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by charleston14
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

pop up kayak sailing mast with antenna on the top ..or an extending pole that engages into a fitting on the deck and secured by bungees.

Holding up a paddle might work, but attaching it to a paddler is perhaps a bit risky.
by charleston14
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 6
Views: 351

VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

I’ve never seen one and so there’s probably a reason why but has anyone ever thought of increasing the range of a handheld marine vhf by having the antenna higher up? E.g a boat mounted antenna ? ( For plugging in to in an emergency) In theory it should be possible to disconnect the short whip anten...
by charleston14
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Blazing paddles audio ?
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Blazing paddles audio ?

Some years ago Brian Wilson’s excellent book blazing paddles featured on the bbc radio program Book at Bedtime. It was I believe, read in entirety by the author.

I’d really like to get hold of an audio copy of the bbc serialisation of this book.

Does anyone know if that’s possible?
by charleston14
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Silva 58 as permanent compass?
Replies: 11
Views: 1470

Re: Silva 58 as permanent compass?

If cost is the main driver and you don't mind a bit of fiddling about, you can get an excellent compass for less than £9 online here https://www.amazon.co.uk/compass-SODIAL-Marine-Compass-Navigation/dp/B011BK29E2/ref=sr_1_6?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1482412355&sr=1-6&keywords=compass+navigation After so...
by charleston14
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak adventure book
Replies: 10
Views: 696

Re: Kayak adventure book

Blazing paddles by Brian Wilson. Really good.
by charleston14
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 808

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

One tip re weight of the kayak You don’t have to lift the whole sea kayak onto the car in one go, if you have a side loading arm or j bars. Put kayak alongside the car about 5 feet away. Lift the bow up and across onto the j bar or side loading arm. Leave it there. Now walk to the stern and pick it ...
by charleston14
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 820

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

As a permanent index modification on a posh paddle you could sand away (key) the gloss coat resin. Build an indexing hump using car body filler. Sanded away until it’s just how you like it, then using a 30quid carbon fibre laminating kit (fishing pole repair kit from easy composites) wrap the new in...
by charleston14
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 820

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I have a Celtic paddle it’s quite nicely indexed
by charleston14
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: FS dagger Stratos S
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: FS dagger Stratos S

Still for sale ?
by charleston14
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Islander Bolero 14 or Perception Carolina 14
Replies: 5
Views: 288

Re: Islander Bolero 14 or Perception Carolina 14

They are both fine, but you may find a 15 has a bit more cockpit room than a 14. The bolero is a dagger Charleston by another name, Charleston’s pop up on eBay regularly, usually around £300. The bolero has a cheaper less comfy seat than most of “zone “ seats in the Charleston’s I’ve seen The Charle...
by charleston14
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Norway levels
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Norway levels

If you go to the nve Norway website there’s a link to live hydrological data from their telemetry stations.

Don’t expect the density of monitoring we have in the UK though. The UK has the one of the densest hydrometry networks in the world.
by charleston14
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Re: kitting out new sea kayakers

My suggestion is to invest in your hobby because life is too short not to. It’s personal preference but I’d suggest you Get a full drysuit with latex wrist seals and a neoprene neck for comfort. Neoprene lasts better than latex generally, and Unless you’re doing loads of rolling you will appreciate ...
by charleston14
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1264

Re: Cooking with sea water

Here’s a brief extract from the book “fearless” about Freya Hoffmeister paddling solo around Australia (its a good read) After dinner which she cooked inside her tent she brushed her teeth, spat the sudsy water into the crusty receptacle then peed into the pot, she placed the tight fitting lid on to...
by charleston14
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles

My sf polymer 4 piece Celtic paddle blade has a rattle inside the blade, it still tightens on the shaft just fine but what’s the rattle ? Should this be a concern ? Sounds like a loose nut rolling around inside the central part of the blade or something. I messaged them through their website. no res...
by charleston14
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cooking with sea water
Replies: 16
Views: 1264

Re: Cooking with sea water

I normally wash up with sea water, or if camping near a stream with stream water (washing up with stream water and washing up in a stream are importantly different). Apparently Freya Hoffmeister just pees in the empty pot, spits out her toothpaste into the pot too, and just leaves it overnight, the...
by charleston14
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GUL Mens Taw Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: GUL Mens Taw Drysuit

The peak UK drysuits are quite nice (explorer, adventure, deluxe) and a similar price. Re neoprene, if you’re wearing your drysuit all day in a sea kayak or touring type of activity then neoprene will be more comfortable, especially around the neck. But for activities like rolling, practice rescues ...
by charleston14
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A few beginner questions
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: A few beginner questions

You WILL capsize ...sooner or later. Do not paddle on your own without the ability to perform either a reliable roll or a self rescue. If you capsize you’d be left with a swim as your only option and if you get cold shock at the same time, and panic, you’re going to have a bad day, and potentially n...
by charleston14
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Gear for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Gear for sale

All items are sold and sent.
by charleston14
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Gear for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Gear for sale

Boots sold.
by charleston14
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is the most iconic current paddlers
Replies: 26
Views: 1711

Re: Who is the most iconic current paddlers

Freya Hoffmeister is the undisputed champion of the epic sea kayaking expedition with a solo circumnavigation of Australia including a non stop crossing over the entire gulf of Carpentaria she’s also circumnavigated loads of other places, ..,like all of South America. But given the choice id sooner ...
by charleston14
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Gear for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Gear for sale

Pm sent to the people interested in the boots and spraydeck.

It’s showing as in my outbox rather than sent so please message below if you don’t receive.
by charleston14
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Gear for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Gear for sale

Wrsi current helmet. White. Vented. New in box and never used, size s/m £40 Palm descender boots size 9 £10 used for about 8 hours vgc Palm rannoake spraydeck size r4 keyhole. Minimal use and no signs of wear, it’s only seen the sea once. £30 Picking up preferred: Oxfordshire ..but will post if I ca...
by charleston14
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?

Yes environment agency and sepa flow and level data is usually recorded at 15 minute intervals. Daily mean flows are sent to the national river flow archive. If you want to look at the data in detail just contact either the ea or sepa for the data.
by charleston14
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?

What’s more the national river flow archive will have many many more flow records than are available on any telemetry feed website as most of the flow gauges in the country do not report flow in real time, they measure level and the flow is calculated in another archive based on the geometry of the ...
by charleston14
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: flow graphs from SEPA / EA river gauges?

The national river flow archive publishes quality assured data that has been checked and validated by local hydrometry teams in the ea and sepa The live data on gaugemap and the ea site is raw telemetry data that is unchecked and must be used with more caution as there are many reasons why raw telem...
by charleston14
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New kayak advice
Replies: 7
Views: 582

Re: New kayak advice

My opinion is for solo paddling on flat water and a bit of camping, a touring kayak is the way to go, they are generally more stable than your average sea kayak but less so than a sit on top. Canoes are good for bigger loads ...and people, but paddled solo they can be hard work in the wind for the i...
by charleston14
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old Anas acuta
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Old Anas acuta

Were the old Anas Acuta kayaks always a single translucent colour? I know of one that’s 2 colours and was wondering if this isn’t a genuine factory one and is a copy of homemade from a rented mound It has the Anas Acuta and vcp stickers on the back deck: could you send off for these back in the day ?
by charleston14
Wed May 30, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos

Don’t forget the dagger alchemy it’s similar to a stratos but with a day hatch and it’s a tighter fit
by charleston14
Thu May 03, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 20
Views: 4446

Re: Searching for the Finmen

Thought I’d sell my copy, it’s signed by the author read twice condition . And cheaper than on Amazon

£15 posted to UK mainland, more for elsewhere etc

Pm me if you want it.

Will do straight swap for Doug coopers book rough water handling
by charleston14
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 20
Views: 4446

Re: Searching for the Finmen

Theres a few copies at not totally bonkers prices on amazon at the moment.