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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: 260

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: 197
Views: 35806

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: 876

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: 400

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: 876

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: 816

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: 709

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: 816

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: 543

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: 245

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: 14
Views: 854

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: 14
Views: 854

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: 14
Views: 854

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: 953

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 ...
by mcgruff
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll

Careful now! It's said to be a magical bell. When struck, it echoes down through the dark earth and is heard by those who sleep there. If you are good of heart and pure of soul ringing the bell brings good luck but if your life has been spent in evil and debauchery.. the dead will rise from their gr...
by mcgruff
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll

It's inspiring to hear there is still some serious paddling to be done after such serious injuries :) Maybe you've found the secret of relieving the strain on the NHS: prescribe surfskis for recovering patients and watch the wards empty. I always imagined surfskis were quite a specific tool for warm...
by mcgruff
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: Arthritis Knees and Hips Is it possible to Roll

Douglas: would you say an open cockpit limits the kind of conditions you can safely venture out in? Without being connected to the boat (knee braces) can you still balance and edge effectively? Is there a risk of being washed right out of the cockpit if you run into a big, steep wave? The freedom of...
by mcgruff
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 966

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

Here's a map of the transmitters covering the Hebrides. Be warned this is just what I managed to find out from a quick google. I could well have missed some. http://www.aperiplus.co.uk/images/vhf-transmitters.png I guess short hops along a coast with occasional towns and shops wouldn't really a prob...
by mcgruff
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 966

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

Thanks for the advice. I hadn't thought about calling up passers-by :) I found a list of transmitters in this maritime safety information leaflet . I think these are all the Scottish ones: Greenock Law hill Rhu Staffnish Kilchiaran South Knapdale Torasay Tiree Glengorm Arisaig Barra Drumfearn Skriag...
by mcgruff
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 17
Views: 966

VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

On the kind of extended trip I've been planning I could find myself camped by the shore anywhere from Islay to Cape Wrath or Mingulay to the Butt of Lewis, trying to decide a route for the next day, or whether to stay put! It would be good to be able to keep up to date with weather forecasts. If the...
by mcgruff
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 197
Views: 35806

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

It's amazing what a nicely-shaped kayak can be made with a few flat sheets of ply.
by mcgruff
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...
Replies: 31
Views: 2550

Re: Show us the best sea kayaking photo you've taken...

Please don't feel silly. They're extremely mischievous animals. David Attenborough once had to dump an entire BBC wildlife series devoted to "meerkats" on the cutting room floor.

Mink are now banned from the BBC.
by mcgruff
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Re: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?

PS: I just remembered another friend broke a leg just looking (!) at Jura. They were on Scarba for a couple of nights checking out the Corrievreckan when he slipped on the rocky coastline and ended up being rescued by lifeboat. He was very lucky my other friend with the curry sauce wasn't there too.
by mcgruff
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Re: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?

Interesting time on Jura and Islay. Glenbatrick (in English: "the glen at pasture bay") is reached by Evan's path (in English: "Evan's path"). Now Evan may have been a man of many talents but path-building was not one of them. About the only positive thing you could say is he didn't deliberately set...
by mcgruff
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Re: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?

Thanks everyone for the advice :) As always, knowledge is the key to managing risks so what you're doing doesn't actually become dangerous. Eight knot springs.. yikes! I'll need to time that very carefully. It'll be close to the full moon when I'm there. There's nothing quite like being out in the w...
by mcgruff
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?

Not really a kayaking question but in a few weeks I'll be crossing the loch at one of the narrows: Cumhann Mor or Cumhann Beag. I'll be swimming. All my gear will (hopefully) be floating in one of those big plastic survival bags. Are there significant currents here I should plan for? Not sure if I n...
by mcgruff
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

Lots of trees around so take a hammock :)
by mcgruff
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 876

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

Extremtextil is a good place to buy outdoors materials. Dyneema floats and is very light & strong - so you can often choose a smaller size which packs down well. I'd guess the worst case shock load shouldn't be more than x2 or x3 the weight of paddler & boat? The daN values given are roughly half t...
by mcgruff
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hi there!
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: Hi there!

Hi. :)

Loch Coruisk on Skye is worth a visit either on foot or by kayak. The Cuillins are the remains of an ancient supervolcano and every bit as spectacular as that sounds.

Rhum and Eigg could also be added to make a great sea-kayak tour - weather & skills permitting.
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New kayak advice
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: New kayak advice

If you buy a boat 2nd hand you should be able to pass it on without making a huge loss if you decide it's not quite right for you. Get out and enjoy the summer :) You won't have to worry about cold water survival on a river (just cold water shock..) but it's perhaps one of the most important things ...