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by Skua
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

Rog - I don't know his plans for the Thames, but I will ask. He got trashed in the big seas he was forced out into, kayak suffered bdamage from being pounded with the weight he is carrying. Live tracking? Sorry, totally lost me. I can't even work a modern phone that gets internet. He has mobile phon...
by Skua
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

Natalie - he is \ PTSD sufferer recoveringh, he needs some feedback, and local knowledge! Meals and a lift with the kayak, paddling company on a leg or two for a few hundred yards also very valuable - read his story at start of facebook page - he tried to take his ife twice last year...paramedic wit...
by Skua
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

No replies? I am astounded. I thought there may have been some interest.
by Skua
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

ROUND BRITAIN KAYAK TRIP

I don't know if this has been flagged up here but Heroes On the Water UK trustee Andy Swainston is paddling around Britain, solo, unsupported, as in no road crew, just getting small help along the way in the form of brews and the odd meal. He left Whitby on 6th June and is now going round the coast ...
by Skua
Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?
Replies: 21
Views: 3070

Re: Which PLB do you use? Is it waterproof?

Breitling Emergency II watch......they are only about £12,500 now.
by Skua
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue off north Cornwall
Replies: 9
Views: 1906

Re: Rescue off north Cornwall

pathbrae wrote:What's a "professional kayaker" ???
Like any other definition of 'professional' - someone who gets paid for it. I would say that Gordon Brown is a 'professional kayaker' as would be anyone else who makes the majority of their income from kayaking.
by Skua
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wages for an instructor?
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

Re: Wages for an instructor?

My son is just doing his Outdoor Activities with Sport Science degree at Bangor Uni - he earns about £200 a week for full time during the holidays as paid staff with a big adventure company. Considering the responsibility he has, it is peanuts. Don't ask for specifics please, because I am not that u...
by Skua
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Round Cornwall Challenge
Replies: 0
Views: 1019

Round Cornwall Challenge

On 26th August, at 08.30. From under the Tamar Bridge on the Plymouth side two guys are setting off to paddle around Cornwall, all of it. They are raising funds for Heroes On the Water Uk and one of them is a H.O.W. veteran who has no ankles and wears calipers. They are camping on the beaches as the...
by Skua
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: New model sea kayak
Replies: 1
Views: 682

New model sea kayak

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/simoneverett/DSCN4334_zpsnxsctcew.jpg http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/simoneverett/DSCN4335_zpso7d4ng3d.jpg http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/simoneverett/DSCN4337_zpsanr4iraj.jpg http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/simoneverett/DSCN4338_zpsv0yp...
by Skua
Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Proposed Canoe Trail - Flamborough Head, Yorkshire - Your Thoughts Please
Replies: 60
Views: 6311

Re: Proposed Canoe Trail - Flamborough Head, Yorkshire - Your Thoughts Please

Just ignore the restrictions. Looe Island - I still land there and will continue to do so. My parents knew the two sisters who owned it before it was given in trust, they lived on the island. If anyone questions your landing, you have done so for safety reasons and will leave as soon as you have res...
by Skua
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:31 am
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: "Epic kayak fail" video. Capsize while landing a fish
Replies: 2
Views: 2607

Re: "Epic kayak fail" video. Capsize while landing a fish

I think the leash tightened the drag. It got caught around the star wheel because the rod was turned over as it was placed and removed from the holster. One reason I changed my leashes to different material, and with different mounting position - my new ones mount UNDER the reel foot and stay out of...
by Skua
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Channel crossing - the sit-on-top boys made it!
Replies: 12
Views: 2148

Channel crossing - the sit-on-top boys made it!

The channel crossing by sit-on-top from Swanage to Alderney - they made it today by lunchtime. Raising funds for Heroes On the Water, a charity that works to help with rehabilitation for people injured in public service. Not just service personnel, but also fire, ambulance, police and anyone who has...
by Skua
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sit on tops in South Georgia!
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Re: Sit on tops in South Georgia!

It is only the blinkered who have ever thought that open decked kayaks were "not of age" - surf skis (sit on tops) have been used for marathon sea racing for many years. have a look at the Molokai race website for one....lovely pictures Gus. You should get the chap to write a feature for The Paddler.
by Skua
Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tandem Sea Kayak, Thing to Know before buying one^
Replies: 38
Views: 11941

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

We use the Duo extensively for tripping in South Africa - it was designed specifically for our expedition requirements (we were taking a party to paddle around Lake Malawi in 2001). The difficulty people seem to experience with paddling in synch is easily overcome - the aft cockpit watches the shoul...
by Skua
Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Sea Kayak

Kaskazi Skua - maybe not well known in the northen hemisphere, but very well thought of elsewhere - and by all owners.

Have a couple I am going to let go, as I am now too stiff to get in a closed cockpit - I can't bend my knees that much anymore.
by Skua
Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Boathouse clearout!
Replies: 1
Views: 679

Re: Boathouse clearout!

Would the gent who phoned about the lightweight Skua please ring back - the battery died during the conversation. Sorry!
by Skua
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted - Cheap Sea Kayak
Replies: 16
Views: 2098

Re: Wanted - Cheap Sea Kayak

Composite Skua any good? - see the Kaskazi website for full details. Super boat with an easy to get in/out keyhole cockpit, fast through the water too - over stern rudder avoids snagged skegs or the chance of a leak below the waterline - does the same job as a skeg, itis NOT for turning a kayak. A r...
by Skua
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: adventure wanted
Replies: 18
Views: 2993

Re: adventure wanted

Shame I am too slow to show you this - November to Jan the best time as when there are low winds.

http://kayak4conservation.com/2012/04/2 ... papua.html

Eco tours in a fantastic marine reserve - I want to go back!
by Skua
Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Boathouse clearout!
Replies: 1
Views: 679

Boathouse clearout!

I am having a good old clearout and rationalisation. So some good bargains to be had. Skua composite sea kayak, with dedicated RIGHTING sail (it keeps the kayak upright, not try to capsize it) White hull, white deck, red trim and hatch covers. http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/simoneverett/Sail...
by Skua
Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Pacific Action sails
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Re: Pacific Action sails

Pacific Action sails are now in stock. I have both 1m and 1.5m sizes in various colours. Contact me for details of delivery etc. Thanks.
by Skua
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Pacific Action sails
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Re: Pacific Action sails

They are on their way. Look here for details and videos of sea kayaks with them fitted. There are also video clips showing how easy they are to fit to any kayak.

http://www.pacificaction.com/index.htm
by Skua
Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:24 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Get the 9 Essential questions YOU NEED to ask-FREE Download
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Get the 9 Essential questions YOU NEED to ask-FREE Downl

I thought the 9 questions were going to be something revolutionary....they are just basics!
by Skua
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Windpaddle sails?^
Replies: 16
Views: 3745

Re: Windpaddle sails?^

There will soon be the Pacific Action sail to try as well. I have been using one for 6 or 7 years and it is still going strong. You can see where you are going, you can reach and it does furl easily. It will leave something on the deck - you can't furl a flat earth though. Two sizes worth considerin...
by Skua
Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Get the 9 Essential questions YOU NEED to ask-FREE Download
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Get the 9 Essential questions YOU NEED to ask-FREE Downl

Using it to pay for the PDF of the questions!
by Skua
Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: TRADE PRICE COMPOSITE SEA KAYAKS
Replies: 3
Views: 879

Re: TRADE PRICE COMPOSITE SEA KAYAKS

How much mark up!
by Skua
Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Pacific Action sails
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Pacific Action sails

Just a quick heads up that Kayak UK are the new UK distributors for Pacific Action sails. Our relationship with them goes back 7 or 8 years. I wrote the first features in this country on them and had one before they were imported by anyone. Gary kindly sent one over to do the features with. Now the ...
by Skua
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares - what to get?
Replies: 35
Views: 4882

Re: Flares - what to get?

Having experienced several actual emergency situations I would not place great faith in ANY flares of any description, certainly not as a means of raising the alarm. We had 3 shore observers with binos, and 78 kayakers in a stretch of the Exe estuary just 1.5 miles long. One got into difficulty on t...
by Skua
Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: Mods to the Marlin
Replies: 0
Views: 2598

Mods to the Marlin

We have been busy updating the features on the Kaskazi Marlin. The following pictures will provide the evidence. The captions will explain:- The cockpit hatch volume has been extended, and the large flat surface provides a perfect placement for a GPS/sonar mounting point, convenient within reach and...
by Skua
Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Kayak Angling
Topic: Chinese kayaks
Replies: 4
Views: 5257

Re: Chinese kayaks

Car inner tube - does the job! turn the kayak upside down and it traps the air inside and stays afloat - but means the paddler remains immersed. USE A VHF - fundamental kit on any kayak fishing safety kit list, which also starts with immersion clothing (usually a drysuit recommended0. I think kayak ...
by Skua
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I have a VHF?
Replies: 90
Views: 11443

Re: Should I have a VHF?

Since when did the RYA take over the issuing of licenses? To many leisure users perhaps, beause they don't know any different and the RYA has swamped the marine market with THEIR "authority" but I think the MM / DOT would beg to differ and I can't see merchant navy officers doing an RYA course to us...