For those not familiar with Wenona foot braces, there is a cross bar that sits on an angle bracket. The brackets are mounted to the hull. The cross pieces consist of telescoping aluminum tubes, and you attach the tubes to the brackets with bolts and wing nuts.
A wing nut came off while I was driving the canoe to the river. The half of the telescoping tube/cross brace went with the nut. So I went paddling with only half a foot brace.
I just fabricated a replacement half from a tube of aluminum I bought at Lowes. Bought a new wing nut, too.
The question I have for folks who are paddling with these foot braces is: do you leave them installed while you are car topping the boat? If you do, how do you make sure you don't loose a nut?