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by rockhopper
Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Warrizzit
Replies: 24
Views: 3716

the current colour scheme puts me in mind of the Turpiz !!
by rockhopper
Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Relevant courses.
Replies: 9
Views: 1469

Yeah, did think about it but from various bits I had read they seemed to imply that there would be parts of the Coastal that would need the knowledge gained from the Day Skipper course.... see quote from web site below.... The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects in the Day Ski...
by rockhopper
Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Relevant courses.
Replies: 9
Views: 1469

Nice one, thanks Noel.

Rog.
by rockhopper
Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Retrofit of deck lines to a basic plastic sea kayak.
Replies: 3
Views: 819

John, why don't you try phoning Perception to see if they will sell you the toogles that they use on the newer Carolinas for the grab ropes. No doubt they could advise you on the fittings but looking at mine they seem to be held on with 6mm bolts with a fibre and then stainless washer about 12mm dia...
by rockhopper
Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Relevant courses.
Replies: 9
Views: 1469

Also a VHF operators course will be useful if you haven't already done it.
Yup, already done that one Jim.
by rockhopper
Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Relevant courses.
Replies: 9
Views: 1469

Relevant courses.

I am busy thinking ahead about how to entertain myself once the winter is upon us once more and the chances (and enthusiasm) of getting out on the open water reduce. I was looking at a shore based course called a Day Skipper Course which runs for 3 hours in the evening for 20sessions. It does seems ...
by rockhopper
Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Porlock sea kayak
Replies: 16
Views: 5862

The last race at Sandbanks I had a lot of stick by “armchair internet paddlers” I am lost for words !!! Everybody should be open to constructive criticism...nobody is perfect ! but to cast aside comments made by people who clearly have much more knowledge in so many aspects is gobsmacking. Nigel, ....
by rockhopper
Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 76csx^
Replies: 16
Views: 7450

just to add to Mary's point, I have never had problems with water leakage on my one and if it did I would go back to Garmin for a replacement as they are supposed to be.......
"Waterproof to IEC 529 IPX7 standards (can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes)"

Rog.
by rockhopper
Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 76csx^
Replies: 16
Views: 7450

Simon, tch ! experts.... what do they know? I attach a link for the Map 60 cs owners manual which gives battery types on page 11: http://www.garmin.com/manuals/GPSMAP60CS_OwnersManual.pdf and also link for the Map 76.. see page 12 for battery types: http://www.garmin.com/manuals/GPSMAP76CSx_OwnersMa...
by rockhopper
Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 76csx^
Replies: 16
Views: 7450

Simon,

try this site for the next one up, the CSX which is being sold cheaper than the lower spec. model... http://www.blokesstuff.com/Product.aspx ... Qwodokom2w

Rog.
by rockhopper
Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Garmin GPSMAP 76csx^
Replies: 16
Views: 7450

Hi Simon, I have a Garmin GPS MAP60C which also has a big colour screen and usually use Duracells. They seem to last around 16 hours continuous use which gives a good 2 days paddling. Nice and easy to replace and no data is lost when they are replaced. The 'bumph' says that you can use alkaline and ...
by rockhopper
Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This week, I will mostly be...
Replies: 17
Views: 3664

Orange Sea King
just for a moment I had a mental picture of a wacking great helicopter on you roofrack.....
by rockhopper
Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Crossing the Thames
Replies: 9
Views: 1831

From Clacton to Bradwell is all fairly straightforward, then the bit around Dengie is much as previously advised. Once you get to the Crouch you will need to navigate around Foulness and the flats off its shore bearing in mind the MOD restrictions if applicable. If you decide to venture into the Cro...
by rockhopper
Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Crossing the Thames
Replies: 9
Views: 1831

Ah! but the Dengie Flats are beautiful in their isolation. Proper, untouched, Essex marshes. I was only talking with a couple of my friends the other day about doing a short 2 day trip from Burnham round to Bradwell with an overnight stop somewhere on the Dengie Flats..
by rockhopper
Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Crossing the Thames
Replies: 9
Views: 1831

Hi Noel, Don't forget that Foulness Island is Ministry of Defence so landing probably would be unwise without contacting them first plus they also have days when they do weapons testing and there is a large exclusion zone on the Eastern side. As you are probably aware, one of the problems with doing...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cleaning up the Tidal Thames
Replies: 8
Views: 1650

yeeessss! Kinda missed out on the intended humour in my earlier post. Living in Leigh-on-Sea (cockles and all) I'm only too aware of the pleasures of a muddy foreshore and that it is apparently one of the most bio-diverse and important types of enviroment around.....but just imagine... fine sand, ro...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cleaning up the Tidal Thames
Replies: 8
Views: 1650

While they are cleaning up the tidal Thames I wonder if there is any way that they can get rid of all the mud and replace it with lovely golden sand and perhaps some aesthetically pleasing rock formations...
Now that would be nice!!!
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: eBay Customer Service
Replies: 7
Views: 1119

Mark, I presume that the snotty replies were from the shop rather than E-Bay themselves.. (just so that we know who to avoid buying stuff from in the future). I would always rather pay slightly over the odds and deal with nice people rather than save a few bob and line the pockets of people who can'...
by rockhopper
Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boating jokes
Replies: 15
Views: 3440

Now that is a great joke !!!!!
by rockhopper
Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Incident in Suffolk
Replies: 7
Views: 2968

just an update article on this incident.... http://www.eadt.co.uk/content/eadt/news/story.aspx?brand=EADOnline&category=News&tBrand=EADOnline&tCategory=news&itemid=IPED18%20Mar%202007%2022%3A55%3A08%3A757 What were they thinking of.....W/W kayaks in gale force conditions a half mile off the coast wi...
by rockhopper
Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to sea kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 2100

Hi Drew, as already advised by others, join a club. They will have boats to try and also people who wil be willing to give helpful advise on paddling technique, skills, boats, paddles......... Definately do 1 and 2 star BCU tests to teach good basic skills right from the start. Also, consider buying...
by rockhopper
Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comedy kayak anglers
Replies: 14
Views: 2499

Well played Mark !

. . . But just in case it doesnt work out . . . . link. ;¬)

Stop it....my sides are aching !!!!
by rockhopper
Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comedy kayak anglers
Replies: 14
Views: 2499

Ah Mark...... having a foot in both camps I had already noticed your 'bit' on the angling site. Good for you for trying and, in spite of how it first appears they seem to have taken you under their wing somewhat. You are spot on about SOT users becoming 'sit inside kayakers'. I started off buying a ...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BBC2 "A Wild Yorkshire River"
Replies: 11
Views: 2510

I used to catch crayfish for the pot in that river, back in the late 60s when it was still legal.
is it illegal or is it just illegal to catch the british one but you can scoff the American signal crayfish as much as you want?
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lendal goes all lego!
Replies: 32
Views: 4249

Two different coloured glowsticks looks impressive when doing helicopters on Hurley in the dark. now your talking !!! It could only be bettered by strapping a laser crab to the front of the boat and a strobe to the back (well, you don't want to blind yourself do you...) and then get whizzed around ...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lendal goes all lego!
Replies: 32
Views: 4249

Not that old are you Tom? I can remember getting 'glow in the dark' plastic fish out of cereal packets probably 40 years ago! Only thing is, that back then they were radioactive, like the watches that had glow in the dark paint at each numeral. I can remember a program on the telly where they held ...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lendal goes all lego!
Replies: 32
Views: 4249

Does there need to be an excuss..?

I am sure you have all been clubbing at some time, consequently anything that glows has got to be a good thing !!!!!!
by rockhopper
Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: ***Brits take back World Waterfall Record!***
Replies: 12
Views: 2396

I thought that he sounded more NZ or Australian than British (I know that they all wanna be Brits at heart though ....).
by rockhopper
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Essex estuaries; Crouch
Replies: 3
Views: 853

Hi Chas, I live quite near it but not paddled it myself yet although I have fished from its banks in various places. The closer you get to the estuary mouth the quicker the tide run as the river does not widen very much consequently, certainly from around Burnham onwards the tide flow on the ebb can...