Category Archives: Summer Isles

Windpaddling to Achnahaird

The packboat sailing page We decided to lap the tip (left) of the Coigach peninsula. Doing it clockwise put us in the lee of the afternoon’s southwesterly once in Enard Bay and better still, we’d catch high tide at Achnahaird, … Continue reading

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Gumotex Sunny in the Summer Isles

A few shots from our first visit to the Summer Isles in 2006 with my original Gumotex Sunny and Mk1  Safari and when it seems the weather was unusually good for August. One day we paddled out as far as Tanera … Continue reading

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Skerries of the Summer Isles

I paddled out into the Summers the other afternoon to see how far I’d get. What I was really eyeing up was Stac Mhic Aonghais or ‘Precipitous rocky feature of Angus’, one of three skerries bobbing just south of the Tanera … Continue reading

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Flat Calm in the Summer Isles

A few pictures from a 5-hour, 22-km paddle round the Summer Isles on a rare day of near-zero wind and hot, sunny skies. From Badenscallie I went south past Horse Island and Iolla Mhor to Carn nan Sgeir, a quick loop around Meall nan … Continue reading

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Semperit at sea – 2

With an inexpensive Sevylor barrel pump I was able to get the repaired Semperit up to a good pressure. Ten days passed while i finished my current project, during which time the boat lost no air that I could feel. Over the same period … Continue reading

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Semperit at sea 1

No doubt about it; since flogging my much-used Sunny in 2011, followed by a flawed experiment with a Feathecraft Java, I’ve become spoiled by high-pressure IKs like my fast Incept K40 (based on the Forelle’s design), the brick-hard but slower Grabner Amigo … Continue reading

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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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A quick one before lunch

What a great thing a packraft is – like a water bicycle!

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Gumotex Seawave vs Incept K40

Seawave main page Home-made rudder tested I own a Gumotex Seawave and a couple of years ago had the Incept K40 for a year or more. IMO these are two of the best IKs around for sea kayaking and touring. Like my recent paddle … Continue reading

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