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by Erewash
Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Tay - car parking and driver shuttle
Replies: 2
Views: 870

River Tay - car parking and driver shuttle

Anybody has ideas for a driver shuttle along the Tay, and safe parking in Dundee? We want to paddle the River Tay from source to sea, i.e. Killin to Broughty Ferry, beginning of September. Having only one car, we need at least a driver shuttle. Citylink isn't running the direct 973 service any longe...
by Erewash
Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof point and shoot
Replies: 5
Views: 724

Re: Waterproof point and shoot

I can back Steve's post. I've got the Panasonic Lumix FT25 for under £100 on ebay and am very happy with it. Much butter optics than my old camera, both the photos and the videos have amazing quality, including the underwater ones. The camera is very robust as well. I had to fiddle with the settings...
by Erewash
Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Perception Carolina 14 touring / sea kayak with rudder
Replies: 0
Views: 394

FS: Perception Carolina 14 touring / sea kayak with rudder

I'm selling my Carolina 14. It has the usual signs of use, including multiple scratches, but is in perfect working order. When I bought it from the first owner the eyelet for the rear toggle had a hair crack which has been professionally welded by Valley Sea Kayaks. It comes with a metal rudder and ...
by Erewash
Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:43 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Sea Kayaking
Replies: 9
Views: 2224

Re: Sea Kayaking

Hi,

we got a couple of salt-addicts here in the Derby area. We go to Wales most often, occasionally Scotland. I myself won't have much time in the near future, but send me a PM when you plan something and I pass it on

MIke
by Erewash
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 20
Views: 2157

Re: GPS

I used an old Garmin etrex which just gave me the distance covered and the position. I found it useful for river kayaking in combination with a river guide that mentions features along the river, for sea kayaking when you want to know where you are along a coast and for checking transits, and genera...
by Erewash
Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: FS: English White Water 2nd edition
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Re: FS: English White Water 2nd edition

I'll take it if still available; sent you a PM

cheers
Mike
by Erewash
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Steamed up glasses!
Replies: 29
Views: 2347

Re: Steamed up glasses!

yes, potentially there is an increased risk of eye infection. When paddling, water droplets may splash into your eyes that carry microorganism which can cause konjunctivitis and keratitis (an inflammation of the epithelial lining of your inner lids and eye ball). River & canal water is more dangerou...
by Erewash
Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Bamford to Baslow - Peak District
Replies: 17
Views: 5239

Re: Bamford to Baslow - Peak District

We wanted to run this section yesterday and had a look at the take-out at Baslow Weir when we were approached by a scouting ranger of the Chatsworth Estate. He was very friendly and polite but told us that the Chatsworth Estate now takes a hard stance and will take legal action for trespassing again...
by Erewash
Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Touring Boats - Where can they go?
Replies: 18
Views: 1372

Re: Touring Boats - Where can they go?

I had a Carolina 14 which I used as a all-round boat, from sea kayaking to multi-day kayak camping to rivers and canals. I did the Wye with it, no problems. The only issue is the length = maneuverability. Touring boats are a bit of a pain on small winding rivers, and I wouldn't want to go through bo...
by Erewash
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak and Camping Advice..S.Wales /Midlands
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Re: Kayak and Camping Advice..S.Wales /Midlands

Hi there, I've paddled the River Spey and Tweed in an Ethos 9. My humble advice: a) you need to be really spartanic with your luggage, but as a backpacker you will be used to it b) you have 3 places for luggage: in front of your footrests/footplate, behind your seat, in the rear compartment. Make su...
by Erewash
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Need a hood/cap for winter...any suggestions?
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

Re: Need a hood/cap for winter...any suggestions?

I bought a neoprene hood but find it quite stiff and uncomfortable. If the Reed hood is anything like the other clothing I got from it then it should be quite comfy and easy to wear

Mike
by Erewash
Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Sail Recomendation wtd^
Replies: 32
Views: 4989

Re: Kayak Sail Recomendation wtd

I'm using a Pacific Action sail, much cheaper than the Flat Earth sails, and much simpler. I'm just a kayaker, not a sailor, and use the sail for aiding paddling, so I can't comment on any sailing manoeuvres you can or can't do with the PA sail, but it suits me well. Very easy to attach to the kayak...
by Erewash
Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Anker - Midlands
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

Re: River Anker - Midlands

Matt, Marty,

give me a shout when you go on the Anker, it has been on my list for a while. I'd be most interested in the stretch from Mancetter to Tamworth.

cheers
Mike
by Erewash
Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 days paddling weekend and antibiotic on Monday
Replies: 11
Views: 1643

Re: 3 days paddling weekend and antibiotic on Monday

Hi Norb, having worked on ticks and Lyme disease for >20 years, I can only tell you not to panic. Firstly, not all ticks carry Borrelia, secondly, it usually takes about 30 hrs of sucking before they transmit Borrelia with their saliva, and thirdly, from your description is sounds as if you had eith...
by Erewash
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: Scotland - Southern Uplands
Topic: River Tweed - Peebles to Peel
Replies: 2
Views: 3425

Re: River Tweed - Peebles to Peel

we paddled the Tweed from Peebles to Tweedmouth in GP/cross-over kayaks in the first week of Sept. It took us two half and two full days of paddling at leisurely speed, with 15, 22, 21 and 11 miles per day, doing mostly 3.5 -4.5 mph. We were at the very bottom of the green river level range, so we h...
by Erewash
Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted Perception Carolina or similar boat
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: Wanted Perception Carolina or similar boat

Hi, I've got a Carolina 14 with rudder that I wanted to sell at some point. I bought it 2nd hand in 2009; the chap before me had it about a year or so. Excellent condition throughout but one of the deck eyelets for the rear toggle has a crack. I'm in the Midlands, quite a distance from Swansea, alth...
by Erewash
Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: leaky storage hatch on Wavesport Ethos
Replies: 12
Views: 1325

Re: leaky storage hatch on Wavesport Ethos

Thanks for all the answers so far, very helpful. Ordered some Dow Marine Sealant today and will treat the bulkhead and openings for the skeg cord. Cheers, Mike
by Erewash
Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: leaky storage hatch on Wavesport Ethos
Replies: 12
Views: 1325

leaky storage hatch on Wavesport Ethos

Calling all Ethos owners: I'm one of three paddlers in our club who has an Ethos (me an Ethos 9, the others an Ethos 10). All of us have the same problem of several ml of water in the storage hatch after a trip, which suggests that it does seem to be a general issue, but none of us can figure out wh...
by Erewash
Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof mobiles.
Replies: 18
Views: 2542

Re: Waterproof mobiles.

I use an ancient builder's phone which I got for £25 off ebay for exactly the same reasons - I just stuff it into my buoyancy aid without having to bother with cases or bags, and it holds battery life long enough for multi-day trips. It's a Samsung B2100, not the most customer-friendly but IP57 cert...
by Erewash
Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: SWALE (Catterick to Ure Confluence)
Replies: 4
Views: 4416

Re: SWALE (Catterick to Ure Confluence)

Paddled from Catterick Bridge to Morton-on-Swale in kayaks yesterday at EA level 57cm. Very scenic and peaceful trip, well worth doing. The river is so fast flowing that we more or less drifted the 12 miles in 3.5 hours. Unloaded in the far left corner of the racecourse overflow car park and put in ...
by Erewash
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Advice - Fusion or what?
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Advice - Fusion or what?

Hi Neil, I agree with the other Mike, excellent boat in principle, fast and well tracking on the flat and can handle easier WW no worries. What lets it down is the cockpit which is formed like a bathtub, the rim very high up and the sides very wide. I think it's because Pyranha tried to save money a...
by Erewash
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: WANTED LL Remix XP 9 or Wavesport Ethos 9
Replies: 0
Views: 557

WANTED LL Remix XP 9 or Wavesport Ethos 9

Hi there, I am looking for a cross-over boat and want to buy either a LL Remix XP 9 (1st choice) or Wavesport Ethos 9 (2nd choice)