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by rockhopper
Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lendal goes all lego!
Replies: 32
Views: 4251

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: 4251

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: 2397

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: 856

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...
by rockhopper
Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kokatat Bouyancy Aids^
Replies: 30
Views: 11022

The palm Taupo Tour is a little out of my price range...
Blimey....nearly choked on my cornflakes.
Still if it comes with a colour co-ordinated Ducati, 4 weeks use of Kate Moss, a fold out fully stocked bar and a 42" plazma telly I'd say it was money well spent....
by rockhopper
Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF callsign.
Replies: 28
Views: 5361

Ah, the joys of speaking to someone....
With the assistance of a very helpful chap to guide me through the sections and pages I have now finally managed to download my license.
Hooray !
by rockhopper
Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF callsign.
Replies: 28
Views: 5361

Okay, so now I have received the communication back from Ofcom who have confirmed my Username I have been back to their website to see what to do next however....considering that the heading for their site says: Ofcom. Office of communications.... it is quite the worst and most confusing site I thin...
by rockhopper
Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: YEEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 4385

Yeeees!
These dang students clearly have way too much time on their hands.
Time that we brought back the lash, compulsory Latin, national service, Whizzer & Chips, polio and flat caps. I think that would put an end to their shananigans.
by rockhopper
Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trying out kayaks
Replies: 8
Views: 1377

Hi Mary, well, I actually had a sit in a plastic version of the same (nearly) boat before I sat in the composite one and it was that that made me so amazed at the feel of the composite. I have to admit that up until that point I was thinking that getting a plastic version would be the way ahead for ...
by rockhopper
Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Trying out kayaks
Replies: 8
Views: 1377

Trying out kayaks

I currently have a Carolina which suits me at the moment while I am still learning however, I did a very silly thing the other day and had a sit in a composite boat.....my, my, what a difference, a bit like getting out of Ford and into an Aston Martin !! So, whilst I can see me keeping the Carolina ...
by rockhopper
Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF callsign.
Replies: 28
Views: 5361

Mmm ! only thing is, is that I have four boats, so I actually feel like a bit of a kayak slag (can I use that word on this forum or will Mark give me a damn good telling off?). I fear that if I named them all I might forget myself at some point and in a moment of exhileration shout out the wrong nam...
by rockhopper
Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: paddle rash......any solutions???
Replies: 16
Views: 2386

why don't you do what some surfers do and wear a rash vest !!
by rockhopper
Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF callsign.
Replies: 28
Views: 5361

Thanks Luke, I thought that there was more to it.....however, after visiting the Ofcom site and negotiating their pages I feel that i will have to have a bit of a lie down to recuperate....don't make it very 'accesible' do they?. Whatever happened to good old straight to the point plain English. Hop...
by rockhopper
Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Theme Tunes
Replies: 23
Views: 2825

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: 5056

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: 5361

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: 5361

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: 3094

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: 6011

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: 3821

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: 3821

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: 6071

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: 5468

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: 643

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: 4404

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: 4404

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: 4404

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: 1154

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: 4231

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: 4231

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.