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by andynormancx
Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations on a first kayak for a very tall person
Replies: 9
Views: 187

Re: Recommendations on a first kayak for a very tall person

I'm 6'2" with 35" inner leg and only size 9.5 shoes. I'm all leg too, though thankfully with much smaller shoes. I've paddled the Vortex, Scorpio and while I've not paddled the Romany Sport I have paddled the glass version, the Surf. Both the Vortex and the Scorpio are a very tight fit for me, if I ...
by andynormancx
Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Three piece Romany Surf sizes ?
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Three piece Romany Surf sizes ?

"a maximum of 190cm" was what the factory said, but that isn't that useful. We're looking at various campervans and many of them have storage space that is 185cm to around 190cm in length. So I was hoping for a more accurate measurement on what the max Surf length will be, so I can actually work out...
by andynormancx
Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lazer flares?
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: Lazer flares?

This does mean you need to practice so you can know what direction the laser is fanned out. You really want to rotate the flare so that the fanned out beam is at 90 degrees to the direction you are sweeping. You can do this by shining it on the back of your hand. I carry one, though I share other pe...
by andynormancx
Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lazer flares?
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: Lazer flares?

So a lazer flares is a kind of pen light with an incredible powerful but very narrow beam. What differentiates them from a usual laser pointer is that they actually have a very wide beam ;) If they had the narrow beam of a laser pointer they'd be totally useless. It would very hard to actually poin...
by andynormancx
Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Three piece Romany Surf sizes ?
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Three piece Romany Surf sizes ?

Does anyone have a three piece Romany Surf who can tell me the actual sizes of the three parts ?

(I guess the size I really care about is the length of the centre section)

We did ask the factory, but they were a little on the vague side...
by andynormancx
Wed Oct 06, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?
Replies: 20
Views: 403

Re: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?

The most useful things I learned from the face-to-face training/exam were: - realising that everyone instinctively talks too fast on the radio - realising how hard it actually can be to intelligibly deliver the information you should be getting across in a Mayday call None of that would have been ob...
by andynormancx
Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning from mistakes!
Replies: 14
Views: 1120

Re: Learning from mistakes!

Always double check that your kit has gone from your dwelling to your mode of transport, This is a technique that I've applied in all areas of my life for years. It is a simple double check: - is the stuff I need in the car/bag/box that I'm taking somewhere - is the stuff I need NOT in the place I ...
by andynormancx
Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 57
Views: 2839

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

Just get the bathroom scales out and weigh one by standing on the scales while holding one.
by andynormancx
Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 57
Views: 2839

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

23kg does sound optimistic for that size plastic boat, especially a sit on top with relatively chunky plastic round all those details like the foot rests.
by andynormancx
Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Crack in kayak
Replies: 22
Views: 750

Re: Crack in kayak

Looks to me that it is way more than just cracked, looks like there are significant bits of broken plastic missing.
by andynormancx
Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Icom handheld VHF with AIS
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Re: Icom handheld VHF with AIS

I personally think it is overkill for kayaking. It is big, bulky and the advanced features are not easy to use when you're actually on the water. I'd rather have a smaller VHF and a small PLB. Which is what I've got ;) - Standard Horizon HX-40 radio (pretty tiny) £140 - Ocean Signal PLB1 (tiny) £240...
by andynormancx
Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Icom handheld VHF with AIS
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Re: Icom handheld VHF with AIS

Do bear in mind that the HX890e will only transmit at 1 watt when using the AAA battery pack, rather than the 5/6 watts it can transmit on with the lithium battery.
by andynormancx
Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SoT with sit-in performance
Replies: 28
Views: 1063

Re: SoT with sit-in performance

And you'll notice Dimitri now paddles sit-in sea kayaks ;)
by andynormancx
Tue May 25, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Palm Gradient shoes, 2021 model
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: Palm Gradient shoes, 2021 model

I hope they've improved the laces. They were far too short (on the 10.5 UK size) and something about the construction means they _always_ came undone for me, however many knots I tied them in. I ended up replacing mine with some generic, longer, boot laces that actually stay done up. Shame about the...
by andynormancx
Sun May 23, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1172

Re: Hatch rim sealant not cured ?

This did finally get fixed, Tiderace/Ivan had the hatch rims and sealant replaced. I'm very pleased that they did so without any quibbling over whether it was a manufacturing fault or not. However it did take a long time. I dropped it off for repair back in October 2020 and it was finally ready for ...
by andynormancx
Mon May 10, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: water on lens
Replies: 11
Views: 593

Re: water on lens

Rain-X is definitely more than just isopropyl alcohol and works better than just having a nice clean lens.

However, while it is better than nothing, I do still end up with drops on the lens when I use it.
by andynormancx
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Why is it so hard to buy a kayak?
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Why is it so hard to buy a kayak?

It isn't just kayaks, there are dozen of industries that have seen increases in demand thanks to the pandemic causing massive supply problems. Bikes, PCs, computer components, gaming consoles, virtual reality headsets, to name just a few, are still in short supply. A sensible manufacturing operation...
by andynormancx
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals

Not a book, but it is probably worth checking out some of Justine Curgenven film's, not all of her stuff is expeditions, but when it is she tends to go for fairly hardcore ones. She doesn't have a lot of technical content, but plenty to see on the tactical/psychological side of things. https://www.c...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 32
Views: 1593

Re: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

Thanks, very interesting data in there when you download the dataset and start slicing it. And as I expected, when you start looking at categories across the dataset it is very easy to pick out ones from each year where there are 100%-200% increases or decreases. It is just the nature of the type of...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 32
Views: 1593

Re: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

On a related topic, does anyone know where in their website the RNLI publishes their annual stats ? I've seen them refered to on the site, but can't actually find them when I look for them. I found a glossy PDF with some selected stats in, but nothing that shows year over year changes for all the ca...
by andynormancx
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 32
Views: 1593

Re: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

Looks like some creative analysis of stats going on and some slippery wording. "Volunteer crew members at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have faced an unprecedented summer* Based on provisional incident reports** from RNLI lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland, there was a 64% ...
by andynormancx
Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1224

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The release from arms under the decklines is simply flinging arms straight and all is released. A push and the rescuer is upright and clear. Decklines in your part of the world must be setup very differently to the typical UK ones. I can count on my fingers the number of boats I've seen that have d...
by andynormancx
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4603

Re: Into strong head wind

I have exactly the opposite problem with pogies, my hand get so hot and sweaty after a while. Dunking doesn't seem to help much.
by andynormancx
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4603

Re: Into strong head wind

There is no physics-defying magic going on, just plenty of room for lots of air. Air is a much better insulator than water or the material of a glove. And not just a little bit better, air conducts heat 24* time more slowly than water. Even if you are regularly dunking a pogie, the water flows out l...
by andynormancx
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 31
Views: 1344

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

The general situation around the UK is that the flood tide goes towards the north and west, and the ebb towards the south and east, but local topography can cause streams to run in completely different directions than those. Local ?! For over a third of the Great Britain coastline, from John o' Gro...
by andynormancx
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 18
Views: 1265

Re: Emergency patches

Air bags were mentioned a few posts back by Owen.

And yes, I agree they are an extremely good idea. I always keep a large 40 litre one rolled up in my day hatch, along with a roll of extra thick cling film to wrap around the boat to seal it into the hatch opening (thanks Howard Jeffs for that tip).
by andynormancx
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 61
Views: 2645

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

112. It’s an emergency item hardwired into mobile phones that bypasses all the financial/business stuff to get you out of deep shit without having to give credit card details. I may be wrong but there is always someone to point this out on here :) Ok, I can see the confusion here. When you dial 999...
by andynormancx
Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB
Replies: 61
Views: 2645

Re: Recommendations for VHF radio and PLB

There is a system on our smart phones to bypass stuff in an emergency that does much the same stuff? Not sure what you're on about there ? Your mobile can: - receive GPS signals to locate itself - talk to a cell tower to communicate with the outside world If you aren't in range of a cell tower your...
by andynormancx
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

I wasn't saying that they were hard to find, they aren't, RS Components carry them for example. https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/speciality-size-rechargeable-batteries/8801558/ (they are twice around the price of quality unprotected cells of the same capacity, though still not expensive in the grand s...
by andynormancx
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 734

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

18650 cells rarely have protection circuitry

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