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by Mark Graham
Wed May 12, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: 2 x P&H 15ft Pilot Sea Kayaks for Sale
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: 2 x P&H 15ft Pilot Sea Kayaks for Sale

Hi John.
Yes, he will sell and due to the need for hatch covers/seat he would be happy with £100. If you would like to PM me your email I'll send some pictures - we are just outside Arisaig if that's not too far for you?
Mark
by Mark Graham
Sat May 08, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: 2 x P&H 15ft Pilot Sea Kayaks for Sale
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: 2 x P&H 15ft Pilot Sea Kayaks for Sale

Stegmac, I have a friend who has a pilot. He hasn't used it for a long time and it would need some attention. The hull seems to be sound, probably needs new hatch covers and some work/replacement for the seat. it would need collecting from West Coast of Scotland. If you particularly wanted one of th...
by Mark Graham
Tue May 04, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What size Reed spray skirt fits a Romany Surf?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: What size Reed spray skirt fits a Romany Surf?

If you send Reed a paper template of your cockpit they will give you the size to match or make one specifically if necessary - I've always found them very helpful. Worth a phone call first.
by Mark Graham
Mon May 03, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peanmeanach
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Peanmeanach

Is apparently now closed as a bothy but available to rent as a holiday cottage.
I understand the owners got fed up with irresponsible users leaving rubbish behind etc (no suggestion that this was kayakers).
by Mark Graham
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Solo safety and caution
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Solo safety and caution

It's all about decision making and judgement set against the level of risk you personally are prepared to accept - but you can't avoid the risk posed to others who may be called out to rescue you. We recently had a mountain incident in Cumbria where a MRT member received serious life changing injuri...
by Mark Graham
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals

Southern Exposure, by Chris Duff - some serious paddling!
by Mark Graham
Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outstanding customer service
Replies: 23
Views: 2050

Re: Outstanding customer service

I saw Mick's Garage on line - they would have been the next choice, a decent looking set of bars with 100kg limit was about £75 posted.
by Mark Graham
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outstanding customer service
Replies: 23
Views: 2050

Re: Outstanding customer service

The Roof Box Company:- For very helpful and quick advice without obligation when I needed to change the roof bar fittings for my new car. Much less impressed with Thule. Yes they have some excellent products, albeit at a significant price but they have made some annoying (and expensive) changes. My ...
by Mark Graham
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc
Replies: 33
Views: 1047

Re: Hatch rim screws, catch fabric etc

My boat has its hatches attached with a thin external cord that threads through a small eyelet moulded in to the recessed curve on the outside rim of the hatch. I noticed one day that the cord had almost but not quite sawn its way through the eyelet. Not at all obvious on inspection, it looked secur...
by Mark Graham
Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freezing pump system
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Freezing pump system

It looks like it has a water detection sensor, so maybe the Override is to switch it on when there's no water. Installation instructions on Whale website here . The instructions do say that allowing it to freeze with water in it may damage it. Presumably then the overide is to a) switch it on if th...
by Mark Graham
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Freezing pump system
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Freezing pump system

Just a guess but could the overide + lead be to override an automatic sensor somewhere?
by Mark Graham
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?
Replies: 32
Views: 1390

Re: Lifeboat shouts up 60% in 2020?

I've seen some SUPs in worrying looking places and situations. But if you saw the Adventure Show on BBC Scotland last night there was a piece about a partially sighted guy who paddled one to St Kilda. It was mostly about him doing other stuff last night (Wing Foil anyone? Looks cool but nowhere to p...
by Mark Graham
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

If you haven't already read them (not that you seem to be in need of inspiration, quite the opposite) can I recommend Dances with Waves and Blazing Paddles, both by Brian Wilson, and in particular the classic The Canoe Boys by Sir Alistair Dunnet. The last one is what really inspired me to take up s...
by Mark Graham
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

although I’m yet to venture on a night trip or stray far from the coast due to a lack of near by coast guard Bertie, welcome to UKRGB. I note your experience so far, and your rolling ability (and your judgement on your own attitude to risk) but presence or absence of coast guard or RNLI stations is...
by Mark Graham
Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 81
Views: 2418

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

I know sea kayak Arisaig have some perception essence 16 and 17s. Apart from being plastic they would be worth trying if you haven't paddled one of those with them. I used to have one, it was a good beginner/intermediate boat and was big and serious enough for some decent trips. It was much more of ...
by Mark Graham
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 74
Views: 2499

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Might it work as successfully for you if you were just able to increase the blade area? I'm thinking that might assist rolling without any need for any actual extra buoyancy. If so you could possibly construct a simple flat blade profile to strap on to the existing paddle. It would store more easily...
by Mark Graham
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?
Replies: 12
Views: 1092

Re: 2 piece wooden greenland paddles uk?

Not wood but I just noticed Lomo are advertising a split carbon GP for £199.
Confusingly the blurb talks about it having adjustable feather for left or right handed use....?
I suppose you could feather one if you wanted but I don't think I've heard of it being done on a GP.
by Mark Graham
Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 31
Views: 1247

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

I did some practicing with a friend who was using a small perception. The absence of a front bulkhead made it much harder to empty than a full size kayak. Self rescues were even more difficult - took a lot of pumping out and the high seat back didn't help rear deck re-entry and made the spraydeck si...
by Mark Graham
Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Cetus LV Sizing?
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: P&H Cetus LV Sizing?

I normally paddle a composite Necky Chatham 16 which is a perfect fit for me and a good compromise between manoeuvrability and speed as well as handling nicely. It's a fairly low volume kayak with more than a hint of some Greenland lines in it. On a course with Glenmore Lodge a few years ago I used ...
by Mark Graham
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lights - to be seen by
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Re: Lights - to be seen by

A cheap option is a LED bike light - reasonably weatherproof and can be set to constant mode instead of flashing.
by Mark Graham
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?
Replies: 15
Views: 985

Re: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?

My wife and I have both had cags from Wetsuit Outlet - they often have last year's models at good prices.
by Mark Graham
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Online charts
Replies: 1
Views: 407

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: 42
Views: 2476

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: 1838

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: 2767

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: 934

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: 1134

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: 2767

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: 2767

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: 2767

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...