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by Sean_soup
Sat May 14, 2022 6:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking wetsuit
Replies: 47
Views: 1738

Re: Kayaking wetsuit

The Palm 'Quantum' longjohn is the way forward there imo. 3mm wetsuit legs & vest top with a double-ended zip long enough to double as a pee zip.
by Sean_soup
Thu Apr 07, 2022 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner leverlok system
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Re: Werner leverlok system

If it's the same nylon Leverlok that Celtic use, I've had one in the middle of my main paddle for a while and have no complaints at all. It's solid and reliable, and sometimes handy being able to so easily adjust the length and feather. I originally bought it because it was the only shaft they had i...
by Sean_soup
Thu Mar 31, 2022 11:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NDK explorer refurb advice
Replies: 23
Views: 847

Re: NDK explorer refurb advice

No. I think i could get it up to a very good standard of finish if i was to go ahead and sand with a very fine grit, and then polish. Can I piggyback a question on to this? There's a mention of polishing above too. I'm getting fairly well practised at fairly minor gelcoat repairs to the hull, worki...
by Sean_soup
Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealskinz gloves.
Replies: 10
Views: 360

Re: Sealskinz gloves.

I missed that. Cheap as chips I see too, might give some of those a try ta.
by Sean_soup
Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sealskinz gloves.
Replies: 10
Views: 360

Re: Sealskinz gloves.

+1 to the above. Whatever else they're good for, you definitely don't want Sealskinz for paddling. I've tried and failed to get on with PeakUK neoprene pogies, though they were slightly improved by cutting out the silly 'donut' of material meant to seal around the wrist that in my case just made it ...
by Sean_soup
Tue Feb 22, 2022 8:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Celtic Paddles, sea touring pro 2 piece, 700 blades - now sold
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: Celtic Paddles, sea touring pro 2 piece, 700 blades

Hi there, just measured them at 210 - tip of blade to tip of blade when closed, so looking at the website would say they are the 205-215 size. They are right handed. Unless I'm missing something, if 210cm is the minimum length it isn't 205-15, it's 210-something. (The max length will be more than a...
by Sean_soup
Sat Jan 15, 2022 9:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea boat for smaller paddler - suggestions...
Replies: 13
Views: 888

Re: Sea boat for smaller paddler - suggestions...

If a Scorpio LV is too big, my guess would be that a Romany Sportive would be too. Options in plastic look very limited, I don't think you'll find anything 'fast'. By composite standards, the bog standard Romany lay-up is tough as old boots FWIW. (And a slightly heavier but even tougher lay up is an...
by Sean_soup
Wed Jan 05, 2022 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fowey harbour permit scheme
Replies: 30
Views: 1781

Re: Fowey harbour permit scheme

She explained that if a person is struggling in the water, the Harbour Authority is responsible for rescuing the person, and the £10 is to cover that cost. Ten quid a day plus ten quid a year to insure against the possibility of having to be fished out of the water within a hundred meters or so of ...
by Sean_soup
Fri Nov 12, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Portuguese Man o' War - Wirral
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Portuguese Man o' War - Wirral

I've just seen FB photos of a couple washed up on Anglesey recently too, one at Porth Dafarch and another on Puffin Island.
by Sean_soup
Thu Nov 04, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shed for kayak storage
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: Shed for kayak storage

This is the sea kayaking forum, so maybe it's a 4-seater Taran. ;-) I'd store it on its side too, but I wouldn't be so keen on regularly sliding it in on its side. Not without some cunning system involving rollers or something. Wouldn't mind so much on the hull, as any scratches accumulated that way...
by Sean_soup
Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: recommendations for drysuit repair?
Replies: 8
Views: 460

Re: recommendations for drysuit repair?

As it's a Peak drysuit, PeakUK would seem the obvious choice - they do repairs & servicing on their own products (I don't know about anybody else's) at their Darley Dale HQ. It's been my experience that their customer service is excellent. https://peakuk.com/service-prices In the beforetime you ...
by Sean_soup
Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bardsey Again!
Replies: 9
Views: 660

Re: Bardsey Again!

One of the presentations that Nick Cunliffe (of Kayak Essentials) made on FB during the various lockdowns was a detailed talk about planning a trip to Bardsey. It's archived on their website in the 'members area'. You might find that's well worth a watch - it's a long video, the talk is about an hou...
by Sean_soup
Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?
Replies: 20
Views: 735

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

So what can one legally do with a licenced radio but no official Certificate? Mayday only I believe, without 'Authority to Operate' - though the chances of any enforcement if you're using it correctly and not blatantly taking the piss seem incredibly remote with a non-DSC radio. (I don't know about...
by Sean_soup
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF /SRC radio course & exam - northern England?
Replies: 20
Views: 735

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

I have a radio and licence and carry it with me. I don't think the coastguard will slap me in irons if I need to use it for a Mayday call and I get to learn how the channels work and general traffic plus how folks can irritatingly use it like a mobile phone. You don't carry the licence around do yo...
by Sean_soup
Thu Sep 30, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiring kayak session
Replies: 19
Views: 973

Re: Tiring kayak session

But paddling into headwinds is my nemesis - I'm quite large and with a drysuit on, I act as a reasonably-sized sail. I've tried all sorts, including keeping my upper body turned to one side so the wind spills off me rather than smacking straight into me, which I think made some difference but obvio...
by Sean_soup
Sun Sep 26, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1644

Re: Benefits of moving from Sit On Top to Sit In ?

A disadvantage I forgot to include was that sit in self rescue is potentially harder to master than getting back on a SOT. Peer rescue too, as you have to deal with emptying water out of the cockpit one way or another. It's also a valuable skill, especially as a solo paddler, to be reasonably comfo...
by Sean_soup
Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS New kit - no longer for sale
Replies: 24
Views: 1331

Re: FS New kit - no longer for sale

As ''for sale' threads go, this one is a bit of a roller coaster!
by Sean_soup
Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak

This is perhaps a possibility but would joining a club local to the area help? At present I belong to one based 3 miles from me and another 66.6 miles away and currently I have done more trips with the latter than the former. There's something to be said for joining a club where you want to paddle ...
by Sean_soup
Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak

My understanding is that it's permitted to take a vehicle down the road at South Landing to launch or recover kayaks but not otherwise.. I don't think there's any specific exemption for kayakers, and I gather that it's only a relatively recent development that there's been any enforcement over the ...
by Sean_soup
Fri Aug 27, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak

I guess I will get in mid tide as high tide is 8.15 am and low 2.36 pm so if I am correct the stream will be heading north and the gentle breeze heading south so possibly a little chop? High water in Filey Bay is due to be 8.40am tomorrow (Sat 28th). According to the Northern England 'Jimski' guide...
by Sean_soup
Wed Aug 25, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak

There appeared to be plenty of access points to the beach at Filey so I'll hopefully give it a go. Your best bet would probably be to drop the boat off the car at the slipway* by Coble Landing and park a little way up the hill at the side of Ravine Road. (P&D, fiver a day.) * Slip is here: 6P68...
by Sean_soup
Sat Aug 21, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: Paddling circa Filey both sea and inland with sea kayak

There's some tidal flow there, but very mellow compared to the sticky-out bits of North Wales. It runs in the opposite direction to the West coast, with the flood stream running South and the ebb to the North ("flood to Flamborough, ebb to Edinburgh"). Slack water doesn't generally coincid...
by Sean_soup
Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 3092

Re: Sea kayak paddle.

Something like a Celtic Kinetic 650 CF blade (carbon infused nylon, not on website, just ask) on a 2 piece leverlock shaft, 205-215cm, all the adjustment you need in length and feather on a mid size blade should be a great starting point. If for some reason you fancy something fancier in the future...
by Sean_soup
Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spraydeck sizes
Replies: 13
Views: 729

Re: Spraydeck sizes

What do you mean added buoyancy? Your posts above read like you've put inflated airbags into hatches that were already dry. Was the space that you've put airbags in to flooded before? Have you moved other stuff around and altered the trim of the boat?
by Sean_soup
Tue Aug 03, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Please explain kayaking clothing choices
Replies: 14
Views: 1113

Re: Please explain kayaking clothing choices

The PeakUK leg-entry zip doesn't suit everyone. A lot of ladies prefer a drysuit with a more conventional entry and a drop-seat zip. The main entry zip on one of those runs from ankle to ankle (there's no separate 'relief' zip), but the problem with it for some depending on their size, shape, flexib...
by Sean_soup
Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak hire inland Scotland
Replies: 3
Views: 363

Re: Kayak hire inland Scotland

How about renting a plastic sea kayak? Possibly a bit longer than the touring kayak you might have in mind, but well suited for a longer paddle with an overnight stop on a loch somewhere. If you'll be passing through Oban anyway, this seems like the obvious call: https://www.seakayakoban.com/rental-...
by Sean_soup
Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hot Paddle
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Re: Hot Paddle

Oops - too late to edit. I meant superior mirages. (Things appearing higher than they really are.) 'Fata Morgana' is a specific kind of superior mirage.
by Sean_soup
Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hot Paddle
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Re: Hot Paddle

I was also on Anglesey this weekend and we did an overnight camp on the North coast (NOT the brickworks), using Cemlyn as our launch point so it is very likely that on our return to Cemlyn on Sunday morning it was you I saw heading out towards the Coal Rock buoy and the Skerries on the perfect ebb ...
by Sean_soup
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hot Paddle
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Re: Hot Paddle

I came across a solo paddler on Bardsey island today who was on his return to Porth Oer with a carrying tide but an opposing wind. Hello. :-) I'm home again now too. I was actually staying on Anglesey, but took a road trip round to the Lleyn to take advantage of the amazingly benign conditions. The...
by Sean_soup
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermals and UV protection
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: Thermals and UV protection

I’m one of those who wear a full drysuit, main reason being I don’t have anything else. What to folk recommend for hot weather when getting wet may still be on the agenda? Having said that I’ve never had problems with over heating, even last Sunday on Yorkshire coast, I just don’t wear much underne...

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