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by mcgruff
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 17
Views: 2294

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

Lots of trees around so take a hammock :)
by mcgruff
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2108

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

Extremtextil is a good place to buy outdoors materials. Dyneema floats and is very light & strong - so you can often choose a smaller size which packs down well. I'd guess the worst case shock load shouldn't be more than x2 or x3 the weight of paddler & boat? The daN values given are roughly half t...
by mcgruff
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hi there!
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: Hi there!

Hi. :)

Loch Coruisk on Skye is worth a visit either on foot or by kayak. The Cuillins are the remains of an ancient supervolcano and every bit as spectacular as that sounds.

Rhum and Eigg could also be added to make a great sea-kayak tour - weather & skills permitting.
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New kayak advice
Replies: 7
Views: 772

Re: New kayak advice

If you buy a boat 2nd hand you should be able to pass it on without making a huge loss if you decide it's not quite right for you. Get out and enjoy the summer :) You won't have to worry about cold water survival on a river (just cold water shock..) but it's perhaps one of the most important things ...
by mcgruff
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New kayak advice
Replies: 7
Views: 772

Re: New kayak advice

Also an adventure with real danger. A few years ago a party of two adults and four children launched their open canoe in loch Gairloch. About 500m offshore they capsized. Only one adult and one child survived. Cold water seems to have been the main factor. People generally don't realise just how bad...
by mcgruff
Fri May 25, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleeping bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 1395

Re: Sleeping bag?

Maybe the Alpkit Mountain Ghost 200?

https://www.alpkit.com/products/mountain-ghost-200

Down does pack much smaller and last longer but decent quality down (800cu+) is expensive.
by mcgruff
Wed May 16, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toilets at Ulva Ferry
Replies: 18
Views: 1806

Re: Toilets at Ulva Ferry

I'd love to see Ulva's community buy-out grow into the kind of success we've seen on Eigg. Tourism - including sea-kayaking - could be a big part of that so I hope everyone on all sides will work together to solve any problems.
by mcgruff
Wed May 16, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toilets at Ulva Ferry
Replies: 18
Views: 1806

Re: Toilets at Ulva Ferry

Do kayakers camping overnight put pressure on the wildlife unduly? More so than, say, rocking up during the day and disembarking enough people to have arrived at the quayside in "50 or more" vehicles? If visitors numbers really were a problem, I'd definitely be looking at organised boat trips not s...
by mcgruff
Tue May 15, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: October holiday
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: October holiday

Loch Maree. Big highland fresh-water loch with islands and woodlands to explore. Some of Scotland's best hillwalking in the area. Torridon is not far. Slioch rises from the loch-side. Carnmore is just "around the corner" - with some of the most stunning views in the country, perhaps best seen late i...
by mcgruff
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Family paddling in Plymouth Sound and estuaries
Replies: 8
Views: 2665

Re: Family paddling in Plymouth Sound and estuaries

Lots of adventure sports - climbing, mountaineering, sea kayaking - bring you close to real danger. The knowledge you have of the environment you're in is the only thing which allows you to reduce the risk to whatever level you're comfortable with. Don't ever stray outside the limits of your own kno...
by mcgruff
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Two halves - recommendations for south Argyll please
Replies: 7
Views: 835

Re: Two halves - recommendations for south Argyll please

Was about to suggest Loch Katrine for the scenery and an easy tootle around but looks like you've started to firm up your plans.
by mcgruff
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 11
Views: 2431

Re: Rockpool Taran 18

30% off the RRP is not a sensible offer. In fact it's a little bit cheeky... I think 2/3 of new cost is fair for a 2nd-hand boat in good condition. If someone wants to pay for a new boat at full price (or near full price) they can pay Rockpool for a new boat at full price with several advantages. T...
by mcgruff
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drogues for landing in surf?
Replies: 13
Views: 1727

Re: Drogues for landing in surf?

Thanks all for the advice. I guess there's a good reason why this isn't a well-known practice...!
by mcgruff
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drogues for landing in surf?
Replies: 13
Views: 1727

Drogues for landing in surf?

Has anyone ever used a drogue/sea anchor to land on a beach in big surf? My cunning plan would be to deploy the drogue near the beach, exit the boat, and swim ashore (with another line to the bow). The drogue (allegedly) would hold the stern to the sea so that the kayak drifts slowly in to the shore...
by mcgruff
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Difference between canoe and kayak?
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Re: Difference between canoe and kayak?

A kayak is a long, thin and very seaworthy boat.

Traditionally a canoe was a drinking vessel used for quaffing beer and should never be placed on the water. It's not safe and you will die.
by mcgruff
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 2145

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

Hug the coast, pass east of island Macaskin, and portage over from Kirkton or Bagh na Cille?
by mcgruff
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Replies: 18
Views: 2145

Re: Argyll Sea Kayak Trail

From the map there seem to be lots of woods. Ever tried a hammock? There's nothing like a hammock after a hard day. Even my bed at home isn't as comfy. A set up which lets you camp or hang makes it easier to find a place for the night. Sometimes there won't be any flat ground but you can find a few ...
by mcgruff
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Surfing in Sydney
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Kayak Surfing in Sydney

Enjoyed the video. Looks like a fantastic place to go surfing. Hope you don't mind me asking a question. I noticed the blue boat had its rudder up. Do you think rudder down would have helped the broach at 2:20? Don't mean to be critical at all. I'm new to kayaking and just trying to learn as much as...
by mcgruff
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta
Replies: 17
Views: 1576

Re: Rhinoplasty on an Anas Acuta

Turn it into a dragon ship:

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by mcgruff
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 5395

Re: Knives

Oops now I've really dragged it off topic. Sorry OP.
by mcgruff
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 5395

Re: Knives

On a bit of a tangent, I wonder if our choice on knives is going to become far more restricted when the Home Office (Gov) ban the sale of knives over the internet (as they have said they intend to do). So we'd then become limited to only those knives that our local bricks & mortar store chose to st...
by mcgruff
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 5395

Re: Knives

I've got a NRS Pilot Knife, in my opinion is just isn't sharp enough. Cutting 8mm cord involves sawing at it to get through it. It maybe just needs a good sharpening session (by a pro) and a top-up hone every so often to keep a razor edge. A lot of knives won't be shipped with a perfect edge becaus...
by mcgruff
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knives
Replies: 33
Views: 5395

Re: Knives

Old thread but worth mentioning Mora who make some really good, inexpensive knives with decent steel. The Mora Rope & Mora Marine Rescue have serrated edges although I don't think you'd really have any trouble cutting through rope with a standard blade if it's kept razor sharp. I personally like the...
by mcgruff
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Just joined
Replies: 16
Views: 1388

Re: Just joined

Here's another design for a double paddle canoe: Singoalla

Extremtextil has a great range of outdoors fabrics for the canoe-tent: https://www.extremtextil.de/en/fabrics.html.
by mcgruff
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Just joined
Replies: 16
Views: 1388

Re: Just joined

Where are you planning to take it? On flat water that "ocean-going" design could work but on long sea tours it looks too heavy to land and carry up a beach.
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Help please ! :-)
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Re: Help please ! :-)

Oru folding kayaks might be of interest. Never been in one so can't really tell you anything about them except that they exist.
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Re: Buoyancy & Handling

Thanks for the advice. I take the point that it's not a hard and fast rule but it does help to get an idea of the range. I guess different shapes of hull will distribute the volume in different ways. More volume in the bow/stern sections would create a bigger pitching moment and so an extra few litr...
by mcgruff
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Re: Buoyancy & Handling

Don't suppose there are any rules of thumb for this? 2:1 maybe?
by mcgruff
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Buoyancy & Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Buoyancy & Handling

Let's say the "buoyancy ratio" is the ratio of the volume enclosed by the hull in litres to its displacement in kg (the mass of the boat plus paddler plus cargo). A 1:1 ratio - neutral buoyancy - is obviously way too low. Big waves would roll right over the paddler. The kayak would rise back to the ...