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  • #76
    Tightened up things as tight as possible by #1 son with plastic wrench. Pumped up to the point of almost all the wrinkles being gone and 3 or the 4 cells are holding air pretty well. Right front has begun to show wrinkles again over the period of a week. This is certainly not a threat of sinking and probably falls into the realm of acceptable air loss over a week's time. I have a 12 volt pump and new deep cycle marine battery so I am willing to take the Kaboat out of town for a float trip into Canada...BUT...yesterday, both countries extended the border closure for another month so maybe a local trip will do just as well. Forecast is for one of our Spring monsoons to float thru the area so maybe next week for a short fishing trip. Going to try this one without the frame and seats and sit on the sides since my boat didn't come with seats. Maybe two pieces of plywood strapped on the tubes where the seats attach will be a better idea. We'll see how time deals with the other 3 cells.
    Somewhere along the way I have lost the ability to act politically correct. If you should find it, please feel free to keep it.

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    • #77
      No...I didn't drown. Pretty much gave up on the K boat and getting into Canada anytime soon., I did buy a new Merc 15 hp 4 stroke for my 12' Duroboat. I ran a 9.9 for 9 years and it went great but figured some day I'd need the 4 stroke in restricted water so the extra hp was only few bucks and same weight and that allows me to keep the 9.9 on the Esquif Cargo and stop the hassle of changing back and forth and with different fuel I can have a dedicated tanks in each. With little to do I built a 16' canoe/kayak trailer that will haul my 16' Penobscot and the the cargo with a kayak on each side. I sold my snow go's and that leaves room in the hanger for the trailer loaded up and ready to go. Even has some fly rod holder tubes and room for life jackets and other stuff.

      My wife got tired of me being off in the woods on my dirt bikes so she talked me into a Honda 700 SXS so she can come along too. Then...I ran into a great deal on 2008 Suzuki Bandit 1250 ABS. Guy bought it new and rode it some but was afraid of it so it set in the garage. I had a 2002 Bandit 1200 that I gave to #2 son while he was in college and he destroyed so I knew what the Bandit would do...this one water cooled and fuel injected and much nicer bike. Anyway, several trips into MT and a plan to go to the OR coast until the group of *****wholes took over Portland and Seattle and made it a less than desirable place for seafood. I did learn it will exceed the speed limit most anywhere without tickets. If the Canadian PM will open up the border I may do a trip down Fraser Valley to VC then to the island and into WA on the boat then loop back to Home...we'll see how that goes.

      I'd like to wish everyone a Happy and healthy New Year and keep your powder dry...you may need it.

      Somewhere along the way I have lost the ability to act politically correct. If you should find it, please feel free to keep it.

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