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by ron-t
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast
Replies: 3
Views: 806

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: 806

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: 637

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: 1488

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: 652

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: 777

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: 2535

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: 482

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: 967

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: 482

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: 3188

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: 3188

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: 3359

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: 830

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: 6433

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: 3359

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: 3359

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: 3359

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: 6433

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: 1146

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...
by ron-t
Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: For sale - Perception Sonic
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Re: For sale - Perception Sonic

Bump - still for sale
by ron-t
Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Sea kayaking - Anglesey
Replies: 0
Views: 592

Sea kayaking - Anglesey

Hi I usually paddle solo around Anglesey, including a bit of rock hopping and playing on tideraces, however being a bit of a geriatric wimp, I tend to shy away from intentionally paddling solo in the harder conditions that sometimes occur. So I`m thinking about the possibility of hooking up with som...
by ron-t
Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: For sale - Perception Sonic
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Re: For sale - Perception Sonic

Bump !

Boat is still for sale.

If you sent me a PM about this boat, it is not in my inbox, but I got an email from UKRGB to say that I have a PM - so not quite sure what is going on.

If you are still interested, please get in touch again.
by ron-t
Sat May 03, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: For sale - Perception Sonic
Replies: 2
Views: 501

For sale - Perception Sonic

For sale ...... Perception Sonic http://i610.photobucket.com/albums/tt187/stan2this/2426-side-view-640_zps22eb39ea.jpg It is about 5 years old, it was used for about 2 years mostly on the Tay, but for the last 3 years or so it hasn`t really been used, it has been collecting dust in spare rooms. Ther...
by ron-t
Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Moving the bulkhead in a plastic boat
Replies: 10
Views: 932

Re: Moving the bulkhead in a plastic boat

My experience of foam bulkheads in plastic boats is that they are a disaster- you may get it to seal for a while, but after weeks or months they start to leak. Don`t underestimate the safety issue of having bulkheads that leak. Even small leaks will allow water into the end compartments at a surpris...
by ron-t
Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: transport a skin on frame from Exeter North please?
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Re: transport a skin on frame from Exeter North please?

MacQueen Bros will move sea boats, and they go down south sometimes.
by ron-t
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle shaft advice please
Replies: 16
Views: 1759

Re: Paddle shaft advice please

Hi

Isn`t there now a tie up between Celtic Paddles and Lendal, although they may have different product lines - I think they now are both something to do with SKUK.

Celtic paddles are based in Holyhead in Anglesey, so it might be worth contacting them there.

Celticpaddles.com
by ron-t
Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: kayak buddy sought: North Wales
Replies: 10
Views: 1933

Re: kayak buddy sought: North Wales

Hi Anglesey experiences both strong tidal currents and strong winds, and conditions can change a lot in quite a short distance. So you need to be quite wary about where you go, and you also need to have a good understanding of how the tides work. The Canoe Wales website ( http://www.canoewales.com )...
by ron-t
Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Easy Anglesey Query?
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: Easy Anglesey Query?

Hi Anglesey can provide some fabulous sea kayaking, but there are two things you really need to know. The first is the tidal currents - the whole of Anglesey is surrounded by strong tidal currents - screw up and you are on your way to Dublin or Liverpool. The second is the wind - Anglesey sticks rig...