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by TheEcho
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 17
Views: 777

Re: Long swim.

Interesting idea! Maybe the next time our club does a wet skills session I shall produce a short length of stout hose and invite a swimmer to thread it through their wrist seal and start blowing themselves up.

They might think I was insane for even suggesting it, but maybe they think that anyway.
by TheEcho
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 43
Views: 1267

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

If it helps get a feel for the relative speeds, I have paddled the same flatwater as a time trial in a Stability 8 K1 (Cobra) and a rotomoulded sea kayak (Delphin 150) and taken 51 minutes in the sea kayak and 41 minutes in the K1. I pick the racing boat for a quick blast because it is easy to carry...
by TheEcho
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New member looking for first kayak advice
Replies: 13
Views: 474

Re: New member looking for first kayak advice

The Delphin has a quite plumb bow, unusual for a plastic boat. The 150 would be a better fit for you than the 155. Personally I think it looks like it has been hit with the ugly stick, but it would be easier to find second hand than boats like Tarantellas. I think dry vs wet boat is more about volum...
by TheEcho
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Changes to Moderate Water Sea kayak Leader (4*)
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: Changes to Moderate Water Sea kayak Leader (4*)

Yes, the leadership skills can be quite separate from other skills. I am part of a large club, so yes there are people who have been working up their personal skills over the years doing sea kayaking and find leadership the most challenging , but I have seen people with different weaknesses from wha...
by TheEcho
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW rivers in the UK with the same name!
Replies: 17
Views: 843

Re: WW rivers in the UK with the same name!

They aren’t WW, but if you include touring rivers, there are enough River Stours in the U.K. to cause chaos when trip planning. I’ve paddled the one in Suffolk (tidal), then there’s the one in Kent, a nice tidal one in Dorset, and I’m told there’s some more in Warwickshire, and Worcestershire, flowi...
by TheEcho
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: Sea fishing kayak advice
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Sea fishing kayak advice

Having up to 3 foot overhang on the car isn’t a problem. I find weight far more of an issue than size when putting boats on cars, although less of an issue if you are a strong young bloke I guess. I don’t have experience with sit on tops but for general kayak buying it helps if you can try it first ...
by TheEcho
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ocean cockpit...
Replies: 19
Views: 2041

Re: The ocean cockpit...

I have paddled an ocean cockpit boat (skerray) and recently bought a Rockpool Isel. I decided against an ocean cockpit because I wanted to be fast in and out of the boat on awkward shores, particularly as I intended the boat to do leadership qualifications in. But I reckon that the increasing cockpi...
by TheEcho
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Canoe or Kayak trips in Portugal
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: Canoe or Kayak trips in Portugal

I am currently in Portugal and have just done a half day paddle today with these guys: https://www.seakayakingsagres.com/ The area around Sagres and Lagos in the Western Algarve is beautiful coastline. Today (Christmas Eve!) the wind was blowing quite hard and going out into the full force of the At...
by TheEcho
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo
Replies: 6
Views: 847

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: 6
Views: 847

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: 3393

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: 3393

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: 892

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: 2210

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: 538

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: 538

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: 797

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: 1411

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: 1411

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: 1411

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: 997

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: 436

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: 1342

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: 969

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: 1749

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: 370
Views: 43078

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: 3501

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: 949

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: 1547

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: 791

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...