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by MikeB
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 46
Views: 1758

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: 2204

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: 2204

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: 110

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: 55

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: 155

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: 701

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: 1743

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: 14
Views: 981

Re: Posting Photos

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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: 2409

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: 689

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: 203

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: 409

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: 2409

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: 596

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: 850

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: 850

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...
by MikeB
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: I liked this
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Re: I liked this

Quite probably one of the best and most pertinent articles on the subject of sea kayaking that I have ever read.
by MikeB
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 850

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

We have a "rackguard" as noted previously - we generally just use the towing bullseyes, or loop round the seat, and trap the ball end in the boot. Be aware they are just a deterrent to the opportunist thief as they can be cut as already noted, and can in fact be defeated even without cutting tools a...
by MikeB
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2409

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Ahhh Advanced Sea Kayak Leaders, what would we do without them? Quite! Although the skills (and validation of same) are useful. As indeed is having them updated now and again. Although as a certain informal kayaking group has shown, it's quite possible to do that without having a governance organis...
by MikeB
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Protecting paddles for air transport
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: Protecting paddles for air transport

Well, I flew to Canada many years ago with 2 piece splits - I packed them in a box I constructed from heavy cardboard, marked them "Fragile" and prayed a lot. My prayers were answered in both directions. My wife took splits to Greenland in a Palm bag, again no issues. If you could get hold of a set ...
by MikeB
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tiderace Xceed - anyone know anything about it?
Replies: 16
Views: 1184

Re: Tiderace Xceed - anyone know anything about it?

Well, I'm the same height as you but marginally lighter "out of the shower" and having tried the big Etain I wasn't convinced it was a good fit. Neither was a Cetus, although I had very good service from a Quest. I've been paddling an XcapeX for some years, and bought an XploreX recently which I fin...
by MikeB
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 26
Views: 1181

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

PhilAyr wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:24 pm
Although the joints on the Celtic ( Lendal ) paddles look good too.

Phil
Indeed so. If we're talking about the Padlok system, rock solid, reliable and foolproof. This said, it pays to strip them and apply Coppaslip on the grubscrew, otherwise it will seize.
by MikeB
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Replace footplate with footpegs...?
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Replace footplate with footpegs...?

A thought re drilling gel - I've found using the drill in reverse is a good strategy which stops the "bite" Aled mentions. Also, when fitting the new rails, you'll likely be using stainless steel bolts into either aluminium alloy, or brass inserts. A recipe for galvanic corrosion if ever there was o...
by MikeB
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Replace footplate with footpegs...?
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Replace footplate with footpegs...?

Well, if the hole centres are the same for replacement rails as they are for the existing ones, why not? Assuming of course that they are located in an appropriate position. Which they may well not be. In which case, all you need to do is some minor f/glass work to fill the existing holes and then d...
by MikeB
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: FS: Tiderace Xcape-X - Stirling
Replies: 2
Views: 587

Re: FS: Tiderace Xcape-X - Stirling

Now sold.
by MikeB
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Test Calls
Replies: 24
Views: 1133

Re: VHF Radio Test Calls

It may vary round the country - certainly up in Scotland I always call on 16 and am then directed a working channel. I've never been told to do otherwise, and paddling around the yachty hotspots will generally produce a number of them calling for a radio check on 16. For me, I'm generally logging a ...
by MikeB
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine VHF Short Range Certificate
Replies: 11
Views: 982

Re: Marine VHF Short Range Certificate

Hi, How do you go about applying for a licence please? Are there any cots attached? Thanks Have a look here - http://www.ukseakayakguidebook.co.uk/almanac_vhf.htm - specifically the links under the heading "Licences / Operators Certificates for VHF radio", where you'll find how to apply for a licen...
by MikeB
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: First Composite Boat Help
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: First Composite Boat Help

I'd hazard a safe guess that "paddler weight" is the weight of the paddler - so yes, you and your paddling gear. But not including any kit you carry in the boat. I'm 6'2" and 104 kg "out of the shower", and really like my new-to-me Xplore X. So yes, that's a boat to consider. If it's too big (and it...
by MikeB
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak trips with shuttles by public transport
Replies: 18
Views: 1114

Re: Sea kayak trips with shuttles by public transport

I've not done it, but one of our members has - get the ferry from Uig over to Barra, paddle up the chain and come in to West Loch Tarbert, portage across to East Loch Tarbert and then take the ferry back to Uig. Or one could just continue up the east side of the chain to ELT.