Isle of Wight

Another great trip away for a long weekend, this time to the Isle of Wight. Its been at lest 6 months since I paddled my surf boat and with 2 ft of surf predicted and tailing off to flat seas over the long weekend I decided it would be good to take my surf boat with us.
One of our first destinations was Compton Bay for a surf to take advantage of the surf before it dropped off, this is only the second time I’ve surfed off of the isle of wight and both times i have been pleasantly surprised at how good the surf was.

The following day we visited Sea View and spent the morning crabbing off of the rocks, I can’t remember ever going crabbing as a kid and thoroughly enjoyed it, using left over pizza made really good bait.



France and Switzerland Trip

We have just come back from a very last minute trip out to France to paddle with friends and then off for some sightseeing in Switzerland.

We booked our ferry on Tuesday evening and on Friday afternoon Lou picked me up from work, and in just over an hour we were on the ferry. Our first destination was midway between Lyon and Geneva a small French village called Sault Brenaz, where we spent 4 days kayaking at Isle de la Serre, with friends from Whitewater Action Medway (WAM). Then down to St Pierre du Beouf for another day kayaking at a different location.

View Larger Map

After our day at St Pierre de Beouf we headed cross country towards Switzerland, as we drove over the corner of the alps we were treated to a fantastic lightning show, fortunately the rain held off until we had parked up for the night.

The following day we continued our drive visiting and taking in the sights as we drove around the south side of Lake Geneva finally ending in Montreux. we spent a couple of days in the area visiting the sights, taking a tram ride up into the mountains and a boat ride around Lake Geneva.

One of the final things we wanted to do was visit the Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc, Gruyère, this comprised of a tour on the history of chocolate and Caller, then you were able to view a production line making chocolates and finally the chance to taste every chocolate they make on site (Lou’s favorite part).

One last thing we managed to squeeze in, was a boat ride along the River Doubs to see the 27 meter high waterfall Saut du Doubs and the fantastic scenery of the Swiss and French borders before setting off on our dive home.


Kent Canoes Speed Skin

I have just received my brand new Peak UK speed skins all custom logo’d up with the Kent Canoes logos.

Kent Canoes LS CustomThe kit is light weight, comfy and very dry even after a few hours squirt boating.
I just asked the guys at Kent Canoes to come up with something cool and I’m really happy with the results, I particularly like the little Kent Canoes, canoe background.

_DSC7247Kent Canoes Peak UK Speed Skin

VW T5 California Dash 12V socket

After a visit to my local van center I noticed that the VW T5 California in the showroom had a 12V auxiliary power socket mounted into the tray in the middle of the dash, VW T5 California Dash power socketThis is something that would be really handy as I have found when the 12V socket in the ashtray draw is used the plug slowly vibrates out due to road vibration.




After looking on ETKA I found the VW part numbers as follows:
Dash tray – 7E0857922G – The ‘G’ is the important bit pre G will not have the dash power socket.
Auxiliary power socket – 1J0919309B

I decided to take the power for the new socket from the same supply as the ashtray socket as I figured the ashtray socket would seldom get used once fitted.
Firstly I removed the 15A fuse for the cigarette lighter (located under the passenger seat)

Fuse for cigarette  lighter

Pull out the dash tray. I had to cut a small lip of plastic out to make room for the socket.Dash tray removedCut outRemove the Glove box, flick off the plastic covers and undo the 5 Torx screws. this could be optional if you can get the cable through.

VW T5 Glove boxI pulled out the ashtray draw (you need to give it a very firm tug) and spliced into the cables under the ashtray with a new pair.

Ashtray undersideRun the new pair of cables up through the hole behind the radio and connect to new power socket.IMG_1917I used 1.5mm red and brown cable in keeping with VW’s wiring colors using red for +ve the center pin and brown for -ve. I also wrapped the new wiring loom and crimp connectors in felt tape to stop any rattles from behind the dash.

VW T5 California Dash power socketIMG_1941VW T5 California dash power socketIMG_1939