Paddling Aerius 2 with disabled sponsons?

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martin2007
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Paddling Aerius 2 with disabled sponsons?

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Hello,
Does anyone have advice about repairing/replacing sponsons on an old Aerius 2 (60's or 70's era) that have quarter-dollar (or larger) holes chewed out of them by hungry mice? I just purchased the boat and haven't yet paddled her. Are the sponsons indispensable to the boat's performance, or can you carry on without them? Any advice?
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Re: Paddling Aerius 2 with disabled sponsons?

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The main function of the sponsons it to tighten up the hull. They also provide some reserve buoyancy if you swamp. I've never paddles an AII without sponsons, so I don't know how much that would affect performance, but I've paddled a Folbot double without the sponsons inflated and it didn't affect performance much at all.

You can patch them with kits from NRS (http://www.nrsweb.com) or get replacements from Long Haul (http://www.nrsweb.com) or Klepper.
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Re: Paddling Aerius 2 with disabled sponsons?

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I have paddled an A11 with one sponson deflated it went down while i was on the water and like Mike said about the folbot i didnt know it was deflated untill i dissasembled the boat at the end of the paddling trip which was last week. But i would repair or replace the sponson, i have repaired mine and now i have to put it back in which is not difficult with the simple "tool". You can,t push it in very far.

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Re: Paddling Aerius 2 with disabled sponsons?

Post by martin2007 »

Thanks Michael and John for your responses. I think I'll order a replacement from LongHaul.
I hesitate a little as the last time I ordered a canoe seat from an American company (I live in Canada) UPS stuck me with "border processing charges" that nearly exceeded the cost of the item itself__and this was not tax or duty. Did that ever put me off of UPS! I'll call LongHaul to get an idea about shipping.
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Re: Paddling Aerius 2 with disabled sponsons?

Post by john allsop »

Martin, with your request in the repair section you will find the info on how to put sponsons in, i say just scroll down in that section untill you come to "puctured klepper sponson".

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