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    I have a lightweight solo canoe and a heavier tandem. A detachable yoke works well for the lighter solo, but doesn't want to attach as securely for the tandem. I was curious if there were more universally designed options for all canoes.
    The one I use tightens on the gunwhales at midship in a clamp style.

    #2
    This is what I've used in the past, although I'm sure the clamp style works for some I am skeptical it would work for me.

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    You have to be willing to drill your gunnels of course. I place it on top of the gunnels so the hole doesn't need to be right near the end, multiple holes can then be drilled to suit boats of different widths.

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      #3
      Interesting idea! Yes, I have had it slip on my dagger reflection. Fortunately, my solo is light enough that I can use the seat and thwart towards the bow in order to heft it onto my shoulders. When I use the tandem, I'm forced to hold onto the yoke as I swing my hips, and it has slipped a time or two. At least that boat is royalex and it's done on grass or in water.

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        #4
        Chansta

        Try gluing (contact cement) a piece of bicycle inner tube to the yoke, where it contacts the gunnels.

        When you tighten the clamp, it should stay in place.

        Good luck !

        Jim
        Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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          #5
          I had a few iterations of yoke designs for my boats, I always find that clamp style yokes invariably loosen and slip/slide at the most inconvenient times. I cover how I build yokes now in my last build post here: http://www.canoetripping.net/forums/...-solo-16/page5

          If you have wooden gunnels, this approach works fine and works very well and avoids all the extra weight that clamps usually have ... the only change I made to the design, was to add a second helicoil to the body of the yoke, the knob/bolt assembly is screwed into the main body when not in use, to avoid losing it in transit.

          Brian

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            #6
            Adjustable Yokes are very versatile, the balance point can be changed with slight adjustments to suit the carrying conditions. I keep mine very simple and have worked well for many years but will stipulate none of my boats are over 50#. 1/16" silicone pads on the yoke and clamp seem to hold them in place very well. With a Harmony Pad on a basic yoke shape the whole yoke weighs less than a pound and a half and is easily shaped to suit your anatomy. No matter how I try the photos end up rotated 90 degrees off.

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              #7
              My solo yoke has the detachable clamps and yes on RX they slide.. A bolt hole through the gunwale won't hurt the boat. But I had good enough results from spray on rubber. The bolt hole is a good idea to keep in mind

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                #8
                Originally posted by Jim Dodd View Post
                Chansta

                Try gluing (contact cement) a piece of bicycle inner tube to the yoke, where it contacts the gunnels.

                When you tighten the clamp, it should stay in place.

                Good luck !

                Jim
                I did that with my yoke and it made a big difference. It's worth a shot and cheap plus any left over inner tube will find new places for use!

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                  #9
                  Just curious but on a tandem why not mount the yoke permanently?

                  Alan

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by dougd View Post

                    I did that with my yoke and it made a big difference. It's worth a shot and cheap plus any left over inner tube will find new places for use!
                    I guess a bicycle shop would be the place for this.. and contact cement at a hardware store. About how big of a piece would you suggest I glue onto the gunwhale?

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                      #11
                      I’m going to go out on a limb here...what if you cut a small section of inner tube and stretch it around the ends of the yoke? Leaving the “tube” intact...
                      maybe no glue necessary?
                      i think I will try this for my own purposes.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Chansta View Post

                        I guess a bicycle shop would be the place for this.. and contact cement at a hardware store. About how big of a piece would you suggest I glue onto the gunwhale?
                        I got an inner tube at the dollar store or Walmart for cheap money. On mine I cut it the dept of my gunwale, about 3/4" but left a little extra for the hell of it. That way I can use it on any boat I have as needed as I build all my gunwales to that dimension. I'll try to take a pic tomorrow.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Chansta View Post

                          I guess a bicycle shop would be the place for this.. and contact cement at a hardware store. About how big of a piece would you suggest I glue onto the gunwhale?
                          I'd glue the rubber to the yoke !

                          It will last longer on the yoke than the gunnel.

                          Jim
                          Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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                            #14
                            so the idea is to create a more secure connection through friction?

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                              #15
                              Here's an interesting adaptation from a gifted paddle maker. http://paddlemaking.blogspot.com/201...-temagami.html
                              I'm wondering if the sandwiching method of clamping 2 halves of a carry thwart (yoke) might work? An experiment in the making.
                              Last edited by Odyssey; 12-13-2019, 11:36 AM.

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