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PostPosted: March 30th, 2021, 8:16 pm 
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Hello,
I have canoe with a singe straight aluminum thwart and want to set it up for portaging. Are there some options that would work with a straight thwart?


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2021, 11:53 pm 
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I've had a clamp on aluminum yoke that had big pads for your shoulders. (like Bourquin pads)
It was U shaped and had bolts with wing nuts that held it on the thwart.

The other option I would do with a straight thwart would be to install a proper yoke with mini cell padding for your shoulders. It's a small job that can make things a lot easier for carrying the boat.
Portaging can be fun if everything is outfitted nice.


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2021, 7:22 am 
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We used nothing in the days when PFD's had padded shoulders. We have a Wenonah Odyssey that has no carrying yoke; just the center thwart and two other thwarts.. We liked nothing on the thwart as we could slide it to put pressure on slightly different parts of the trapezius muscle

A pool noodle may do the same thing as a padded PFD

The Wenonah still has no yoke. If we have to carry it now in our old age its not for long.. Could also use foam blocks that are sold for rooftop carrying


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2021, 8:39 am 
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https://www.wildernesssupply.ca/yokes-p ... n-yoke-pad


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2021, 5:58 pm 
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Can't seem to find it now, but I remember reading an article a while ago arguing that the best way of portaging a canoe is with a straight thwart and a tump line.

Might be worth looking into.


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2021, 6:57 pm 
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Prospector16 wrote:
https://www.wildernesssupply.ca/yokes-portage-pads/wenonah/clamp-on-yoke-pad


works well solo. Tandems being longer with more mass develop a lot of torgue when mounting and dismounting that the clamps slide.


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2021, 8:40 pm 
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A canoe manufacturer such as Grumman make a clamp on portage yoke that you install over top of the existing centre thwart.

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PostPosted: March 31st, 2021, 10:05 pm 
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Satchmo wrote:
Can't seem to find it now, but I remember reading an article a while ago arguing that the best way of portaging a canoe is with a straight thwart and a tump line.

Might be worth looking into.



https://porchlight.ca/~aferg/home_htpac.html


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2021, 9:58 am 
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MartinG wrote:
Satchmo wrote:
Can't seem to find it now, but I remember reading an article a while ago arguing that the best way of portaging a canoe is with a straight thwart and a tump line.

Might be worth looking into.



https://porchlight.ca/~aferg/home_htpac.html


That's the one!


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PostPosted: April 3rd, 2021, 6:12 pm 
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Thanks for the info. I did a quick test with a make shift tump line and I think I can make it work. Need to tweak a little and set up some padding though.


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PostPosted: April 24th, 2021, 8:45 pm 
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https://bourquin-boats.squarespace.com/yokepads/


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PostPosted: April 24th, 2021, 10:23 pm 
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Go old school/boy scout and lash paddles....


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PostPosted: April 25th, 2021, 12:02 pm 
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ski_it wrote:
Go old school/boy scout and lash paddles....

Agree completely. That's the way we always did it.


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PostPosted: April 26th, 2021, 11:19 am 
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I've been using the hammock style pads for 15 years and never looked back:

https://www.boundarywaterscatalog.com/n ... pads-24657


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PostPosted: May 1st, 2021, 11:11 am 
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Any brilliant ideas on how to use a tumpline with a solo canoe that doesn't have a thwart in the middle of the canoe? Any ideas gratefully appreciated as right now my yoke is removable for canoeing and a pain.
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