Search found 56 matches

by Psamathe
Sat May 26, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.
Replies: 19
Views: 1365

Re: Small car and travelling with a kayak help.

I take my 16' composite kayak on the roof drven by a 1.2L engine and I don't really notice a performance impact (not high performance anyway, but I don't notice any deterioration).

Ian
by Psamathe
Thu May 17, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Waterproof compact camera

I don't (yet) have one but one thing on my list of important features is a built-in GPS - so all your pics are automatically tagged with the location. I'd also love USB charging (so I would not have to carry around yet another dedicated charger) - but that does not seem very widespread (when I last ...
by Psamathe
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: marine vhf - listening online?
Replies: 7
Views: 5621

Re: marine vhf - listening online?

Always used to be that Lifeboat and Coastguard operations would use channel 0 - something that retail VHF sets didn't have. You could get them (my Dad used to have a hand held one at home).

Not sure what they use these days.

Ian
by Psamathe
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cameras and salt water
Replies: 22
Views: 2145

Re: Cameras and salt water

..... As for LCD screens on point and shoot cameras... Please don't go there, especially on bright sunny days ! ..... I've no experience of camera LCD screens but certainly I find my smartphone camera difficult in any sunlight - difficult to see exactly what the "camera" framing/composition actuall...
by Psamathe
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cameras and salt water
Replies: 22
Views: 2145

Re: Cameras and salt water

...... After camera-death I was limited to a mobile phone for photos. At my level of camera skill I'm unconvinced by the difference in quality..... I'm very un-impressed by the quality of photos from my mobile phone. It's not the resolution/pixels/etc, but rather the default exposure. The informati...
by Psamathe
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cameras and salt water
Replies: 22
Views: 2145

Re: Cameras and salt water

I've no idea about salt water though I suspect much would depend on the build quality of the camera. For many years I took and used my Olympus OM-1 on offshore sailing boats and it got drenched and never even hiccuped. When I was travelling Central American rainforest through the rainy seasons I too...
by Psamathe
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: car keys
Replies: 24
Views: 2269

Re: car keys

Aquapacs are designed for this purpose, but over time i guess they could leak or not be sealed due to user error, so double bagging gives a little more piece of mind. I used one for my phone when cycling for a few years, and when I then decided it was time to take my phone out kayaking I thought I'...
by Psamathe
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: car keys
Replies: 24
Views: 2269

Re: car keys

+1 for Aquapac inside my buoyancy aid. If you're really worried you could put the key inside a sealed sandwich bag before putting inside the aquapac to make double measures. I've checked my AquaPac a couple of times. Just put some tissue/loo paper inside the case and seal it, then fill a saucepan w...
by Psamathe
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3848

Re: Carrying flares

As France loves reglementation for any kind of activity , all vessel cruising at more than 2 nm of a harbour (any place safe to shore with the boat you're on) should carry 3 orange flares. We practice every year in my club (onshore). I don't know what rule applies when a British paddles in France w...
by Psamathe
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 3905

Re: Knives

Another aspect I have no experience of, but when thinking about getting a knife I decided to go for a fixed blade on a quick release sheath (NRS Copilot). My thoughts were that if/when I need it in an emergency I would not want to be opening zipped pockets and opening a folding "pen knife style" kni...
by Psamathe
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 3905

Re: Knives

On a bit of a tangent, I wonder if our choice on knives is going to become far more restricted when the Home Office (Gov) ban the sale of knives over the internet (as they have said they intend to do). So we'd then become limited to only those knives that our local bricks & mortar store chose to sto...
by Psamathe
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: car keys
Replies: 24
Views: 2269

Re: car keys

For those using Aquapacs, are you just keeping these in a BA pocket ? I don't have any pockets in my surf BA so anything I carry has to go down my wetsuit and I found even the smallest the Aquapac to be too big and uncomfortable to bare, with the rigid closing mechanism digging in. .... Mine are th...
by Psamathe
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: car keys
Replies: 24
Views: 2269

Re: car keys

These days I use a spare Aquapac for the normal electronic key (changed car so no longer have the mechanical only key) - fairly confident that taking a swim would keep the key dry. I have swum with keys in an Aquapac, and they remained totally dry. This was in rivers, not the sea, but there was no ...
by Psamathe
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tendinitis - advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 1565

Re: Tendinitis - advice?

I'm no expert so can only comment from personal experience and responses from questions I've asked the physio I occasionally see (which are obviously related to myself). So many web sites/people say NSAIDs (e.g. Ibuprofen) but I've always found these have no effect on me. Even tried Naproxen and Dic...
by Psamathe
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: car keys
Replies: 24
Views: 2269

Re: car keys

Used to: Had mechanical only key cut and left "proper" key locked in one of those "key safe" things hidden in the car, taking the mechanical only key out on the water. Originally purchased the key safe ("padlock style" thing e.g. https://www.safe.co.uk/products/portable-keysafe.html ) with the inten...
by Psamathe
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3328

Re: Paddle recommendations?

VE Paddles... https://vepaddles.com/sea-kayak/ Especially the Aircore ones.. Adjustable feather and length and a rock solid joint mechanism. Rog I don't have enough experience to offer comparisons but I love my VE Explorer ones (straight 2 piece glass). Excellent quality, excellent service from the...
by Psamathe
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service
Replies: 16
Views: 2756

Re: British Kayak manufacturers and customer service

I agree with the comments about how helpful manufacturers are. Particularly the case as in contrast I've found retailers a total waste of time. When selecting my (new) kayak I'd call retailers with questions and I got more accurate info from the manufacturer web site - and when a retailer tells you ...
by Psamathe
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: valley in red
Replies: 14
Views: 1028

Re: valley in red

.... My question is this: has anyone compared these two colors side by side (on kayaks, I mean)? If so, what do you think? My fear is that the signal-red may be too flashy. But on the other hand, the post-office-red may be too dull. .... Personal choice. Some might love one colour and dislike the o...
by Psamathe
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF use on inland waterways
Replies: 5
Views: 879

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Guessing (no personal knowledge) but Broads Authority publish that you can contact them on VHF channel 12 http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/facilities/yacht-stations/broads-rangers If you want to contact the Broads rangers, you can phone Broads Control on 01603 756056 or VHF channel 12 or Ian
by Psamathe
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1415

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

...... Still not sure about the security cable thingy. When you say 'loop through something on the kayak', there really isn't anything it can loop through. And damage in the process of attempted theft can be claimed for. I guess some of these things are simply a deterrent, so that the scumbag moves...
by Psamathe
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1415

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

Thanks guys. I forgot about Noble Marine, I used to insure my windsurfing gear with them and they paid out for theft from my roof rack one night.... which leads me to my next question... .... all of the policies exclude theft from a motor vehicle if the kayak is secured in a manner other than any t...
by Psamathe
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?
Replies: 24
Views: 1415

Re: Sea kayak insurance - BCU?

I use (and am very happy with) Noble Marine. When I got my kayak I looked at BCU but it was a complete rip-off - they force align your renewal to your membership and if you start cover part way through your membership they still charge you the full 12 month premium but for the time until your next m...
by Psamathe
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak bailing sponge
Replies: 9
Views: 1244

Re: Kayak bailing sponge

I don't know about the Palm sponge you mention but I find the cellulose decorators sponges work well (soak up far more water than typical "sponges"). Available from paint shops (maybe specialist paint shops - I don't tend to use DIY shops) or from loads of places online e.g. https://www.amazon.co.uk...
by Psamathe
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Condition of new SOT Kayaks...is this the norm?
Replies: 18
Views: 1401

Re: Condition of new SOT Kayaks...is this the norm?

When I got my kayak (not SOT) it was well wrapped in bubble wrap, had cardboard shaped bits over more exposed parts, all wrapped in polythene, etc. I can't see any logical reason why you can't protect a sOT in the same way. Most places I've seen new kayaks store them vertically with bow (or stern) o...
by Psamathe
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Phone Apps for weather warnings & tidal currents.
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

Re: Phone Apps for weather warnings & tidal currents.

The WeatherPro and RainToday have some push alerts. anyTide does not. BUT (BIG BUT, VERY BIG BUT, VERY VERY BIG BUT, etc.) alerts or relying on alters is very bad. Alerts rely on coverage/internet/infrastructure so base anything on "I've not received any alert so must be ok ..." is a bad idea. If yo...
by Psamathe
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine VHF Short Range Certificate
Replies: 11
Views: 1341

Re: Marine VHF Short Range Certificate

Bit of as aside but does is a UK license also valid on European waters beyond costal ports (e.g. European rivers)? I seem to remember my old pre-DSC license used to be fine for sailing into French Channel Ports and my ICC would allow me to sail further inland but as I never sailed further inland I n...
by Psamathe
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Composite Boat Help
Replies: 12
Views: 1071

Re: First Composite Boat Help

Have you looked at the Valley Sirona. They do 3 sizes, the 16-4 is 90-135Kg recommended paddler weight. http://www.valleyseakayaks.com/our-kaya ... els/sirona

Ian
by Psamathe
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Phone Apps for weather warnings & tidal currents.
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

Re: Phone Apps for weather warnings & tidal currents.

Weather: For weather forecasts (and weather warnings) I use the MeteoGroup apps/forecasts. I've pretty well given up on the Met Office as I find their accuracy "poor" (particularly in the short term today/tomorrow). I've found MeteoGroup far better forecasts. MeteoGroup apps (WeatherPro and RainTod...
by Psamathe
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Radio Licence Fee and Courses Etc
Replies: 6
Views: 912

Re: VHF Radio Licence Fee and Courses Etc

I believe/my understanding (which may be wrong) is that: There are 2 aspects. You need an operator license and the unit you purchase needs a license (which gets you an MMSI for the unit). Sailing schools often run the operator courses. Either Bing search or find your local ones on the RYA web site. ...
by Psamathe
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Phone photography - waterproof cover...
Replies: 11
Views: 2252

Re: Phone photography - waterproof cover...

Thanks guys for the helpful advice. Looks as though a waterproof case but still removing the phone for photos is the way ahead - will need to also put in a bit of microfibre cloth so that I handle it with dry hands. Not only did its predecessor go a bit funny if handled with damp hands but this one...