For those not familiar with Wenona foot braces, there is a cross bar that sits on an angle bracket. The brackets are mounted to the hull. The cross pieces consist of telescoping aluminum tubes, and you attach the tubes to the brackets with bolts and wing nuts.
A wing nut came off while I was driving the canoe to the river. The half of the telescoping tube/cross brace went with the nut. So I went paddling with only half a foot brace.
I just fabricated a replacement half from a tube of aluminum I bought at Lowes. Bought a new wing nut, too.
The question I have for folks who are paddling with these foot braces is: do you leave them installed while you are car topping the boat? If you do, how do you make sure you don't loose a nut?
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I always leave them attached.|
Posted by: jackl on Dec-08-12 1:07 PM (EST)
Just check them prior to loading the canoe.
After five trips Maine to Florida|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-08-12 1:27 PM (EST)
I never even thought about the wing nuts winging it..
Can get locking wingnuts too BTW.|
Posted by: onnopaddle on Dec-08-12 3:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: susquehanna on Dec-08-12 7:11 PM (EST)
I upgraded the footbrace in my Jensen 18 to one of the sliding footbraces that Wenonah installs on all their new boats. I've owned a bunch of other Wenonahs before the new footbrace came along and I always attached some spare screws and wing nuts in some of the extra holes on the aluminum angle. I have lost screws and wing nuts but never a whole footbrace. I race with my canoes and use footstraps on the brace and that keeps the two halves together.
What I used to do|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Dec-08-12 7:50 PM (EST)
I don't have any boats with footbraces now, but when I had one, I noticed right away that the risk of losing a wingnut was great. I put "Form-a-Gasket" on the bolt threads. There are two kinds of "Form-a-Gasket", hardening and non-hardening. I used the non-hardening style, so the wingnuts could always be loosened and re-installed as needed, but the gooey nature of that stuff on the threads insured that the wingnuts could never simply rattle loose on their own. Even if already loose, the wingnuts would stay put unless manually turned.
Posted by: rival51 on Dec-08-12 10:44 PM (EST)
The wing nuts on my rescued Rendezvous are fully rusted on. I expect that I'll have to cut them off if I ever want to move the foot brace.
I replaced mine wth the sliding version.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Dec-09-12 12:50 AM (EST)
It can't come off the track.
Posted by: booztalkin on Dec-10-12 10:18 AM (EST)
Thanks for the ideas.
Posted by: baldpaddler on Dec-10-12 11:26 AM (EST)
I lost one on the interstate. Since the seat it is for is not a slider Ijust use nylocknuts now.