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by Mark Graham
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scarp paddle advice.
Replies: 10
Views: 376

Re: Scarp paddle advice.

We played in the surf on the shallow bar at the north end of the sound - sunshine and sea eagles after a damp and grey start further up Loch Resort. The next morning we saw an orca just out from the north end of Scarp. A magic place.
by Mark Graham
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hip Replacement and Sea Kayaking
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: Hip Replacement and Sea Kayaking

Wow that’s fantastic. I’ve done the race 3 times and it’s a tough one. Also one of the most memorable. Hats off to him. Thanks. Last time I went I broke with long standing tradition (bike from Adrossan) and took my kayak. I would have liked to cross the sound but logistics (and potential weather/ti...
by Mark Graham
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hip Replacement and Sea Kayaking
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: Hip Replacement and Sea Kayaking

I see you were a runner. Not me personally but a good friend in his mid sixties had a new hip about four years ago. Two years later we ran the Isle of Jura fell race together. Not directly kayak related but I hope it helps show what can be achieved. He was determined and willing to push his rehab to...
by Mark Graham
Tue May 25, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cold Water Immersion - BBCR4
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Cold Water Immersion - BBCR4

Excellent interview of Professor Mike Tipton on The Life Scientific, BBC Radio 4 this morning. Not from a kayaking perspective but very relevant and interesting.
by Mark Graham
Sat May 22, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: 2 x P&H 15ft Pilot Sea Kayaks for Sale
Replies: 14
Views: 1382

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

Sold and collected.
by Mark Graham
Fri May 21, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1048

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

Nobody seems to have mentioned Reed Paddle suits? Not exactly a dry suit but possibly as good for most purposes. It's probably not what you would want if you intend to spend a lot of time upside down but for actually kayaking and occasional rolling/rescue practice it's currently my first choice as a...
by Mark Graham
Thu May 20, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1048

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

Personal preference but I'd recommend something with a hood. No issues with mine when it's folded away (I've a Gul Taw suit) and nice to have it available in nasty weather in addition to a hat/cap. (Plus the hood can't get lost/blown away).
by Mark Graham
Wed May 19, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: 2 x P&H 15ft Pilot Sea Kayaks for Sale
Replies: 14
Views: 1382

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

Now sold subject to collection'.
by Mark Graham
Tue May 18, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glenuig or Arisaig, Parking Areas.
Replies: 9
Views: 1200

Re: Glenuig or Arisaig, Parking Areas.

Part of the rough ground on the opposite side of the road and just along from the Spar in Arisaig is now blocked off to try and let the grass regenerate so there's a bit less space than there was. The car parking area nearer to the Land Sea and Islands Centre is meant for local residents so please d...
by Mark Graham
Sat May 15, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: 2 x P&H 15ft Pilot Sea Kayaks for Sale
Replies: 14
Views: 1382

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

This wasn't the boat for John but my friend does want to sell. It needs some work, mainly to the seat (adjustment fastenings etc are corroded) and I'd want to change the hatch covers and replace decklines but the hull seems sound - that just needs a good clean. I've photos I can email if anyone's in...
by Mark Graham
Fri May 14, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio vs plb
Replies: 8
Views: 460

Re: VHF radio vs plb

Another plus for VHF is receiving weather updates from the coastguard and the ability to listen in to what other marine traffic might be doing - for example Calmac always shout up on ch16 when they are about to leave or enter Mallaig Harbour.
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: 14
Views: 1382

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: 14
Views: 1382

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: 254

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: 473

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: 867

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: 796

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: 24
Views: 2253

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: 24
Views: 2253

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: 1165

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: 624

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: 624

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: 1512

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: 82
Views: 2811

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: 82
Views: 2811

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: 82
Views: 2811

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: 78
Views: 2902

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: 1168

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: 1383

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: 426

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 ...