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Old 07-20-2008   #21
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Since you couldn't carry more weight than two duckies apart, I'm guessing that the major advantage would be to have a more stable and powerful rig for the rough stuff: with two paddlers you have more blade in the water more of the time, hence more power. And you'd be a lot less likely to flip.

But to switch from the double rig to single IK's, wouldn't you need to carry both types of paddles: canoe and kayak? Or do you have breakdown yak paddles with those handle-plug fittings, to convert them?

I was thinking that if you had the breakdown yak paddles with removable blades (e.g. AquaBound) you could use the shafts to rig your R-2.

Anyhow, it sounds like you're thinking—


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Old 07-20-2008   #22
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The only reasons I use this rig is it's incredibly stable and it's really fun to paddle with someone else versus solo kayaking. I can take people down water that they'd surely flip an IK in and feel confident. On the Middle Fork I was hesitant to take my daughter down in a tandem IK but we didn't have any trouble with the Super Duck.

On trips where I've broken the frame down and paddled the two boats independently we had breakdown kayak paddles with us since there were a bunch of solo paddlers along. The adapters that allowed you to use a breakdown kayak paddle as a canoe paddle would be nice but I don't have any.

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Old 07-21-2008   #23
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The Super Duck sounds pretty cool. I started this thread a year ago and still haven't built my DuckDeluxe. Thanks for reminding me of this project I shelved.

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