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by MikeB
Mon May 03, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: Peanmeanach

mcgruff wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 5:56 pm
The best way to describe a bothy is to think of a posh hotel.

Then take out all the beds. And all the furniture - except for a few DIY wooden benches.
My goodness - get you and yer poshness! Benches indeed! :-)
by MikeB
Mon May 03, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted C-Tug trolley
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Wanted C-Tug trolley

KCS - I still have one bought in 2001.
by MikeB
Mon May 03, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: Peanmeanach

Quite. Same with An Cladach bothy on Islay - https://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/2021/03/an-cladach-bothy-no-longer-maintained-by-mba/ This said, there are a number of private bothies - one on the Morven coast comes to mind. I can't say I'd look forward to telling someone turning up that they couldn'...
by MikeB
Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite / Polymer quandary
Replies: 33
Views: 2843

Re: Composite / Polymer quandary

This may - or may not - influence your thinking. I recently sold a perfectly good boat of which I was fond and enjoyed paddling. Why? Because of the weight. At 30 kg it was just at the point where it was difficult to manage on my own on / off the car, and even with two of us, not the easiest of thin...
by MikeB
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difficulty Removing footrest
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Difficulty Removing footrest

Try this. You need a Proper, Big Screwdriver. To suit the head of the bolt - probably a flat head. Possibly a small cold-chisel will work too. You need to be able to press down on it - hard - while using a spanner to turn it. If you've prepped the bolts with something like penetrating fluid for a fe...
by MikeB
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bike towing a sea kayak
Replies: 22
Views: 939

Re: Bike towing a sea kayak

CharlieS wrote:
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:50 am
Hi Mike,

Sorry, only just seen this.
Yes please, I’d love to be in contact.

Thank you,

Charlie
Will do - pm me your email please and I'll drop her a note - Mike
by MikeB
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Northshore Atlantic MV or similar
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: Wanted: Northshore Atlantic MV or similar

RNJ wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:48 pm
I have an Atlantic composite for sale He’s welcome to email mail me for details njelling@gmail.com
Lovely - thanks. I'll pass it on.
by MikeB
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bike towing a sea kayak
Replies: 22
Views: 939

Re: Bike towing a sea kayak

There was a post earlier (possibly on facebook?) about a lady who pulled her kayak on a trolley through Fife to S Queensferry to raise funds for the RNLI - she had a custom trolley / trailor made up for the challenge which looked like it could have worked behind a bike. https://www.alloaadvertiser....
by MikeB
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Lendal Cranked Sea Kayaking paddle for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 645

Re: Lendal Cranked Sea Kayaking paddle for sale

What construction are the blades? The shaft?
by MikeB
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Northshore Atlantic MV or similar
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Wanted: Northshore Atlantic MV or similar

A pal in Scotland is looking for a Northshore Atlantic MV or something broadly similar. If you have, or know of, one do let me know and I'll put you in touch. Thanks - Mike
by MikeB
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for large paddler
Replies: 11
Views: 789

Re: Sea kayak for large paddler

Certainly the Xplore X is a "big blokes" boat and well worth looking at. I had one for a few years and liked it a lot, and I'm 188cm and (ahem) 120 kgs at the moment. I only changed it as I found it a bit on the heavy side at 30kg. It's replaced by an Xceed X which is also a "big blokes" boat albeit...
by MikeB
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacing kayak seat with foam
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: Replacing kayak seat with foam

Hey folks, Looking for pointers on on putting a foam seat into my kayak. After much chin scratching on how to satisfactoricly reshape the glassed in seat in my Knordkapp i threw a temper tantrum today and cut it out. So, any pointers on making a foam seat? anyone ever bought one of these? https://w...
by MikeB
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement Hatch Covers For Wilderness Tarpon 130t
Replies: 30
Views: 798

Re: Replacement Hatch Covers For Wilderness Tarpon 130t

Ok - impossible to tell from that picture really - could you perhaps let us see what the actual covers look like? If they aren't Wilderness specific ones, they will probably be KajaySport or possibly Valley. Selectdesign hatches may be another alternative, and will fit the Valley rim. Note that a K/...
by MikeB
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement Hatch Covers For Wilderness Tarpon 130t
Replies: 30
Views: 798

Re: Replacement Hatch Covers For Wilderness Tarpon 130t

I fear not too many of us here may be familiar with this craft. What type of hatches does it have? Accepting this is a US site, this might help: https://www.tgwatersports.com/wildernes ... tch-cover/

It does look as though these covers are specific to W/ness boats.
by MikeB
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

The only kayaking book I have at the moment is 'sea canoeing' by derek hutchinson, which was written in the 70s. It's more of a large information manuel on styles of kayaks and kayaking mechanics, but it's definitely an interesting read. I should probably increase my reading material anyways, -----...
by MikeB
Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

That's not close, once lockdown is over you'll have to come and paddle St. Abbs and Fastcastle Head, I'll show you what close is. Yes. Been a while since I’ve been there! Actually, the time we really should have had helmets - and didn’t - was threading through some of the caves on the Arbroath / St...
by MikeB
Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

But Mike, when you never get within 300m of any rock. Why do you need one? Cheeky sob! I’ll have you know this chunk of rock got very much closer than in the pic! Mind you, the water was soooooo deep, there was no risk! (N/w side of Soay on our 2017 St Kilda outing.) https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.co...
by MikeB
Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

I really don't get the obsession with wearing a helmet. I hate the things. Most of the time you will just be bimbling along looking at the cliffs and seals. Long live the Tilley Hat and Baseball cap. I detest baseball caps. Tilley or nothing! As to helmets - shall we just say that when an extremely...
by MikeB
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg repair - Derek Hutchinson Orion
Replies: 13
Views: 886

Re: Skeg repair - Derek Hutchinson Orion

Found a stainless domed bolt and nut in the box of leftovers. Ground the dome down to flat and halved the height of the nut. Cut the bolt to size and testfitted. Ground the dome down some more for smoother operation. Used locktite for securing the halved nut. The skeg is now working again as design...
by MikeB
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1028

Re: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)

I have had one experience of trying to pump out a cockpit, while sitting in it. That won't be happening again and while there are indeed many solutions to this particular aspect of rescuing someone, using a hand pump to empty a fully flooded cockpit is one which should not be the "go-to" solution. I...
by MikeB
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: East Lothian Land Management Survey
Replies: 0
Views: 230

East Lothian Land Management Survey

East Lothian Council is consulting on some new land management rules they plan to introduce following the easing of lockdown, sensibly trying to avoid some of the damage done by a small minority last summer. They are one of 6 honey pot areas that are going to be more closely monitored by police and ...
by MikeB
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Insurance?.
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Sea Kayak Insurance?.

The BC insurance is limited to £2000 which is unlikely to cover a new three piece kayak. Indeed. You'll be hard pushed to get a new one-piece covered under the BCU / SCA policy with such a low maximum cover level. Oh, and if there's you and your partner, they'll not insure two craft under a "family...
by MikeB
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Insurance?.
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Sea Kayak Insurance?.

You might want to have a look at the level of cover the BCU policy provides.
by MikeB
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 18
Views: 1157

Re: Emergency patches

That pretty comprehensive. I'd have to a find lighter alternative to the adjustable spanner and the mole grips. Surely they belong in a trucks tool kit ;0) Hehe. Both have proven their worth! The mini adjustable C spanner has been used many times. In fairness, the mole grips got us out of a hole on...
by MikeB
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 18
Views: 1157

Re: Emergency patches

I'm trying to be disciplined over carrying excess weight, so i don't really want to carry a roll of tape unnecessarily? I meant to include the link to my repair kit . I appreciate you've said that even a roll of tape might be too heavy. So this might not be for you. I generally take flak for the am...
by MikeB
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Online charts
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Online charts

by MikeB
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 18
Views: 1157

Re: Emergency patches

An alternative to Denso tape that was recommended to some of us is a product called ‘Flex Tape’. Seemingly super effective and not messy or time limited like Denso.

I have to admit I’ve yet to try it.

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by MikeB
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 18
Views: 1157

Re: Emergency patches

Gorilla tape - wide and the narrower variety, is very versatile. You might also consider having some bits of Denso Tape, but it's incredibly messy and will go hard (and useless) in the plastic bag you'll put it in for protection. So needs to be replaced frequently. Kate Duffus has some good ideas on...
by MikeB
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Capella 173 Skeg Hinge Broken
Replies: 20
Views: 824

Re: Capella 173 Skeg Hinge Broken

Mike: The axle ends are covered with f/glass Chris: I can't see the details on the photo, Mike - does it look like the skeg box is laid up round a male mould, removed from the mould and then the axle inserted and glassed over, or is there just a bulge in the glass where the axle is? {/quote] Almost...
by MikeB
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Capella 173 Skeg Hinge Broken
Replies: 20
Views: 824

Re: Capella 173 Skeg Hinge Broken

This is the skeg box inside the compartment of a Capella. The exterior of the hull on this boat is blue, and the skeg box has been gelled using the same gel. The white seen is torch light reflecting off the clear g/fibre. I'd be highly surprised if P&H used the K/sport plastic skeg box so if the OP'...