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by seawolf856
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy aid recommendations?^
Replies: 24
Views: 3296

Re: Bouyancy aid recommendations?

I have the Palm Kaikoura loads of pockets must confess only use 50% of them its very popular and suits me. http://www.palmequipmenteurope.com/gear/touring_pfds.php Another vote for the Palm Kaikoura. Loads of pockets and a bladder pocket on the back. I know that there is a danger of looking like a ...
by seawolf856
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patterns on loch's surface
Replies: 8
Views: 355

Re: Patterns on loch's surface

So, do "still waters run deep" ??
by seawolf856
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 49
Views: 1955

Re: Carrying flares

Hi All Just a thought regarding para/rocket flares. It could be your best hope if you've been forced to land (medical/capsized/broken kayak) on a remote beach/gully surrounded by high cliffs. You're in a deep hole. A PLB/VHF or mobile phone may not get a signal out in this situation. They all need ...
by seawolf856
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 49
Views: 1955

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Seawolf, Assuming the same thing, I had a pack of those. Almost like shotgun cartridges which fit on the end of a 'pen', fired by pulling back and releasing a spring loaded firing pin? I had heard they had a poor reputation for reliability. However, mine went on a bonfire night extravaganza, yea...
by seawolf856
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 49
Views: 1955

Re: Carrying flares

I carry PLB, VHF and phone. I have also just recently decided to carry some small red flares called Compact Distress Signals, made by Pains Wessex. These come with a very neat and easy to operate spring loaded hand launcher that can be fired safely from a boat. They only reach a height of 45m and bu...
by seawolf856
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 2212

Re: Knives

Just a quick nod to carrying a knife, regardless of the design. I have only had cause to use a knife in anger once to date, this was to cut free a map case that had become tangled underneath me after an assisted rescue in rough conditions. The rescue was conducted calmly and went very well and due t...
by seawolf856
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 1756

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Another nod to VE paddles. The carbon blades and glass shaft combo is superb and the split joint is the best out there
by seawolf856
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?
Replies: 11
Views: 692

Re: Why bent gate carabineers on tow ropes?

Also have a look at the Petzl Ange L. This has the wire gate and absolutely does not snag when clipping in or out. These are perfect for sea kayaking use.
On my tow line however I use a plastic sea dog.
by seawolf856
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF use on inland waterways
Replies: 5
Views: 519

VHF use on inland waterways

Does anybody know what the legal position is regarding the use of VHF radios on inland waterways i.e. estuaries, rivers or even lakes. I’m not talking about using channel 16, just using a ship to ship channel to contact and talk to paddling buddies on a trip. Does anybody use their VHF anywhere othe...
by seawolf856
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Facebook scam
Replies: 1
Views: 422

Re: Facebook scam

Thanks for the warning and for highlighting the scam. Its always a good thing to spread the word as far and wide as possible regarding scumbag scammers.
by seawolf856
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 26
Views: 1188

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

I'm with you PhilAyr, my weapon of choice is my VE Voyager Carbon, I absolutely love it, quality from blade tip to blade tip. I pretty much never use the Werner Tybee any more, its just goes on the deck as a spare. I also have a cheap Ainsworth with huge plastic blades for rock hopping and surfing. ...
by seawolf856
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 26
Views: 1188

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

As you can see, this is a very common problem and this type of Werner joint and has been the cause of the "car park tug o' war" for years. I have a two piece Tybee, which I use as my spare paddle so it spends most of its life on the deck with the mechanism getting wet. I have chosen to ignore the ad...
by seawolf856
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Radio : Transceiver
Replies: 6
Views: 478

Re: Radio : Transceiver

Most VHF handsets have variable power settings - that should be on the tick list when selecting a handset. So when having a nice little 'ship to ship' chat with your kayaking mates about which beach to stop at for your butties (or asking them to slow down a bit), then it is rather obvious that you w...
by seawolf856
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Radio : Transceiver
Replies: 6
Views: 478

Re: Radio : Transceiver

I have a basic non DSC handset like PhilAyr for prolonged battery life. The selection is mind boggling but the features I suggest you put on your tick list are - duel watch or tri watch, high power - most can do 5 watt but there are some at 6 watt for greater range, submersible, floating. Size can m...
by seawolf856
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change of VHF handset, any licence implications?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Change of VHF handset, any licence implications?

Thanks guys, the old handset is completely scrap as the on/off switch has physically snapped due to seawater corrosion (waterproof my ar$e). It is a non DSC type and I’ve bought an identical replacement so happy days, nothing for me to do.
by seawolf856
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change of VHF handset, any licence implications?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Change of VHF handset, any licence implications?

As clarified in another related post - it is the 'ships portable radio licence' that I am talking about, not the RYA operators licence.
by seawolf856
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change Of Address On VHF Licence
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Change Of Address On VHF Licence

Thanks for the clarification PlymouthDano. Yes I now realise I am talking about the 'ship portable radio licence' sorry I didn't initially realise that it was the proper RYA VHF licence that Northern Blue was posting about. My mistake. And thanks Northern Blue, the radio for sale is a really good ba...
by seawolf856
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change of VHF handset, any licence implications?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Change of VHF handset, any licence implications?

Yesterday the on/off switch on my VHF handset broke off. It was supposed to be submersible so I never kept it in a waterproof case and corrosion has eventually got the better of it. I have ordered a new handset today (same make and model so I don't have to learn how to use it) and when it arrives, I...
by seawolf856
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change Of Address On VHF Licence
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Change Of Address On VHF Licence

It was a few years ago when I first applied for my VHF licence so I can't remember all the ins and outs of doing so. Anyway, I've just been on the Ofcom website and there doesn't seem to be anywhere to change the handset details. So I am now thinking that the licence for a handheld VHF radio is gran...
by seawolf856
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Change Of Address On VHF Licence
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Change Of Address On VHF Licence

My VHF broke yesterday (on/off knob corroded and broke off) and I've bought a new handset today. I guess I will have to inform Ofcom that my handset details have changed and get my licence updated or get a new licence. I hope they are as kind and efficient with my situation. I am guessing that I'm n...
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 1603

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

OK I'm a dinosaur - I'll get my coat :-)
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: A man for all seasons, a boat for all waters?
Replies: 9
Views: 868

Re: A man for all seasons, a boat for all waters?

You can put to sea in a beautiful pea green boat, or go over Niagara falls in a barrel but neither is really suitable for the situation. To be honest if you are prepared to compromise on handling/speed/comfort/safety then you could pretty much paddle anything anywhere. It is understandable that if y...
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 1603

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

OOoohh Noooo!! please don't send forums to room 101 in favour of FaceAche. FB might be good for sharing news of what you had for breakfast but these forums and bulletin boards are the lifeblood of sports and pastimes such as ours. UK rivers is a brilliant platform and I have found the contributors a...
by seawolf856
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 1603

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Apart form the literal meanings, I like the humanised version as in "she's in fine fettle.." referring to a trim hull with nice curves!!!
by seawolf856
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hot air, cold water
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: Hot air, cold water

Ahh, this old chestnut raises its head once again!! unfortunately, as is usual with our sport, there is no one solution on which all will agree. It is easy to extol the virtues of 'dressing for immersion' and 'dressing for the water temperature' but those of us who paddle any distance will have expe...
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 123
Views: 5270

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Hi Phizz4, welcome to the biggest thread you are likely to see. That is for a very good reason. I would recommend you read this from top to bottom and also any associated threads on electric bilge pumps, you will discover a whole world of really helpful tips and advice. You will also discover that t...
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Phone Apps for weather warnings & tidal currents.
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Phone Apps for weather warnings & tidal currents.

Windfinder and Windy are both very good, reliable, accurate and easy to use phone apps which I use all the time to get wind, weather and tide information. Windguru is also quite good as is magicseaweed. Currents and tidal flows are very different from basic tide timings (HW/LW) and you would be wise...
by seawolf856
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Carbon Paddle
Replies: 13
Views: 764

Re: Carbon Paddle

Don't buy anything until you have looked at (or tried) a VE paddle. Expensive but awesome. I know there are lots of VE users out there who will agree. Have a look at the Douglas Wilcox review.
by seawolf856
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg operating fault - any ideas?
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: Skeg operating fault - any ideas?

Hi all, thanks for your detailed explanations. Archimedes eh, who'd have thought! Luckily as you know, P&H put a handy service cover over the top of the scudder pivot so I can have a play with the elastic tension. I don't remember ever seeing a spring though. The blue cord and slider components look...
by seawolf856
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skeg operating fault - any ideas?
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Skeg operating fault - any ideas?

My sea boat has the P&H Scudder fitted. I often use the skeg but have never felt the need to fully deploy the blade and use it as a rudder. Anyhow, while out on the water recently I noticed that the blade would not fully deploy, this is not a problem really as I said, I don't need it to drop fully a...