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Old 06-02-2013   #1
 
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? make my IK slicker on bottom ?

My Aire Lynx likes rocks. It likes to stay on them. Is there anything that can be put on the bottom of the kayak to make it slip over the rocks better?

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Old 06-02-2013   #2
 
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Yes! System 6 urethane, call Inflatable Technologies.
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Old 06-02-2013   #3
 
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303 helps. Are you using the Cheetah seat with the strap running under the boat? The strap makes a great flip strap and helps to hold the seat in place but it hangs up on every rock it touches. I stopped using them on my Lynx II, my Sotar has a smooth bottom and doesn't get stuck. Most people don't lock the Cheetah seat because it lacks the back support you get from a thwart style backrest, Sotar makes a nice one.
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Old 06-02-2013   #4
 
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I like the strap, greatly aides in self rescue, make sure it is taut...run a lot of bony /manky stuff only caused a problem a few times...pvc urethane boats stick way less than hypalon...Sotar is well. 'Urethaned '...try adapting your technique to shift weight and wiggle off /over shallow boulders....don 't be afraid of all rocks .you can go right over some th at kayaks have to avoid or a raft might snag on...
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....don 't be afraid of all rocks .you can go right over some th at kayaks have to avoid or a raft might snag on...
No offense but, please show me a rock you can go over in an IK that I have to avoid in my kayak. I think that statement is only applicable to cat boaters who truly can split rock with their tubes.
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Old 06-02-2013   #6
 
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I guess it depends on how much you want to abuse a boat...just saying you can go over shallow boulders with ease and get away with stuff that might flip you (me anyway) in a kayak due to the forgivingness of duckies ....I 've boated wilderness runs with much more skilled kayaker where I ran some junk drops he portaged, no need to break a boat or jack up your back in the middle of nowhere..yeah you can tear of pop a ducky too..it is shock absorber for some types of drops...__the good ducks are really tough.._though I 'm not too aggressive anymore
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Jim Snyder designed some Elfing ducky for steep creeks, a Thrillseeker with foam floor and other modifications for just that purpose.The floor can 't pop and is more flexible than a hardshell or inflated floor ducky...
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