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To answer my own question. I checked it with different dealers and experts, and all of them told that if I want to use it on regular basis, I should consider inflatables as toys. Also here in Switzerland it counts as flotation device and is not allowed more than 150 meters offshore. I bought myself a hardshell kayak for about 300$ more and next Monday I ...


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They sell fiberglass repair kits at most boating stores which are made for this exact sort of repair. It includes a fiber glass cloth which you put over the damaged area, as well as a resin / hardening agent to hold the patch in place. Any kit you buy should have instructions for applying the patch in it.


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I don't have specific numbers on strength and duarability, but I have had both and repaired both rather often. I work with a scout troop that has currently 22 floating canoes. The protector we put on both is the same, the hole repair method is the same the only real difference is when you dent or completely wrap the Royalite canoe around a rock. With the ...


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With a straght shaft paddle, one of two strokes is common: you put the paddle in the water ahead of you sloped like this \ and don't get great efficiency on the first half of the stroke, because it's hard to pull something down when you're above it you skip that whole first half of the stroke and just put the paddle in vertically right next to you. Now ...


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During the trip: duct tape. It's strong and flexible and it's easy to carry 3 or 4 feet with you. I've used it to repair a yoke in the middle of nowhere. Once you're home: a little fiberglass cloth and some epoxy resin. Or if it's more a deep scratch than a gouge, just the resin.


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From your link, the manufacturer's claim is The blade of the paddle is offset from the shaft to allow the blade to remain vertical to the canoe's path throughout the stroke. This improves the efficiency of each stroke and allows shorter strokes at an increased stroke rate. I haven't used one, but I can see how that could help - a higher stroke ...


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The point of the bent shaft is to maximize the amount of stroke for which the paddle is vertical through the stroke. Take a look at this video. The logic is explain in this video. He does a good job of visually showing why you might choose a bent shaft paddle. He also explains that it is not good for all types of canoeing.


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I would recommend a soft open frameless pack, like a Duluth, which is made of canvas. We can fit three food barrels into our Duluth, but they are olive barrels (watertight) not the standard blue ones. I looked at the 115 L dry bags on the MEC site and it looks like your barrel might just squeeze into one, though paying for a drybag and then putting something ...



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