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by seawolf856
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 8
Views: 671

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

I agree that (sometimes) drip rings can make it a bit more awkward to stow and retrieve a paddle under deck elastics but stowing paddles during rescues can be awkward anyway and a lot of paddlers I know have fitted some sort of device which lifts the elastics slightly clear of the deck for that reas...
by seawolf856
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 741

Re: Permit etc

The clue is in the name "Nutty" Bongo??
by seawolf856
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: charts, paper or download?

although it's £45 for the PC version to print charts (£25 for iPhone only) Oops, apologies, so it is. I have the PC version which I bought a year ago for £50 and just checked the current advert - didn't spot that the price is version dependent. All the same, the ability to print and laminate chart ...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aerials?
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: Aerials?

Hand held VHF is so limited in its range, if you are not in a CH16 emergency situation, it is often easier and more successful to use your phone to speak to the CG. Hearing the CG on CH16 all day long giving radio checks to vessels you can't hear and knowing in the back of your mind that you have li...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak for a novice
Replies: 23
Views: 1099

Re: Best sea kayak for a novice

When I started sea paddling (around 6 years ago) the best advice I was given was to join a club and try before you buy. I spent two years learning basic skills in a variety of boats borrowed from the club and on training courses with the many excellent providers local to me on Anglesey. Eventually w...
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a PLB
Replies: 13
Views: 953

Re: Recommend me a PLB

Another vote for the RescueMe PLB1. Very small and very easy to use. No excuse for never having with you.
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vertical Element Paddles
Replies: 4
Views: 1042

Re: Vertical Element Paddles

Come back soon Stu, there's loads of support for your kit here on the UK rivers. The sea paddlers are also waiting for your return.
by seawolf856
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: The best spots?

Brickworks = Butlins It's good though, if you arrive on a stormy day - very peaceful and usually sheltered I'd guess...... Yeh, fair enough, it is an unusual and interesting spot to land for a butty and well sheltered if conditions are getting lively out at sea. Its just that everybody knows its th...
by seawolf856
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: The best spots?

Brickworks = Butlins
by seawolf856
Thu May 09, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: Stash your paddle float

There are occasions when even the best roll can fail and the argument surrounding the carrying of paddle floats has been raging for ever. I have a question about why do you say your boat will be upside down when you will be looking for your paddle float? After a capsize and wet exit, surely you woul...
by seawolf856
Thu May 09, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 1919

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

a few pics of the trip......no helicopters though, I stayed in my tent! https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1557404898150-5040.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1557404973676-0163.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1557405010966-7564.png htt...
by seawolf856
Thu May 09, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 877

Re: Paddle recommendations

Devastated that VE no longer making paddles. Best paddle I have used. Hopefully someone will be able to take over their manufacture. Rog. Me too. VE paddles are (were) the mutt's nuts. I hope my carbon Voyager will last for ever so I won't have the impossible task of finding something even close to...
by seawolf856
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: Stroke Rate on Garmin Fenix ?

When you stop paddling to read the cadence it will say zero. Surely the device needs to be mounted on the deck or foot strap so that you can read it as you paddle hence the need for a secondary sensor. Depends on whether the display is instantaneous stroke rate or average stroke rate. Obviously the...
by seawolf856
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Video - Old Blokes Having Fun - Gazza, Rob & The Don paddle Nadgee.
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: Video - Old Blokes Having Fun - Gazza, Rob & The Don paddle Nadgee.

Hi EK,

Over 100 views but not a single comment yet? Well I think your film is great and the more fun us old blokes can get, the better. You guys are obviously still pushing it hard in all conditions and you put a smile on the face of this old bloke anyway. Thanks for sharing.
by seawolf856
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3502

Re: GPS

Just a quick update/word of caution regarding my post to Daker on 12th Feb. Last week I was on a nice day out in the sun, paddling off the West coast of Anglesey heading for Rhoscolyn Beacon. I had kind of not noticed how much I (subconsciously) use the App on my Garmin Fenix 3 to keep tabs on my sp...
by seawolf856
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: testing a plb
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Re: testing a plb

See page 9 of the RescueMe 1 user manual is to see why:

http://oceansignal.com/wordpress/wp-con ... -Web-1.pdf
by seawolf856
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

Ooops! Sorry - I seem to have strayed from the beardy forum. Ignore us old sea dogs, what would we know about the use of life saving technology in remote and exposed situations?
by seawolf856
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: Personal Locator Beacon

The RescueMe 1 is a very small unit, easy to operate, 7 year battery life and it is OK to use on land as well as at sea and all this for a very competitive price - what's not to like.
by seawolf856
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scorpio Advice Please -Scudder or Skeg
Replies: 13
Views: 982

Re: Scorpio Advice Please -Scudder or Skeg

Hi Kayakbiker, Sorry to jump in on your question to Phil, but I have been looking at my next boat without a scudder so I know a bit about this subject. You lose a bit of storage space right at the back of the rear compartment where the spindle goes through to enable the scudder to rotate. However I'...
by seawolf856
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scorpio Advice Please -Scudder or Skeg
Replies: 13
Views: 982

Re: Scorpio Advice Please -Scudder or Skeg

I have a Jura with the P&H Scudder fitted. I've paddled it in all conditions mainly around the coast of Anglesey for the last 5 years and I have NEVER used the scudder. If I buy another boat with a scudder option I will NOT have it. The skeg works fine but in order to drop the blade low enough in th...
by seawolf856
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: waterproof camera for sea kayaking
Replies: 9
Views: 846

Re: waterproof camera for sea kayaking

I am in the very fortunate position of being loaned a TG-4 because the owner has upgraded to a TG-5. These cameras really live up to their 'Tough' name and reputation for quality and flexibility. My (very generous) mate has been snapping some amazing stuff with is new TG-5, while I have been using h...
by seawolf856
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 852

Re: Gigha Plan B

Yes, thanks for the Gigha plan B suggestions. I am going on the trip with blueythe and the suggestions so far have been great, should we be unlucky with the weather - its a long way to go to do nowt!!. Loch Sween looks nice and remote and I want to ask about specific launch points as the Southern en...
by seawolf856
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?

Who doesn't like a nice bit of rescue practice ;) Good advice my friend - every opportunity should be taken to practice those rescues. The air temp was 14-15 degC and I was getting very hot in the dry suit. Solution, roll practice, rescue practice or a nice capsize and T rescue. Its amazing how qui...
by seawolf856
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?

andynormancx wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:22 pm
We'd never seen the North Sea quite so calm as it was last Friday:
Stunning - nice day for a quick dip too!!
by seawolf856
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Who said winter sea kayaking was cold and rough?

This was the Menai Straits on Sunday 24th Feb. Wow what a day we picked to paddle the full 38km of the whole length of the Straits from Penmon to Newborough. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1551187907891-7115.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1551187944215-3...
by seawolf856
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 12
Views: 1355

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

Yes, real paperwork for me too! Only I received TWO sets of identical paperwork and TWO sets of identical stickers. Still, at least I've got some spares as the stickers will inevitably fall off as andynormancx has pointed out.
by seawolf856
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 12
Views: 1355

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

Haha, I've just received a second identical letter and another set of stickers for my PLB - talk about waiting for a bus....
by seawolf856
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3502

Re: GPS

Hi Daker, The Fenix 5 is perfect for doing exactly as I have done with my Fenix 3. There were no downloadable Apps in the Garmin IQ store for kayaking (SUP, Rowing, Open water swimming - YES! but nothing for kayaking), so I decided to have a go at making my own and it was surprisingly easy. I agree ...
by seawolf856
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1481

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Chris Bolton wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:25 pm
but in at lot of people the difference between 11st and 15st is 4st of fat, which is quite buoyant!
I'm off to eat more pies
by seawolf856
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3502

Re: GPS

I use a Garmin Fenix 3 wristwatch with my own App designed for sea kayak journeys. The watch is fully waterproof and being on your wrist it is easy to see at all times even when holding tight onto your paddle!! The Fenix allows you to customise the screens on your App, it is very simple. On my home ...