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by MikeB
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 789

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: 9
Views: 593

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: 131

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: 752

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: 1016

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: 1016

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: 244

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: 141

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: 297

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: 568

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: 934

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: 685

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: 460

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: 2741

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: 2702

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: 2702

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 ...
by MikeB
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fs: Thermarest pump.
Replies: 0
Views: 203

Fs: Thermarest pump.

£30, inc postage. Brand new and unused. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180127/b84f0498c2294d601afe31c257e8aa68.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180127/9d6b51ecbf0a78d16abd9f1aa830c115.jpg Received as a warranty claim, but I’d bought another in the interim. Batteries included. Superb bit of...
by MikeB
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Canoeing
Topic: FS:Thermarest and Cassin fleece shirt
Replies: 0
Views: 107

FS:Thermarest and Cassin fleece shirt

Nice fleece shirt, very cosy but too small for me at 48/50 in chest. I'd say it will fit 46in chest or thereabouts. It's languished in my wardrobe for years, so it might as well benefit someone. Pit to pit is 25 ins, pit to cuff is 19ins and collar to hem is 33 ins. £15. Price to include postage, an...
by MikeB
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: FS: Double sea kayak - Valley Calpsyo
Replies: 0
Views: 255

FS: Double sea kayak - Valley Calpsyo

Lothian Sea Kayak Club is selling the club’s Double Kayak.It is a Valley (Northshore) Calypso in good condition and comes with the 2 spraydecks to fit. Photo attached here. Please let me know (pm) if you are interested and I’ll put you in touch with them. please also pass this around paddling pals a...
by MikeB
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Just joined
Replies: 16
Views: 882

Re: Just joined

Welcome - I can't help with the specific query, but there are several people on here who have built their own kayaks, so no doubt someone will be along with advice.
by MikeB
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2177

Re: Paddle recommendations?

There are numerous posts on this, always with the same outcomes - try, try and try again :-) to find that which suits you. A search or a look in the Almanac will yield results. By way of example, some are dedicated to Werners - I don't get on with them at all, and once my wife tried my Lendals (now ...
by MikeB
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Posting Photos
Replies: 17
Views: 2424

Re: Posting Photos

Image

Awesome work Mark! Rather like our recent outing on Loch Etive. So cold on Saturday night that the water bag froze, and our orange juice was slush in the morning!
by MikeB
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2834

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

if a serious accident happens during a kayaking trip, the most qualified paddler will be the one to be punished by the authorities As I understand it, in a voluntary rather than a commercial situation, it's more a question of civil liability than criminal prosecution. Under Common Law (ie, built up...
by MikeB
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?
Replies: 11
Views: 875

Re: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?

Judicious use of a hacksaw and file will remove the hooky bit - and yes, it's a pita if it's not removed and will catch when it shouldn't. For lube, I use Waxoyle spray on the hinge pins and spring to good effect.
by MikeB
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: Tiderace back band/seat nut sizes

10mm. Throw them away and put stainless wing nuts on.
by MikeB
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: FS: BA and paddling trousers.
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: FS: BA and paddling trousers.

Hi. Thanks for the ask. Trousers now sold. (Apologies for not updating this)
by MikeB
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2834

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

- - - as mentioned earlier in this thread there are many groups who perform at top levels without 'formal' BC endorsed qualifications. Being involved with one of these groups, I will say that one of the events we've run over the years has been a skills development w/end. This has been very generous...
by MikeB
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: valley in red
Replies: 14
Views: 765

Re: valley in red

Well, I had a similar dilemma many years ago when ordering a Nordkapp. I went with the Postoffice Red as I thought the Signal Red too flashy - -
by MikeB
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1089

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

pathbrae wrote:
Extreme Any canoe or kayak up to a value of £5000 and £350 for any one paddle. £110.00
Extreme Plus Up to 3 canoes or kayaks each with a value not exceeding £5000 and £350 for any one paddle. £180.00
From the BCU site....
Interesting.
by MikeB
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1089

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

the offering via the BCU was actually the worst of the lot, measured on almost every like-for-like criteria. This is from the SCA (no doubt the same as the BCU) - "Cover: One of the following four levels of cover, chosen by the member, and displayed on their Scottish Canoe Association membership do...