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by seawolf856
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 4412

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

Just to add a quick update and bump this thread back to the top. I logged a paddle plan for a trip to Bardsey Island (N. Wales) on Saturday using RYA Safetrx. I was paddling with a group of seven but I was NOT the leader so I just sent the paddle plan from my phone using my personal user name but in...
by seawolf856
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 'My First Trip Round the 'Stacks' (Anglesey)
Replies: 1
Views: 369

Re: 'My First Trip Round the 'Stacks' (Anglesey)

Lovely article. Short, sharp, very sweet and beautifully written. The Stacks is indeed a very special place to paddle.
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 4412

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

Hi Mr Ed, Don't get me wrong, I am completely on side with you regarding the incessant invasion of our lives by FB/Apple/Google and by those who think "an App will fix everything". I do not like the big brother approach of being tracked continuously and I do not subscribe to social media in any way ...
by seawolf856
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8001

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Once again Allan has it spot on. Edging the boat is when water is most likely to get in. Also next time you are paddling in swell or waves, look at the paddlers around you and you will see how much time their rear deck spends awash or even under the waterline. I actually use a champagne cork (whittl...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8001

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Hi Allan, thanks for the suggestion. Yes I have tried without the NRV but the airlock still occurs if I am in slightly rough conditions. I can understand exactly why the pump is running on in rough water and it actually does NOT happen in calm water when the auto sensor has enough time to detect tha...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 4412

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

Grumble grumble back in my day etc etc There are plenty of sea kayakers out there who were around "in your day" - you know, when we hunted whales to the brink of extinction and kids died of diseases we can now cure. Decades on, lots of us 'old gits' have embraced new technology and appreciate how i...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8001

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Hi Spikeedog, my whale pump has now been tested many times in both real and practice situations - mainly practice ones I’m glad to say. It empties down to a level where you wouldn’t notice the water left in the boat. The auto switch on has never failed to operate, however I have had a few occasions ...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 4412

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

Two updates: I was fortunate enough to visit the Ops Room at Milford Haven Coastguard at the weekend, who gave me a demo on the system. They seem impressed with it and can see all live journeys taking place. There were a couple of vessels inland that appeared to demonstrate someone had a boat on a ...
by seawolf856
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 4412

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

I used it on Sunday for an Anglesey coastal trip from Moelfre to Point Lynas and back. I was taking a group of 12 paddlers, so I was also able to put that information into my 'sail plan'. It tracked me perfectly and the times and speeds it logged agreed with my Garmin GPS. I was very impressed and a...
by seawolf856
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 43
Views: 4412

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

I've just downloaded the App and registered my details. It was very straightforward and I can't really see any downside to having another layer of safety to use if needs be. I routinely notify and leave a trip plan with the Coast Guard before launching and this App lets you log a trip plan with the ...
by seawolf856
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

The Palm Ocean Pro 10m is my tow line of choice. I prefer the 'feel' of a waist towline rather than a 'throw bag' type or a boat mounted type and a towline worn on the person can be used for clipping the boat to your person as a precaution if conditions get tasty or if you capsize and need to stay i...
by seawolf856
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Barra and The Bishop's Isles
Replies: 2
Views: 473

Re: Barra and The Bishop's Isles

Great post Rich, thanks for sharing.
by seawolf856
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Polarised glasses?
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Polarised glasses?

ABSOLUTELY YES, YES, YES. Not only will polarised lenses cut all the glare and 'glimmer' from the surface of the water, giving you a squint and headache free experience. Anglers always use polarised lenses to see through the surface glare so they will also give you a much better view of any underwat...
by seawolf856
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lightning
Replies: 10
Views: 1214

Re: Lightning

Was paddling with a group to the Tudwal's (Abersoch) 27th May when that mother of thunder storms hit the Mid and West UK. Having heeded warnings when playing golf or fishing - both activities involving open spaces and hand held lightening conductors - I thought it might be wise to head to the beach ...
by seawolf856
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 1199

Re: Water Carrier

Just to throw another opposite view into the mix, I am the friend that Bluey mentioned and on our recent overnight kayak trip on Anglesey, I used the MSR 4L Dromedary and found it superb. It is bombproof and had no nasty taste whatsoever. Having said that, Bluey had got his hands on a couple of the ...
by seawolf856
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1371

Re: New to kayaking, advice please

Good point - Just goes to show, no matter how much advice you attempt to offer, there will always be somebody determined to render it useless!
by seawolf856
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New to kayaking, advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 1371

Re: New to kayaking, advice please

it is not just static load which has to be taken by the roof bars (AND the attachments which fix the roof bars to the vehicle) but the dynamic load imposed by the wind resistance as you hurtle up the motorway. The force imparted on the kayak (and hence whatever it is tied to) as your vehicle moves t...
by seawolf856
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleeping bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Re: Sleeping bag?

Vango ultralite 3 season has a good weight of filling 600gms and a great compression sack so packs into a kayak friendly size BUT it is a single mummy style so maybe you should think about putting the matrimonial duties on hold and buy two.
by seawolf856
Tue May 22, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit zips
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Drysuit zips

Rear is neater and doesnt interfere with your pfd as much. Having said that i wear my kokatat expedition (front zip) in preference to my other rear zip drysuit because the suit is better. What i am saying is I dont think either is better from a functional perspective and unless you are ‘billy no mat...
by seawolf856
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 Peaks By Kayak
Replies: 4
Views: 762

Re: 3 Peaks By Kayak

Hope you've got a plastic boat, the slate on Snowdon will play havoc with a gel coat :-)
Seriously - what a fantastic challenge and a great cause. Good luck with the weather gods and the fund raising.
by seawolf856
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 53
Views: 4031

Re: Paddling into your thirties

Take up sea kayaking mate - at 30, I guarantee you will be the youngest in any sea paddling group by a long way!
by seawolf856
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Padding - how snug
Replies: 18
Views: 1620

Re: Padding - how snug

When I first got into sea kayaking a mere 5 years ago, I was fortunate enough to accidentally find myself being taught by one of the top sea kayak coaches, based on Anglesey. The first and best piece if advice I was given was to loosen my points of contact. That was an absolute revelation and ever s...
by seawolf856
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Basic Surf Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: Basic Surf Practice

Ohh, the joy of a successful bongo slide!! applying a little beach side knee pressure, whilst prepared with a low brace out over the wave, I find it more fun bongo sliding in the soup than battling against the inevitable broach.
by seawolf856
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy aid recommendations?^
Replies: 24
Views: 4279

Re: Bouyancy aid recommendations?

I have the Palm Kaikoura loads of pockets must confess only use 50% of them its very popular and suits me. http://www.palmequipmenteurope.com/gear/touring_pfds.php Another vote for the Palm Kaikoura. Loads of pockets and a bladder pocket on the back. I know that there is a danger of looking like a ...
by seawolf856
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patterns on loch's surface
Replies: 11
Views: 1080

Re: Patterns on loch's surface

So, do "still waters run deep" ??
by seawolf856
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3977

Re: Carrying flares

Hi All Just a thought regarding para/rocket flares. It could be your best hope if you've been forced to land (medical/capsized/broken kayak) on a remote beach/gully surrounded by high cliffs. You're in a deep hole. A PLB/VHF or mobile phone may not get a signal out in this situation. They all need ...
by seawolf856
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3977

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Seawolf, Assuming the same thing, I had a pack of those. Almost like shotgun cartridges which fit on the end of a 'pen', fired by pulling back and releasing a spring loaded firing pin? I had heard they had a poor reputation for reliability. However, mine went on a bonfire night extravaganza, yea...
by seawolf856
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3977

Re: Carrying flares

I carry PLB, VHF and phone. I have also just recently decided to carry some small red flares called Compact Distress Signals, made by Pains Wessex. These come with a very neat and easy to operate spring loaded hand launcher that can be fired safely from a boat. They only reach a height of 45m and bu...
by seawolf856
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 4050

Re: Knives

Just a quick nod to carrying a knife, regardless of the design. I have only had cause to use a knife in anger once to date, this was to cut free a map case that had become tangled underneath me after an assisted rescue in rough conditions. The rescue was conducted calmly and went very well and due t...
by seawolf856
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 3441

Re: Paddle recommendations?

Another nod to VE paddles. The carbon blades and glass shaft combo is superb and the split joint is the best out there