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by seawolf856
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8235

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Quick update - in case anybody is interested! After a lot of faffing about and endless research, I now have all of the components to attempt the installation of my first electric bilge pump. There were many hiccups, technical conundrums and sleepless nights just to get to this point, but with some m...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 28
Views: 3728

Re: VHF radio

My PLB's in the post!
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The best solution.
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8235

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Thanks Sleepyfolk, my dad used Yuasa batteries for years on his golf buggy and swore by them. There is a Maplin and an authorised Yuasa dealer nearby so I can get the genuine article. I'm not worried about the weight as long as I can find a way to fix it down firmly. I'll have to stash my Helinox ch...
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8235

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

I own a bog standard plastic boat so drilling holes in it doesn't really worry me. I will do a test run of the pump assembly outside of the boat before fitting it and if it all goes wrong I will just fill the hole with a blank bulkhead connector and go back to paddling in flat calm conditions (he-he...
by seawolf856
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8235

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

OK let's all calm down. My fault entirely for being 'irritated' by an inch of water - sorry about that. However just to emphasise that I fully comprehend the circumstances that will have filled my boat in the first place and that is exactly why I've bothered to take heed of Douglas, Phil and all oth...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8235

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Spot on Allan, you have tapped right into my psyche. 'Irritated' is exactly what I would feel with an inch or more of water left sloshing around in the boat. I know I'm probably going to come in for some flack here as I could easily paddle with that amount of water left in the boat and it is of cour...
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8235

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Thanks guys, nice to hear good stuff about auto pumps being used in anger. I've looked at the auto whale and I've seen the pictures of the install - very impressive. I like the idea of the manual override too but if I was confident that I could successfully fit a switch, I would probably just opt fo...
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8235

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Allan, thanks for the reply. I read about the manual override wire on one of the (dozens of) pages I've looked at trying to sort the good, bad and ugly in bilge pumps. I will definitely look again now that I have an actual user calling this into question. I really appreciate your detailed input as n...
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8235

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

I have been following this thread regarding electric bilge pumps for a while and my paddling buddy 'blueythe' is just about to take the plunge and start drilling!! Following our recent progression into tide race paddling and hence lots of deep water self rescue and assisted rescue practice, it has b...
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking.. but not as we used to know it!
Replies: 26
Views: 2055

Re: Kayaking.. but not as we used to know it!

Comfortable and boring....now that sounds like heaven to me. Drifting downstream, no need to engage brain, no aches, no pains, no stress, no facebook, only the twitter of REAL birds, warm breeze - ahhh, kayaking, the perfect antidote for the 21st century.
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weather or Not
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: Weather or Not

Thanks Douglas for nudging me deeper into Windfinder. As always, your advice is spot on.
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weather or Not
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: Weather or Not

I agree that Windfinder, Windy and Windguru are all very good FORECASTING apps. I use these all the time and as blueythe says, they are generally accurate and reliable. However - it is clear from the post that he asking for a source of information which records the ACTUAL conditions on the day so th...
by seawolf856
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sandy Skeg
Replies: 16
Views: 1370

Re: Sandy Skeg

Not everyone can perform a floating launch (me included) for whatever reason - cockpit size, poor flexibility, injury, disability, inexperience etc so jammed skegs are always going to be an issue. Unfortunately a remote line outboard of the skeg box is only likely to cause even more problems, if you...
by seawolf856
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast
Replies: 3
Views: 964

Re: Possible exclusion zone on Anglesey north coast

Thanks for the post, very interesting, it is an area I paddle a lot. There has definitely been increased activity at the plant in the last couple of years, visible from the sea - increased site traffic, cranes etc. It will be interesting to see how the 'authorities' would police an exclusion zone. N...
by seawolf856
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1685

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

Most, if not all sea kayaks will turn into the wind. This is known as weather-cocking. The skeg is designed to prevent (or at least counter the effect) of weather-cocking. 'Owen' has it spot on:- If you're going into (up) the wind keep your skeg up. If you're going down wind put your skeg all the wa...
by seawolf856
Fri May 05, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: He's a LUCKY LUCKY lad
Replies: 1
Views: 823

He's a LUCKY LUCKY lad

Re the 22 year old lad who survived at sea for 32 hours. It certainly makes you want to put your £ in the RNLI tin. Surfers and sea kayakers face the same formidable adversaries, wind and tides. His interview was very humbling and real lump in the throat stuff, an amazing survival and rescue story. ...
by seawolf856
Tue May 02, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Crabs
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Crabs

Have a look at the Petzl Ange. They come in two sizes the Ange L and the Ange S. The crab itself has an unusual gate design which is a (thick) wire pin with a head that engages inside top of the arm. The big advantage is that there is absolutely no hook on the gate to snag or impede clipping into - ...
by seawolf856
Tue May 02, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bigfoot footwear
Replies: 1
Views: 528

Re: Bigfoot footwear

Yep, cheap aqua boots is as good a solution as any. Sounds like they are going to get hammered so look for a half decent sole to protect you feet and your dry suit from those rocky shores. There are a few good boots around which do not cost the earth so you won't be bothered about trudging through m...
by seawolf856
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Much needed Advice from BC
Replies: 20
Views: 1290

Re: Much needed Advice from BC

Our club (DEVA CC) paddles on the river Dee in the middle of Chester where there are many types of river users - rowers are sometimes the least of our worries. We get large pleasure cruisers, yobs in hired motor boats, sailing dinghys, people throwing sticks in for their dogs, nutters jumping off br...
by seawolf856
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Re: Recommendations for a thin hood / skull cap ?

Palm do a thin soft shell skull cap called a playboater earwig. It is rubber lined and has a chin strap with plastic snap catch. I bought mine from Manchester Canoes, current cost is £18. It is very thin and very comfortable and even out on the sea at the weekend rolling in the surf it kept my noggi...
by seawolf856
Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2352

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

Quick update - I ordered my VE paddle last Wednesday 22nd Feb and it arrived TODAY!! that's just 5 days (including the weekend).
Considering these are made to order, that is fantastic customer service. I can't wait for the weekend to cover some miles with it.
by seawolf856
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Dry suit?
Replies: 22
Views: 6901

Re: Best Dry suit?

My Kokatat Expedition dry suit is not so much "light" but it is definitely the most flexible material I've seen for a dry suit. It is so comfortable to wear that it gives the impression of being "lightweight". As you will hear from most Kokatat dry suit owners, construction is bombproof and performa...
by seawolf856
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Survival for Sea Kayakers
Replies: 3
Views: 1238

Re: Sea Survival for Sea Kayakers

Great video, very useful advice. Extremely interesting to see the FIRST action was to deploy the PLB. I've read other threads on this and I've noticed that there seems to be a "last resort" mentality about PLB use.
by seawolf856
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2352

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

Don't get me wrong, I actually love my Ainsworth they are superb value for money and I will not be getting rid of it. I agree that 633cm2 is probably considered a medium blade area but that is plenty for a touring paddle, and is bigger than some of the popular Werners like the Shauna (615), and Tybe...
by seawolf856
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2352

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

I had the chance to have another go of the VE Voyager Aircore Pro carbon paddle at the weekend. My paddling buddy has just bought one and was kind enough to let me try his new toy. The total blade area is fairly generous (633cm2) but the blade geometry eases the load during the catch making the catc...
by seawolf856
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling across the Pentland Firth
Replies: 1
Views: 714

Re: Paddling across the Pentland Firth

Interesting challenge that! Conditions were just about perfect but they still had problems. Don't think they would have made it in any kind of breeze. Good film though, even if there was no archaeological evidence of the type of craft used. Saw a documentary ages ago about someone trying to swim acr...
by seawolf856
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Where is good to go sea kayaking around mid and north Wales coastline
Replies: 11
Views: 1231

Re: Where is good to go sea kayaking around mid and north Wales coastline

Agree with all of those Kaskazi and you make a good point about the tidal flows around the sea kayak paradise island of Anglesey. The tidal flows can be fast and complicated and could give you a nasty surprise if you don't plan carefully. However, the paddling is fantastic around the whole island if...
by seawolf856
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio
Replies: 28
Views: 3728

Re: VHF radio

Have a look at the Cobra range as well. Mine has a fantastic battery life and it floats. If you are buying a unit without whistles and bells, I would recommend making sure you at least get dual watch or tri watch so you can listen out for your group conversations as well as Ch16.
by seawolf856
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2352

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

Just a quick personal comment. I bought a 'cheap' pair of Ainsworth two piece paddles (not carbon) for my deck spares. My main paddle at the time was a Werner Tybee with carbon shaft. Having tried the Ainsworth during a trip 3 years ago, the Werner now stays on the deck and the Ainsworth is my paddl...
by seawolf856
Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Teifi on TV
Replies: 1
Views: 753

Re: Teifi on TV

It is also going to be featured tonight at 7.30 on BBC "extreme Wales". Catch it on the iPlayer if you miss it.