Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 12 January 2009, 16:40   #11
Administrator
 
John Kennett's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brighton
Length: 3m +
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 6,830
So kayaks aren't that popular here then - only Randski and he's selling his! I do like the idea of a motorised kayak though
__________________

__________________
John Kennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 January 2009, 17:28   #12
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Make: HumberOceanOffshore
Length: 8m +
Engine: Volvo KAD300/DPX
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 4,962
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Kennett View Post
So kayaks aren't that popular here then - only Randski and he's selling his! I do like the idea of a motorised kayak though
Dunno but sit-upon kayaks are not real kayaks. You need to sit inside a kayak for proper control....half man, half boat.
__________________

__________________
JW.
jwalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12 January 2009, 18:39   #13
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,850
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Kennett View Post
My last RIB was Phoenix of Portsmouth, previously owned by Alan Priddy and better known as Spirit of Portsmouth. As far as I know it's still languishing in a severely neglected state at Drivers Wharf.

John
I really wanted that boat - spoke to Gill at drivers about it roughly 2 1/2 years ago; our chat got to a certain place when the owner re-appeared and paid his storage. Not sure what her current situation is!
__________________
Jimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2009, 03:15   #14
Member
 
Leapy's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Sheepy Parva
Boat name: Sadly Sold
Length: no boat
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,728
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Kennett View Post
So kayaks aren't that popular here then...
Before we discovered RIB's wifey and I hired a sit-on from a place in Wadebridge, Cornwall for half a day as a trial before potentially purchasing. Best 30 I ever spent...whilst I accept we were 'newbies' - and that it's a good plan to be each paddling in the same direction - the effort required against wind/river current/tide suggested to us that something with an engine was needed The rest, as they say, is history...
__________________
Leapy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2009, 04:33   #15
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: burnley
Boat name: maddison
Make: zodiac futura mk2
Length: 4m +
Engine: 25hp mariner 2 st
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 80
Send a message via MSN to zodiacman
What about a sevylor colorado inflatable canoehttp://www.gwdoling.co.uk/CanoeDepos...ockcode=21441# Ive had one for 2 year now it ticks all the boxes light ,cheap, transportable you can even pack them away on your boat, you can paddle them solo or tandem and they are rated up to grade 3 white water plus you can get an electric outboard for them if your a lazy sod. I use mine on the sea, lakes and rivers and have taken it up scotland on a three day tour of Loch Lomond
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P6150066.jpg
Views:	97
Size:	67.9 KB
ID:	39909  
__________________
zodiacman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2009, 09:03   #16
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset & Hants
Boat name: Streaker/Orange
Make: Avon/Ribcraft
Length: 4m +
Engine: 50Yam/25 Mariner
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 5,551
Quote:
Originally Posted by zodiacman View Post
What about a sevylor colorado inflatable canoehttp://www.gwdoling.co.uk/CanoeDepos...ockcode=21441# Ive had one for 2 year now it ticks all the boxes light ,cheap, transportable you can even pack them away on your boat, you can paddle them solo or tandem and they are rated up to grade 3 white water plus you can get an electric outboard for them if your a lazy sod. I use mine on the sea, lakes and rivers and have taken it up scotland on a three day tour of Loch Lomond
.

Got two of these myself - very handy - take up little space when deflated & can carry a heafty load (ie me ) . Surely these count as SIBS ?
__________________
PeterM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 January 2009, 18:18   #17
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Newport
Make: Avon Rover 3.4
Length: 3m +
Engine: Merc 15hp F/S
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 173
I used to own a pair of BIC Bilbao which I sold and bought a 2nd hand Prowler 13 with the cash. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the prowler but would be wary of the BIC. As always it is horses for courses, the BIC is very stable for a relatively short yak but was very hard work to cover any sort of distance in. I bought the prowler with a view to doing a bit of paddling and hopefully catching some fish for the bbq. The difference in the performance of the two is massive when covering distance. I had some great trips last summer on the Prowler potching around the Pembrokeshire coast with a Rapala lure trailing of the back even occasionally returning home with my supper. The Prowler is a big unit with loads of internal storage which allows you to use a decent trolley and stow it internally. With a yak as with a RIB the balls ache is getting to the water, the paddling is the easy bit. Let me know if you need/want any more info.
PS before anyone starts on about boats without engines etc I still love my 585 to bits and get out whenever I can but sometimes an evening paddle in the yak gives me my fix of sea air without the fuss that goes with a launch recovery etc.
__________________
woot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2009, 08:34   #18
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Portishead
Length: no boat
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 36
Kayaks

Borrowed brother's Ocean Kayak and took it round the sea lochs on Mull and down the Fleet in Chesil last summer. Very relaxing. Found some secluded beaches for picnics and inquisitive seals following us. Only used on flat water but good direction and supposed to be able to cope with rough water too.

If you have the slightest twinge of a dodgy back though, the paddling position won't help it as we found out. Heavy to lift onto the top of a van too.

Jurrasic Tours do some day trips out of Lulworth if you want to try first.
http://www.jurassic-kayaking.com/
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	fleet-kayaking.jpg
Views:	93
Size:	22.8 KB
ID:	39944  
__________________
taurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2009, 09:06   #19
Administrator
 
John Kennett's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brighton
Length: 3m +
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 6,830
Quote:
Originally Posted by zodiacman View Post
What about a sevylor colorado inflatable
I had initially thought about getting something inflatable (sort of inevitable really) but I reckoned it would probably be more bother than it's worth, and not very good either.

I think I'd rather have something that I can just haul off the van roof and put in the water without any mucking about. I've already got an inflatable for that sort of lark!
__________________
John Kennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15 January 2009, 09:31   #20
RIBnet admin team
 
Nos4r2's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: The wilds of Wiltshire
Boat name: WhiteNoise/Dominator
Make: Ballistic 7.8/SR5.4
Length: 7m +
Engine: Opti 225/Yam 85
MMSI: 235090687/235055163
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 12,645
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Kennett View Post
I had initially thought about getting something inflatable (sort of inevitable really) but I reckoned it would probably be more bother than it's worth, and not very good either.

I think I'd rather have something that I can just haul off the van roof and put in the water without any mucking about. I've already got an inflatable for that sort of lark!
If you do think that way again, try and borrow one to try.Admittedly I've never kayaked before, but I had a go on Parksey's inflatable kayak a couple of years back and found it a bugger to steer as it slid across the water whenever I paddled it. It was almost impossible for me to get any momentum either-if I missed a stroke it stopped dead and even a small wavelet chucked it right off course.

It was however a really well made one and a real laugh but was far easier to use with his daughter acting as an outboard It was a really useful tender too.
__________________
Need spares,consoles,consumables,hire,training or even a new boat?

Please click HERE and HERE and support our Trade Members.

Join up as a Trade member or Supporter HERE
Nos4r2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:55.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.