With much cursing and swearing, and with the help, and advice from Pat(onno), Charlie, (Bald Paddler) and my favorite paddling partner, Nanci.
Here is the story, (saga): I was trying to install a Wenonah foot brace in my Jensen 17'.
Wenonah said it would fit. Their foot brace side tracks are supposed to be the right length to go between their foam ribs which jut out 3/8" into the canoe.
It was just the opposite, and the rib was in the middle of where the slide should go, which meant I had to bridge the foot brace. I originally made up little 3/8" inch pine blocks and rivited them from the outside with two rivits in each. The only problem was the rivits caused the wood to split. Now I was stuck with four rivits on each side of the canoe that was holding nothing.
My next thought was to use contact cement to hold new blocks over the existing rivits, (just file the inside of the rivits off), but everyone here talked me out of it- Thank you.
Here is where Pat came in when he suggested using a 3/8" cutting board for the blocks and through bolting throught them, ( Nanci had originally suggested that).
I cut the rivits off from the inside, and forced them back out from the outside, so now I had to use their holes for the bolts. I couldn't use bolts since the inside nut would interfer with the tracks, so I setteled for stainless sheet metal screws. the holes were took big for small diameter screws, so I got 3/4 inch long ones, and cut them down to a size that wouldn't go all the way through the plastic blocks, (making machine screws out of them) and then drilled holes in each block slightly smaller, so the screws would be self tapping.
This all worked wonderful and on the outside I used a rubber washer with a stainless washer over it.
After getting one side done, I stood back to admire my work and realized that it looked like a monstrosity. Then it dawned on me that several years ago Bald Paddler (Charlie) had sent me some large head rivits which would be just the ticket, so I removed the machine screws and redid the work with the rivits without the rubber washers and stainless washers, and lo and behold, this morning I completely finished the project, and believe it or not it looks professional!
Any one need any 3/8" home made stainless machine crews? I have eight of them
You should hear the cursing I did on their sliding seat which also had to be re engineered
The Kayak Wing
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