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 Post subject: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:42 pm 
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Hey guys, just want to let you know, if interested - we have a demo Covert in PA that can be picked up whenever (just PM me). Some more boats are being shipped here soon so there should start to be more around to hop in.

I got in one for the first time since ALF for an after work run the other day. https://vimeo.com/162097981 . Boat is much faster than I'm use to, and wants to track straight across the current. Going to keep trying to get some stuff out there for people to see. I give it a month until I'm fluent with how the boat wants to be handled in most situations. It's certainly fun learning!

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:53 pm 
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Nice! Perhaps we can get it to show up for the TRPC Slip Clinic for folks to try out (McConnells Mills SP - PA) on June 4-5. Usually there is a pretty good pod of OCers there and having some new tech might help folks figure out what new boat best fits their needs as skills evolve! :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:32 am 
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Can you draw a comparison on how it handles compared to the L'edge lite?


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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:54 pm 
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Due to the soft edges, it tracks straighter and faster across current. More forgiving hitting squirrelly currents that your not ready for. It accelerates through boofs, whereas a ledge lands and resets. Ledge is a little bit drier because of bow volume and wants to curve more than the Covert does.

A shipment of Coverts has just set sail for the US. Excited to be in a new boat. Back in black baby!

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:06 pm 
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Real question is how is stacks up to a Maxum 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:40 pm 
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Ha. Lumping the prelude and maxim together.... covert is a better and more much realistic all around boat. Maxim and prelude are both just injuries waiting to happen (opinion formed from experience.)

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:48 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:52 pm 
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Hi Tom,

Who is going to retail them in the US? Looks like a really good boat.

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:14 pm 
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Price doesn't look especially competitive -- $2650 Cdn vs. $2100 for the L'Edge Lite.

Does anyone know what the boat is actually made of? The vendor's webpage isn't all that helpful because of the proprietary labelling. Is it solid PE, or layered? And if layed, what is it?


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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:04 pm 
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Hey Peter, not sure what a L'edge is going for these days but the Complete Paddler is going to have Covert's for $2295. Plastic.


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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:22 am 
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Its PE, the demo has been thoroughly beat up from ALF to now. It is holding up very well, and has taken some on purpose really abusive shots. impressed so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
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All of the Siverbirch canoes appear to be Triple Dump PE.

For any not familiar with this process, it is a variation on standard rotomolding where instead of making a single "dump" of plastic beads into the heated mold, there are three, an initial dump for the outer skin, a 2nd dump that gennerally has some sort of foaming agent to create a thicker web without adding too much weight and a final dump for the inner skin. This is a common process used in rotomolding recreational (non whitewater) canoes from companies like Old Town. I am not aware of this process being used for white water canoes prior to this, though I am sure that someone must have experimented with it along the way and I am not the canoe historian that many of the folks here are.

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
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Thanks for the info on Triple Dump PE

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 Post subject: Re: Covert 9.3 in the NE
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How would you rate it in comparison to the Option or Octane91? I'm new to canoeing and trying to plan out my plan of attack for the next boat. Currently in a Viper 12, that I haven't spent much time paddling due to real life.


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