Hello from Tassie,
I’m planning to upgrade from my mid 2000’s Yukon Yak (the one with the small butt), as seen most recently in service here:
I’ve read everything I can find on the topic of rollable white-water boats, including various tantalising mentions of the yet-to-be-released Diva. I don’t have the time or the inclination for much DIY work, but am willing to do some limited DIY to obtain a boat that matches the current best practice. I am considering the following:
A new big-butt Yukon Yak, set-up as follows:
• Cargo Fly
• Alternative Deck Placement 4" forward Spray Deck
• Seat forward 4" re-laced as per Luc’s pimp guide
• Seat possibly double height as per Luc’s guide as well
• Thigh strap set-up includes:
• 2 x Alpacka Grab loops at feet
• 2 NRS D rings at hips
• Aire thigh straps http://www.aire.com/aire/products/accessories.aspx?cat=12&id=14 for trips when weight is not an issue, interchangeable with home-made minimalist 1” webbing thigh straps for backcountry.
• Back strap home-made as per Kirkinbend’s design: http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57909144/Kirk/IMGP3583.JPG
Although I’m keen to take advantage of the better handling and rolling potential of thigh straps, forward seat and cargo fly etc., my river trips usually involve many days of difficult portaging, so keeping weight down is important.
I will be extremely grateful if those of you with an experienced eye would please consider my proposed set-up and feel welcome to make any suggestions or comments on this plan. Is there anything I could improve upon or have overlooked?