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by Northern Blue
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Evolution Sea Kayaks
Replies: 2
Views: 262

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 - Gear
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 9
Views: 450

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 - Gear
Topic: Roof mounted carrier
Replies: 6
Views: 531

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 - Gear
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 5
Views: 465

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: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wanted - KariTec J Bars
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: SORTED - KariTec J Bars

No longer required - Thanks !
by Northern Blue
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wanted - KariTec J Bars
Replies: 1
Views: 169

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: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Silva 58 Kayak Compass
Replies: 3
Views: 492

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: 1103

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 - Gear
Topic: Toggles Re-threading New Decklines
Replies: 3
Views: 492

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: 277

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: 598

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: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Silva 58 Kayak Compass
Replies: 3
Views: 492

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: 277

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.
by Northern Blue
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Private Sales - Kayak Angling
Topic: For Sale - Wilderness Systems Thresher 155 (Red)
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: For Sale - Wilderness Systems Thresher 155 (Red)

**Reduced to £695**

There's currently a new Thresher 155 on EBay at £1500 and a smaller used Thresher 140 at £1100, making mine an excellent catch for a lucky new owner.
by Northern Blue
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Basic Surf Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 513

Re: Basic Surf Practice

Just a bit of ad-hoc training with a few new acquaintances from a local club.
by Northern Blue
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Basic Surf Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 513

Basic Surf Practice

Had an excellent coaching session yesterday at Hartlepool.
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by Northern Blue
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Adding water to hull for ballasting
Replies: 14
Views: 912

Re: Adding water to hull for ballasting

My Thresher 'sit on top ' was sometimes difficult to handle and would have benefited from having a rudder fitted.

Is this an option on the Scrambler ?
by Northern Blue
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dodging The Snow Flurries
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Dodging The Snow Flurries

Great action shots! Looks like miniskirt/t-shirt weather by north east standards, no? :) Apart from the local BBC lunchtime news today, reporting a couple of swimmers at Tynemouth, dressed only in shorts (only a few miles north of where I was freezing my bits off yesterday) I spotted my neighbour h...
by Northern Blue
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1127

Re: Register your EPIRB

That makes sense Douglas, much easier to pick up on a signal mid ocean, or on a deserted coastline.

Similar to the early days of vehicle 'Tracker' systems, that would quickly direct us in to an area of lock up garages, but would leave us to identify which one contained the stolen vehicle.
by Northern Blue
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dodging The Snow Flurries
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Dodging The Snow Flurries

Maybe with the younger generation, socialising on Newcastle's quayside or the Bigg Market, fortunately I'm older and (sometimes) wiser :-)
by Northern Blue
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dodging The Snow Flurries
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Dodging The Snow Flurries

A few brave souls (or fools) braved the bitterly cold conditions yesterday morning and managed a bit of surf coaching at Sunderland. It was a fairly short session, but I got a lot from it. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/70355/1519709551537-7388.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.u...
by Northern Blue
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1127

Re: Register your EPIRB

Bear in mind though its taking them about five months to do that. I applied to register my PLB in June 2017 and only received confirmation of registration late November 2017 along with this note : I do apologise for the longer than anticipated delay, due to changing computing systems, low staffing ...
by Northern Blue
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drogues for landing in surf?
Replies: 13
Views: 1230

Re: Drogues for landing in surf?

Although I haven't yet had the experience of taking my sea kayak through big surf, when I used to surf my wave ski, if I was ever trashed by a big wave, like Nick, I found the safest place was behind my board and follow it in to the beach, allowing the surf to crash over me. No deck lines, but attac...
by Northern Blue
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium & Dogs
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium & Dogs

Suggest you join the "Skye Free Ads" Facebook group and ask on there. I know of a couple of dog sitting services but they are based in the North (Dunvegan and Earlish). R. After a number of recommendations on Skye Free Ads for the kennels at Aird, I managed to get hold of the owner and she confirme...
by Northern Blue
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When the North Sea's too rough....
Replies: 8
Views: 821

Re: When the North Sea's too rough....

Thanks Grian, it's always good to have alternative destinations for when the sea is 'out of order' ! Can you launch directly from the site ? Site looks good on their website, although at one point I thought it was tents only, when I saw they don't allow caravans. I'm pleased I read on, as motorhomes...
by Northern Blue
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium & Dogs
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium & Dogs

Heading up to Skye in May for 6 days of SSKS glorious weather, beautiful scenery, stunning paddles and no midges whatsoever, not a single one, not even a sniff of one.... I can dream can't I ? (Skye midges absolutely adore this pale southern blood). As I'm likely to be touring before and after the s...
by Northern Blue
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When the North Sea's too rough....
Replies: 8
Views: 821

Re: When the North Sea's too rough....

Grian wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:54 pm
Lovely picture! Which lake is it?
Derwentwater, looking north towards Skiddaw.

I've only paddled there and Windermere and don't recognise the surroundings in your pic, which I'm guessing is neither of them ?
by Northern Blue
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When the North Sea's too rough....
Replies: 8
Views: 821

When the North Sea's too rough....

.... go straight to Plan B, otherwise known as the tranquility of the Lake District !

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by Northern Blue
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 20
Views: 4250

Re: Searching for the Finmen

jmmoxon wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 am
Olly Hicks & George Bullard's film:
https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1NBYKYF ... he-finnmen
Thoroughly enjoyable film.... Thanks !

I hadn't heard the story of 'The Finmen' prior to this thread being resurrected, so I'm looking forward to having a read of Norman Rogers' book.