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by sloegin
Mon May 11, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Volan
Replies: 7
Views: 695

Re: P&H Volan

Hi Folks
We here at Sea Kayak Oban have just ordered our demo boat. The first batch of production boats has just been completed as pictured above. When commercial operations can recommence 'properly' we expect to be able to offer demos in the Volan - maybe Early July.
by sloegin
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1655

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

I'd recommend finding a Pilates class. In my experience, whilst general fitness is important, my kayaking improved noticeably about 6months after I started a weekly pilates class. Flexibility and understanding how to isolate and use specific muscle groups is key to efficient boating. Pilates offers ...
by sloegin
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 2630

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

Sea Kayak Oban have stock of the Inuksuk split Carbon Fibre Greenland paddle made by Kajak Sport of Finland. Douglas Wilcox has reviewed it and I'm sure could offer an independent view if he see's this.
by sloegin
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 4003

Re: New P&H model ?

Hiho folks

The composite version of the Virgo is called 'Volan' - it's still in development and a little while away yet.
by sloegin
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 4003

Re: New P&H model ?

Hi Folks

The official release of the specs to the public was today you can read the blurb on the website but the bit that doesn't seem to be on there yet is


Specs:
Length: 443cm
Width: 58cm
Weight (CX): 23.5kg
Weight (MZ3): 24.5kg
Paddler Weight Range: 45 - 100kg
by sloegin
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New paddles?
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: New paddles?

Also take a look at Ainsworth Ocean in full carbon or Carbon Shaft and glass blades, or as PeterG mentions above Epic make touring paddles which I am about to bring into stock next week.
by sloegin
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 9
Views: 1696

Re: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?

If you want to spend a bit less and have something in a tougher plastic construction you could try a P&H Valkyrie. Available in a 2 3 or 4 hatch version.
by sloegin
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1690

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

Hi Simon As someone who deals with the manufacturers on a daily basis I understand your frustrations all too well. As Jim says, the people who build boats and design boats really just don't have the time/desire for staring at a computer and updating their websites. As someone who runs a small busine...
by sloegin
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2134

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

I use the Howard Jeffs Sea Kayak Tow Line https://www.howardjeffs.com/shop/accessories-equipment/sea-kayak-tow-line/ There has been a further batch manufactured since I got mine but I'd say all in all its a top piece of kit. Its very well though out in terms of the 'clean line' principle, the way ev...
by sloegin
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yak Greenburg
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: Yak Greenburg

I bought one and I wouldn't buy another one. Positives - I like all the pockets, everything compartmentalised works for me (but my partner thinks its too fiddly) - what you can't see from the pics is that every section of flotation is accessed through zips on the inside so there are even more places...
by sloegin
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please
Replies: 15
Views: 4459

Re: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please

I believe the Typhoon PS220 is the best balance of value to quality. If I had to buy another suit today I would buy another one.
by sloegin
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling...
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Re: Rolling...

in my experience the both the quest and the quest LV have a 'stall' point about 3/4 of the way through the roll. You think its all going well and then it just robs you of all of the natural finishing momentum. t
The only way to overcome it as mentioned above is a lot of 'leg drive' oomph
by sloegin
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: WANTED: sea kayak near North Berwick
Replies: 1
Views: 375

Re: WANTED: sea kayak near North Berwick

you could try joining North Berwick kayak club. they store their club sea kayaks at NB harbour. They may not rent you one for a month but you can at least have access to one for your training. Can I strongly advise you take some advice from a professional coach and look carefully into the weather an...
by sloegin
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Regaining BCU qualifications
Replies: 1
Views: 645

Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Hi Craig Its not that you don't still hold the award, its just that you can't work as an active coach under BCU insurance. BCU Level 2 doesn't actually exist any more - the qualification is still valid but a new person can no longer acquire it. The BCU coaching scheme has been replaced by the UKCC c...
by sloegin
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement Sea Training.
Replies: 1
Views: 497

Re: Level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement Sea Training.

bump happening next weekend still 2 places available. Weather Forecast makes Edinburgh Area very likely.
by sloegin
Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Holiday reading
Replies: 22
Views: 2966

Re: Holiday reading

On a slightly more WW2 historical note some may enjoy Paddy Ashdown's book 'A Brilliant Little Mission: The Cockleshell Heroes'. Its a book on the formation of the SBS and the Cockleshell mission into Bordeaux harbour by Klepper double kayak. For those that are interested I believe Jeff Allan helped...
by sloegin
Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement Sea Training.
Replies: 1
Views: 497

Level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement Sea Training.

Level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement Sea Training. I am organizing the afore mentioned on the weekend of 4th 5th Feb 2017. The course tutor is Claire Knifton. This is not for profit - the course costs will be split between the number of people wanting to attend (max 4) - currently there are 2 spaces a...
by sloegin
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Bell Chestnut Prospector16
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Bell Chestnut Prospector16

Hiho Could you tell me something more about this boat. Is it in Royalex? Does it still have Bow and Stern seats and are they the wicker version? Will it be sold with airbags? Is it laced? The Bell website doesn't seem to exist anymore so I can't really look it up though some reviews on SOTP describe...
by sloegin
Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted Plastic North Shore Atlantic
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Wanted Plastic North Shore Atlantic

As titled. I'm looking for a second hand North Shore Atlantic RM (plastic) that I can bash around a bit as my Ocean is getting too many dings.

Any condition any location any price considered

Thanks

Mark M
by sloegin
Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: for sale bending branches wooden paddle
Replies: 2
Views: 344

Re: for sale bending branches wooden paddle

Hiho

There isn't any mention of a "Tailwind" paddle on the Bending Branches website? Is this a Greenland Stick? If so I'd be interested in pictures.

Thanks
Mark M
by sloegin
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: WANTED! Sea kayak transported from North Cornwall to Glasgow (or nearby meetup)
Replies: 6
Views: 863

Re: WANTED! Sea kayak transported from North Cornwall to Glasgow (or nearby meetup)

Hiho I live in Edinburgh but I am heading down to Falmouth next week. I will be returning on the Friday evening/Saturday April 2nd (ish - its a long way) to Edinburgh. I'm on a training course so can't spend ages driving around cornwall to pick up boats but if it can be brought to Falmouth I could g...
by sloegin
Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New East Lothian Club
Replies: 7
Views: 1806

Re: New East Lothian Club

Whilst its absolutely great that folks are starting a new club and I 100% support you - I have to ask, what was it that felt you couldn't get from the other clubs in the area that you wanted? As far as most folks in the UK go Edinburgh and surrounding area is very very well served with clubs. Edinbu...
by sloegin
Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Mitchell Touring Special
Replies: 1
Views: 1364

Mitchell Touring Special

Good Evening Folks

I'm struggling to find a UK retailer for the Mitchell Touring Special. Does anyone know anywhere with any actual stock in the UK?

Many thanks

Mark M
by sloegin
Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broken Carbon Fibre Paddle repair?
Replies: 5
Views: 1927

Re: Broken Carbon Fibre Paddle repair?

Many thanks for your replies folks.

Having sent some pics to various people including the UK Werner distributer, the conclusion seems to be new blades are needed and can be fitted whilst retaining the shaft. 240squids though.....
by sloegin
Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Broken Carbon Fibre Paddle repair?
Replies: 5
Views: 1927

Broken Carbon Fibre Paddle repair?

Hiho I managed to crack/snap both ends of my Carbon Fibre Werner Iklos on a surf course last weekend. It looks like the foam core is intact. Does anyone know of a company that does paddle repairs in the UK? Is having new blades put on the crank shaft a possibility? Many thanks in advance. Mark M
by sloegin
Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gul Taw drysuit (ladies)
Replies: 8
Views: 4662

Re: Gul Taw drysuit (ladies)

I too would be interested in hearing if anyone has a review of the male version (or female) of this suit. I have a friend who has one brand new but would be interested to hear from anyone on the longer term quality and dryness.

thanks
by sloegin
Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difference between Etain 17.7 and 17.5?
Replies: 8
Views: 2550

Re: Difference between Etain 17.7 and 17.5?

I've long term paddled both a 17.7 and 17.5 Etain in plastic and I would fully agree with Roland and others. The 17.7 does feel 'dead', its a bit of tank and weighs a lot both in and out of the water - but it does have excellent expedition capacity. The 17.5 is more lively and whilst you couldn't de...
by sloegin
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Illuminating compass during crossings
Replies: 7
Views: 1439

Re: Illuminating compass during crossings

If your compass is in the recess in front of your front hatch cover you could try putting a Guardian Light on a piece of elastic pointing forward into the compass with the elastic stretched around the hatch cover. We've found that you can't actually see the source and it lights up the compass really...
by sloegin
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Kayak -any suggestion
Replies: 12
Views: 3041

Re: First Kayak -any suggestion

If you are looking to stay plastic I would recommend you have a paddle of the NorthShore Atlantic RM and possibly the Tiderace Vortex. You should be able to pick either of those up for sub £1000 - even new. NorthShore make excellent quality boats which really cover the whole spectrum - its the sort ...
by sloegin
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peak Explorer 2014 Drysuit - Any Good?
Replies: 3
Views: 1112

Re: Peak Explorer 2014 Drysuit - Any Good?

Hiho My partner has/had one. I say had - we've given up on it and got a Damex one instead. It was properly dry 1 year from new but by the end of year 2 she was wet through. They were washed in fresh water after every use and tech washed. I think they feel relatively 'light duty' in terms of fabric. ...