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by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek - exceptional customer service
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: Karitek - exceptional customer service

Thank you seawolf. I hope you have a great season in 2020 :)

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek - exceptional customer service
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: Karitek - exceptional customer service

It is always such a pleasure to deal with Kari-Tek. Their after sales support is exemplary. With regard to the ELRR, if any one even has any doubts about getting one, please do your shoulders a favour and order one now. Your shoulders will thank you for it. I now have torn rotator cuffs in both shou...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 1051

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

Two years ago in a similar discusion I posted this..... Let's look at it another way, let's say the status quo was PLBs and DSC VHF. Someone comes along tomorrow from the Save your Soul pyrotechnic company, (imagine someone like Jeremy Clarkson) and says "Look forget about those invisible electron t...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Droman Pier
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: Droman Pier

Hi Peter, my brother launches several times a year from Droman. Unfortunately, as you suspected, the pier car park is now listed on several motorhome "wild camping " websites. It is therefore very busy in July, August and September. He tried to launch there in mid July 2019 and could not get near du...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 14
Views: 756

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

Good suggestion Jim, however, a PLB is usually switched off so it is very unlikely its last position would be as close to where they were found, unless it was activated in that place then switched off (I am not sure if all PLBs can be switched off, my first ACR from about 13y ago couldn't). People d...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 14
Views: 756

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

Sartech will check your PLB when they replace the battery. We have no idea what vintage the PLB used was and whether it had GPS or not. I am aware of two seakayak incidents in Scotland in the last 12 months where recent handheld PLB's with GPS (RescueMe PLB1 and McMurdo Fastfind 220) were used to ra...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 795

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

Hi Northern, yes SafeTrx now needs "always" access to the GPS since ios 13 on my iphone X. However, having the GPS on for a whole trip does dent the phone battery life, which is why I do not use SafeTRX to log trips, particularly multi-day trips. I do continue to have my contact and craft details st...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eigg
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Eigg

The Small Isles are great I have paddled them summer and winter. Given the existence of a perfectly good ferry and the fact that the isles have such interesting coastlines, I don't waste time paddling across from the mainland or Skye. Laigg Bay and Camas Sgiotaig on the west coast of Eigg are great ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 1303

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images

Greetings adventureagent and thank you. It must be the first time anyone has praised my technique!!! :) I really only do low braces, I have torn the rotator cuff in both shoulders and so avoid high braces like the plague. The only time I would now do a high brace is if I ever roll (a roll is just an...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 1303

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images


You can of course use a GoPro for video but I seldom bother.

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images
Replies: 18
Views: 1303

Re: Gopro hero7: How do I get good images

I use a GoPro Hero 7 Black and mainly use it for still photos that I could not get from any of my handheld cameras. I record 4K 25fps video in the widest possible view size (which uses the whole sensor). I view the footage using GoPro Quick (which is totally non functional as a video editor) and exp...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Virgo v Delphin
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: Virgo v Delphin

Hi Davek, One of my friends who tried the Virgo is 95kg. He had no problems whatsoever. He thououghly enjoyed it to the extent thsat he is considering buying one to partner his Scorpio HV to use for day paddles. He did not appear to be sitting really low in the water in it so I suspect there was ple...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Virgo v Delphin
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: Virgo v Delphin

Greetings NTR, I have been paddling a Virgo several times a week for the last 10 weeks. I have also paddled an Aries since they first came out and paddled a Delphin for several years. I really like the Virgo. It is an ideal allround day touring kayak but is easily capable of carrying weekend camping...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak
Replies: 17
Views: 1777

Re: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1567641308250-5519.png Hi Gordon this was me the same day you were out, just down the coast a bit where the waves were bigger. A sea kayak is completely the wrong tool for the job. I was ripping the waves to pieces at 25 knots while you were swimmin...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 3378

Re: New P&H model ?

Good question mcgruff, I really liked the Octane/Nitro RM surfski on which the Valkyrie is based so I expected not to like it so much as I did. Since testing the Octane I have gone on to buy a carbon fibre Think Zen surfski. However, I absolutely loved the Valkyrie and had a very great deal of fun i...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 3378

Re: New P&H model ?

With regards to the Valkyrie, I have paddled it almost every day for the last two months. There are action shots and review of some of its features on my FB page. There will be a review of it in the next issue of OP. I like it a great deal and have had more fun in it than almost any other kayak I ha...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu May 09, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2488

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

Great write up thank you. My brother had a similar experience when he set off for a wild camp from one of the Arisaig campsites where he regularly sets up base camp. He had left a float plan with the warden but that night a concerned fellow camper dialled 999 without informing the warden. The Mallai...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 24
Views: 1954

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Hi Northern, I think the PLB is now the first resort when needing to call for help in a life threatening situation. There was a recent incident in the Forth to the east of Portobello when one of a very experienced pair of paddlers got into difficulty. Neither could raise the coastguard on their VHFs...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 24
Views: 1954

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Hi Northern I am not surprised your VHF handheld will not raise the coastguard anywhere on that coast, my 6 watt Icom doesn’t either.. which is why a bought a PLB nearly 14 years ago. Your VHF will work perfectly well reaching the coastguard on the other side of Wigtown Bay near Isle of Whithorn whe...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak sail
Replies: 9
Views: 1067

Re: Kayak sail

Hi Porteous welcome to the forum. I agree with all of the above posts. Karitek are a great company to deal with. Sadly there are already too many copies of the Flat Earth sail floating about. Some are even sold with similar sounding model names. The late Mick MacRobb who designed and made Flat Earth...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scorpio Advice Please -Scudder or Skeg
Replies: 13
Views: 1325

Re: Scorpio Advice Please -Scudder or Skeg

I have paddled Mark 2 Scorpio HV and MV with both shudder and skeg. I agree with what Phil has said. I really like the shudder and basically the only maintenance it needs is to have a jet of water from a hose put up the Skeg box every so often. The hinge at the bottom of the spindle that the blade s...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scorpio HV or MV
Replies: 12
Views: 1395

Re: Scorpio HV or MV

Greeting kayakbiker, I paddled both when I was 15 stone 4lbs. I also had back, hip and knee problems. I liked them both but the HV was particularly comfortable though big . A friend with back and hip problems who weighs about 13 stone much preferred the HV to the MV, again for comfort. Another frien...
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: 1249

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: 14
Views: 1696

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: 1037

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: 1085

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: 1085

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: 1085

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: 1790

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: 1790

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