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by Mark Graham
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Online charts
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: Online charts

Thanks for the link, this looks useful but I'm not sure how the payment works. Are they free to view online but you pay to download for offline viewing?
by Mark Graham
Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introduction and looking for advice.
Replies: 30
Views: 901

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

Hello and welcome. You are by no means daft to be taking up sea kayaking at 61, it's adventure sitting down! Re your choice of kayak - I suggest booking some lessons and trying a few different kayaks to see what suits you. Have a serious think about what you want to do with it - if you plan on doing...
by Mark Graham
Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaky Drysuit
Replies: 43
Views: 1568

Re: Leaky Drysuit

As an ex diver I am puzzled as to why the neck seals on dive suits are different to kayaking suits - dive suits have the smooth neoprene surface on the outside of the seal and are worn folded over internally on themselves (or at least they were, might have changed by now). Diving I always accepted t...
by Mark Graham
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2320

Re: Greenland paddles

I have come across a fellow who has 15 kayaks Canoes & kayaks, I can match that. I did have more but I'm rationalising them. Borrowed from cycling, the correct number of boats is given by the formula n+1, where n is the number of boats one currently has. It's actually X-1, where X is the number at ...
by Mark Graham
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Chinese carbon Greenland paddle £179 including postage.
Replies: 26
Views: 699

Re: Chinese carbon Greenland paddle £179 including postage.

I seriously considered ordering one of these but in the end I took a deep breath and got a Kajaksport Inuksuk via Reed. At the time they were giving away one of their own make bothy cags with each paddle. I wanted one of those anyway and if I accounted for that, then allowed for import duties, posta...
by Mark Graham
Thu Dec 17, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 958

Re: Energy drinks

Speaking as a runner many of us avoid the commercial energy drinks, they are high in sugar, expensive, and use single use plastic bottles. A much cheaper and more sustainable alternative is a mix of 50/50 pure fruit juice and water, perhaps with a pinch of salt. You can make it up at home and refill...
by Mark Graham
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2320

Re: Greenland paddles

the top edge of the blade would naturally be canted forward - to have it vertical or canted backwards would mean cocking your wrist Mark, I'm trying to understand that. I think it depends on how you hold the paddle. Unless you have a rectangular loom (mine is round) there's nothing to say the blade...
by Mark Graham
Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2320

Re: Greenland paddles

I'm by no means an expert, being a relatively recent convert but thinking about it, if you sit in your kayak holding your paddle with arms and wrists straight and the paddle across the deck the top edge of the blade would naturally be canted forward - to have it vertical or canted backwards would me...
by Mark Graham
Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2320

Re: Greenland paddles

But until comparatively very recently when new materials became available has much development really taken place? Maybe 3900 years ago after a bit of fiddling about and trial and error they got it right. Then nothing much happened for another 3800 years or so (because why fix what isn't broken?). T...
by Mark Graham
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Power supply for electric bilge pump
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Power supply for electric bilge pump

Sincere thanks for all the replies, some very practical points. I hadn't thought about needing to press a button on one of the power packs so one like that would be a non starter (!) Sorry.... I'm coming down firmly in favour of battery option, seems cheaper and simpler. Once I've got all the bits t...
by Mark Graham
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Power supply for electric bilge pump
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Power supply for electric bilge pump

Thanks for the quick replies. Yes, I suppose it's a bit like camper van batteries - the vehicle starter battery is designed to give a powerful boost of short duration a number of times while the leisure battery gives a lower power over a longer period. But you can still run a light from the vehicle ...
by Mark Graham
Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Power supply for electric bilge pump
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Power supply for electric bilge pump

Has anyone tried one of the new compact car jump starter packs for the above? Or is there an obvious reason I'm missing why they aren't suitable? 12v, sealed, plenty of amp hours, rechargeable, about the size of a paperback book and some have USB ports for charging other devices. From not much more ...
by Mark Graham
Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 1959

Re: Long swim.

It the week just gone, Monday or Tuesday night I think. I saw it, the lifeboat crew had rough time of it.
by Mark Graham
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 1959

Re: Long swim.

I suspect that there is a big difference between being able to swim a decent distance in open water and being able to do it in the conditions that might make it necessary.
by Mark Graham
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1142

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

I've become a convert after using one on holiday with Sea Kayak Milos and Rod Feldman. Rod had some sticks available and I took one as a spare to play with during the lunch break. After trying it I put the Euros on the back deck and never used them again for the rest of the week. I liked it so much ...
by Mark Graham
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 37
Views: 1959

Re: Long swim.

A couple of years ago a fisherman fell overboard in Loch nan Uamh and managed a very long swim, I think it was about 3km. The alarm was raised when his creel boat was found aground. I understand he was found in the pub! Speaking as an ex diver, an inflated drysuit restricts your movements massively ...
by Mark Graham
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Scorpio V Perception Essence
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: P&H Scorpio V Perception Essence

Sorry - I also meant to add that it felt a significantly better kayak than the expression for me personally (no my wife didn't want the Essence, she prefers the more stable expression) - so if its a step up from an essence its perhaps two steps up from a Carolina. And having a day hatch is a big plus.
by Mark Graham
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Scorpio V Perception Essence
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: P&H Scorpio V Perception Essence

I cant comment on the scorpio but I had an Essence 16 and it replaced an Expression 14 (which my lady wife now paddles). The Essence was noticeably narrower and faster, edged pretty well and still felt stable and safe. The narrower hull made it a much better fit for me and the boat seemed pretty tou...
by Mark Graham
Tue May 16, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gul Taw drysuit (ladies)
Replies: 8
Views: 4703

Re: Gul Taw drysuit (ladies)

I've got the male version, its a couple of years old now and holding up well although I only paddle with it in poor/cold conditions or if I expect to be swimming. I decided to try it after I spoke to someone who had worn one extensively and found it hard wearing. It seems to be well designed and rob...
by Mark Graham
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Nautiraid GR11 500 folding sea kayak for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 936

Re: Nautiraid GR11 500 folding sea kayak for sale

Simon - I think you are trying to PM me but I'm just getting a blank message form. I've tried to send you an email.

Mark
by Mark Graham
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Nautiraid GR11 500 folding sea kayak for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 936

Re: Nautiraid GR11 500 folding sea kayak for sale

Reduced Price - Now £1250 ono.

Mark
by Mark Graham
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bulkhead moving pros and cons
Replies: 14
Views: 1376

Re: Bulkhead moving pros and cons

I met someone last year who rather than moving the front one back had fitted a removable extra panel forward of the footrests. As I understood it wasn't watertight (it wasn't intended to be) but could easily be removed if needed, to place a large item such as a drybag or trolley behind it although n...
by Mark Graham
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Nautiraid GR11 500 folding sea kayak for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 936

Re: Nautiraid GR11 500 folding sea kayak for sale

Just bumping this up the list a bit - Nautiraid boat still for sale but I have managed to find the chatham 16 composite I was looking for.
by Mark Graham
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Alteration And Meaning Of The Camping Byelaws Loch Lomond
Replies: 2
Views: 881

Re: The Alteration And Meaning Of The Camping Byelaws Loch Lomond

I can understand the desire to prevent some of the anti social aspects of the camping that was taking place (ie drunken litter parties) but this always seems to be at the expense of genuine zero/low impact responsible users instead of dealing properly with the people causing the difficulties in the ...
by Mark Graham
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 3034

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

I agree with thesambaman above - a jetboil is great for heating water for brews and/or dehydrated meal packs but less good for cooking other things. So its ideal when you have a quick brew stop, especially if the weather is poor and all you need is to heat some water quickly and simply. If that's su...
by Mark Graham
Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Volume
Replies: 27
Views: 2988

Re: Kayak Volume

I suspect the unexpected difference in storage volumes (ie less or similar volume in a longer boat) could be down to the positioning of the bulkheads? If a longer boat has a longer internal length inside the cockpit then the length either side of the bulkheads will be compromised as a result, leadin...
by Mark Graham
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Nautiraid GR11 500 for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 206

Nautiraid GR11 500 for sale

I've advertised this under sea kayaks but thought it might be worth putting under here as well:- I have a nautiraid GR11 500 folding sea kayak in used but good condition for sale. There are a few scuffs/abrasions to the hull but no holes and it is sound and seaworthy. This is the touring version (al...
by Mark Graham
Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Tandem kayak

No Kayak wrote:Have you considered a folding one? Always had a soft spot for the Nautiraid kayaks.
Please see my advert in the sea kayaks for sale section - I've a Nautiraid GR11 500 looking for a good home.

Mark
by Mark Graham
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - double/tandem folding kayak
Replies: 4
Views: 471

Re: Wanted - double/tandem folding kayak

No worries Sophie, enjoy your boat.

Cheers

Mark