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by andrewallan
Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 17213

Re: Firestarting

I've been using inner tube for a few years, and it works very well. Rubber bands also work, and are easier to light. Neither of these can be lit with a "light my fire" striker (although I wonder about lighting anything less than a gas /white spirit with these! - on a post on another forum, one guy w...
by andrewallan
Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packraft/Fishing Paddle
Replies: 4
Views: 3229

Re: Packraft/Fishing Paddle

For what it's worth...............! I love my Aquabound Splat 4 piece paddle. It weighs 1.1kg, and has had a fair beating, with no problems with fragility. Although they are advertised as "carbon fibre", I think it's only the shafts that are made of this - the blades look to be some form of plastic,...
by andrewallan
Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cool name for a two-person raft?
Replies: 30
Views: 7558

Re: Name for 2 person raft

I also reckon "camel" is a goodie. It is succinct, and appropriate, and if anyone wishes to push it to "dromedry", then they can just buy a yak, and get over it! The only "down south" suggestion I can make is something related to one of our marsupials, suc as "kangaroo", or "wombat", or "whatever" ,...
by andrewallan
Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Test, just a test
Replies: 6
Views: 2680

The test contribution and the viagra contibution. Are the li

MMMMMMMMMMM. Googled it as suggested, and sounds benign.............. but irrelevant, and meaningless............and I couldn't find anything to suggest anything positive or useful about it. AND, then we get a Viagra advert ...............which is not what I'd normally expect a post about on a rafti...
by andrewallan
Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Test, just a test
Replies: 6
Views: 2680

Who is moderating this site????? (and how)

A bit worried about this one - I reckon that anyone who writes a post like this without a reasonable explanation (eg....I'm hallucinating and psychotic; or I smoked 145 bongs; or (/and) took some LSD etc etc should really be banned forever by "the moderator". Hey, we all think weird thoughts when ap...
by andrewallan
Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:23 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Safety gear for packrafts
Replies: 34
Views: 17213

Safety from the Devil's Advocate in Oz!

Ahhhhhh!!!. Here you have a response from an Australian Doctor - several issues come up here. We have a far less litiginous society than you guys in the first place, and as a doctor, we are already used to "covering our own arses", as they say - ie you make your own decisions, based on your own know...
by andrewallan
Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 320
Views: 146684

Re: Roman's recent NZ youtube videos

Just trying to work out how youtube works, as I have some footage from recent NZ trip to post, and in doing so found 2 videos from Roman D that have been posted in the last month. Interested to see, Roman, that your older style boat seems quite long (I presume that you're the guy in the video, altho...
by andrewallan
Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:00 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 20754

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Feel free to carry what you wish, however please note that the rafts are incredibly tough, and I reckon you'd be hard pushed to puncture one. I do recall reading somewhere that there had been 2 punctures noted - one when someone ran the raft onto some barnacles whilst using it in the surf, and the o...
by andrewallan
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:18 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 20754

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Hmmmmm. I've just come back from a wk in NZ fly-fishing and rafting (rafts being used for downstream travel at the end of each day/trip). JDFIU - these rafts are unbelievably tough. You don't need "protectors" on them at all, although you would on a Coleman. The river was low when we were there, and...
by andrewallan
Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:36 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Pants / underwear query
Replies: 5
Views: 3134

Re: Pants / underwear query

Jules, Most of my packrafting has been in NZ as "egress" from rivers I' ve been fly-fishing,although I've also spent some time on the upper Yarra (I'm in Melbourne) in Spring each year. In NZ I've used a variety of "legware", such as thermals, with shorts over them; goretex packlite overpants; and t...
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ, West Coast, Karamea River
Replies: 3
Views: 2982

Re: NZ, West Coast

I'd love to catch up with you and Tom when you're here in Feb. Haven't seen Tom for a while, but I still have a great memory of his enthusiasm for tree climbing at a school function a few years ago. Got back from the RL yesterday, and the RL was low and the rafting rather less difficult or interesti...
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:08 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ, West Coast, Karamea River
Replies: 3
Views: 2982

Re: NZ, West Coast, Karamea River

Great to read your trip report, Roman, and an exciting trip that would have been too. Very close to home though - most of my packrafting experience to date has been rafting down the Roaring Lion R (note - "river", not "rapids"), either with day packs at the end of a day's fishing, or with the "whole...
by andrewallan
Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:14 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 20754

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

As background, I've got 2 yaks - one from ~2006, and the other from ?~2004/5, the only difference being the position of the rear tie down, and for both rafts I've built my own spraydecks. Although my experience is rather limited, I've used the rafts with full packs and with bikes, but mostly with da...
by andrewallan
Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:28 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: NZ Trip report, 10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 3907

Re: NZ Trip report, 10-2008

One of the big problems with NZ (and to a lesser extent Australia) is actually finding information about things like this. I think there just aren't enough people there (here) packrafting to provide the info. Last year Sheri told me she had sold something like 20 packrafts in Oz (and I have 2 of the...
by andrewallan
Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Towing packraft on snow/ice
Replies: 5
Views: 2244

Re: Towing packraft on snow/ice

Forgive me if I'm missing something, but what's wrong with a "sled". I know that packrafts are extremely robust, but why drag one if you aren't going to float out afterwards? Perhaps they are lighter than sleds? I don't know. I don't think you'll find many people on this site who want to drag one wi...
by andrewallan
Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:20 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tie-downs
Replies: 4
Views: 2158

Re: Tie-downs

Jules, nice to see that there's another Ozzie packrafter! I've had my raft for 2yrs and have found that the best tie downs for me were 2 straps made from 19mm black webbing, and fastex style clip buckles. Easy to make,weigh bugger all, able to be used for other things, and held our packs down onto t...
by andrewallan
Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:09 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Flyfishing from the raft...
Replies: 4
Views: 2335

Re: Flyfishing from the raft...

I reckon you'll have to sort out what works for you. We use a raft to raft out after our wilderness fishing trips in NZ, but haven't needed ,or wished, to fish whilst rafting. I'd probably just put my rod on the spray deck, and have a paddle leash, and hope like hell there was no white water to nego...
by andrewallan
Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To spray deck or not to spray deck, that is the question
Replies: 3
Views: 2222

Re: To spray deck or not to spray deck, that is the question

I added my own spray decks to my rafts last year, and use them variably. Although I designed them carefully, and "know" that I would be able to get out easily, I am also not that comfortable using them in white water, although I think this probably relates to an unpleasant experience trying to get o...
by andrewallan
Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Attachment point & Floor material
Replies: 5
Views: 2428

Re: Attachment point & Floor material

Sheri must have tons of little pieces of floor material lying around for this sort of purpose..
by andrewallan
Thu May 08, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: California
Topic: Pacific Surf (Anywhere you got a beach...)
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

Re: Pacific Surf (Anywhere you got a beach...)

Me thinks that Forrest might have been wishing to keep the "night paddle" a little quieter than that!

Yep, certainly paddling at night in the surf would fit the "exciting" category!
by andrewallan
Thu May 08, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fishing and Packraft
Replies: 8
Views: 4466

Re: Fishing and Packraft

What about a semi-rigid skeg attached with velcro?
by andrewallan
Sun May 04, 2008 2:24 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Break down paddle getting stuck????
Replies: 10
Views: 5709

Re: Break down paddle getting stuck????

I have also had a lot of trouble with my paddle getting stuck (an Aquabound Splat) , although I've never left it for any length of time without separating the bits. Actually, as I respond to this email, I reralise that my 2 splats are currently out in the shed in one piece, so I might just rush out ...
by andrewallan
Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:39 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Twenty Mile Safety Meeting
Replies: 6
Views: 3147

Re: Twenty Mile Safety Meeting

Didn't realise you could actually see Alaska from Anchorage! (butm then I've also heard that there are kangaroos in the centre of Melbourne Anyway, if you have something like Ship Ck 20 mins away from town, you're home and hosed. I don't think we have anything anywhere like Ship Creek anywhere close...
by andrewallan
Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:47 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Twenty Mile Safety Meeting
Replies: 6
Views: 3147

Re: Twenty Mile Safety Meeting

Down here in Oz , I sort of had the thought that Alaska had a huge chunk of wilderness, where few people lived - a bit like OZ, but where our wilderness is hot, yours is cold. With this in mind, I read this email about sharing a river with power boaters, and immediately thought "why would you even c...
by andrewallan
Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packrafting PFD
Replies: 17
Views: 7746

Re: Packrafting PFD

Fortunately in Australia our legal system is such that we generally still understand that if we do (or make) something, like a PFD, we take our own responsibility for doing it, without having to add disclaimers, although it's starting to go your way. People do, of course, need to be protected from t...
by andrewallan
Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:19 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packrafting PFD
Replies: 17
Views: 7746

Re: Packrafting PFD

Anything sold commercially is likely to be relatively heavy, so as to stand up to the "wear and tear" that such products need to. Th lightest I found was about 1kg, and I suppose the whole thing comes down to whether you are carrying it or not. There was a post and replies about PFDs on this site ea...
by andrewallan
Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fishing and Packraft
Replies: 8
Views: 4466

Re: Alaskan fishing

Wow, what a link.......... from a fisherman's point of view. It must have been an awesome trip.

A HUGE selection of pisces in the photos - a must for any fishermen who check out this site - though probably not that many!
by andrewallan
Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Packs for Packrafting
Replies: 40
Views: 23374

Re: Packs for Packrafting

Sounds great - a bit like the Outdoor Research summit Pack but a lot bigger (the OR pack is perfect as a day pack/packrafting pack).

I'll certainly check it out a bit more, as this sounds an "ultimate" pack for rafting/fishing/hiking
by andrewallan
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Poor Man's Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 4608

Re: Poor Man's Drysuit

What a great video - he certainly tried to drown............!
by andrewallan
Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:02 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?
Replies: 13
Views: 7380

Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

I've also got a pentax optio W?20 which i got recently - wasn't all that impressed with the photos though. We used one of the olympus waterproof ones last year for seakayaking, and i thought the photo quality was a lot better. There's also a waterproof digital video camera out there (??sharp), which...
by andrewallan
Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fishing and Packraft
Replies: 8
Views: 4466

Re: Fishing and Packraft

Not fished from a raft, although we use them on our backcountry fishing trips to NZ for getting back downstream at the end of a day's flyfishing, or out from the river at the end of the trip. Depends a bit on what sort of fishing you are planning to do. I suggest you keep to the size recommendations...
by andrewallan
Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:03 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Adding lash point to the bow of a 2004 Alpaca
Replies: 1
Views: 2267

Re: Adding lash point to the bow of a 2004 Alpaca

In my opinion, to carry a pack on your boat adequetely depends on the style/size of pack - we tend to carry day packs along the axis of the raft, using straps across the raft, and carry full sized rucksacks across the rafts, using straps along the axis of the raft. The reason for carrying full sized...
by andrewallan
Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:45 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: packrafting paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 5157

Re: West coast wilderness

A few years ago we also experienced one of those "spates" on that river. We would have been in the same area you were. Rained heavily all night, but by mid morning the river had only risen about 3". We were fishing in the rapids about 30m upstream from camp, and my mate was about 10m from then edge,...
by andrewallan
Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:47 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Foot spacers?
Replies: 10
Views: 4602

Re: Wine bladders and sleep

It doesn't take that long to empty one - particularly with a 4 month old daughter. They do need to learn how to sleep, and the best way to learn this is if the parents learn to sleep through first - I have 4 daughters, so I know all this! Just an aside though - once they hit a certain age (~14-17) y...
by andrewallan
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Foot spacers?
Replies: 10
Views: 4602

Re: Foot spacers?

Ahhhhhhhhhh........ now I understand - it's not that your feet don't like each other afterall! I'm a similar height, and have a yak, and I agree that I do tend to slide forwards in the boat, which makes me sit lower, and I then have to push back to "get on top" of the seat, and get a view of what we...
by andrewallan
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Foot spacers?
Replies: 10
Views: 4602

Re: Foot spacers?

What are the foot spacers meant to do (other than the obvious). My feet just sit nicely next to each other, keeping each other company - are yours dysharmonious?!
by andrewallan
Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: Wanted...
Topic: WANTED-USED BOAT
Replies: 6
Views: 3004

Re: WANTED-USED BOAT

Have you spoken with Sheri? I wanted a second boat last year, and hoped to find a second hand one somewhere.........very unsuccessfully. No one seems to want to sell their boats - why would you? Roman suggested I speak directly with Sheri, and she had some old stock boats, of which she sold me one c...
by andrewallan
Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:38 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: packrafting paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 5157

Re: NZ

Michael,

I've just realised that I have 2 yaks, not llamas! I based my purchase on Sheri's sizing pictures, so your mate may need a bigger boat, although there is some discussion in this site about boat sizing and how they handle. Having a pack on the front does restrict your feet area somewhat.
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Double in the pipeline?
Replies: 3
Views: 1967

Re: Double in the pipeline?

Sven, Can't you just buy one directly from Sheri, as we do here in Australia - there are no dealers here. Her service is fantastic - mine have arrived within a week or so, and the postage from the US is good value. As an aside, have just come back from a trip to NZ, and we rafted a fairly low volume...
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: packrafting paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 5157

Re: packrafting paradise

Michael, As an afterthought, did you take any photos from the chopper as you flew over us? It would be great to have an aerial photo of us in the rafts, but even some aerials of the other bits of the river would be appreciated, as I've never flown over anything but the lower section - and certainly ...
by andrewallan
Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: packrafting paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 5157

Re: packrafting paradise

Yes, it was us you ran into on "that" river - what a hoot the raft out was, although a bit more water would have made some of the sections easier. The section below the corner pool above the graveyard of trees above the slip was fantastic - we caught 10 fish between 3.5 and 5lbs in that 2-300m "pool...
by andrewallan
Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 320
Views: 146684

Re: Youtube Videos!

WOW........

And check that huge vertical drop ?how many kayak lengths was that? !!
by andrewallan
Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Video links
Replies: 2
Views: 1752

Re: Video links

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOPS!! That's where they were!! Must have had one more red than I thought. I'd better get a guide dog. Sorry all
by andrewallan
Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Video links
Replies: 2
Views: 1752

Video links

Yep, it's that opinionated little novice from Oz again.........! The other day I enjoyed a fantastic link to a packrafting video from this site, but now can't find it tonight. Yep - perhaps it relates to too many red wines, but I'm actually pretty good even after a few. I did conclude that perhaps t...
by andrewallan
Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:39 am
Forum: Australia / New Zealand
Topic: More photos of tassie pack rafting
Replies: 4
Views: 2712

Re: More photos of tassie pack rafting

Wow - there is a whole flock of yaks down there. I do wonder from time to time how many Australians own them - I think we're in a minority - we should ask Sheri.
by andrewallan
Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:35 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: rock and ice and water?
Replies: 3
Views: 2347

Re: rock and ice and water?

Enjoyed the video a lot , but were those BARE FEET ? Going to lose your toes that way, mate! Also hope you have a good life insurance policy if you have dependents. It does look fun though.............oh, if only we have rivers like this in Australia. Also noted no spray decks, which is relevant to ...
by andrewallan
Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:19 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: How to attach a spray deck
Replies: 6
Views: 4216

Re: How to attach a spray deck

Having carefully read the posts about how to stay dry, the deck design is side opening using velcro like the current one, but with a zip across the middle of the boat instead of velcro. If you come out, and the deck stays attached to you for some reason, it should be easy enough (in theory) to rip t...
by andrewallan
Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:55 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: How to attach a spray deck
Replies: 6
Views: 4216

Re: How to attach a spray deck

Gluing velcro around the edge of the raft where you would normally glue the spray deck on shouldn't allow that much water entry, should it? From my limited and relatively gentle packrafting experiences, most of the unwanted water came over the back of the raft (and right down the top of my waterproo...
by andrewallan
Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:46 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: How to attach a spray deck
Replies: 6
Views: 4216

How to attach a spray deck

I have 2 rafts without spray decks, and am planning to attach spray decks prior to trip in mid Jan. Have communicated with Sheri a few times about spray decks, and worked out how to attach my silinylon ones (designed along the lines of the currently available nylon ones) , today, whilst doing laps i...
by andrewallan
Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gore Immersion needed!
Replies: 1
Views: 1786

Re: Gore Immersion needed!

Hey CST, don't be so negative and despondent! All fly fishermen have old pairs of breathable waders sitting around unused - kept as rather useless "spares", as they generally leak, which is why they've been replaced, and they never get used as anything - they just get kept because they were "expensi...