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by MikeB
Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond trip report!
Replies: 19
Views: 433

Re: Loch Lomond trip report!

Nicely done. We had a troop (?) of wallabies visit our camp on Inchconnachan one night - one sitting literally within a few feet of us. But as soon as you point a camera at them, that's it, they're off. Does the autofocus use infrared and can they see it? Good choices of camp spots.
by MikeB
Tue Feb 27, 2024 5:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond info?
Replies: 36
Views: 971

Re: Loch Lomond info?

Nice. A good wee spot, that.
by MikeB
Mon Feb 19, 2024 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Lomond info?
Replies: 36
Views: 971

Re: Loch Lomond info?

You're welcome to PM me if a chat about Loch Lomond helps. Kind regs, Mike
by MikeB
Thu Feb 15, 2024 6:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: Olympus rechargeable lithium camera battery - SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: FS: Olympus rechargeable lithium camera battery

Good luck finding a postal service that allows Li Batteries ! The PO say they will destroy them if detected, apparently its ok if they are inside the camera but not ok separate. It came to me by post. It went by post, and arrived safely. However, the PO website does note that lithium batteries can'...
by MikeB
Fri Feb 09, 2024 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: Olympus rechargeable lithium camera battery - SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 186

FS: Olympus rechargeable lithium camera battery - SOLD

Selling a genuine Olympus rechargeable lithium camera battery. Bought in error from a friend who tells me it was a spare, but only used occasionally. It appears new. She says it fits TG 4 and TG 7 and presumably all the models inbetween. A Google search on the model number will tell you. £20 + £1.25...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 29, 2024 1:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Quest LV - Is this a good addition to a Kayak collection Vs MV Virgo in Corelite X ?
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: P&H Quest LV - Is this a good addition to a Kayak collection Vs MV Virgo in Corelite X ?

Well, I had the standard Quest and liked it very much. Not perhaps the most dynamic of craft, but I liked it as touring boat. Douglas Wilcox wrote a review of the LV which you can find on his excellent blog, here https://seakayakphoto.blogspot.com/2007 ... -test.html
by MikeB
Mon Jan 29, 2024 12:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camp seat
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Camp seat

Utter genius! I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to share this a bit.
by MikeB
Sun Jan 28, 2024 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camp seat
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Camp seat

Helinox Ground Chair for us, having had a couple of OEX chairs break in quick succession. They don't sink in soft ground or sand as do the ones with more traditional legs, and are exceptionally well made. Some folks are saying the Vango folding ones are ok. We're also on the look-out for the Crazy C...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 22, 2024 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheap Kit - BEWARE
Replies: 1
Views: 361

Cheap Kit - BEWARE

As you may know, Sea Kayak Oban were burgled last week and have now been able to confirm what was taken. Be on the look out for: 1x hf Dry Pack 350 / Red / 12ltr 1x hf Dry Pack Transparent / 12ltr 1x ORTLIEB Outdoor Equipment Heavy Weight Dry Bag / 22ltr Gray 1x PeakUK Dry Bag 10ltr 3x RescueMe EDF1...
by MikeB
Mon Jan 22, 2024 4:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Cheap Kit - BEWARE
Replies: 1
Views: 439

Cheap Kit - BEWARE

As you may know, Sea Kayak Oban were burgled last week and have now been able to confirm what was taken. Be on the look out for: 1x hf Dry Pack 350 / Red / 12ltr 1x hf Dry Pack Transparent / 12ltr 1x ORTLIEB Outdoor Equipment Heavy Weight Dry Bag / 22ltr Gray 1x PeakUK Dry Bag 10ltr 3x RescueMe EDF1...
by MikeB
Thu Jan 11, 2024 6:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Happy New Year.
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: Happy New Year.

And you too!
by MikeB
Wed Oct 04, 2023 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Securing trolley inside hatches
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: Securing trolley inside hatches

KCS used to sell a bag for their trolleys. I don't tend to bother though, and I can't say I've ever known of a hatch to come open during a capsize. Yep - it was just a LOMO drybag IIRC. Which most folks then strapped to the back deck. Personally, on daytrips, I just take the wheels off, pull the ax...
by MikeB
Wed Oct 04, 2023 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam bulkhead / footrest
Replies: 3
Views: 456

Re: Foam bulkhead / footrest

I used 20cm thick sheets. Cut with a bread knife.
by MikeB
Mon Sep 25, 2023 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help with broken canoe
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: Help with broken canoe

Others have asked similar questions - here's one thread to have a look at. viewtopic.php?t=124547
by MikeB
Fri Sep 22, 2023 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to choose a paddle
Replies: 36
Views: 1855

Re: How to choose a paddle

Topic now locked.
by MikeB
Thu Sep 21, 2023 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to choose a paddle
Replies: 36
Views: 1855

Re: How to choose a paddle

They are foil sections not dihedral. Coming from aeronautical involvement where the term dihedral is used, paddle manufacturers using it when talking about foils sections introduces confusion. Because they are manufacturers does not mean they know the common use of the term. Oh, I remember you now,...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 20, 2023 5:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to choose a paddle
Replies: 36
Views: 1855

Re: How to choose a paddle

Well that all got pretty technical!! I will go with the approach of trying as many as possible and see what works for me! Thanks Good strategy! Try, try, and try again. Not just lengths, and blade profiles, but different constructions and shaft concepts as well. What works for me may not work for y...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 20, 2023 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to choose a paddle
Replies: 36
Views: 1855

Re: How to choose a paddle

Huh? But the two lower paddles in the diagram absolutely show dihedral planes on the blades. They are foil sections not dihedral. Have you run the concept of "kayak paddle dihedral" through Google? You might find this helpful. https://paddlingmag.com/gear/paddles/kayak-paddles/choose-the-...
by MikeB
Tue Aug 29, 2023 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: XCeed / Xceed x
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: XCeed / Xceed x

HI All,, Just wondering what people's thoughts are on the xceed / xceed Xas a tripping boat? I have a day / play boat, so looking for something that I can trip in but also have fun. Being a bit portly, - - - Well, that's what I use mine for, and I'm currently a bit more portly than I'd like. As wit...
by MikeB
Wed Aug 09, 2023 7:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trolley design - split from Kayak Carrier Systems
Replies: 46
Views: 2866

Re: Trolley design - split from Kayak Carrier Systems

So commercially what Trolley's fit all of these criteria? Nothing is ever perfect! I've admitted to a fondness for KCS, based largely on the fact I've never had any issues with them. Ronnie is a friend, but I've no interest in the business. Douglas has written extensively on the subject of trolleys...
by MikeB
Fri Aug 04, 2023 2:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trolley design - split from Kayak Carrier Systems
Replies: 46
Views: 2866

Re: Trolley design - split from Kayak Carrier Systems

I have a KCS Expedition Trolley bought in 2001. Still perfect. Ideal for a loaded boat, over considerable distances and poor surfaces. It's relatively bulky. Obviously. I've looked at the little "day trolley" as a possible aid to my increasingly bad back - it has a specific purpose, which ...
by MikeB
Fri Aug 04, 2023 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Carrier Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: Kayak Carrier Systems

Out of interest, what kayak have you got, and how are you using the trolley? I know, for example, that these little trolleys are intended to be used in a very specific way. They are also, to all intents and purposes, made specifically to the dimensions and profile of the boat for which they will be ...
by MikeB
Mon Jul 24, 2023 8:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on Galloway coast
Replies: 8
Views: 1493

Re: Advice on Galloway coast

There are some lovely bits of Solway mud! But also nice, hard sand. I've also greatly enjoyed those romantic "long walks on the beach", with a kayak. To enjoy this specific aspect of our sport, venture out from Rockcliffe, for Heston and the fabulous coast to the west. Brighouse Bay likewi...
by MikeB
Mon Jul 24, 2023 4:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isle of Arran Circumnavigation report
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

Re: Isle of Arran Circumnavigation report

Very nicely written, Leigh. Thanks for posting this.
by MikeB
Mon Jul 10, 2023 4:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice Sought re Slate Isles Trip
Replies: 9
Views: 883

Re: Advice Sought re Slate Isles Trip

Make a point of looking in at the coffee shop at Cullipool. There's also an interesting wee museum - likewise on Easdale. As with others, I'll not share camping spots and this is a bit of a tradition here anyway. However, the obvious ones are the Garvellachs and Belnahua and there is also the rather...
by MikeB
Wed Jun 07, 2023 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PFD
Replies: 15
Views: 1132

Re: PFD

For me, I'm a big fan of a water bladder in a pouch on the BA. But I've never seen the reason why it should be more than a litre, and even then I reckon that's too much. I'll refill during the day if necessary, either from my water bags if I'm tripping - or I'll generally have extra water in the boa...
by MikeB
Thu Jun 01, 2023 5:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 1174

Re: Book recommendations

The Canoe Boys (of course)
Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak. ISBN: 9780888012180. Author: Victoria Jason. Utterly bizarre, yet intriguing tale!
On a sailing / mountaineering theme, look for H.W.Tillman's books, based around his boat Mischief. Amazing and eccentric.
by MikeB
Wed May 31, 2023 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bolting in a Silva 70P
Replies: 11
Views: 841

Re: Bolting in a Silva 70P

Stainless, recessed, hex bolts. (Thread down) and dome nuts or "plastic dome covers" - like Argyle Kayaks fitting kit.
by MikeB
Wed May 10, 2023 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak weight capacity
Replies: 7
Views: 1043

Re: Kayak weight capacity

I'm impressed you can get into an original Nordkapp! I'm a little shorter than you at 6'2", and used to be around your overall weight (me + kit)! At the time, I had a Quest which is essentially a large Capella, and I can tell you that with a full load in it, it was nicely stable, but as you sus...
by MikeB
Thu Jan 12, 2023 2:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea King Kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 1560

Re: Sea King Kayak

I paddled one once. Nasty, evil, dreadfully difficult to balance and a pig overall. I didn't like it much. It seems I'm not alone. And as Douglas notes, Jim is the man to share his experiences of the thing.

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