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by slurch
Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:39 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Converting AF2 to solo
Replies: 6
Views: 8008

Indeed you are right, my mistake.
by slurch
Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:26 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Converting AF2 to solo
Replies: 6
Views: 8008

Just buy a single deck, no conversion needed.
by slurch
Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:10 am
Forum: Spray Skirts, Dry Bags, Foot Braces, Seats etc.
Topic: Any picture for Footrest on a solo AEC
Replies: 19
Views: 35059

:cry: AE this thread cleary demonstrates there is a need for some form of foot bracing in the AFC, what are you doing about this need if anything? If nothing why not?
by slurch
Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: Spray Skirts, Dry Bags, Foot Braces, Seats etc.
Topic: Any picture for Footrest on a solo AEC
Replies: 19
Views: 35059

:roll: Footrest! Why the powers that be at AE have said on several occasions that a footrest is NOT needed on the AFC. They make the boats surely they must know best and have a very good reason for not supplying them. Though I for one can not think of any reason why a brace would be undesirable in a...
by slurch
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: My version of foot rest for AEC solo
Replies: 6
Views: 8308

So when is AE going to produce an official footrest for the Convertible in solo mode? There seems to be a demand.
by slurch
Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: First 10 mile Journey - AE Covertible w/ new Rod Holder Seat
Replies: 2
Views: 5830

It has been said before on several threads that a big touring boat like the convertible needs to have a footbrace. However the powers that be do not think that this is an issue. I have just got back from a 12 mile sea trip around Falmouth UK and once again the lack of a decent brace spoiled the trip...
by slurch
Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:06 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Seats
Replies: 4
Views: 5955

As as been said before on several occasions a proper footrest would be helpful in the convertible, a boat designed for touring. Its no good just saying push back to stop the seat slipping forward. Come on AE get your finger out this is a serious problem and a solution is needed, the lack of a footre...
by slurch
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Repairs, Cleaning & Maintainance
Topic: tube leaking on new kayak
Replies: 3
Views: 6125

AE Customer Service is the best I have ever seen, they always seem to go the extra mile to keep their customers afloat.

Thanks Jeremy
by slurch
Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: Issues/Problems
Topic: Numb Feet AdvancedFrame
Replies: 11
Views: 20107

:( Come on AE why no foot rests in your kayaks, they are clearly needed wanted.
by slurch
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Convertible advice/help please?
Replies: 4
Views: 7240

:D Hi- I live in the UK and since upgrading from my Sevlor Rio to the AE Convertible nearly 3 years ago I am generally very pleased with it. I have only used it solo and it paddles fine in this mode at about 4MPH. I have used it on flat rivers, inland lochs and coastal waters (3ft plus swell), in pl...
by slurch
Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Another Newbie!
Replies: 54
Views: 52664

Hi Happy birthday!! I hope the long wait was worth it. Now you can begin to have some fun. Remember keep the main chambers well inflated, but be careful of the floor, the rib seams can blow apart if over inflated. Look forward to hearing how you get on over the next few weeks. Here in the UK the wat...
by slurch
Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:21 am
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: Another Newbie!
Replies: 54
Views: 52664

It sounds like you are now only short of the kayaks. I know what it is like waiting to get out on the water. I booked my summer holiday this week. A loch side cottage on the Isle of Barra in the Scottish Western Isles, in June.
by slurch
Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:24 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: Likes/ Dislikes and Suggestions
Replies: 0
Views: 5735

Likes/ Dislikes and Suggestions

I have been the proud owner of an AE Convertible for nearly 2 years now and like so many of the forum members I absolutely love it. I live in the UK and am 6ft and weigh about 240lbs

My first venture into inflatables was about 4 years ago when I bought a 10ft open canoe, a Sevylor Rio. This was a good starter boat but after 1 season I realised that I needed something bigger and better, more suited to touring. So I went onto Ebay and found another Sevlyor their Eskimo model. It was described as “secondsâ€￾ but the price was right and I thought there couldn’t be much wrong with it, who would be stupid enough to sell a dodgy boat. When it arrived the only fault I could find was some poor stitching on one of the fabric seams. Having used it a few times my problems begun, the bladders kept splitting along the seams (I am sure this was not a known fault when sold) and my faith in it went as rapidly as the air. I then did some research on the net and found AE and all the reviews were brilliant. I new the convertible would be a good touring boat at 15ft. I managed to track down a UK retailer who offered a fair price and included both optional decks. Having got it, I was straight down to the river to try it out. It was so much better than the 2 earlier boats, it went in a straight line and once up to speed it took very little effort to keep moving.

Since that first enjoyable outing I have had many more problem free trips (up to 5hrs/ 14 miles), in such diverse places as southern Cornwall, the Shetland Islands the Scottish Western Isles and the Norfolk Broads as well as on the local river and canal. Each outing just increases my joy at owning such a fine craft which always attracts attention and questions from passers by and fellow canoeists.

Reading through the forum I can clearly see that everyone has similar feelings about their AE products and I thought it would be nice to start a thread about members likes/ dislikes and ideas for improvements (yes I know there is scope for improvement at a small cost).

Well here goes:

Likes
• The overall design and general construction quality is fantastic especially at the price.
• Performance can’t be faulted, especially with the optional backbone.
• The interest it generates from non owners.
• Ease of assembly and packing
• AE’s support and after sales care

Dislikes
• The main military style spring valves always feel vulnerable and are hard to operate with cold fingers. Very soon after I first had the boat I found that I could not close one of the valves despite using the correct technique, a quick email to AE and a solution was reached. This may be a personal thing but I would far prefer to see the tried and tested Boston Valves which can be operated with gloved hands. The screw valves on the minor chambers also feel very flimsy and have a tendency to leak, especially on the smaller chambers.
• The main chambers, are there really 2 independent chambers? Why does it completely deflate when either valve is opened? It has done this since new.
• The floor. In a product of this value, surely a better quality, secured floor with a covering could be provided, possibly with a channel for the backbone to sit in. After just 2 trips one of the channel divide seams split (not due to over inflation), replaced on the warranty but should not have been required.
• The combing for the spray skirt is an absolute joke, even with the chambers fully blown up it is limp. Some form of foam would work much better.
• The seat back tends to slip down and the pad is hard to keep in its rightful place, I am sure a simple frame and or additional straps could solve this problem.
• A proper adjustable footrest is needed on a serious touring boat.

Despite this list of dislikes I would not be without my convertible, it handles so well and as I said above the overall design is fantastic.

What do other members of the forum like/ dislike about their AE products, and what improvements/ additional features would you like to see?
by slurch
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:47 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: A trip across the bay
Replies: 3
Views: 7212

When I am out I usually travel between 10-15 miles solo in my convertible at an average moving speed of 3.5-4 mph, including stops to watch wildlife, and the coast these trips typically take up to about 4.5 hours. You may want a seat pad for the backbone can be felt after a long paddle, and some mea...
by slurch
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:39 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: How dangerous are these things anyway?
Replies: 4
Views: 9407

The AE kayaks are basically as save as any other form of craft, so long as they are used carefully. On the ocean there is often little room for mistakes, and problems can grow very quickly. As an ex professional fisherman I am sure that you are aware that the tide is only part of the risk equation. ...