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by Sean_soup
Fri Nov 12, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Portuguese Man o' War - Wirral
Replies: 6
Views: 394

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: 15
Views: 626

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: 284

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 coul...
by Sean_soup
Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bardsey Again!
Replies: 9
Views: 467

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: 513

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: 513

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: 733

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: 1235

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: 1266

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: 668

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: 668

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: 668

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: 668

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+9M ...
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: 668

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 coincide with hig...
by Sean_soup
Sat Aug 21, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak paddle.
Replies: 72
Views: 2553

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: 612

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: 924

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: 233

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: 731

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: 731

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: 731

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: 708

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...
by Sean_soup
Mon Jul 12, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Sea kayaking Welsh (or not) Buddy who wants to paddle the Antrim Coast Ireland
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Re: Sea kayaking Welsh (or not) Buddy who wants to paddle the Antrim Coast Ireland

Actually I need the boats from Wales into the north of Ireland. Oh silly me, you mean that Antrim Coast Ireland! Ha ha, yeah, I did notice that but wasn't aware you already had a ride up to Cairnryan sorted. The shop I mentioned is a 5 minute drive or a 20 minute walk from the Holyhead ferry port a...
by Sean_soup
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement pump
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Replacement pump

It seems there isnt a better one i can replace it with. Nobody said that exactly. Like a lot of Lomo gear that pump is cheap and cheerful, probably the best value for money you can get but certainly not the best kit if price is no object. You might find one with a stainless steel shaft instead of a...
by Sean_soup
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Sea kayaking Welsh (or not) Buddy who wants to paddle the Antrim Coast Ireland
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Re: Sea kayaking Welsh (or not) Buddy who wants to paddle the Antrim Coast Ireland

It couldn't hurt to post the same on some UK and Irish sea kayaking Facebook groups, you never know your luck. Here's a thought - Summit to Sea deliver kayaks all over the place. Very much a long shot, but it miiiiight be worth getting in touch with Pete Baars to see if they're delivering a boat any...
by Sean_soup
Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement pump
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Replacement pump

On a “single action” pump both strokes are doing useful work (rather than one being wasted). One stroke lifts water from the boat into the pump, the second stroke expels water from the pump over the side, the amount of lift being reasonably similar hence the effort on each stroke feels similar. A p...
by Sean_soup
Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement pump
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Replacement pump

I have also read of two single action pumps working opposite ways in the same barrel, but then each will only have half the capacity. There's not much can go wrong with a simple single action pump. There will be a reason why double action bilge pumps are hard to find. Ah - you posted your reply as ...
by Sean_soup
Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement pump
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Replacement pump

It's not physically possible. It is possible, but I don't think such a pump exists. It wouldn't be like a two cylinder four-stroke engine, more like a single cylinder two stroke that uses both sides of the piston to move the fuel-air mixture around. (But the engine analogy really isn't a very good ...
by Sean_soup
Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice please - pfd quick release strap, yes or no?
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: Advice please - pfd quick release strap, yes or no?

Opposite view here: I would say it's not necessary to ensure a good fit. It would be a bit mad to design a BA that does rely on it - the day you have to quickly release your quick release strap is the day you *most* need your BA to work as it was designed to do. But given that it adds next to no wei...
by Sean_soup
Fri Jul 09, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted : Kayak Seat
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Wanted : Kayak Seat

^ That looks like a better bet to me, much more likely to fit, but if the seat from an old Pyranha Burn would be any good to you I have the one I took out of a knackered split kayak bought for welding practice and donor plastic. It's a bit grubby but undamaged. (In Sheffield, so would also need post...

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