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by seawolf856
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 9
Views: 422

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: 767

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: 16
Views: 1434

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: 659

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: 451

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: 2
Views: 297

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: 3170

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: 475

Re: testing a plb

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

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by seawolf856
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Locator Beacon
Replies: 7
Views: 476

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: 476

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: 780

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: 780

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: 691

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: 721

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: 683

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: 683

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: 683

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: 1156

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: 1156

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: 3170

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: 1226

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: 3170

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: 429

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: 1150

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: 681

Re: Even the seagulls were cold!

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1548424399280-1515.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1548424461085-7527.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1548424516104-4647.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1548424563339-8410.png...
by seawolf856
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Even the seagulls were cold!
Replies: 7
Views: 681

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: 681

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: 681

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: 19
Views: 1300

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: 736

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...