I had known about this Courier for a couple of years and sat back and did nothing. With the demise of Royalex I decided it was time to take the plunge and buy it even though I have one already. It is such a nice whitewater boat I couldn't pass it up.
Being an eighty-four it has its share of ding's and scars and especially being a Demo you can imagine the nicks and dings. Nothing as bad as the Colander! With aluminum gunwales I don't have to do much work except turn it into a solo by moving the seat, taking out the extra seat and refurbishing the carry thwart if I care to even keep it which I probably won't.
The next step is to pull out the Colander and compare it to this hull, two different years so who knows what changes went on. All the dimensions call it a Courier!
August 27, 2014
So today I decided it was time to clean up the hull. It had laid on a makeshift platform in the open for a long while and again another hull with enough grit and dirt to grow a few seeds on. Once again I decided to use a vinegar and water mix. Damn, how that just cuts through all the crap with one cleaning!
|Fresh off the Rack in VT|
|Paddling up the Pond|
|Dirty enough to grow something on!|
|Half way cleaned. Now the dings are showing.|
|There's something real smart, tape on a threaded bolt!|
|What a freaking gummed up mess!|
More To Come.
August 28, 2014
I wanted to take the second seat out so I could see if I could reuse it in a new position on the hull turning it into a solo. Stupid tape on threads! Took me about forty-five minutes cause the tape was thick on these! I do believe that I can salvage this seat and if I am correct about my measurements it should fit to where I want it at about 68" from the stern of the boat.
I was interested to see how this hull compared to the Colander so I pulled it out and put them side by side. To my bespectacled eyes there was something a little off on the way the ends of the hull lined up. The Second Courier looks like the bow has a longer sweep to it. I spent time doing measurements.
So seat work, some rivet work and then milling out some thwarts.
More to Come!
August 31, 2014
Today I thought I'd pull the crappy seating off the seat and start sanding it down. I am pretty convinced I can reuse it. Now I have seen a lot of canoe seats in my time but never with this kind of material.
More to Come.
September 12, 2014
I needed a new seat and ended up buying a contour seat made by Ed's and then decided to mill out my own thwart. I am laying out this Courier just the same as the Colander as I know all will work just fine. I planned down a thick piece of ash that was about four feet in length so I can make some new parts down the road.
|Down to 3/4 inch and smooth as hell!|
|Cutting to fit the hull|
|Hanging on the Rack!|
More To Come.
September 14-19, 2014
I ended up buying an Ed's Contour seat as a replacement. I've never tried one of these but thought what the hell! Now, I've mounted quite a few seats but I have never had as many problems as I did with this hull. For some reason I thought the gunwales had aluminum inserts but noooo, just vinyl and to top it off the space on the bottom of the gunwales was less then an inch wide so there was almost no room for mistakes. I think you can read between the lines!
Now here is one of my pet peeves! Why in the hell are carriage bolts allowed to be used in boat building? They are large, leave big holes and nine times out of ten are rusted on! I had a heck of a time getting the nuts off and on one I ended up having to get my hack saw blade out and forty minutes later and a can of liquid courage found it in the garbage can!
|Vice Grips and a wrench didn't work!|
|Tried and tested method. Had to cut through the bolt!|
|All that work for this!|
|This one broke right off!|
|Rusted and rotten! I hate carriage bolts!|
I ended up filling the hole in the seat with G-Flex and walked away in disgust! The next day I re-drilled the hole to the correct space and then started on drilling and cutting new hangers. That of course went badly, I guess it was one of those weeks!
|G-Flex filled hole|
|Drilling out the new hole. G-Flex curls!|
|Hangers from the Adventure Canoe|
|Way to low to use.|
|Old hangers cutting to size|
|I love my pullsaw!|
More To Come.
September 20, 2014
Sometimes walking away brings some results. I decided that I still do need wood gunwales but it will have to wait. I needed to stiffen up those lousy vinyl gunwales so I milled out another thwart despite the fact that I don't really want it but will need it to get this hull on water! It took about an hour to cut it out, round over the edges and sand it before coating it with the first layer of spar varnish. It should help out quite a bit and I plan on put a small one behind the seat as well.
More To Come.