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by Arthur Blue
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:37 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: Foredeck leaks ( AF )
Replies: 1
Views: 3746

Foredeck leaks ( AF )

Even with the deck lifts fully inflated there is a tendency for the foredeck to sag slightly in the middle and spray or rainwater to collect and drip through the zip. I cut a piece out of a discarded 10-gallon plastic drum ... trapezium-shaped about 27" x 20" x 13" deep, rounded off at the corners ....
by Arthur Blue
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:12 am
Forum: Pumps
Topic: best rugged lightweight pump
Replies: 2
Views: 8150

Emergency pump

The supplied double-action hand pump works very well but is a bit bulky to carry in the boat. There is a small yellow bellows pump marketed under "Highlander" and other names which is cheap and compact and quite capable of use for topping up or emergency inflation. I had wondered if there would be a...
by Arthur Blue
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Backbones
Topic: Backbone confusion!!
Replies: 10
Views: 23972

For those like Jon who are wondering about the AF contra other types of kayak I think that it's a very safe little boat. If you do puncture the outer skin, which is unlikely, you've still got the dual main tubes, which are protected by a tough cover, intact, and probably also the floor. This provide...
by Arthur Blue
Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:42 am
Forum: Backbones
Topic: Backbone confusion!!
Replies: 10
Views: 23972

With the AF the standard floor without BB is fine for most occasions, and you could put a lozenge-shaped piece of ply below it for low cost stiffening. The BB and/or DS give a little edge, but you don't have to have them. And the boat will get you home without any air in the floor at all, if you do ...
by Arthur Blue
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Backbones
Topic: Backbone confusion!!
Replies: 10
Views: 23972

DS versus BB

Having recently got a DS floor for my AF I can't say that I notice any great difference in handling compared to the standard floor plus BB ( though the BB may have the edge in largish seas ) However by providing a firmer footing the DS makes it easier to get in and out of the kayak, and when setting...