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by rockhopper
Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Theme Tunes
Replies: 23
Views: 2782

Row, row, row your boat by some bloke down the pub.
by rockhopper
Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your latest gadget...feed my gear habit!
Replies: 31
Views: 5001

Not so much a gadget for me but damn handy for my girlfriend when kayaking, camping or going to summer festivals...

http://www.travelmateinfo.com/page002.html
by rockhopper
Sat Feb 24, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF callsign.
Replies: 28
Views: 5015

So I presume that does mean that I can pick my own. I did think that I had heard the tutor on the course mentioning about someone else issuing you with a call sign (thought it was two digits and two letters) although my brain could well have been in neutral and freewheeling at the time. over.......(...
by rockhopper
Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF callsign.
Replies: 28
Views: 5015

VHF callsign.

I am sure there is a simple answer to this one but having scanned Ofcom's site and the RYA site too it is currently as clear as the Bristol Channel on a Spring tide. I have just passed the VHF Marine Operators test and received the Short Range Certificate (what is it with photo-booth photographs tha...
by rockhopper
Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling alone
Replies: 21
Views: 3053

I agree with you on the joys of paddling alone. The ability to make your own decissions without discussion, the solitude, being able to be alone with your thoughts, not having to worry about anyone else. I find that, especially with a busy family life where there is always other people to consider a...
by rockhopper
Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lower back problems
Replies: 44
Views: 5902

The one thing that I found really aggravated my lower back pain when I used to get it was sitting with my legs crossed (obviously not in the kayak!!). It is so easy to sit down and without even thinking about it, cross your legs. This apparently puts an imbalance in your back which your lower back m...
by rockhopper
Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Live bait banned in scotland
Replies: 19
Views: 3566

Actually, yes it does.
Fair point then......


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by rockhopper
Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Live bait banned in scotland
Replies: 19
Views: 3566

I am pleased to see the new TV campaign, it might just give people an idea as to how nasty a business angling is. That's a bit harsh. Surely a nasty business is commercial fishermen who drag millions and millions of fish (large, small, edible and non-edible) out of the sea and leave them all to suf...
by rockhopper
Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where's George?
Replies: 45
Views: 5976

Where's George?
Is he not with Bungle and Zippy???


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by rockhopper
Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gaelic speakers?
Replies: 33
Views: 5342

Mark,

I presume that they are named after the bird and, apparently according to this site it appears to mean 'horse of the woods'....does'nt look very horse like to me but then it seems to be from the sound that they make.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/scotland/action/ ... /index.asp
by rockhopper
Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knot tying for all occasions - made easy
Replies: 1
Views: 634

Knot tying for all occasions - made easy

I have to admit that I have always struggled with understanding how to tie certain knots from just looking at pictures and also knowing what knot to use (or not.....!) and why, and then I discovered this nice little site.....What joy!! http://www.animatedknots.com/ I see many hours spent getting tan...
by rockhopper
Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Anchors
Replies: 34
Views: 4199

It is possible to alter the angle which the boat sits to the sea anchor by rigging a catenary, this involves tying a second line to the main drogue line perhaps 10-15 feet out from the bow (rolling hitch). Heave this in towards you in the cockpit and the boat will sit at a different angle to the se...
by rockhopper
Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Anchors
Replies: 34
Views: 4199

I was interested by the suggestion that they might assist in fishing from a kayak. How about photography? No...I don't think photography would help in fishing from a kayak!!!!! Way too many things to hold at the same time (although with your new suction pad gizmo.......). Actually, not sure how a s...
by rockhopper
Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Anchors
Replies: 34
Views: 4199

I bought one from Scottish Paddler last year (little yellow one about 1ft across) and have used it on a number of occasions mostly when fishing from my kayak. I find that if I am anchored and the wind is blowing from the beam then it has a tendancy to turn the boat so it sits at an angle to the wave...
by rockhopper
Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do I need a Sea Kayak?
Replies: 3
Views: 1147

Hi Jon, difficult decision.... I have a Rockhopper and love it to bits but, not sure that i have enough experience of other kayaks to help, depends on what sort of Sea Kayak you are looking for as an alternative. I also have a Carolina and have been paddling only for 18 months or so. The big differe...
by rockhopper
Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good winter thermals
Replies: 38
Views: 4148

I should add that you need to look under the TECHNICAL drop down on the Fourth Element site for the pucca stuff.
by rockhopper
Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Good winter thermals
Replies: 38
Views: 4148

Take a look at the Fourth Element site....
http://www.fourthelement.com/content.ph ... t=home.php
they do some very nice stuff that is super cosy and they were a delight to deal with.
I also got some stuff from America by Mysterioso which works very well.
by rockhopper
Tue Nov 14, 2006 8:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak samples
Replies: 8
Views: 1822

Is this the book by Gordon Brown? can't really tell from your posting....
by rockhopper
Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: smokers/non smokers
Replies: 60
Views: 7502

and while we are on the subject of drugs.... don't you find that LSD and magic mushrooms just before a session plays havoc with your eskimo roll., and chopping coke on your kayak makes a right old mess of the finish....and as for sticking needles in youself with all that dirty water about, I mean, i...
by rockhopper
Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 1hr before the "underground video" is gone forever
Replies: 9
Views: 1583



Surely if he was Walt he would have his head frozen in a cryogenic jar...
by rockhopper
Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: smokers/non smokers
Replies: 60
Views: 7502

Stevie, I said 'standard citizen' not couch potatoe although I have to agree that the gap between the two does seem to be shrinking.
by rockhopper
Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: smokers/non smokers
Replies: 60
Views: 7502

Even so, it still bothers me that your eventual slow and painful death will in no small degree be funded by my tax pennies. Harsh but true. Mmm....now i am an ex-smoker who smoked (not too much) for 20 years and gave up about 4 years ago. I too, cannot abide the smell of smoke (except for that firs...
by rockhopper
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spelling!
Replies: 22
Views: 3267

Crikey !!!
by rockhopper
Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spelling!
Replies: 22
Views: 3267

Isn't this all getting a bit over the top? Lets face it, we are all good at some things and not at others consequently, some are good at spelling and others not. It seems a bit ridiculous to make such a big deal out of a few spelling or punctuation errors when what we are really looking for on sites...
by rockhopper
Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spelling!
Replies: 22
Views: 3267

Thunks Steve,
eye huv dounloded Firefox and it dus seam too wurk brilllyantly. Nowe knowone wil fink eye am stewpid ore fick.
by rockhopper
Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Black Plastic From Mega
Replies: 50
Views: 5488

Good on you...Neutron was just too difficult to resist eh? Now... did you really lose the river boat or did you stash it under a bush and then go home to nearest and dearest saying 'I've lost my boat.....I will have to get a replacement (and I know just the one!!!)" and then...as luck would have it,...
by rockhopper
Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Black Plastic From Mega
Replies: 50
Views: 5488

If you just want it to look at then take a picture of it and hang it on the wall. You could always send me the kayak then so that it doesnt clutter up your house ;-)
What a thoughtful, decent chap you are..
by rockhopper
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Black Plastic From Mega
Replies: 50
Views: 5488

Mmmmm!!!!
I don't even surf but surely that IS the sexiest kayak ever....very...'stealth' like.
Sacreligious I know, but you could just hang it on the wall in the lounge and gaze at it (or possibly sneak it under the sheets and caress it....or am I going too far!!!!).
by rockhopper
Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Another noob
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Heya Nadz, Nothing wrong with SOT's. Started off on one myself just for messing about on. Then started fishing off it and taking the kids out, before I knew it I had bought a Carolina and a Rockhopper, convinced 3 of my friends how much fun it was and we have all just passed the 2 star kayak course....
by rockhopper
Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling wear
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Paddling wear

Hi there.
I am fairly new to kayaking and intend to continue doing a bit through the winter months (nice and close to shore though!!).
Before i throw loads of money at suitable clothing what is the best option, a full drysuit or a dry paddle jacket with dry paddle trousers?