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by on the rocks
Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank
Replies: 28
Views: 593

Re: Charging a vhf radio from a lithium power bank

I bought one of these to charge my radio when on camping trips http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/product_page.php?p_code=P0064&l=en The USB-C socket can provide 12V. I bought a USB C to jack lead which I use to charge my Horizon HX 400 radio in it's cradle. The only problem (more a slight annoyance...
by on the rocks
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White water kayaking?
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: White water kayaking?

Thank Jim, I've paddled my sea kayak on rivers which is ok exercise but not too exciting. in WW I'm really looking for a similar involvement to that what I enjoy learning sea kayaking skills on Anglesey's tide races. For safety and a little coaching I have the benefit of a WW focused local club. Pur...
by on the rocks
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White water kayaking?
Replies: 4
Views: 538

White water kayaking?

So back in tier 3 and still no sea trips for a while. Maybe I could buy a white water kayak and gear for use locally? How difficult is WW to learn for an over 60 sea kayaker with a usually solid roll? How fickle are the conditions? What is the ratio of fun to pain? How transferrable are the skills?
by on the rocks
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 59
Views: 2269

Re: Rolling

But developing a reliable roll is a useful back up when practicing and improving bracing and support strokes in more demanding environments
by on the rocks
Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers
Replies: 21
Views: 1117

Re: Drysuit or seperate Cag and Trousers

Drysuit
by on the rocks
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Changes to Moderate Water Sea kayak Leader (4*)
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Changes to Moderate Water Sea kayak Leader (4*)

I understand that next year the requirement for a two -day course and two day assessment is to be changed to no requirement for the course and only a one day assessment? If so this seems to be a backward step. What is the logic behind the changes, and is there a risk that will they diminish the cred...
by on the rocks
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking
Replies: 28
Views: 1523

Re: Flares and safety kit for sea kayaking

What a folks' opinion on the latest generation of LED based electronic flares vs the laser electronic flares?

I've got Gordon Brown's DVDs which include the footage on flares; very scary.
by on the rocks
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 906

Re: VHF radio replacement

robhorton wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:46 pm
Don't they have a 3 year warranty? Have you tried getting SH to fix it?
I'm waiting for a reply from SH, I see the HX40 has a 3 year warranty, not sure about the HX300
by on the rocks
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 906

VHF radio replacement

My Standard Horizon HX300 has died after a little short of 2 year's intermittent use. What are people's recommendation for a replacement? I'm not interested in DSC as I always carry my PLB. Has anyone else had problems with their HX300? Edit - just seen the earlier post, HX40 seems to be the way to ...
by on the rocks
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Olympus Waterproof Cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Re: Olympus Waterproof Cameras

I really like my TG 4. I bought a set of spare batteries and charger from an independent manufacturer so no need to be concerned over batteries, however it will be a great shame if the TG series is no longer around
by on the rocks
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration delay record?
Replies: 6
Views: 476

PLB registration delay record?

We sent our application in 11th Feb Feb 2019. We received registration documents letter and stickers today 13th June 2020. Is this a record?
by on the rocks
Sun May 31, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Peak Adventure drysuit S/M for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Peak Adventure drysuit S/M for sale

The drysuit is a men’s Peak Adventure size S/M , that’s small legs (inseam around 30 inch) and medium torso (38-40 inch chest) I’ve had it for less than 2 years, it is in good condition, it has no leaks or damage and is clean inside and out. I’m asking £200. Current reduced new price is £479 . I liv...
by on the rocks
Sat May 30, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!

Thanks, as you say too late. I agree that neoprene neck seals are a waste of time. After two wet self rescue sessions I’m actually finding the latex seal on the Peak Deluxe suit MORE comfortable than the neoprene neck when the strap is done up tight. I’m not noticing any excessive heat build up even...
by on the rocks
Thu May 28, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!

I got a good deal on a Peak DeLuxe drysuit with a latex neck seal. It arrived today and I was able to try it out on my local lake this evening with lots of rolling and rescue practice. Very pleased to stay totally dry with no leakage. Also very comfortable despite being new and not too hot despite v...
by on the rocks
Tue May 26, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!

Thanks. I think I may cut my losses and sell the Peak Adventure suit and buy one with a latex neck seal. Does anyone have any recommendations?
by on the rocks
Tue May 26, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!

Thanks, that makes sense
by on the rocks
Mon May 25, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Latex neck seal for Peak Adventure drysuit!

I really like my Peak Adventure drysuit, but as I’m doing more wet work and in more demanding conditions I find the neoprene neck seal doesn’t keep me as dry as I would like. Is it possible to have the suit modified be replacement of the neck seal with a latex version?
by on the rocks
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 29
Views: 2759

Re: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?

The BCU doesn't seem committed to access, this page hasn't been updated in a while, I see the 2018 Annual Report Highlights are still to be "issued soon" https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-canoeing/access-and-environment/access-charter-campaign/access-environment-advisory-group Compare this to th...
by on the rocks
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: can anyone recommend a WW coach or instructor?
Replies: 4
Views: 591

Re: can anyone recommend a WW coach or instructor?

Shufflerschair wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:35 pm
Hello,

Here's a great course provider, not too far from South Yorkshire, and a thoroughly nice chap as well.

http://www.chrisbraincoaching.com

Having known Chris for many years, I can honestly say that you won't be disappointed!
Thanks, looks good but I don't think Chris has loan kayaks etc
by on the rocks
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: can anyone recommend a WW coach or instructor?
Replies: 4
Views: 591

can anyone recommend a WW coach or instructor?

I've been sea kayaking for a couple of years and have the Coastal Sea Kayak award, but I've not done any WW kayaking apart from a brief club session (on barely white water). I'm thinking of doing a course in WW, hopefully building on my sea kayaking experience. I can then see if I take to it and enj...
by on the rocks
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 19
Views: 1964

Re: new from British Canoeing

Unfortunately there’s the other side to this. When I was (even) less experienced than I am now I took part in a couple of club peer trips under the guidance of experienced sea paddlers. There was scant regard to planning, tides weather , rendezvous, communications etc. As a result as events unfolded...
by on the rocks
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 1572

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

Now that they've gone I find it a lot easier stowing paddles during incidents, and don't notice any adverse effects
by on the rocks
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Re: Off side roll

on the rocks , is your 'good' side for rolling the side on which your control hand is (if you use a feathered paddle)? If so, one problem might be getting the outboard blade at the right angle, or getting the inboard blade caught on the hull. For diagnosis of the problem, borrowing a paddle with di...
by on the rocks
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Re: Off side roll

I proved that my original difficulty with the offside roll was lack of flexibility. One way of checking is to paddle directly away from a point (drop the skeg, if fitted, to maintain direction while coasting) then look to your right to see if you can twist around far enough to see the point. Then t...
by on the rocks
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Re: Off side roll

mcgruff wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:36 pm
It's often said we have five senses but that's not true.
Climbing can be very good too: a combination of yoga and wrestling with a planet. And chess.

Indeed, I’ve been climbing for over 40 years but only started kayaking last year so enjoying g the new learning curve
by on the rocks
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Re: Off side roll

Yes thanks, my re-entry roll is pretty reliable, unlike paddling to escape the tide race with a boat full of water without capsizing again, however if the eddy is in the right direction re the waves then I’m ok to roll up again. Improving stability with a full boat is my other practice focus :-)
by on the rocks
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Re: Off side roll

Hi mate getting a reliable offside roll takes a lot of practice but eventually it will come, try using a paddle float Thanks All, some useful points. The main one seams to be that an offside roll has to be learned from scratch rather than converted from a good side roll. Paddle float is a good idea...
by on the rocks
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Re: Off side roll

If you’re doing a sweep roll you might try a c to c roll instead, it breaks the roll down into stages, which some people find helps as you can focus on the individual elements one at a time. I learned my good side by combining a sweep and c to c roll then blending them into one movement. At the mom...
by on the rocks
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Off side roll

I've got a reasonably reliable rough water roll on my good (only side) but finding it impossible to get anywhere near an off-side roll, which would be very useful if waves or surf are coming at me from the wrong side. Despite pool sessions and trying to stretch/educate my muscle memory with a brooms...