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Author:  Prospector16 [ May 12th, 2018, 9:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

Hey folks, one of the Scout canoes is a 15 foot Scott Wilderness that has a thwart in the middle but no yoke. It is aluminum and kind of built into the canoe so I don't really want to replace it. Today I portaged it about 50 meters and the weight was fine but OMG it was just terrible without a yoke. I guess maybe I could rig a tump line - will that work?

I am pretty sure I have seen strap on yokes for this situation but doing 10 minutes of searching online turned up nothing.

Author:  Paddle Power [ May 12th, 2018, 9:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

There are those bolt on pads for portaging.

Author:  Prospector16 [ May 13th, 2018, 7:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

Yeah but I cannot find one anywhere - looking for help in finding one. Only thing I find is a yoke pad which is not the same thing.

Author:  Prospector16 [ May 13th, 2018, 7:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

Found some stuff here - but they strap on to a yoke. I think if you made them less centered and so they stick out a bit to one side they'd work for me. Are there any DIY instructions out there on how to make these?

http://northstarcanoes.com/accessories/yokes-thwarts/

Author:  Prospector16 [ May 13th, 2018, 8:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

Could I also consider a tump line for that canoe?

Author:  frozentripper [ May 13th, 2018, 9:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

Quick fix in the past has been to wrap foam around the thwart and then duct tape in place... foam thickness will depend on comfort level needed. Time-tested and proven, endorsed by the Hammer Harder school of engineering.

Author:  Prospector16 [ May 13th, 2018, 11:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

It is not a comfort thing - it slips. Will the foam help against slipping?

Author:  daypaddler [ May 13th, 2018, 1:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

I was going to suggest a pool noodle for padding. But if you're already comfortable and just want to prevent slipping then you might wrap the thwart in non-slip shelf liner.

Alternatively it seems like you could still use a regular detachable yoke and just mount it a couple inches ahead or behind the center thwart.

Author:  MartinG [ May 13th, 2018, 2:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

Tump would help. Like this guy - http://www.porchlight.ca/~aferg/home_htpac.html

Author:  Paddle Power [ May 14th, 2018, 4:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

One possible idea

https://www.boundarywaterscatalog.com/h ... e-pad-6719

Author:  frozentripper [ May 15th, 2018, 7:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Strap on yoke for yokeless thwart?

Open-cell foam will provide some grip... I had a flat and uncontoured yoke that wouldn't stay on the shoulders and the quick and dirty solution was to staple open-cell foam to it. The foam being open-cell absorbed rain, but stayed grippy.

Rotation of the foam layer around the bar thwart might be a problem so winding a narrow strip of foam tightly around to cover and duct taping the ends could stop that.

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