Hackensack River Canoe & Kayak Club
paddling for over a quarter of a century


Do-It-Yourself How To's from Fat Elmo's Canoo Shack


At Saturday's safety "Lab" and short paddle at Monksville Reservoir, the subject of those bow tie-down loops that many of us use came under discussion. In anticipation of the upcoming New Member's Orientation Day, the janitorial staff at Fat Elmo's Canoo Shack - filmed by Litterbox Movin' Picture Productions Studios put together a short instructional film about how to DIY a set of loops for your very own for under $1.

And if that isn't enough... as an added bonus we have included at no extra cost, footage by Fat Elmo - Civil War Surgeon on how to trim a hangnail.


Martin W.

In the recent past, a few of our members have asked me about my way of putting a "white water" saddle into a canoe. Well, this weekend I just finished installing one into my recently acquired well worn "Henry" boat (as opposed to the popular "Linda" boats that so many of our membership have also recently acquired) so this may answer in photos - some of the questions from the aspiring canoeists in the club about the way I installed the saddle. I know Al G. recently installed one on his new Bell and I recall Harris R. did it last year on an Old Town Cascade.

Funny, us canoe drivers sure do like to mess with our boats when we ain't paddlin' them.


Martin W.

Posted: 5/13/11 Some of you folks may have some interest in how I converted a tandem Old Town Appalachian canoe into a solo Old Town Appalachian canoe.


Martin W.

Posted: 8/4/10 Last evening at the August meeting of the HRCKC there were some questions about the procedure for installing watertight lining holes in the stems of canoes. Alas, we could not go into detail at that time, so here is an explanation using pictures. A commercial product is on the market called TugEyes - which run around $25 to do one boat, but I personally use a DIY method (cheap) which works just as well but costs only about $1.50 per boat. The components are available from any hardware store or home center carrying common electrical supplies....

The following link shows how I have modified some of my canoes with lining holes. Hope this answers some of your questions from the meeting.


Martin W.