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by seawolf856
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Into strong head wind

45mph is a BF Gale force 8!! I feel sick just thinking about paddling in that.
by seawolf856
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introduction and looking for advice.
Replies: 30
Views: 957

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

Hi, Anglesey is a great location to try out Sea Kayaking. I would recommend finding yourself a course to get through the initial stages before spending cash on a kayak. Your viewpoint on what you will want will change dramatically after trying a few out. Plas Y Brenin, Kayak Essential, Roger Chandl...
by seawolf856
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

C2C progress update. Thanks to all who showed an interest in this little winter project of ours. A quick update for you - yesterday we completed our 4th stage from Wigan to Blackburn, having now paddled (and portaged) a total cumulative distance of 92km. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads...
by seawolf856
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

I've an ambition to paddle from Sheffield (where I live) to Grimsby (where I'm from) which would mean paddling the south coast of the estuary. However, on top of the large tidal range and mud common to all estuaries, the south bank has many busy ports and chemical factories to consider. The north b...
by seawolf856
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stocking fillers
Replies: 21
Views: 770

Re: Stocking fillers

A dry bag or two is an affordable stocking filler and not something I would necessarily think of buying or replacing myself. A new whistle would be very cheap but an essential piece of safety kit, nice and shiny too. A new hand held compass or a waterproof map case or a new thermos flask or a set of...
by seawolf856
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 584

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

My lithium pump battery (Tracer 12v) has a handy plug in lead with a 12v socket on the end so my VHF car charger just plugs straight in. I can also use a standard ‘bullet’ type USB adaptor to charge any of my other devices which has a USB charging lead. Compatibility is the key and using a 12v power...
by seawolf856
Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New member.
Replies: 11
Views: 370

Re: New member.

Hi Steve, welcome to the forum. You seem very well set up kayak wise (lovely Valley Gemini) and kit wise and your experience so far will no doubt stand you in very good stead for venturing out on coastal days out. Learning to roll is a good skill to acquire but I would also recommend you learn a sol...
by seawolf856
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much flex in single layer plastic?
Replies: 15
Views: 437

Re: How much flex in single layer plastic?

I have recently upgraded my 6 year old single layer Jura MV for the newer triple layer version of exactly the same boat so I can reliably tell you that there is a significant difference in weight. I can also reliably tell you that the triple layer construction is noticeably (to me anyway) stiffer. I...
by seawolf856
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone else sneaked out today?
Replies: 36
Views: 1463

Re: Anyone else sneaked out today?

Flat calm out today ...a bit chilly though so layered up ...100% polyester thermal suit and thin fleece seems work best under drysuit for cold days .any other ideas what to wear that isn’t going to overheat too quickly To be honest on the canal trips I've been concentrating on temperature control a...
by seawolf856
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone else sneaked out today?
Replies: 36
Views: 1463

Re: Anyone else sneaked out today?

Anybody who is within reach of Liverpool and is trying to think of somewhere to paddle during lockdown should give it a go. Yes its a 'boring canal' BUT honestly it was a great day out. You can actually paddle right to the very end point of the Leeds/Liverpool canal (just beyond Stanley Lock flight...
by seawolf856
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Touring kayak suggestions for larger kayakers?
Replies: 12
Views: 422

Re: Touring kayak suggestions for larger kayakers?

I know its your first touring sea kayak but what is your budget and skill level i.e. will you be looking for a composite or plastic boat? and would you consider second hand?
Composite - P&H Cetus
Plastic - P&H Scorpio
by seawolf856
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone else sneaked out today?
Replies: 36
Views: 1463

Re: Anyone else sneaked out today?

I love those reflections. I am aiming to do bits and pieces over time. similarly adding up the Shropshire Union and Llangollen canals the latter obviously not just now. I have done sections of them all in inflatable though now using a sea kayak. How was the Liverpool start I have been warned first ...
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Power supply for electric bilge pump
Replies: 17
Views: 611

Re: Power supply for electric bilge pump

My pump battery is a Lion pack by Tracer. It is very small and compact (but very expensive) and it sits in a dry bag in my day hatch with the cables sealed through the bulkhead. However even the day hatch can get splashed or even flooded by accident so I would always make sure that ANY connections a...
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 37
Views: 1121

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

I am guessing that you have got a P&H 'Skudder' where the skeg controller drops the blade part way as a skeg but you also have the option to drop the blade all the way down and then you have foot peddles to use it as a rudder. If this is the arrangement you have, then it works very well as long as y...
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone else sneaked out today?
Replies: 36
Views: 1463

Re: Anyone else sneaked out today?

Not today but I sneaked out on the Leeds/Liverpool canal on Saturday and apart from one super fast racer who I saw twice as he returned. There was nothing else moving on the water. It was the Leeds/Liverpool canal for me too yesterday. Me and a (Covid compliant) small group of friends have hatched ...
by seawolf856
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 1963

Re: Long swim.

Did anybody see the 'mad surfer' on Saving Lives at Sea recently? Although initially you thought he was a complete idiot for jumping into the sea and trying to surf in a Force 11, it turns out he is a global extreme surf expert and he went into the water with full knowledge of the tidal movement and...
by seawolf856
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 14
Views: 814

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

Very accurate as I have a glucose monitor (Dexcom) fitted and my watch relays my glucose levels every 5 mins, so I can see it going up and down. Its also connected to my insulin pump which adjusts itself depending upon my glucose levels - this newish tech is clever stuff. Wow Chas, great to see you...
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 14
Views: 814

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

I use a waterproof Apple Watch to keep an eye on my blood sugars, its great for that. Secondary I also get heart rate. I've not used it for location or distance tracking when kayaking. Haha, conversely, I hadn’t looked on mine as a health monitor. I find it amazing you can get blood sugar levels! H...
by seawolf856
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Smart watches and kayaking...
Replies: 14
Views: 814

Re: Smart watches and kayaking...

I have been using a Garmin Fenix smart watch for years and I find it extremely useful for monitoring progress as experienced by the OP when the tidal flow might affect your paddling speed more than you originally calculated. I live in the NW where we regularly paddle estuaries such as the Dee, Merse...
by seawolf856
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

Yeh, he’s always there for you autograph hunters 😂
by seawolf856
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

Hi Damo, go back to the sea floaters YouTube channel and the film is called “Dee bore Muppettry”. Thanks - found it (looks like it's been set not to appear in YouTube searches.) After an 8 mile paddle, that would be absolutely gutting, so kudos to whichever of you it was that hung around to rescue ...
by seawolf856
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

Hi Damo, go back to the sea floaters YouTube channel and the film is called “Dee bore Muppettry”. It’s funny because we are both sitting there waiting in anticipation of catching the wave and we both capsize instantly. If this topic gets transferred to its own thread, it will be interesting to read ...
by seawolf856
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

I'll not derail the initial thread with further questions. I think this is a good example of where thread-derailment can be a good thing - I'm sure I'm not the only person on here who's watched that first video above and made a mental note to investigate doing the Dee. My experiences of surfing the...
by seawolf856
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

Hi Kevin, the Dee bore occurs on big spring tides (+10m Liverpool) and it varies in height depending on the actual tide height, wind direction and barometric pressure. However it is never REALLY BIG and scary but you need a certain amount of surfing skill to pick up and stay on the front wave. Fortu...
by seawolf856
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

Yeh, me too. This is us on the Dee bore recently. It wasn't at its biggest but it was great fun. Thanks for all the information on the Humber by the way. We don't have to paddle all the way out to the coast if we don't want to. Once we reach Goole, we have the option to just stop there. https://www....
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Re: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

Thanks guys, that's just the sort of input I'm looking for. Any further contributions would also be very welcome.
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice
Replies: 28
Views: 1230

Coast to Coast - Humber estuary advice

The lockdowns and resultant closure of the Welsh coast has driven a couple of paddling friends from Cheshire to investigate local rivers, canals and waterways to maintain some sort of paddling fitness and it has proven quite eye opening with some really interesting discoveries including bore waves, ...
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone tried these boats
Replies: 15
Views: 1001

Re: Anyone tried these boats

Is that a 'boat' or a lilo?
by seawolf856
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 59
Views: 2247

Re: Rolling

In the good old days when swimming pools were open and we could practice our kayaking skills and drills in the comfort of a warm pool, the first thing newbies wanted to do was learn to roll. Our most experienced and cherished coach always used to say to them "learn the skills that will prevent you f...
by seawolf856
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaky Drysuit
Replies: 43
Views: 1576

Re: Leaky Drysuit

“it’s almost like a mist when it’s taken off but mostly dry” What you’re describing OP is condensation (warm, moisture-laden air inside your suit that condenses when exposed to the cooler outside air). It’s sweat that your drysuit’s fabric has been unable to vent through its breathability. Putting ...