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by GrahamKing
Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Venice
Replies: 0
Views: 595

Venice

Just back from a trip to Venice, combining singing, sightseeing, and a bit of paddling. It's a fascinating place, ranging from high-traffic urban paddling (with clapotis and weird rule-of-the-road) to tranquil open spaces with mudflats and wildlife. For anyone thinking of a similar trip, here are a ...
by GrahamKing
Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Hat for a windy day
Replies: 12
Views: 1948

Re: Hat for a windy day

Have you tried using the press-studs to fold up the brim of the Tilley hat? That makes the remaining brim much stiffer.
by GrahamKing
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Question about safety for a wet exit.
Replies: 14
Views: 1524

Re: Question about safety for a wet exit.

The best description I ever heard of a wet exit went something like this: Pop the spraydeck. Then get hold of the sides of the cockpit, and take the boat off , just like taking off a pair of trousers. The first sentence conceals something important: Every time you put your spraydeck on, make sure th...
by GrahamKing
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Anyone else ever had this? White fluff in cag.
Replies: 7
Views: 1064

Re: Anyone else ever had this? White fluff in cag.

Chris.d.w wrote:Just pulled my cag out of the cupboard, and as I pulled it out loads of what I thought was feathers started falling out ... white fluff ... mould? Spider nests? ... weird salt deposit?
Crikey Chris! Have you been to the doctor?
by GrahamKing
Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Single ticket to Campbeltown please.
Replies: 32
Views: 3831

Re: Single ticket to Campbeltown please.

Sorry for the incredibly dull technical question, but...how do you make the exposure work for the fire shots? At risk of finding my skeg velcro-ed up, here's something that the owners of Very Nice Cameras might find interesting: Shoot two exposures at once with Magic Lantern . (Summary: some high-e...
by GrahamKing
Thu May 02, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hanging kit to dry / over bath
Replies: 21
Views: 2338

Re: Hanging kit to dry / over bath

...people popping round look up the stairs and see this dry suit hanging and get freaked out ... I once spent a couple of nights at a B&B in Brixham, and left the drysuit in the shower. That evening the proprietor told me that his wife had gone to clean the bathroom, had seen the drysuit and scream...
by GrahamKing
Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: B&B's near St Davids, Pembrokeshire??
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: B&B's near St Davids, Pembrokeshire??

The TYF hotel is cheap and cheerful, and very used to paddlers. And there's also a really nice youth hostel a couple of miles out of town.
by GrahamKing
Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Venture Flex 11 or Pyranha Fusion
Replies: 11
Views: 2473

Re: Venture Flex 11 or Pyranha Fusion

I keep seeing the term 'Rocker' Can you explain what that means? I'm sure that one of the naval architects on the forum could give a formal definition, but in essence rocker is the name given to the curvature of the keel, as viewed by someone looking at the boat from one side. A boat with a lot of ...
by GrahamKing
Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Strategies for dealing with fear in bigger conditions
Replies: 45
Views: 3061

Re: Strategies for dealing with fear in bigger conditions

The actual conditions that generate fear will be different for each person so the more experienced members need to make the decision to turn back before the less experienced get to the stage of being freeked out. Hi Paul, I'll second Douglas. Once there's fear involved, the only sensible reaction i...
by GrahamKing
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Podcast - Round Britain the Czech Way
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: New Podcast - Round Britain the Czech Way

I'm afraid I don't know Michal or Natalie but, having heard the podcast, I'd really like to. What a charming and delightful approach to that big adventure.
by GrahamKing
Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal races 101
Replies: 12
Views: 1127

Re: Tidal races 101

Ok, I know I'm going to get ridiculed for this, but sometimes you just have to bite on the bait... Clearly a standing wave is moving at the speed of the current in which it is. Question I struggle with is whether "move" in this context is the group or phase velocity. If a standing wave is one that s...
by GrahamKing
Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal races 101
Replies: 12
Views: 1127

Re: Tidal races 101

When you're surfing a wave, you travel at the phase velocity of the wave. This probably differs from the group velocity of the wavetrain. See this article.
by GrahamKing
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: solar/ battery charging.^
Replies: 43
Views: 5004

Re: solar/ battery charging.^

Build a battery holder that will stack one or more parallel sets of three cells in series... Are you sure about this? I thought that Li-ion cells (and NiCads) should not be connected in parallel owing to their very low internal resistance. The reasoning was that if a partially discharged cell is in...
by GrahamKing
Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: tidal rivers and timings
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: tidal rivers and timings

Just one small caveat about the 50-90 rule: it really applies to coastal areas (and even then, not everywhere). On a river the 50-90 rule might apply near the mouth of the estuary, but the higher up the river you go, the more the horizontal movement of water will be dominated by the natural fresh-wa...
by GrahamKing
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle Bag^
Replies: 14
Views: 1539

Re: Paddle Bag

just PM'ed you
-- Graham
by GrahamKing
Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof Rack Systems Karitek and Hullavator
Replies: 13
Views: 1595

Re: Roof Rack Systems Karitek and Hullavator

Can the Karitek rack cope with your bars only spaced 70cm's apart? With the bolt-on types you don't get a lot of options these days... Well, you could certainly fit the rack to those bars. Whether it would be wise to add sea-kayaks is another question entirely. Any rack with such a small spacing wi...
by GrahamKing
Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof Rack Systems Karitek and Hullavator
Replies: 13
Views: 1595

Re: Roof Rack Systems Karitek and Hullavator

The Karitek system has a rail semi-permanently clamped to each roof bar. The main frame of the carrier slides on these rails, and is very easily removable (two thumb-nuts - one of which I've replaced with a nyloc for extra security on the road). So avoiding rattles is easy: either remove just the ma...
by GrahamKing
Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hillfires
Replies: 11
Views: 835

Re: Hillfires

Jules, thanks for your measured, educational, posting after what must have been a very upsetting and infuriating incident. The risk, and consequences, of causing wildfire were never mentioned in my training, although we are repeatedly reminded to keep any open fires below the high water mark to avoi...
by GrahamKing
Mon May 07, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What are the best charts to buy?
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Re: What are the best charts to buy?

Grahamd wrote:Does anyone use the admiralty tough charts, and if so how do you find them?
The last time I looked at these, they had no tidal stream info on them. None at all.
by GrahamKing
Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lendal Varilock Problems
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Lendal Varilock Problems

I've been very pleased with the varilok system: the paddles have given excellent service and have only jammed once, when I let salt water dry in the joint for several days running without taking it apart. Solved with hot water. The great advantage of the length adjustment is that it gives you a few ...
by GrahamKing
Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wimmin's event
Replies: 27
Views: 2282

Re: Wimmin's event

Thanks Andrea. Good post.
by GrahamKing
Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BUY OR NOT TO BUY A SILVA 70 COMPASS
Replies: 4
Views: 592

Re: BUY OR NOT TO BUY A SILVA 70 COMPASS

I use one and am pleased with it. It can be mounted further aft than the usual recess forward of the front hatch, which makes it easier to read. I've never had any problem with the mounting which, flimsy as it looks, has stood up well to hard use. However, on one occasion the glass bowl of the compa...
by GrahamKing
Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: St Davids camping
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: St Davids camping

The basic site at the bottom of the hill is show-up-&-pitch. Speak to the car-park attendant in the morning.
by GrahamKing
Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Righting in deep water
Replies: 7
Views: 1039

Re: Righting in deep water

Uh... it depends... Once you've got a dependable roll, righting a well-fitting sea kayak is pretty easy, but - if the deck cargo is really heavy, it will raise the centre of gravity and make the roll harder; - if the deck cargo is bulky, it can get in the way of the -- how shall we call it -- writhi...
by GrahamKing
Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weather forecasts
Replies: 9
Views: 691

Re: Weather forecasts

The WetterInfoBox works as a Navtex receiver. Advantages: when it works, it is very convenient. Just leave it switched on in the tent overnight. no need to take written notes. Disadvantages: 518kHz / 490kHz coverage is patchy close inshore (and non-existent inside a kayak's tanks); the unit has poor...
by GrahamKing
Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tertiary stability?
Replies: 31
Views: 4907

Re: Tertiary stability?

The BBC interview is full of interest, so before it disappears from iPlayer, I've captured some of it. The context is a discussion between Bruce Hood, Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre, and R.Adm. Chris Parry RN (retd.), of the ineffective behaviour of the Captain of the Costa Con...
by GrahamKing
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reflecting on....
Replies: 86
Views: 6557

Re: Reflecting on....

Sometimes there's an enigmatic quality. It was a cold day when my brother-in-law took this shot: http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PPGGBpplawc/TsTZjGBqVPI/AAAAAAAAAg4/RLWmkDJY5Yc/s640/foo.jpg"%20height="434"%20width="640" ... or possibly this one: http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-1RlvjFkNJ8E/TsThY4...
by GrahamKing
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ayrshire coast photos.
Replies: 10
Views: 622

Re: Ayrshire coast photos.

So sorry to hear about the second knee, Douglas. FWIW I feel a great sense of injustice on your behalf!
by GrahamKing
Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: [CK] Poles
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: [CK] Poles

Uh... A periscope?
by GrahamKing
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB - vs - EPIRB - vs - both^
Replies: 31
Views: 3902

Re: PLB - vs - EPIRB - vs - both

Ian_Montrose is right. SPOT is not a PLB. PLBs, and their big brothers, EPIRBs, are part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System ( GMDSS ), and will alert HM Coastguard promptly via Falmouth MRCC, with your identity and position. The position might not be to GPS precision, unless the PLB i...