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by Hix
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Edging the opposite way when turning in a sea kayak!
Replies: 33
Views: 4697

Re: Edging the opposite way when turning in a sea kayak!

Yep I'm an engineer as well, and this is probably the best answer so far. Sorry Jason your aerodynamics version doesn't add up to me, more surface area one side. In this case the aircraft wing top has more surface area and the plane goes up. For a sea kayak the outside edge has more surface area be...
by Hix
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VE Paddles - Experiences
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

VE Paddles - Experiences

I've been looking at replacing my paddle as it is crap to be honest. The shaft is rubbish quality and it gives me blisters as the surface finish is so cheap. I've been looking at getting a decent paddle and discovered VE paddles. They are a UK brand and made over here using proper pre-preg. I've rea...
by Hix
Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly Isles Solo?
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

Re: Scilly Isles Solo?

Mark R wrote:Suck it up, use the campsites (which are friendly and relaxed) and enjoy Scilly on its terms.
Fair point Mark, just checked out your blog and bought a copy of your book - looks great
by Hix
Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cambridgeshire UK
Replies: 5
Views: 1131

Re: Cambridgeshire UK

Hi James, Relatively new myself and reasonably close. Here are a some links that I found, hope they are useful to you: https://www.facebook.com/groups/308991639124522/ - East Coast Sea Kayaking https://www.facebook.com/groups/457577170988971/ - Nomad kayaking club. You can get 'Infinity' membership ...
by Hix
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly Isles Solo?
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

Re: Scilly Isles Solo?

All sounds pretty positive.
Always have a compass in my PFD Mary.
Ken, shame, I'm looking a little further down the road than next week. Thanks for the offer though, would be great to hear how you got on while you were out there, enjoy your trip.
by Hix
Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly Isles Solo?
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

Re: Scilly Isles Solo?

So, camping arrangements aside, it is a practical place for an intermediate solo kayaker to explore? I'm guessing that north and west of Tresco are going to be a bit on the wild side to safely explore solo, but other areas should be reasonably well sheltered.
by Hix
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly Isles Solo?
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

Re: Scilly Isles Solo?

Water supplies? I have a 3l camelbak I was planning to fill with booze ;p
by Hix
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly Isles Solo?
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

Re: Scilly Isles Solo?

Mark, what is possible? Wild camping? If frowned upon I won't do it as it'll just cause crap for others.

Owen, my current skills don't extend to such large open crossings. Shame. Don't want to be the twat that is responsible for a whole crew of RNLI volunteers getting a shout.
by Hix
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly Isles Solo?
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

Re: Scilly Isles Solo?

£72 extra for a sea kayak on Scillonian III ?

Really? Talk about market sewn up....
by Hix
Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly Isles Solo?
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

Re: Scilly Isles Solo?

Hmm, figured it would be the case. I'm guessing it's down to careless people in the past not respecting the environment they were in. Shame. I really don't like the campsite thing, but looks like I have no choice.
by Hix
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly Isles Solo?
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

Scilly Isles Solo?

I've been looking into heading down to the Scilly Isles for a week this summer. I wanted to spend some time paddling around the isles wild camping and generally not being stuck at a desk. Does anyone have any knowledge of paddling round that part of the world? What about wild camping [seems to be ba...
by Hix
Tue May 20, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Blackwater Maldon area this weekend
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Re: Blackwater Maldon area this weekend

Cheers, sorry for the late reply, I hadn't enabled updates as default
by Hix
Mon May 19, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Footwear for drysuits?^
Replies: 24
Views: 5252

Re: Footwear for drysuits?^

I've got a pair of Merrell watersports trainers. They are basically trainers with a very open mesh on the top and sides. They drain pretty much instantly and have vibram soles which are designed for use on wet slippery rocks. They perform excellently. The ones I have seem to have been phased out, bu...
by Hix
Fri May 16, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Re: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area

Cheers for the info dude. Will get in touch.
by Hix
Fri May 16, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Re: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area

One quick question Rog, drysuit. Overkill in these temps or a sensible move? Just thinking it could get a bit sweaty in there if it stays like this.
by Hix
Fri May 16, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Re: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area

Excellent, all sounding positive. It's weird, I've never had any issues with very dangerous mountain situations but going solo on the sea triggers the respect muscle
by Hix
Fri May 16, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Blackwater Maldon area this weekend
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Blackwater Maldon area this weekend

Hi, I'm new to the forum and fairly new to kayaking in general too. I'm looking to make the step towards solo journeys and am aiming to go down to the River Blackwater this weekend for a spot of paddling in what looks to be a calm and safe weekend. I've done a bit of training in some challenging sea...
by Hix
Fri May 16, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Re: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area

I aim to.
I'll post a message in the paddle buddies section, on the offchance that someone is around and willing to hook up.
I suppose you have to make the first step in order to progress and it does seem a relatively safe place to make the step.
Cheers
by Hix
Fri May 16, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Re: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area

Yes, I've been giving it a lot of thought. I have been out in Pembrokeshire recently with Mike Mayberry in some fairly challenging conditions. I'm just looking to hone my skills. I'm booked in for a six week whitewater level 2 course at LVWWC and am also going to do a rolling clinic session with the...
by Hix
Fri May 16, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Re: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area

Cheers Rog, Blackwater sounds like my cup of tea, nice and quiet with wildlife thrown in too. I was looking at Osea and Wallasea this morning, but wasn't sure about the areas. From your recommendation, it looks like Osea & Northy it will be. Thanks for the input, greatly appreciated. As a noob, you ...
by Hix
Fri May 16, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Places for a relative noob to go solo Essex area

Hi people, I'm new on here, recently taken up kayaking. I've bought myself a s/h Wilderness Tempest Pro and am looking for places to try it out that are relatively safe. I've done my two star sea kayak training but I am looking to go out solo and as such want to get used to the new boat in a safe en...