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by andynormancx
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Time for a new PDF
Replies: 22
Views: 1888

Re: Time for a new PDF

Just checked mine and it turns out I was talking rubbish! Never knew it had a pouch for a bladder system, thanks for enlightening me! Where is the pouch for the bladder ? I watched several video reviews last night and read the specs of it on a few websites, none of them mentioned having a place for...
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??
Replies: 6
Views: 648

Re: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??

What did the “tab” take you to, if it wasn’t the sea kayaking gear for sale sub forum ?
by andynormancx
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??
Replies: 6
Views: 648

Re: Where has my sea kayaking gear tab gone??

It is still there if you open the Sea kayaking level of the forums directly:

viewforum.php?f=4
by andynormancx
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof car seat covers any recommendations!
Replies: 25
Views: 3961

Re: Waterproof car seat covers any recommendations!

Ah yes, they are linking through to their site with Amazon affiliate links. They've been posting the same text to forums since at least 2014:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/automoti ... ats-3.html
http://www.mybmwi3.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 2&start=10
by andynormancx
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof car seat covers any recommendations!
Replies: 25
Views: 3961

Re: Waterproof car seat covers any recommendations!

We had a Passat with black leather seats. It went through 5 years of frequent kayak related abuse. We made no effort to protect, clean or treat them over that time. They regularly got wet gear dumped on them (though we do try and put the damp stuff in the boot most of the time). They almost always h...
by andynormancx
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF licence fee
Replies: 14
Views: 2072

Re: VHF licence fee

The £75 course doesn't include the test, the test/exam is what the RYA charge the £60 for.

Some places you can just turn up and take the £60 exam for example, after doing the training online.

The test includes a written paper and a practical session using modified VHF sets to make mock radio calls.
by andynormancx
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF licence fee
Replies: 14
Views: 2072

Re: VHF licence fee

The £60 RYA is for the Short Range Certificate exam, which as a individual using a handheld marine VHF you are legally required to obtain.

Without the SRC, even if you are using the VHF responsibly, you won't be operating it legally.
by andynormancx
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: Cheap Fastfind PLB At Cotswold Outdoor

I checked the Inverness store this afternoon, no luck...
by andynormancx
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?
Replies: 10
Views: 1465

Re: Best iphone ap or website for long term tides?

My favourite iPhone app for long term tides is called Absolute Tides. It has a slightly quirky user interface, but it will give you the whole year ahead of tides.

As you guessed it isn’t free, you pay for each year worth of data.

It also has tidal stream maps within it, which can be very useful.
by andynormancx
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Would you fit two creek boats in the back of this?
Replies: 6
Views: 964

Re: Would you fit two creek boats in the back of this?

Looks like it is a VW Transporter short wheel base ? Which would make the distance from rear doors to front seats around 2.5 metres. So, you'll get some WW boats in (my Wavesport Z would probably fit, my Arc would not).
by andynormancx
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 4471

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

No tab just put your knee up into the middle of deck and it will pop off. That wont work for everyone, I cant lift my knees out of the cockpit as my legs are too long. It also depends on boat design. I can confirm that, I've tried with three different spray decks in a variety of boats. I can never ...
by andynormancx
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 1740

Re: Personal Performance Awards

I'm not convinced on the naming, seems much more confusing and arcane than the star naming. With the stars progression was obvious 1..2..3

It is never going to be obvious to me, from first principles, which of Explore or Discover is the more advanced !

Start at least is clear ;)
by andynormancx
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 4471

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

With one person I engaged them in conversation and pushed them in mid-sentence ;) Unless you are very, very, very sure you know the person in question then that is a very bad idea. My wife picked up a serious fear of drowning 20 years ago. For years she couldn't go near any sort of moving water. Wh...
by andynormancx
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?
Replies: 8
Views: 744

Re: Good Head Torch Recommendations ?

I was after something similar, I couldn't a single head torch that combined bright + waterproof + not too heavy, without also being extremely expensive. In the end I decided to have two lamps to cover what I needed. If I'm out on a gentle night paddle with a big group, where I don't plan to get wet,...
by andynormancx
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 1260

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

That is how the Celtic paddles have it too, a plastic strip under some heat shrink.
by andynormancx
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stabilising a kayak
Replies: 14
Views: 2281

Re: Stabilising a kayak

And for the record, when most people here are saying "sea kayak" they don't mean something like your friends "sit-on-top sea kayak" that you referred to.

They are talking about long pointy boats, well suited to long trips on the sea and other tidal waters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_kayak
by andynormancx
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 3561

Re: New UK legislation on knives

On re-reading, I think you are right about the Co Pilot.
by andynormancx
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 3561

Re: New UK legislation on knives

I'd certainly read it as making possession of my NRS Co-pilot knife an offense though.
by andynormancx
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 3561

Re: New UK legislation on knives

But thanks for the kick up the arse, I've started writing up my written submission...
by andynormancx
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 3561

Re: New UK legislation on knives

My reading of section 19 wouldn't cover knives with a stud on the blade. The key words are: "any knife which has a blade which opens automatically" and "by manual pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in or attached to the knife" I can't see how moving the knife blade out with your th...
by andynormancx
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 4471

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

It is worth practicing removing your deck without using the loop/tab, you never know when you might leave it tucked in or it might fail when you pull it. You can remove most decks (but probably not the very tightest) by getting your fingers under the deck along the side of the cockpit and peeling i...
by andynormancx
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 4471

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I've never managed to get a deck to come off using my knees, even the one I have with a strap across it that is designed for that. It is worth practicing removing your deck without using the loop/tab, you never know when you might leave it tucked in or it might fail when you pull it. You can remove ...
by andynormancx
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2132

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

There are still some of the old red ones around:

http://www.upandunder.co.uk/Watersports ... e---13624/
by andynormancx
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddling partner(s) in Cornwall 12th-15th July ?
Replies: 0
Views: 398

Paddling partner(s) in Cornwall 12th-15th July ?

I’m going to be down in Cornwall from the 12th-15th July, I was supposed to be doing some walking, but I’ve injured my ankles so I’m going to be doing some paddling instead. I’m hopefully paddling with a coach from Sea Kayaking Cornwall on the 13th/14th (planning on doing my 3* sea assessment later ...
by andynormancx
Sun May 27, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Absurdly large head looking for helmet
Replies: 30
Views: 4640

Re: Absurdly large head looking for helmet

The peak stops my nose from burning, as I can’t wear my normal brimmed hat when I’ve got my helmet on.
by andynormancx
Fri May 18, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access Charter
Replies: 17
Views: 1980

Re: British Canoeing Access Charter

They don't, really. They do set a cookie in you browser so that if you take survey again they tell you you've already taken it, but there it nothing to stop anyone easily bypassing that restriction (use a different machine, use a different browser, delete the cookie, use private browsing mode etc)
by andynormancx
Fri May 18, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access Charter
Replies: 17
Views: 1980

Re: British Canoeing Access Charter

A survey on a web page can't take contact details from you that you don't provide.
by andynormancx
Thu May 17, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 12
Views: 1386

Re: Waterproof compact camera

Water on the lens is frequently an issue. I did try some RainX on it, which people said helped. I'm not convinced it made much, if any, difference.
by andynormancx
Thu May 17, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 12
Views: 1386

Re: Waterproof compact camera

Most compact cameras I've come across charge via USB. Sadly many of them have a non standard connector on the camera side, making the feature less useful than it should be :(
by andynormancx
Thu May 17, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 12
Views: 1386

Re: Waterproof compact camera

It is great having your photos tagged with the GPS. There is a downside however, if you leave GPS enabled on the TG-4, it means that the battery drains itself in a couple of days even if you aren't using it. You can turn it off, but then I tend to forget to turn it back on again... So I just make su...