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by Oarsome
Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: barometric watches
Replies: 16
Views: 1728

Re: barometric watches

Good point. I have yet to find an electronic device (without GPS) that knows where you are and therefore what tide time it is looking for. My advice is to use the 'TidesPlan' app on the iPhone (may be on Android?) which doesn't require a connection to work and covers the whole world. It also gives ...
by Oarsome
Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kit advice for robust tech items
Replies: 32
Views: 1826

Re: Kit advice for robust tech items

I don't get the "1W is enough because a sea kayak is low in the water". Although you have curvature of the earth, and another person just as low you can't be reached very far because of this, bridges of big ships and helicopters, as well as land stations are much higher than the reach at sea kayak l...
by Oarsome
Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: barometric watches
Replies: 16
Views: 1728

Re: barometric watches

The tide function will only work if you're in the same place/area.
by Oarsome
Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: barometric watches
Replies: 16
Views: 1728

Re: barometric watches

I have a suunto core. The barometer on it works, and it warns of impending doom. The "problem" is that if you have just driven a car, half an hour after getting out, it warns again because it senses a "permanent" fall in the barometer pressure (higher pressure in the car). Other than that I'm really...
by Oarsome
Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kit advice for robust tech items
Replies: 32
Views: 1826

Re: Kit advice for robust tech items

Spot is not an EPIRB. 2. GPS - GPSMAP 62s. I'd either rebuy that or buy the sister, the GPSMAP 62st. It takes AA-batteries 3. I don't have an EPIRB, but if I could afford one, it would hands down be the ACR ResQlink 4. Lightwise, I am torn between a small light and the ACR C-light. I have the C-ligh...
by Oarsome
Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

Hmm, bearing in mind that the thread was about RNLI trying to make contact with paddlers, 17% of the posts are from a rower....??? Oarsome, you are quite welcome to join in with the forum, but do please try to understand that our craft are different to yours and that we have different perspectives....
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

I would welcome other constructive suggestions as to how this could be moved forward without resorting to namecalling. Mark p.s. Oarsome you really do come across as a troll you know, your arguments whilst sometimes well put together are really not helping in this instance. had to laugh at myself f...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

I'm not a troll, Mark (sleepybubble). However, I do realise I come across as rather harsh in my argumentation, but that is who I am. I don't really use "softeners" on my words. Not in Danish either. But I'll leave it at that (and ignore the comments about my motives) since I kind of agree with Bards...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

As a less-than-helpful (but thoroughly justified IMO) comment, I would suggest that the road this thread has travelled has not provided Isla with the information she requested on behalf of the RNLI and will scarcely have put this forum (or sea paddlers in general) at the top of their sources of inp...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oval hatch covers ...
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Oval hatch covers ...

I don't know how strong his boat is, but mine is the strongest around the hatches (and the elastic holder thingies). Also, I can certainly empathize with dealing with it beforehand, so as not to have to think about it when out there. If he can somehow "fix" this so it isn't an issue, he doesn't have...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

Mark, I'm not surprised: No room for discussion, and anyone daring to disagree with this "offend-no-one" policy is adding nothing. You have just emphasized the point I was making. No. Discuss as you please; just make it about paddling, not about your desire to 'win' down to the last punctuation mar...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

Oarsome, you've repeatedly demonstrated that you're not interested in worthwhile or fruitful discussion about our sport, just in meticulously anal semantic-picking point-scoring, for the sake of it. You say lots and contribute relatively little. Mark, I'm not surprised: No room for discussion, and ...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

There is an important distinction between informed, objective and constructive input from people in possession of the facts, with the experience to comment and the technical expertise to be credible - and un-informed, subjective criticism from peopole who wish to make their opinions known. I seem t...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

I have. And that's why we take the stance we take. No - my choice of words may be less clear than I intend. There's a difference between the offence caused by un-informed criticism (which is of course the context in which the word was used) and merely offending someone with delicate sensibilities w...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oval hatch covers ...
Replies: 13
Views: 684

Re: Oval hatch covers ...

Could you (if it not already is, that is) use a "click-on" hatch instead? It's part plastic so it's a bit more rigid. In fact, I use my small hatch to step on to get into my boat (it's not a kayak, though). I also installed a 24cm click-on hatch at the front of the boat, and the plastic part lays to...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

Excuse my candour. Tosh. No one has the right to offend Really? Since when? If we are to never offend anyone, even speaking the truth becomes problematic. - and certainly not the right to criticise others, especially from the comfort of their armchair. Of course I'm sat at a computer when writing t...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RNLI - how can we help?
Replies: 57
Views: 4731

Re: RNLI - how can we help?

There is a very good reason why those of us who run this forum discourage uninformed speculation - most notably because such uninformed specualtion might possibly be read by people close to those who died (in the case of a fatality) and those involved in any other "incident". That sentiment is the ...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any suggestions for a good WATERPROOF internet mobile?
Replies: 19
Views: 1579

Re: Any suggestions for a good WATERPROOF internet mobile?

They will all be marketed as water resistant as they have IP67 rating. The next rating up for waterproofness means it has to be properly, 6 months underwater at high depth, waterproof. Not true. You have the IPX-8 rating which means that one can construct something to immersed for, say, 3 hours at ...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NEW WATERPROOF CAMERA
Replies: 35
Views: 3074

Re: NEW WATERPROOF CAMERA

Got it. Feels well made, bit of weight to it. Only problem is the quick start manual keeps refering you to the full manual which is on a DVD. Haven't found the manual to download onto the netbook I'm using at the mo. and haven't got an external DVD drive to load it. Looks like trial and error until...
by Oarsome
Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.^
Replies: 48
Views: 6403

Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

Rather than the thin Thermarest and Chair kit, why not the Exped Synmat with integrated pump & chair kit. The Thermarest will provide you with the equivalent of a deck-chair, the exped is the equivalent of a lay-z-boy. Pure, unadulterated luxury. Nah, the Downmat 9 dlx/L with chair kit must be more...
by Oarsome
Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.^
Replies: 48
Views: 6403

Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

TechnoEngineer wrote:No-one's mentioned Gaffer tape yet ;)
Don't carry it. I have a small roll of mylar tape.
by Oarsome
Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.^
Replies: 48
Views: 6403

Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

My top ten (if we include the boat as in the first post): 1: Leo C1X coastal rowing boat 2: Dreher macon sculls with adjustable handles (will probably try the Apex-RE at some later date) 3: Carl Douglas seat - custom bum-bone holes 4: Good sunglasses with polaroid filter (mine are Blocs, but anythin...
by Oarsome
Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 months suspended sentence for forgetting beacon
Replies: 8
Views: 1428

Re: 3 months suspended sentence for forgetting beacon

This is simply a case of the "authorities" interfering with the freedom to choose what risk an individual or group of individuals find acceptable and a general gnawing away of the liberty of the people, it is insidious process that if not checked could lead to the outlawing of some outdoor activiti...
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio check questions
Replies: 42
Views: 7017

Re: VHF radio check questions

maryinoxford wrote:Well, if somebody wants to steal your car, it tells them how long they've got...
My thoughts exactly. Just like having the answering machine (or Facebook in this day and age) tell people you're out traveling until XX date.
by Oarsome
Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio check questions
Replies: 42
Views: 7017

Re: VHF radio check questions

My boat's name is Ox. I intend to keep using that when I get a handheld VHF. I gather I can go "Oscar Xray" if they don't catch it.
by Oarsome
Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio check questions
Replies: 42
Views: 7017

Re: VHF radio check questions

If you feel the need to check in every hour, then there's really more to worry about than your radio. If that's for some form of safety blanket, then you shouldnt be there in the first place. If you're so concenrend about the ability of the set to actually do it's job, then it's obviously such a po...
by Oarsome
Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Size matters - blog nerd stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 986

Re: Size matters - blog nerd stuff

Mark R wrote:I have reports of flashing pop-ups. Anyone getting this? I don't see them...
I tried clicking around a bit, and I didn't get pop-ups. I'm using Firefox 7.0.1 with adblock.
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Irish Sea Crossing
Replies: 24
Views: 1481

Re: Irish Sea Crossing

Thanks, Jim. Looks like it's not much different than in the sound between Denmark and Sweden (yes, Colregs is in effect there too, obviously).
by Oarsome
Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Irish Sea Crossing
Replies: 24
Views: 1481

Re: Irish Sea Crossing

John We are just in the process of buying a new RIB / safety boat at work, so if you want another crack at it with a "support boat" just let me know - I'm sure you could shave hours off the time! Maybe, but by his own rules he only records times with safety boats for the channel because it is manda...
by Oarsome
Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Size matters - blog nerd stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 986

Re: Size matters - blog nerd stuff

My blog was looking a bit tired, and I was getting tired of 95% of the effort of posting being devoted to squeezing pics down to size. So I've given it a new look... http://southwestseakayaking.co.uk/2011/10/05/size-matters/ Apologies for the banal post, I'm just unreasonably excited about the new ...