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by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: Leaving a vehicle

by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: Leaving a vehicle

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1534232760964-6435.png I have done this trip several times. It is most enjoyable. The hotel are very used to paddlers. If you do not stay at the hotel before or after the trip there is a small charge (I think it was £5 for 3 nights in October 2016)....
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: New Flat Earth Kayak Sails Footloose '80.
Replies: 1
Views: 246

New Flat Earth Kayak Sails Footloose '80.

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1529407121842-7863.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1529407154098-7124.png I have managed to get my hands on one of the new Flat Earth Kayak Sails Footloose ’80 sails. It is not intended to replace the current Trade Wind ’80, wh...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu May 10, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fresh water - Treshnish Isles
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: Fresh water - Treshnish Isles

Thank you Fozzy, I used that photo because the razorbill and puffin were perched above one of the old water collecting channels! The Treshnish Isles are a truly wonderful spot... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1525948217455-0259.png ...especially if you can camp and... https://med...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu May 10, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toilets at Ulva Ferry
Replies: 18
Views: 1242

Re: Toilets at Ulva Ferry

My first reaction was to say "Aw Pish, how could someone do that?" but on reflection I realise that is not quite biologically correct. I recently saw similar on a beach at low tide, which also revealed oyster cages...

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed May 09, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Flat earth sails for the UK
Replies: 33
Views: 6624

Re: Flat earth sails for the UK

Great news Mark!

Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed May 09, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fresh water - Treshnish Isles
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: Fresh water - Treshnish Isles

Hi Fozzy lovely spot, take your own water. The former inhabitants captured rain/surface water in channels. There are so many birds there at this time of year that any surface pools you find will be heavily contaminated. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1525901177055-5624.png Enjoy y...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duncan Winning - RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: Duncan Winning - RIP

Duncan also had a great sense of humour. Since it was exactly 5 years ago today, I think Duncan would have enjoyed seeing this April 1st spoof (which we worked on together) again.... The Greenland Roller paddle: https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1522567305323-3385.png https://media.u...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duncan Winning - RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: Duncan Winning - RIP

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1522566799700-9016.png What a loss his passing is. He was a thoroughly decent and modest family man. His influence in his chosen recreation of sea kayaking is immeasurable due to his gift of time to others, willingness to share knowledge and quiet l...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Padding - how snug
Replies: 18
Views: 1197

Re: Padding - how snug

Hello Grian when I paddled WW boats I used to pad my kayaks really tight. When I moved to sea kayaking I still padded out the contact points pretty snugly. I have recently lost 4 stone and am enjoying the freedom and comfort of more space. I have no intention of increasing the padding to make up for...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bass Strait Crossing - Video
Replies: 11
Views: 999

Re: Bass Strait Crossing - Video

Absolutely wonderful video of a great trip

Thanks Mark

Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1194

Re: Register your EPIRB

A sobering read Rod, thank you. We should never underestimate the risks run by others to put fish on our plates. One of my family was lost at sea when he fell overboard from a commercial fishing boat. In this sad MAIB case there was a 43 minute delay between the EPIRB signal being received and SAR t...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Three piece kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Re: Three piece kayak

Hi Sean My friend has a sectional Valley which uses bolts through the bulkheads. It was considerably more expensive than a one piece. The boat is significantly heavier than a one piece making it a brute to get onto a roof rack if assembled. It is also a real faff to assemble, especially if there is ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drogues for landing in surf?
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Drogues for landing in surf?

Greetings Macgruff, I do have a drogue and have deployed it only once in earnest, when caught by a savage hailstone squall between Easdale and Mull. Three of us rafted up set the drogue off the stern and sat with our backs to the hail with our hoods up till it passed. I would never use one to land o...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Cameras and salt water
Replies: 22
Views: 1491

Re: Cameras and salt water

Hi Grian I use a number of different cameras and unfortunately the more expensive magnesium bodied ones are most likely to be damaged by salt water on your hands and spray in the air. I use a microfibre cloth to dry my hands before I take the camera out of its bag. On a day trip I probably get throu...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1194

Re: Register your EPIRB

Hi Ron just heard about this from a coastguard friend. Apparently the EPIRB's position was quickly found to be in the marina but it took some time to find out which of the many boats it was in because it was not registered. I am certainly not binning my PLB yet!

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patterns on loch's surface
Replies: 11
Views: 927

Re: Patterns on loch's surface

Jim> and I'm told fish shoaling can create a surface pattern too, but I can't claim to have ever identified such a phenomenon Hi Jim back in the sixties the seas used to boil with shoals of mackerel quite commonly though nowadays it is rare. Last year we were traversing the Corryvreckan west to east...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3165

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Phil the history of "EPIRBs" is long and complex and in the past not all EPIRBs broadcast an analogue 121.5Mhz signal. Indeed not all of them broadcast a digital 406Mhz signal either. There was at least one rival system to the current system which used the IMMARSAT satellites. This is still used ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3165

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Ian/Jim I never thought of that (different regs applying to different ships, even in the same fleet) but for those that do not know, the MV Caledonian Isles is the Arran ferry and yes it does carry a mixture of private and commercial vehicles including fuel tankers. This also might be why the car...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3165

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Rick, You have made some great points in defence of flares. I guess I am just playing Devil's Advocate. As I said above, I am out on a limb. Perceived wisdom is that leaders/professionals should carry flares, there is a terrible inertia to change within organisations such as BC. I am lucky I just...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3165

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Rick, Unlike flares, the satellite technology is improving all the time and by the end of 2018 the MEOSAR satellite system (that initiated in 2016) should be fully operational and this will greatly speed the transmission of both the emergency alert and your position even in gullies. Prior to the ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3165

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Chris at a demo day a few years ago I asked one of the sea king pilots at RN Gannet how important smoke would be in a rescue. His answer was "Not that important but nice to have if you have a flare. The unpredictable wind rescuing people in mountains causes much more problems for the pilot and fe...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3165

Re: Carrying flares

That was the Moelfre RNLI that rescued that kayaker and yes indeed it was an orange smoke flare that alerted the public. Personally if I had no flares and no PLB I would put my money into a PLB first. A flare burns for a very short period of time and unless you are close to someone on the shore or a...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 1400

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Thanks Rog I actually posted here the other night but the edit timed out and I lost all the post, photos and all. The total portage in the Crinan Canal is about 3.5km including the Ardrishaig portage up past lock 4 and the portage past the locks at the Cairnbaan section. The portage from West Loch T...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Surfing in Sydney
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Kayak Surfing in Sydney

Hi Mark and Rob, thank you for posting this great antidote to a very cold northern winter. I love the location and those new Audax boats look like they handle great :o)

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1274

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

Richb> However, it leaves me wondering how much less regular but especially awkward motions cause or aggravate the condition compared to very repetitive motions? A very good point Rich, I have had to stop using screwdrivers, even electric screwdrivers, as a few screws are now enough to bring on a re...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Suggestions for P&H Skeg slider replacement in Scorpio?^
Replies: 20
Views: 4743

Re: Suggestions for P&H Skeg slider replacement in Scorpio?^

Hi John: http://www.phseakayaks.com/skegSystem.php The trickiest bit was actually welding plastic across the original hole for the skeg cord before drilling a new hole. I have since replaced another Mk1 slider with a Mk2 slider in a friend's Delphin. This time I just enlarged the original hole and m...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 2506

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Greetings Steve and thank you for graciously correcting me. It was indeed the Lettmann Ergonom Pro Sea Tour that I tested and did not like. I am not normally prone to making mistakes like this, my only excuse is I am not very well at the moment. So sincere apologies to Lettmann. Previously I did not...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 3240

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

I fear that in doing away with stars, BC has caused us to reassess the name of our little group, the "Dark Skies Paddlers"... Dark Skies... no stars. The other day, group member David who has been paddling since the 1950's and still managed 140km over 3 full days back in May said "Why on earth would...