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by mcgruff
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Zegul Searocket C Core V. Epic 18x performance
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Zegul Searocket C Core V. Epic 18x performance

The Epic rudder is clever.

It *looks* as if it's better protected when retracted - if say you got smacked by a breaker in a rough landing - but I couldn't say for sure which one is more sturdy & reliable in practice.
by mcgruff
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Re: Long swim.

There's another way to surround yourself with air, which is to take one of those orange polythene survival bags and hold it open above your head so that the wind fills it. Then pull it over you, round your feet and up between your knees. You are now inside a large orange marker buoy, protected from...
by mcgruff
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Re: Long swim.

Many of us can swim 1km in decent conditions. Rough, breaking seas, cold water, already tired (or injured)? Not a hope. IF we were wearing a PFD and suitable clothing for immersion, yes, we might make it. On the few times I've tried, it was surprisingly easy to swim in rough water. Just dive under ...
by mcgruff
Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long swim.
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Re: Long swim.

IMO regularly practising a 1km swim is more important than carrying a buoyancy aid. I don't want to bob around in cold water (survival times are not good). I want to get out as fast as I can.
by mcgruff
Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing
Replies: 20
Views: 740

Re: Yachts and Kayaks Crossing

I think there's a simple rule: unless you've contacted the boat by VHF, rude gestures, expressive dance, or your eyes have simply locked across a crowded sea, always assume you haven't been noticed.
by mcgruff
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike versus Night Heron
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Shrike versus Night Heron

Have you seen Bjorn Thomassen's website ? These are strip-plank boats but his comments on the different styles of Greenland kayak might help to explain the significance of different design features. There's also a "build" section which might have useful tips. The Shrike is well-supported here on the...
by mcgruff
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inchcolm Access
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Inchcolm Access

Asking all visitors to observe #C19 restrictions is reasonable. Reducing visitor numbers to an indoors venue like the Abbey, or toilets, could be reasonable. But if #C19 is the reason given for restricting access, it would make no sense - and it would not be reasonable - to attempt to impose restric...
by mcgruff
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Inchcolm Access
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Inchcolm Access

Sounds like bullshit. Given Scotland's access laws require "responsible" access, it probably is reasonable to ask visitors to observe whatever Covid-19 guidelines are in place at the time - but that's all. They don't seem to have any real grounds for banning visitors. AFAIK a landowner would need a ...
by mcgruff
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 457
Views: 59318

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

I suspect (without any evidence to back me up) that the networks of wood fibres in plywood would create a much stronger structure than wood dust held together with glue.
by mcgruff
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers
Replies: 21
Views: 958

Re: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers

One day I'd love to try Thermocline 4th element. A single layer is said to be equivalent to 2mm neoprene so a full suit plus separate bottoms & top could be worn in different combinations to cover a range of conditions. Double up for maximum warmth. Could easily add an ordinary kag on top for more w...
by mcgruff
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Repair/Emergency kit
Replies: 22
Views: 1024

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: 1024

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: 1024

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: 6
Views: 506

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: 19
Views: 791

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: 19
Views: 791

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: 38
Views: 1388

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: 38
Views: 1388

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: 38
Views: 1388

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: 38
Views: 1388

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: 38
Views: 1388

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: 697

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: 824

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: 1592

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: 1592

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: 1764

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: 1764

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: 1764

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...