Oh Deer: Meeting Equipment Challenges In the Deer Group

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by kayakwriter, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. kayakwriter

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  2. AM

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    Well done, Philip! You must be a master of epoxy field repairs by now. A couple of questions:

    1) What was in your repair kit and would you add anything?

    2) Why did you take the skeg boat instead of your usual ride?

    Cheers,
    Andrew
     
  3. kayakwriter

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    Thanks Andrew!

    "1) What was in your repair kit and would you add anything?"

    A quick cure UV-activated fibreglass patch, a tube of Aqua-Mend putty, duct tape, assorted bolts and screws for seats etc, (hardware is difficult to whittle out of driftwood). When paddling my rudder boat I also carry spare rudder cables and crimpons. Tools include a multi-head screwdriver with bits for every type of screw on the boat, adjustable wrench, and a Vise Grip that doubles as a crimpon crusher.
    The kit also includes heavy duty needles and thread, Aqua-Seal for clothing repairs, patches of fabric that match the the tent and fly, SilNet silicone seam sealer (Aqua-Seal won't adhere to silicone-waterproofed fabrics) a tent pole repair sleeve, and patches/glue for my sleeping pad.
    For a multi week trip, I add some regular fibreglass cloth and epoxy.

    "2) Why did you take the skeg boat instead of your usual ride?"

    My paddling buddy was in a skeg boat, I wanted some touring experience in one, and (ironically) I though it would be more seaworthy in big water thanks to those rubber hatches. In fairness to the maker, this boat had been in rental/touring service for a long time before being retired, so it had gotten more wear than a privately owned boat would have received in a lifetime. And it was my bad for not inspecting it more closely prior to the trip.
     
  4. Astoriadave

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    Great selection of goodies for that repair kit. Some stuff new to me. This kit is small enough there should be room in any boat for it.

    This might be a good start for a separate topic, Philip.