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Submitted: 03-17-2008 by GN
Additional comments concerning Ally canoes:
The skin over frame design of Ally canoes has inherent problems; the 16.5' fabric skin shrinks when stored -- when assembling after storage there will be much tension between skin and tubing -- note Bergans provides a hammer with boat purchase. When assembling after storage the aluminum tubing has to stretch out the skin; 1/2" aluminum tubing is not strong enough to do this without becoming fatigued. The fabric skin has memory so once the canoe has been assembled it will be easy to reassemble for several days.
Note: Ally canoes are the only folding boat that uses the boats frame to create initial unassisted tension with boats skin. Other folding boats use air sponsors or mechanical/hydraulic tensioner to create skin frame tension.
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