- I used to carry duct tape; now carry gorilla. I ve never had to use it in more than 4 years of using my boat about monthly. You can t compare rocks to oysters.Message 1 of 6 , Jul 23, 2010View SourceI used to carry duct tape; now carry gorilla.
I've never had to use it in more than 4 years of using my boat about monthly.
You can't compare rocks to oysters. I'll happily use my SOF baidarka on the Chattahoochee. This is a river that's packed with rocks here in Atlanta. Uneven waterflow etc...
Oysters are a WHOLE different ballgame. an oysterbank will rip your SOF to shreds. (Just see how well your SOF withstands a cut from an x-acto knife or a razorblade and you get my drift.)
(The most amazing thing I've ever witnessed on how sharp oysters can be is a punctured tire on a trailer. There were some oysters at low tide on a barely used boatramp; we backed up and an oyster cut clean through a tire! I now don't even trust my tennis shoes anymore!)
"I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them." (E. V. Lucas)
On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 5:53 PM, Elliot Mednick <elliot@...> wrote:
I seemed to have fared much better than Beau, but I can’t explain why. . I’m constantly scraping my Arrow 14’s bottom on the rocky coast of Maine.
All I did was add a second layer of Dacron on just the bottom. I used plain varnish to coat, nothing fancy. I have never had a rip. Is it luck?
I added another coat of varnish a couple of years ago, only because there was some seepage , and I found that I had missed a section when I built it in 2003. The bottom still feels tough. There’s no brittleness. I do keep it stored in the garage hanging on the wall, to keep it out of the sun long-term. I think it would need a pretty sharp knife to cut through it. And even then, with two layers and a sheet of Heat’n Bond between, the rip-stoppage should be pretty good. Some duct tape for a short time should suffice.
- There are a few things I d consider doing: 1) I like the idea of 2 layers of Dacron. 2) I d run a couple of strips down the bottom. When you pull it up onMessage 2 of 6 , Jul 23, 2010View SourceThere are a few things I'd consider doing:
1) I like the idea of 2 layers of Dacron.
2) I'd run a couple of strips down the bottom. When you pull it up on shore there are only 2 places where it touches...the keel and the (is it called the sheer"?)...where the hull starts going more vertical. You could run a couple of 1/2" pieces there and you'd be fine.
3) Carry an emergency repair kit of a piece of dacron and a little one-use tube of super glue. You're going to have to glue up the hole anyway, so why not carry the repair kit with you? I taped my kit around one of the seat horizontals and just leave it there. It's a great insurance policy...I figure as long as I have the repair kit on board I'll never need it
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From: "gmreevesrodco@..." <gmreevesrodco@...>
Date: 07/22/2010 05:38 PM
Subject: [Airolite_Boats] Re: Durable enough for boundary waters?
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I'd be interested in know as well. I'm about to order the plans so I can build one for next years trip. I'm wondering if going with another fabric would be better.
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, bschless@... wrote:
> I have punctured my boat on oyster shells (and had a heck of a time
> bailing and rowing it home). I now carry a repair kit taped to a seat
> which includes a tube of super glue, a piece of dacron and some duct
> in a baggy. Easy repair will be the baggy duct taped on. More seriousglue.
> repair will be the dacron glued in place, then smeared with super
> Beau Schless
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> From: "tylerwisconsin08" <tylerwisconsin08@...>
> To: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com
> Date: 05/13/2010 06:38 AM
> Subject: [Airolite_Boats] Durable enough for boundary waters?
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> Are the Snowshoe 16 or 18 durable enough for Boundary water trips? Does
> anyone use either of these models for tripping? If you do, have youmade
> any modifications to the plans?