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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?

Using GPS to improve technique...please advise.

I was so excited to get my GPS and get some feedback on my stroke. I went to a kayak shop and the guy said the Garmin etrex was great and he had not heard any problems with leaking. BUT watching the speed jump around with the delay did not really give me any real time data that was useful. With the "average speed while moving" it is cool to see at the end of a long run but when you push really hard the number have a delay before they move so I seemed to do just as well with my stop watch on the known distances I am paddling.

My rowing buddies say that the impeller driven devices are the way to go to watch the stroke and that if you are trying to determine your best stroke on the flat that is the way to get real time feedback.

I got this from the archieve:

"What I love about the Speedmate is that if you are working on stroke technique and tuning (e.g. try a different blade angle, or slightly change your mechanics), then you see the results of the change(s) immediately. I find such feedback very useful. I use my GPS but not so much for stroke tuning and improvement. The sampling on a GPS tends to make "cause and effect" stroke tuning much less effective IMO."

Do different GPS units have settings so you can get an averaged number that updates more often so you can get "smooth" but responsive numbers and arent just delayed and bouncing?

The whole speed on the water vs landspeed is another can of worms I am reading about in the archieves. Thanks for reply

I need help picking an OC1

I was looking for an OC1. (hopefully a used as i do not have a lot of money) I'm 6 foot and weigh about 175 lbs. What would be an ideal canoe for me?

Steersmen, what's your favorite all around paddle and why?

Generally steering paddles are cheaper than paddling paddles, yet them must be used for more than one purpose. You have to steer and the crew insists you paddle occasionally.

At either end there are steering paddles 10 1/2" x 22" with 5 degrees angle and there are paddles 9 1/2" x 13" with 12 degrees angle.

Some are high shoulder, some are low shoulder. Some have the shoulders reinforced and some have all edges reinforced.

Thoughts? Comments?

Durepox - 15% less drag coefficient

This is actually related to ocpaddler's post on "Faster Hull sprays/creams" but different enough to warrant starting this separate post.

Some of the innovations and development in design concepts and specialized composites for racing boats/kayaks, rowing shells etc., actually came from racing yachts- i.e. America's cup

One of the things they use for improving hull speed is a special type of epoxy urethane (varnish) called Durepox. Anyone know what finish the current surfskis (Epic, Fenn, Huki) and OC-1 manufacturers are using?

Excerpt of product info:
Durepox is an epoxy urethane with amazing adhesion to carbon fibre, fibreglass and wood, which can be applied without sanding between coats. While developed as a primer, Durepox is used as a topcoat on racing boats as it has excellent water barrier properties and exceptional weather stability. Durepox was tested by the Otago Flume Laboratory and results showed that its satin finish gave a 15% less drag coefficient than a high gloss surface on rowing skulls. On a practical level, painters admire its fast dry properties and sandability after three hours with no shrink back.

Link: http://www.resene.co.nz/archspec/products/durepox.htm

Otago Flume Laboratory is located in the South Island of Dunedin New Zealand at the University of Otago, three stories tall, and I believe the only flume lab capable and designed for physiological/biomechanical testing of water based sports motions. Last I heard, OTC at Colorado was dismantling their flume. For those who venture down to Dunedin, you should definitely get in contact with Dave Pease and the guys at the High Performance Centre, they have some really cool biomechanical analysis equipment for analysing paddling technique. The flume is the largest of its kind, built I think in 1998.

Flying with Paddles

In a couple of weeks I'm flying to an out of town race. I want to bring my own paddles, but it doesn't seem like JetBlue will let me carry them on. I am a little nervous about checking the paddlebag.

In addition, it seems like the paddlebag will exceed the 62" width+height+thickness limit for standard luggage and require additional payment.

Any tips out there?

Tahitian design canoes

Heres some pics of that 197lb tahitian design canoe. I saw it in kona last year, I was so impressed by the design and workmanship I had to get some photos of it. I Also spoke to some of the guys who paddled in it and they were amazed by how fast it gets up to speed.

Tracrac Truck Cradle/Saddle Setup Options

Looking for some feedback from any of you guys with tracrac setups on your trucks. What kind of OC1 cradle/saddles are you using? I was thinking I could just use options from either Thule or Yakima however I've been told they won't fit. Any truth to this or can it be done? If yes, let me know if it just worked as is or if there was some customization work that needed to be done.

Thanks,
Isamu

Hihimanu...what have guys heard about it?

what have you guys heard about the hihimanu canoe.....any info would be appreciated...

OC-1 for kids

Maybe our local builders will take note. Check out the Gecko, I think it's great idea.
Get em hooked while their young.
http://www.allwave.it/

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