Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

I sank a Duh!k

Trying for one last paddle before things get way too cold. Loaded in at a Bridge to Nowhere and headed downstream for home. River may have been up by the NWGS readings, but I knew by the first set of rapids that the resealing I had just done was taking a beating. “To hell with it, go have fun” I said to myself. 6 1/2 miles later, Duh!k not leaking, doing just fine, we head through some gnarly looking rocks to calmer waters on the other side; make the first chute, no issues, cut into the second chute and about mid-way, Duh!k squeals. And I am not joking, she literally squealed! Clear the rocks and suddenly, my ass is getting WET! I yell to the guy behind me “SINKING! MEET ME AT SHORE!” Get to shore and pop the skirt, and I am waist deep in water. Get out and start dunping water about the the time J pulls up. We flip Duh!k over and see

I have no idea what did it, but it was sharp and locked in place enough to do that to the skin. Thats 850 denier nylon and it cut right through it. The gouge is over half Duh!k’s length but it broke through those 9 inches. 9 inches enough that we were half full of water before I made it to shore 20′ away.

So, repair, again, but this one is surgery, not cosmetic. She’s gonna get stitches and some new skin in that area. I’ll sew her up, and add the skin on the inside and coat both sides with Polyurethane to seal it up. I’m also considering adding something extra to the keelson as it always takes a beating. It didn’t leak, but its only a matter of time.

You can’t say I don’t use my toys. Not with all the dings and boo-boos they get.

3 responses

  1. Michele Knabe

    Oh no. What a bummer.


    October 19, 2019 at 6:58 pm

  2. Spud

    Duct tape to get home ?


    October 21, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    • Sadly, no. Cold and wet and the stuff just would not stick. There was absolutely nothing dry to dry things off, but I did try to warm the duct tape under my armpit. I need to keep a microtowel in the same bag as the tape. Thats how we learn, right?
      We were near town so just pulled out at that point and called his wife to take him to get the truck. Had to haul the yaks up a steep bank by rope, but no real issues.


      October 21, 2019 at 4:15 pm

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