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by MikeB
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1411

Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

Another coach who offers insight to the Falls is Zoe Newsam - and I rather suspect the good folks at Sea Kayak Oban would have thoughts and suggestions. Roland Woolven and Ken Lacy are also well known in the area although I don’t know if they use the Falls much. Iirc Kate Duffus is also familiar. Al...
by MikeB
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1411

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

Thanks Mike that does sound like I could have been in the wrong place at the wrong time then as it was the north pillar I was at, thankfully I wasn't dragged down too deep but I still think that was due to the death grip I had on my kayak lol and it is a 17.5ft boat with bulkheads so has a lot of b...
by MikeB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handheld VHF recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 603

Re: Handheld VHF recommendations

Don't go the DSC route - get a stand-alone PLB (McMurdo Fastfind or similar) and then either the SH set or the M73 Icom. The M73 has fabulous battery life, but the SH offers the option of usb charging which may be useful.
by MikeB
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1411

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

I'd recommend talking to a guy called Hammock who's pretty much the go-to for the Falls. This said, most of the established coaches in the area also know what's what. I mention this as a pal of mine had a very interesting "out of boat" experience involving considerable depth, for a considerable time...
by MikeB
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak trolleys
Replies: 11
Views: 1162

Re: Kayak trolleys

KCS - good: rugged and dependable. Bad: nothing.
by MikeB
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3015

Re: VHF and training

It doesnt matter.
by MikeB
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 11
Views: 1241

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

I rather suspect it's in part because of the various anti-oxidants and corrosion inhibitors they say are part of the mix. And that those of us who routinely work on vehicles will have it in our stash of goodies, usually those bought in the likes of Halfords. On raking around in the Molyslip website,...
by MikeB
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: seized Lendal paddlok
Replies: 11
Views: 1241

Re: seized Lendal paddlok

Excellent! A suggestion - apply some Copaslip to the grub screw before you put it in. Do the same with the other Padloks.
by MikeB
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Roof bars & fittings for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 626

Re: Roof bars & fittings for sale

Hi - I may be interested in the Thule set - can you confirm the bar length please? (I need 127) - also, price please. Thanks - Mike
by MikeB
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA/Life jacket advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 870

Re: BA/Life jacket advice.

She might find it worthwhile looking at the K/tat range of BAs.
by MikeB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Etain FOUND at Sound of Iona - SEARCH FOR OWNER
Replies: 2
Views: 939

Re: Valley Etain FOUND at Sound of Iona - SEARCH FOR OWNER

Sadly, this has not had a good outcome. Condolences to family and friends - https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/ne ... NtuTlnp9Jw
by MikeB
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fantastic!
Replies: 1
Views: 618

Re: Fantastic!

Echo that. We've had superb service with them over Thermarests which failed. In one case it only lasted 20 years.
by MikeB
Thu May 09, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2366

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

Thanks for sharing this. I wonder if the "old fashioned" VHF call to the CG would have been useful prior to launch? I saw that you'd discounted this owing to doubt about reaching them. This is in no way intended as criticism btw. Mike
by MikeB
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 24
Views: 1851

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

You are transmitting on "high", and using the "INT" setting? Just a thought.
by MikeB
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Thule rails and mounting / VW floor mats / thermos
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Thule rails and mounting

Still got the rails and fitting kits. Also, now have a nice pair of genuine VW rubber mats for the front of a T5 / T6. Virtually new. £25. These really need to be collected - I reckon postage would have to be £10 due to the size / weight. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/690/15544611260...
by MikeB
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?

I've had a net on the boat - it's fine and I can't say it impacted on stability at all. I did find anything heavy'ish had a tendency to slip to the sides, where it caught the paddle on entry. I replaced it with a deck bag - the tapered kind - which I used very successfully for a long time until I bo...
by MikeB
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cockpit identification
Replies: 10
Views: 990

Re: Cockpit identification

Well, it may be non-original, but whoever put that in did an exceptional job! Can you post pics of the complete boat - that might help. That colour scheme is reminiscent of some of the N/kapp (or similar) inspired surf-rescue kayaks. I'm wondering if that might be an answer?
by MikeB
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 1041

Re: Gigha Plan B

If nothing else, your Plan B could be to take the boats over on the ferry - paddle as much as you can in whatever shelter you find, and return on the ferry. As noted, there is a considerable flow in the Sound of Gigha and on at least one occasion I've paddled over from the mainland, and returned on ...
by MikeB
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1796

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

Orteib. SealLine. Peak. Palm.
by MikeB
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Thule rails and mounting / VW floor mats / thermos
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Thule rails and mounting

750 / 754 footpack sold
by MikeB
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Thule rails and mounting / VW floor mats / thermos
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Thule rails and mounting / VW floor mats / thermos

FS: I've got a set of Thule 761 "square" roof bars (120cm) in need of a new home. £15.00. Also got a 750 / 754 footpack (no locks). £25.00. This is the generic footpack for cars without roofrails. Also got the 1427 adapter kit kit for a Yaris and 1051 for Mk4 Golf, both £10 each. All in excellent co...
by MikeB
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 1712

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

How I miss those old-fashioned TXT f/casts! As pathbrae notes, sometimes a passing yachtie will be delighted to help - or indeed a handy CalMac. We have found though that it helps tae hae a local wi' ye, if yer planning on a chat tae a local fishing boat :-) Evidence? I got nowhere with a trawler in...
by MikeB
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Thule Adapter Kits
Replies: 0
Views: 213

Thule Adapter Kits

(These are the rubber adapters and hooks, NOT the full foot kit.)

FS: 1427 for a Toyota Yaris.

Wanted: 1441 for a Volvo C30
by MikeB
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 48
Views: 5870

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

I don't regard the sport of kayaking (or canoeing) as being "boating".
by MikeB
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 2203

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: 1821

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: 1615

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: 17508

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: 637

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: 637

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...