Good List; Chimp Pump, Q-boat trivia
Posted by: gstamer on Sep-15-12 6:48 AM (EST)
I agree with your list with the exception of one very minor nitpick. My '98 Anas Acuta is still fitted with an original Chimp pump. The original hose supplied is long enough that you can easily remove it from underneath the seat and use it to pump out another kayak. I have done this many times. The only modification that I did was to add a strum box (which should have been supplied as original equipment) .
At some point did VCP shorten the intake hose? While many owners did this as a modification, I always liked having the ability to pump out another kayak.
As a bit of trivia to this thread, I was responsible for giving the "Q-boat" its name. Stan Chladek approached me and asked for a Greenlandic name for the design. I gave him the name "Qajariaq" which is what modern Greenlanders call a glass kayak. It means "like a (SOF Greenlandlic) kayak". This eventually got shortened to "Q-boat" as first Valley spelled the name wrong, and then they realized that no one could pronounce it :)
When VCP asked me for my advice on designing the Qajariaq I strongly urged them to consider making an even lower volume version of the Anas Acuta (something like a Tahe Greenland that didn't exist at the time), arguing that the Anas Actua was already too big (for the Greenland rolling crowd, anyway).