I gave evolved into liking lower volume, very snug fitting boats. I am 5'11" 185lbs. I have an Alchemy S that I have moved the seat back, modified the thigh pads and installed a WW style bulkhead foot rest.
The problem is the stiffener channel that runs down the bottom of the hull. My size 11.5 shoes catch the center rib when I want to relax and move my legs around. The stiffener is not bonded to the hull, it is wedged on the front under a foam pillar near the very front bulkhead, and at the rear by wedge under the seat pan. If it were easy to replace it after removal I would try it out and replace it; but is would be a major PITA to replace if the boat really got flexible.
I wear Merril Manatee shoes that are nearly as low clearance as wet socks, and I need the protection from rocks and zebra mussels that shred neoprene style wet shoes.
Eventually this will be a rock garden boat once my skill set grows. Am I looking at folding up the Alchemy by removing the stiffener?
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Posted by: Kocho on Mar-31-13 5:59 PM (EST)
Can you shorten it and install a foam block b/w it and the deck between your calves? Then, cut a little off the bottom of the foam block, like a tunnel from side to side where your heels are?
I Doubt Anything Will Fold|
Posted by: Kudzu on Mar-31-13 6:21 PM (EST)
I took out that stiffening hardware when I moved the seat back. I figured the risk was a dent (oilcan). So far so good. I'm not sorry I took it out.
I've taken the stiffener out...|
Posted by: t.george on Apr-01-13 7:16 AM (EST)
took the seat out & replaced it with a foam seat and have had no problems with oil canning. You've got 30# on me and two shoe sizes, so I don't know how you fit in the S, but if it works for you that's what counts. The stiffener is pretty short to begin with, so I doubt it'd do much in any incident severe enough to fold the boat IMO.
my heels almost touch,|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Apr-01-13 10:21 AM (EST)
and my legs are not as "frogged out" like in a WW boat. I am just thinking if the bottom was smooth I could relax a little by sliding my feet around a little.
I Have a Vague, Foggy Memory...|
Posted by: Kudzu on Apr-02-13 8:19 AM (EST)
I was lucky|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Apr-02-13 11:54 AM (EST)
Once I moved the seat back, the foam block was in the perfect position to use it for a rear attachment point for the footrest bulkhead.
Posted by: t.george on Apr-03-13 7:07 AM (EST)
If you do not have secure footrests/footboard that is bolted to the hull and is using the pillar instead, the pillar will end up pushing against the front compartment bulkhead and the seal will be compromised. I let a friend use my Alchemy S and he shoved the footboard all the way forward to the point it di exactly that.
I duplicated the rack system|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Apr-03-13 9:55 AM (EST)
that is in my Pyranha fusion using aluminum strapping and an old spare LL foot board I trimmed to fit, (I never throw spare parts out). It was just a lucky accident that the foot board sits snug against the foam pillar.