Life of Feathercraft Kayak with Seized Frame

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Life of Feathercraft Kayak with Seized Frame

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We own quite some FC kayaks for education and promoting sea kayaking. I have heard that frozen frame was the biggest problem with FC kayaks.

It is true since 30% of our FC fleets are those with seized frame. We didn't cut any tube and used them as hardshell sea kayaks.

We found advantage using them.

1) Price is usually much cheaper than that of good ones.
2) Most of our friends who used the kayaks are first time sea kayaker. Most of our hard-shell are Valley. Certainly new comer feel more comfortable with FC kayaks.
3) Even we own non-seized folding kayaks, we found it would cost so much time to assemble FC kayaks. If we use it for ourselves, we would have more patience to set up. Setting up FC kayaks for beginners is not fun. If you ask the beginners for help, it would easily damage the kayak. So leaving FC assembled not always be bad.

My questions would be

1) What kind of life a seized FC kayak would lead to ?
2) At the end of its life, what should we do to salvage some parts?

Want to share some experience with FC owners.

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Re: Life of Feathercraft Kayak with Seized Frame

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We have our own story about one seized Kahuna and start to use other two lately.

This Kahuna we purchased in the summer of 2016. After 4 seasons and 160 day heavy uses( 30% were camping and 60% used by beginners), it really comes to last part of life.

We noticed:

1) Deck skin was rated 9/10, almost like new. Right now with lots scratches and red color is still beautiful. We applied lots aqua-seal to many weeks spots.

2)Hull Skin was rated 8/10. When we got it, it did not have many scratches but somewhat not very tight because in assembled state for so long. After 4 year heavy uses, it came with lots scratches. Sometimes we were kidding that beginners with one weekend use could damage the skin as much the careful ex-owner for 10 years.

However, there is no hole or leak from the skin. We testify that FC skin is one of the best things in outdoor sports. It is amazing to see how tough it could be. But the skin is more loose and we assumed it could cause loss of some speed.

3)Frame parts. This is more interesting part from testing. We almost never wash the tubes with fresh water. It seems that the tubes are frozen everywhere in big time. Just couples months ago. one stern section bar( middle bottom) was broken totally from erosion. So we can conclude salty water not just freeze the tubes but also could break the tubes.

After so many hard uses by beginners, we have nothing to complain about, just want to understand the life of heavy use FC kayak.

Not using as camping kayak anymore, this Kahuna is still in use of day trips. It is interesting to know how long it would last after today. Without heavy camping load, the kayak is still fine for paddling. We expect retiring it in next two years. Our next big question: what parts do we expect to salvage once we cut the center tubes?

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Re: Life of Feathercraft Kayak with Seized Frame

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Salvaging the skin, ribs; and all of the tubing and other parts would be great for other users of older kayaks who may need them.

I imagine they'll be even more demand now for those since Feathercraft is closed, and they don't offer repair or replacement of parts for most of the older models.

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Re: Life of Feathercraft Kayak with Seized Frame

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It is true. Thank you.

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