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by ron-t
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 40
Views: 1514

Carrying flares

Hi I don`t know how far the information travelled through the country, but a few weeks ago the local press on Anglesey had a story about a sea kayaker who had been rescued by a lifeboat somewhere off the coast of Anglesey. I don`t know anything about what happened, whether they were male or female, ...
by ron-t
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: Tiderace Moving Bulkhead ?

Hi Some good information there from Aled about how to do it, but I reckon you should maybe be thinking about whether you should be moving the bulkhead at all - for two reasons. The first is that by moving the bulkhead into the cockpit, you are reducing the number of people who can use the boat. This...
by ron-t
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?
Replies: 21
Views: 747

Re: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?

Hi again

Maybe I should have added that it was stand alone dry trousers that in my experience didn`t work.

I haven`t ever tried the ones that are designed to roll together with a cag to form an effective dry suit, so I can`t say what they are like.
by ron-t
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?
Replies: 21
Views: 747

Re: Looking for watertight trousers with feet and waist seal?

Hi Don`t kid yourself that dry trousers are going to keep your legs dry if you take a swim - they aren`t. All the neoprene waist seals in the world aren`t going to keep the water out. I have been there, I have tried them, and they didn`t work. And even worse is dry trousers with socks - because once...
by ron-t
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?

Hi DMM in Llanberis in North Wales make some very nice wire-gate crabs which I use - the gate is made of stainless steel wire instead of the aluminium bar normally used, and the wire is also the spring, so there is no little metal spring to corrode. So they last a lot longer in the sea environment. ...
by ron-t
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today
Replies: 33
Views: 1473

Re: Picked My New Mk11 Scorpio HV Up Today

Hi A few years ago I was trying to decide what boat to buy, and one of the boats I tried was a Scorpio - however it turned out that it wasn`t the kind of boat I was looking for, so I didn`t take it any further. However the person who owned it told me that the Scorpio had a good characteristic in tha...
by ron-t
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2402

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Hi Funny how there seems to be a lot more nit-picking about my phraseology about coaches and leaders in my previous post than there is about the essential point of my post - which is that the 4 star and 5 star awards are no longer being used as coaching / leadership awards - so there is now the oppo...
by ron-t
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 2402

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Hi I am another paddler who gave up on the coaching scheme away back in the days of Instructor and Senior Instructor, although not only for the same reasons as given above. The coaching scheme went stupid when the BCU stole the 4 star and the 5 star awards and turned them into coaching awards - alth...
by ron-t
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: valley in red
Replies: 14
Views: 591

Re: valley in red

Hi I don`t think that Signal Red or Post Office Red would be RAL colours, if you look at the RAL colour charts available on-line, Signal Red is shown, but Post Office Red is not shown. As far as I am aware, there are two companies in the UK that make pigments for fibreglass colouration - they are We...
by ron-t
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast
Replies: 3
Views: 820

Re: Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast

Hi Thank you for your post, I don`t have any particular involvement with Horizon Nuclear - they are holding a whole series of these roadshows around Anglesey as part of their consultation about the new nuclear power station, and I think they are going on until the end of June. They are being adverti...
by ron-t
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast
Replies: 3
Views: 820

Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast

Hi I recently went to one of the Horizon Nuclear consultation roadshows about the proposed new nuclear powerstation at Wylfa, on the north coast of Anglesey. One of the things that I found out was that Horizon Nuclear are planning to bring a lot of the materials and equipment to the site by sea, rat...
by ron-t
Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Free to a good home. Kari Tek
Replies: 1
Views: 644

Re: Free to a good home. Kari Tek

Hi

My garage isn`t quite full, and I would happily give them a home - I have sent you a private message - at least I think I have.
by ron-t
Sun May 01, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: English Holidays and no plan
Replies: 17
Views: 1497

Re: English Holidays and no plan

Hi In North Wales you have also got Llyn Padarn, or Llanberis Lake - right beside Llanberis - no problem with access, it is regularly used for kayaking. And if you are looking for a kayak shop Surflines is right beside the lake. Easy launching from several places along the road outside Surflines, if...
by ron-t
Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Anyone have experience mounting Karitek Easy Load on Ford Tourneo Custom (or Transit)
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Re: Anyone have experience mounting Karitek Easy Load on Ford Tourneo Custom (or Transit)

Hi I know of a Karitek easy load roof rack system which sits on two gutter mount Rhino roof bars on a medium roof Transit - so yes it is possible. It took a fair bit of DIY improvisation to get it all to work, and it is a fair height, so a lot of hassle and muscle power getting the boat or boats up ...
by ron-t
Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Parking recommendations for Shuna and Lismore
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: Parking recommendations for Shuna and Lismore

Hi I haven`t been there for a couple of months now, but last time I was up in the Oban area Argyll and Bute Council had announced plans to charge £1 an hour for parking at Ganavan, and at the big car park beside Atlantis, the sports centre. I think it was due to start on 01 April, but I don`t know i...
by ron-t
Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: VHF DSC??????^
Replies: 35
Views: 2663

Re: VHF DSC??????^

Hi There seems to be a fair body of opinion against the usefulness of hand held VHF radios with GPS and DSC, and having had an HK851E for some time, I have some experience of them. I agree about the short battery life, but I don`t tend to do long trips, so it hasn`t ever been a problem to me. I got ...
by ron-t
Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: For sale - Perception Sonic
Replies: 2
Views: 497

Re: For sale - Perception Sonic

Hi

Thank you for your interest, but the boat has now been sold.
by ron-t
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea King fly-bye - Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 973

Re: Sea King fly-bye - Scotland

Hi When I was enjoying the great outdoors yesterday by walking across Tesco`s car park in Oban three huge helicopters flew right across Tescos - they were very low down, only a couple of hundred feet at most. They had Royal Navy in big letters along the side. They were quite a sight so low down, and...
by ron-t
Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: For sale - Perception Sonic
Replies: 2
Views: 497

For sale - Perception Sonic

Perception Sonic for sale - I have had it from new, and I think it is probably around 5 years old. It had a fair bit of use for the first year or so, but hasn`t been used since, and has always been stored indoors. It has the usual scrapes and scratches that you would expect, but has no major gouges ...
by ron-t
Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Almost Sea Kayaking Gear !
Replies: 20
Views: 3210

Re: Almost Sea Kayaking Gear !

Some afterthoughts - my T5 has very hard suspension, every little stone or hole feels like you have driven across the Grand Canyon. However on the plus side, despite a motorcycle, a deer fence, and a wall reshaping various bits of the body, it has no rust, so the body treatment seems to be good. My ...
by ron-t
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Almost Sea Kayaking Gear !
Replies: 20
Views: 3210

Re: Almost Sea Kayaking Gear !

Hi I currently have a T5, before that I briefly had a Vauxhall Movano/Renault Master, and before that a T4. The bigger vans have the advantage you can stand up in them, the disadvantage is running costs, and putting sea kayaks on the roof. The T5 is not as nice to drive as the T4 - it may have more ...
by ron-t
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta
Replies: 25
Views: 3384

Re: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta

Hi again I dug out the Anas Acuta and my leaky drysuit, and went to try out some more self-rescues. The first thing I discovered was that I am too loose in the boat - I need to pad the seat on each side of my pelvis, to locate me better. The next thing I found is that I can`t lie back enough, the co...
by ron-t
Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Hatch size choice for DIY fitting
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Re: Hatch size choice for DIY fitting

Hi I hope I`m not too late here - but don`t even think about putting in round hatches. I have them on one of my boats and I hate them, the oval hatches on the other boat are much easier to load stuff through. The current Nordkapps have oval hatches. Having done quite a lot of repairs and modificatio...
by ron-t
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Problems on Fladda (Sound of Luing)?
Replies: 44
Views: 6473

Re: Problems on Fladda (Sound of Luing)?

Hi There seems to be some significant diversification in peoples views here, but if I may, I would like to point out that I did not say nor imply ".... that the whole island above high water line is within the curtilage of the houses and so there is no public right of access under the Land Reform ac...
by ron-t
Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta
Replies: 25
Views: 3384

Re: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta

Hi Thank you for these two posts - it now appears that you have confirmed that the Anas Acutae with ocean cockpit and with keyhole cockpit do behave a bit differently - although I wonder if the difference would make it worth while for me to cut out the ocean cockpit and fit in a keyhole cockpit. Als...
by ron-t
Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta
Replies: 25
Views: 3384

Re: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta

Hi Thank you for all the various comments, here are some reactions to some of them - first of all, as far as knee grips are concerned, I have a block of hard foam glued to the underside of the front deck, and my knees sit either side of it, so I have a solid knee location. The boat has some foam bou...
by ron-t
Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Self rescue in an Anas Acuta
Replies: 25
Views: 3384

Self rescue in an Anas Acuta

Hi Tucked away in storage gathering dust I have a very ancient Anas Acuta, with of course an ocean cockpit. Now one of the reasons that I stopped using it was that I couldn`t do a re-entry and roll-up self rescue in it. It rolls fine when it is empty, with the spraydeck on, but when it is partly ful...
by ron-t
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Problems on Fladda (Sound of Luing)?
Replies: 44
Views: 6473

Re: Problems on Fladda (Sound of Luing)?

I landed on Fladda a couple of years ago to take some pictures, and I don`t recall seeing any signs about privacy - maybe they were there and I didn`t notice, maybe they weren`t, but it could be they are quite a recent addition. The right of access to Fladda is an interesting one - Fladda is a very ...
by ron-t
Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Lendal blades, repairs to edges
Replies: 12
Views: 1155

Re: Lendal blades, repairs to edges

Hi I got a pair of Celtic 600 N12 blades a few months ago and put them on my own shaft - and they certainly didn`t cost £300 - I think I paid about £75 for the blades. As far as I can remember, Celtic will do a custom paddle ( ie, choose your own length and feather ) for about £ 105. I prefer alumin...