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by lloyd
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Different life jackets on the market
Replies: 11
Views: 1986

Re: Different life jackets on the market

I owned a NRS, very poor UV and went from bright orange to a light pinkish, the pockets frayed like hell... Currently using a Palm Kaikoura, like it a lot 'HOWEVER" I have notice issue with the zips, it is more likely my lack of maintenance that has caused this than product quality. I dont like the...
by lloyd
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Coromandel - best place to launch near hot water beach?
Replies: 12
Views: 1490

Re: Coromandel - best place to launch near hot water beach?

Yeah Hahei usually a safe place to launch from, and Cooks Beach & Flaxmill Bay always so. Hot Water Beach often as surf, even in calm conditions, particularly if Easterly.
Super coastline though Hahei round to Hot Water Beach.
by lloyd
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Rigging and Rigged Kayaks
Topic: Sail things I should know?
Replies: 13
Views: 3254

Re: Sail things I should know?

I bought a kayak with sail last year, and put an earlier post up here:- https://www.kayakfishingnz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=21214 It's a Venture Islay 14, the sail's from an Aussie outfit - Flat Earth Sails, and could be retro fitted, as there's one main mounting point and held in 4 places. I ...
by lloyd
Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Rigging and Rigged Kayaks
Topic: Islay 14 Sit on with Sail
Replies: 2
Views: 1804

Islay 14 Sit on with Sail

After much research, initially just looking for sit on without a rudder that handled better than OK Tetra, which despite it's size (only 12 foot) is appalling in any significant side wind/swell. Having a sit in which has a skeg, I was attracted by Islay 14 Sit On from Venture kayaks in the UK. Then ...
by lloyd
Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Loading my new, heavier kayak onto the car - advice please
Replies: 22
Views: 3855

Re: Loading my new, heavier kayak onto the car - advice please

I went to Bunnings and got a 1.8 M 50x50 annodised aluminium fence post and two small nylon tiedown straps. I strap it across the roof rack so it sticks out by about 600mm and lift one end of my 4.3 up and rest it on and lift the other end up and over. Undo the straps and then put in in the back of...
by lloyd
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Coastguard pulls my wet cold ass out of the water
Replies: 61
Views: 33853

Re: Coastguard pulls my wet cold ass out of the water

Thanks for posting, pleased all turned out well in the end. As someone who paddles in both sit ins and sit on's, I'm surprised no one's mentioned here the lack of bulk heads in sit on's here. I'd guess these might well have helped, certainly any leak would be contained, and no chance of a total sink...
by lloyd
Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle setup??
Replies: 14
Views: 1627

Re: Paddle setup??

Each to their own of course, but must say I prefer an adjustable paddle, and mine's also an ergo shaped which I like too. As to the feathering, very much depends on the wind. Into the wind, I tend to have it 45 - 60, with a following wind or no wind I usually have it zero degrees. I find it's no pro...
by lloyd
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wrist injury
Replies: 42
Views: 5281

Re: Wrist injury

I'm a computer programmer and have dealt with some of this. If you are concious of it, making sure you stretch regularly during use, take breaks and generally relax it helps. Sometimes we are a lot more tense than we need to be for no apparent reason. Unfortunately the best things seem to be rest a...
by lloyd
Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: camping
Replies: 15
Views: 1777

Re: camping

Yeah, from Auckland both Motuihe and Motutapu are great places camp. I usual manage at a couple of overnighters there are a year. The Motuihe camp is on the hillside and wee hike from the beach, but no trouble with a trolley and Home Bay, Motutapu right next to the stony beach. I stayed at both this...
by lloyd
Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: YAK Xipe PFD
Replies: 12
Views: 4150

Re: YAK Xipe PFD

Yeah, I'd agree with much of the comments here. I got one mid summer last year, it's a decent well designed piece of kit, but sizing is shockingly small, particularly if I fit an hydration pack in the back.
by lloyd
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Exploring the caves at Hahei on film
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: Exploring the caves at Hahei on film

Yeah, the scenery and blow hole caves east of Hahei towards Hot Water beach is amazing, I never fail to be impressed. Goat Island off Hahei as a couple of deep caves it's possible to navigate in and out of different exits too.
by lloyd
Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Prowler center hatch on 4.3
Replies: 12
Views: 644

Re: Prowler center hatch on 4.3

I ain't got the OK Prowler, but have a Tetra, I wouldn't have thought the centre hatch storage by it's very design could be guaranteed to keep water out, relying on a simple seal and bungy. The front hatch looks similar to the Tetra's, and I've had no problems at all with it leaking to date even in ...
by lloyd
Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tetra12 owners, where's that review??
Replies: 8
Views: 1943

Re: Tetra12 owners, where's that review??

I'll add brief review after a few weeks with a new Tetra. It's certainly nice n light and a breeze to put on the roof rack which was one of the attractions. It's also pretty nippy for a small boat, and easy to turn. Plenty of room in the rear for storage, and also a good sized storage under the fro...
by lloyd
Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Caution! C-Tugs and summer temps
Replies: 22
Views: 2460

Re: Caution! C-Tugs and summer temps

Wish I'd seen this earlier, had a devil of job sourcing a new inner tube after the valve fell off the tube in one of the wheels recently. Ended up getting the new fixed wheels, as nowhere seemed to have the inner tubes or even sold the inner tube version wheels . I since sourced an inner tube at Meg...
by lloyd
Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tetra12 owners, where's that review??
Replies: 8
Views: 1943

Re: Tetra12 owners, where's that review??

I'll add brief review after a few weeks with a new Tetra. It's certainly nice n light and a breeze to put on the roof rack which was one of the attractions. It's also pretty nippy for a small boat, and easy to turn. Plenty of room in the rear for storage, and also a good sized storage under the fron...