I bought an old Blue Hole Sunburst and set it up as a down river boat; added a web seat, thigh straps and knee cups, and bag lacing/D Rings. I have some D Rings that I salvaged from the old outfitting that I'm sure I can clean up enough to reuse, and I'd like to glue them to the floor for strapping down coolers, dry bags, etc. Where should I put them?
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Posted by: clarion on Apr-10-13 12:15 PM (EST)
You know what you'll be carying better than anyone. Keep as much of the weight as low and close to the center of the boat as you can.
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Posted by: pblanc on Apr-10-13 12:29 PM (EST)
I have reused D-rings sewn onto vinyl or Hypalon patches many times. If the D-ring patches were glued in with contact cement, try to get all the glue residue off but be careful not to damage the stitching that attaches the ring. I have used paint thinner for this and it has worked well, but it takes some time to loosen the glue residue.
Posted by: deuce on Apr-10-13 1:31 PM (EST)
I think I'll just put the things I'm most likely to carry on the floor of the boat and try to visualize where I want the D Rings and go from there. Right now I actually have it slightly bow light, so more stuff will probably be in front of me than behind unless I end up moving the seat forward. I didn't even think of putting an anchor that close for ready items. That seems like a no brainer, so I'm glad I asked. Thanks for the suggestions.
Customizing a canoe to suit your needs|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-10-13 1:38 PM (EST)
... is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of "boat work." Don't cheat yourself out of any of it. Take your time to really think it over. Consider your options and potential contingencies.
Posted by: deuce on Apr-10-13 2:03 PM (EST)
Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-10-13 9:37 PM (EST)
I have it set up to drop into the |
Posted by: deuce on Apr-11-13 9:26 AM (EST)
Are the foot blocks black plastic?|
Posted by: pblanc on Apr-11-13 9:56 AM (EST)
Mad River Canoe and Voyageur sold a lot of these fixed foot braces back in the day. They were black in color and made of a single rectangular sheet of plastic that was rolled up and folded back on itself.
Posted by: deuce on Apr-11-13 10:18 AM (EST)
They are exactly as you described except for being white instead of black, and the adhesive is indeed a butterscotch color. Thanks for solving that mystery for me. I'd leave them if they were in the right position for me, but they're not. I have tried the putty knife method you described, but I thought I might try it again with a heated putty knife.
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Posted by: clarion on Apr-11-13 10:40 AM (EST)
Everyone makes them now. I have the Dremmel brand. I'll bet they'd be ideal for what you are doing, but I haven't tried it yet. One of the blades is flat like a putty knife.
That's a possibility.|
Posted by: deuce on Apr-11-13 12:11 PM (EST)
Thought about going at it with my reciprocating saw, but that seemed a little risky in those close quarters. Sawzalls aren't exactly known for their detail work type applications.