When we camp we tend to ruff it a bit. But we got a trailer for our gear recently and did some updates to it for our kayak/camping trips. We have a lot of cameras, GPS batteries, 2-way radio batteries etc.. to charge up at camp so we set up a solar charging idea for the electronics and we added a kitchen counter idea on the outside of the gear trailer. Here is our DIY video of our work in progress to give you ideas for your own.
Had a nice visit with paddling buddy Robin this morning. Had a great cup of dark roast coffee as we worked on his kayak.
We removed the "Oil Canning" from the bottom of his kayak using my heat gun. Thinking now we should have made a video or at least took some pics. Turned out well, First time I ever did this and was quite easy to do. So I thought I would share the experience with those out there who may have the same problem with their poly kayaks.
Robin's kayak began to take on some large concave dents on the bottom of his Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145. Robin asked if I knew how to remove them. I had watched a few videos on YouTube that instructed on just that very thing. Some use a torch, hot water, and heat-guns. I thought a heat gun was our best option.
I began with propping Robin's kayak stern on the fence and the bow on a folding ladder. Suspending the kayak in the air in the middle, Leaving the middle without support and easy access to work on. Using my heat-gun slowly heated the concaved parts in a circular motion as not to heat the kayak too much or too fast. Gradually bringing the poly kayak to a workable temperature where the concaved areas were. Heating until the kayak was soft enough to shape back to the original shape but not too hot as to have the kayak concave in reverse. Robin working from the inside above (once the kayak was beginning to soften) with his hands to reshape the kayak. Using gloves Robin smoothed out the concaves while I heated the kayak from the underside. Then after we let the kayak cool down. Looks like we managed to get the oil canning out. I see in a video (included in this post) that hot water can also be used to do this as well. I used the heat gun because it was handy (own one) and quite a bit faster that boiling water. I didn't want to try the torch idea as I was afraid of melting holes through his yak.
Don't be afraid of giving it a try yourself.
Learned how on youtube.
Below are a couple videos about repairing kayak dents and oil-canning:
In this post: Photos, Info, Video, Maps of our LabourDay weekend trip 2014.
Friday we took the Needles Ferry across the Arrow lake once we crossed we had a spectacular view of the lake.
Evening came as we set up camp at McDonald Creek Provincial park. (Map location at bottom of post)
Halfway River Hot-springs
Saturday Morning came and we headed out exploring hot-springs in the area. 1st hot-spring was Halfway River Hot-springs where we found a closed sign that wasn't really closed but was having problems with trash deposited in an old vacant van at the trail-head they were concerned about attracting bears. Then off to Halcyan Hot-springs after finding it too busy we went exploring and found Coyote Hot-springs remains. According to a passer by the springs were shut down and after shutting the springs down the hot-spring piping was rerouted to a few local homes (private cabins) for their own private hot-springs.
Remains of the Coyote HotSprings
Found an old graveyard at Halcyan.
Then we headed off to Nakusp Hot-springs to soak for a few hours. Stopping at Ione Falls for a quick lunch on the tailgate.
All the while traveling over 100km's I didn't notice I left the trailer hitch clip on the bumper when we dropped the trailer off at the camp McDonald, that stayed there on the bumper all the way down the highway, up the dirt road (4x4 road) and back. Noticed it still there when we returned. LOL amazing!
Early morning Sunday we enjoyed some kayaking on the Arrow Lake exploring the massive sandbar across from McDonald Creek camp.
After leaving McDonald we headed back to the Okanagan via Revelstoke, crossing the large ferry. We headed back through Sicamous stopping at Crazy Creek HotPools for a camp and enjoyed soaking in the evening and again before leaving for home in the late morning.
enjoying the HotPools at Crazy Creek
After a late lunch at Vernon for pizza finished out trip back home where we dried out our tents and gear from the periodic rain throughout the trip.
All in all another awesome trip in our own back yard the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys.