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Portage yoke for 14.5
Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:31 PM
Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:46 PM
A few factors that may help decide is length of portage, gear weight, and how often you think you'd need a cart?
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Posted 26 May 2017 - 02:42 PM
Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:00 AM
I used a yoke on my old 14.5 a half dozen years back with no issues. 69 pounds is totally do-able especially considering that most plastic canoes weigh a good bit more and all have a wooden thwart yoke. What I did for mine was to find the center balance point and actually mounted the wooden thwart slightly forward of that point so it would be a bit heavier in the back. That way it is easier to manage the weight with it wanting to fall back instead of forward and a single hand in front on the gunnel will allow you to adjust the angle of the hull as you walk. This also allows you to use the other hand on a walking staff. You can buy portage yokes at most shops. I backed my yoke using some small lengths of aluminum and used bolts with wing nuts to quickly take the yoke on and off; drilling a single hole through the gunnel on each side .
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