Ah, the growing pains of a new product! As with all of our entries onto the market, we design carefully, test thoroughly and then let the new owners tell us if anything needs work. With about 100 Coopers in the water, there is one area of concern that has been brought to our attention by several paddlers: the reluctance of the bottom keel to stay in the half-moon clips on frames number 3 and 4. Four customers have voiced this concern, so we jumped on it and now have a very simple fix and will make it available at no charge to all Cooper owners who want it, plus it will become standard very soon on all Coopers. The fix is quite easily installed by the consumer or, as always, we’ll do it for you. What we’ve done is incorporate a cinch strap trapped between the half-moon clip and the crossframe itself. After snapping the frame in place, the cinch strap is fed through a delrin rectangular D-ring and pressed back onto itself. With this in place, you can stand on a longeron and try to pull the frame loose without success.
Particularly for those who plan to roll their boats, we recommend these cinch straps on the number 3 and 4 frames (bottom keel location), number 1 frame (lower longeron locations), and number 5 frame (gunwale locations). For type A personalities, they can be added anywhere or everywhere. For each cinch strap that is added, an owner would have to remove the half moon, slip the strap onto the stainless screw and replace the half moon. Quite easy, really. The delrin D-ring is tucked out of the way and the strap makes a very minor impression on the skin and that impression is “soft” so as not to encourage hull abrasion at that point.
As always, we appreciate everyone’s feedback. Please continue to let us know your thoughts so that we can do the best job possible.