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by tommfuller
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^
Replies: 38
Views: 10282

Re: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one

One thing to be aware of with long boats with big rudders: leecocking. The boat can want to turn off the wind (and therefore across the waves) rather than up into it. This is because the stern is well rooted in the water via the rudder, and if you're not making enough speed through the water, it doe...
by tommfuller
Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Return to Islay
Replies: 10
Views: 1030

Re: Return to Islay

Great stuff - thanks.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H + Flat Earth
Replies: 14
Views: 2451

Re: P&H + Flat Earth

mabe Toms origanal post started somwon thinking? Mabe some of the credit needs to go to others like tom who make coments on public forums to make things like this hapen, its grate that manufacturers like P&H and Kari tek get in ther and make grate options for us paddlers Agreed, I'd be delighted to...
by tommfuller
Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Planning map for west coast of Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 663

Re: Planning map for west coast of Scotland

I use one of these:
http://www.marinechandlery.com/admiralt ... west-coast

But I'm not sure I'd go and buy one specially.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H + Flat Earth
Replies: 14
Views: 2451

Re: P&H + Flat Earth

Well that answers that.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Valley Aleut II sea kayak - WANTED
Replies: 13
Views: 3145

Re: Valley Aleut II sea kayak - WANTED

Hi,

Are you still looking? I have one that I'm thinking of letting go of.

Cheers,

Tom
by tommfuller
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB Registration ... HELP!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2646

Re: PLB Registration ... HELP!!!

It is a legal requirement. Besides, by registering, you have the opportunity of increasing your chances of rescue by providing information that could be very useful in the event of an incident. It surely can't do any harm for the CG to know they are looking for a sea kayak and not a 50ft yacht. You...
by tommfuller
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Short Range Certificate course wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Re: VHF Short Range Certificate course wanted

Have a look at the RYA website. Do it soon, they want to make it into a two day course.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Caribean crossing
Replies: 1
Views: 607

Caribean crossing

Not entirely sure what to make of this story. There's a grey area between being over-prepared and supported to the point that all the adventure is taken out of an activity... and foolhardiness. http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/trying-and-failing-gloriously http://thekxkayakers.co.uk/ Cheers, Tom.
by tommfuller
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Got ourselves in the news.
Replies: 7
Views: 1327

Re: Got ourselves in the news.

Wow, scary! Glad you're OK!

Kayak sailing : faster than a speeding bullet?

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 8609

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

That's an inspiring achievement! Doesn't sound like it was plain sailing either. Well done!

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: GoPro 3 Help needed
Replies: 6
Views: 1711

Re: GoPro 3 Help needed

I usually turn mine off at a suitable point, and then forget to turn it back on.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Here's one I made earlier
Replies: 7
Views: 1021

Re: Here's one I made earlier

On the Great Glen Paddle...not quite afloat yet (Rabbit is not a swimmer) https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-8lapt6UraTE/UX15iheQrGI/AAAAAAAAMqA/_IDfSQs-kMg/w686-h515-no/P4271375.jpg https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-7L-J6VV3v7M/UX15mdgFkqI/AAAAAAAAMqI/jyXJsIcLolY/w686-h515-no/P4271378.jpg Cheers, ...
by tommfuller
Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thule Roof Rack Slide Bar - anybody tried them ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3674

Re: Thule Roof Rack Slide Bar - anybody tried them ?

I guess moving it out from the side makes it easier to load the kayak one end at a time, and probably helps with getting straps on.

I use a kari-tek rack that slides off and down.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit sea kayaks
Replies: 23
Views: 3621

Re: Open cockpit sea kayaks

Interesting post. For the sake of balance, perhaps you could list any disadvantages you see?

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: GoPro 3 Help needed
Replies: 6
Views: 1711

Re: GoPro 3 Help needed

I use the gopro software. I've got premier pro too, but don't usually need it.

http://gopro.com/3d-cineform-studio-software-download/

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Mon May 20, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A dry suit...or not?
Replies: 7
Views: 1160

Re: A dry suit...or not?

A mate of mine bought one of those chinese ones off ebay, it was worse than useless. He did get his money back eventually I think. Perhaps this one is better but I very much doubt it.

The lomo suits are generally well recommended if you're looking for a more budget option.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Mon May 20, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: hand held VHF.radios.
Replies: 6
Views: 862

Re: hand held VHF.radios.

Remember to rinse it in fresh water after use.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Fri May 17, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can you paddle River Ness instead of Caledonian Canal?
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: Can you paddle River Ness instead of Caledonian Canal?

I wouldn't be trying it with a laden boat. The portages at that point are not too bad, and the paddle along that section of canal is quite nice anyway.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Tue May 07, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to lock your Kayak????^
Replies: 33
Views: 11197

Re: How to lock your Kayak????

I'd have thought that even with infinitely strong glue, the bond will only be as strong as the gel coat it's stuck to. I suppose it depends on the contact area, but I'd be concerned that that could be knocked off relatively easily. Why don't you fancy bolts? You could glue them!

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Mon May 06, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: http://www.greatglenpaddle.co.uk/
Replies: 14
Views: 1563

Re: http://www.greatglenpaddle.co.uk/

Hi! Good to meet you guys too. I was hoping to say hello again at the end but I think you were in the pub! We had a chat with your support guy and helped him lift the kayak over the gate. You would definitely go faster with a different boat. I was surprised how light yours was but it would still mak...
by tommfuller
Thu May 02, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: carry handle
Replies: 45
Views: 3351

Re: carry handle

I've thought about slings, but decided that if I slipped or hurt my back or something, I'd like be able to let go more quickly. So if we accept that toggles aren't handles, why don't we have proper handles ? (like the Aleut II has for example) Holding a kayak under the hull is far from ideal in term...
by tommfuller
Thu May 02, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Video Podcast - Sea States, a kayaker's guide
Replies: 20
Views: 1883

Re: New Video Podcast - Sea States, a kayaker's guide

I agree, the magnitude of the waves is of course important, but can't be taken out of context - the quality of the waves is just as important. I've been quite happy going up and down >10ft on long, glassy swells, and uncomfortable in much smaller, shorter confused chop.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Thu May 02, 2013 7:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: carry handle
Replies: 45
Views: 3351

Re: carry handle

I regularly bollock noobs for picking up kayaks by the toggles. The one time they don't attempt to pick up a fully loaded glass boat using the grab toggle and the nose of their boat doesn't snap off in their hand, I'm sure they'll thank me for it. Has anyone ever broken the front off a boat by lift...
by tommfuller
Wed May 01, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: http://www.greatglenpaddle.co.uk/
Replies: 14
Views: 1563

Re: http://www.greatglenpaddle.co.uk/

Well we made it! We took over 17 hours and came last but given the absence of training and the long stops we made we were very happy just to finish. On the start line, 2am, after about an hour's sleep. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Qnw-B9xq8C0/UX7PMOZI3MI/AAAAAAAAMzE/3ImaXvQkXvw/w454-h605/DSCF0...
by tommfuller
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outfitting my seaboat...
Replies: 7
Views: 937

Re: Outfitting my seaboat...

Hiya. It's massive inside... I'm 5'11" and 14 stone and I swear I can get so far in that just my head sticks out! There is miles of leg room... So fitting a foam bulkhead would take a lot of material and waste a lot of valuable storage space, so I'm wanting to fit some footrests... Could the move t...
by tommfuller
Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Easter at Arisaig
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Re: Easter at Arisaig

Thanks Mike, magical places.

I find the Aleut a bit lighter when I take out all the chocolate eggs...

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Haghighi paddle stroke
Replies: 37
Views: 5233

Re: The Haghighi paddle stroke

Mike Mayberry wrote:I often get asked how I've turned my sea kayak so quickly after doing something similar.
And those people call it the Mayberry turn!

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Warm Winter sea kayak destination?
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Warm Winter sea kayak destination?

We did some paddling on St Lucia in Feb this year, wild and windy on the Atlantic side, calm and sheltered on the Carribean side. We didn't do much really, but could see there were loads of opportunities, and much of the coast is completely undeveloped.

Cheers,

Tom.
by tommfuller
Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The "Winning Greenland Paddle"
Replies: 8
Views: 878

Re: The "Winning Greenland Paddle"

Excellent!