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by ike
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New member looking for first kayak advice
Replies: 13
Views: 400

Re: New member looking for first kayak advice

Choosing a boat is all well and good but it’s just a tool; you have what most kayakers - new or old - don’t have “I am also a sailing yacht skipper by profession so I know the sea and it's dangers better than most.” Happy paddling carpel21 you’ll be fine out there.
by ike
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New member looking for first kayak advice
Replies: 13
Views: 400

Re: New member looking for first kayak advice

Carpel21, I’m a similar weight and waist as you. I paddle a 22” boat. I’d consider 22” to be a normal / baseline dimension for a boat width. I know the wide type you mean, and they tend to feel like a barge on the water. I’m probably opening a can of worms here, but I’m packed tight into my seat wit...
by ike
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea sickness issues
Replies: 30
Views: 959

Re: sea sickness issues

Sea sickness in kayaks is a thing and has nothing to do with how many years you’ve been kayaking. I had a bad experience in a kayak with it, which was starting to make things dangerous by the end, so I won’t go out on a sea trip without taking a Kwells, plus a spare one in a ziplock bag in the buoya...
by ike
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Slippery shaft
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Slippery shaft

Is your paddle a split? I had the same problem with my splits and solved it by stretching a section of bicycle inner tube onto the shaft. It requires a heat gun to massage, followed by a bit of jiggery pokery.
by ike
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

That answers it so. I’ll be getting rid of my Greatland laser and replacing it with an emergency email!
by ike
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

I use the same as Chris; PLB, VHF, laser.
by ike
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts
Replies: 13
Views: 1061

Re: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts

I’m the same; my beautiful set of VE Voyagers with carbon blades and shaft are not useable for most trips as my wrist will flare up, whereas a spare set of glass paddles with a flexible shaft are so much more forgiving. I can understand the benefit of carbon paddles in whitewater but am not convince...
by ike
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3417

Re: Is vhf course needed

[Every time I go out solo paddling, I mentally rehearse a mayday call before I leave the shore. I don’t expect to get into trouble, but it gives me confidence that I can use the radio correctly in an emergency - one less thing to worry about. That’s an excellent idea Jeremy, I’ll be borrowing that ...
by ike
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: waterproof camera for sea kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 2091

Re: waterproof camera for sea kayaking

For anyone who just wants to point and shoot good quality pics and video while at sea or on the river, I’ve been very impressed with the image quality from the Olympus TG6. Much better than faffing with a phone in a bag. There’s an app to transfer images to your phone, where they can be tweaked and ...
by ike
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit breathability
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Drysuit breathability

I’ve come to the conclusion that my expectations for some amount of dryness during the exertions of a Seakayaking trip mean that goretex is required. So I’ve invested a stupid amount of money in a Kokatat Odyssey. Delivery in a couple of weeks. I’ll report back on whether there’s much of a differenc...
by ike
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit breathability
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Drysuit breathability

I’ve been having the same problem this winter. Wearing Palm’s entry level Cascade drysuit, so not goretex. It was so bad after last week’s 30k sea paddle that afterwards I had to turn the suit upside down to pour out the small puddle of sweat in the legs. I’ve found there’s a very narrow window when...
by ike
Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics
Replies: 27
Views: 1904

Re: Falls of lora whirlpool charactistics

That’s some serious downtime. Just goes to show though, these guys don’t have gills, so it’s all about remaining calm and focused.
by ike
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Kayaking on West Coast Ireland 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Re: Kayaking on West Coast Ireland 2019

Ali Donald should be able to answer all your questions; he’s the local sea kayaking legend.
http://www.irelandwestseakayaking.com/i ... e=about-us
by ike
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rhone gorge
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Re: Rhone gorge

Some excellent lines there doctor.


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by ike
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trip planning in Donegal?
Replies: 9
Views: 1199

Re: Trip planning in Donegal?

I paddled in Donegal for the first time in October. Decided to remove the usual faff by going through http://www.gartan.com. Their instructors know the area; where to go, weather, get-in points etc. Instructors were a solid bunch, made it a very enjoyable trip. ike.
by ike
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Baltic 220 Hybrid BA/Lifejacket
Replies: 1
Views: 416

Baltic 220 Hybrid BA/Lifejacket

Has anyone ever used one of these? They look like the perfect solution for sea kayakers, but I'm worried the length of it is too long to fit comfortably with a spray deck. Any experience anyone? Thanks. ike.
http://www.baltic.se/en/produkter/hybri ... ybrid-220/