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Blast

Whitewater

A shock wave ! The Blast is the most radical wild water tandem canoe on the market. With a shape similar to the Nitro but longer, the Blast allows expert partners to negotiate the most extreme rapids, waterfalls, and enter the tiniest of eddy pools. The Blast does it all. It will change your way of tandem paddling. It has become the boat of choice for slalom paddlers. The Blast can be paddled solo too. Ideal for larger paddlers, or big volume rivers, the Blast remains a high-performance canoe.  

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Construction : T-Formex
  • Length : 3.96 m (13’)
  • Width : 72.4 cm (28 ½”)
  • Depth : 40.6 cm (16”)
  • Shape : Asymmetrical
  • Rocker : 15.2 cm (6”) bow , 17.8 cm (7”) stern
  • Gunwale : Vinyl
  • Colour : Red
  • Weight : 24 kg (53 lbs)
  • Options : Factory-installed outfitting, Wood gunwale

CONSTRUCTION

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T-Formex

T-Formex is a high tech laminated material consisting of an ABS foam core, ABS sheets, and a protective outer plastic skin. Its resistance to abrasion and heavy impacts make it an excellent material for recreational, whitewater, and expedition canoes. Once heated and molded, T-Formex sheets form a hull that has an unmatched structural memory. So even after being folded around a rock, an Esquif T-Formex canoe will return to its original shape with minimal distortion. Stronger than fibreglass and lighter than polyethylene, T-Formex gives Esquif’s designers a material with superior characteristics.

Care

We recommend cleaning your craft with a mild household cleaner to remove dirt and grit. To protect the surface from UV and avoid color fading and to bring up a nice shine you can apply a 303 protectant 2 or 3 times a year. CAUTION: Do not use petroleum based products or strong solvents as this will cause discoloration and damage to the laminate. Hard impacts on T-Formex canoes can cause a indentation in the laminate. They will usually work themselves out after warming in the sun. Larger dents can be worked out by gently warming the area with a hair dryer or hot air gun. The trick is to keep the hot air source moving to warm the area gradually until the dent comes out. CAUTION: applying heat too quickly will burn the surface, be very careful with heat. THIS TYPE OF DAMAGE IS NOT COVERED BY OUR WARRANTY.

Storing

Ideally your canoe should be stored inside, upside down on racks in a cool and dry environment. If you store your canoes outside it should also be upside down on racks and the wooden gunnels should never touch the ground. Do not store it where it will be exposed to ice and snow loads as this can distort your canoe. See the wooden gunnels section for specific care instructions.

wooden gunnels

There are a variety of opinions about cold cracking. During extreme temperature fluctuations, T-Formex has a thermal expansion factor different than wood, it can expand or contract faster than wood which can cause cracks from where the wood trim has been screwed, this results in cracks in the hull generally located near the saddles. Ideally, you are better off storing your canoe in an attached and insulated or heated and weatherproof storage.

 

If stored outside, we suggest unscrewing the screws from the deck plates over a distance of 36 inches without touching the seat hangers or thwarts to prevent cold-cracking.