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Seawave Rudder MkII tested

Gumotex Seawave main page Rudder rationale discussed Gumotex’s 2016 factory version Making the prototype rudder Testing the prototype While waiting for rudder bits to turn up, we went out for an evening paddle round Eilean Mullagrach. It was pretty calm … Continue reading

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Inexpensive packboat rescue and survival aids

The other day while leaning over aboard a salmon pen platform, my cherished six-year-old Benchmade Griptilian slipped out of the pfd and into the briny depths. We ummed and ahhed about diving down to retrieve it, but I’m told these pens are 20-metres deep … Continue reading

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Seawave – Oh Rudder, How Art Thou?

Seawave main page Skip forward to MkII rudder Within hours of finishing my prototype rudder I set about finishing it properly, and after a test run to Tanera, made further improvements, listed below, before trying it again. The whole set-up wants to be … Continue reading

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Tested: Honey woodstove

In a line Ingeniously simple, versatile and super-light two-sized wood stove/pot stand/windbreak that packs flatter than a Kindle. Cost £38 + post Weight 265g in bag (+ 30g for square and Trangia base).  How used Brew and barbie in the back garden. Good points Light, adaptable, compact and … Continue reading

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Gumotex Seawave – MYO rudder

Seawave main page Refining and testing prototype rudder Making and testing MkII version After writing this a few weeks back I decided to try and fit a rudder onto my Seawave. On that breezy Mull trip Gael, in the ruddered Incept K40 (right), seemed a … Continue reading

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iSUP: a new way to get in trouble at sea

by Gael A One day during my annual paddle off western Scotland, while waiting out a gale near Glenuig and enjoying some familiar Highland music (howling wind, drumming rain, crashing waves, whistling guy lines), I lay daydreaming of my imminent … Continue reading

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2016 Seawave with rudder option

Seawave main page My MYO rudder (MkII) The 2016 Gumotex Seawave has had the stern slightly adapted to take an optional rudder kit. They’ve also improved the velcro bands for the optional deck by using Nitrilon, but it’s the rudder that’s … Continue reading

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Vaude Odyssee review – a good tent for packboating

What makes a good packboating tent? For me doing a bit more Scottish sea kayaking than packrafting these days, super light weight is not that crucial. Better to have something easy pitching and spacious in which you can sit out some rough … Continue reading

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Adding socks to Kokatat Dry Pants

Five years ago I wrote: … I deliberately chose [these Kokatat Swift] dry trousers with no sewn-in socks as my drysuit has those. With the Swifts in future I’ll just wear short Seal Skins and have no worries about the sewn-in socks … Continue reading

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