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by MikeB
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 23
Views: 486

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: 23
Views: 486

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: 220

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: 23
Views: 486

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: 21
Views: 625

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: 189

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: 828

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: 17
Views: 560

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. 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: 9
Views: 591

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: 9
Views: 591

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: 485

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: 954

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: 862

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: 514

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: 972

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.
by MikeB
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Autumn clothing
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: Autumn clothing

Bear in mind that the water is going to be as warm as it'll ever be at this time of year. The only way to be 100% dry is a decent drysuit, but a quality set of sallys and a double waist tube dry cag, teamed with a reasonably tight fitting neoprene waist-tubed spray deck will mean that while you will...
by MikeB
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Canoeing
Topic: FS: BA and Paddling trousers
Replies: 0
Views: 154

FS: BA and Paddling trousers

Over on the sea forum, possibly really more suited to open boating than sea kayaking - Clickity click
by MikeB
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: FS: BA and paddling trousers.
Replies: 0
Views: 249

FS: BA and paddling trousers.

Palm paddling trousers. Seem as new. Size XL. Velcro closure at ankles. £40. Typhoon XTS BA. Seems as new. Size XXL. £20. All plus postage, or collect - Stirling area, Central Scotland. Contact by PM please. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171001/06a8fd72458012d69aec8439a6a29251.jpg https://uploa...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Carbon Paddle

Celtic paddles are essentially what used to be Lendal. Between my wife and I, we have four sets in various constructions, with our main paddles both being full carbon, cranks. Catherine had Werners for a while and sold them in favour of a nice set of Lendals she came across. I tried a set of Werners...
by MikeB
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wanted: NDK Romany Excel: Or another boat suited to a larger paddler.
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Wanted: NDK Romany Excel: Or another boat suited to a larger paddler.

I've just advertised an Xcape X - I'm 6'2" and 104 kgs, and find it's ideal for those of us who qualify as "the bigger paddler".
by MikeB
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: FS: Tiderace Xcape-X - Stirling
Replies: 2
Views: 485

FS: Tiderace Xcape-X - Stirling

https://scontent.flhr4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21761571_10156598350409992_2435266750434018678_n.jpg?oh=64796575822671f4ea2ebb448fa030c9&oe=5A59A0D3 Tiderace Xcape X - 2011 - standard (TCT) construction. Compass, tow fittings, deck slates, Solas tape. Skeg works smoothly, all lines and bungee are e...
by MikeB
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which kayak .....I'm 18 stone
Replies: 12
Views: 1705

Re: Which kayak .....I'm 18 stone

As it happens, my XcapeX is now for sale. 2011 boat, well used and with the usual scratches and scrapes from lots of lovely adventures. No structural damage though, and comes with a Silva compass and fittings for deck-mounted tow gear. £700.
by MikeB
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues and letting go of the boat
Replies: 29
Views: 2038

Re: Rescues and letting go of the boat

I have an acquaintance who freely admits to only being alive today thanks to the fact that the person he was paddling with had a knife, and the competence to deal with what I'm about to describe, in difficult conditions. This individual had purchased every conceivable item of kayaking equipment, inc...
by MikeB
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tent with a big porch?
Replies: 28
Views: 1113

Re: Tent with a big porch?

Can anybody comment on how good tunnel tents are for sea kayaking though? I'd imagine that they're pretty windproof IF securely pegged down. However, IME that can sometimes be a challenge on sandy beaches or on Scottish headlands where there's only a thin layer of turf over rock. Some of my friends...
by MikeB
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 13
Views: 792

Re: Starting from scratch

Bungee?? Please - straps, not bungee!
by MikeB
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Marking paddles
Replies: 11
Views: 922

Re: Marking paddles

I use a label printer to label music USB sticks. After a year or two, the white label turns brown and the text becomes difficult to read, but maybe this doesn't happen with more expensive ones. I guess it's like printer cartridges. I've yet to find a non-genuine one that actually works properly. I ...
by MikeB
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Marking paddles
Replies: 11
Views: 922

Re: Marking paddles

Have you access to a label printer? Used this for years - just my name and ph number - works well and has certainly survived constant immersion.