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by John K
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Kayak summer holiday ideas for 2 adults & a 12yo olease
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Kayak summer holiday ideas for 2 adults & a 12yo olease

I have taken my kids to the Ardeche with TNR Outdoors a couple of times and can thoroughly recommend them for a laid back holiday combined with excellent coaching and support. They’ll do kayak and/or canoe to suit you. Adventure Ardeche also come highly recommended but I don’t have any first hand ex...
by John K
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Entry-Level Sea Kayak in Portsmouth Area
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Wanted: Entry-Level Sea Kayak in Portsmouth Area

Have you been in touch with Portsmouth Canoe Club? They are very active sea kayakers and may be able to point you in the right direction.
by John K
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handheld VHF recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Handheld VHF recommendations

There are pros and cons of DSC handhelds. The main benefit is that they can give automated location details in a distress call, but they are bigger, more complicated, more expensive and have shorter battery life due to the GPS. My personal choice would be a simple handheld VHF and a PLB for emergenc...
by John K
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Handheld VHF recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Handheld VHF recommendations

Standard Horizon HX300e is good. Not too big, waterproof, floats, USB charging. Not expensive either.

Icom are good too, but generally more expensive for no real benefit. Cobra are a bit cheaper, and although some people are happy with them I’d avoid as the quality isn’t in the sane league.
by John K
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Warning warning Crickhowell
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Warning warning Crickhowell

I’ll look out for it next time [emoji106]
by John K
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Warning warning Crickhowell
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Warning warning Crickhowell

John fancy ruining a conspiracy theory! Yeah, sorry. I keep forgetting how unfashionable facts are these days! :D on the weekend you can park in the high school car park if you make a donation in an honesty box. I’ve used this car park a few times but hadn’t seen or heard anything about an honesty ...
by John K
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Warning warning Crickhowell
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Warning warning Crickhowell

And it will have been Powys County Council (who do have Traffic Wardens!) who issued the tickets and not the police.
by John K
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Warning warning Crickhowell
Replies: 13
Views: 897

Re: Warning warning Crickhowell

As mentioned above, with a few exceptions parking on a pavement isn’t an offence in itself. In this case though there are double yellow lines and these apply all the way to the highway boundary, including the pavement. So it will just be a ticket for parking on a yellow line and not actually for pav...
by John K
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice request re strong single blade paddles
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Advice request re strong single blade paddles

Werner Nantahala are pretty much bomb proof.
by John K
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo

TheEcho wrote: dodging the police launches who will be trying to stop you going into a restricted area without a licence?
Where’s the restricted area, and what licence is required?
by John K
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2295

Re: Gone very quiet

I think it needs to be a group rather than a page.
by John K
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2295

Re: Gone very quiet

Facebook most likely. That’s where most forum traffic in general has moved to over the last few years.
by John K
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Jackson Monstar
Replies: 0
Views: 506

Jackson Monstar

Jackson Monstar, the big boys play boat! Comes with Happy Feet (needs new pump bulb), Happy Cheeks Seat, air bags. Used but not abused. Usual scrapes but nothing nasty. £550 Collection from Brighton or can send by Parcelforce at buyers expense (about £75). May also be able to arrange delivery to Lee...
by John K
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Small surf in north Devon/Cornwall?
Replies: 1
Views: 284

Small surf in north Devon/Cornwall?

I’m on holiday in North Devon (almost Cornwall) and want to find somewhere with some small surf for the kids to have a go on. Tried Sandymouth Bay today which was too big, really need small stuff no more than 1-2ft. Any ideas for places where the surf is too small for real surfers?
by John K
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Planning a trip
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: Planning a trip

Or further down the Thames is also good. There’s canoe hire at Henley and it’s a great two day trip from there down to Windsor, overnighting at Cookham.
by John K
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames: Shipley to Windsor (advice please!)
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: Thames: Shipley to Windsor (advice please!)

If you reckon on about 3 miles an hour you probably won’t be far wrong. Shiplake to Cookham makes a good day of gentle paddling. Unless it rains a lot you can assume that the flow will be negligible though.

Have you booked your camping at Cookham?
by John K
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vertical Element Paddles
Replies: 4
Views: 1279

Re: Vertical Element Paddles

gp.girl wrote:Just looked at their website - not good news

https://vepaddles.com/
I had an email exchange with Stu a few weeks ago and it sounds like it won’t be permanent with a bit of luck.
by John K
Thu May 02, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3888

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

kayakbiker wrote:Does anyone know if VE are still manufacturing paddles?
Not at the moment but they hope to be back up and running before too long. Great paddles though.
by John K
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Re: Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?

Thanks Mark, unfortunately that’s rather above my budget at the moment unless I can find a second hand one. I’m really not sure how I’m going to get on with this boat so don’t want to put loads of money into something I might not get much use out of. I’m thinking more along the lines of a basic Palm...
by John K
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?

Can a kindly person please recommend a spray deck that fits the larger than average cockpit of a Monstar? Ta :)
by John K
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1794

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I like the Alpkit Airlok Xtra drybags. They are lightweight and flexible but really tough and have yet to key me down.
by John K
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Canoe Leader assessment in April?
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: Canoe Leader assessment in April?

I’ve found one that isn’t on holiday, so now sorted :)
by John K
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Canoe Leader assessment in April?
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Canoe Leader assessment in April?

Does anyone know of a Canoe Leader assessment scheduled for sometime in April?
by John K
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club administration software
Replies: 9
Views: 800

Club administration software

We have a basic web site but all the day to day stuff runs on a Facebook group. Quite a lot of us only use Facebook for paddling-related stuff and that seems to work OK even for people who don’t “do” Facebook (as far as I know we only have one determined refusenik). Membership and trip signup is all...
by John K
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club administration software
Replies: 9
Views: 800

Re: Club administration software

My club uses WebCollect and it works well for us.

We have it set up for booking onto pool sessions and club trips as well as for membership. Most of our payments are by bank transfer which don’t have any charges, although we do accept PayPal as well for convenience.
by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 5303

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I like you. You’re funny. We should go paddling together sometime :)
by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 2043

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

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by John K
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 5303

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I'm concerned because the OP made an innocent mistake and came on these forums to seek clarity from the paddling community. I believe they did so in good faith that people's responses would be reasonable and respectful. Instead, they were met with dismissive derisions and general hostility. In my v...