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by Eli
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:01 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Alaska
Replies: 8
Views: 3150

Re: Alaska

The Fairbanks Paddlers are a pretty active club. If you can't find them, send me a message and I'll try to connect you directly to a few folks.
by Eli
Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Performance Comparison: Vertige v. Rival v. Impulse
Replies: 5
Views: 2336

Re: Performance Comparison: Vertige v. Rival v. Impulse

At 5'8", 150 lb, I would encourage a smaller design than any of these...unless you plan to carry a lot of gear or paddle a lot of flatwater. The Impulse is definitely more boat than this paddler would want. The Rival is quick and responsive. The Vertige is stable and forgiving. The Vertige would be ...
by Eli
Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Spark in VA
Replies: 5
Views: 2873

Re: Spark in VA

I have one in Asheville you are welcome to try.
I may have it passing through VA in August if all goes well.
by Eli
Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Sacramento region
Replies: 28
Views: 7224

Re: Sacramento region

The American is worth a look. I'm not sure what the release schedule is like during the draught.
by Eli
Sat May 16, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: GREAT STUFF!
Replies: 2
Views: 1927

Re: GREAT STUFF!

I'm pretty sure that's what Jez used in his playboat during the World Cup a while back. It ended up absorbing water and he had to chisel it out.
by Eli
Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:57 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Cracked Taureau
Replies: 22
Views: 7419

Re: Cracked Taureau

I have had a few Taureaus fail at that weld. The later versions were flared down and held better, but inevitably at some point that is where the boat will split. I have drilled holes and laced it back together. The pop rivet technique or tiny nuts and bolts also work well. If you use metal parts, I ...
by Eli
Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Instructor training that allows for small boats?
Replies: 2
Views: 2508

Re: Instructor training that allows for small boats?

I run an annual ACA L:4 IDW/ICE for canoes in Western NC at the end of April. I love the short boats, but typically have a mix of craft. We use tandems, but primarily focus on solo skills. I have had instructor candidates use Spanishfly/Option/L'edge. I am willing to accept Ion or equivalent paddler...
by Eli
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Boats and Gear for Sale
Topic: Ion for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 1914

Re: Ion for sale

Hello,
I sent you a message through boatertalk as well.
I would like to buy your Ion (actually, my friend Simon wants it and he is ready to pay you right now).
Please call 970-366-1610 or 931-456-0060
Thanks!
Eli (Simon)
by Eli
Wed May 14, 2014 3:18 am
Forum: Boats and Gear for Sale
Topic: My Alma Mater is looking for a Wildwater C-1
Replies: 1
Views: 1015

My Alma Mater is looking for a Wildwater C-1

My former whitewater coach contacted me looking for a Wildwater C-1. Does anyone have one they would like to sell? It will be well used as Warren Wilson College seeks to defend their National Intercollegiate Title.
by Eli
Mon May 05, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: T-Formex, the next generation of ABS
Replies: 30
Views: 10724

T-Formex, the next generation of ABS

Royalex, like canoeing, will evolve, not die! I can't seem to upload the image of Esquif's Press Release, but they announced today that they will be producing T-Formex, the next generation of Royalex, available for distribution in early 2015. Hopefully we will have prototypes on the water near you t...
by Eli
Mon May 05, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Canoe for the Grand Canyon
Replies: 36
Views: 16013

Re: Canoe for the Grand Canyon

I took a solo Vertige X and enjoyed it. I used Esquif's three point anchor system, but I probably stood up for thirty miles and I hitched a ride on a raft about the same. I didn't have a pump, but used rafts like the shore to empty occasionally. I had a bottle of Old Crow that sufficed as a bailer a...
by Eli
Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:25 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Canoe instruction... why do so few of us pay for it?
Replies: 81
Views: 18648

Re: Canoe instruction... why do so few of us pay for it?

I think one of the most difficult challenges to progressing one's skills is recognizing the existing weaknesses in our form. Breaking bad habits is much more challenging than trying new techniques. I have benefitted greatly over the years from both paid instruction and a stubborn belief that I can p...
by Eli
Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:25 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Esquif paddles
Replies: 7
Views: 2431

Re: Esquif paddles

I know they are available in straight-shaft and bent-shaft versions. I don't think they are intentionally a secret, but there are limited shops selling canoes, and even less selling the paddles. In the Southeast at the moment, I would say it is a special order. That being said, if you use a 58 inch ...
by Eli
Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:14 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Second thoughts on a Blast
Replies: 12
Views: 6114

Re: Second thoughts on a Blast

I like the Vertige X. It is stable, dry and responsive enough to take down the Upper Gauley or most Southeastern Creeks. The Blast is certainly more high performance, but the Vertige X surfs well and boofs great. I realize Ashevile is a long distance from you, but mine is available for paddlers to d...
by Eli
Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:11 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: electric bilge pump kits
Replies: 4
Views: 1089

Re: electric bilge pump kits

I don't know that they are the best (I still run without a pump), but Esquif's kit retails for $262.
Feel free to contact me if you need help.
Cheers,
Eli