iako/ama connection retap?

calling out for some help on this one....

my newish canoe has a small problem. No matter how hard I tighten the rear thumbscrew on the ama, the flange in the iako connection does not really connect with the iako.

As a result it's tight enough for the iako not to pop out, but so loose as to re-adjust itself every bump it goes over. the canoe ends up ama heavy and leaning left. Closer inspection shows the hole is only threaded/tapped part way down -

can this be retapped?

Submitted by Openocean on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 1:42pm

What kind of canoe/ama?

#1 Wed, 07/02/2008 - 1:55pm

aquafiend, other than this small issue, I'm completely satisfied with my canoe, so I'm purposely leaving that info out so as not to single out the manufacturer.

this situation could apply to any canoe that uses a thumbscrew connection. last time I checked that included Tiger, Outrigger Connection, older Huki's, Kaku Designs and Kamanu to name just a few.

any suggestions? ( oh, and it's not a C-Lion ) :)

#2 Wed, 07/02/2008 - 3:43pm

I would ask the builder the best way to resolve the issue, maybe it can be retapped..maybe not as it might loosen the metal sleeve epoxied into the Ama for the Thumbscrew to set.

If the boat is new I would ask the dealer/builder for a replacement Ama. I had an Ama dinged during shipping this year, checked it as soon as it came out of wrap at the shipper's and took pictures and asked the dealer for a replacement. Being a reputable dealer and the builder being reputable this was handled quickly with great customer service.

Good luck...Mahalo

#3 Wed, 07/02/2008 - 4:19pm

Clue is that the iako's are secured by thumbscrews, and you say it's not a C lion....

A guess is that it's a sea Turkey

#4 Wed, 07/02/2008 - 7:10pm

thanks Pitt, I've had contact with the builder since this post, and things seem to be rolling as you've suggested...

( oh, and it's a Kaimana for those that care.. )

#5 Thu, 07/03/2008 - 6:31am

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