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Nautiraid 500 questions

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I'm new to folding boats and I recently bought a Nautiraid 500 expedition model. I was told it was about 15 years old, but after dismantling the boat, I believe it's older. The hull and deck are in excellent condition with only a few tiny abrasions on the protective strips. The frame appears to have been well cared for, except for some minor discoloring and abrasions.. The rudder pedals are small and archaic and I plan to somehow improve the steering system. One stringer was broken, but it was an easy repair. There is some minor openings in the laminations which I plan to fill with glue and clamp. Is polyurethane glue ok for this?

The only real problem is the rib #3 deck bar extension which rotates and inserts into the top deck assembly top deck bar. At the cockpit end of this extension is a brass fitting. I believe this fitting attaches to the cowling, but I'm not sure. Unfortunately this fitting has been broken off and only a small piece remains. Does anyone have a description of this fitting to aid me in making a replacement. I would appreciate any and all suggestions

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Re: Nautiraid 500 questions

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I have a Raid I, so the fitting may be the same or similar. However, I'm not exactly sure of the location you are talking about. Is the fitting you describe located at the rib that is directly under the forward edge of the cockpit coaming? Let me know, and I can take some pictures and post them here.
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Feathercraft Aironaut
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Robo

Re: Nautiraid 500 questions

Post by Robo »

Konta,

The connector is attached to a short wood deck extension that rotates and attaches into the top of the bow assembly. The hull grommet and coaming attaches to it. Fortunately, through some trial and error, I was able to make an "L" shape connector from a piece of stainless steel that works perfectly. The newer boats have changed this design and the new connector is a straight brass piece that attaches directly to Rib #3. I don't like the rudder controls and the seats are "butt and back killers"

Unfortunately or fortunately, I picked up an older complete Klepper Arius II frame, with a sail rig, leeboards, spray skirts and rudder controls, all in excellent shape. After comparing this frame with the Nautiraid, I guess became infatuated with the Klepper system and decided to focus my attention and affection on my new found "liebling".

In fact, I decided to order a new Klepper expedition hull from Mark and Tammy at Longhaul today.

Don't get me wrong, I think the Nautiraid has some very good design features. I like the Nutiraid coaming better than the Arius "dumb" rear coming boomerang piece. The exterior sponsons are a real plus. However, the Klepper frame is stronger and connections are more secure and positive than the Raid II.

Rob

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Re: Nautiraid 500 questions

Post by konta »

Rob, if I'm reading this right, are you saying you have a Raid II that you'd like to offload? :D
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Nautiraid Raid I 460
Feathercraft Aironaut
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Robo

Re: Nautiraid 500 questions

Post by Robo »

Konta,

If you send me a e-mail I'll send some photos and info.

Rob

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