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by mcgruff
Mon May 13, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

Another interesting IPX8 torch is the Thrunite TH10 v2. It's got a more focussed beam with a massive 300m throw (according to specs). A wider beam might be more useful in caves but a long throw can add a really important safety factor if you're navigating in the dark, at sea or on land. It can be th...
by mcgruff
Fri May 10, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 15
Views: 1233

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

If VHF & phone signals aren't reliable, maybe satellite is the answer and a new kind of PLB which can send "OK" signals as well as "SOS".
by mcgruff
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boats for Sheep
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Boats for Sheep

After rescuing a fallen sheep we turned around and the perfect rescue craft had turned up,We did not call him and did not know where he came from and he was not a farmer, What are the chances !!!!!!!!! Was that Black Dougie, the notorious Galloway sheep rustler? If it's an open prison maybe they'll...
by mcgruff
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 678

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Never actually owned a VHF radio but when I was looking into this I read somewhere that a "1/4 wave whip" (about 45cm long) can have a big effect on signal strength compared to a shorter, helical arial.
by mcgruff
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 37
Views: 2938

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

Maybe there's a Breaking Bad solution. Apparently, SiO2 dissolves in sodium hydroxide.

So do you. So be careful.

Of course you'd have to check none of the materials used to make the paddle would be affected.
by mcgruff
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 15
Views: 1294

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

I'm sorry to hear about your father.
by mcgruff
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 7
Views: 625

Re: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?

PS: for training, you maybe also want to look at wing paddles. Surfski ergonomics (these are all surfski-hybrid designs) is all about knees-together leg-drive and good body rotation. The wing paddle is part of that. The way they grip the water seems to be particularly important for balance in the sk...
by mcgruff
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 7
Views: 625

Re: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?

The Epic 16X is a similar kind of boat to the Taran. The trackmaster rudder is a little further forward which may have a small advantage.

Personally I think I'd go for the Epic V6, the surfski-cockpit version of the 16X. Haven't paddled one but I like the idea of easier launching in rough conditions.
by mcgruff
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)

How about building your own traditional Greenland design?

Light weight & hard chines could be perfect if you want to explore the technical aspects of paddling.
by mcgruff
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic RM for surfing?
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: North Shore Atlantic RM for surfing?

The Epic V5 has a plastic option. The extra control of a surfski rudder could be nice for surfing. Although it's 14ft the hull design means the waterline is equivalent to longer boats with traditional, overhanging ends. For teaching, a beginner might find the open cockpit & drama-free capsize less i...
by mcgruff
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?

Any real weight on deck could impede a roll - and also make a capsize more likely.

Not going to matter if it's just a few bits & pieces though.
by mcgruff
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 10
Views: 1018

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

I'd also consider an Epic V6. For expedition-type use - ie when you might have to push on in less than ideal weather - I'd find it hard to argue against an open cockpit & easier launching/landing. The hybrid surfski designs would be a blast on a long downwind leg. The rudder is slightly further forw...
by mcgruff
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Play the sea
Replies: 20
Views: 1165

Re: Play the sea

You are right Peter, the anas should never be over looked. I will add to my list and make sure I borrow one for a test drive. I'd love to spend some time in a hard-chine Greenland kayak. It's a kind of classic reference point to compare other boats to. Only thing I'm not sure about is if a dry suit...
by mcgruff
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

Olight H2R. IPX8. 150m max range which is probably about as good as you'll get with a wide beam headtorch. Uses an 18650 battery which can be charged via USB. Might be worth getting a spare battery. It seems to be a proprietary design - I guess to be compatible with the magnetic USB charging gizmo. ...
by mcgruff
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Re: Gigha Plan B

There is a place in Argyll where you're guaranteed flat water no matter what the weather & tides are doing: The Crinan Canal :)

I love canals. They're so peaceful. Not quite the adventure you're looking for maybe!
by mcgruff
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3139

Re: GPS

Memory Map also sell a full set UK marine charts for £25, which is a real bargain. (They were £50 when I bought them). Thanks for the tip. Linux user here so I can't run the mac/windows desktop app: do you know if this will work solely on a tablet/phone or do you need the desktop app to manage the ...
by mcgruff
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic rm vs Valley Etain 17.7 rm
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: North Shore Atlantic rm vs Valley Etain 17.7 rm

The Epic V6 has a very easy cockpit to get in and out of ;)

Also a ton of space: about 170l.

It looks like my ideal touring boat. If I don't end up buying one it'll be because I decided to build something similar.
by mcgruff
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 213
Views: 37719

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

The white hull / natural wood deck looks very nice :)
by mcgruff
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1198

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

In a real emergency, making the best use of whatever is available just might give you a chance to survive.

I guess the hardest part is always psychological: being able to force yourself to think calmly and rationally even when you're freaking out.
by mcgruff
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Merino tops at TOPMAN £12 and £15
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: Merino tops at TOPMAN £12 and £15

First merino top I bought I wore for a whole week crossing the Monadhliath by bike, from Carrbridge to Fort Augustus (the last bit almost 750m downhill - one of the biggest in Britain). I was amazed that it didn't stink even a little bit at the end of that. (Assumes you wash twice a day: once when y...
by mcgruff
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1198

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

PFD's are seen as an essential piece of kit but bobbing around in a buoyancy aid may not always be the best survival strategy. They certainly provide some protection against cold water shock. If you're gasping and thrashing around, a PFD could help keep your head above the surface and breathing. Mos...
by mcgruff
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

PVC can get quite stiff when cold. TPU doesn't. I think this is the material used by Ortleib. TPU is very abrasion resistant. The heavier fabrics will (obviously) last the longest but even the lighter ones should perform pretty well. You pays your money and takes your choice. TPU is even food-safe. ...
by mcgruff
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Building a plug
Replies: 22
Views: 941

Re: Building a plug

The only thing I'm near certain of with this idea is 5.5 metres, 55cm, plumb ends, an aft of plane collector and rocker which will probably be high. Have you seen the Epic V6? For a short, fat ski with only 4.88m length the performance is surprisingly close to much longer boats . The potential of a...
by mcgruff
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

If DIY is an option you can buy some high-quality fabrics from specialist suppliers like Extremtextil . TPU is probably what you want. It's very tough and hard-wearing. It comes in several weights, the heavier ones are TPU coated on both sides. Seams can be heat-welded although I've never tried that...
by mcgruff
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plan B
Replies: 4
Views: 676

Re: Plan B

I wonder how he was knocked unconscious? I've often wished rescue services would maintain a website with details of serious incidents, including deaths. The best way to stop the same thing happening again, or at the very least reduce the number of similar incidents, is by helping people to learn how...
by mcgruff
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seil Sound
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Re: Seil Sound

The infamous "chathair nan nàimhdean" ;)
by mcgruff
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Probably not a terribly practical solution though :)

Still, if you had a medical emergency camped on a remote island and can't find anyone in range it just might help.
by mcgruff
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Actually it was serious in a brainstorming kind of way :)

I found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwVcJAbqCmY

by mcgruff
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

Re: VHF antennae on a kayak mounted pole ?

Drone & relay?

Would be limited to reasonably calm weather though.
by mcgruff
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?
Replies: 13
Views: 1258

Re: 2019 Plastic Kayak Options or just go composite?

What about an Epic V6 surfski? I've started getting interested in open cockpits on the grounds that being able to instantly leap on/off the boat should be a big help with handling - and dings - at the water's edge. The V6 is a hybrid design rather than a highly-specialised surfski and has a storage ...