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by TheEcho
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 5
Views: 316

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: 472

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: 804

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: 363
Views: 34906

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: 569

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: 623

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: 489

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: 481

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: 432

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: 3242

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 399

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: 1278

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: 1184

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...
by TheEcho
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2036

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

I have never seen a WW paddler struggle to master sea kayaking! I have, but for a different reason. A guy who had been WW paddling for years or possibly decades at a decent level had got himself an unshakeable habit of low bracing when he felt unstable, and when trying out sea kayaking really strug...
by TheEcho
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 28
Views: 1751

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

Wasn’t me, but I was on the trip... recent club trip to North Wales coincided with Storm Callum. The plan was to be off the water by the time the worst of the weather hit. There was indeed carnage on the normally straightforward grade II Glaslyn section, but the qualifying cock up afterwards was tha...
by TheEcho
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 2036

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Capsizing is more common on whitewater trips than sea trips, so it is good practice for learning to roll in real situations. Although the boats don’t roll quite the same way, the skills will transfer, and most of what you need to learn is the head game of not pulling your deck when you are unexpecte...
by TheEcho
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1617

Re: Stiff hands

yes, colder hands when wearing gloves is usually one or both of
1. Gloves too tight, reducing circulation
2. Gloves getting and staying wet, increasing heat transfer, when water would run off bare hands
by TheEcho
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beaufort/ Reed / tuiliq or bothy jacket
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: Beaufort/ Reed / tuiliq or bothy jacket

I used my new Reeds Storm cag for the first time last week over my drysuit - put it on for footling around on the shore and lunch stops, paddled away still wearing it and then took it off once I had paddled long enough to warm up. Very happy with it. It is a nice light fabric and although it didn’t ...
by TheEcho
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.
Replies: 26
Views: 1532

Re: A question about the Soca Siphon Canyon, and who should do it.

Let's also say the "leader" in my question has also thoroughly berated (with shouting, spit flying and a red angry face) first year paddlers for deciding they were too tired I am not qualified or experienced enough to comment on the whitewater specific stuff, but if I saw that, I would never wish t...
by TheEcho
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?
Replies: 10
Views: 912

Re: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?

You might want to try a composite Tempest 165. It paddles very much like a Romany, slightly less rocker. But the new ones have quite a fancy seat with whitewater style outfitting. I have the plastic version which obviously has a bit less glide.
by TheEcho
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?
Replies: 10
Views: 912

Re: Romany Classic and Atlantic lv, the same but different?

I have paddled a Romany and my partner’s Sirona which she reckons has a lot in common with an Atlantic that she tried, which makes sense as Valley bought northshore. The Sirona/Atlantic secondary stability is excellent and the kayak can be edged a long way while feeling stable. The Romany isn’t keen...
by TheEcho
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: CNTP course providers in SE?
Replies: 5
Views: 714

Re: CNTP course providers in SE?

Phil Hadley is based in the Midlands.
by TheEcho
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 1491

Re: Time for a new PDF

May depend on the VHF. Mine will go in the seawolf clamshell pocket.
by TheEcho
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This looks safe
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: This looks safe

A modern take on a Canadian canoe? Might be nice to paddle around somewhere idyllic and watch the fish swimming around underneath you. But I bet the underside would get scratched up quick so the visibility wouldn’t last. That reminds me, I once was kayaking on a crystal clear lake about to do some r...
by TheEcho
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2842

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

One of my other leaders said he was a second away from hand of god the other day If we are digressing into “how to scare a coach” stories, I did that once at a pool session. I took a polo boat that was nice and easy to roll, took a big breath and had a first bash at a weird Greenland roll I had see...
by TheEcho
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 1086

Re: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast

In terms of categories of boats, sea kayaks come in plastic or composite. Composite will help with two of your objectives - lighter and faster - but will cost more, so you need to consider what your budget is.