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PostPosted: May 12th, 2018, 9:03 pm 
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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.


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PostPosted: May 12th, 2018, 9:46 pm 
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There are those bolt on pads for portaging.

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PostPosted: May 13th, 2018, 7:27 am 
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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.


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2018, 7:53 am 
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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/


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2018, 8:29 am 
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Could I also consider a tump line for that canoe?


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2018, 9:35 am 
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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.

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PostPosted: May 13th, 2018, 11:31 am 
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It is not a comfort thing - it slips. Will the foam help against slipping?


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2018, 1:10 pm 
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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.


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PostPosted: May 13th, 2018, 2:05 pm 
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Tump would help. Like this guy - http://www.porchlight.ca/~aferg/home_htpac.html


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PostPosted: May 14th, 2018, 4:29 pm 
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One possible idea

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

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PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 7:49 am 
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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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