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by JB-NL
Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA test in OP
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

Re: BA test in OP

Im not going to find myself to fare from the day hatch of my kayak for geting them if needed. That is what somebody in the Netherlands very recently also thought, but when he was thrown out of his boat by 2-3 m breaking waves and was to far away from his kayak, he was not able to call for support, a...
by JB-NL
Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA test in OP
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

Re: BA test in OP

At least with a BA or PFD as we call them theres a 50/50 chance of floating face up (I think). I sometimes wonder whether we've just uncritically inherited this important bit of kit from the whitewater paddling world. What would be the ideal? BA with inflatable collar and front chamber? Spray mask?...
by JB-NL
Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BA test in OP
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

BA test in OP

Hi all, Just curious as I suppose there are more Ocean Paddlers subscribers on the forum. The latest issue presented a BA group test, after a 12 month test by various persons. Main focus was on comfort during kayaking. Conclusion was none of the tested BA's disappointed. A magazine of OP last year h...
by JB-NL
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Goteborg / Sweden paddling
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Goteborg / Sweden paddling

In a short time we plan to pay our first visit to the South of Sweden for some sea kayaking. Our pans are either for Goteborg archipelago or for circumnavigation of Orust island and then staying in its surroundings. Any useful tips for the area? Although I spent almost half a year in Sweden, it was...
by JB-NL
Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Map Case Recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 1477

Re: Map Case Recommendations

Bazza S wrote:The best map cases without a doubt are made by Axel Schoevers (we call them axel packs). They won't let in a single drop. Have a look on his travels with paddles blog for a contact. Loads better than ortleib cases.
I can't disagree more,
JB
by JB-NL
Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Performance Sea Kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 4591

Re: Performance Sea Kayak

Skua wrote:Derek Hutchinson crossed the North Sea, was it '89? I thought they got to Holland.
Hans Mulock Houwer did it twice from the Netherlands to the UK. both app 33 hours, first in two single Nordkapps, the second one in a double P&H.

JB
by JB-NL
Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF/EPIRB/Strobe: Are flares necessary any more?
Replies: 14
Views: 949

Re: VHF/EPIRB/Strobe: Are flares necessary any more?

The problem was solved with the use of a day/night flare so I for one will not be throwing any of my flares away yet.

I fully agree with you and furthermore, electronic devices also have their non-function rate....
So I opt for the dual-line solution ;-)
by JB-NL
Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Car speed with roof rack^
Replies: 77
Views: 13268

Re: Car speed with roof rack

Indeed so - therein lies the problem. Not all cars and roofrack systems are equal. I've even heard tell that Peugeot roof rails are not really intended to carry a load on! Same experience with a Peugeot 406 break I drove. Before we reached the ferry in Rotterdam to the Uk on our way to Wales, the r...
by JB-NL
Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: UK Search and Rescue goes private
Replies: 27
Views: 1619

Re: UK Search and Rescue goes private

Evrything 'private' is done for profit. Privatisation of rescue means someone pays for your rescue. In general maybe true, but.. in the Netherlands the KNRM a non profit rescue organisation is taking care of maritime life saving since 1824. The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (Koninklijke ...
by JB-NL
Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Music for kayaking
Replies: 21
Views: 663

Re: Music for kayaking

Interested to find out what music you may listen to in the car or pre session and what music you listen to while kayaking or exercising

Any ideas, artists, genres or tempos of music welcome?


Beethovens' 9th!

Have fun
JB
by JB-NL
Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: MCA Flares collection
Replies: 13
Views: 1161

Re: MCA Flares collection

The story I have been told is of someone who did decide to let of an out of date parachute flare for interest, only to learn that what goes out of date is the state of the parachute as that part failed and the flare dropped to straight to earth spurting pyrotechnics and threatening to set something...
by JB-NL
Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Self Supported trips - Power
Replies: 10
Views: 781

Re: Self Supported trips - Power

[quote="ianletton"]Hello, I am doing a bit of research into a long, self supported trip in the future. The location of the trip will be miles away from civilisation and therefore electricity. Does anyone within this great encyclopedia of knowledge have any experience in using solar panels to charge ...
by JB-NL
Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: weight carrying help please
Replies: 21
Views: 814

Re: weight carrying help please

Packing a kayak is something of an art Chirs, for our trip to Iceland some years ago we managed to pack 22 day of food in a P&H Orion and 20 days in the Nordkaps including 2 tents, 3 stoves, clothing set for on land, Epirb (bigger at that time), kayak equipment. Average weight per day-food pack 1100...
by JB-NL
Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak trolleys
Replies: 72
Views: 11403

Re: Sea kayak trolleys

none of them are designed to carry a fully loaded kayak over uneven ground. This is. It's rated for 120kgs and breaks down into component form. http://media.rei.com/media/hh/7a0bcf66-4da5-4514-b94b-02a3ba63638d.jpg It says: LIGHT WEIGHT & EASY TO HANDLE less than 6kg It does not look that heavy, or...
by JB-NL
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cookers^
Replies: 65
Views: 6503

Re: Cookers

[quote="Chris Bolton"]For many years I used an Optimus 96 paraffin stove. Very reliable, hardly ever needs any maintenance, fits into a box about 12cm by 20cm by 7cm.


Same for me, great stove, fuel efficient and very reliable, and that is what counts in the end.

JB
by JB-NL
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: London to Durban
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Re: London to Durban

[quote="Enray"]Hi,

Does anyone here know if Werner Stolz managed to complete the London to Durban expedition that I think he started in 2007? If he did, this must have been a massive undertaking!


this is what I found, not really promising:
http://www.theoceans.net/news.php?id=15824 N


Cheers
JB
by JB-NL
Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Worlds heaviest kayak ????
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Worlds heaviest kayak ????

MikeD wrote:Well Freya is finally in Australia, getting ready for the big trip..... I am just not sure doing it in a really heavy kayak is my idea of fun........

Image


Best of luck Freya

MikeD
Or Worlds heaviest tour?
by JB-NL
Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spray painting a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 4
Views: 2155

Re: Spray painting a fibreglass kayak

I have loads of experience working with glass, resin, gel etc, but none of spraying a fibreglass boat. I have an old kayak I am renovating and while I will apply a new gel coat to the hull I am going to spray paint the deck. Other than fully cleaning and keying (sanding) the deck, is there anything...
by JB-NL
Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Minicell pads. Outfitting
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Peter Holgate wrote:Bump.
That's what I thought.....
by JB-NL
Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: One for the gadget addict.
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Re: One for the gadget addict.

Nice, but for € 400,-....
Buy a handheld marifoon and you can contact the coastguard for an update?
Sounds easier to me...
JB
by JB-NL
Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone have a VW van without a KariTek rack?
Replies: 40
Views: 8625

Re: Anyone have a VW van without a KariTek rack?

[quote="Simon Willis"]We're getting a VW van at the end of November and I'm trying to decide if it's worth paying £515 for a KariTek roof rack that'll take two boats. How difficult is it for two people to load two kayaks onto the roof of a VW T5 (or similar) without a KariTek? I have a T4 Reimo with...
by JB-NL
Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hatches...
Replies: 6
Views: 716

Hatches...

Just wondering, most of the current seakayaks are provide with one or more oval hatches. But if I look around, I do not receive much positive reactions from the fellow kayakers regarding the use of these hatches, closing is a drama, strict aligning required, sand to be avoided and often still leeks....
by JB-NL
Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares
Replies: 18
Views: 1849

I agree, the new miniflares are cra, rubbish. BUT, if you take the canisters out of the old red, rubber strip covered housing - the new canisters will fit straight in. So throw away the yellow box and put the new canisters in your old rubber housing. The firing pen thing will also fit the top, or t...
by JB-NL
Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flares
Replies: 18
Views: 1849

Steve I keep on my buoyancy aid) so I used the Day & Night flare that I had in my buoyancy aid pocket.That was a Pains Wessex 55960 which is no loger made and has been replaced with a 55970.This model is longer but I can,t find out by how much. B Regards Crofty Pains Wessex used to have a great set...
by JB-NL
Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Splits
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

[quote="MikeB"]Or, for those of you who can't understand Dutch - Click this.



And do not forget to put some foam or PU in the shafts. or you have to learn your paddle to swim.......

JB

BTW, Dutch is not that difficult ;-)
by JB-NL
Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Large Paddler - Need advice
Replies: 23
Views: 2948

Re: Large Paddler - Need advice

[ 6'4", 265 lbs. 35" inseam or so, 41" waist, size 15/49 (US/EU measurement). I do not know that in metrics but assume over 190cm and over 120 kgs? I *think* I've narrowed it down to the following kayaks: Valley Aquanaut HV P&H Cetus P&H Capella 173 Nigel Foster Shadow Eddyline Night Hawk 17.5 Consi...
by JB-NL
Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: nordkapp jubilee-as a first boat?
Replies: 14
Views: 1977

[quote="Ridertothesea"]Thanks for those comments. Another question - how difficult is the ocean cockpit to get out of if needs be? After 20 years of having a Ocean cockpit, I now still struggle with the Key hole. I definitely prefer the ocean: * good water tight seal for you spraydeck * chart at han...
by JB-NL
Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - are they really worth it ???
Replies: 31
Views: 3094

Very true, but do I want to be drilling holes through my brand new £1900 kayak, with no experience on glass fibre Also, I thought manufacturer fitted systems had strengthened decks ??? Buy a kayak for £1900 but cannot afford a tow line system? Yes you can do it for app £20,-. Mine costed this in Eu...
by JB-NL
Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towlines - are they really worth it ???
Replies: 31
Views: 3094

Re: Towlines - are they really worth it ???

junkiesfriend wrote:Is it really worth getting a towline + fittings for my new boat.

Peeps thoughts, opinions
Is that a question?
by JB-NL
Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean Paddler magazine - the future
Replies: 32
Views: 5791

Re: Ocean Paddler Magazine

Chris_Leonard wrote:royal mail and An Post also slow here with getting my copy to Dublin .........
Received mine last Friday....