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 Post subject: Aironaut redux
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 8:00 am 
knight of the folding kayak realm

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Dan, on the Feathercraft blog, has announced a new hull fabric that FC will soon be using. He describes it as stronger and more abrasion resistant as well as being 15% lighter than the material they're presently using. I asked if this new material might be used in the fabrication of a new version of the Aironaut and it now seems possible that the Aironaut could be back in production late this year if all goes well with this new fabric. A 15% weight reduction would likely mean a 17 pound Aironaut. Nice! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Aironaut redux
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 7:20 am 
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That's great news.... although I hadn't known the Aironaut was out of production. When did that happen?

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 Post subject: Re: Aironaut redux
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 12:59 pm 
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I believe it was in early January that news of Feathercraft down sizing their fleet came out. This, coupled with the bad news regarding Folbot and the demise of some companies that sold folding kayaks, stirred up some depressing feelings in the folding kayak community. Jake and I were very interested in the Aironaut and may have purchased one in the near future if not for Feathercraft's decision to stop production. But Jake is still fighting the good fight and seems to have found a ray of hope. After reading the blog, Feathercraft is clearly excited about this new hull material and this could mean good news in many ways to future customers.


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 Post subject: Re: Aironaut redux
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:58 am 
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When I was at the FC factory a few weeks ago, they mentioned the Aironaut would be back in production this fall. I'm not sure if it will also be made with the new material. It might be worth the wait.

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 Post subject: Re: Aironaut redux
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:11 am 
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I look forward to seeing the Aironaut back in production. As sweet-paddling a boat as my little Kurrent is, I will likely trade it up for a performance inflatable weighing a scant 19 pounds that will go from bag to water in less than 10 minutes.


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