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by tothewest
Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: seat mod ideas?
Replies: 2
Views: 1674

Re: seat mod ideas?

excellent idea. Thanks!
by tothewest
Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: seat mod ideas?
Replies: 2
Views: 1674

seat mod ideas?

I have an Unrigged explorer. I also have the explorer seat. I took out for the first time a few days ago in my second season with the boat. The explorer seat kept sliding off of the built-in seat beneath it. I'm pretty sure the exp seat was installed properly (attached via provided strap). I also un...
by tothewest
Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: Looking for paddle
Replies: 0
Views: 950

Looking for paddle

Let me know if you have a fiberglass or carbon fiber paddle for sale. 4 piece design desired. Thanks.
by tothewest
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:49 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: PFD recommendation
Replies: 1
Views: 2064

PFD recommendation

Right now we're using these cheap foam PFDs from Cabela.. They fit me okay but way too big on my wife.

We also don't see us taking them on a flight.. they are simply too bulky.

What is a compact PFD? I mean they've got to be inflatable types right? Don't need top of the line stuff. Thanks.
by tothewest
Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal for beginners?
Replies: 17
Views: 11569

Re: Ideal for beginners?

so i received the explorer from another member from this forum. Took it out on a local lake today. Worked out great! My wife wasn't with me and paddled comfortably while sitting on the Explorer seat. If I slouched down a bit my feet + keen sandels could touch the bow end. I would imagine something l...
by tothewest
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal for beginners?
Replies: 17
Views: 11569

Re: Ideal for beginners?

ah you're right.. a spray deck will not work with two passengers... and correct me if I'm wrong.. even with a removable spraydeck, isn't a small area in the bow continuously covered? I have not considered adding the oar frames as I just regard them as additional things to carry and to install onto t...
by tothewest
Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal for beginners?
Replies: 17
Views: 11569

Re: Ideal for beginners?

gladie thanks for the info. I bit the bullet and purchased a used UE from this forum. Don't know what my wife's interest level will be, but I couldn't justify spending all that money on just a single person raft lol. Glad to hear that you were able to make it work with one person. We actually have v...
by tothewest
Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal for beginners?
Replies: 17
Views: 11569

Re: Ideal for beginners?

gladie, when you're paddling by yourself in the UE, does it bow rise due to the length and does the bow "snake" since the legs aren't able to brace against the bow and support the boat as a frame? I wonder if these draw bags of an oversize boat only comes in play when paddling in whitewater. For any...
by tothewest
Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Proper Fit
Replies: 3
Views: 2600

Re: Proper Fit

don't one get more leverage by having the knees bent a little bit as opposed to having the legs flat against the raft bottom? Or should the proper fit have the foot against the bow tube and the legs slightly bent? Is this only useful in whitewater conditions? What about calm water?
by tothewest
Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal for beginners?
Replies: 17
Views: 11569

Re: Ideal for beginners?

Thanks for the info gladie! When the two of you were in the boat, did the other person sit at the bow and faced the paddler? Also, I assume you had to paddle while sitting cross-legged? How did the explorer track? I understand it being longer, it should track a bit better than the smaller boats?
by tothewest
Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal for beginners?
Replies: 17
Views: 11569

Re: Ideal for beginners?

Hi newbie here as well.. i'm about 5'9", I see the recommended sizes are based around the idea that the fit should be snug but not overly tight. I'm interested in the Explorer because I can see my wife in the boat with me. For times when one person is paddling, would the explorer be simply too large...