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 Post subject: Quattro
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:47 am 
Brotherhood of the Golden Paddle

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I bought myself a Quattro skin for my Aerius 2. Simple question, is there a correct order to inflate the sponsons ?. Bottom first or top first.


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 Post subject: Re: Quattro
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:16 am 
lord high faltbotmeister
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John,
Klepper says to inflate the upper sponsons first, here is the factory sheet (probably unchanged for at least 50 years!): http://www.avanzakayak.com/res/Manualer ... g_engl.pdf
I have done it both ways and I really don't think it makes any difference.
I have experimented with different hull shapes, made possible by inflation of lower sponson, and I find that my kayak sails (tracks) much better with the lower sponson loose/deflated. Or maybe that's my imagination. Looking forward to your thoughts!
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 Post subject: Re: Quattro
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:09 pm 
Brotherhood of the Golden Paddle

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Thank you for the answer so soon. Without advice I would have inflated the top sponson first as that would tension the skin better as it do,s. I,ll let everyone know how it goes this summer although if I had a dry suit I could paddle in the winter on good days There,s not a lot of difference in temps between winter and summer although I wouldn,t recommend paddling here in the winter as we can get lots of rain and of course the Atlantic is cold. To-day was a good day 10c sunny and not a lot of wind. But this fall has been very wet and pretty lousy.


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