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by Mikebelluk
Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS - tell me what to do
Replies: 77
Views: 20257

I tried a 201 but found I didn't like it as much as the basic Etrex venture as the battery life wasn't as long and its a bit fiddly to use. Going back to an earlier post, I used to connect my Etrex to a PDA with Memory Maps loaded on it via the Garmin cable, but found it a bit of a faff, so I bought...
by Mikebelluk
Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: hand pump
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

Never greased yer pump eh??!!!!
by Mikebelluk
Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS - tell me what to do
Replies: 77
Views: 20257

Bingo!

GPSBitz.co.uk are selling a USB cable for the Etrex for £13 so you can get the lot for £79 +p+p
by Mikebelluk
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS - tell me what to do
Replies: 77
Views: 20257

I'd still recommend the basic Garmin Etrex, tough and waterproof and still going strong after all this time.
Expansys.com are selling them for £92.95p.
by Mikebelluk
Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: hand pump
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

E, have you tried an electric Waterbuster one? very good, moves a lot of water quickly, and you can use it with spraydeck on too.
by Mikebelluk
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder..anyone else had it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

It wasn't the injection that hurt!
My shoulder was like a great big rosy apple, I couldn't sleep on it for a week even though I was taking Co-Proxamol every 3 hrs.
The first time I went to physio she used ultrasound on it and I nearly fainted!
by Mikebelluk
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder..anyone else had it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Thanks for the feedback all. I had a steroid injection about a week after my shoulder pain started, and it stopped the pain very quickly [and believe me, it was the most excruciating pain I have ever had] Unfortunately it only lasted about 2 days, and the doc wouldn't give me another one. Arthroscop...
by Mikebelluk
Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder..anyone else had it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1960

Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder..anyone else had it?

I got it in my right shoulder over 4 yrs ago, and despite lots of physio and have had to learn to use my right arm in a different way, especially when reaching upwards, and the shoulder still gives me some pain after a 8-12km paddle, but recovers quite quickly overnight [and with Ibuprofen] Apparent...
by Mikebelluk
Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Torn Retina /advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 1596

Blimey Maurice!
It must have been good fun on Sunday. Cant help with healing times, but hope everything gets better soon.
by Mikebelluk
Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Current Designs, Sirocco plastic sea kayak?
Replies: 0
Views: 578

Current Designs, Sirocco plastic sea kayak?

Does anyone know of a supplier in North West [England or Wales]?
I saw some at Anglesey last weekend and would like to have a closer look/ demo if possible.
Only dealers I can find are Bear Creek [Gloucester] and HB [Hereford]..
by Mikebelluk
Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe Expo?
Replies: 88
Views: 14638

I thoroughly enjoyed it, much better than the Outdoors Show format; loads of sea stuff which I would have to travel a long way to have a good gander at, and no problem with the till system.. I met up with some good friends who came up from South Wales, and I had a good chat with the staff on the sta...
by Mikebelluk
Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cameras
Replies: 28
Views: 2999

I have a Canon A640 and an Aquapac bag, the one with the 'crystal clear' window, and was an absolute pain to use, so recently I bought a Pentax Optio W30 [7mp] which is waterproof to 3m and works fine and uses the SD cards as well. I think the new Olympus Mju 790 may be a better camera, but I didn't...
by Mikebelluk
Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which Glue
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Yes I recommend Evostik too. It even works on my plastic boats. You can also get Evostik solvent to remove the adhesive if you decide to remove them at a later stage, however I would test a small area to see if it affects the gel coat on the boat as it is very similar to the solvents used to clean u...
by Mikebelluk
Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who is paddling this weekend?
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Cant make me mind up.
Probably Hilbre Island if I can sneak away
by Mikebelluk
Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Noooooooooooooo .............
Replies: 14
Views: 4461

Gulp!
I was planning to go to Barra for a week after school finishes in July...
by Mikebelluk
Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picture of my nearly finished wooden touring kayak^
Replies: 17
Views: 2466

What a beautiful boat!
I hope it paddles as well as it looks.
When I was in Anglesey at OutDoor Alternative campsite last summer, there was a bloke there with a lovely stripwood boat he had made [Peninsula Paddlers crew I think], and I was very impressed with that one too.
by Mikebelluk
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Venture Kayaks 'Kyle 15' Model?
Replies: 10
Views: 2234

Blimey, I got the impression from Douglas Wilcox's review it was a very good kayak and he made the point that though the Alaw and Alaw Bach are 'designed primarily for experienced kayakers, to be used in rough water; however, due to their stability they are also good for novices in calm conditions.'...
by Mikebelluk
Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Venture Kayaks 'Kyle 15' Model?
Replies: 10
Views: 2234

Yes, an Alaw will be definitely at the top of my demo list, judging by the reviews. Hopefully I can get to Anglesey soon for a trial. Thanks for all the interest shown in my Easky, a relative has now decided to buy it from me, after he realised I really did want to sell it. On another note, has anyo...
by Mikebelluk
Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Venture Kayaks 'Kyle 15' Model?
Replies: 10
Views: 2234

I bought my first [Venture] Easky after advice from staff at Brookbank Stockport, and found it a great boat to learn the basic skills in, very stable, easy to transport, and family friendly too. Having been on a course at Applecross, I wanted to upgrade and bought the P&H version off a very knowledg...
by Mikebelluk
Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Food dryers^
Replies: 14
Views: 5951

I bought one from Tchibo last year and have used it a lot. Good for drying bananas, peppers, apple slices etc, and I've also used it to dry out Chilli [canned Stagg stuff too], baked beans, Ambrosia rice pud and bolognese sauce for camping trips. The dried stuff needs a couple of hours to rehydrate ...
by Mikebelluk
Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Venture Kayaks 'Kyle 15' Model?
Replies: 10
Views: 2234

Venture Kayaks 'Kyle 15' Model?

Has anyone ever seen a Kyle in the flesh? Venture Kayaks website says its a composite boat based on the Easky 15 I have 2 plastic Easky's, [one original P&H model and a 2yr old Venture Kayaks model] and have had no success in my quest for information despite emailing VentureKayaks's several times. [...
by Mikebelluk
Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bivi bags and minimalist camping^
Replies: 72
Views: 52721

Hi everyone, I'm new here so go easy! No-one has mentioned the Rab Survival Zone bivvy bag, not Gtex or Event, but mine works well combined with a Thermarest Prolite3. However I still prefer a tent [Macpac Microlight] for ventilation and shelter to cook in if weather really poor. Tarps seem to be ge...