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by blueythe
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?

Hi Daker, I never keep my RescueMe PLB in any bag, I just tether it to one of the pockets of my PFD. However, I religiously rinse it in fresh water after a trip and extend the antenna to dry in a warm room. few months ago I found the wind in antenna was becoming stiff so I gave the wind in and anten...
by blueythe
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2049

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

Thanks Chris for sharing your experience. It's all very useful and a shore contact may have helped in our case but you are correct about inreach messages. I only bought mine to reassure my wife, but being ex police she is pretty good at dealing with emergency calls. I was once on my way back from An...
by blueythe
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost Werner Shuna Paddle Menai Straits
Replies: 0
Views: 186

Lost Werner Shuna Paddle Menai Straits

I lost half a Werner Shuna paddle with a blue blade in the Menai Straits, just NE of Menai Bridge, yesterday on Tuesday 11 June. I have it on good authority that it may spend the best part of a week ebbing and flowing with the tide between Bangor pier and the swellies before it gets flushed out of t...
by blueythe
Sat May 11, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2049

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

The problem is we will never convince everyone of the seaworthiness of our "little boats". absolutely and this may be part of the issue with false alarms and the general public. On our return we stopped at the Tayinloan ferry terminal and my friend got chatting to a couple-outdoor types. They were '...
by blueythe
Fri May 10, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2049

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

We assumed the only reason the campsite owner was involved was the concerned individuals wanted to use the landline as there is no signal. But as I said earlier we will make a better effort to inform as many people as possible, but even the catch all coastguard call is not foolproof as highlighted a...
by blueythe
Fri May 10, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2049

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

Thanks for your comment Mike but this as discussed would not stop false alarms, also what if we decide to extent the trip. no signal on Gigha. It was definitely a Jack Snipe. I know these are less common but they do cover this range and I have listened to both recordings of snipe and Jack snipe. The...
by blueythe
Fri May 10, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2049

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

I think Owen has a point. Neither party can win. I have had some correspondence with the coastguard about the incident and even if we had left a float plan with the campsite owner, and then been reported missing, they would still follow through with a search; but the float plan may helped to help fo...
by blueythe
Thu May 09, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2049

Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

In a previous post I asked for advice on Gigha and some alternatives if the weather was pants. The response and advice was great and so began our adventure! We travelled the 370 miles from the Wirral to arrive mid afternoon at our campsite in Muasdale on the Mull of Kintyre, a great site just above ...
by blueythe
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Gigha Plan B

Wow! Thank you all. So many options I think I might need 6 months to explore this area not 4 days. Great to know that there are so many wild, remote sheltered options. And my mistake for discounting the Crinan canal, after investigating further it looks a very interesting place to paddle. Really loo...
by blueythe
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Gigha Plan B

Many thanks guys for your advice. Loch Sween looks good so I think I’ll adopt that as our plan B. Is the Imray pilotage worth buying for this area?
by blueythe
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Gigha Plan B

me and a few friends are planning to circumnavigate Gigha this march. Douglas Wilcox's account of his adventure here has inspired us to take on the challenge. We will be setting off from a campsite at Muasdale on the Mull of Kintyre, out to Cara for one night then circumnavigate Gigha over next 2 da...
by blueythe
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: Water Carrier

After great advice I purchased the platypus 2.0L duo lock and a 4l platypus water tank. I use both last weekend. Although the 4l fits ( just!) behind the seat of my delphin, I agree with Ian that multiple smaller bags are the way to go. The 2.0L duo lock is a great bit of kit, it folds away to nothi...
by blueythe
Tue May 29, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: Water Carrier

That's interesting Chris 'cause the ortlieb does seem to be getting worse. I had also looked at the platypus but couldn't find any reliable reviews and they are hard to come by in the UK. I think they are a medical grade plastic and based on your comments think I might try these in preference to the...
by blueythe
Tue May 29, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Re: Water Carrier

Thanks for the suggestions. I have contacted the Ortlieb UK distributor and they are contacting Germany about the issue. Don't really hold much hope on that but we'll see. I did look at the MSR range of carriers but had seen some comments about after taste in a review, nonetheless a friend of mine h...
by blueythe
Sat May 19, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 1249

Water Carrier

I am looking for recommendations for a 5-10L water carrier. I have bought and tried the Ortllieb carrier and despite soaking for months in hot water, milton and washing up liquid, fresh still retains the most awful plastic smell and taste. I don't want my man boobs to get any bigger! so can anyone r...
by blueythe
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$
Replies: 8
Views: 1283

Re: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$

Thanks for all the comments and advice. I've pretty much tried most these and particularly the 2-3h addition to the expected time won't cut it when I'm out for most of the day anyhow. I've look at the Inreach explorer+ and I think with a basic subscription of £12 a month I am gonna give it a try. I ...
by blueythe
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$
Replies: 8
Views: 1283

Is this worth it to avoid a serious Bolli@&%£$

My missus is great. She puts up with my paddling obsession and never stops me doing and buying what I like as long as I can justify it to myself. I suspect she secretly enjoys the peace and quiet too, but I digress. However, there is one rule that must never be broken and that is I have to report in...
by blueythe
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 2024

Re: summer paddling gear

After the excellent advice I have received on this topic I thought it only right to report back on my solution. In the end I opted for the Peak Combi short sleeve gag with fourth element thermocline short sleeve top and shorts. Although labelled as semi dry, the Peak combo is for all intents and pur...
by blueythe
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please
Replies: 15
Views: 3823

Re: Reviews on Typhoon Multisport Hinge/Reed Chillcheeter drysuit please

I have had a Typhoon multi sport 4 for over 4 years now and has had a lot of use. Averaging a sea trip every 2 week and weekly use on the river from april to June. I am still learning this game so it's had lots use clambering over the rear deck for rescue practices etc. I have changed one set of nec...
by blueythe
Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weather or Not
Replies: 9
Views: 1065

Re: Weather or Not

As always this forum really is a font of knowledge for sea kayakers. Thank you for all your comments I am currently using the winder finder mobile app and just started to use windyty.com Thanks Douglas for pointing me to the desk top version of wind finder. I had assumed it wasn't much different fro...
by blueythe
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weather or Not
Replies: 9
Views: 1065

Weather or Not

We all rely on forecasts to plan our sea kayaking trips. Although generally accurate and reliable, I am quite often surprised by the expectation and reality of forecasts and sea conditions- be that calmer or rougher than expected. I know local conditions can vary from forecasts as most forecasts loo...
by blueythe
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Delphin bilge pump exit
Replies: 1
Views: 496

Delphin bilge pump exit

I know this topic is the subject of a number of threads that have provided some really useful info. Fitting an electric bilge pump to my delphin is on my list of things to do. From the previous posts I am pretty sure what gear I will be using but I am struggling as to the best position for the exit ...
by blueythe
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 2024

Re: summer paddling gear

Thanks everyone for your comments. Looks like I need to start building my 4th element wardrobe this summer. :-)
by blueythe
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 2024

Re: summer paddling gear

Anybody try this 4th Element thermocline under a dry suit in the winter or would it way too hot for that. Great if it could be used winter and summer.
by blueythe
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Survival for Sea Kayakers
Replies: 3
Views: 1227

Re: Sea Survival for Sea Kayakers

many thanks. very sound and useful advice
by blueythe
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 2024

Re: summer paddling gear

Thanks for the advice and comments so far. I'll look into the peak dry top, also seen a Reed short sleeve dry top that is also recommended for summer paddling -anyone got experience of the Reed cag? I like the idea of fourth element gear and had a quick look on their website. How wet do the garments...
by blueythe
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 2024

summer paddling gear

Looking toward the summer with some optimism and I am considering changing my usual long john wetsuit and neoprene shirt for a short sleeved dry cag and neoprene shorts. Would be interested to hear any brand recommendations or other solutions to dress for immersion and not boil in the bag during sum...
by blueythe
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bow deck clutter
Replies: 8
Views: 1218

Re: Bow deck clutter

Many thanks for all the replies. got a new delphin with day hatch, so the rear storage is not really an option now. velcro seems like a neat idea so I'll investigate this further.
by blueythe
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bow deck clutter
Replies: 8
Views: 1218

Bow deck clutter

Trying to reduce the clutter on the front deck and would like to store my bilge pump and paddle float inside the cockpit so they are handy in case of a swim but secure. There is room underneath the thigh braces and beside the seat in my Delphin. Any suggestions on how to secure them or alternative s...
by blueythe
Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: P&H Delphin 155
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Re: P&H Delphin 155

yes sold, sorry