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by Northern Blue
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 19
Views: 562

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

Over the summer, I loaded my kayak on to my high top camper in preparation for an evening paddle, 20+ miles away from home and as I was meeting a friend for a dog walk halfway there, I locked the Karitek roof rack with padlocks. On reaching the meeting point, with the other 3 paddlers, it suddenly d...
by Northern Blue
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 12
Views: 441

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

I started sea kayaking regularly a couple of years ago, falling back on my experience of wave ski surfing back in the early nineties and never once taking an unplanned sea kayak capsize or swim, despite getting out in some pretty rough conditions, including surfing, Kylerhea tide races and a gentle ...
by Northern Blue
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach
Replies: 17
Views: 490

Re: Paddler size Isel and Alaw Bach

My gf weighs 65kg and paddles an Alaw Bach without needing to add extra weight to it. I’m probably at the upper limit for it at 93kg and 5’11”, but I’ve paddled it a few times now, including in some interesting sea conditions and it’s performed perfectly. When the time comes for a camping expedition...
by Northern Blue
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Difference between Stout + connect river
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: Difference between Stout + connect river

I recently bought a Burn 3 with the Stout 2 outfitting, but as this is my first river boat, all I can say is that the ratchet system pretty much locks me in to the seat, compared to the looser fit in my sea kayak.

http://www.pyranha.com/outfitting.php
by Northern Blue
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 10
Views: 1004

Re: Drysuit zips

singingpaddler wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:17 am
Thanks "Billy"! Do you find the waist zip uncomfortable, e.g. with the spraydeck?
The zip can tend to fold a little due to a slight excess of material, but once I fit my deck, I tension the zip by pulling the material to either side and have no further issues with comfort.
by Northern Blue
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vid. ...there are no words adequate
Replies: 8
Views: 1068

Re: Vid. ...there are no words adequate

.....and not wearing seatbelts 😮
by Northern Blue
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Van insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: Van insurance

I have my AutoSleeper insured with Comfort and wasn’t aware of a 48 hour limitation, although it’s unlikely I’ll need to leave mine that long anytime soon. It’s something I’ll have to check, as at some point I plan on leaving the van at the east end of the Caledonian Canal, then get dropped off in t...
by Northern Blue
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Re: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat

Do you have a fairly recent VHF licence? Part of the licencing regs are that you may listen in on any chanel but must not repeat or publish any information which you hear when doing so. Just saying...... ....and please continue to ‘just say’ ! Yes, I have a fairly recent VHF licence and that aspect...
by Northern Blue
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat

I was paddling off Ardwall Isle nr Kirkcudbright yesterday and as usual had my VHF switched on, when I overheard Belfast CG talking to the Workington lifeboat on Ch16. Belfast CG asked the lifeboat to go to Ch Zero, which they either didn’t hear, or didn’t do, as the conversation played out on Ch16 ...
by Northern Blue
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Advice Please
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Paddle Advice Please

After a few years of sea kayaking only, I’m venturing in to the river scene with my girlfriend, who regularly paddles both and I have a large Pyrhana Burn 3 on order for collection next week. I use cranked carbon Celtic paddles atm, from their Sea Pro range and my logic tells me that if my wrists ar...
by Northern Blue
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone Selling Their C-Tug Trolley ?
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Anyone Selling Their C-Tug Trolley ?

Sorted now, thank you !
by Northern Blue
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone Selling Their C-Tug Trolley ?
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Anyone Selling Their C-Tug Trolley ?

Thanks Graham, email sent !
by Northern Blue
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Silva 58 Kayak Compass
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: Silva 58 Kayak Compass

shipbadger wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:21 pm
OK. Keep me posted.
Compass is still available and I’m back home for a little while if you’re still interested !

Ken.
by Northern Blue
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone Selling Their C-Tug Trolley ?
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Anyone Selling Their C-Tug Trolley ?

Cash waiting if the price is right,

Ken.
by Northern Blue
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor

Popped in to the Durham branch of Cotswold Outdoor on Monday with my girlfriend, looking at clothing and I spotted a McMurdo Fastfind Ranger PLB in their sale cabinet, reduced from £229 to £55. On checking the battery expiry, it was late 2019, but a quick check online showed an official replacement ...
by Northern Blue
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 24
Views: 1837

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

I've used the new app for several paddles over the last week and I like it. I have used it both on 'track only' and on 'alert' both of which have proved very accurate. I did have to increase the sensitivity on 'track only' to constant, rather than every 10 minutes and a warning flashed up on my phon...
by Northern Blue
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Evolution Sea Kayaks
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: Evolution Sea Kayaks

Try this link....

http://evolutionseakayaks.com/

A few members of my local club have tried their demo boats and love them. Certainly a future contender for when I start looking to move from plastic.
by Northern Blue
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 831

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

I recently upgraded to a 14 metre Whetman system which I've only used in a couple of practice sessions. It's quite a large bag, which makes repacking easy, but it's very comfortable to wear and I forget it's there most of the time. It's very well constructed, with quality fittings and as well as the...
by Northern Blue
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof mounted carrier
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Roof mounted carrier

Is it generally recommended to stick with Thule when it comes to carriers or do other companies come highly recommended from you guys? I've used Thule bars on my cars for years, for wave skis, bikes, roof boxes etc and always found them to be decent enough quality, however since getting a 'high top...
by Northern Blue
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 10
Views: 1004

Re: Drysuit zips

Being a 'Billy No Mates' most of the time and having a long term shoulder injury, I found the rear shoulder entry on my Typhoon MS4 was increasingly difficult to fasten and open. I bit the bullet last year and bought a waist entry PS330 Extrem, which is a massive improvement for my personal circumst...
by Northern Blue
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - KariTec J Bars
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: SORTED - KariTec J Bars

No longer required - Thanks !
by Northern Blue
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - KariTec J Bars
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Wanted - KariTec J Bars

Anyone got a set of J-Bars lying around and surplus to requirements, ££ waiting.

Ken.
by Northern Blue
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Silva 58 Kayak Compass
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: Silva 58 Kayak Compass

Yes, it's still for sale and apologies for the late reply, but I've been touring & paddling the west coast of Scotland since mid May and only returned home yesterday.
I responded to another forum member via pm late last night and they have first refusal if they ring me today.

Ken.
by Northern Blue
Mon May 14, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rams butting cars Isle of Mull
Replies: 11
Views: 1269

Re: Rams butting cars Isle of Mull

A wooden stake at each corner and a roll of cheap electric fence tape, rigged up to the car battery ;-)
by Northern Blue
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toggles Re-threading New Decklines
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Toggles Re-threading New Decklines

I found my Scorpio toggles to be the most uncomfortable things on the planet and recently replaced them with a set of Wilderness Systems toggles. I was going to undo the knots in the Scorpio toggles and keep them as emergency spares, but I couldn’t work out how to disassemble them and ended up cutti...
by Northern Blue
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Recommend Me - Home Paddle Fitness
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Recommend Me - Home Paddle Fitness

Thanks for the links, I'd need to wear my helmet for that stability ball as I'd undoubtedly end up head butting the tv :-)
by Northern Blue
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Harbour Porpoises
Replies: 5
Views: 693

Re: Harbour Porpoises

Lovely to see in the wild and it looks to have been an excellent day to be on the water.

I'm heading up to the west coast for a bit paddling around Oban in a week's time, fingers crossed for both weather and wildlife !
by Northern Blue
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Silva 58 Kayak Compass
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Silva 58 Kayak Compass

This compass was supplied new with my kayak in November and other than removing it from its box to photograph it, it has never seen the light of day and is in unused and brand new condition (Slight tear in box lid from when I opened it this morning). I ended up fitting a Silva 70P to the deck recess...
by Northern Blue
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Recommend Me - Home Paddle Fitness
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Recommend Me - Home Paddle Fitness

To back up getting on the water as much as possible, can anyone recommend any fitness regimes or good videos to help build paddle fitness, strength and flexibility from the comfort of my own home.

Thanks.