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by Kate D
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Anyone want to buy my paddlewaggon?
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: Anyone want to buy my paddlewaggon?

I should add that the missing trim on the right side of the van has been replaced.
by Kate D
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Anyone want to buy my paddlewaggon?
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Anyone want to buy my paddlewaggon?

For Sale, my lovely yellow paddlewaggon. 'Custard' and I have shared many happy adventures together but it's time to say goodbye to a trusty friend. 53 plate Mercedes Vito 120 000 miles MOT due Oct 2014 Located near Kendal, Cumbria. 3 seats in the front, 2 removable seats in the back. Back is lined ...
by Kate D
Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: navionics users please help
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: navionics users please help

Thanks for the advice, I'll just have to continue with yellow tracks next to yellow land, or just paddle further offshore.
by Kate D
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Cetus Owners/Users
Replies: 19
Views: 4065

Re: P&H Cetus Owners/Users

The bulkhead position is worked out from your inside leg measurement. The foam slab will be about 3" thick to give you some adjustment potential. I wouldn't be too concerned about potential sale potential of your boat, after all it is your boat and should fit you as perfectly as possible. Happy padd...
by Kate D
Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Cetus Owners/Users
Replies: 19
Views: 4065

Re: P&H Cetus Owners/Users

As Simon64 says, a bulkhead footrest is far suprior to foot pegs. The bulkhead can be located so that it makes a full plate footrest, with the addition of a slab of foam so that you have a little adjustment available by slicing bits off the foam until you have the perfect fit. You can add and remove...
by Kate D
Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: navionics users please help
Replies: 4
Views: 707

navionics users please help

I have just recently entered the techno age and got myself a smartphone. I have the navionics app and having used it for the first time yesterday it looks like it is going to be really good. I have a question for those who are familiar with the app. I paddled yesterday with navionics recording a tra...
by Kate D
Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your stormy skies and rainbows
Replies: 18
Views: 3002

Share your stormy skies and rainbows

Whilst azure blue skies might be appealing, there is something satisfying about creating adventure under a leaden roof. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-C3eKHix6Fi4/Unvav6Hbb6I/AAAAAAAAGDI/wHAicpYw8kE/s512/IMG_3137.JPG https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-90l1hFqTVec/UnvaxFVM85I/AAAAAAAAGDQ/2ISJfHXI...
by Kate D
Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kyaking Club or Courses?
Replies: 9
Views: 1200

Re: Sea kyaking Club or Courses?

Tony, I would suggest, as others have, that both routes would be your ideal way to discover the joys of sea kayaking. If you start with a fairly intensive course you will quicky gain enough skills to join a club and participate in club sessions and trips away. Check out the Glenmore Lodge brochure. ...
by Kate D
Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 34
Views: 8061

Re: sea kayak for big guys

If you are based in mid Wales, you might consider going to see Pete Baars on Anglesey. He offers demo weekends where you can try a whole variety of boats one after another, and then take the one you prefer out on a journey. Pete trades as Summit to Sea. http://www.summittosea.co.uk/ As others have s...
by Kate D
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle Orkney 13
Replies: 1
Views: 536

Re: Paddle Orkney 13

Here's a few photos from my last visit to Orkney. My camera was dying so they're not great pictures but might give you an idea what you are missing. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-1Qhd0PKK9hQ/Tmn0Dv7hjdI/AAAAAAAADLg/iQs2-mbliFs/s640/3%2520first%2520cave.JPG https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rE0...
by Kate D
Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: carry handle
Replies: 45
Views: 3851

Re: carry handle

If you copy the model above, could I suggest that you put the small hook/clip on the other end of the elastic loop, i.e. attach the elastic to the deck line fitting and then use a small clip to attach it to the toggle. This way, when the clip comes unclipped it will not ping into your fingers and ca...
by Kate D
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Online Logbook Idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1439

Re: Online Logbook Idea

It would be usefull if you could set it up so that it is not specific to river paddling. For a sea trip there might need to be more space for describing a route rather than just a start and finish like you might have for a river trip. Also weather conditions and tide become important. Ability to inc...
by Kate D
Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peter Berry Taz John Keady Jay Smith Waterboy Jonathan Johns
Replies: 203
Views: 67629

Re: Peter Berry, Taz, John, Keady, Kernow.....

I think I may have had a luck escape. A while back, while working towards my level 5 assessment I was looking for people who wanted sea kayak coaching. Jay 'bigwater' Smith got in touch with me via FB. His messages to me were very friendy but just a bit too keen for my liking. His pictures always in...
by Kate D
Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The ideal spec...
Replies: 35
Views: 1836

Re: The ideal spec...

I think the sweetie hatch is a great invention. Keep all those usefull bits close at hand. Your deck lines will be a long way away but get a spray deck with elastics and your map can go on your spraydeck. Much easier to read, even if eyesight is iffy. I would also have a custom bulkhead to use as a ...
by Kate D
Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any good
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any

David, I think going paddling is going to be way more beneficial than watching it. The DVD's are ok to give you an idea what standard is required but your training course should do this in a much more individually taillored way. I would recommend going paddling and be really honest with yourself abo...
by Kate D
Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New New 4 & 5 Star
Replies: 8
Views: 893

Re: New New 4 & 5 Star

The 'old' 4* has not been available for many years. If you did your 4* leader award in 2011 you have done the 'new' 4*. The confusion has arisen because our governing body invented a completely new award and then gave it the same name as a totally different previous award. Further confusion has aris...
by Kate D
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where is the water?
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: Where is the water?

Have you used this http://rainchasers.com/

Click on the 'levels' tab at the top and you'll see immediately where the water is or isn't

For what it's worth, it's dry in the Lake District
by Kate D
Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Adventure Accreditation International
Replies: 7
Views: 581

Re: Adventure Accreditation International

Not that one Mark, I thought that was hillarious. The link in the OP won't work.
by Kate D
Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Adventure Accreditation International
Replies: 7
Views: 581

Re: Adventure Accreditation International

Something dodgy here, my browser shuts down every time I click the link.
by Kate D
Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look what I got for Christmas!
Replies: 3
Views: 1395

Look what I got for Christmas!

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by Kate D
Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Venture Flex 11 or Pyranha Fusion
Replies: 11
Views: 3476

Re: Venture Flex 11 or Pyranha Fusion

I have no experience of the Flex, but Jimski, Sean and I used Fusions for the river sections of our Cumberland Ring expedition a couple of years ago. Check out our blog of the trip for Fusions in action. http://cumberlandring.blogspot.co.uk/ Jim and I used the small Fusion while Sean (6' plus) used ...
by Kate D
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hardship on the Solway.
Replies: 12
Views: 1345

Re: Hardship on the Solway.

Amazing photos as always. Your pictures remind me that this is my nearest bit of decent coastline and I have never paddled it.
by Kate D
Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The future of kayaking films
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: The future of kayaking films

I laughed until I cried!
by Kate D
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Van Insurance for Instructors
Replies: 7
Views: 958

Re: Van Insurance for Instructors

I insure my van with Adrian Flux. They seem to specialise in anything that is not a car.
by Kate D
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Second Sport'
Replies: 34
Views: 1940

Re: 'Second Sport'

When the rivers are dry it's perfect for caving.
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by Kate D
Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bring back the single discipline 2*
Replies: 57
Views: 2460

Re: Bring back the single discipline 2*

Am I missing something here? The OP complains that he doesn't have access to canoes, and even if canoes were available they would not be suitable for pool use. Due to lack of canoes the 2* award becomes inaccessible to the students. Since when could you do 2* in a swimming pool? Even if you take out...
by Kate D
Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coaching Eddies and Ferrygliding, useful analogies?
Replies: 38
Views: 2031

Re: Coaching Eddies and Ferrygliding, useful analogies?

First of all, can I say a big well done to you for taking complete newbies on moving water. If you are trying to coach river skills, the only way to do it is to use river features. Can I suggest that you remove a possible cause of confusion, by not describing exactly what you are doing at all, not e...
by Kate D
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barbed wire hazard, River Kent (Cumbria)
Replies: 49
Views: 10789

Re: Barbed wire hazard, River Kent (Cumbria)

I paddled this section of the Kent last Friday (Oct 5th). Waterlevels were great. We started in Staveley and continued to the centre of Kendal. On Friday the fence was still a two strand death trap. I reported this matter to the police today, before I had seen this thread. I would like to thank ever...
by Kate D
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 4* Sea Assessment 13/14 Oct Cumbria
Replies: 0
Views: 139

4* Sea Assessment 13/14 Oct Cumbria

4* Sea Assessment 13/14 October, venues will be Barrow/Walney area for one day and another Cumbrian venue for day two (exact location depends on expected weather conditions). Two places available. http://www.stevebanksoutdoors.co.uk/courses.php?section=5&subsection=1 Click the link for booking (scro...