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by Jonny Hightower
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1646

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

I used to use a cheap doormat I bought from B&M Bargains or Home Bargains to slide the kayak up over the spoiler of my last car. The mat was also handy to place on the roof while I threaded the straps, to stop the metal clasps chipping the paint. After driving off on two separate occasions with a ma...
by Jonny Hightower
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ramsey Island on TV
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Ramsey Island on TV

Enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing.

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by Jonny Hightower
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1646

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

I'm staying off the water at the moment. Since my kayaks have been stored outside on a home-made rack until now, I spent the long Easter weekend converting the shed I built at the side of my house into a kayak store. I've posted before and after photos below. By the time I thought to take a "before"...
by Jonny Hightower
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Podcast, sea kayaking Patagonia & Scotland with Will Copestake
Replies: 1
Views: 580

Re: New Podcast, sea kayaking Patagonia & Scotland with Will Copestake

Thanks Simon. I hadn't known about your YouTube channel. It looks great - I've subscribed and look forward to watching. I'm a fan of the Sea Kayak podcasts and the Gordon Brown DVDs, so I'm looking forward to something to remind me what countryside looks like. It might even tempt me to try cycling a...
by Jonny Hightower
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 2439

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

Thank you all very much for your considerations and input. In the end I bought a bone-tipped ("BoneEdge Glow" - it's actually a type of epoxy) Nanook paddle from EastPole Paddles. It's Western Red Cedar with Pine inserts to stiffen the loom, it's absolutely beautifully finished and arrived on Wednes...
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Almost Lofoten
Replies: 1
Views: 580

Re: Almost Lofoten

Thanks for sharing. Really enjoyed watching this.

Cheers,
Jon


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by Jonny Hightower
Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Karitek ELRR with cradle for 1 sea kayak
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: Karitek ELRR with cradle for 1 sea kayak

Yes, it's sold. I emailed Brian when I posted my question and he mailed me back quite quickly to say that it had sold within a few hours. He did say he'd update the post.

Cheers,
Jon



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by Jonny Hightower
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals riding on deck!
Replies: 12
Views: 1201

Re: Seals riding on deck!


jamesl2play wrote:All I can say is that seal with boiled potatoes was stunning.
I probably look at seals differently to the most other sea kayakers now.
I had a sea kayaker with boiled potatoes once. It was rubbery!


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by Jonny Hightower
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2020 Sea Kayak events
Replies: 32
Views: 2901

Re: 2020 Sea Kayak events

Inishowen Sea Symposium 17th, 18th and 19th April 2020, Moville, Lough Foyle, Co Donegal. They have posted these dates on the Inish Adventures Facebook page stating that full details will be out in "the next week", but that was posted on 12th Jan. The symposium web page is still showing last year's...
by Jonny Hightower
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Karitek ELRR with cradle for 1 sea kayak
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: Karitek ELRR with cradle for 1 sea kayak

Hi Brian,

Is this the version that attaches to manufacturer's roof rails or the one that attaches to roof bars? If the latter, consider it sold.

Cheers,
Jon
by Jonny Hightower
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 2439

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

This is fantastic. Thank you all for your replies - they are very much appreciated. There have been some very insightful points made here. My rolling technique is not great, mostly because long-term lower back pain limits my flexibility (though I'm not completely sure I'm not just using that as an e...
by Jonny Hightower
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 2439

Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

I'm really fancying a Greenland paddle after trying out a mate's Gearlab Kalleq, albeit in a swimming pool. Obviously though, the Kalleq is pricey and something like an Anglesey Stick would be considerably cheaper. The thing I really liked about the Kalleq was that it was far more buoyant than I was...
by Jonny Hightower
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3357

Re: VHF and training

I think you're right with regards to the CG. I'm not sure about ships though. Realistically, I wouldn't expect them to completely abandon monitoring Ch16 because its use is so ingrained into so many VHF users, but it was the RNLI page's use of the word "instead" which gave me pause. Certainly I've b...
by Jonny Hightower
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3357

Re: VHF and training

I might well have the wrong end of the stick here since I haven't yet done a VHF training course, but to me it looks as though in future you're more likely to get assistance if you have a radio with DSC: http://completeguide.rnli.org/vhf-radios.html Most VHF references I can find online say that shi...
by Jonny Hightower
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2100

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

I recently bought a Whetman Sea Bean (10M version) and took it out on a paddle yesterday morning for the first time. After a few hours, one of our number became ill through heat exhaustion. We had to tow him to the closest beach which, having a lifeguard station, allowed us to leave him in the shade...
by Jonny Hightower
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download
Replies: 9
Views: 1385

Re: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download

Thank you Simon - they are working fine on my Android "Podcast Addict" app now.

Your fixing this is hugely appreciated by me and many others. I've really enjoyed these over the last year since I found them. Terrific work!

Cheers,
Jon
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak for a novice
Replies: 23
Views: 2190

Re: Best sea kayak for a novice

My sea kayak is a eye-watering-yellow MK I HV Scorpio. Before I bought it I had never tried one, but my kayaking club buddies assured me it was a great boat; at least two of them owned one. I found one in great condition on Ebay for £750 and drove about 3 hours to collect it. When I got there it was...
by Jonny Hightower
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?

Hi Maverick777

Sorry - I only just saw your question. Yes, I'm still enjoying it very much. It's great fun in surf, and generally a brilliant all-rounder. Easy to get on and off the car too.

Cheers,
Jon
by Jonny Hightower
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 34
Views: 7087

Re: sea kayak for big guys

I'm 6'5 and 14st 9. I have a Scorpio MK I HV and love it, although I had to modify it to accommodate my legs. The foot pegs wouldn't adjust to long enough, so I had to remove the rails and insert a long flat bar which allowed the foot peg rails to be refitted a few inches further down towards the bu...
by Jonny Hightower
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download
Replies: 9
Views: 1385

Re: Simon Willis Podcasts Cannot Download

I noticed they were missing when I recently changed my phone and Podcast Addict reported a 404 for all of them. I used to really enjoy them, and in fact kayaked on Lake Ontario in Toronto last year when out there for work, something I wouldn't have done had I not listened to Simon's brilliant podcas...
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?

Thanks for your replies everyone. In the end, I bought a Katana 10.4 in excellent condition from eBay. Picked it up Monday evening, spent Tuesday evening on my lawn with it, adjusting it to suit me, and tried it in a pool session last night. I absolutely love it so far. It's got plenty of room (ther...
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger Katana
Replies: 2
Views: 465

Re: Dagger Katana

Hi Foxy,

Do you have any photos of it? Are you north or south Devon? I'd be coming from South Wales to pick it up, but am definitely interested.

Cheers,
Jon
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?

Thanks Strad. Hadn't thought of the Pyranha - will look into it. Cheers!
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?

I'm looking to get a kayak that's shorter and easier to transport than my sea kayak (P&H Scorpio). The trouble is, at 6' 5" (relatively slim though, 94Kg) it can be problematic getting a kayak that fits. I had to modify the footpeg rail on my Scorpio, moving it forward 3 inches so I could get some a...
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 3248

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I'm left-handed but using a left-hand feather feels totally alien to me, presumably because I started out using a RH feather. Having said that, I do some other stuff, notably eating, in a right-handed fashion. I don't know if that indicates I have some predisposition to some level of right-handednes...
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 15
Views: 1865

Re: Starting from scratch

This is brilliant - thank you all for your great advice. I don't have time to type a long reply now sorry, but it's very much appreciated. Having only recently discovered this forum, I'm blown away by the helpful nature of the people here. Thank you!
by Jonny Hightower
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 15
Views: 1865

Re: Starting from scratch

Thanks Pathbrae. I had thought of 2nd hand kit - the main things that put me off were the thought of a) picking something I want and then having to wait an unspecified amount of time until one becomes available, b) driving huge distances to pick stuff up, and c) the risk of finding out you've bought...
by Jonny Hightower
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 15
Views: 1865

Re: Starting from scratch

Thank you very much chaps. I've put a request in to join the FB group - it looks great and I'd much rather be out on the water with other paddlers than on my own, especially starting out. Thanks TM! I like the idea of saving money on the carrier and spending it on better kit for the water. An adjust...
by Jonny Hightower
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Starting from scratch
Replies: 15
Views: 1865

Starting from scratch

I'm new to sea kayaking - just nearing the end of the CIWW's Introduction to Flat Water Kayaking course, so pretty green. I was pointed to this forum by an experienced sea kayaking friend of mine, and I've lurked for a while reading the excellent articles and discussions which are to be found here. ...