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Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:37 pm
by sunstreaker
Keep me updated with how you get on, interested in your thoughts and experience with the midway


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Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:12 pm
by P4ddy
Will do, bearing in mind my limited experience.

Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:00 pm
by P4ddy
Collected my Midways today

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Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Fri Jun 25, 2021 11:44 am
by sunstreaker
They look good. Certainly not tub like as described in that last post. Although had never come across that Comanche by Atlantic Focus boats looked interesting. Guess your lucky paddling together as you can work out your self rescue techniques together and even have two boats to raft together should you have problems. I did try a bit of self rescue in waist deep water, I’m not keen on trying it solo in deep water in case I encounter problems so looking at additional paddle float and sling or dry bag with water as a counter weight just in case. Weather has been awful with higher winds not getting out as much as I would have wanted.


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Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Fri Jun 25, 2021 12:48 pm
by P4ddy
They certainly don't feel tub like either when sat inside (or should I say on top). I put the console in loosely for a feel (wrong way round in the pic) and I feel locked in even just sat on the grass. You can deffo feel it's advantage. Bit miffed as to why they've stopped fitting the carry handles on the cockpit? I thought maybe they'd forgot them but then see a current pic on rtm showing no handles. The foam bulkhead I think would benefit from a bead of silicone around the edge on initial feel. I will be weighing it later as either I've got weaker or it's more than the stated 23kg?? I'll be doing a walk around video of them later as soon as I get a chance.
We initially was going to get a two man but a guy I worked with who happened to be a kayak instructor said no get two so the other can assist rescue. Like you say rafting up will be a bonus if needed, also well handy when having a bite to eat or getting our fins on for snorkelling. Oh and it feels comfy with or without the seat. Glad I went with the deluxe as it's spot on. As you discovered that extra inch or so makes a huge difference.

That comanche does look interesting.

Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Fri Jun 25, 2021 3:15 pm
by P4ddy
The colour is Anthracite Storm. Although one is a bit more stormy than the other. The others more overcast lol

Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:59 pm
by sunstreaker
The internal block appears more polystyrene I knocked a few bits off trying to get the trolley out. I had same experience 54lbs 24 Kgs felt much heavier. when pulling on trolley over the rocks and the cart kept slipping with just a few bits on a guy kindly came and helped me lift and carry over some rocks, he said must be 55 kgs , certainly felt heavy so I am a bit sceptical about the claimed weight.


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Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:24 pm
by P4ddy
Walk round video I done today.

Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:03 pm
by P4ddy
Well too answer our suspicion about the claimed weight here's the answer



Oh and what trolly are you using? I reread the Lomo model A has a habit of the kayak sliding of over rough ground. I was going to purchase 2 but now don't know

Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:49 pm
by sunstreaker
Nice videos the sort of thing you want as a prospective purchaser, shame none so detailed on the Tempo. Look forward to your trials when your able. I bought a few years back a cart for a heavy canoe I had, it has no name Chinese I suspect but is a folding aluminium cart with a couple of webbing straps and plastic collars on the bars. Supposed to take 35kgs but is fairly robust.There are a number of similar designs, with a stand or kickstand to hold it in place whilst you put the yak on
It. Mine was cheap about £35 and has puncture proof tyres. Definitely a nack required I have found, lots of bungee and clam straps helps. Wheels come off but pins will need replacement as corrosion due to salt. I think c-tug looks good and may easily fit in hatch but is expensive. RTM do one but also but expensive. I just stay clear of the ones that go through scupper holes due to damage reports.


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Re: Venture islay 14 SOT ??

Posted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 6:42 pm
by P4ddy
Yea it was the lack of informative videos that made me want to do it. I'll film my first paddle too 👍. That would have been this week but as long as DVLA stay on strike I'm screwed. Bit shocking about the weight too, I emailed RTM to see how they get the claimed 23kg.

I have found Chinese copy's of the C-tug for around £35 but what they're like who knows?