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by seawolf856
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Free tide tables
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Free tide tables

Wow, perfect, thanks
by seawolf856
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3229

Re: Is vhf course needed

Just to add to this very interesting discussion, we all seem to agree that carrying and using a VHF in a sea kayak is an important safety consideration. Every sea kayaker I know carries one but very few have the SRC, so here's a question - If I turn up for my Sea Kayak Leaders assessment without a ...
by seawolf856
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3229

Re: Is vhf course needed

From the course notes: D.2 Safety (includes Coastguard and rescue services) Paddlers must be able to operate a marine band VHF transceiver and show good operating procedures for radio traffic. UK residents must understand the VHF radio licencing requirements. Thanks for sharing that mike. It’s inte...
by seawolf856
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is vhf course needed
Replies: 61
Views: 3229

Re: Is vhf course needed

Just to add to this very interesting discussion, we all seem to agree that carrying and using a VHF in a sea kayak is an important safety consideration. Every sea kayaker I know carries one but very few have the SRC, so here's a question - If I turn up for my Sea Kayak Leaders assessment without a V...
by seawolf856
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The best thing Bradley Walsh has ever done...
Replies: 1
Views: 537

Re: The best thing Bradley Walsh has ever done...

OMG we'll have Adrian Chiles doing a programme about the coast next! Oh, wait a minute...
by seawolf856
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals riding on deck!
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Seals riding on deck!

On a recent paddle along our local North Wales coastline, we were approached by a couple of seals, which were particularly friendly and inquisitive. It is not unusual for us to have seals for company where we paddle and quite often they will swim up and touch your toggles before swimming away. Howev...
by seawolf856
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit breathability
Replies: 13
Views: 1434

Re: Drysuit breathability

In my experience, it doesn’t matter whether you are wearing a gore-tex drysuit (as I do) you will still end up with damp base-layers in the mid-rift given a close fitting neoprene waist of the spray deck and a BA on top of that; nothing is going to effectively ‘breathe’ through that combination, es...
by seawolf856
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?
Replies: 15
Views: 1670

Re: Lomo Boots Are there any Alternatives?

The Gul, All purpose water sports 5mm neoprene boots are brilliant. The sole isn't exactly 'stiff' but it is quite thick and ridged for walking on slippy surfaces and stopping the rocks and pebbles from hurting through the soles. I get mine from Go Outdoors and with a discount card they are £25 a pa...
by seawolf856
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2496

Re: BBC filler

HI Seawolf, I may have told a wee white lie to the lady covering up the branding and said it wasn't a logo as such. Just a pretty starfish to give the boat some character. I'll have to seek forgiveness if I ever meet the BBC team again eh? Greg LOL, Just tell them its a character from Sponge Bob Sq...
by seawolf856
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2496

Re: BBC filler

Hi Greg, thanks for taking the time to write the reply. That's exactly the response my original post was hoping for, just a normal account of how it all came about. Your story is on point and amusing which I thought it would be so thanks again. BTW did they miss the 'Rockpool' star on the bow of the...
by seawolf856
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2496

Re: BBC filler

So I've had a private response to my post, which seems to imply was asking for personal information on the night kayakers. I would just like to make it absolutely clear that I thought the film looked great and I was simply asking if any of the (now famous) TV paddlers would like to share their story...
by seawolf856
Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2496

Re: BBC filler

So come on then, now that you are famous, tell us who you are and how the clip was filmed. I guess it was by invitation and fully staged for the TV. Our Triathlon club was asked to do an advert for Lucozade many years ago and it was shown on TV for ages. It took all day to film but lasted just a few...
by seawolf856
Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 19
Views: 3307

Re: Gloves

Paddled off Anglesey yesterday when there was frost on the beach. I used Reed pogies with the short but stiff cuff, so easy to get in and out of. With drip rings on my paddle shaft my hands stayed drier for longer but even when my hands eventually got wet, the Reed windcheater material kept the wind...
by seawolf856
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 48
Views: 6772

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

You can set up your vhf callsign, and plb serial number in it - so if you do make a distress call the coasstguard can cross reference. Can you tell me where I can set up my PLB id number, that would be a very useful feature as a cross reference. I use Safetrx all the time and have never had any pro...
by seawolf856
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Re: Rescue Me PLB1 Antenna lubrication ?

I religiously rinse it in fresh water after a trip and extend the antenna to dry in a warm room. few months ago I found the wind in antenna was becoming stiff so I gave the wind in and antenna quick blast of WD40. I then wound it in and out a few times and wiped off the excess and its never been an...
by seawolf856
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deckbag and a simple BA?
Replies: 18
Views: 2060

Re: Deckbag and a simple BA?

My Palm Kaikoura PFD has now seen 6 years active service and is just about to be replaced with ............. another Palm Kaikoura. I totally love it but I agree that there is a great temptation to fill every pocket with trinkets plus a kg or so of drinking water in the rear bladder pocket, which al...
by seawolf856
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 1525

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

petesim48 wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:34 am
I don’t like the plop noise they make when entering the water.
Surely the point is that drip rings don't enter the water otherwise the water will run down the shaft anyway - just a thought.
by seawolf856
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 1525

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

I agree that (sometimes) drip rings can make it a bit more awkward to stow and retrieve a paddle under deck elastics but stowing paddles during rescues can be awkward anyway and a lot of paddlers I know have fitted some sort of device which lifts the elastics slightly clear of the deck for that reas...
by seawolf856
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Permit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 1231

Re: Permit etc

The clue is in the name "Nutty" Bongo??
by seawolf856
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 1502

Re: charts, paper or download?

although it's £45 for the PC version to print charts (£25 for iPhone only) Oops, apologies, so it is. I have the PC version which I bought a year ago for £50 and just checked the current advert - didn't spot that the price is version dependent. All the same, the ability to print and laminate chart ...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aerials?
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: Aerials?

Hand held VHF is so limited in its range, if you are not in a CH16 emergency situation, it is often easier and more successful to use your phone to speak to the CG. Hearing the CG on CH16 all day long giving radio checks to vessels you can't hear and knowing in the back of your mind that you have li...
by seawolf856
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak for a novice
Replies: 23
Views: 2323

Re: Best sea kayak for a novice

When I started sea paddling (around 6 years ago) the best advice I was given was to join a club and try before you buy. I spent two years learning basic skills in a variety of boats borrowed from the club and on training courses with the many excellent providers local to me on Anglesey. Eventually w...
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a PLB
Replies: 13
Views: 1578

Re: Recommend me a PLB

Another vote for the RescueMe PLB1. Very small and very easy to use. No excuse for never having with you.
by seawolf856
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vertical Element Paddles
Replies: 4
Views: 1374

Re: Vertical Element Paddles

Come back soon Stu, there's loads of support for your kit here on the UK rivers. The sea paddlers are also waiting for your return.
by seawolf856
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 10
Views: 1300

Re: The best spots?

Brickworks = Butlins It's good though, if you arrive on a stormy day - very peaceful and usually sheltered I'd guess...... Yeh, fair enough, it is an unusual and interesting spot to land for a butty and well sheltered if conditions are getting lively out at sea. Its just that everybody knows its th...
by seawolf856
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The best spots?
Replies: 10
Views: 1300

Re: The best spots?

Brickworks = Butlins
by seawolf856
Thu May 09, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stash your paddle float
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Re: Stash your paddle float

There are occasions when even the best roll can fail and the argument surrounding the carrying of paddle floats has been raging for ever. I have a question about why do you say your boat will be upside down when you will be looking for your paddle float? After a capsize and wet exit, surely you woul...
by seawolf856
Thu May 09, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 2637

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

a few pics of the trip......no helicopters though, I stayed in my tent! https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1557404898150-5040.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1557404973676-0163.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/78304/1557405010966-7564.png htt...
by seawolf856
Thu May 09, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: Paddle recommendations

Devastated that VE no longer making paddles. Best paddle I have used. Hopefully someone will be able to take over their manufacture. Rog. Me too. VE paddles are (were) the mutt's nuts. I hope my carbon Voyager will last for ever so I won't have the impossible task of finding something even close to...