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by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Isle of Coll - Advice as holiday destination please

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1546808190301-3887.png Coll is wonderful and... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1546808190253-1435.png ...yes the west coast has swell but... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1546808190282-1889.png ...there are pla...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Re: Kayaking from Inverkip to Ireland.. Advice please.

Greetings Sandshark and a very warm welcome to the forum. In general if you have to ask "am I ready for this trip?" the answer is usually no. The crossing of the North Channel from Mull of Kintyre is very committing with strong tides. You would need considerable understanding of tides to plan this t...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Advice - cracks and hairline cracks in gelcoat

Greetings Disco, that is good proportionate advice from Chris and Michal :o) . My kayaks looks much more like Michal's than yours. However, there is something that bothers me about your kayak gel coat in the second photo. Something I have never seen in any of my kayaks. It's not the straight abrasio...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll



Kayakbiker, especially for you...
ring out that Solstice bell!

Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll

Greetings kayakbiker, I am glad you enjoyed the Loch Sheil, Moidart Ailort round and hope you got a chance to ring the bell. I am a regular visitor to the area and did the round one winter in my Aries (which is similar to your Delphin) with full winter camping gear and food for 4 nights. The Think Z...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll

Greetings kayak biker, Having arthritis in both knees and hips for over 20 years and had major surgery to both knees I have no difficulty at all rolling. My main problem is I don't like being in the frog leg position jammed into the thigh braces for any length of time so I usually paddle with my leg...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

Thanks Chris :)

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

Hi Chris, that is an interesting pdf map which I have not seen before, thank you. I think the numbered areas may refer to the organisation of the shore based coastguard units rather than to the listening areas of the Coastguard Operations Centres.

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

Hi Northern, I know the Isles of Fleet quite well. Currently the area from Great Orme's Head to Mull of Galloway, which includes the Isles of Fleet, is covered by Holyhead coastguard who listen/transmit from Calbeck north of the Lake District and Snaefell on the Isle of Man. As you have discovered, ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 936

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

I do have an VHF(FM)/LW/MW radio and a phone but there are lots of blackspots for both. I also listen to the coastguard MSI broadcasts on my marine VHF handheld but again there are blackspots on the west coast. I get my wife to text the forecast and because I leave my phone on during the day while p...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: xtra or aries
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: xtra or aries

Hi Billy the Aries 150 is only 1cm narrower than the 155 and shares the same cockpit rim and seat. I paddled both the same day and remember being surprised that the 150 didn’t feel tighter given that my thighs do not fit an Anas Acuta or a Rockpool Isel. I suspect there is little difference in deck ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: xtra or aries
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: xtra or aries

Hello Billy I have paddled both the Aries 150 and the Xtra and at 5'8" and 72kg I found them equally great for your intended use of day trips surf and rough water. I certainly did not feel I was on the small side for either. Indeed I currently paddle the larger Aries 155! I have not paddled the Xcit...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3342

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

I agree, I do not use SafeTRX when paddling either.

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 3342

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

A few days ago I was talking to one of the Solway Sector coastguards about SafeTRX. The coastguards like it as it encourages people to make a float plan and leave it with their shore contact who is the person who will ultimately raise the alarm if the water user is unable to do so themselves. It was...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1330

Re: Stiff hands

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1542150114219-0943.png I like neoprene pogies which you can just see at the bottom of the photo. This was sea water so it was quite nippy. You get a nice warm damp microclimate inside neoprene pogies, even when it is cold as this. Your hands do get ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1647

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Can't think of a better training for sea kayaking than paddling in a white water river. Although I wanted to become a seakayaker I intentionally dabbled in WW for several years before taking to the sea.
Image

Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1967

Re: Sea kayak speed

Most people here probably think of me as a seakayaker but my main sport (since 1977) has been windsurfing and I have always liked catching waves. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1541666326283-3465.png So as a sea kayaker I have always found it frustrating not to be able to catch fa...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1330

Re: Stiff hands

Jim is right I do have bad arthritis in my hands which particularly bothers me windsurfing in winter and so I blamed that. However, I also have haemochromatosis which causes particular problems with arthritis causing pain and stiffness in the hands. Like Mike I found cranks help but more recently I ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1967

Re: Sea kayak speed

Some great information from Aled and Jim :o). For 7 months of the year I live within 100m of the beach and store my kayaks/surfski under an old oak tree which overhangs the beach. We had sustained high pressure with calm conditions in spring and early summer which made for excellent comparative test...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1967

Re: Sea kayak speed

I will have a exact answer for you tomorrow when I get back to where my gpx files are stored. I have data with just me paddling the same route non stop, a distance of 11.8km, no wind same state of tide at a comfortable but fast pace. There is not a lot of difference between the Aries and the Cetus b...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1967

Re: Sea kayak speed

Hi James, If you just enjoy dawdling along the coast going in and out of every nook, then a whole range of kayaks can paddle together and no one gets tired. However, if you are on a longer camping trip with loaded boats, adverse tide, paddling against the wind, a bigger distance to cover, perhaps a ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suboptimal trip end - Medway Forts
Replies: 8
Views: 587

Re: Suboptimal trip end - Medway Forts

Yikes Mark, that reminds me of many parts of the Solway at low tide. Hopefully it was not too smelly? Was there a hosepipe anywhere near where you left the cars?

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1967

Re: Sea kayak speed

Hi James, I have an Aries 155 and a Cetus MV. I also have a wealth of GPS data and health data (stroke rate/HR/calories burned) from my Garmin Fenix 5 watch. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1541532261587-2392.png As you would expect and the others have reported the longer Cetus is ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A slap in the face !
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: A slap in the face !

Stunning :o)

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Don't mess with the seals
Replies: 1
Views: 447

Re: Don't mess with the seals

Stunning :o)

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?

Greetings McGruff, like Ian said... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1537858491411-2137.png Cumnann Beag I do a fair bit of wild swimming in an area which has less strong currents than here and one of the problems is getting washed onto barnacle covered rocks. I hope you have tough ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat

Well you would be alright if you were a woman. The wording of that act is so up itself that it does not consider that a person using such wireless telegraphy equipment might be a she!

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat

Hi NB, I just missed you by one day! I paddle round the Islands of Fleet most days but just returned from two weeks in Turkey yesterday evening. There was a good drying breeze on Tuesday. My anemometer on an island at the edge of Fleet Bay recorded a maximum wind speed of 75 knots (86mph)... https:/...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bioluminescence
Replies: 2
Views: 497

Re: Bioluminescence

Hi Mike we had amazing bioluminescence in the Solway in the second half of August and I experienced it both when swimming and kayaking. I have never managed to photograph it.

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

I have been in a fair few sea lochs but have never thought of ticking them off. There are certainly a lot to explore and some of them like Loch Fyne are very underrated. It would be very difficult to pick a favourite but (West) Loch Tarbert on Jura ticks a lot of boxes if that is your thing :o) http...