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by John
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Stories & Blogs
Topic: Praise
Replies: 0
Views: 990

Praise

In praise of AE Convertible I have now owned my AE Convertible for over 10 years. During that time I have used it frequently in Scottish seas and lochs and French seas and rivers. It has performed and worn well in that time. Apart from a slight fading the fabric has remained fairly much as new. I ha...
by John
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: wind paddle sail vs rapid sale
Replies: 5
Views: 10256

I have recently bought the Bic Kayak Sail. It is cheap (at least in the UK) and works well - as well I suspect as most of these sails do.
by John
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Backbones
Topic: Advantages of backbone?
Replies: 19
Views: 35735

Hi Just a word in support of the backbone. I have had an AE convertible since 2009 without the backbone. The kayak has performed well and we have enjoyed it. However, in waves, even pumped fairly firm there was a flex that both slowed the boat and made it less manageable. The backbone (bought recent...
by John
Wed May 30, 2012 5:07 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: foam under seats
Replies: 0
Views: 3841

foam under seats

In our converible I use foam under the seats for two reasons. Firstly, it gives my smaller wife a bit of a lift and places her in a better paddling position (she has deeper foam than I have). Secondly, the foam lifts the seat sufficiently above the floor to keep it above any water that may be on the...
by John
Wed May 30, 2012 4:44 am
Forum: Issues/Problems
Topic: My AF 1 Review and modifications to make it better!
Replies: 8
Views: 18073

I concur about the leaking zips. These are the AE's main weakness in what is otherwise a fine product. I have the convertible which is worse with a zip all around. A question. Once the aquaseal is applied how can you then open the zip if necessary? Does it not gunge up the zip permanently? Re the RV...
by John
Wed May 30, 2012 4:35 am
Forum: Issues/Problems
Topic: Leaking zips
Replies: 0
Views: 4514

Leaking zips

The AE convertible is an excellent kayak. The one design fault I have found is leaking zips - especially a problem on the convertible. I have read the other thread on this topic and note advice given. I wondered if any other home solutions have been devised. One help (though not a solution) may be (...
by John
Wed May 30, 2012 4:24 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: spraydecks
Replies: 0
Views: 4076

spraydecks

If you live in the UK, Lomo sell a cheap spraydeck that happens to fit the AE convertible (and presumably other models). The spraydeck that fits is the CUSTOM spraydeck. It is a little tight to get on but does fit - though a little neat. Worth checking out.
by John
Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: Issues/Problems
Topic: It's Been Overinflated! Help!
Replies: 16
Views: 22039

What was ruefully amusing was seeing all the other campers immediately letting some air out of their inflatable tenders and dinghies.
by John
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:39 am
Forum: Issues/Problems
Topic: It's Been Overinflated! Help!
Replies: 16
Views: 22039

I left my convertible out in the sun in France. I did so day by day. One day there was an almighty explosion heard by everyone in the campsite. Yes, you've guessed it, the main tubes had exploded. I take full responsibility. I inflated a bit too hard in the first place. Each day I wondered if it was...
by John
Mon May 10, 2010 2:54 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: Advanced Elements 2010 sail
Replies: 7
Views: 10501

Thanks Guys. Hadn't noticed the open thread. Looks fairly impressive.
by John
Sun May 09, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: Advanced Elements 2010 sail
Replies: 7
Views: 10501

Advanced Elements 2010 sail

Has anyone bought the new sail or is there a Youtube test on it?
by John
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: First paddle with new AE convertable
Replies: 2
Views: 5050

Hope you enjoy your kayak. We bought ours a year ago and have had great fun on sea and rivers. French rivers last summer and Scottish Lochs and sea later summer and autumn. We are in our fifties.
by John
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Holidaying in France
Replies: 6
Views: 10082

PS On some areas it was possible to arrange a lift back by a hire company for a nominal fee (about £10 max). On the Allier the train runs alongside the river and is excellent for a lift back - in fact our ride was free - despite trying a few times to pay the conductor. I carried Kayak and gear in a...
by John
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Holidaying in France
Replies: 6
Views: 10082

Kayaking Ardeche

I used the AE convertible on all rivers. It was absolutely fine, excellent in fact. We were also on the Allier which although not nearly as busy and commenrcial was a much more interesting river. A very helpful book is The Massif Central. Can't at momenet remember exact title or author but a book wo...
by John
Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: Paddles
Topic: Paddle length - what's your choice?
Replies: 9
Views: 17930

Thanks Lee. Well thought out.