older Hurricane iakos

Hello everyone: my club has an older model Hurricane that doesn't have the twist lock iakos, it has the kind that have the metal "button" that snaps into one of three positions into the canoe. The button part is this metal v-shaped clip that is now not doing its job - sometimes it gets stuck inside the iako and we have to dig it out, sometimes it is falling right out of the iako.

I can rebend this button-clip so it's a little more snug in the iako, but I don't see this as a long term fix, does anybody else have this problem? Can a new clip even be purchased anymore? Any other ideas on a way to attach this type of iako to the boat? otherwise the canoe works great.

thanks, gg

Submitted by girliegirl on Sun, 10/14/2007 - 3:41pm

Check with Jude at Huki www.huki.com, he has snap button inserts. I think most are a standard size, be sure to measure the diameter of the "button" on yours, and see if he has the same size. I got snap buttons from him to make a set of travel iakos from a broken kayak paddle shaft, and they worked fine!

#1 Sun, 10/14/2007 - 6:39pm

I got some of those from Two Good in Kailua several years ago.

#2 Sun, 10/14/2007 - 9:19pm

I found a company online Valco or Valley Tool and Die - www.valcocleve.com. I called them and asked them for some demos. One call and they sent me several of them. Look at the snap buttons and see if they have a part number on them to give you the proper size.

#3 Thu, 11/01/2007 - 9:12pm

Thank you everyone for the info!

#4 Sat, 11/03/2007 - 4:17pm

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