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by Northern Blue
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Just by way of an update, PayPal have fully refunded my purchase cost.
by Northern Blue
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 8
Views: 291

Re: Campervan Scotland - where to stay

If you can get on for half term, Silversands site at Arisaig is one of my favourites, especially if you get a front pitch with views over to Eigg and Rum. Send a text to the owner John on 07716 231727 to enquire or book. Facilities are clean and adequate, if a little dated, but this view from the pi...
by Northern Blue
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Thanks Chris, PayPal should eventually sort out the refund, but it will be in their own timeframe.
by Northern Blue
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

It’s starting to look like WWC may have ceased trading, which if correct, is sad for the company and their employees that I’ve been told have been made redundant, but to leave their online ordering system live, taking money from fellow kayakers and not honouring the sale this close to Christmas is l...
by Northern Blue
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 858

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

I’m not sure how the coverage works, but last weekend I was paddling round the Isles of Fleet and was listening to Belfast CG transmissions, yet during the week I was just round the corner in Kirkcudbright bay and picked up Holyhead CG.

Line of sight at its best ?
by Northern Blue
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Not confirmed, but I’m hearing this is more than technical problems, which is very sad news.
by Northern Blue
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?

Does anyone local to WWC in Wales know if they’re experiencing technical issues at the moment. I have been trying to contact them about an outstanding order over the last two days and can’t get through to them on the phone. Their website has an “Scheduled Maintenance” banner showing (yesterday & tod...
by Northern Blue
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 507

Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Thanks for all the recommendations.

“Kayak” bought and digested already. It’s a fun and easy read, with a super sense of humour throughout.

Second edition of “WW Safety & Rescue” is also here, but is going to take a bit longer to get through.
by Northern Blue
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 36
Views: 2762

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

My reservations about the SafeTrx app are due to it's reliance on smart phones. I've used it while sailing but that's not a problem as I can get a bit of shelter to use my phone but I wouldn't consider using it in a kayak. My phone doesn't work if the screen or my hands are wet, there's no way of f...
by Northern Blue
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 507

Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

It goes without saying buying ww kit is only worthwhile if you know how and when to use it! Maybe get on a WWSR course on one of the chilly winter weekends?? It does go without saying, but none the less, it’s sound advice and fortunately there are plenty of courses available, along with coaching th...
by Northern Blue
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 507

Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

For those long winter nights, I’m looking for a good instructional whitewater book, covering safety, rescues, equipment and techniques. I’ve built up a considerable amount of sea kit, but have only just started on my ww venture. We had to negotiate a low dam at the weekend and I didn’t even have a s...
by Northern Blue
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking Tshirts
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: Kayaking Tshirts

Not exactly kayak or canoe related, but I picked a couple of these cool Icebreaker T’s up over the summer....


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by Northern Blue
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another tragic kayaking fatality in Nepal.
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

Re: Another tragic kayaking fatality in Nepal.

Can i ask why you feel the need to share this here? The information is already up to the public, but serves no benefit by being pushed in to the public eye. All were tragic accidents so why not leave them be as that? It’s tragic, but it’s also news, it’s relevant to our sport/hobby/pastime & to thi...
by Northern Blue
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: 2 Lost Paddles - River Sprint, Cumbria
Replies: 0
Views: 120

2 Lost Paddles - River Sprint, Cumbria

On behalf of a friend who was out with a group of paddlers Sunday 2nd December.

Lost at the S bends on the River Sprint, mid afternoon, 2 Werner paddles, no contact details on them, one set had a pair of Pogies attached. May end up in the River Kent.

No other details !
by Northern Blue
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Silva 58 Kayak Compass
Replies: 5
Views: 975

Re: Silva 58 Kayak Compass

Compass sold elsewhere !
by Northern Blue
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1219

Re: PLB protection

As per others, my McMurdo stays in my BA pocket and has survived many soakings during self rescue and rolling practice.
by Northern Blue
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2375

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

The ‘boss lady’ during the summer, off Whitburn on the NE England coast.

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by Northern Blue
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2375

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

I’ve got so many favourites, but this one brings back fond memories from Arisaig, the week before going to the Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium.

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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: 28
Views: 1452

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: 33
Views: 1531

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: 675

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: 505

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: 1124

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: 1204

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: 409

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: 541

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: 541

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: 357

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...