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by MikeB
Wed Apr 13, 2022 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gear Organisation
Replies: 39
Views: 1663

Re: Gear Organisation

I know someone who forgot the boat. And someone else who forgot her paddle (I married her). And another who forgot the food (not me - - - but I am married to her - - )And then there was the chap who forgot the tent poles in Canada. My process is to always store things in a designated place, and alwa...
by MikeB
Mon Apr 11, 2022 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newly fabricated oak rudder for Valley Aleut - oil or varnish?
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Newly fabricated oak rudder for Valley Aleut - oil or varnish?

Well, I refurbished the rudder on the last Aleut I had, and following a recommendation from a pal who is also a sailor, used Epifanes to good effect. I can't advise what wood the rudder was made of, but it was certainly just the original one. And the Epifanes produced a nice finish. This said, given...
by MikeB
Wed Mar 16, 2022 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Identifying my Nordkapp
Replies: 10
Views: 573

Re: Identifying my Nordkapp

Welcome. Have you come across this article about the Nordkapp yet? The metal covers date it as a very early boat. I have never seen an example with a pump mounted in that for'ard position - unique. The hatch in the bulkhead behind the seat was a fairly common modification, often to let ye get tent p...
by MikeB
Tue Feb 15, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone Understand Tidal Streams in the Sound of Mull?
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: Anyone Understand Tidal Streams in the Sound of Mull?

This resource is also valuable - click into the map and eventually you'll see the tidal data come up in red text. https://tidelines.org.uk
by MikeB
Wed Jan 26, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Scotland guidebooks, south of "north west highlands"
Replies: 10
Views: 549

Re: West Scotland guidebooks, south of "north west highlands"

Not all the links in this will necessarily be up-to-date, and of course it's more than just the area south of Ardnamurchan. http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/sea_trips_scotland.htm One of our well known and respected contributors has been working on a book from Mallaig to Gretna, although he note...
by MikeB
Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Connect 30 outfitting
Replies: 16
Views: 917

Re: Connect 30 outfitting

Can't really see the backrest / seat relationship there, but it does look as though the b/rest is very far back. Is there anything holding it up? As in, stopping it slipping down, or does it just rely on the webbing? I seem to vaguely recall the backrest slotting into that slot in the seat.
by MikeB
Sun Jan 02, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Connect 30 outfitting
Replies: 16
Views: 917

Re: Connect 30 outfitting

I don't know the boat at all, but generally P&H outfitting is well thought of and ergonomic. I was exceptionally pleased with the set up in my old Quest, and my wife likes her f/glass Capella. Although one has to question the use of aluminium fittings in a sea kayak!!!! I've had various P&H ...
by MikeB
Wed Dec 15, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wading boots
Replies: 10
Views: 650

Re: Wading boots

Maybe post a picture / link of what you propose? As Chris has noted, I'd expect the heel to be a problem, depending of course on your foot size. I used to wear Hunter wellies some years ago which were superb in that the heel profile was very small. All the "wading shoes" I've found while s...
by MikeB
Tue Dec 07, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle leash recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 725

Re: Paddle leash recommendations

I have no idea how people manage to get into trouble with a paddle leash- - I can see how they might get in the way in a roll. Both of the instances of issues cited above are with people with limited experience. If it weren't the leash, something else would have gone wrong. Quite. But the fact rema...
by MikeB
Tue Dec 07, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle leash recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 725

Re: Paddle leash recommendations

Storytime. (1) An acquaintance of mine, many years ago - decided he wanted to go kayaking, but refused to learn the techniques to paddle safely (think "if I have a rudder'ed boat, it'll be easier to turn and I won't have to learn that nasty edging" and "I don't want to learn capsize d...
by MikeB
Fri Nov 05, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shed for kayak storage
Replies: 17
Views: 1180

Re: Shed for kayak storage

Personally, I'd be inclined to just slide it in, hull downwards, if only for the easier act of so doing. Artificial grass might make a good sliding surface? Have you seen this article on kayak storage solutions? There are some shed concepts towards the end, one of which is an end loader and one a si...
by MikeB
Thu Oct 28, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NRS Kit
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: NRS Kit

G7AFM wrote:
Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:44 pm
you could go made to measure

https://www.tridentuk.com/gb/kbase/made ... suits.html
Useful to know. But I need a cag. The other option of course for MTM kit is Reed, and indeed Rubberman.
by MikeB
Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NRS Kit
Replies: 8
Views: 965

NRS Kit

Anyone got any experience with NRS kit, specifically the Orion sea cag? https://www.nrseurope.com/product/20022.02/nrs-orion-paddling-jacket Sizing is an important factor - being a big chap, a lot of kit from the likes of Yak or Peak just doesn't come in a big enough size. K/tat has been my go-to br...
by MikeB
Wed Oct 20, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof crossbar and storage rack positioning for plastic boats
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Roof crossbar and storage rack positioning for plastic boats

Personally, my first suggestion is to mount the bars where the vehicle manufacturer suggests! After that, I'd be inclined to go with your existing method of "upside down onto padded" bars unless there is some very obvious point where there is compression. Without seeing the car / boat / ba...
by MikeB
Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 36
Views: 6794

Re: Knives

on the rocks wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:50 pm
Does anyone use one who can comment or recommend any alternatives? Thanks
I now carry my knife in the ba pocket. As an accessible, emergency line cutter, I have this on the outside of the ba. It's absolutely solid in the sheath. Clickety
by MikeB
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)
Replies: 23
Views: 1306

Re: How to plan where to go (for wussy newbies)

The Solway is most excellent! Be aware, however, that the water goes out a looooooooooong way in some places! You've got all the usual links already, so the only suggestion I'd make is find a club. I appreciate some folk don't like clubs, but it really is a good way to get out there and learn, in th...
by MikeB
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: (Not so) dry suits, tops/trousers
Replies: 16
Views: 1026

Re: (Not so) dry suits, tops/trousers

As noted, no two piece is going to be 100% dry, but I can honestly say that I've never experienced the volume of water ingress you're noting. This is with K/tat sallys and a cag btw - and I don't bother with faffing around with their double seal system, largely for the same reasons David noted. I do...
by MikeB
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Torsa causeway
Replies: 5
Views: 838

Re: Torsa causeway

heybaz wrote:
Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:37 pm
Could any of our paddling friends north of the border / local to Oban perhaps raise this with the SCA? I'm sure that many of us who have paddled through the Luing - Torsa gap over the years will be concerned at this development!
It's already in hand!
by MikeB
Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3100

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

This is sort of how I feel. Truth is I've never been into clubs, I prefer to just do things impromptu if the weather is good and usually can't be bothered with all the club type stuff. I prefer just being on my own or with 1 or 2 others. I've also never been much of a gear geek. I just had an amazi...
by MikeB
Thu Sep 09, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3100

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

I side-stepped all the internet handbag warfare when I started sea kayaking by just taking myself out for solo sea paddles in a very unsuitable boat with the wrong sort of paddle, having a whale of a time regardless. Actually, the best advice he's had is to join a club. I should have added that if ...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Re: Float and flash VHF radio problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1199

Re: Float and flash VHF radio problem

Irrespective of the brand you go for, get a model with DSC Hmmm - I'm not sure if I'd agree with this advice. While it might seem like a decent solution, it does need a little critical analysis. Irrespective of the brand you go for, focus on battery life and performance. Then, also get a stand-alon...
by MikeB
Sat Sep 04, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Slightly Odd topic ...changing at busy spots
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: Slightly Odd topic ...changing at busy spots

Seriously - how many hobbies allow you the deep joy of standing in the rain, taking your clothes off, and exposing your bits to the world in general? PS: My advice? Buy a van! Problem solved.
by MikeB
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3100

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

Is breaking a paddle not unusual then?. I wouldn't dream of spending 300 off quid on a spare paddle. Cheers This is one of those things you'll find out about - I'd not say it's usual - and in fairness, I know of two broken paddles in 30+ years of sea paddling. I do know of at least one paddle washe...
by MikeB
Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3100

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

If you do not know the reason to spend some money on a decent paddle it is probably the time to get some forward paddling coaching / tuition. In fairness, he'll find this out in time. But at this point, he probably really doesn't want to be buying a fabby all-carbon Super-Paddle when he's maybe sit...
by MikeB
Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3100

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

I love paddling with people who have G/land paddles, Its always good to have a ready supply of kindling. I strongly suspect that much in the same way the Inuit swapped a harpoon for a rifle, a kayak for an aluminium boat with an outboard, and an igloo for modern housing, they only used long, thin wo...
by MikeB
Mon Aug 23, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3100

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

Surprised no one has suggested that you get a different kayak, as the the one they have is always better than the one you own ! Hope you manage to get a suitable paddle. It might well be unsuitable. It might be too big. Or too small. The boat in my profile pic went to someone who fitted it. It was ...
by MikeB
Sun Aug 22, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Hullavator?
Replies: 12
Views: 1090

Re: Thule Hullavator?

RichJ wrote:
Fri Aug 20, 2021 7:34 pm
Thank you folks!
My pal has the nuts and square bolts which should allow a KCS craddle to bolt on.
KCS use stainless, countersunk, hex-headed bolts. I get them either from Ronnie @ KCS or from this eBay seller - https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/boltbase
by MikeB
Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3100

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

Celtic (or Lendal, as they used to be known) paddles are outstanding. In an ideal world, you should buy the very best you can afford, but you also need to find out what suits you, and experience the difference between the cheaper variety compared to the top-end. Also, cranked or straight shaft? What...
by MikeB
Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Hullavator?
Replies: 12
Views: 1090

Re: Thule Hullavator?

How are the existing cradles attached? I'm guessing they bolt into T track on the Hullavator. If so, then as K/tek and KCS both mount in a similar way, they should fit just fine.
by MikeB
Thu Aug 12, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 piece sea kayak conversion ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1266

Re: 3 piece sea kayak conversion ?

I've had a couple of two-part Valley Aleut Sea II's, the last one having the join behind the front cockpit. As you can see, they use a simple male/female mould to help the two parts locate. The bolts weren't captive, and there was no leakage as there were neoprene washers in between the sections. II...

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