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by Mrstratos61
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Buying
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Kayak Buying

Try a few at a club or dealer. It could save you making an expensive mistake. I'm an old fart at 57 with a competitive swimming and lifeguarding background. Got into kayaking late and moved rapidly from sit on to sit in. My first sea trip was frankly quite scary. I'd say go second hand but make it s...
by Mrstratos61
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing a kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 353

Re: Choosing a kayak

Look out for Mark Rainsley's book on the Thames useful and informative.
by Mrstratos61
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing a kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 353

Re: Choosing a kayak

Never joined a club . Loads on the river though. Some specialise in racing or slalom others recreational. I'm moving soon to Cotswolds. River Wey and canal are worth doing.
by Mrstratos61
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing a kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 353

Re: Choosing a kayak

I used a venture flex 11 for exactly what you're doing. Based in Walton on Thames. Pop down to White water canoe centre in Shepperton. You can try boats and have a list of local clubs
by Mrstratos61
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 705

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

I use the Shuna and love it. Know what you mean 're grip and put a small piece of tape on right hand grip.
by Mrstratos61
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Possible closures on river wye
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Possible closures on river wye

Perfectly understandable. The rains will come
by Mrstratos61
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: Mackerel parasites
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Re: Mackerel parasites

Sounds like sea lice
by Mrstratos61
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?
Replies: 21
Views: 2050

Re: PFD - Do you ever paddle without one?

I also think of those who could be taking risks rescuing me .
by Mrstratos61
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Transporting sea kayaks
Replies: 7
Views: 532

Re: Transporting sea kayaks

Check vehicle logbook. A max roof load should apply . Insurance could be invalid if over. I40 max of 75kg via Thule site
by Mrstratos61
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: kitting out new sea kayakers
Replies: 13
Views: 1010

Re: kitting out new sea kayakers

I've done both. A good cag trousers combi and spraydeck barely leaked. Gave seasonal versatility. However got drysuit for cold sea paddling. It's too hot now for inland day trips though. Thermal and wicking base layers have equal importance. Excellent design on Typhoon drysuit.
by Mrstratos61
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 10
Views: 899

Re: Lightning

I came within 6 feet . Left my last uni exam and a bolt hit a waste paper bin destroying it. Cardioverting at 200 joules can stop a junior doctors heart via their tie. Saw it happen.
by Mrstratos61
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: South East Kayak trail- least portage?..
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: South East Kayak trail- least portage?..

Plus 1 for Thames. I've found lock keepers very obliging or many locks have rollers that are quick and easier than waiting. I live 10 mins from it in Walton. Regularly spot kingfifishers and even mink on last trip.try Windsor to Putney.
by Mrstratos61
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Seal entry etiquette
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Re: Seal entry etiquette

Portage
by Mrstratos61
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who is the most iconic current paddlers
Replies: 26
Views: 1587

Re: Who is the most iconic current paddlers

Anya Arsehole Dutch master
by Mrstratos61
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: OT: repairing an inflatable hot tub!
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: OT: repairing an inflatable hot tub!

Go to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland or a cheaper option fart in the bath
by Mrstratos61
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Back after 20 years away from kayaking! Oxfordshire
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Back after 20 years away from kayaking! Oxfordshire

Used to live in Carterton. Pop down to Radcot or lechlade for easy Thames put in.
by Mrstratos61
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Roof mounted carrier
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: Roof mounted carrier

I went for this https://www.thule.com/en-gb/gb/sport-rack/kayak-roof-racks/thule-dockgrip-_-895000/ . Initially just had padded bars. I put self adhesive felt pads on rear supports and boat slides on and off roof so no more risky lifting. Flexible pads conform to hull. No sideways movement. Halfords...
by Mrstratos61
Wed May 30, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: England - Northwest
Topic: river irthing
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: river irthing

Check this sites river guides .North West river irthing. Put ins with grid refences available.
by Mrstratos61
Wed May 30, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: An odd question regarding length and suitability
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Re: An odd question regarding length and suitability

Islander fiesta would do for length. Or perception Sundance.
by Mrstratos61
Wed May 30, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: New to kayaking, advice please

Tie downs don't just stop a boat moving. They can stop you losing a boat if roof bars fail.
by Mrstratos61
Wed May 30, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos
Replies: 11
Views: 725

Re: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos

It edges really well .right over to spraydeck part underwater. A couple of strokes and turns on own axis. I've done Shepperton slalom gates in mine! Rolling is a work in progress for me but looking at you tube video it's fine. You tube for clips surfing rockhopping and a grade 4 White water run.
by Mrstratos61
Wed May 30, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Gear for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: FORSALE:: Dagger Islander fiesta Kayak Palm Amp buoyancy aid, Palm spray deck Ruk Paddle almost new
Replies: 1
Views: 183

Re: FORSALE:: Dagger Islander fiesta Kayak Palm Amp buoyancy aid, Palm spray deck Ruk Paddle almost new

Whitwater the canoe centre in Shepperton have them at £ 369.00 though obviously without the extras. Nearly got one as a starter and well rated.
by Mrstratos61
Wed May 30, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: New to kayaking, advice please

Thule ratchet front and rear tie downs are very easy to use got mine from Halfords
by Mrstratos61
Wed May 30, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: New to kayaking, advice please

Front and rear tie downs are there for a reason. I use them others don't bother. Recent Facebook post asking if anyone had seen a canoe near M50 boat and roof rack came off vehicle.
by Mrstratos61
Tue May 29, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos
Replies: 11
Views: 725

Re: Valley sirona vs delphin vs dagger strattos

I have the Stratos .really pleased with the performance and outfitting. Mucked about in Devon surf but mainly used on river touring. Paid £ 400 for an immaculate condition second hand with spraydeck.
by Mrstratos61
Sun May 27, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddling in London
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Paddling in London

Not many canoe clubs allow non members to hire boats. The centre I mentioned www.canoeandkayakthethames.co.uk/faq will help. There are companies who do tours on river sightseeing in the city. If you wanted I could lend you my boat paddle and pfd . Good quality sea worthy equipment. One hour on train...
by Mrstratos61
Sun May 27, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddling in London
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Paddling in London

Where will you be based ? In the city or surroundings ?
by Mrstratos61
Sat May 26, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddling in London
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Paddling in London

There are companies doing the tidal Thames right in the city centre. I've not done any of the tidal section and would advise joining an organised group. My local shop White water the canoe centre in Shepperton Surrey hire boats (venture flex touring ) . Lovely section of river possible to paddle to ...
by Mrstratos61
Fri May 25, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3108

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

How much do we spend on boats paddles and other equipment? Either pay up or go elsewhere is my take on this.
by Mrstratos61
Fri May 25, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.
Replies: 19
Views: 942

Re: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.

Just check manufacturers max weight for roof. My Mazda 2 isn't a huge car 1.25 engine and fine with a 14.5 foot kayak.