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by TheEcho
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo

“All recreational vessels navigating between Tower Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge from 21:00 on 31st December 2019 to 01:30 on the 1st January 2020 are to hold a NYE2019 licence.”

http://www.pla.co.uk/assets/16of2019-up ... eworks.pdf
by TheEcho
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo

Do the “Merry larks” include dodging the police launches who will be trying to stop you going into a restricted area without a licence? This actually sounds dangerous - in the dark, also dodging the big pleasure boats taking folk there to watch the fireworks whose crew’s night vision will be wrecked...
by TheEcho
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 1991

Re: VHF and training

Some were DSC, some were not, I think.
by TheEcho
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 1991

Re: VHF and training

I have never heard anyone use T... callsign and I used to hang out in an area with plenty of radio traffic from handhelds - two largish sailing clubs who mostly raced dinghies and small keelboats so did not use fixed sets. Everyone communicated using the name of the boat they were on, and the person...
by TheEcho
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?
Replies: 8
Views: 551

Re: Does anyone else put markers on their paddles for help rolling?

A lot of paddles come with an oval grip which does the same thing. My Celtic paddle has a distinctive grip, and in comparison my VE one is subtle and hard to feel so I have bulked it out with toothpicks and tape.
by TheEcho
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1676

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

Dyneema has very little stretch. I know next to nothing about towing kayaks but I wonder if low stretch might actually work better? It would certainly give you more feedback. A more elastic line might waste a lot of energy? I think a bit of elasticity is good as there can be quite a bit of snatch w...
by TheEcho
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck for Rockpool Isel? Oh, and a flask.
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Deck for Rockpool Isel? Oh, and a flask.

Ah, after peering again at the deck that didn’t fit I think it is a Keyhole A with a blob on the label rather than a Keyhole B, which must make the baggy one Keyhole C -modern plastic. That makes sense!

Thanks everyone.
by TheEcho
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck for Rockpool Isel? Oh, and a flask.
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Deck for Rockpool Isel? Oh, and a flask.

Does anyone have a source for a deck that would fit a Rockpool Isel? Every one I have tried is too wide and not long enough, including a Reed Keyhole B for Rockpool and a neoprene WW Bigdeck. I am currently using a Reed Keyhole Plastic, but it is baggy round the sides so lets water in during rolling...
by TheEcho
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Security marking PE kayaks?
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Re: Security marking PE kayaks?

These boats could exist after our death. If it’s a truly awful design, there could be multiple incidents of it washing ashore alongside a dead body, and the widow[er] selling it on to someone they didn’t like. I remember being told a macabre story of a rowing boat like that as a kid. The name etchi...
by TheEcho
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV
Replies: 13
Views: 738

Re: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV

At 5’7”, have you tried the Delphin 150? I haven’t actually 🤔. Not sure why not🙄. Just kinda assumed the 155 maybe a better boat. Have you paddled either? Yes, our club has both. I am also 5’7” but lighter than you, and have short legs. The 155 feels too big for me. Mind you it is the surf spec wit...
by TheEcho
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV
Replies: 13
Views: 738

Re: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV

At 5’7”, have you tried the Delphin 150?
by TheEcho
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV
Replies: 13
Views: 738

Re: Delphin 155 or Scorpio LV

How big are you? Scorpio LV is designed for smaller than average people, and Delphin 155 for larger than average.
by TheEcho
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA/Life jacket advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Re: BA/Life jacket advice.

I would also recommend the Astral SeaWolf or similar astral BA for women. It is a two piece design and the figure hugging bit is under the bust so doesn’t squash the female chest. The upper portion is loose and floppy so although there is a bit of bulk you don’t notice it.
by TheEcho
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sevylor Canyon SC320 inflatable Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Sevylor Canyon SC320 inflatable Repair

The other trick is to use soapy water ( inside or out) which is more likely to form bubbles at the site of the leak.
by TheEcho
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Can you take the seat out and sit on the floor? That will increase stability. But it depends whether your complaint of an over-lively nature is instability (likely to capsize) or too quick to turn/hard to hold a course.
by TheEcho
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: Waterproof 'bags' for GPS mobile phone etc

I have given up on those little bags after many failures. I have a phone that is supposed to be waterproof for half an hour. In a leaking bag it can marinate itself in water all day and die. I now keep it loose, not in a pocket, somewhere where it can dry out after a dunking, and have had no problem...
by TheEcho
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1204

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

I fear the root cause is that people go into the outdoors industry because they can’t or don’t want to sit in front of a desk fiddling with websites all day and would rather be outdoors than developing marketing strategies. But it is a necessary skill these days.
by TheEcho
Tue May 21, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 38351

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

I bet that because being underwater is out of your comfort zone, you were taking a huge breath in before diving for the GoPro . This would make it difficult for you to get to the bottom. If you relax and don’t overinflate your lungs you will find it easier to swim downwards. Not relevant to rolling ...
by TheEcho
Thu May 16, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1122

Re: Inflatable Kayak recommendations ?

Gumotex.
by TheEcho
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Take care where your rescue knife is
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Re: Take care where your rescue knife is

Interesting link, but this particular case isn’t too relevant to paddlers I think, as a butterfly knife is on a list of weapons such as flick knives and knuckledusters which are flat out illegal in the U.K. The appeal was whether he can actually carry such a banned knife with the defence that he use...
by TheEcho
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 771

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

As Dyllon says you need to use the SUP App. I believe it is because the Garmin apps have access to the watch accelerometer but the third party apps like kayaking can’t use this to detect a stroke and only work if you buy a cadence sensor. I find the stroke rate / distance per stroke useful for a few...
by TheEcho
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof rack or inflatable kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: Roof rack or inflatable kayak

If you have to have an inflatable the Gumotex and some others don’t have the ‘pain to fully dry’ problem of the Sevylors mentioned above because they are single skin, but they aren’t ever going to meet the performance of a hard shell. Look for one which is long and can take high pressure as there ar...
by TheEcho
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Newbie Needing Advice On Kayaking Licence and Magnet Fishing

British Canoeing membership will cover you for a license to paddle the nene and various other rivers. Dunno about magnets.
by TheEcho
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3535

Re: GPS

I have a Fenix 5 as well. I have used the nav screens to give me a bearing and distance to my destination which was great when crossing a fast moving tidal stream and only 1 landmark ahead so no parallax. Seeing the distance always decreasing was reassuring. I don’t think adding a new destination wa...
by TheEcho
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1288

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

Sea Kayak Award = 3* Sea without a roll. ...in slightly more sheltered conditions (1 knot tides etc) So in practice sea kayak is in sheltered estuaries and bays, coastal is going around the headlands and advanced is open crossings, which makes sense, especially on the west coast and rocky areas. It...
by TheEcho
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1288

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

I certainly agree with you about advanced sea kayaking quals being useful. However I have been told Sea Kayak Leader (4*) personal paddling skills were in practice 3* level under the same conditions. We had a British Canoeing presentation at our club explaining all the changes. The guy was explainin...
by TheEcho
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1288

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

I think the new Sea Kayak award is at a good level. If I want to take people out on the sea with my club, I want to know that they can handle their kayak OK for a few miles and be confident at getting back in their boat quickly with help if they go in. And it is sensible to train them to this standa...
by TheEcho
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Sea Kayaking Courses Pembrokshire
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Re: Sea Kayaking Courses Pembrokshire

Martin Leonard of Sea Kayak Guides is a great instructor.
by TheEcho
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1517

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

If you are after something easy to roll, a bit like an Axiom but much much cheaper, she is the right weight for an Infrared. However she would need to try it first as her legs might be too long. I fit in one with at least a couple of inches to spare but am 5’ 7” and fairly short legged for my height...
by TheEcho
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 12
Views: 1378

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

The backlog is due to increasing demand on a very old system. The IT system emails the registrations to a data entry team, who have to type it in to a separate system! It seems mind blowing that this has been going on for years and nobody has hired a programmer to eliminate this step. Perhaps waitin...