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by mcgruff
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair/Emergency kit
Replies: 22
Views: 805

Re: Repair/Emergency kit

This was impressive - although of course it's an advertising video.



If it lives up to the hype, might even be able to make an emergency hull repair at sea.
by mcgruff
Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair/Emergency kit
Replies: 22
Views: 805

Re: Repair/Emergency kit

I haven't used it before but this T-rex tape claims to stick to wet surfaces.

T-rex tape
by mcgruff
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair/Emergency kit
Replies: 22
Views: 805

Re: Repair/Emergency kit

In my experience, bottle of whisky, a revolver, and a bag of Krugerrands can get you out of most scrapes.

Maybe not White & Mackay though, unless your hull needs a good scrub.

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by mcgruff
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Uist
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: North Uist

AFAIK tidal streams in the Sound of Harris can be as strong as 5knots / 9kph. I think I'd want to stay out of that in a short boat. Even in a kayak with a faster top speed that's a current which has firm opinions about your itinerary.
by mcgruff
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 16
Views: 452

Re: VHF radio replacement

My mistake: I misread the specs from the SH website which mentioned a 7.4V 1850mAh battery pack.
by mcgruff
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 16
Views: 452

Re: VHF radio replacement

The only downside I can see is that it doesn't charge off USB so can't share the same charger with my phone/camera/etc. the way the HX300 can. It sounds like there are two standard 18650 batteries in the battery pack (connected in series). There may be scope to make a custom version which allows yo...
by mcgruff
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 35
Views: 1020

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

I was wondering what was available at a similar in price to the Islander 14ft you linked to. I found this: Pyranha Octane . It's more of a hybrid design than an elite, racing surfski so the stability might be manageable. I can't really say for sure how you would find it. The 53cm beam is pretty stan...
by mcgruff
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 35
Views: 1020

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

If you're keen, and can put the hours in, I think it should be fine to get a boat which is a bit of a challenge at first (within reason). Lower initial stability could be less tiring on a long-distance run because the boat doesn't react so much to waves on the beam. Core muscles have to work to comp...
by mcgruff
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 35
Views: 1020

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

Bit of a bummer. Maybe salopets from our floatation suits and a cag until we get drysuits? I know the water where i go is 16-17deg this time of year and I'm ok snorkelling for up to 2 hrs before I need to get out. That's with just shorts and a t-shirt. I think a huge part of learning to paddle safe...
by mcgruff
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 35
Views: 1020

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

felt odd sat on top and I think of them as the recreational pond paddle boat of kayaks. The sort you see lined up to hire. Hybrid surfski /sea kayak designs basically take a sea kayak and tweak it for speed. The waterline length is increased (without increasing the overall length). A flat bottom he...
by mcgruff
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.
Replies: 35
Views: 1020

Re: Help a newbie choose first sea kayak.

I'd love to get an Epic V6 one day. Stable, fast, light. Plenty space for a camping trip. The open cockpit means capsizing isn't a big deal (provided you're dressed for it). They also do the same hull in a closed cockpit, the 16X. There are lots of DIY options if that's something you might be intere...
by mcgruff
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner Solo Sea Kayaking Safety
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Beginner Solo Sea Kayaking Safety

Adventure sports have real risks. If you don't take that seriously you shouldn't be doing them. You can't just buy a kayak and head out to sea. It's a very dangerous environment if you don't know what you're doing. The good news is it's possible to manage the risks down to a "safe" level (relatively...
by mcgruff
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Too much torso rotation?
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: Too much torso rotation?

If this is an injury common in kayakers there could be two causes: paddling or lifting boats onto cars & dragging them up beaches. Paddling tends to be a sustained, low-effort movement but lifting & dragging are much more about sudden bursts of power - often performed without any warmup. It's intere...
by mcgruff
Tue May 12, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1511

Re: Boris says...

Y'all probably know this already but social distancing is still very important. Restrictions in England are being relaxed too soon and so we're now committed to another spike before this first wave is over. The virus is still widespread. It is still extremely infectious. I've always thought there ar...
by mcgruff
Mon May 11, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1511

Re: Boris says...

Sars-CoV-2 often likes to attack at dawn so maintain a careful watch during nautical twilight.
by mcgruff
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1737

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

NPCC just published some advice about lock down restrictions. It's OK to drive to a location to take exercise there.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... oronavirus
by mcgruff
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1737

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

The risk of breaking down or having an accident is pretty small. Could create a 50mph limit for the duration to reduce the latter (should really have been done already). Personally I think the benefits outweigh the risks. Any shared public surface could transmit the virus. After a day or so any dang...
by mcgruff
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is there anybody out there ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1737

Re: Is there anybody out there ?

I think we need to relax the rules a little bit. Restrictions put in place to reduce infections really must be justified in terms of a specific impact on a specific transmission mode, or modes. Travel is not a transmission mode (except for public transport, obviously). That seems like a valve we can...
by mcgruff
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Advice please

Funny I just bought some elastic shockcord to see if I could make a paddle exercise machine. The idea was to attach several lengths to a wooden board which I'd push against with my feet while pulling on the cord. If it works out I'll post a diagram.
by mcgruff
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek - is everything ok?
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: Karitek - is everything ok?

AFAIK they've moved to new premises near the Crinan canal. Maybe new contact details too?
by mcgruff
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First sea kayak - Virgo vs. ...
Replies: 13
Views: 1460

Re: First sea kayak - Virgo vs. ...

Lobster pots in a standard kayak sound dangerous. If you capsize you won't be able to roll, at least not at first. When you do learn to roll, you might still fail because there's a rope to get tangled up in. Now you're out of the cockpit, the kayak has taken on some water when you yanked the sprayde...
by mcgruff
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1670

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

And yoga is good. It doesn't just tone muscles. There are more than the traditional five senses. Two of the extra ones are important for kayaking & physical sports generally: the sense of balance (equilibrioception*) and the sense of body position/movement (proprioception*). Balance obviously is a k...
by mcgruff
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1670

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

seawolf856 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:28 pm
McGruff, you are my kind of sea kayaker :-)
I've learned so much from some of the forum's most experienced paddlers :)

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by mcgruff
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1670

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

If you're kayaking in the west of Scotland mental exercises are extremely important. You need to build up your endurance levels to avoid being overwhelmed by the beauty of the islands, the hills, and the open sky. Like any kind of exercise, the right program depends on the individual and their abili...
by mcgruff
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3340

Re: Is vhf course needed

If you do adventure sports I think you have a responsibility to manage the risks - both to yourself and to others. Good skills, good decision-making, good equipment - and know how to use it. I'm not going to comment on the course because I haven't done it myself but - however you do it - I think you...
by mcgruff
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals riding on deck!
Replies: 12
Views: 1295

Re: Seals riding on deck!

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by mcgruff
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood
Replies: 26
Views: 2702

Re: Greenland Paddles: Carbon Fibre vs Wood

One nice thing about a wooden paddle is that it should be fairly easy to make your own.
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Crossing over to sea kayaking any advise
Replies: 4
Views: 758

Re: Crossing over to sea kayaking any advise

Are you buying a kit? The Bjorn Thommassen web site is an interesting read. Lots of different designs to browse through and some tips on building, materials etc. The full wing paddle experience (as best I understand it) depends on a cockpit design which allows good leg drive and good body rotation. ...