We have many people come to our shop from all over the world bringing in their Feathercraft with some sort of ailment that needs to be healed. One of the most consistent themes we see in our repair shop is the dreaded and avoidable Siezed Frame!
Today I wanna touch on the fact that you bought a Collapsible Kayak, and that kayak needs regular collapsing!! If you do not take your boat apart and give its frame a little TLC, you will invariably face one of the following; pocketbook lightning, hours of exasperation or brand new really expensive rigid kayak.
If you intend to keep your boat assembled for a long period of the paddling season (3-5 months and longer) you NEED to lubricate the frame. This cannot be stressed enough. Salt water will get in your boat by some means, and when it evaporates the salt crystals left behind will form a cement in the joints of the frame. I have worked on a seized insert on a keel bar that I swear was stronger than any part of the rest of the frame; the boat had been left together for 2 years. The frame required extensive repairs to the tune of $500. Have I scared you yet?
The repair kit comes complete with a bottle of BoSheild T-9; this should be applied to all the inserts on the frame and the piston parts of the extension bars.
When applying the T-9 use a pair of rubber gloves instead of a rag so that the lubricant is not absorbed by the applicator. Using gloves allows a little lubricant to go a long ways, a simple drop on each insert is plenty enough.
Should you run out of Bosheild, you can contact FC for more, or visit a bicycle store. They carry Teflon based chain oil, such as Phil’s Tenacious Dry Lube. These will work almost as well as Bosheild. Be sure to use a Dry lube, not a Wet lube (the guys at the bike store will know what that is).
Please lubricate the frame at least once a year to ensure your boat lasts you a long time.