: 22
Views: 1004

Re: Repair/Emergency kit

It is well worth having a days worth of "emergency food". It is also well worth having the appropriate allen keys for your particular boat's skeg set-up. And whatever tools it takes to strip your cooking stove of choice to get the jet out - and clean it!
by MikeB
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement hatch covers
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Replacement hatch covers

Both my TideRace boats have had the "clip on" type for all three hatches, inc the large front and rear and I find them very easy to use. My wife's P&H Quest has the ordinary, flexible ones, and they're actually harder to get on. Definitely tie them on.
by MikeB
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement hatch covers
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Replacement hatch covers

Just choose your preference. Personally, I like the feel and structure of the originals and the click-ons. The LRC seems to be a new addition - light and floats! https://kajaksport.fi/products/hatches/ ... ch-20-lrc/
by MikeB
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 753

Re: VHF radio replacement

Interesting. One of our coaching friends recommended the HX40 - which may be timely as Cat lost her Icom yesterday. We're thinking it was on her boat while she was packing, and probably just slipped off onto the beach. Despite having a contact name and number on it, nothing as yet. No doubt one of t...
by MikeB
Thu May 28, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3426

Re: Is vhf course needed

There's nothing "controversial" about it - while I accept that there are those who choose to ignore the legal requirements to hold a SRC if you want to use the set, I really don't get why folk won't do the course. Cost, maybe? I've done mine, and either organised or had some involvement with several...
by MikeB
Tue May 12, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1590

Re: Boris says...

The problem, however, remains that IF you require the services of the emergency services, you put a huge number of people potentially at risk. Now, feel free to make that decision. You will, of course, do so KNOWING that you are Covid clear, and are able to prove this. While hoping that all the vari...
by MikeB
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Hatch Toggles
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: Valley Hatch Toggles

I have several of these small, plastic clips which I use for attaching everything from my VHF to a compass to me or the boat. Clickty click to go to eBay
by MikeB
Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Cetus MV vs Tiderace Xcape; how do they compare?
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: P&H Cetus MV vs Tiderace Xcape; how do they compare?

Xplore - or Xcape? You've noted them both. I've (briefly) paddled a Cetus and rather liked it - I was playing around in the race at Heston and found it responsive and playful. Although as I'm too big for it, that test went nowhere! The Xplore X I have these days is fast, responsive and has massive l...
by MikeB
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 18
Views: 1713

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

I know people in MRTs that have spent nights searching hillsides on account of out of date flares being let off in back gardens. Obviously anyone thinking of doing this needs to use some common sense but I really fail to see how a handheld flare let off in a typical back garden is going to result i...
by MikeB
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3426

Re: Is vhf course needed

I occasionally sail yachts as well as regularly paddling kayaks. The general standard of vhf radio use is depressingly poor, even among experienced sailors. Don’t assume that others know the correct protocol - take the course and you can be confident that you can handle an emergency. Absolutely. An...
by MikeB
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3426

Re: Is vhf course needed

I have a pal who happens to be a trainer / assessor for SRC. He told me this : “For portable units you need a licence for each set you are using. If you have 3 sets and only use one at a time you just need 1 licence. Licences are free so you could get one for each set you have just in case you have ...
by MikeB
Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Free tide tables
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: Free tide tables

Well spotted!
by MikeB
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3426

Re: Is vhf course needed

SRC _is_ part of the licencing requirements. Nope. From an Ofcom doc I linked to earlier. "6.1: To meet our international obligations, both types of UK ship radio licences stipulate that maritime radio apparatus may be operated only by (or under the direct supervision of) a person who holds an appr...
by MikeB
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3426

Re: Is vhf course needed

From the course notes:

D.2 Safety (includes Coastguard and rescue services)
Paddlers must be able to operate a marine band VHF transceiver and show good operating procedures for radio traffic. UK residents must understand the VHF radio licencing requirements.
by MikeB
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3426

Re: Is vhf course needed

No "handbags at dawn" - just well meaning but inaccurate comment. The LEGAL REQUIREMENT to monitor 16 is all that's been removed. But you'll find that 16 is still monitored, as in the VHF will be on 16. And is used frequently. Example being on the Forth last year when we picked up a Mayday relay on ...