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by Rainshine
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1112

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I use the Ortlieb PD350 range of drybags which come in a wide range of sizes. They are straightforward roll-top bags - not like some of the fancier Ortlieb holdalls and bags. I think I got some in Go-Outdoors and the rest from somewhere else on the web - if you make the time to shop around on the we...
by Rainshine
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1112

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I kayak a lot and have tried loads of different drybag brands. Last year I scrapped them all in favour of Ortlieb - I reckon you can't beat them. All of the (countless) Lomo bags I've had leak except the heavy red ones but they are inflexible especially when cold so very hard to stuff into the boat ...
by Rainshine
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: STOLEN - Very Distinctive Cetus LV
Replies: 3
Views: 641

STOLEN - Very Distinctive Cetus LV

A very good friend of mine has has a very distinctive P&H Cetus LV stolen from her house today, 26 August 2018 in Fife, Scotland. Its got a carbon-Kevlar hull with clear gel coat, orange/yellow trim and orange/yellow factory keel strip. It used to belong to well known Scottish coach Kate Duffus. Its...
by Rainshine
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Valley Pintail for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 532

Re: Valley Pintail for sale

Hi Dorine - I've emailed you back about the boat.
cheers
by Rainshine
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Valley Pintail for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 532

Re: Valley Pintail for sale

Have sent you a PM.
by Rainshine
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

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

Anna I paddle very regularly in Ireland - mostly West Coast. I'm a member of ISKA which I highly recommend you join. Its not a club and you need to have your own gear but the people are fantastic, there are meets all round the country through the summer and a symposium in October. If you want contac...
by Rainshine
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 2374

Re: New UK legislation on knives

The definition used in the draft legislation is a pretty standard, internationally recognised definition for a flick-knife or switch-blade. It won't include rescue knives which pull out of a holster or sheath and it won't include a rescue knife where one has to press a button or depress part of the ...
by Rainshine
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Explorer LV for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 867

Re: Explorer LV for sale

Hi folks - Kate has sold this boat - just updating for her since she's not been back on the board and folk are expressing interest.
by Rainshine
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duncan Winning - RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 965

Re: Duncan Winning - RIP

That's very sad news. Duncan was a lovely man who had many great stories to tell. For someone who was so influential in the sport, he was very humble. Condolences and best wishes to his family.
by Rainshine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit seals
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Drysuit seals

I've had a brand new latex seal fail in an instant too!! Its just not a durable material and if it fails when you are stretching it to get it on or off, it will instantly rip the full length of the seal. You can duct tape up a wrist seal to get you on the water but duct taping a completely burst nec...
by Rainshine
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1364

Re: Register your EPIRB

When I registered my PLB with MCA towards the end of 2016, I received email confirmation along with a pdf copy of my database entry details pretty quickly. It took over a year for the confirmation of registration letter to arrive by post mind you!
by Rainshine
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trip planning in Donegal?
Replies: 9
Views: 868

Re: Trip planning in Donegal?

I'm another one who went to the Inish Adventures Symposium last year and have already booked to go back again next year - its fantastic!! I second what others have already said - Adrian is a great guy and a great place to start if you are looking for info and suggestions. And no, believe to or not, ...
by Rainshine
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This seasons colours
Replies: 25
Views: 2181

Re: This seasons colours

I recognise those blue and orange boats at Langstone and Portsmouth!!!

Have a great Christmas and New Year!!!
by Rainshine
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1352

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

Everyone has different needs and opinions. So long as you have found something that suits you then that's great. I am only expressing my opinion.
by Rainshine
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 3851

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Its all become so complicated that you'd lose the will to live just trying to understand the flowcharts!!!!
by Rainshine
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1352

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

For what its worth, earlier this year there were organised gangs stealing kayaks particularly sea kayaks from a number of the motorway services on the M6. I don't know if this is still happening. The nice services at Westmorland was apparently a particular favourite and kayak theft was rife there. T...
by Rainshine
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I liked this
Replies: 3
Views: 558

Re: I liked this

I liked that article!!

"Need" has nothing too do with buying paddling gear!! Its all about desire!!
by Rainshine
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is the Valley Nordkapp LV no longer in production
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Re: Is the Valley Nordkapp LV no longer in production

Unfortunately Valley in their infinite wisdom stopped producing all versions of the Nordkapp including the LV a considerable time ago. The Forti is the only model still being produced and available to buy new. They also stopped producing the whole Avocet range at the same time. They won't even build...
by Rainshine
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shoulder pain solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Shoulder pain solved

Can I also say that as someone who has done multiple full day clinics with Ivan on forward paddling, you simply can't learn what he coaches and teaches from that video. It was never intended to replace his coaching and it doesn't. Its very useful as a reminder and aide memoire for anyone who has alr...
by Rainshine
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peeing in women's drysuits, comparing the options
Replies: 14
Views: 2033

Re: Peeing in women's drysuits, comparing the options

Yep - in winter I often wear one IR undersuit on top of the other!! Works a treat. I have a couple of Northern Diver undersuits in different thicknesses which are designed for scuba diving in very cold conditions - they are good for river paddling or very cold days at sea but they have no drop seats...
by Rainshine
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peeing in women's drysuits, comparing the options
Replies: 14
Views: 2033

Re: Peeing in women's drysuits, comparing the options

I have a couple of womens' Kokatat drysuits both with the rear drop seat. The rear relief zip never gets in the way of anything - you never feel it and that includes when sitting in the kayak. One has a chunky plastic zip and the other has a brass zip. They are both equally comfortable and effective...
by Rainshine
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.
Replies: 19
Views: 2096

Re: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.

I can't help thinking that it would a lot more logical to have a Star Awards 1-5 system based purely on personal paddling and skills in the appropriate grades of water, weather and conditions, with Leadership Awards (Basic, Moderate, Advanced?) as separate bolt-ons. Lots of people I know want the k...
by Rainshine
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.
Replies: 19
Views: 2096

Re: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.

I had a quick look at the BCU website after reading this thread and it does look as though the 4* and 5* awards have been done away with - they no longer appear on the BCU website. Everything stops at 3*. The Paddlesport Leader Award is the first of 3 leadership awards - it's followed by Moderate Wa...
by Rainshine
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.
Replies: 19
Views: 2096

Re: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.

Based on the published remit for the new PaddleSport Leader Award, its definitely below the current 4* remit. I'm hard pressed to think of many places in Scotland where you could lead a paddle within the remit of this award given the conditions, environment and wind strength limitations it imposes. ...
by Rainshine
Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: West Coast of Ireland recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: West Coast of Ireland recommendations

Alison I'm currently in County Mayo giving Ireland's West Coast a good try-out for sea kayaking! I'm staying very near to Ballina but due to sea and weather conditions on the days we have been free to get out, its been difficult to do much paddling around the North Mayo coast during this stay so I'v...
by Rainshine
Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SoloTent Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1276

Re: SoloTent Advice

Ah, the Vango F10 of yesteryear - I remember it well!!! You certainly couldn't fault its chunky sturdiness!! And such a cheery shade of orange - till it faded! I even remember hiring F10s when I was a broke student - it always rained. I hear what folk are saying about geodesic tents - I've got a fan...
by Rainshine
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SoloTent Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1276

Re: SoloTent Advice

I can't recommend my Decathlon tent highly enough for sea kayaking. I can't quite believe it - I've always been a believer that you need to pay a lot for a good tent and buy a well known brand but this tent has exceeded all my expectations. Its a QUECHUA QUICKHIKER ULTRALIGHT 2. Its a single pole, 2...
by Rainshine
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie... transporting!
Replies: 17
Views: 1758

Re: Newbie... transporting!

Have a look at The Roof Box Company online - they carry a huge range of products from lots of different manufacturers so you can compare what is available more easily than just going into the local Halfords. In particular, The Roof Box guys carry a wide range of different styles of canoe and kayak c...
by Rainshine
Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Perception Sierra spray deck
Replies: 2
Views: 795

Re: Perception Sierra spray deck

I'm sure there are other places but Kayaks and Paddles are still selling the custom nylon spraydecks for these boats (which are now discontinued) at £50.

http://www.kayaksandpaddles.co.uk
by Rainshine
Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beware the French lifeguards
Replies: 16
Views: 2093

Re: Beware the French lifeguards

You can look at the annual WAID reports for exmple and see the absolutely minuscule numbers of boat related drowning fatalities in all forms of UK waters (from the sea to baths and jacuzzis). The fatality numbers are so small that its impossible to see any legislation or regulatory system producing ...