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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:42 pm 
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Sad news indeed. Best of luck to Doug and the other FC employees. I was raised in Vancouver and frequently visited their shop along with Ecomarine. I actually walked by their old shop on Granville island near Christmas but I was in a hurry, my kids were complaining and I didn't stop to peek in. I built my 1st folding kayak using materials I sourced from them back in the late 90s. While I currently own a pair of Kleppers as family/travelling boats, I always loved feathercraft. With my kids a little older now, this may be the year I get a Greenland boat. I always wanted a Khatsahlano...

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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:26 am 
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Randell, there is a book called Building The Greenland Kayak by the former editor of Sea Kayaker magazine. It is excellent and you would be able to build a kayak from it to give a perfect custom fit.


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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:25 pm 
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I, too, own a copy of Chris Cunningham's Building The Greenland Kayak. It's an excellent source for anyone wanting to build a SOF kayak. One of these days I might actually build one.

Also, here's something from Doug Simpson regarding Feathercraft's plans for future support of existing boats:

New post on Feathercraft Kayaks

Future Parts
by fckayaks
Feathercraft Repairs

We will be setting up a limited Feathercraft repair shop later this year.

(We are moving out of the city and first must undertake construction on

our new home.)

We will be able to replace many aluminum tube parts, various plastic parts and

supply hardware pieces.

We will be able to supply skin fabric for repairs, but will not undertake these

repairs ourselves.

We will be able to supply sewn and taped spray skirts and sea socks and also

replacement air sponsons.

Please look for a new website featuring Feathercraft parts sometime this fall.

Sincerely Yours,

Doug Simpson

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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:06 pm 
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Thanks Jake, that's very reassuring news indeed!

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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:02 pm 
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I own Chris' book but all I've made in the 6 years that I've owned it is a paddle ;)

The problem I have is storage and that's why I have folders. I may look at Tom Yost's builds again...

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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:19 pm 
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Has there been any new information on future support and parts? I know FC's are made with pretty technical fabrics.... any idea where to get these?

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:35 pm 
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I believe the fabrics were manufactured for Feathercraft in France. I assume that they would be impossible to get anymore. I am sure that there are lots of other fabrics that can work well in a repair........................ sunbrella perhaps comes to mind.


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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:46 am 
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Doug Simpson expects to be able to supply parts and fabric sometime in the autumn of this year. Doug appears to be a man of his word but, if you need to fix your FC kayak now you'll have to wait a few months.

I've used Sunbrella fabric to make sail covers but I don't think it would make an effective material for deck repair.

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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:54 pm 
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Bluewarm wrote:
Has there been any new information on future support and parts? I know FC's are made with pretty technical fabrics.... any idea where to get these?

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:07 pm 
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As well Feathercraft has posted that they will have fabric at their new (?) shop.... but will not be doing any skin repairs? I wonder why.

I assume they will be doing frame repairs I guess.....


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 Post subject: Re: Sad news
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:38 pm 
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It looks like Doug is getting up a small workshop where he can make and supply frame parts and material for hull repair but it will be up to the owner to actually effect the repairs. From what little I know, Doug is now retired and the parts supply thing is a part-time gig. Wish I could talk him into making a few Aironauts :)

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