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by NeilG
Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Warm Footwear^
Replies: 29
Views: 10319

Tonight I went out to see the Queen Victoria off from Southampton on her maiden voyage. I experimented with a Gortex sock, which comes a long way up my leg. I had my left foot in the sock and my right foot without. As usual, I wore by Aigle wet suit boots. After and hour and half of watching firewor...
by NeilG
Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: More bad press for 'canoeists'
Replies: 10
Views: 2082

Mark-Tozer wrote:I would imagine that their Life Insurance company is quite relieved though!
I can't imagine any life assurance company paying anything out for at least five years now......
by NeilG
Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which waterproof V.H.f. to buy for sea paddling^
Replies: 15
Views: 3996

I finally took the plunge, but only went for a cheap-as-chips baby Cobra radio C£50. I have to say that it is very well made, but only has 2w maximum power. That said, on my other boat, all communications are made at 1w, albeit with an antenna somewhat higher... My budget would not go further and I ...
by NeilG
Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Warm Footwear^
Replies: 29
Views: 10319

I'm one of many who use wellies. Combined with a Reed transpire sock I find that is warm even when damp. The Transpire socks are great for rinsing and drying. If you have a bigger budget, quite a few people swear by the Mukluk. The range can be seen here. I tried wellies the other day and try as I ...
by NeilG
Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean Paddler #5
Replies: 46
Views: 6057

Is that true of light heights on a chart? Absolutely! It's always tricky because this height is particularly needed for working out a range from the light using a vertical sextant angle. You end up having to work out the 'actual height' by working out the difference between MHWS and height of tide ...
by NeilG
Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: List of Extras
Replies: 17
Views: 2777

A book or source of information on meterology and tides. The gadgets and gizmos are less important than an appreciation of what causes the dramas in the first place.
by NeilG
Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean Paddler #5
Replies: 46
Views: 6057

I think I've just spotted a genuine error in Patrick Winterton's fantastic article - he says Skerryvore is Britain's tallest lighthouse. I contend that actually this one is ... unless anyone knows better? I read a reference somewhere that suggested that Skerryvore was the tallest, however - Eddysto...
by NeilG
Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 18
Views: 2575

This is a serious subject, not just a Mood for a Day.
by NeilG
Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Newbie question about my new Kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 2047

Welcome - it'll probably be weathercocking . Regs, Mike. I would go with this suggestion. One of my regular paddling buddies has an Easky 15 and it does start to veer when the wind / sea is up. I have to say I really enjoy paddling his boat - great for carving turns on the crest of a wave. It remin...
by NeilG
Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 18
Views: 2575

(I'm sure star-trek did a film about ... unless of course, that was just a wonderous story , and actually they'll be gone for good. Does anyone have any Tales from Topographic Oceans We are thinking about taking our sea boats there next year! Sorry couldn't resist - Classic days - Showing my age no...
by NeilG
Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 18
Views: 2575

Mark R wrote:This kind of obscenity wouldn't happen if we still had Prog Rock.

No, really, it is obscene. Words fail me.
Ah! Tormato! A classic. It took me a while to accept it after their earlier master pieces. But very poignant and still relevant.
by NeilG
Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Whats in you pocket?
Replies: 32
Views: 5092

I only have one pocket.

Pack of mini-flares, never used, better than nothing.
Boat knife, never used, hope I never get tangled up.
small signal mirror, never used, not sure it would be effective in those conditions anyway.
laminated card with personal details, hopefully will never be needed!
by NeilG
Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best small sea kayak?
Replies: 15
Views: 3795

Extend shed.... I Presume the 12' is measured diagonally across the shed - this is the only way by 18 footer will fit in my garage. You would be better off rethinking the storage problem and picking a mroe suitable kayak. If I wanted something stable and short, I would look at the Easky 13. The 15' ...
by NeilG
Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Night Time Paddling
Replies: 48
Views: 12536

I just have to add that paddling down the River Hamble on Monday night was fantastic. The sky was full of fireworks coming from all directions. It was an amazing experience.
by NeilG
Fri Oct 26, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ebay- Good/Bad
Replies: 36
Views: 5176

I've been using Ebay quite a lot over the last few years, buying and selling all sorts of stuff. I tend to renew my stuff and sell the old gear, usually for more than I would ever have expected to get for it. I don't look to profit from it, just to break even where I can. Honesty is definately the b...
by NeilG
Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Commercial posts
Replies: 15
Views: 2277

The (well moderated) internet forum is possibly the last bastion of the junk mail free world. Whilst not wishing to offend forum members who have commercial interests in the sport, if I am in need of equipment or courses etc, I know where to look on the forum - in the commercial section. The rest of...
by NeilG
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Techie navigation question.
Replies: 16
Views: 1657

I once programmed a calulator to work this out. It was many years ao though and I'm sure the program came from a yacht magazine article. I can't really understand why you would want to though? In practice, you would also need to allow for the set and rate of the tide, leeway caused by the wind and t...
by NeilG
Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle length
Replies: 4
Views: 977

Interestingly, my splits are 240cm and to be honest, for my short arms a little bit too long. My usual paddle is 220cm and ideal. I think size of person must come into it somewhere too.
by NeilG
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Radio 4 Shipping Forecast Comments
Replies: 7
Views: 1679

The use of NAVTEX amongst yachts (sail and motor) is no doubt increasing, but I find it good to know that I can hear the shipping forecast in English when I am on the other side of the channel. This is only because of the long wave transmission on Radio 4. Navtex is on my shopping list (for my yacht...
by NeilG
Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shark Sea Kayaks
Replies: 3
Views: 998

And here

I never did go to see one.
by NeilG
Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm Kaikoura...
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Some BAs have a cord to tie on items stored in the back pocket. When needed, pull the cord from over your shoulder to retrieve contents. I don't have a proper touring BA, I make do with a Crewsaver dinghy type, soley due to cost factors. In the single front pocket I carry a boat knife, pack of minif...
by NeilG
Thu Oct 04, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Night Time Paddling
Replies: 48
Views: 12536

Torch and strobe clipped to BA. Neil, I seem to recall reading recently that a flashing white light (strobe) should only be used when you need locating for rescue/pick up and not as a nav. light. Does anyone know for sure if this is the case? (You didn't say though if your strobe was turned on, or ...
by NeilG
Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Necky Eliza/Romany LV/XP Lite/North Shore Shoreline
Replies: 30
Views: 7353

Does size really matter? It does when you have to carry the boat on your own through a single patio door, through the house, through the front gate, make a sharp left turn and another 40 yards to where the car is parked , and you are 5'2, 52 female and feeble .... The Alaw Bach sounds lovely - you ...
by NeilG
Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Necky Eliza/Romany LV/XP Lite/North Shore Shoreline
Replies: 30
Views: 7353

Does size really matter? My VCP Aquila is 18'3. I can't imagine paddling anything smaller. I've paddled my mates 15' boat and my latest recruit (paddling is like that isn't it?) has a 16'8 Prijon Kodiak which I am dying to try (but he is still very new to all this). The 15' boat felt like a stunt bo...
by NeilG
Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lake amoeba
Replies: 8
Views: 1261

Stick to the sea then. Its safer. not necessarily true... don't they sometimes have to close beaches in the Med. due to dodgy algae blooms !! I'm determined to find the time and cash sometime over the winter months to hire a sea kayak on the Costa Brava. It looks fantastic having travelled the enti...
by NeilG
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Night Time Paddling
Replies: 48
Views: 12536

Our night time technique is to paddle where something bigger can't get you. Torch and strobe clipped to BA. Glow sticks front and rear if we are bothered about losing contact with each other. Other than that, slow down and keep closer together than perhaps you might in day light.
by NeilG
Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scramble T Rescue (or the Cowboy Ladder)
Replies: 6
Views: 980

I like the way the stern of the kayak is lowered / submerged by the bow lift move. My Valley Aquila has a very high stern section and I have to say that it is a pig to clamber up onto. I will try this one I think.
by NeilG
Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Horse type fish?????
Replies: 9
Views: 1474

hhzoombird wrote: Image
I think this should read, "Here there be dragons!"
by NeilG
Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Can we find a better word than s........?
Replies: 28
Views: 4320

Re: Can we find a better word than s........?

nickcrowhurst wrote:.....Is there a suitable Inuit word?
Nick.
Probably, except you need to be able read Inuit to find out!
I like Roget's Thesaurus offerings for symposium.

A "Paddling Powwow" does it for me!
by NeilG
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling tonight in the Solent?
Replies: 0
Views: 303

Paddling tonight in the Solent?

Was that you in Langstone Harbour entrance tonight at about 7pm ish? There was a group of about a dozen sea kayaks gathered outside the Ferry Inn on Hayling Island. By the look of the tail end charlie who arrived quite some time later, you had done a lap of Hayling Island. I was watching from the Ea...