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by seawolf856
Tue May 02, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Crabs
Replies: 4
Views: 796

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: 517

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: 1205

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: 776

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: 2187

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: 21
Views: 5315

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: 1206

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: 2187

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: 2187

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: 704

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: 1189

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: 3508

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: 2187

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: 745

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.
by seawolf856
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: paddling films
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Re: paddling films

The "Sea kayak essentials" series by Nick Cunliffe are also very good
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Looking to get started in Sea Kayaking - NW England
Replies: 12
Views: 1287

Re: Looking to get started in Sea Kayaking - NW England

Hi , I was in your position this time last year and I booked myself on a weekend course on Anglesey and was hooked and ended up buying second kayak in New year. Joined Liverpool Canoe Club but have mostly been out solo around Anglesey still consider myself a beginner so have booked onto the Pembrok...
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anybody paddle in the dark?
Replies: 15
Views: 1686

Re: Anybody paddle in the dark?

I have just seen this post while sitting down with a glass of wine after our canoe club night ( deva canoe club) paddle down the Dee from Eccleston to Chester. There are no problems on this section. Though check the tides are not going to be against you and the level is within your skill levels. Ap...
by seawolf856
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: P&H Delphin 155
Replies: 3
Views: 786

Re: P&H Delphin 155

Bump to the top. This is a great boat in very good condition. I have paddled alongside my mate in it and know its history. Very well looked after, stored properly and never dropped or abused. His new Delphin is arriving soon so its worth getting in touch and making an offer for this one. We are goin...
by seawolf856
Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anybody paddle in the dark?
Replies: 15
Views: 1686

Anybody paddle in the dark?

Hi all, I'm new to the forum but not new to kayaking. My main passion is sea kayaking but I also paddle rivers in both river runners and sea kayaks. Anyway, I am thinking of doing a few night paddles this winter to add a new dimension to this wonderful pastime and wondered if this is something that ...
by seawolf856
Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Windpaddle Sail - Scout Version
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: Windpaddle Sail - Scout Version

Please clarify whether this the scout version or the adventure version. The post says both and they are of course different sizes
by seawolf856
Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SoloTent Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1288

Re: SoloTent Advice

Terra nova southern cross. Free standing, ultra light and very small pack size. Not cheap but ticks all the boxes for sea kayak camping