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by Northern Blue
Fri May 31, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: high top transit roof rack advise please
Replies: 24
Views: 719

Re: high top transit roof rack advise please

I’m another fan of Karitek’s ELRR. When I bought my Peugeot Boxer based camper in 2017, my first port of call was Karitek and the rack has seen a lot of use in those 2 years, allowing me to load 2 kayaks singlehandedly. A kayaking friend also has a Boxer based camper and went down the fixed roof rac...
by Northern Blue
Sun May 12, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Compass for deck with a ridge line.
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Compass for deck with a ridge line.

Failing any better suggestions coming along, I’d be tempted to get a piece of stiff rubber, such as the type that boat trailer rollers are made from and shape the bottom to suit the shape of your ridge line and leave the top flat to mount the compass. You’d then have a choice of drilling and bolting...
by Northern Blue
Fri May 10, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: Stash your paddle float

then use my extended paddle over my shoulder, to counter lifting one end of my boat up, emptying the vast majority of water from the cockpit..... Why a vast amount of water in the cockpit?..... I should have made that clearer, I didn’t say there would be a vast amount of water in the cockpit, I sai...
by Northern Blue
Thu May 09, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: Stash your paddle float

There may be times when a re-entry roll isn’t an option, such as an injury, disability or not having achieved that skill yet. For that reason, I also practice a self rescue technique that I was taught, where I initially leave my boat upside down, fit and inflate my paddle float, then use my extended...
by Northern Blue
Thu May 09, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: Stash your paddle float

Mine sits under a foredeck elastic, but it’s the inflatable type, so sits flat and I can easily reach it while the boat is upside down. I’m not sure I’m envisaging correctly your thought on having it attached to an assembled paddle, which wouldn’t work for me. I carry spare splits on my foredeck and...
by Northern Blue
Tue May 07, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 695

Re: Paddle recommendations

I can’t fault my 4 piece Celtic Sea Pro, cranked carbons. I went for slightly larger blades and have been using 700s for the last couple of years.
by Northern Blue
Sat May 04, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Excellent video, makes me wish I’d never moved inland ;-)
by Northern Blue
Sat May 04, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Yes Northern Blue, I can confirm it’s working, we picked you up loud and clear at Newbiggin Lifeboat Station. Thanks for the confirmation Rod, it was obviously just the location over on the west coast, exactly as Douglas stated. I take it neither yourselves or Blyth had any call outs ?.... the Nort...
by Northern Blue
Sat May 04, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Radio is fine, Humber CG responded immediately to a test call from Blyth Harbour earlier.

Thanks for all the tips.
by Northern Blue
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Thanks everyone for your pointers, I tried the radio yesterday at Auchencairn and got no response from Belfast CG or an ‘any vessel’ shout. I just got back to Durham today and will be down the coast at the weekend, where I’ll try Humber CG or another ‘any vessel’ shout again. If that fails to get a ...
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Douglas, my PLB is last resort back up, after the VHF and mobile phone. I was paddling with a mutual friend a couple of days ago and was told the story of the gunman at Knockbrex.... scary !!
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling
Replies: 9
Views: 923

Re: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling

........ - other recommended alternatives........ My Typhoon MS4 was excellent value for money, until I damaged my shoulder in a head on road traffic collision and the shoulder entry became problematic on solo paddles. I sold it and upgraded to the waist entry, Typhoon PS 330 Extreme, which is an a...
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Rich, never a problem with sucking eggs.... and yes ‘TX’ is showing on the screen when pressing the PTT button and antenna checked religiously before every trip. (Recently retired emergency services with personal radio in use on a daily basis) :-)
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Definitely on high, but need to check the ‘Int’ setting. Nothing’s been changed in settings since I last used it at home, when Humber responded.
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Interesting Chris and thanks again. The Cumbrian mast might have been just out of line of sight, depending on its actual height above sea level, but the one on the Isle Of Man had a clear line to it.
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

It’s obviously an iPad thing. I’ve just tried going in via Safari and it hasn’t helped. Unfortunately I’m away from home and my laptop at the moment, but will have a look when I get back next week. Edit - Just downloaded Google Chrome for the iPad and still no details on the map :-(
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Thanks Chris. Your link is taking me in to a live map, showing my current location, but no details of CG transmitter locations.
by Northern Blue
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Effective VHF Coverage

I appreciate that my 6w VHF radio transmissions from a sea kayak are going to be fairly restricted by ‘line of sight’ to the nearest CG base or repeater station, but so far this past week I’ve not managed to get a single response to my ‘radio check’ calls to Belfast CG, from various locations around...
by Northern Blue
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Try Before You Buy
Replies: 0
Views: 318

Try Before You Buy

Well I’ve seen first hand the benefit of ‘try before you buy’ ! I took a Taran 18 out over the weekend and I could not get comfortable in it at all. I haven’t paddled much over the winter, but the sea was fairly flat and I constantly felt as if I was about to tip out, not at all reflective of last y...
by Northern Blue
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 10
Views: 1101

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

@GregMiller @sea monkey

Thanks both for responding with the extra valuable information. I’m looking forward to getting both out on the water.
by Northern Blue
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

I use a McMurdo Fastfind Ranger, which has exactly the same technical ability and waterproofing as the Fastfind 220, but is made of a more robust plastic, better suited for use in the mountains, should I ever be unfortunate enough to drop it down a crag.
by Northern Blue
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 10
Views: 1101

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

@Jim - When I tried the Taran 18 last year, it didn’t seem significantly less manoeuvrable than my Scorpio HV, but it’s been mentioned in a couple of reviews that I’ve read recently, which is why I queried it. It’s not something I need on a sea boat. I’m hoping to get my hands on my friend’s 18 agai...
by Northern Blue
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 10
Views: 1101

Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

Having spent a few years with a couple of Scorpios, it was always my intention to make the move to a composite Cetus, however after paddling a friend’s demo Rockpool Taran last year, I’m giving a lot of thought to placing a Taran on order over the summer. I’ve read quite a bit about the Taran 16 bei...
by Northern Blue
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water Consultancy - Technical Problems ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2451

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: 9
Views: 653

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: 13
Views: 2451

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: 13
Views: 2451

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: 1179

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 ?