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by richb250
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: CNTP course providers in SE?
Replies: 5
Views: 587

Re: CNTP course providers in SE?

Thanks for the input, which has mostly confirmed that we live in the wrong part of the UK for sea kayaking (as if we didn't already know...). Between Howard Jeffs, Owen Burson, Paul Hurrell and Phil Hadly, I'm sure we'll find someone who's willing to drive into the fens!
by richb250
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: CNTP course providers in SE?
Replies: 5
Views: 587

CNTP course providers in SE?

Quick query - hope someone can help. I'm looking for providers who might be able to run a BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course in Cambridge at some point this winter. Quite understandably, most of the people I know of who do this sort of thing are based close to good sea paddling, and are...
by richb250
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Re: kitting out new sea kayakers

The drysuit vs seperates question is a challenge - most of us have ended up with both, as it really depends on conditions. If it's cold enough that I feel the need for a neck seal and a thick thermal, I'll put the drysuit on. For most paddling in the summer months, I find the versatility of dry trou...
by richb250
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: Werner Ikelos straight shaft
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Re: FS: Werner Ikelos straight shaft

Yes, now sold - thanks!
by richb250
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2940

Re: Paddle recommendations?

I managed to get up to see Stuart at VE paddles in Nottingham today, and was kindly lent a range of his products to try out. Some things worth noting for anyone interesting in these paddles: -Despite asking at very short notice, Stuart was happy to make time to see me and discuss the options at leng...
by richb250
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1413

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

We're lucky to have such a range and depth of knowledge in the forum membership. I occasionally suffer from tendonitis, and will certainly be referring back to this thread if it recurs. Fortunately, mine tends to clear up after a week of rest - my sympathy to Jonathan and others who've had to endure...
by richb250
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2940

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Many thanks to everyone who's posted - you've helped me put together a good shortlist of paddles to look at and, hopefully, to try over the coming months. As several people have noted, a paddle is a very personal thing and I'm lucky that I'm not in a rush to place an order on this one. As ever, Doug...
by richb250
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2940

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Graham, Rog - thanks for taking the time to respond. Graham’s response hints that I could be more specific on blade size - The Ikleos has a blade are of 691 square centimetres, compared to the Cyprus with 610. I guess I’m looking for something closer to 600 than 700 cm2. The Celtics are a good sugge...
by richb250
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2940

Paddle recommendations?

I was wondering if anyone could provide some ideas for a new sea paddle? I enjoy using good paddles, but I've not yet found quite the right one for me. So far I've tried a few things: -Werner Ikelos - a disaster for me as the blade area is far too large and reliably gives me tendonitis. I'll (hopefu...
by richb250
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hand bilge pump
Replies: 5
Views: 874

Re: Hand bilge pump

My experience has been a bit different - we own two bilge pumps and the difference in performance is substantial. The image below (taken, coincidentally by someone else) shows both: http://www.sherrikayaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/IMGP2576-300x225.jpg The middle pump takes several pumps to pri...
by richb250
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Panpan medico! ....I Tried to phone the BCU
Replies: 15
Views: 1539

Re: Panpan medico! ....I Tried to phone the BCU

By way of a contrast.... I had reason to contact the WCA (Canoe Wales??) recently to sort out some course-related admin. I'd mentally resigned myself to long and irritating phone calls. In reality, they couldn't have been more helpful - my first email was swiftly responded to with exactly what I nee...
by richb250
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Epic mid wing or mid wing small ?
Replies: 1
Views: 755

Re: Epic mid wing or mid wing small ?

The low weight of the Epic wings is great - other paddles do feel heavy if you swap with people! It just happens that I've got a set of both the mid and the small mid in the house - the small being my girlfriend's paddle. I've taken a photo of the two for comparison - I hope this displays OK....: im...
by richb250
Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Muckle Flugga
Replies: 9
Views: 1216

Re: Muckle Flugga

Just to verify the information on rocksandroots - the Pesda Press guidebook gives flows between Muckle Flugga and Herma Ness as 5kn springs, ENE starting at -0300 HW Lerwick, WSW starting +0200. According to Gordon Buchanan's pilot, E-going starts -0350 Lerwick, W-going at +0140. He notes that the f...
by richb250
Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What size bilge pump magnet for reed switch.
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Re: What size bilge pump magnet for reed switch.

I think I'm using one of these: http://www.first4magnets.com/cylindrical-rod-magnets-c39/9mm-dia-x-25mm-thick-n42-neodymium-magnet-3-8kg-pull-p3020 ...although it's buried in a block of foam, so I can't be sure! The shape of the magnet is equally as important as the strength - longer magnets have fi...
by richb250
Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: eTrex 10/20/30 Waterproofness
Replies: 4
Views: 1352

Re: eTrex 10/20/30 Waterproofness

I've had an eTrex 10 for a few months - like you, I started using it in a waterproof bag, but found it hard to read, and difficult to use. Now, I just carry it on my spraydeck if I need to use it, with no apparent ill effects. I like the idea of greasing the seals - might do that just in case!
by richb250
Mon May 18, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H rope skeg^
Replies: 24
Views: 4513

Re: P&H rope skeg^

Apologies for rather late reply to this thread. I've had some slightly different problems with P&H MKII skegs, both involving the skeg moulding being a big too big in critical areas. Both easily fixed, so I thought it'd be worth sharing. The first was a Scorpio LV, where the skeg needed a slight tug...
by richb250
Wed May 06, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: OS maps - 1:25 or 1:50?^
Replies: 14
Views: 1923

Re: OS maps - 1:25 or 1:50?

I've found 1:50 000 most useful, as you need a large area of 1:25 000 (relative to a kayak deck) to cover a sensible day's paddle. In general, I find the detail sufficient, but I can see the appeal of a larger scale. It's actually fairly straightforward to set up a website to display the data that t...
by richb250
Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Etain 17.5 or P&H Cetus MV
Replies: 16
Views: 6120

Re: Valley Etain 17.5 or P&H Cetus MV

I paddled both boats last year, along with a number of others in an effort to decide on what boat to buy. I've now got a Cetus on order. Both boats are clearly good designs - I had two great days out around the Stacks on Anglesey in the Etain, and spent a weekend paddling the Cetus around the Clyde....
by richb250
Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp questions^
Replies: 16
Views: 2000

Re: Nordkapp questions^

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond - it's clear that I need to spend more time trying boats (one poster has even offered to help with this…), but the pointers on the key issues to consider are invaluable - especially on size, comfort and the overall mass of the boat. I was wondering i...
by richb250
Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp questions^
Replies: 16
Views: 2000

Nordkapp questions^

Thanks to the hugely helpful AS Watersports, I was able to try several sea kayaks last weekend and now feel a lot closer to making a decision on a boat. Despite trying more 'modern' designs (e.g. Scorpio, Avocet), I was surprised to find that for me, the Nordkapp RM felt like the best choice - the s...
by richb250
Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps conditions
Replies: 76
Views: 15047

Re: Alps conditions

Thanks for the posts here - we're heading out next week and keeping a close eye on the levels. Anyone care to have a guess what the rivers are likely to be doing next week? The forecast is for warmer weather. One option for our group that has come up a few times in this and other threads is Provence...