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by seawolf856
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice
Replies: 6
Views: 242

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 - Gear
Topic: Returning sea kayaker - boat choice
Replies: 6
Views: 242

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 - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 705

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...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reverse polarity in compasses
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: Reverse polarity in compasses

Oh blimey! I keep a conventional Silva walking compass in my PFD pocket in case I need it (I haven't got a deck compass). I also keep my PLB in a dry bag in the same pocket. I'd better check my compass to see if it is OK.
by seawolf856
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?

I use an Ledlenser SEO7R rechargeable. 220 lumens so very bright, very light and has a very small (rechargeable) battery built in, so no silly battery pack on the headband. These were £80-£100 a few years ago but down to a reasonable price on Amazon now. Fantastic for caves and camp. Has variable se...
by seawolf856
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 705

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

No need for such extreme measures! Talking to VE today; they can include a heat shrink indexing bump for a nominal cost when ordering a new paddle. Good old VE, that's the sort of customer service you expect from them. Customer focused and ready to help. Well done Stu. To do it yourself, heat shrin...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 705

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I have a VE Voyager as my primary (and favourite) sea paddle. The indexing on the VE shafts is VERY! subtle. I also have a Werner Tybee, which is not very positive either. I can roll with both but I know exactly where you are coming from regarding indexing and sometimes I would like to feel a more i...
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 505

Re: Stabilising a kayak

Chris Bolton has explained the Pedigree of the Mirage very well and also given a great explanation of why a dedicated sea kayak would handle better than a general purpose kayak in the sea. A sea kayak also has deck lines for added safety and to assist in rescues and recovery manoeuvres. I can't real...
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 505

Re: Stabilising a kayak

Hi N00b, It is not a stupid question and you are definitely in the right place, but I suspect when the very knowledgeable folk on here have figured out how to respond, the answers you get may not be what you were expecting. From my own point of view, I think you need a properly equipped sea kayak be...
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 18
Views: 1121

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

Just to add a quick update and bump this thread back to the top. I logged a paddle plan for a trip to Bardsey Island (N. Wales) on Saturday using RYA Safetrx. I was paddling with a group of seven but I was NOT the leader so I just sent the paddle plan from my phone using my personal user name but in...
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 'My First Trip Round the 'Stacks' (Anglesey)
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Re: 'My First Trip Round the 'Stacks' (Anglesey)

Lovely article. Short, sharp, very sweet and beautifully written. The Stacks is indeed a very special place to paddle.
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 18
Views: 1121

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

Hi Mr Ed, Don't get me wrong, I am completely on side with you regarding the incessant invasion of our lives by FB/Apple/Google and by those who think "an App will fix everything". I do not like the big brother approach of being tracked continuously and I do not subscribe to social media in any way ...
by seawolf856
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 6638

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Once again Allan has it spot on. Edging the boat is when water is most likely to get in. Also next time you are paddling in swell or waves, look at the paddlers around you and you will see how much time their rear deck spends awash or even under the waterline. I actually use a champagne cork (whittl...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 6638

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Hi Allan, thanks for the suggestion. Yes I have tried without the NRV but the airlock still occurs if I am in slightly rough conditions. I can understand exactly why the pump is running on in rough water and it actually does NOT happen in calm water when the auto sensor has enough time to detect tha...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 18
Views: 1121

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

Grumble grumble back in my day etc etc There are plenty of sea kayakers out there who were around "in your day" - you know, when we hunted whales to the brink of extinction and kids died of diseases we can now cure. Decades on, lots of us 'old gits' have embraced new technology and appreciate how i...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 6638

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Hi Spikeedog, my whale pump has now been tested many times in both real and practice situations - mainly practice ones I’m glad to say. It empties down to a level where you wouldn’t notice the water left in the boat. The auto switch on has never failed to operate, however I have had a few occasions ...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 18
Views: 1121

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

Two updates: I was fortunate enough to visit the Ops Room at Milford Haven Coastguard at the weekend, who gave me a demo on the system. They seem impressed with it and can see all live journeys taking place. There were a couple of vessels inland that appeared to demonstrate someone had a boat on a ...
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 18
Views: 1121

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

I used it on Sunday for an Anglesey coastal trip from Moelfre to Point Lynas and back. I was taking a group of 12 paddlers, so I was also able to put that information into my 'sail plan'. It tracked me perfectly and the times and speeds it logged agreed with my Garmin GPS. I was very impressed and a...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 18
Views: 1121

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

I've just downloaded the App and registered my details. It was very straightforward and I can't really see any downside to having another layer of safety to use if needs be. I routinely notify and leave a trip plan with the Coast Guard before launching and this App lets you log a trip plan with the ...
by seawolf856
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 664

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

The Palm Ocean Pro 10m is my tow line of choice. I prefer the 'feel' of a waist towline rather than a 'throw bag' type or a boat mounted type and a towline worn on the person can be used for clipping the boat to your person as a precaution if conditions get tasty or if you capsize and need to stay i...
by seawolf856
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Barra and The Bishop's Isles
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Re: Barra and The Bishop's Isles

Great post Rich, thanks for sharing.
by seawolf856
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Polarised glasses?
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Polarised glasses?

ABSOLUTELY YES, YES, YES. Not only will polarised lenses cut all the glare and 'glimmer' from the surface of the water, giving you a squint and headache free experience. Anglers always use polarised lenses to see through the surface glare so they will also give you a much better view of any underwat...
by seawolf856
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 10
Views: 901

Re: Lightning

Was paddling with a group to the Tudwal's (Abersoch) 27th May when that mother of thunder storms hit the Mid and West UK. Having heeded warnings when playing golf or fishing - both activities involving open spaces and hand held lightening conductors - I thought it might be wise to head to the beach ...
by seawolf856
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 887

Re: Water Carrier

Just to throw another opposite view into the mix, I am the friend that Bluey mentioned and on our recent overnight kayak trip on Anglesey, I used the MSR 4L Dromedary and found it superb. It is bombproof and had no nasty taste whatsoever. Having said that, Bluey had got his hands on a couple of the ...
by seawolf856
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1004

Re: New to kayaking, advice please

Good point - Just goes to show, no matter how much advice you attempt to offer, there will always be somebody determined to render it useless!
by seawolf856
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1004

Re: New to kayaking, advice please

it is not just static load which has to be taken by the roof bars (AND the attachments which fix the roof bars to the vehicle) but the dynamic load imposed by the wind resistance as you hurtle up the motorway. The force imparted on the kayak (and hence whatever it is tied to) as your vehicle moves t...
by seawolf856
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleeping bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 870

Re: Sleeping bag?

Vango ultralite 3 season has a good weight of filling 600gms and a great compression sack so packs into a kayak friendly size BUT it is a single mummy style so maybe you should think about putting the matrimonial duties on hold and buy two.
by seawolf856
Tue May 22, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Drysuit zips

Rear is neater and doesnt interfere with your pfd as much. Having said that i wear my kokatat expedition (front zip) in preference to my other rear zip drysuit because the suit is better. What i am saying is I dont think either is better from a functional perspective and unless you are ‘billy no mat...
by seawolf856
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 Peaks By Kayak
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: 3 Peaks By Kayak

Hope you've got a plastic boat, the slate on Snowdon will play havoc with a gel coat :-)
Seriously - what a fantastic challenge and a great cause. Good luck with the weather gods and the fund raising.
by seawolf856
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 53
Views: 3227

Re: Paddling into your thirties

Take up sea kayaking mate - at 30, I guarantee you will be the youngest in any sea paddling group by a long way!