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by Spikeedog
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear

The Cag is now on ebay - sorry! Other 2 items available here for now.
by Spikeedog
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 31
Views: 2650

Re: GPS

That's just amazing! Thanks.
by Spikeedog
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 31
Views: 2650

Re: GPS

I actually need a replacement phone but hate the hype about new models and the Apple approach etc. I just want a basic phone with a long reliable battery so this looks a great option if you can load OS maps onto it and they are readable. How much do you pay for that bit?
by Spikeedog
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 31
Views: 2650

Re: GPS

Fozzy wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:05 pm
I use a waterproof "tough" phone which I loaded it with Viewranger OS maps and Navionics.
Interesting - what's a waterproof tough phone and how big is the screen?
by Spikeedog
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: New sea kayaking company in the Canary Islands
Replies: 7
Views: 1133

Re: New sea kayaking company in the Canary Islands

I went with them just a few weeks ago. Lovely weather. A bit of wind and some v.pleasant kayaking. A bit of challenge too. They have some lovely NDK fibreglass kayaks and I would definitely recommend it for winter paddling. Got to use a GP too.
by Spikeedog
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Yak Pursuit Cag for Sale + wetsuit gear

Yak Pursuit Cag VG condition. Little used and well looked after. £75 plus P&P YAK Pursuit Cag Orange Description * Medium weight, 2.5 layer ripstop waterproof fabric * Fully taped and breathable * 3 way pre-bent sleeves ans seamless underarm technology * Adjustable stow away hood with PU collar * F...
by Spikeedog
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 986

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Breathable must mean the passage of air through the fabric. I got a cheap Chillcheater top the other day and almost suffocated while trying to get the very tight neck seal over my head so Aquatherm would work!
by Spikeedog
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 986

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

The wind would take you for miles though....
by Spikeedog
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 986

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

That's clever!
by Spikeedog
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 31
Views: 2650

Re: GPS

So what's the latest best buy with downloadable OS maps?
by Spikeedog
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 899

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

Lidl do some very tough ones in Spring. Different sizes.
by Spikeedog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 986

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Q E D!! This why I love this forum.
by Spikeedog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 986

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Ha - great point!

I just find the BA tries to put me on my back and treading water in an upright position and swimming or trying to make any progress through the water is a struggle so I wondered if you could have too much buoyancy.
by Spikeedog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 986

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

Yes. I take all of that. However, if I weigh 10 stone (nearly 11 actually) then I need say two thirds of the extra buoyancy for a 15 stone paddler. As I always wear a wetsuit as a first layer - there's probably an additional 4 or 5 lbs buoyancy there. So if a 50n BA gives you about 12 lbs, that coul...
by Spikeedog
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 986

How much buoyancy do you need?

"Flotation (aka buoyancy) is the force (in pounds) required to keep a person's head and chin afloat above water. Most adults need just an extra seven to 12 pounds of flotation to stay afloat. Any quality PFD will provide more than this amount, so you don't need to spend much time analyzing this num...
by Spikeedog
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Merino tops at TOPMAN £12 and £15
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Merino tops at TOPMAN £12 and £15

Good quality merino tops in the TOPMAN sale. I got a shortsleeve and a v-neck.
by Spikeedog
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak adventure book
Replies: 10
Views: 926

Re: Kayak adventure book

Blazing paddles by Brian Wilson. Really good. This is an inspirational classic. Brian was alerting the world to the plastic problem in the seas 30 years ago in this book. Really annoying that people are just beginning to pay attention now because it featured on prime time TV via David Attenborough....
by Spikeedog
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flying the flag?
Replies: 0
Views: 315

Flying the flag?

Anyone ever made or installed a wee retractable or foldable flag on the bow of a sea kayak?
by Spikeedog
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What car for a sea kayaker?
Replies: 15
Views: 1237

Re: What car for a sea kayaker?

I'm selling my old Range Rover. In Aboyne. Check it out on the Royal Deeside buy swap sell page on Facebook 😎 Fantastic car. Thirsty though. Comes with Thule roof bars.
by Spikeedog
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7418

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

There'll be plenty of things to fill your winter, e.g. making a few greenland sticks or weeping over and re-varnishing the first scratches on your precious new boat. I built two of my boats in winter, which worked out okay - the worst I had was a run of glass tape which just refused to fully wet ou...
by Spikeedog
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7418

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Good point. I can lift it and I was going to give it a good try out first and maybe perfect a decent roll..... But how am I going to fill the winter? If I were to build another it would have to be in warm weather!
by Spikeedog
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7418

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Both sets of comments absolutely on point and v.helpful. big thanks.
by Spikeedog
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7418

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Excellent stuff guys. Thanks again. I think I would worry about a flat battery if I can't switch it off. How about an open skin fitting with a soft foam bung when you're on the water - would there be enough pressure for the 650 pump to squeeze it out? Still doesn't help with the pump not switching o...
by Spikeedog
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 7418

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

So I'm just finishing the build of a Shrike Greenland style kayak and am planning to install an automatic pump. I've read the whole thread and other blogs etc. V.useful. Thanks. Is the Whale pump still the way to go (seems to have the lowest switch off level at 10mm)? And what's the latest on non re...
by Spikeedog
Mon May 07, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 198
Views: 36169

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Superb finish: lovely boat.
by Spikeedog
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: North Shore Atlantic Sea Kayak (Scotland)
Replies: 9
Views: 1081

Re: North Shore Atlantic Sea Kayak (Scotland)

Nice kayak. I enjoyed your blog. Thanks for that. GLWTS
by Spikeedog
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sun protection
Replies: 7
Views: 724

Re: sun protection

Lomo sell a neoprene beanie. Covers the forehead and cheap. I also have a neoprene balaclava for the cold and windy weather.
by Spikeedog
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do I need a deck mounted compass or....?
Replies: 25
Views: 1517

Re: Do I need a deck mounted compass or....?

Like the plasticine idea - creative thinking.