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by rockhopper
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY
Replies: 11
Views: 2902

Re: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY

I would think that, if you can show the remaining area of the estuary past these pinch points can be hazardous to paddlers then they would have a duty of safety to allow transit across them... Looking at the list of current sites Essex has a massive list: Benfleet and Southend Marshes Blackwater Est...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY
Replies: 11
Views: 2902

Re: PADDLING TO BE BANNED ON THE RIVER EXE ESTUARY

Your title, 'Paddling to be banned on the River Exe Estuary' is a little bit 'Daily Mail' as it is proposed to only ban it in certain areas however, my local area, Leigh-on-Sea and Two Tree Island have a large Brent Goose population that overwinters and feeds on the mud flats. In addition Two Tree I...
by rockhopper
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: summer paddling gear
Replies: 18
Views: 1979

Re: summer paddling gear

just a quick question for those that use the Thermocline shorts/trousers/one piece..... I have one of their long sleeve tops which is lovely but the outside is very smooth and slippy. Do you not find that the lack of traction (against overtrousers) when you are sitting in a kayak means that you tend...
by rockhopper
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted - waterproof roll top rucksack 40-50 litres
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: Wanted - waterproof roll top rucksack 40-50 litres

Have you looked at the Overboard waterproof rucksacks. They are very strong construction and quite keenly priced so probably worth buying new.
http://www.over-board.co.uk/backpacks/w ... packs.html

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

To be honest, the weight of a tent does not matter too much if you are sticking it in a kayak, it is more about the packed size.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak camping on a budget?
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: Kayak camping on a budget?

Don't skimp on the sleeping mat.... I heartily recommend the Exped downmats or their Synmats. Super comfy and warm. Very tough and rolls down very small for packing too.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry trousers - a moan and request for recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 1479

Re: Dry trousers - a moan and request for recommendations

I have to say that I found the same problem. Quite unpleasant and chilly. I didn't get around to finding replacement semi-dry trousers but I did find that wearing shorts/pants made out of base layer material meant that I didn't actually feel wet (sounds like a nappy advert!!) and they were comfortab...
by rockhopper
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak paddle choice
Replies: 23
Views: 2813

Re: Sea Kayak paddle choice

I would say, if you are used to a cranked set of euro paddles there is little point in making life more complex by changing from that, especially if you are getting a 'new' sea kayak. The boat and the way it handles will be different to river boats as I am sure you know. Turning and such like will o...
by rockhopper
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Swellie Wave
Replies: 9
Views: 1533

Re: Swellie Wave

Nice video mate....!
my daughter tells me the music is from Bondi Rescue (she only watches it for the hunky blokes apparently!!).

Rog.
by rockhopper
Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Source for replacement Skeg?
Replies: 6
Views: 740

Re: Source for replacement Skeg?

I would have thought your best bet would be to email Necky in America and see what they advise. It may be as easy to get one sent direct from them rather than going through UK dealer.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2270

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

I suppose it depends how much paddling you expect to do but.... bear in mind that it is your means of propulsion and safety. Whilst you can swim to the bank on a river, if your paddle breaks it may be more of an issue at sea. I used a Werner Player river paddle for sea kayaking for years and loved i...
by rockhopper
Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2270

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

I think the VE joint is very good and i have both Werners and Lendals.
If you are anyway near Essex you are welcome to try my paddles
by rockhopper
Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2270

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

Depends on whether you paddle high angle or low angle. My own preference is high but most sea kayakers seem to favour a low angle style. Douglas Wilcox did an excellent review of the low angle paddles here: http://seakayakphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/ve-voyager-paddle-long-term-comparative.html Hope...
by rockhopper
Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2270

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

Definitely have a look at VE paddles. Love mine to bits:
http://vepaddles.com/sea-kayak/

Rog.
by rockhopper
Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boots
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Re: Boots

I have moved away from the neoprene wetsuit type of boots. My favourite alternatives at present are the Palm Gradient boot http://palmequipmenteurope.com/product/gradient-3 Very comfy, strong and grippy. or for more summer, easy paddling type days I have been using Gul Aqua trainers https://www.wets...
by rockhopper
Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: In praise of the new £5 note
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Re: In praise of the new £5 note

With a picture of Linda McCartney on the note?
by rockhopper
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: In praise of the new £5 note
Replies: 5
Views: 938

In praise of the new £5 note

Gone are the days of loose change tinged with green oxidation jangling in dry bags and soggy notes being extracted from dark, dank depths of (supposedly) dry pouches. No longer will I feel slightly embarrassed as the cashier gives me a look of horror as I drop the cash into her outstretched hand. Al...
by rockhopper
Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley?
Replies: 9
Views: 2227

Re: Valley?

I have always found then very helpful on the phone and in person however it is the 21st Century and they should be able to respond to emails with the same level of service, other kayak manufacturers do...
It's not like it's difficult !!

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley?
Replies: 9
Views: 2227

Re: Valley?

It is a bit poor really, when they sell their products throughout the world not every customer is going to be in a position to phone them up but they will be able to send an email. If they have the ability to read the email they should have the decency to reply to it. No excuse. Come on Valley, don'...
by rockhopper
Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: UK Sea Kayak Shops?
Replies: 13
Views: 1574

Re: UK Sea Kayak Shops?

Kent Canoes
https://www.kentcanoes.co.uk/index.html

or

Whitewater the canoe centre
http://www.whitewaterthecanoecentre.co.uk/

I've had great service from both of them.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Sea Kayak Used P&H Delphin
Replies: 13
Views: 2188

Re: First Sea Kayak Used P&H Delphin

There are lots of plastic boats out there so I guess you need to get a better idea of exactly what you want. Are you after a proper sea kayak which may be up to 17 feet long or is the Delphin the sort of maximum size you want to go to. Are you restricted, length wise, as to where you can store it? H...
by rockhopper
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Sea Kayak Used P&H Delphin
Replies: 13
Views: 2188

Re: First Sea Kayak Used P&H Delphin

If you are doing those sort of trips I wouldn't have thought going shorter than a Delphin would be a good idea both from the ease of paddling distances and volume of storage capacity.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Necky dealer
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Necky dealer

"We are offer the full range of Necky Kayaks here at Kayaks and Paddles."

and possibly lessons in written English!

Rog.
by rockhopper
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: First Sea Kayak Used P&H Delphin
Replies: 13
Views: 2188

Re: First Sea Kayak Used P&H Delphin

You should find the Delphin pretty perfect as an all round boat. Good initial and secondary stability, manoeuvrable, resilient. Also surfs well. Your best bet is to read up on reviews to see if it is the sort of thing you are looking for. Other ones to look out for as well respected boats are Scorpi...
by rockhopper
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland to Scotland Exped Success - Olly Hicks and George Bullard
Replies: 2
Views: 739

Re: Greenland to Scotland Exped Success - Olly Hicks and George Bullard

Phew, that's a brave and impressive achievement. Top marks.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie... transporting!
Replies: 17
Views: 1856

Re: Newbie... transporting!

Oh, and the reason for not getting j bars is simply the because of their shape, when upside down, sit on kayaks tend to sit fairly flat just on roof bars. As soon as you put them on J Bars they then sit up in the airflow, especially with cross winds. Also, no point spending money on them when you do...
by rockhopper
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie... transporting!
Replies: 17
Views: 1856

Re: Newbie... transporting!

If it's a sit on top then the easiest way to carry it on a car is just upside down on a set of roof bars. Not much point tying it down bow and stern as i suspect it is not long enough to warrant that. http://jenniferdawnsmith.com/how-to-strap-two-kayaks-to-a-roof-rack-step-by-step-plans/ I would avo...
by rockhopper
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new to kayaking tips and areas to explore in Essex please
Replies: 1
Views: 3016

Re: new to kayaking tips and areas to explore in Essex please

Hi Sonia, there are lots of places you can explore locally to you but, as you say, you just have to be a bit wary of the tides and also the wind speed and direction. Obviously some places have stronger tide runs than others and tides have different heights so can run stronger on some days than other...
by rockhopper
Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: round Ireland youngest!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

Re: round Ireland youngest!!!

I suspect that this is just the start of her achievements. Well done.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dagger Exodus
Replies: 15
Views: 1704

Re: Dagger Exodus

The suffixes mean exactly as you suggest.

Have you had a chat with Kari-Tek who are up very near you:
http://www.karitek.co.uk/

Rog.