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by Sean_soup
Thu May 13, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Although the kayaker in the film makes a very good job of selling this monstrous device.. Did you think? I got the impression he was just being polite and looking for something nice to say about it having been given one for free. That video seemed a lot longer than it needed to be, but it probably ...
by Sean_soup
Mon May 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: water on lens
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: water on lens

It's that many of yesterday's shots of very close contacts with seals crawling over our boats and us were spoiled. I saw those on FB. Yeah, frustrating, but they're still nice pics. :-) Rain-X is definitely more than just isopropyl alcohol and works better than just having a nice clean lens. Howeve...
by Sean_soup
Mon May 10, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: water on lens
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: water on lens

Hey up. I used to have this problem with my Fuji XP-80, which was absolutely appalling for this. I tried everything I could think of, and I did eventually find a solution but it seems it's not going to be much help to you: I replaced it with the TG-4 I have now! The various 'treatments' you can get ...
by Sean_soup
Wed May 05, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What size Reed spray skirt fits a Romany Surf?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: What size Reed spray skirt fits a Romany Surf?

If you send Reed a paper template of your cockpit they will give you the size to match or make one specifically if necessary - I've always found them very helpful. Worth a phone call first. I'm pretty sure it is "Keyhole B", but not quite confident enough to say the OP should deffo go with that. In...
by Sean_soup
Mon May 03, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: Peanmeanach

"Bothy" A simple shelter, usually (but not exclusively) in Scotland and mostly fairly remote. They're generally former farm buildings that are maintained by volunteers and left unlocked for anyone who turns up to use them. At a minimum you get walls and a roof to keep the wind and rain out. Many ha...
by Sean_soup
Sun May 02, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smug paddler
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: Smug paddler

Someone else who's ended up wearing his PeakUK 'headcase' inside out on occasion I see..

I like you very much PeakUK, and I like your logo too. Don't really want it prominently displayed in the middle of my forehead like some lame retro-styled superhero though ta.
by Sean_soup
Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted C-Tug trolley
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Wanted C-Tug trolley

It sounds like it might be worth carrying a small tube of lube too, and putting on a little schmeer on each time you assemble it.
by Sean_soup
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Yeah, "April fool" I know BUT despite being a p!ss take, I actually think that sort of thinking has merit For an April Fool joke to work, it has to look credible - so it may just need more development. I could manage to paddle with a small bulge in the centre of the shaft, but not a lump like that....
by Sean_soup
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Another approach would be to fit "internal sponsons" to the kayak - I did that with my Kodiak - the sealed 22mm tubes had pipe lagging foam fitted on top of them. This enabled me to paddle the kayak swamped: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Kodiak?preview=IMG_0406.JPG That link only works for you. If y...
by Sean_soup
Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling in 5mm FJ's on a SOT ??
Replies: 23
Views: 755

Re: Paddling in 5mm FJ's on a SOT ??

What's that like for warmth? Is that spring through autumn? More like about early summer into the beginning of winter I'd say. While I'm dry and sitting in a dry boat I'm as warm in my longjohn, rashy and a cag as I am in a drysuit with light thermals underneath. (This is with a sit-in kayak, so no...
by Sean_soup
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freezing pump system
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Freezing pump system

They state: we do not have a startup figure of this nature to provide. current draw is 13.6 V, no load in the i.c. circuit, the load is the motor. This doesn't make sense. 13.6V is a voltage, current is measured in Amps (A) Was that a typo? Is the current draw 13.6A? Edit : (Having read the previou...
by Sean_soup
Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling in 5mm FJ's on a SOT ??
Replies: 23
Views: 755

Re: Paddling in 5mm FJ's on a SOT ??

Yes full up the chest and back. I'm of the understanding that these are what many kayakers wear ? I regularly wear a 3mm longjohn like that, with a rash vest underneath and a cag over the top unless it's really warm. That's my go-to as soon as it's warm enough to do without the drysuit & thermals. ...
by Sean_soup
Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freezing pump system
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Freezing pump system

It could just be that your PKCell battery isn't up to the job. There's a bit of a trade-off in the design of lead/acid cells between being able to supply a high current and being able to survive being deeply discharged. It has something to do with the shape of the plates and the amount of surface ar...
by Sean_soup
Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

Most of the time you will just be bimbling along looking at the cliffs and seals. Speak for yourself granddad. ;-) I love a bit of scenic bimbling and wildlife watching, but on any given day if I can be looning about in a tiderace instead... I didn't consider a helmet before [because] they're uncom...
by Sean_soup
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

.. and I'm scared of rock related injuries when kayaking solo especially as I don't wear a helmet.. So, er.. get a helmet? ;-) Why wouldn't you? Modern helmets are light and comfy, even relatively stylish. (I think it's still possible to buy a yellow plastic pisspot if you want to, but it's been a ...
by Sean_soup
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1028

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

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 decklines that would be lose enough to comfortably get my forearms under. And releasing them if I did would be far from a quick fling. It goes...
by Sean_soup
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

.. BUT in these temperatures I'm only going to get one shot at a self rescue so .. For sure. You're unlikely to boost your confidence, quite the reverse actually, unless you can practice in reasonable comfort. So while we're denied the use of the indoor pools, that probably means waiting for warmer...
by Sean_soup
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

..my re-entry roll is good enough to just need a small amount of extra buoyancy. Given that you say you always reach for your paddle float right away, this kind of begs the question are you sure you really need any extra buoyancy? If you can boost your confidence in the roll a little bit, maybe you...
by Sean_soup
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition
Replies: 7
Views: 507

Re: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition

I think that's referring to the FAQs here: https://gov.wales/alert-level-4-frequently-asked-questions#section-58322 Under the heading "What kind of exercise is permitted?" You should avoid activities that involve a significant degree of risk (for example swimming or other exercise at sea, or in lake...
by Sean_soup
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1028

Re: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)

As for having to empty a kayak by dragging it over another otherwise it won't be paddle-able / stable enough - what happens with a solo rescue? Nobody is saying you have to empty the kayak prior to helping the swimmer back in, merely that it's often preferable to do that. A solo paddler who ends up...
by Sean_soup
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1028

Re: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)

The cockpit is in the middle of the kayak - unless someone missed noticing that. So why wander off up the other end of the kayak? I do it as a swimmer because once I'm at the bow I can quickly move my boat around and put myself on either side, to protect myself from someone else's hull coming at me...
by Sean_soup
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 1028

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The big takeaway from this for "Slope Soarer" is that the rescuee plays an active part of the rescue by holding on to his paddle and manoeuvring himself towards the bow of his swamped kayak. ^This. For an inexperienced paddler it's obvious that there are skills involved in rescuing someone else, bu...
by Sean_soup
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4013

Re: Into strong head wind

Yes, pausing to ensure the blade is pushed into the water near the crest instead of into the air at the trough is an essential extra technique in real world conditions. the latter can make you very wet. If the swell is significant, it's also worth a mention maybe that having a blade firmly planted ...
by Sean_soup
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 31
Views: 1247

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

Interestingly I was also looking at nylon as planning on mostly doing shallowish beach launches and figured they’d cope with me pushing off them better. Have you noticed the small difference in weight? I use those and have built up a little collection of blades and shafts. (The ability to mix & mat...
by Sean_soup
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2021 sea kayak events
Replies: 20
Views: 1277

Re: 2021 sea kayak events

Ah, gotcha. I guess they were feeling optimistic between the lockdowns but have more recently realised it's not going to be possible. It would have been nice to think those of us who had places booked and paid for last time and were never offered a refund might get an email if/when they reschedule, ...
by Sean_soup
Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2021 sea kayak events
Replies: 20
Views: 1277

Re: 2021 sea kayak events

Anglesey sea kayak symposium TBC 1-3 May, courses 4-7 May https://www.angleseyseakayaksymposium.co.uk/ Where's that from? There seems to be nothing on their website about it, and it's apparently still set up to accept bookings (and payments from anyone daft enough) for last year's event. The start ...
by Sean_soup
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4013

Re: Into strong head wind

The flip side of that is that being in the trough of a wave can at least give you a few seconds shelter from the wind. Sometimes perhaps it might be easier paddling against a strong wind and big waves than a strong wind and little ones.
by Sean_soup
Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Spraydeck material for sea kayak?

brian_m wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:54 pm
I had the same issue with black marks from a Peak UK neoprene deck.
Likewise. Horrible black sticky goop oozing from the seams of a (probably very old) PeakUK neoprene deck that was thrown in with a second hand kayak I bought about five years ago. The neoprene itself is still fine.
by Sean_soup
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 31
Views: 1100

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

the waves have been created some distance - maybe miles- upwind*. These waves then run into the current and pile up. Good point. And of course by the time the waves arrive they might not still be moving in the same direction as the wind, maybe the wind where the waves are arriving never was blowing...
by Sean_soup
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Emergency patches
Replies: 18
Views: 1157

Re: Emergency patches

Slight tangent - nobody has mentioned air bags so far. An empty hatch flooding is potentially a very serious problem, but if you can fill the hatch with bagged air it doesn't really matter too much whether a temporary repair of a hole in the hull near the bow or stern is watertight or not. For those...