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by MikeB
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU 3 star assessment questions
Replies: 12
Views: 489

Re: BCU 3 star assessment questions

The 3* assessment requirement is "to paddle on a bearing". There's no reason why a handheld can't serve as a boat-mounted compass - just stick it under the bungee and make sure it's lined up properly. You're going to need a handheld anyway if you want to use map and compass. In terms of repair kit, ...
by MikeB
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Cork - recommend me - -
Replies: 2
Views: 171

West Cork - recommend me - -

We're going over to the ISKA Symposium in early October, and have most of the week afterwards in and around West Cork. So, recommend me some trips! Everything from day trips to some overnighters.

I have family connections to Durrus and Bantry, so especially keen on those areas.

Thanks - Mike
by MikeB
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

Well, what sort of "hints and tips" do you want? Most people seem to go south to north (prevailing wind). It'll be cold. The canal bits will require portaging thro the locks I believe. If you check the Almanac / Trips section there's a trip report and some links to previous discussions etc.

Mike
by MikeB
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2259

Re: Insurance and qualifications

I posted a link further up the thread about "volenti non fit injuria", it's worth a read. (Snip) This is because falling off a bike/horse/rock/mountain or out of a boat is a normal risk associated with the activity, and there is a strong legal presumption that anyone who knows anything at all about...
by MikeB
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: STOLEN - Very Distinctive Cetus LV
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: STOLEN - Very Distinctive Cetus LV

The boat's been found - although it's destroyed having been burnt. Which is sad.
by MikeB
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stolen Cetus
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: Stolen Cetus

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by MikeB
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Storage shed
Replies: 6
Views: 540

Re: Storage shed

Check out this article from the Almanac - might help.
by MikeB
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice

Don't discount the Capella in glass - a very different beast to the plastic versions! I'm not 100% sure I'd agree that they are tippy - either in glass or plastic. This said, as noted, "marmite boat" is a fair description. I'd suggest trying to get into as many different boats as you can. While acce...
by MikeB
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 671

Re: Leaving a vehicle

Another vote for the hotel, and having stayed there too can recommend it. Slightly quirky as I recall, but in a good way. When I first did the loch, we launched from a fish farm iirc. It was a little way down the loch, and they were fine with leaving the vehicle. The station car-park is very small a...
by MikeB
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 720

Re: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast

The Irish sea-kayaking scene is very vibrant I hear. You've mentioned you've engaged a coach, and I'm wondering if there are any clubs local to you. If you don't know them already, seek out ISKA on http://www.iska.ie/
by MikeB
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 14
Views: 1472

Re: New UK legislation on knives

One thing which puzzles me: Doesn't your law have an exception for boy and girl scouts? Our law does. They are allowed to carry big knives, but of course not automatic knives. I may stand to be corrected on this, and my Scouting days finished in or about 2000, but there was certainly no exception f...
by MikeB
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tall and advice needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Re: Tall and advice needed!

Look at the larger Tiderace boats. Specifically the XploreX.
by MikeB
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 13
Views: 1105

Re: kitting out new sea kayakers

Back in the day, we used to wear sandals with overtrousers, accepting that we'd have wet feet / lower legs. This is fine when it's nice and warm. Or, wellies, thus keeping dry below the knee, assuming of course ye didn't overstep the mark as regards the top of the wellies! Still, nice dry feets. And...
by MikeB
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1070

Re: New to kayaking, advice please

If you've not already done so, it's worth a look in the Almanac / Equipment page where there are some links to earlier discussions on this subject. Be wary of Thule's J cradles. Their bars and fitting kits are fine. KCS and Karitek make good cradles.
by MikeB
Fri May 25, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleeping bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Re: Sleeping bag?

RAB bags certainly come with left / right hand zips, so can be joined.
by MikeB
Wed May 23, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found: VHF
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Found: VHF

VHF radio found in the summer isles area. If it's yours, describe it, and I can put you in touch with the finder.
by MikeB
Tue May 22, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: Water Carrier

Your experience with the Ortleib doesn't match mine, and we have two of them. Have a word with them - I've found them to be helpful and responsive. Mike
by MikeB
Wed May 16, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toilets at Ulva Ferry
Replies: 18
Views: 1289

Re: Toilets at Ulva Ferry

Treshnish Islands Access: The policy of the Hebridean Trust appears to contradict the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. A blanket exclusion of camping is unlikely to be appropriate. The code says "In a small number of areas and for very specific reasons, such as to protect a rare plant or bird, you mig...
by MikeB
Tue May 15, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toilets at Ulva Ferry
Replies: 18
Views: 1289

Re: Toilets at Ulva Ferry

More to the point, if they are indeed actively discouraging camping as suggested, has the Hebridean Trust been reported to the local access officer yet? SOAC et al.
by MikeB
Wed May 09, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail contact ?
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail contact ?

I fear this is one of those projects which was funded for a specific purpose, for a specific period. Stramash were / are one of the partners - oban@stramash.org.uk, or call 01631 566080. Perhaps they can advise on the current state of play. I may be corrected on this, but I understand the community ...
by MikeB
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Sleeping Bag at Arisaig
Replies: 0
Views: 193

Sleeping Bag at Arisaig

Lost a sleeping bag? I found one at Port nam Murrach, Arisaig, on Sat 28 April. If it's yours, pm me the description / make / colour etc and if the one I have is it, we can arrange to get it to you.
by MikeB
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: J bars
Replies: 1
Views: 412

Re: J bars

40mm square does seem like a big cross-section - I have standard (square section) Halfords / Thule bars which are 30mm. I suspect the Lomo J's are modelled on Thule ones, which in turn are going to be modelled on their square or aero bars. Assuming that merely replacing the bolts with longer ones is...
by MikeB
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!
Replies: 12
Views: 694

Re: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!

There are pictures of one of the N/kapp Expedition boats in my article on them which show a deck-line setup which seems very similar to that in the op's original pictures. The 1985 brochure certainly seemed to suggest that a standard production boat didn't have lines fitted, and indeed there's a pic...
by MikeB
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1212

Re: Cooking with sea water

Probably a silly question, but for rice, pasta, noodles etc that would be cooked in salted water is this a done thing? Too salty? I do it regularly - as noted by others, it's a little salty but I don't find it excessively so although I will sometimes dilute with fresh. In answer to the question as ...
by MikeB
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duncan Winning - RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 851

Duncan Winning - RIP

I have just heard that Duncan Winning OBE, former Honorary President of the Scottish Canoe Association, has died. He had been ill over the last year, and his family was with him at the end. Duncan was a truly remarkable man who made a significant and lifelong contribution to our sport, in his own pr...
by MikeB
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Two halves - recommendations for south Argyll please
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Two halves - recommendations for south Argyll please

Accepting you've started your trip, and it's not really "South Argyll", don't discount Loch Lomond. Having just spent a lovely w/end there, I'm reminded of just what potential it has for an overnighter on the islands, or indeed a couple of overnighters! If, however, one preferred to use a campsite "...
by MikeB
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3205

Re: Carrying flares

As noted, yes to a hand held combined smoke / flare. While others will disagree, I no longer carry a parachute rocket. Largely as we have PLB as well as VHF but also following Gordon Brown's comment in one of his videos that they are decidedly dangerous things to try and use from a kayak.
by MikeB
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 3221

Re: Knives

Capsized, paddle leash wrapped round him and pinned him in the boat. a whole new subject! Oh yes! Nasty things. The chap I ref was one of those who preferred to try and buy his way into the sport, rather than take any proper instruction. Leashes have a place. Usually in the redundant gear drawer.
by MikeB
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 3221

Re: Knives

There was a previous thread here about sea kayaking and knives, which attempted to find someone who's actually needed to use a knife in anger at sea (so not on a river). No-one owned up to having needed one. I suppose you only need it once......... and if you don't have it to hand, you'll probably ...