Used Boats

There are always used Feathercrafts out there; finding them is the difficult part. In years of recession their numbers swell, here are a few links to help you provide a new home to a “previously loved” kayak.

Happy  hunting

Folding Kayak Adventures out of Colorado: http://www.foldingkayak.com/used.htm

Folding Kayaks.org has a Boats for Sale page (scroll down on the side bar)http://www.foldingkayaks.org/

Craigslist can be a bit of a bother to seach in its entirety but that just means more stuff is out there right?www.craigslist.org/

Wavelength Magazine has a classified page on their forum that is woth surfing http://www.wavelengthmagazine.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=10

Ebay. http://www.ebay.ca/

This is obviously a North American biased post, anyone with European, Asian or Aussie pages please fire me an email and I’ll update this post.

Gear packing tip #299-3.45 subsection 2

Was speaking with a great fellow kayaker yesterday and the subject of packing a boat for an extended (2 week +) trip came up. On such long trips, space is always at a premium! We were discussing the tips and techniques that can make the packing of a boat a lot easier and discovering space in the hull that might not have been obvious.

One important tip; deflate the boats sponsons completely before you stash your gear. This will free up a bunch of space! Re-inflate once all your gear has been stowed and not only will you have a smaller deck load, but the tenson of the sponsons on your gear will help hold your gear in place. Room enough for all those desserts and golf clubs (!) you’ve been forced to leave behind in the past. And yes I did take a sand wedge on a particularly sandy trip once…. 😀

Try it out!

Anyone have any other tips to share?

A Fly above the rest.

We got kinda sick of heavy, crappy flys made over-seas that just were not getting the job done for us on our trips. Heavy, bulky and weak, and just not up to the modern standard of  gear-tech. So with some of the very high tech fabric we have here at FC, we made our own. Its a beaut.

It packs into a 5 or a 3 liter drybag with ease, weighs little more than 2 lbs and is made of silicone ripstop fabric. Covered area is 10′ by 10′ with 8 reinforced attachment points, reinforced with our kayak hull fabric.

I personally love the combination of hammock and fly for camping, so small, lightweight and…… exposed?

This fly was mostly meant to be a homemade project, just to test how good ultralight flys could be. It has drawn ALOT of interest though, and I’ll see what I can do about a production model. Although this could take a few weeks.

If you like this idea and cant wait (usually my problem) check out these similar models (though inferior in fabric material and reinforcement strength, the primary reason we made our own)

-Integral Designs SiShelter

-Kelty Noah’s Tarp

Rolling and Cockpit bracing bars.

FC,

Spent the weekend rolling my 2009 Khats at GGSKS.  Found that my knees really got sore trying to hold on to the bracing bars.  Moved the calf plates to the bracing bars to give the knees more support for leans and hip flicks.  You guys make something like the calf plate for the bracing bars?  Would be a great piece to add to the Khats for stability during edging.  If not, I’ll have to create my own as the calf plates fit but slide back and forth and up/down.  Need the knee plates to be secure w/o movement.

Any ideas?

-A.K.

Proud owner of 2008 Wisper, 2009 Khatsalano

Ideas?

Hi there!

A few ideas on bracing bars and the Khats. We don’t actually make anything specific to cover the bracing bars, as we have yet to have much input on the comfort of the bars while rolling, but I can see an issue developing here.

A question to you before I get too crazy with foam and velcro here at the shop; is the pressure of the bar creating the discomfort or is it where the bar is contacting your leg (knee, charlie horse etc) that is causing the discomfort?

Padding the bar with a layer of foam is always an option (and easy for me to do here at the shop), a little 3/4″ foam in a packcloth case with velcro closures and wrapped around the bar (pictures to follow). But this will not ease the constant pressure the bar is exerting upon your leg, in  which case we would need to think of something more substantial…. around the calf plate lines.

Check out the Hip fit Kit for a better fit in the cockpit http://feathercraft.com/accessories/misc.php#handling (halfway down the page) do you think this would help? If you have alot of room in the cockpit this might snug up your hips and take some pressure off your knees during a hip flick…………

Love some feedback!

Dan.

Anyone out there have any experience with an issue related to this one? I think there is limited feedback here at FC with the new bracing bar/built-in-coming system and prolonged rolling.