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by MikeB
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 18
Views: 709

Re: Stiff hands

I have had those typical kayaker thumbs for a few years now i.e. Thick build up of skin around 1.5- 2cm on the inside of the thumb but the right side has a lot more Hmm - we all have that to a greater or lesser degree. I note with interest however that back in the days I used a straight shafted pad...
by MikeB
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 954

Re: Time for a new PDF

K/tat MS Fit.
by MikeB
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What car for a sea kayaker?
Replies: 15
Views: 906

Re: What car for a sea kayaker?

Volvo V70. Massive load space, and the front passenger seat can also be folded flat. Rear seats go completely flat.
by MikeB
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for big men?
Replies: 43
Views: 16238

Re: Sea kayak for big men?

Maverick777 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:54 am
This is an old thread. But what is out their currently for so one 17.5 stone 6'2"?
Have you seen this more recent thread?
by MikeB
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Van insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: Van insurance

It’s something I’ll have to check, as at some point I plan on leaving the van at the east end of the Caledonian Canal, then get dropped off in the west and spend a few days paddling back to the van. Do check - I fear you'll find that it'll not be covered unless it's in a secure location, approved b...
by MikeB
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Van insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Van insurance

Thoughts on campervan insurance please, from folk with the likes of a VW Cali, T5 or T6 camper conversions by a proper conversion company, or a Transit or similar ‘high end / high value’ campervan or motorhome. We went with Comfort Insurance in Dagenham, Essex for our professionally converted T6. Al...
by MikeB
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU 3 star assessment questions
Replies: 12
Views: 662

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: 4
Views: 400

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: 13
Views: 780

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: 2443

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: 521

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: 569

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: 634

Re: Storage shed

Check out this article from the Almanac - might help.
by MikeB
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice
Replies: 6
Views: 477

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: 767

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: 856

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: 16
Views: 1866

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: 995

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
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 15
Views: 1541

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: 1113

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: 1067

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: 221

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
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 944

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: 1365

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: 1365

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: 393

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: 224

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: 424

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
Topic: Vintage Nordkapp ID - help required!
Replies: 12
Views: 735

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...