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by seawolf856
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 7
Views: 715

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: 20
Views: 2115

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: 855

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: 20
Views: 2115

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 ...
by seawolf856
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: English words, sort of English language. Environments love of food and need to remain clean
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: English words, sort of English language. Environments love of food and need to remain clean

WOW Can't say I'm in a position to disagree with any of that, but I want some of what he's on :-)
by seawolf856
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 798

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

Yep, Ortlieb and Aquapak for robustness. They are quite stiff and bulky even before you fill them, but they stay dry which is the whole point isn't it? My own personal experience of the super lightweight 'kayak bags' from Go Outdoors and the Exped, Karrimor types from SD are all pants! I have also t...
by seawolf856
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Even the seagulls were cold!
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: Even the seagulls were cold!

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by seawolf856
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Even the seagulls were cold!
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: Even the seagulls were cold!

No success with uploading the photos. I tried to follow the instructions, which seem pretty basic but I must be too thick to understand.
by seawolf856
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Even the seagulls were cold!
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: Even the seagulls were cold!

Hi Rich, Thanks for your comments, I guessed from your post that you would understand and appreciate our Straights trip. Yeh, it was really good, we paddle there often and it is always worth the effort, such a great piece of water that tests your tidal planning skills!!. I live an hour away from Ang...
by seawolf856
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Even the seagulls were cold!
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: Even the seagulls were cold!

Hi Rich, great photos, thanks for sharing. Two of us paddled the Straights from end to end yesterday on a massive spring tide. We launched in the dark from Penmon, it was cold, dark and miserable getting the drysuits on and getting up at 4.30am to drive out to Anglesey in the first place was hard wo...
by seawolf856
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 14
Views: 850

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Well I thought that was a great piece of ingenuity and a well put together film. Editing the film to show the radio conversation from both ends and filming his drone with another drone was very well thought out, he basically took a lot of trouble to try something which is practically useless BUT whi...
by seawolf856
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

My experience of Sweet service has been very poor. Fantastic products- beautifully made, excellent fit. No clear service strategy at all in the UK and apparently internationally too, to the point whereby alternatives start to look a lot more appealing. For information I own a Sweet Drytop and Sweet...
by seawolf856
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: PLB protection

I've seen people with them attached to their shoulder strap. I'm not convinced that I'd actually be able to extend the antenna and activate mine while it was attached to my shoulder strap. I'm fairly sure I'd struggle to visually see whether or not I'd activated it. Very good point Andy, my rescueM...
by seawolf856
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

Nope. Just got mine, that I registered sometime in autumn last year. I wasn't expecting any actual paperwork, so I was surprised when it turned up yesterday. Oh well, I can't even break a record when all I have to do is sit on my ar$e for a year! I knew there was a backlog with 406MHz beacon regist...
by seawolf856
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 7
Views: 715

PLB registration - is this a record?

I got a lovely new rescueME PLB1 for Christmas last year and registered it on line on boxing day 26/12/17. I have just received my acknowledgement and stickers in the post 11 months later - is this a record? For the avoidance of doubt, I rang the registry to check that my device had been registered ...
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB protection
Replies: 22
Views: 1380

Re: PLB protection

My rescueME PLB1 has been in a small dry bag in my PFD pocket for ages. The thought was it would last longer if I offered it some protection. I roll the top of the dry bag down but with the PLB leash sticking out so that the PLB stays tethered to me even when I open the bag. I have been in the water...
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??

Thanks Mark, I thought I was losing my marbles. I liked the "Sea Kayaking Gear" sub forum but I can see why it has been merged back, as the separation of subjects could become blurred at times. Anyway, it will now be easier to just go to one community forum and find everything in one place. Thanks a...
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 1282

Re: Time for a new PDF

Another vote for the Kaikorura and believe me I've tried a lot of PFDs
by seawolf856
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??

Thanks for trying but I'm no good at this stuff. I clicked your link and got back to the sea kayaking main forum page but the tab I'm looking for, which used to be at the top of the page and was just called 'sea kayak gear' isn't there anymore. I'm not talking about the 'sea kayaking gear for sale' ...
by seawolf856
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??

Am I missing something? I am a regular user and observer of the sea kayak forum on UKRGB but I'm sure I used to have a tab appear at the top of the sea kayak main page which took me to a new forum page called 'sea kayak gear'. Its not there any more!! Has anybody else noticed this? Has something bee...
by seawolf856
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?
Replies: 10
Views: 728

Re: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?

'Tides near me' is another good (7 day) free app and is very quick and easy to use. For day trips, I can't remember the last time I planned more than a week ahead as the weather forecast is never accurate enough that far ahead to guarantee you can paddle anyway. For long term planning I would revert...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3011

Re: Insurance and qualifications

So whats to prevent soneone like me with a couple of years of paddling experience from taking club members out for a gentle paddle on the sea in fair weather I think a F4 against 5 knots of tide is probably way beyond a "gentle paddle in fair weather" as you initially suggested you would be leading...
by seawolf856
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3011

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Seawolf 856 clearly separates 'on the surface' from a nagging doubt he has. Alan, I think this entire thread explains why he (and surely many others) are in this bind. All of us agree about skill, experience and planning and carrying the means to give restitution to any we damage. However the fear ...
by seawolf856
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3011

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Your experience and approach sound good to me (as a sea kayaker since 1982 and recently qualified Sea Kayak Leader) and your club are involved in approving what you do. You might want to keep a copy of the FAQs to quote if the worst happens. For the future, your club might think about developing so...
by seawolf856
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Puffin Island Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: Puffin Island Advice

Hi and welcome to UKRGB, you have certainly found the right place to ask for advice and you are absolutely right to do so before putting to sea in an area unknown to you. Definitely get the 50 Welsh sea kayak trips book recommended by Chris Bolton it is invaluable for planing sea paddles in this are...
by seawolf856
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3011

Re: Insurance and qualifications

I am in this exact situation. I am a club member who has just been co-opted onto the club committee and due to the fact that I have completed more sea miles that most of the other casual sea kayakers in the club, I have been asked if I would like to organise and 'lead' some club trips. I have no for...
by seawolf856
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sunburn
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Re: Sunburn

Nivia Kids Factor 50 'roll on' for me. It comes in a very compact container, is relatively cheap (unlike P20 at £20 a bottle), it is waterproof, it has a high protection factor, lasts all day and the roll on makes it very easy to apply to the exact areas you need it. Like owen_h I prefer a cream ove...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice

Comfort an fit is very, very important - more important than what looks good on paper. If you're comfortable in it, you'll enjoy paddling it much more. Absolutely the best advice. What looks good on paper, or what other people think of your boat doesn't matter a jot. The comfort and fit will defini...
by seawolf856
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice

The Capella is a 'marmite' boat, some love it and some hate it. Can be a bit tippy for newbies. The Scorpio on the other hand seems to be universally loved, especially in Corelite X form. If you can get a second hand Scorpio for decent money, I would recommend that. It will do everything you need it...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 932

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Am I the only person who likes an indexed grip for normal forward paddling? I find it helps to not need to look at the blade when planting it. Hi Jim, No I like an indexed grip also for normal paddling. Having an indexed grip will plant the first blade at the same angle every time, the key is to ma...