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 Post subject: Converting carriage to go fore and aft
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:47 pm 
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Hi i'm wondering how easy it is to change a canoe's sliding seat and carriage so it can move fore and aft. Is it something an amateur can do. If not any ideas on costs for doing this ?


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 Post subject: Re: Converting carriage to go fore and aft
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:39 pm 
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What boat?

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 Post subject: Re: Converting carriage to go fore and aft
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:55 pm 
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We'll need someone like Rob Michael to chip in on this thread, but I suspect the tricky bit is not the carriage but the boat - unless you are planning to take the decks off at least.


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 Post subject: Re: Converting carriage to go fore and aft
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:01 pm 
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Hi it's ic 101 I'm picking her up on Wednesday.


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 Post subject: Re: Converting carriage to go fore and aft
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:03 am 
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<damn it, wrote this yesterday but it never got sent>

I think the answer would be....'it depends'....

Tell us more about it. What boat, when built, construction etc. etc. photos?

The fact that you are asking, would make me suspect that it might be a job that you would do best to leave to someone else.....and then my worry would be that getting the job done professionally might make the project nonviable on cost grounds. It is likely to be easier to sell your boat and save up for another boat with a sliding carriage?? The fact that it hasn't already got a sliding carriage means that it must be at least 25 or so years old?

The problem is that the job is 'likely' to entail more than just putting some track on the deck and sliders on the carriage. You are going to have to think about how you are going to make the deck strong enough to hold down the track, when you are out on the full length of the slide.

Now that I know that the boat is 'Dicey'.....I am not sure what to suggest....the boat is most probably strong enough, but would need the deck removed to strengthen underneath, I think.

The historian in me would really hope you leave Dicey as she is.....but it wouldn't be impossible, but nonetheless, quite a challenge.

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 Post subject: Re: Converting carriage to go fore and aft
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:11 am 
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It is dicey and I appreciate your input. I'm happy to leave her the way she is. I'm new to canoes and am happy to get the hang of her and then move onto something else,my concern was nose diving and not being overly competitive.


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