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by pblanc
Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Gorilla glue use?
Replies: 8
Views: 3164

Re: Gorilla glue use?

I have limited experience with Gorilla Glue. I know that some folks swear by it, but I don't care for it. I don't like how it foams up, or its rather unpredictable expansion, and I agree that it is not that easily faired and shaped. I much prefer just using G Flex, often thickened with silica gel po...
by pblanc
Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Wood T-grip repair/maintenance and opinions for best paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 3719

Re: Wood T-grip repair/maintenance and opinions for best pad

Surface forming tools like this one make shaping minicell foam a lot easier: http://hardwareonlinestore.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=18711&virtuemart_category_id=21604&gclid=CNyZ9aK6ysACFQamaQod80MAEg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Onc...
by pblanc
Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Wood T-grip repair/maintenance and opinions for best paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 3719

Re: Wood T-grip repair/maintenance and opinions for best pad

Some folks prefer an oil finish on paddle grips, claiming a bright finish such as varnish promotes blistering. They seem mostly to be flat water paddlers. You could use an oil finish, but you would need to be committed to reapplying oil frequently. I think a bright finish using either marine varnish...
by pblanc
Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Choosing a boat?
Replies: 18
Views: 12170

Re: Choosing a boat?

You didn't mention whether Marlin Bayes at Western Canoe and Kayak has any Royalex Mohawk, Esquif, or Mad River whitewater canoes in stock. If not, do not necessarily plan to be able to get one new, because all Royalex production ceased permanently in April of this year. I am pretty certain that Moh...
by pblanc
Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: "Molly's Nipple", Slave River
Replies: 3
Views: 2462

Re: "Molly's Nipple", Slave River

Which raises the question: where is Molly's other one?
by pblanc
Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Bell Canoes... No longer in business?!?!?!
Replies: 5
Views: 3322

Re: Bell Canoes... No longer in business?!?!?!

Unrelated, but can anyone confirm whether Clipper is no longer making Vipers? I cannot find them on their website... When Clipper recently redesigned their website, the listing for Vipers and Probes disappeared. A friend of mine called Marlin Bayes and was informed that, yes, Clipper still makes bo...
by pblanc
Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Width and Stability (good article)
Replies: 19
Views: 7337

Re: Width and Stability (good article)

I have a very simple definition of stability as it applies to canoes.

Every canoe I have paddled has been "stable".

Until I fall out of it, whereupon it becomes "unstable".
by pblanc
Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: zephyr shedding
Replies: 18
Views: 7897

Re: zephyr shedding

Thanks for the info. I am attempting to repair an older Twin-tex Esquif Mistral that had a balsa core that rotted. I have sanded fiberglass boats and had the itchies many times but working on this thing is something else. It is as if the shedding fibers are encapsulated in polypropylene and they sti...
by pblanc
Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Blackfly 91
Replies: 11
Views: 6698

Re: Blackfly 91

I am pushing 200 lbs and I find that my Octane 85 is remarkably dry for its size. I have only paddled the Octane 91 a bit, but it would have to be at least a bit drier still. I have paddled Viper 11s and 12s a bunch and while I like both, I have never found either to be very dry. The Vipers have les...
by pblanc
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Solo boat suggestion?
Replies: 4
Views: 3420

Re: Solo boat suggestion?

How much do you anticipate carrying? If you are looking for an efficient hull with decent carrying capacity that has good maneuverability and will surf, but you don't anticipate running any sustained whitewater in it, you may not require the depth, dryness, and high degree of rocker of a full out wh...
by pblanc
Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Blackfly Octane 91 Outfitting
Replies: 6
Views: 7695

Re: Blackfly Octane 91 Outfitting

You can get 54 inch Harmony bags in vinyl here: http://www.harmonygear.com/products/9717/Harmony-54-inch-3D-End-Float-Bag-Vinyl.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Of course, they are somewhat heavier (though significantly cheaper) than the urethane nylon Harmony bags. Years ago, Voy...
by pblanc
Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Blackfly 91
Replies: 11
Views: 6698

Re: Blackfly 91

Going from a Prelude to an Octane 91 is a huge leap. You might wish to try an Octane 85, which is also quite forgiving, stable, and dry. If you are the right size and weight for a Prelude, you might find the Octane 91 is too much boat for you.
by pblanc
Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Canoe Repair Guidance
Replies: 2
Views: 1362

Re: Canoe Repair Guidance

Are the cracks all the way through, or just visible on the inside? Cracks right in front of the pedestal are pretty common. The paddler's weight on the pedestal creates a stress riser near the front edge of the pedestal. The front of the boat flexes up and down but the paddler's weight immobilizes t...
by pblanc
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Blue Hole Parts Question
Replies: 3
Views: 2040

Re: Blue Hole Parts Question

Check out Essex Industries: http://www.essexindustries.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and Ed's Canoe: http://edscanoe.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by pblanc
Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Mad River Cyclone
Replies: 6
Views: 4160

Re: Mad River Cyclone

What it is, is the OC2 version of the Twister. Fast? Fast, relative to what? As an OC1, it would spin well, but would only be fast relative to way shorter boats. I think it would make a reasonable big-water OC1. Here are the specs: http://www.madrivercanoe.com/content/madrivercanoe.com/assets/page/...