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by RichJ
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Panpan medico! ....I Tried to phone the BCU
Replies: 15
Views: 1548

Panpan medico! ....I Tried to phone the BCU

Dear sea kayaking fraternity what are more cleverer than me. Please help me out and show me the error of my ways! I have just tried to phone BCU to Investigate changes to my 5star ticket, which I heard about through 'Chinese Whispers' Thanks for the 'heads up' email, BCU . joke, never happened. I do...
by RichJ
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Disposal of Flares
Replies: 23
Views: 2230

Re: Disposal of Flares

Hi Chris,
Hopefully you won't have used the laser flare in extremis, but maybe had a little 'try'. I am considering one of these to replace my parachute flares and interested in your thoughts so far? Anyone else with experience of these devices?

Richard
by RichJ
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hull care
Replies: 4
Views: 778

Re: Hull care

Hi Pugwash, Couple of thoughts.... And I say this as the true non expert! Is your planned work for cosmetic reasons? If so, do the scratches go down to the fibre? If not, you may well find the filled area does not adhere properly. Any rubbing of gelcoat is taking stuff away! Why not replace the impo...
by RichJ
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Disposal of Flares
Replies: 23
Views: 2230

Re: Disposal of Flares

Hi Justin, Just seen the thread and I am responding in haste, so please excuse me if others have said same! Have you ever fired a rocket flare? If not, I truly believe ...and with an appreciative eye to the law that the 'bonfire night' option is a serious consideration. Not just as a disposal but as...
by RichJ
Tue May 10, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tory Island^
Replies: 60
Views: 15763

Re: Tory Island^

Hi Chris, And thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed the clips. We were in Conemmara over Easter. Our third trip to the area and enjoyed what is probably the best sea kayaking we have done. Amazing Islands, monstrous swells and stunning scenery ! Combine that with lovely people and a pint inspired by the G...
by RichJ
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: putting a sea kayak on the roof by yourself
Replies: 25
Views: 4153

Re: putting a sea kayak on the roof by yourself

Hi there, Possibly not the answer you want but the best advice I can give.... If it all (financially) possible, save your back and consider investing in something like the Karitek system. Alternatively, is it feasible for you to load the car from the kerb or other solid structure? A little height ma...
by RichJ
Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: de-brittling latex seals
Replies: 26
Views: 2442

Re: de-brittling latex seals

Ha, ha..Well, for sure my limbs don't operate so well on cold mornings either! I have also heard rumours about the nasty effects of hydrocarbon vapours and damage to seals. I just don't know the answer to this. However, I do know that with time the polymer of our seals does tend to harden. However, ...
by RichJ
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Proposed Canoe Trail - Flamborough Head, Yorkshire - Your Thoughts Please
Replies: 60
Views: 5362

Re: Proposed Canoe Trail - Flamborough Head, Yorkshire - Your Thoughts Please

Hi there, "In addition, we hope to raise awareness of accepted “good practice” among the minority of sea kayakers (and other water users) who may not recognise the potential impact of what they like to do" ...is this general 'good practice' or might your advice vary according to the likely impact of...
by RichJ
Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: de-brittling latex seals
Replies: 26
Views: 2442

Re: de-brittling latex seals

Hi Folks, What do you mean by 'brittle'? I have had Lomo, Palm and Kokotat seals loose their flexibility after time and cold temperatures in the garage. With all brands this has been reversible with warmth and use. I do believe this to be a 'normal' action for this type of polymer. I doubt it has be...
by RichJ
Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: is this a record?
Replies: 14
Views: 1839

Re: is this a record?

Hi Ian, Like you, I have to save hard for my paddling kit. The wife counts, you know? My first Lomo suit was a very special Birthday present! Now, I truly understand your sentiment and I have been and indeed I still am a 'fan' of Lomo. ... BUT, I do think we should compare. I paddle around a day eac...
by RichJ
Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: is this a record?
Replies: 14
Views: 1839

Re: is this a record?

Hi pathbrae, I have used, but looked after all my suits with meticulous care. The Lomo suits were washed and dried carefully in dark conditions. Went back to lomo once and suit replaced. After that, lomo advised and supplied tape to stick over de-laminating areas and I bought quite a lot of glue fro...
by RichJ
Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outfitting a van
Replies: 25
Views: 4124

Re: Outfitting a van

Hi there,
Does adding windows change insurance?

Rich
by RichJ
Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: is this a record?
Replies: 14
Views: 1839

Re: is this a record?

Delighted (truly) for you!
....But delamination 'did' for both of my suits after a very short life time.

Rich
by RichJ
Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?
Replies: 30
Views: 6327

Re: Good boat for surfing and short coastal days?

Well, goodness me! I never thought that an 'Old Git' like me would be replying to any thread that involved the term 'playboat'....So maybe take my thoughts with some reserve. There are some sea features where a WW playboat maybe suitable. Others may benefit from a WW playboat with a little more spee...
by RichJ
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Head torches!
Replies: 7
Views: 1548

Re: Head torches!

Thank you for all the advice! Really useful information.

All the best,

Richard
by RichJ
Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Head torches!
Replies: 7
Views: 1548

Head torches!

Hi team, I'm seriously fed up with crappy head Torches! Well known brand names that simply fail .. And just when you need it! Usually due to a pathetically thin piece of metal that just might have been exposed to a damp (not wet) environment. Now come on folks, what's the dogs danglies of waterproof...
by RichJ
Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navel gazing
Replies: 28
Views: 4088

Re: Navel gazing

Hi Mac50,
Well, it's stupid mild here but not 23 C! Sounds glorious!
Happy Christmas to you and yours

Rich
by RichJ
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navel gazing
Replies: 28
Views: 4088

Re: Navel gazing

Hi Mac50L,
" worked my way down from dredges to kayaks via dinghies and yachts"

.....Swimming next?
Sorry, very childish remark. Must be the mince pies!!

Richard
by RichJ
Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fibreglass repair Central Scotland?^
Replies: 7
Views: 1743

Re: Fibreglass repair

Hi folks,

Following the thread; 'Fibreglass repair Central Scotland'; can folks extend what is written on the Almanac where quality repairs can be obtained in the rest of Britain?

Richard
by RichJ
Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is Palm gear really that bad ?
Replies: 21
Views: 3323

Re: Is Palm gear really that bad ?

Hi Allanc, I truly realise the commercial reason for a company's existence, and Palm's designs will undoubtedly attract sales. However, as you said, this is a niche sport and as such must surely want repeat orders. Like you, I have bought and worn a lot of Palm kit over the years. Sadly, and all too...
by RichJ
Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is Palm gear really that bad ?
Replies: 21
Views: 3323

Re: Is Palm gear really that bad ?

Hi there, To better answer your question, may I suggest you consider the points raised in a previous post 'reasonable wear and tear'. When considering quality and longevity of any manufacturers product, ask yourself how much you are likely to use it and actual days use (not days owned) others have e...
by RichJ
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?

Hi Mick, Yes, I totally take your point and I am more than ready to pay for specialist stuff. But value comes from the benefits of design and longevity relative to cost. Personally, I look for robust kit which does the job I expect with a modest cost per paddling day. Sadly, I have had too much kit ...
by RichJ
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?

Hi Mike,
Totally with you on this! I ask manufacturers and never get a satisfactory answer. I am saddened by my own suspicions that manufacturers are ' spoiling the ship for ha' porth of tar'

Richard
by RichJ
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?

Now, it might be viewed that I am a skinflint. But actually, I am prepared to pay for quality stuff. Kit which does what it is designed for and long enough so that I can save up for a replacement. Just maybe, I am in a minority of leisure paddlers who use kit 50+ times/ year? Richard Ps wouldn't it ...
by RichJ
Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?

Mike, from previous posts I think we share similar ideas. My findings, and please note these are personal observations based on my own gear and those of a friend whose kit has identical use. We paddle typically every Saturday. I have just binned my third set of Palm dry trousers. The feet leaked wit...
by RichJ
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?

In response to Mattb, I really don't want to 'have a go' in public. Few know me and I could thus be using the forum for personal reasons against a manufacturer. However, I am interested in what we might expect from our highly advertised, expensive gear. So, as in my earlier post a set of dry trouser...
by RichJ
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry suit recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 1437

Re: Dry suit recommendations

Hi Seanr, I note your question and the implications. You will find considerable discussion if you search on this site. I would, however like to add a couple of points. If you are looking for longevity of the suit, be prepared to ask how many paddling days may it be expected to last for? Paddling day...
by RichJ
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Reasonable 'Wear and Tear'?

So, a 'how long's a piece of string' question!..... Just had to replace my 'dry' trousers (yawn) again. Seems no time since I bought the last set! I use them for sea paddling but apart from the fact they are used in a salty environment, they are used carefully. Standing on a mat whilst changing, sit...
by RichJ
Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Serious safety issue!
Replies: 7
Views: 1701

Re: Serious safety issue!

Hi Jamie,
No hole to vent. It cost around £8-, reduced from £17- how much should I pay? Now, I'm truly not out to make a fuss but if you say this happens with some frequency, for heavens sake take care!!

Richard
by RichJ
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Serious safety issue!
Replies: 7
Views: 1701

Re: Serious safety issue!

Water heated in kettle. Transferred to 'thermal cup', lid screwed on cup. Yes, the lid was screwed on tightly and secure. Exactly the same happened in a post trip test to check.

Richard