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by pblanc
Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Considering another Black Fly
Replies: 3
Views: 1707

Re: Considering another Black Fly

I have been paddling an Octane 85 for the last couple of years. I have paddled an Option several times. For the type of paddling I do (general river running) I prefer the Octane. I am used to paddling longer boats with some edge and the Octane has more edge than the Option which feels rather "loose"...
by pblanc
Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: RIP Carter Worthington
Replies: 8
Views: 5040

Re: RIP Carter Worthington

I cannot claim to have known Carter as well as many who post here did. I met him just over a year ago and paddled with him some then, enjoyed his photos and posts on FB over the last year, camped with him at ALF in March, paddled with him again a few weeks ago at the Nantahala where I met Sherry and...
by pblanc
Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Installing foot braces - any helpful advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 2328

Re: Installing foot braces - any helpful advice?

Mounting the rails so that the very bottom of the foot pad is 1.5-2" above the bottom of the foam pedestal is common. Depends on whether you like to point your feet so that your toes stick underneath the pad or not. Be aware of one possible pitfall: the bottom of some hulls are so concave that it mi...
by pblanc
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Installing foot braces - any helpful advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 2328

Re: Installing foot braces - any helpful advice?

Are you mounting Yakima style adjustable foot braces? If so, you could buy this kit from Mohawk if you are so inclined: http://mohawkcanoes.com/products/rods-foot-braces/#" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The tapped aluminum tubes are nice because they allow you to secure the foot brac...
by pblanc
Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Drilling Composite
Replies: 8
Views: 2916

Re: Drilling Composite

I have seen people recommend forstner drill bits for composite boats, but I have drilled plenty of holes in composites using nothing but standard high speed bits and I have had no problems doing so. For larger holes I would start with a smaller bit and progressively enlarge the hole. To my recollect...
by pblanc
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Help! Probe 11 question - how will it paddle for me?
Replies: 7
Views: 4059

Re: Help! Probe 11 question - how will it paddle for me?

Sam, I have a Viper 11 and have paddled it a fair bit on moderately technical stuff like the Tellico. I also owned an Impulse in prior years. The Probes are somewhat less edgy versions of the Vipers. I agree with Paul. The Probe 11 is really an 11' 8" boat so it is closer to a 12' canoe than an 11'....
by pblanc
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: gear to borrow during WOR/Trout Unltd question(attn:ezwater)
Replies: 3
Views: 2352

Re: gear to borrow during WOR/Trout Unltd question(attn:ezwa

I will be at the Carolina Canoe Club's Week of Rivers and could certainly bring an extra PFD, helmet, 58" paddle and throwbag. I may well have a second boat as well as I may participate in the Nantahala Games club challenge downriver race on June 28th. The extra boat would be a 'glass Hemlock Shaman...
by pblanc
Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Sources for valves for Voyageur/Harmony float bags?
Replies: 16
Views: 6510

Re: Sources for valves for Voyageur/Harmony float bags?

I have used vinyl adhesive to attach these valves as well and never had one come off. Since the vinyl adhesive results in an immediate tack bond, it is a little tricky to get the valve fully inside the larger diameter filler tubes but it can be done. Getting the smaller filler tube into the open end...
by pblanc
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Thigh Strap Ideas for Sunburst
Replies: 11
Views: 5847

Re: Thigh Strap Ideas for Sunburst

I have this type of thigh strap currently sold by Harmony Gear and previously by Mad River Canoe in several boats: https://www.harmonygear.com/products/9777/Harmony-Padded-Thigh-Straps.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; They are not contoured but I find them quite comfortable and th...
by pblanc
Fri May 29, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Sources for valves for Voyageur/Harmony float bags?
Replies: 16
Views: 6510

Re: Sources for valves for Voyageur/Harmony float bags?

I don't have any of the larger NRS Roberts valves to try. NOC keeps a jar of those Roberts replacement valves (or at least they used to) and they are not expensive, around $1.50 if I remember correctly. I have a bunch of old Voyager bags with the old style valves that closed by pushing the cap in a...
by pblanc
Thu May 28, 2015 11:36 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Sources for valves for Voyageur/Harmony float bags?
Replies: 16
Views: 6510

Re: Sources for valves for Voyageur/Harmony float bags?

Those NRS valves are for a larger diameter feed tube, I think. I've got a bunch of NRS bags, so I have some of those replacement NRS valves. I also have one set of the blue vinyl Harmony kayak bags with the red feed tubes. The NRS valves are too big to fit into the ends of those red feed tubes. Hav...
by pblanc
Thu May 28, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Need some tips for basic royalex and vinyl anchor repair
Replies: 8
Views: 4363

Re: Need some tips for basic royalex and vinyl anchor repair

Penetrating epoxy is basically just a low viscosity epoxy that will penetrate wood grain well. It can be used as a base coat under marine varnish or polyurethane and this type of finish seems to be gaining popularity with wooden boat makers. If you use it on wood that will show, or as a base coat, y...
by pblanc
Thu May 28, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Need some tips for basic royalex and vinyl anchor repair
Replies: 8
Views: 4363

Re: Need some tips for basic royalex and vinyl anchor repair

Although have generally used vinyl adhesive to bond vinyl backed anchors in place, I have used G Flex to bond them into polyethylene boats with no problems. If you want to reuse the existing anchors and you think they were bonded in with epoxy, that is what I would use. You need to clean the Royalex...
by pblanc
Tue May 12, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Ed's Canoe
Replies: 7
Views: 2574

Re: Ed's Canoe

No. I have ordered products from Ed's Canoe 5 or 6 times and never had that experience.
by pblanc
Fri May 08, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: What Fabric for Boat Repairs
Replies: 9
Views: 6385

Re: What Fabric for Boat Repairs

I have used both the style 6522 and the style 6533 S 'glass from Sweet Composites extensively. These are both plain-weave fabrics and I have had no problems wetting them out with G Flex epoxy. The style 6522 is a 4 ounce/square yard fabric and the 6533 a 6 oz/sq yd cloth. I would stay away from the ...