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by Northern Blue
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toggles Re-threading New Decklines
Replies: 1
Views: 104

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: 174

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: 451

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: 0
Views: 119

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: 174

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: 6
Views: 286

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: 377

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: 377

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: 702

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: 339

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: 840

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: 339

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: 339

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: 840

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: 984

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: 400

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: 653

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: 400

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: 653

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: 653

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: 17
Views: 3682

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.
by Northern Blue
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: anyone recognise this - STOLEN?
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: anyone recognise this - STOLEN?

Link doesn't work for me, or the advert might have been removed...." 404 Error page doesn't exist " and they put a picture of a cat in a tie instead.
by Northern Blue
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Very sad news
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Re: Very sad news

I was stood by one of the walkers ringing 999, as mentioned above it was hard for the caller to convety the sense of urgency, the call handler wanted to know too much irrelevant information , eg name, age, address all of which wasted valuable time I never take my phone on the river, I will now. I w...
by Northern Blue
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Talk by Freya Hoffmeister - sea kayak circumnavigation of South America
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: Talk by Freya Hoffmeister - sea kayak circumnavigation of South America

Thanks for the information. Ticket sorted for Newcastle !
by Northern Blue
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Late Christmas Present
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Late Christmas Present

PaddlesAClog wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:49 pm
Congratulations, that's a nice dry suit already isn't it?
Thanks.... and Sod's law being what it is, my new drysuit is only a few months old. I have a few other ideas though !
by Northern Blue
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Late Christmas Present
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Late Christmas Present

Daryl wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:24 pm
That is a nice surprise, ive bought about £1400 of kayak gear in the last 2 weeks and ive yet to get a roofrack and kayak.

Enjoy your voucher.
Thanks.... and it does soon add up doesn't it, but buying is half of the fun ;-)
by Northern Blue
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: New MKII Scorpio, or buy a used 2010(?) model?
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: New MKII Scorpio, or buy a used 2010(?) model?

There are benefits to both Scorpio options and if you can afford to wait, there's nothing nicer than having something shiny and new, without the risk of an underlying and potentially hard to spot defect. If money is tight, the used option from a reputable source is probably better for you at the mom...
by Northern Blue
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Typhoon PS330 or Multisport 5 Drysuit
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Re: Typhoon PS330 or Multisport 5 Drysuit

I haven't used mine on whitewater yet, but I recently replaced my MS4 with a PS330 Extreme for sea kayaking and it's been in use right through November & December, proving to be a very capable suit. I wear a wooly hat when conditions get cold and with the high collar done up, it protects my mouth an...
by Northern Blue
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?
Replies: 11
Views: 914

Re: Can you use a sit on top kayak in the ocean?

Yes, within your own abilities !

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by Northern Blue
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Late Christmas Present
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Late Christmas Present

When I bought my sea kayak from North East Kayaks in Amble last month, I was automatically entered in to their Christmas prize draw, which I totally forgot about. I've just had a phone call from the owner, letting me know that I've won second prize ! £500 in store vouchers ! Just starting myself a l...