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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:16 pm 
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I may be looking at a Feather craft kayak about 8 years old that hasn't been taken apart in several years. The owner suspects the joints are frozen and may take a lot of work to take apart. Feathercraft has some instructions for doing this. But what I want to know is whether it's possible that the joints might never come apart, in which case I won't risk it.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:38 pm 
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If the owner suspects the joints are frozen then most likely they are. And there is a very real chance that nothing will work to free them up. So it would come down to how much the owner is asking and how willing the buyer is in taking on a project that could lead to drastic measures...cutting the frame and replacing parts.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:06 am 
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Yes. But Feathercraft isn't making the K Light any more, and I wonder if one can even get parts.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:24 am 
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They probably do. But call Feathercraft and ask them.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:05 am 
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Feathercraft will have parts for the K Light but they will be expensive. You should know what it will cost before committing yourself to the purchase.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:18 am 
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Unless of course you can get it really cheap and don't actually need it to fold. After all, it's still a nice light skin on frame kayak :-)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:31 pm 
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But, of course, Simon is spot on. The K Light would make a first-rate SOF kayak.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:01 pm 
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Yep, not withstanding Simon's advice if you don't really need a folder and can live with a really nice SOF kayak then this might work. Otherwise I would run, not walk, away from a Feathercraft with seized tubing. Do a search on the forum and you will find mostly nightmares trying to get the fused joints unstuck.

BTW, this is a longshot, but the Klepper A1 is a great boat, but long distance Craigslist deal is very risky:

http://vancouver.craigslist.ca/rch/boa/5541541709.html

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:46 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions--and the warnings. I too have read some of the accounts of undoing seized joints and it does seem unlikely here, especially since the boat has been used on saltwater. Moreover, I don't think Feathercraft makes parts for the K light anymore. Unfortunately I need a folder--there's no place here to store a regular kayak. I especially liked the K Light because it was light and small. A Klepper is much bigger and heavier. But I probably will keep my eyes peeled for what I can get. I'm trying not to spend too much.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:59 pm 
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If you're reasonably handy you can make replacement tubes using only a drill and a pop rivet gun, assuming you can buying the right tubing. Still a good idea to contact Fcraft as they may be able to make the tubes you need.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:55 am 
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A tube cutter is also handy as it makes for very clean cuts. They can be picked up quite cheaply second hand.
(In the US you're so lucky to have tubing guages that telescope perfectly, unlike the UK or EU)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:15 am 
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No relationship with seller, but here is an option:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Feathercraft-K- ... 1833521874

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:33 pm 
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Thanks. I saw that, too. Does anyone have an idea of what a used K Light Plus typically sells for?


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