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 Post subject: Ellsmere 530
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:37 pm 


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~'91 Klepper A2 w/ BSD schooner rig.
'64 Klepper Passat/Tradewind and T12 restoration projects.
Non-folding: Early '90s Old Town Canoe.
Previously owned '04 Pakboat Puffin II and '05 Swift (prototype), as well as an '84 Hobie 16.


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 Post subject: ARFEQ Voyager 460
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:15 am 
I see that this is an old post, so maybe there is no one out there, but I just bought my first folding kayak, an ARFEW Voyager 460T, a little shorter with a bigger opening than the Ellsmore.

I've had it out a couple times, and it handles well and rides waves comfortably, but I find myself spending too much time assembling it.

The instructions are poor, all in Japanese (which I am just learning), and I have been looking for a PDF of the documentation in English. Have you ever seen anything from when they were sold threw REI?

Thanks if anyone can help!


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 Post subject: Unreadable instructions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:59 am 
Hey dken, what do you mean "there is no one out there". Here I am.

I have never seen any assembly instructions in English for the Ellsmere 530 or any other MontBell boat. There was a Zeroxed instruction booklet with a promising cover sheet that announced " Ellsmere 530 Assembly Instructions" but those were the only words in english. Same thing with their "Canoe and Kayak Safety Instructions".

It took me over an hour to set up the kayak the first few times but adding color coded plastic tape to the ribs and rods helps a lot. It is also very important to get the frame lined up perfectly with the hull when inserting it or it will give you lots of grief if you try to adjust it afterwards. My biggest problem is having to undo and redo things when I discover that I screwed up and left something out or trapped the rudder cable between the frame and skin.

I have learned to stop for a few seconds after each part of the assembly and check that everything is right. Adds a minute or two to the total time but is well worth it. It now takes about half an hour to set it up. I car top the boat most of the time so I haven't set it up too often but it definitely gets quicker each time.


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 Post subject: Any Pictures?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 10:16 am 
Hi Dhup,

Do you have any pictures of your boat you could share in the regular's gallery?

Thanks,

Chris


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 Post subject: Ellsmere 530 photos
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:13 pm 


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 Post subject: Pictures
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:39 pm 
Nice looking boat, kind of literally sharp-looking, and the inside hospital-spotless. What's the S & X Bones thing on the front of the boat?

Have you paddled the urban waterfront up close, and the industrial waste places, crumbling ruins from a lost world? I used to explore and poke around a lot - didn't have a kayak, then. That's what I miss most from San Pedro, Wilmington, Terminal Island, and Long Beach, California. Well, that and one or two old friends.

Thanks for posting the photos,

Chris


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