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by on the rocks
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Towing eyes
Replies: 25
Views: 2279

Re: Towing eyes

With good J cradles (not too close together) and straps do you need front and back tie ins?
by on the rocks
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto
Replies: 8
Views: 976

Re: Beginner first boat in Maine: Explorer vs Rockpool Taran 16 vs Eto

Hello and welcome I think the NDK and Rockpool boats (except maybe the Taran) are excellent boats for learning and making good progress with the help of some coaching. I started kayaking just over a year ago and after trying a few boats went for the Rockpool Isel (I'm quite a bit smaller than you). ...
by on the rocks
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 1531

Drip rings good or bad?

As I'm starting to develop and practice rescues etc in lumpier water I'm beginning to find drip rings more of a pain than a benefit, especially when briefly stowing my or casualty's paddles under my deck lines or spare paddles. I'm tempted to remove them - any comments or advice?
by on the rocks
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 1522

Re: charts, paper or download?

Chris Bolton wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:17 pm
Charts for the whole UK, £25. Print any area you like.

https://www.memory-map.co.uk/maps/marin ... ine-charts
Thanks, that looks good, although it's £45 for the PC version to print charts (£25 for iPhone only)
by on the rocks
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: charts, paper or download?
Replies: 9
Views: 1522

charts, paper or download?

I'm thinking of getting the Admiralty leisure chart folio for North Wales, but was wondering if the charts are available to download and print like the excellent download OS maps; I can print and laminate an A4 extract for the coast I intend to travel. I've not been able to find anything on line?
by on the rocks
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF and training
Replies: 33
Views: 3379

Re: VHF and training

I bought a spare battery for my HX300. It's less bulky than a power bank. However, I've just returned from a week long trip, where I probably had it on standby half the time. I was impressed that the battery still showed full charge at the end - until I tried to transmit. Even a short transmission ...
by on the rocks
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long thin roof box on Karitec?
Replies: 2
Views: 617

Long thin roof box on Karitec?

Does anyone use a long thin roof box on their Karitec? A 60cm wide box should still leave room for 2 pairs of j cradles, mounted in the top position so it can be accessed from the opposite side to the one for kayaks offload. I would need to be able to bolt through to square nuts in the Karitec channel
by on the rocks
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VW T6 Roof Rack advice please!
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: VW T6 Roof Rack advice please!

We have a Karitek mounted on Rhino Delta bars and it works well. The T Tracks that were on our T5 looked rather flimsy so I removed them and fixed the Rhino bars directly to the screw sockets that used to hold the T Tracks. Solid as a rock. Can you remove the rails on your T6 and do the same?
by on the rocks
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1696

Re: Why don’t manufacturers update their websites ?

Regarding Rockpool, rather than looking at the website you can always phone Mike Web for all the information you will need on his new boat
by on the rocks
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New paddles?
Replies: 8
Views: 1103

Re: New paddles?

Thanks everybody, I ordered some new Mitchell Bombora paddles before I realised I could get a diy joint for my VEs. I’ll now get a joint for VEs so I’ll always have a good pair as spare and sell my current plastic spares, if I’m ever in a situation to need the spares it’s likely that a good back up ...
by on the rocks
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Spare paddles scratching deck
Replies: 29
Views: 5791

Re: Spare paddles scratching deck

gizmo wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 11:49 pm
Had one of these for a few years now and it's an excellent bit of kit.
https://www.chillcheater.com/accessorie ... dle-holder
I use one of these too, mainly so that I can reach my spare paddles from the cockpit but they also do a great job of protecting the gel coat
by on the rocks
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New paddles?
Replies: 8
Views: 1103

New paddles?

I love my VE paddle but made the mistake of not going for a split option. I really could do with splits for travelling but unfortunately VE are no longer making paddles. I have plastic Werner’s for my spares and not keen on the push button mechanism so my choice for new best split paddles would seem...
by on the rocks
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1337

Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

Significantly on long journeys? Two kayaks on Karitec on a T5
by on the rocks
Wed May 29, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: high top transit roof rack advise please
Replies: 24
Views: 1520

Re: high top transit roof rack advise please

Is the high top steel and able to support roof bars, or is it fibre glass in which case you may need to look at alternative options for supporting the roof bars
by on the rocks
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling
Replies: 9
Views: 1304

Re: Dry Suits - Sea Paddling

I have the Peak Adventure drysuit, which unlike EdSmith's Explorer has a shoulder zip entry instead of the leg zip. I agree with Ed's comments on the neoprene neck. With rolling / rescue practice I do get a little dampness around the shoulders but not unpleasant even in cold water and worth putting ...
by on the rocks
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roof rack or inflatable kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Roof rack or inflatable kayak

Was it a Karitek roof rack that you were pricing up? if so don't worry - it's one of the best investments you can make if you have a motor home and sea kayak.
by on the rocks
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat height?
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: Seat height?

Thanks all, saved me the hassle of unnecessary faffing, I’m also going to experiment with hip pads
by on the rocks
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat height?
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Seat height?

Planning on a shakedown this weekend, first time in the water this year. One thing to experiment with is different seat heights in my Isel. Do people find this makes much difference in stability, ease of edge control etc?
by on the rocks
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: waterproof camera for sea kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 2015

Re: waterproof camera for sea kayaking

Thanks, that’s tempting but so are the extra benefits of the tg-5, particularly larger pixels for Image quality, exposure compensation and double glazed front to reduce risk of condensation. I’ll think it over and get back to you
by on the rocks
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Sirona 16.1 RM - fit?
Replies: 8
Views: 1114

Re: Valley Sirona 16.1 RM - fit?

The Sirona was on my short list too from what I read about it. However when I tried one it handled totally different to what I had expected and didn't suit what I was looking for. It's a big investment and worth the expense and time to arrange demos. Maybe a weekend trip to Anglesey where you can ar...
by on the rocks
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: waterproof camera for sea kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 2015

waterproof camera for sea kayaking

I'm planning to get a waterproof camera rather than relying on my mobile phone in a waterproof case. The Olympus Tg-5 looks very good but at a price. It seems to me that all the waterproof compact options suffer from two limitations compared to a DSLR or good quality non-waterproof compact: A small ...
by on the rocks
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Waterproof compact camera
Replies: 12
Views: 1402

Re: Waterproof compact camera

The Olympus Tg-5 looks very good but at a price. It seems to me that all the waterproof compact options suffer from two limitations compared to a DSLR or good quality non-waterproof compact: A small sensor size and a zoom lens that has a construction that allows it to be wholly contained within the ...
by on the rocks
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1718

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

Or to put it even more simply, grades 1, 2 and 3 in the Wales Sea kayaking guidebook?
by on the rocks
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1718

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

the changes seem positive to me from the perspective of our recent 3 star (with ms On The Rocks), for which the criteria seems the same as Coastal Sea Kayak Award, This fits with our comfort zone of being independent in up to F4 and 2 Knots. I like the emphasis on competency to be independent rather...
by on the rocks
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB registration - is this a record?
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Re: PLB registration - is this a record?

We received ours today after sending off the forms in mid September so 5 month wait; they seem to be slowly catching up
by on the rocks
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Custom drysuit for female?
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Custom drysuit for femail?

Thanks, bitten the bullet and gone for the Kokatat option ££££££
by on the rocks
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 25
Views: 2179

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

Aled, a very useful scale. Particularly in a peer paddling group where the group's decision making process can be "unstructured". In a couple of trips last year unforeseen changes in conditions have resulted in a change from level 5 to 9 or even 10. The lesson from this was that in a peer group of m...
by on the rocks
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Custom drysuit for female?
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Custom drysuit for female?

My partner is looking to get a custom fit drysuit. The off the shelf options don't fit, she currently uses separate dry trousers and cag but the waist seal is too cumbersome and not water tight enough. Please can anyone recommend a supplier? A drop seat or similar arrangement is essential. Thankyou
by on the rocks
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: P&H phazer
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: P&H phazer

My partner's is a Gaybo Samma, of a similar vintage but much better condition - however I don't think I'll get a chance in it