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by CM2
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patagonia
Replies: 1
Views: 414

Patagonia

I am spending a week or 10 days in Argentinian Patagonia before going on to Antarctica next December and would like to spend a day or two kayaking. I came across Patagonia sea kayak on the web http://patagoniaseakayak.com.ar/category/trips/ From the Web site it looks reasonable and worthy of at leas...
by CM2
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast Guard stations cut and now this !
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: Coast Guard stations cut and now this !

Let the plebs drown I say. Problem is it would be the innocent that drown, not the politicians If I decide to book a boat trip should I be expected to check every detail of their safety policy, I might check that they are licenced should I be expected to know all the areas where the required standa...
by CM2
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Coast Guard stations cut and now this !
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: Coast Guard stations cut and now this !

I am no expert but for really small boats I can see the logic. If you are running a tourist boat for 19 passengers and 2 crew, I would have though 2 * 12 man life rafts would be adequate, people would be close enough to ensure that if most of the passengers move towards one raft an even distribution...
by CM2
Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good News ?
Replies: 25
Views: 2576

Re: Good News ?

This is the energy trilemma, we want affordable energy, without ruining the environment, and a certainty the power is there when we want it. Renewables are expensive, more so when you consider that you also need alternative plant to generate when the wind is not blowing / it is dark. As this (presum...
by CM2
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SCA?
Replies: 16
Views: 1842

Re: SCA?

Mike, If it is there it is hard to find. I just put myself in the OP's shoes, a beginner wanting to get training. Under "training and coaching" nearly every option is aimed at coaches and instructors but hidden away is a "course provider directory". From here the options are: Coach educators Safety ...
by CM2
Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kokatat GMER Drysuit vs. Reed Aquatherm Paddlesuit
Replies: 31
Views: 4038

Re: Kokatat GMER Drysuit vs. Reed Aquatherm Paddlesuit

I have a reed cag and a kokatat meridian drysuit. As others have said as the price is so different a comparison isn't really fair, but I hide the cap very hot. I paddle all year in Scotland in my drysuit and people ask if I don't overheat in reality I got hotter in the Cag for the same amount undern...
by CM2
Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 1st boat advice - plastic or composite
Replies: 8
Views: 1363

Re: 1st boat advice - plastic or composite

It depends what you think as important, what type of paddling you anticipate doing etc. For composite below I am mainly talking about fibreglass boats, some of the comments do not apply to carbon fibre boats but I would not recommend them as a first boat as they are expensive (unless weight is extre...
by CM2
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kyaking Club or Courses?
Replies: 9
Views: 1194

Re: Sea kyaking Club or Courses?

I would join a club (one either exclusively for sea kayaking or with a significant number of sea kayakers), you may also wish to do have tuition from a commercial operation (either for awards or not) Most clubs will teach you enough to be a competent member of a group and some will go beyond that, b...
by CM2
Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak/Jetski incident
Replies: 12
Views: 2293

Re: Kayak/Jetski incident

Motor give way to sail craft (but it is ever man for him self when they are powering straight at you) I was wondering that too, first thought it was an America's cup style yacht but they only reach about 20knt. I suppose it is possible he was restricted by draft, but even if that is true and he did...
by CM2
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: visiting UK; where to hire guide for daytrip?
Replies: 8
Views: 799

Re: visiting UK; where to hire guide for daytrip?

If you do decide to go to Scotland (which you should - - ) then Kayak Bute is probably the most southerly Guide that I know of - but it could also be worth talking to KariTek in Ayrshire to see if they can offer suggestions. Follow my Sig-Link to the Almanac and check the Centres & Hire pages for t...
by CM2
Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Justine Curgenven circumnavigation of Anglesey
Replies: 1
Views: 695

Re: Justine Curgenven circumnavigation of Anglesey

Great effort.

Elevation gain 238ft
That is some tide!
by CM2
Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Small spraydecks
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Small spraydecks

You may have trouble find one in stock but the store should be able to order one for you. I have a Palm ocean (nylon tube neoprene deck) in a size 3 (smaller than most cockpits but larger than yours). Their size 2 should fit your boat (not sure if you can still get the ocean but you can certainly ge...
by CM2
Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weeks kayaking abroad over Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: Weeks kayaking abroad over Christmas

Might be a bit far for 2 weeks but the scenery in New Zealand is amazing. Several options, Able Tasman is probably too much on the beaten track for you, Marlborough sound might be a better option as it is much quieter especially the Pelorous Sound. I would recommend Doubtful Sound as probably the be...
by CM2
Mon May 20, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A dry suit...or not?
Replies: 7
Views: 1184

Re: A dry suit...or not?

Wise words, I think. In the UK the seller is responsible for all shipping if the item is faulty, but only if they don't specify otherwise. Obviously this Chinese chap has got some sharp advice re the Sale of Goods Act! As well as international shipping costing a lot more than domestic. You also hav...
by CM2
Mon May 20, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A dry suit...or not?
Replies: 7
Views: 1184

Re: A dry suit...or not?

In my experience there is a big difference between gore-tex and other breathable drysuits. I had 2 non gore-tex suits (used for dinghy sailing) that did not seem to breath as well and after about 2 years of not very extensive use started to leak, with one I got the manufactures to repair it but it s...
by CM2
Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stirling Canoes WTF?
Replies: 22
Views: 6449

Re: Stirling Canoes WTF?

Did you pay (at least £100) by credit card, if you did the CC company are jointly liable and can get the full price back from them if Sterling canoes go into receivership or or otherwise unable / unwilling to supply your kayak.
by CM2
Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Met Office Watersports survey
Replies: 15
Views: 1132

Re: Met Office Watersports survey

Done, not sure if early answers alter later options. While I use the internet etc it cant be relied on for coverage - what happened to radio 4 shipping forecasts and maritime safety announcements via VHF? I read it as they were separating out what info you wanted from what media you obtain it Radio...
by CM2
Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie looking for advice
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Re: Newbie looking for advice

I reiterate the best advice is to try as many boats as you can before you buy and a great way to do this is to join a club. Not only will they have a variety of club boats to try but most members will let you have a shot on their boat even if it is only for 10 minutes in the bay after the trip. Anot...
by CM2
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit
Replies: 3
Views: 716

Re: Drysuit

There are a couple of possibilities. One option is a paddling suit. You might want to rule this out depending on your reason for not wanting a drysuit. There are several manufacturers such as chillcheeter and kokotat. They are essentially drysuits but with neck and (sometimes) wrist seals that are n...
by CM2
Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sunrise/ sunset...
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Re: Sunrise/ sunset...

You can also use this site for any location you know the latitude and longitude of
http://www.periplanisi.com/scripts/sun.htm
by CM2
Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kayak to NZ
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: kayak to NZ

Paddle there :-)

Alternatively if you havn't got your own ticket yet some airlines do allow kayaks for example united do allow kayaks on most of their planes.

Depending on the kayak you may be better off selling it here and buying another in NZ.
by CM2
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Trip Ideas Please
Replies: 8
Views: 797

Re: Scottish Trip Ideas Please

Are you looking for a tour or day trips. Day trips remove some of the sense of adventure and being in the wilderness but if your friends arn't used to roughing it the idea of no toilets and showers at the end of the day might be off putting. How about being based near oban and going somewhere differ...
by CM2
Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: winter paddling destinations
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Re: winter paddling destinations

by CM2
Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: To split or not to split?
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: To split or not to split?

With Splits it is all about quality. When I first started paddling I went for the cheapest pair of splits (as a spare) I could fnd on the assumption they would get me home. At the start of the day someone trod on my main and broke the shaft. My spare wobbled and it soon became aparent I would strugg...
by CM2
Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Close Encounters off the Island of Raasay
Replies: 10
Views: 1124

Re: Close Encounters off the Island of Raasay

Wow, had a similar trip on the Firth of Tay on Tuesday night and I've still got a buzz about it. Unfortunately none of us had a camera with us, but with my camera skills I would probably end up with a of photos taken just after the dolphin submerged anyway.
by CM2
Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I saw this on Ebay
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: I saw this on Ebay

What about the "blue thing" from the picture it looks like it could be a drybag , possible a paddle float (though I'd have thought a blue paddle float is bad design)
by CM2
Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Speed of Plastic boats
Replies: 22
Views: 1910

Re: Speed of Plastic boats

Longer paddles will also help you go faster, I still get paddlers from our club who will jump in a sea kayak for day trip with thier normal river paddles and then wonder why they are struggling to keep up. My plastic Scorpio is still slightly slower than my 19' composite Island expedition boat, but...
by CM2
Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof OS maps
Replies: 14
Views: 1052

Re: Waterproof OS maps

When kayaking, I just fold the map to suit and tuck it under a deck elastic. At the end of the trip, I wash the salt water off it by rinsing in a bucket, with the rest of my gear. Afterwards, I just hang it on the line to dry. Small amounts of water do get into the paper at the creases and wick inw...
by CM2
Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kayaker summons lifeboat by phone
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Re: kayaker summons lifeboat by phone

May have been better if he didn't capsize in the first place. With sufficient training/experiance he could solo kayak in greater safety. Phone OK but VHF better. I wasn't there so I influenced only by what I read here. There are many occasions where noone can pick up your VHF signal Phone OK, VHF b...