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by Northern Blue
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

Thanks Mike, that’s an interesting read. I wasn’t aware that there were non gps versions available and the MRT article doesn’t clarify whether or not the activated PLB had gps.

I use the Ranger that is depicted in your link as it’s just a beefed up version of their sea going Fastfind 220.
by Northern Blue
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Checking PLB Accuracy

Is it possible for a distributor or manufacturer to periodically check the accuracy of our PLBs, is this even a service that is offered ? If so, how often are you getting accuracy checks done ? There was a land based incident reported on FBook by a Mountain Rescue Team a couple of weeks back, where ...
by Northern Blue
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

Cheers Douglas, I’ll give some thought to the Garmin set up you’re using. Our group took a rest break on Barlocco yesterday and I set SafeTrx to ‘always’ just before setting off for Ardwall and Carrick. It was back to its usual accuracy, so all is good. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/...
by Northern Blue
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

Thank you both for those replies. What you are saying makes sense and I will give it a try during tomorrow’s paddle, switching preferences over to ‘always’ just before I set off. Perhaps the iOS 13 upgrade has changed this aspect, as it has been working fine since 2018 without ‘always’ selected. OH ...
by Northern Blue
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 392

SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

Anyone having recent issues with SafeTrx ? I’ve found it fairly accurate since I installed the app in July 2018 and my OH has always been able to follow my paddling progress from home. Also, checking back over the mapped route, the accuracy was always acceptable for a log of where I’d been. Two padd...
by Northern Blue
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Deck Elastic - What Size?
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: P&H Deck Elastic - What Size?

SJD is correct, 5mm just fits nicely through the fittings. I recently replaced mine on the Scorpio.
by Northern Blue
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1398

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

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by Northern Blue
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1398

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

There are plenty of experienced coaches that could run you through the FoL, but I can personally vouch for Tony Hammock. He lives opposite the falls and has a lot of experience of running them. Last year, my girlfriend and myself, along with another friend, had a half day with Tony, where he got us ...
by Northern Blue
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Stand Up Paddleboarding
Topic: 12v Inflators
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: 12v Inflators

StillNewish wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:45 pm
I'd be interested to hear what you think of it long term, as I'm considering getting one for my SUP.
Not ‘long term’ yet, but 3 months in and it’s doing its job. I can’t ask for any more than that !
by Northern Blue
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 1312

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Initial thoughts.... I can see some situations where it would be a benefit in a kayak ie. rafting up in an emergency and having the stability and time to deploy and attach to a radio, but other situations where a paddler has become separated and in the water, where deploying might be problematic, es...
by Northern Blue
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Increased VHF range on your Kayak! GALAXY-INFL8
Replies: 22
Views: 1312

Effective VHF Coverage - temporary topic please do not post

If you’d like it trialled, please get in touch. I’ll be paddling throughout the winter.
by Northern Blue
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images

Franky wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:22 pm
........PS GoPro's own video editing software is pants - poorly designed, and crashes constantly.
I wonder if that’s a compatibility issue, as all I use is GoPro’s own editing software and I’ve never had it crash. It is pretty basic though.
by Northern Blue
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2093

Re: BBC filler

@seawolf856 I didn’t see anything wrong in what you asked ! It’s an interest thing amongst like minded sea kayakers and I also would be interested if any of the participants would be so kind to share their story. From the range of boats, FSK, composites and plastic, it looks like it could be a local...
by Northern Blue
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images

Ps. One more tip..... I’ve wasted so many good shots in the past due to water droplets or dried salt on the lens causing blurred images, I habitually wet and wipe the lens now. Depending on the conditions, a bit like a windscreen wiper going ;-)
by Northern Blue
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images

I’m always in the market for an extra GoPro if the price is right ! You make a very valid point though, it’s not always easy to get a good shot without the bow of the kayak featuring heavily. I’ve given up using mine on voice activation, as any wind or surf noise makes it less than useless. I tend t...
by Northern Blue
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Life jackets
Replies: 14
Views: 950

Re: Life jackets

@jackp Just a thought, but have you considered using a leash to connect you to your SOT, which in the event of being wiped out would keep you connected to your boat. It’s many years since I surfed wave skis, but always made use of a leg leash. Many occasions in the big North Sea winter swells and ev...
by Northern Blue
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DSC VHF Woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1250

Re: DSC VHF Woes

Just by way of an update.... after drying my radio out in my airing cupboard back in June, it returned to full operational status and at the same time, I had contact from SH, inviting me to send the radio to them for examination. Similar to Wildbadger’s experience, this was to be at my cost and risk...
by Northern Blue
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camping power pack
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: Camping power pack

I also use an Anker power pack. It lives in my waterproof hard case, With my GoPro camera, 4 batteries, charger and various leads.It also charges my iPhone and on the odd occasion, my iPad.
by Northern Blue
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Stand Up Paddleboarding
Topic: 12v Inflators
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: 12v Inflators

Went for a McConks in the end, easily inflated 2 boards to 18psi last night. Will see how it lasts longer term.
by Northern Blue
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak
Replies: 17
Views: 1425

Re: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak

Four or five seconds is short. Head out beyond the break where you can turn without risk of a breaking wave broaching you. Get set up and turn hard on the peak of the swell, where there’s less resistance to the turn. The Scorpio is a big heavy lump, so anything you can do to help it turn will benefi...
by Northern Blue
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Stand Up Paddleboarding
Topic: 12v Inflators
Replies: 4
Views: 537

12v Inflators

Inflating 2 iSups to 18psi before each paddle is getting tiresome. Any recommendations for a reliable 12v inflator ?

TIA
by Northern Blue
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1923

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

I upgraded from a Palm tow line to one of the Whetmans last year and used it loads on practice sessions. It’s a superb bit of kit, with a short tow built in too. I don’t mind the size of the bag, which some complain is a bit intrusive as it’s on the large side, but this helps with repacking. I’ve he...
by Northern Blue
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 1737

Re: Towing eyes

I agree with the previous comments, in a collision with another vehicle, it won’t matter much. If you’re a decent driver, the chances of hitting a pedestrian are pretty remote and if your luck did run out, the chances of the towing eye hitting them are lower again. I don’t have a front towing eye on...
by Northern Blue
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Locking mechanism on Celtic paddles
Replies: 2
Views: 505

Re: Locking mechanism on Celtic paddles

I’ve had my Sea Pro with leverlock since 2013/14 and as much as it’s been dropped in the sand on several occasions, it always gets rinsed off and I’ve never had any issues with it going together, locking or releasing. It’s as smooth as the day I bought it.
by Northern Blue
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: FAO Sinker
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: FAO Sinker

PM sent !
by Northern Blue
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: FAO Sinker
Replies: 2
Views: 582

FAO Sinker

@sinker I have tried to reply to your PM, but it looks like you have disabled PM receipt in your set up. Let me know when you’ve changed the setting and I’ll try again,

Ken.
by Northern Blue
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 12ft or 14ft kayak?
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: 12ft or 14ft kayak?

Fun2Bgrey.... it’s great if you are managing to get your kayak on to the car at the moment, but if you start to struggle as you get older, consider a Karitek roof rack system which slides over the side of the car and allows you to load/unload at a manageable height. My partner has one fitted to her ...
by Northern Blue
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV

I’m biased towards the Scorpio, but only because it’s such a good boat and does everything I ask of it. It surfs well, but once or twice the bow has dug in as @charleston14 says, but it soon lifts back out when you turn. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/70355/1563607843437-6056.png Is ...