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by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Virgo v Delphin
Replies: 6
Views: 652

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: 652

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: 1304

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: 2895

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: 2895

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: 2124

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: 23
Views: 1323

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: 23
Views: 1323

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: 981

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: 1058

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: 1054

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: 1109

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: 974

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: 974

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: 977

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: 977

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: 977

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: 1501

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: 1501

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: 1501

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: 1501

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: 779

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: 779

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: 47
Views: 5471

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: 47
Views: 5471

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: 1908

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: 2651

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.
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Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 3221

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: 1908

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: 3221

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...