Sandpiper seats and paint?
Posted by: redprince3 on Jun-02-13 10:51 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
Just got a used royalex wenonah sandpiper. I weigh only 140 and a canoeing companion weighs 100, so i'm planning to install a second seat for her. I'm thinking of putting her seat just a little bit in front of my solo seat.
any suggestions what second seat to buy? I really don't want to drill holes into royalex. silicone seal (yeah the bathtub stuff) is quite strong and durable if you get enough square inches of it.
also anything i can do to shine up hull or remove scratches on this ten year old green canoe (without big expense)? Thanks
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Not sure that's a good plan|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-02-13 11:13 PM (EST)
I don't like the idea at all|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-02-13 11:26 PM (EST)
The bow paddler will have virtually no legroom and an impossibly narrow station. The chief reason boats capsize is ejection of the bow paddler. Not many people are skilled enough at balance to keep their heads within the gunwales far forward in a solo..Also there is insufficient flat floor space..forcing knees together and hence loss of a stable tripod system.
Narrow boat station|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-02-13 11:40 PM (EST)
Posted by: thebob.com on Jun-02-13 11:42 PM (EST)
The Sandpiper was designed as a solo; it was never intended to be used as a tandem, and no seat placement is going to turn it into a tandem.
Posted by: Jackl on Jun-04-13 6:50 AM (EST)
My daughter has a 13 foot Wenonah Sandpiper that I love to paddle.
Thanks much folks|
Posted by: redprince3 on Jun-10-13 8:41 AM (EST)
I had thought $500 for a 38 lb brand name royalex canoe was a good idea. I can heft 38 lbs by myself.
Comment about boat weight|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-10-13 9:06 AM (EST)
I'm a big proponent of "lighter is better". Especially if your storage facility and your roof-rack are not set up for easy boat handling, a lighter boat will get you on the water more often than a heavy one. Still, it's worth pointing out that if you are new to canoeing, you might be surprised how much boat you can lift. I'm very slender and not particularly strong, and for me, a canoe that weighs 65 pounds is well below my limit, but it's certainly near the top of my level of comfort and convenience (part of that might be that it's almost never that I need to carry a canoe that weighs more than that). At your weight, a canoe that weighs 55 pounds would be the same percentage of your body weight as a 65-pound boat is for me. It might pay to look for an opportunity to heft a few boats to see what it's like. Once you get the boat on your shoulders, the hard part is done, and from that position you can lean it up onto one of your roof-rack cross bars, or a special loading bar, and you are home free (it helps so much to have a rack system that eliminates any need for overhead lifting). Many canoeing books have descriptions about how to get such an ungainly thing as a canoe up onto your shoulders easily, and there are videos online too.
Jack--- Question may be *which* |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-13-13 5:24 PM (EST)
silicone sealant. Back in about 1998 I used a Dow white silicone sealant for some ww pedestal add-ons where contact cement was not feasible.
I love my sandpiper...|
Posted by: TexasLady on Jun-13-13 10:19 AM (EST)
Keep the sandpiper for yourself, and buy another small solo for your 100lb paddling friend. Then you can go by yourself or go together. Just be sure to get one sized properly for your friend. It's almost as easy to load two boats on a vehicle as one.
Every time I get in my daughters|
Posted by: jackl on Jun-13-13 11:15 AM (EST)
Sandpiper, it makes me want to get rid of my 18 foot J-200 which I only use a couple of times a year and get a Sandpiper.