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by mcgruff
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 54
Views: 1787

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: 7
Views: 459

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: 24
Views: 1519

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: 541

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. ...
by mcgruff
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can't choose
Replies: 23
Views: 1467

Re: Can't choose

And with a similar hull design aim to the Taran (but very different cockpit..) there's the Epic V6.

On this boat, low-flying aircraft are the only limiting factor for foot size ;)
by mcgruff
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Camping power pack
Replies: 7
Views: 873

Re: Camping power pack

I've got an Easyacc 15 which I'd recommend. Anker have a good name too. You should get better quality li-ion cells in a name brand. You can get powerbanks with a variety of outputs, inc 240VAC like the Omni 20 AFAIK most powerbanks have 18650 batteries inside them arranged in parallel to make up the...
by mcgruff
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Uist Spaceport
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: North Uist Spaceport

If the spaceport will cause concrete environmental harm (defined as the impact on the population size of various local species) there could be a good reason to oppose the plans at a national level. Rockets are certainly noisy, for example, but on the other hand launches will be rare events. Do the i...
by mcgruff
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Uist Spaceport
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: North Uist Spaceport

To be honest I think the locals should decide if they want it. Would be reasonable to stipulate environmental requirements at a national level but if the development can fulfil these the final decision should be with the people of North Uist.
by mcgruff
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49416

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

In a rough water capsize and wet exit, a single fitting would need to be strong enough to take a shock loading of the paddler's weight. For hammock suspension, the rule is to use cord etc rated at least x5 the person's body weight to cover shock loading & any weakening from knots or splices. Presum...
by mcgruff
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Has anyone heard of an epic 16 cruiser touring kayak?
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: Has anyone heard of an epic 16 cruiser touring kayak?

I guess this is a surf-ski hybrid design with similar lines to the 16X? Sounds like a very nice boat.
by mcgruff
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Has anyone heard of an epic 16 cruiser touring kayak?
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: Has anyone heard of an epic 16 cruiser touring kayak?

Many would argue rudders allow for more efficient paddling, at least for racing or long distances. You can concentrate on laying down the power with a clean, even stroke and use the rudder to make small corrections to stay on course.
by mcgruff
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1451

Re: Off side roll

It's often said we have five senses but that's not true. We also have a sense of kinaesthesia/proprioception: the sense of position & movement of our limbs and body. This is obviously fundamental to all sports. Except maybe darts. I can't offer any advice on rolling specifically but, in general yoga...
by mcgruff
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Converting to a 3-piece Kayak - PART I^
Replies: 23
Views: 6221

Re: Converting to a 3-piece Kayak - PART I^

But we do appreciate them and your posts :)
by mcgruff
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kuiu - Woohoo!
Replies: 0
Views: 643

Kuiu - Woohoo!

Just discovered Kuiu ("kooyoo") outdoors gear, in particular their modular rucsac system: https://www.kuiu.com/global/shop/packs/ The rucsacs are designed to carry very heavy loads and, by all accounts, do that very comfortably. What's really interesting is that the modular system can be taken apart...
by mcgruff
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49416

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

Thanks :) That makes sense.
by mcgruff
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49416

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

Do longer, pointy ends influence the way the boat handles (ie in waves - rest of the time they're not in contact with water) or are they more about aesthetics?
by mcgruff
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak
Replies: 17
Views: 1516

Re: Advice for learning to surf a sea kayak

Maybe ocean swell forecasts (longer wavelengths) could help plan the next surf day - assuming you're near an open stretch of coast. Local knowledge of the way conditions interact with the coastline will be key.
by mcgruff
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scotland hostelries?
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Scotland hostelries?

Portree - Raasay (Raasay House Hotel) - Broadford - Plockton - Strathcarron perhaps? I know you can wild camp near the Strathcarron Hotel - follow the river up a little way - but you'd have to investigate possible camp sites at the other locations. Could also look at Gareloch - Torridon - Applecross...
by mcgruff
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heading north...
Replies: 10
Views: 1632

Re: Heading north...

Thanks Chris. I'd post a whole lot more about this amazing adventure if folk were interested, but I can see that I have been hugely eclipsed by a query about towing eyes. Apologies :( I assumed the full story was on Facebook but a long time ago I stopped using it - even before all the Cambridge Ana...
by mcgruff
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto
Replies: 8
Views: 728

Re: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto

To make the choice even harder.. there's also the Epic range. They've got 16ft and 18t kayaks similar to the Taran and also the V6 with a surf ski cockpit. If you're keen to learn kayaking skills like rolling, or if you just like a sit-inside cockpit, the V6 won't be for you. On the plus side, it's ...
by mcgruff
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 295
Views: 49416

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

Aha! A rolling version.

Was wondering how I could ask why it's so low in the water without casting aspersions towards the paddler..
by mcgruff
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New P&H model ?
Replies: 30
Views: 3153

Re: New P&H model ?

Does the kayak cockpit have any plus points or do you think it would be better with an open surf ski cockpit?
by mcgruff
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?
Replies: 9
Views: 716

Re: Ocean cockpit: what spraydeck?

A tuiliq could be another option.

Especially when you want to stop for a nice nap.


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by mcgruff
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: Newbie looking for advice on purchasing kayak

I once tried paddling a similar two-person kayak on my own. Completely uncontrollable on the windy days I had it out in. It took huge effort to keep the bow into the wind. Downwind was even worse. The combined effect of the wind and some furious paddling to try to keep the bow pointing the right way...
by mcgruff
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA/Life jacket advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Re: BA/Life jacket advice.

Cold water shock : If you're wearing a drysuit or wetsuit, or if you swim regularly in cold water, cold water shock might be manageable. If not, I wouldn't expect a 100% success rate in finding and pulling the cord on a self-inflating lifejacket while you're being zapped with what feels like a 10,0...
by mcgruff
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Etain FOUND at Sound of Iona - SEARCH FOR OWNER
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Re: Valley Etain FOUND at Sound of Iona - SEARCH FOR OWNER

A very sad tale. I don't suppose we'll ever find out what happened.
by mcgruff
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner, what are my options?
Replies: 19
Views: 1116

Re: Beginner, what are my options?

The hard chine Greenland hull design has low initial stability. It will feel quite wobbly until you get used to it. However, the secondary stability is good. You'll tip over so far until the point where you're trying to push a lot of air (in the hull) under water and then you can lean against that -...
by mcgruff
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner, what are my options?
Replies: 19
Views: 1116

Re: Beginner, what are my options?

Stitch & glue looks like an easy way to build your own kayak. I'd base the hull size on your body size & amount of gear you need to carry. I don't think shrinking it down to 14ft would work. If it's built in sections a full-size boat won't be a problem to store or transport. If you can cope with str...
by mcgruff
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?
Replies: 56
Views: 7238

Re: Why don't we ALL paddle S.O.Ts .. ?

And there's also the V6 with a front hatch creating 170l storage capacity in a fast hull to compete with sit-inside touring sea kayaks. My own SINK v SOT theory is that Greenland's kayak builders arrived at sit-inside designs because of limitations of materials and clothing and of course the challen...
by mcgruff
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 16
Views: 1148

Re: Impatient.... help!

On the subject of weight loss, swimming & cycling are good ways to burn up fat with relatively low impact on your joints (compared to jogging eg). On a hilly 2.5hr ride yesterday I must have burned off almost 2,000kcal. When people talk about the benefits of cycling they'll mention cardiovascular fi...