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by PJohanson
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Expedition & Ultralite
Topic: AE Expedition : Punctures and repair experience
Replies: 5
Views: 7548

Re: AE Expedition : Punctures and repair experience

To repair a puncture in the cowl around the cockpit of the Airfusion, you have two things to do. You'll probably do them one after the other. The first is to contact the forum administrator (scroll down to the blue line at the bottom of this page where it says 'Contact us') and get in a conversation...
by PJohanson
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Texas Lakes and Ponds
Replies: 2
Views: 1592

Re: Texas Lakes and Ponds

Nice to see a small, practical boat on these lakes and ponds!
by PJohanson
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Pumps
Topic: Intex Pumps
Replies: 2
Views: 1583

Re: Intex Pumps

I have a little Doublequick pump, too! It gives me confidence to have a small pump with me when out for a day paddle, as well as the large pump in my gear bag onshore.
This little pump is a terrific "second" pump, especially when there are two or more inflatables in my group or when I'm kayak camping.
by PJohanson
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Pumps
Topic: Possible valve leaking inside a AE2011 pump
Replies: 1
Views: 413

Re: Possible valve leaking inside a AE2011 pump

As a kayak user, I think it's okay to keep using a pump after a year or two but I recommend buying a new pump.
Some models of pump are easy to take apart and fix, but at that point I wouldn't rely on it like a new pump under warranty.
by PJohanson
Sat Jan 30, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Repairs, Cleaning & Maintainance
Topic: Repairing scrapes and wear on outer skin bottom
Replies: 2
Views: 1108

Re: Repairing scrapes and wear on outer skin bottom

I have used my AE kayaks for years (my old Dragonfly is over twelve years old) and they have light scratches on the bottom. Only three scratches ever needed anything done to them. My opinion about scratches has two elements. 1. Try not to scratch the hull! Dragging it WILL scratch the hull, even on ...
by PJohanson
Sat Jan 30, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: Comparing my Firefly to a Sevylor Quickpak 1
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

Re: Comparing my Firefly to a Sevylor Quickpak 1

Thanks for the comparison! You are right, it is important to notice how a tall or heavy person will feel different from a short or small person in a small boat. Experiences really DO vary.
I like that you mentioned the carry bag.
by PJohanson
Sat Jan 30, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: Looking to buy a new Kayak: Expedition or Evo
Replies: 5
Views: 6831

Re: Looking to buy a new Kayak: Expedition or Evo

My comment, as someone who also paddles in BC waters, is to be aware of winds and currents! Challenging conditions can change to dangerous conditions while we're on the water.
by PJohanson
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi and question -- getting fishbone in duffel bag
Replies: 2
Views: 2293

Re: Hi and question -- getting fishbone in duffel bag

Hi venturi In my opinion, these bags are generally just big enough. The videos are a big help for confirming how one is supposed to get these bulky items into their bags. Practise does help :) On a cold day, it might be harder to get a kayak or paddleboard folded small enough to get it in the bag ea...
by PJohanson
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Gear for Sale/Wanted
Topic: Hello And Expedition for Sale
Replies: 2
Views: 2418

Re: Hello And Expedition for Sale

Good wishes with your long illness!
by PJohanson
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Issues/Problems
Topic: Bad tracking for 200 pound user
Replies: 3
Views: 2910

Re: Bad tracking for 200 pound user

I'd also suggest that it's possible the bigger 200 pound paddler was using a longer stroke. When you paddle with longer strokes, the kayak might waggle more. Adjusting the stroke to be shorter helps me a lot to track straighter.
To go faster, increase cadence instead of length of stroke!
by PJohanson
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: stabilizers for inflatable kayaks
Replies: 2
Views: 1779

Re: stabilizers for inflatable kayaks

I agree! And I have a problem with balance. These AE kayaks make me feel really stable. I recommend for anyone worried about stability to paddle with friends, and to have some safety practise. My friends and I go to a nice beach and practise tipping over, doing wet exits and climbing back into our k...
by PJohanson
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Hosing the Kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 3450

Re: Hosing the Kayak

If salt water gets inside the kayak, it's a good idea to rinse the boat inside and out with fresh water.
I just use my garden hose and rinse off my kayaks in my yard. Then I use a towel to soak up as much of the water as I can from inside the boat.
The worry is about zippers and the frame.
by PJohanson
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: The true test
Replies: 6
Views: 11209

Re: The true test

Hi toni

You might try sticking a slim layer of cushioning rubber between the frame and the outer hull. And I'd check the edge of the aluminum frame. Mine feels dull, not sharp like a knife.
by PJohanson
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Firefly, Dragonfly and Lagoon Single Models
Topic: Dragonfly Xc for $250- did I get ripped off?
Replies: 3
Views: 2202

Re: Dragonfly Xc for $250- did I get ripped off?

Being twelve years old is not a big worry for the Dragonfly. I have one that old that has seen a LOT of use, and it is still good. Inflate yours gradually with a hand pump. Rather than over-inflate, I would slightly under-inflate it, maybe 90% full rather than making it full and tight. I often paddl...
by PJohanson
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Firefly, Dragonfly and Lagoon Single Models
Topic: My Experiences with the Firefly Inflatable
Replies: 3
Views: 1994

Re: My Experiences with the Firefly Inflatable

I recommend the Dragonfly over the Firefly for people as tall as you. Maybe the AdvancedFrame. These models are all with that tough outer hull that makes me feel safe from accidental punctures.
If you're really wanting a small inflatable that rolls up very small, the Packlite is a good bet.