foot brace installation

Submitted byJohn W. onMon, 06/22/2020 - 15:12

I love Nick's videos and they are full of great stuff, but Joe Greenley has a Youtube video in which he glasses studs to the hull and the foot braces slide onto the studs. It looks like a really simple idea.

Does anyone know what the stud is or where it can be purchased?


Mon, 06/22/2020 - 17:05

Using hot glue to tack the studs in place is a clever idea - then the rail which was used as a spacer can be removed.

You can improvise those studs using plaster repair washers and a machine screw.

It's easier to just buy the stainless studs:


Tue, 06/30/2020 - 19:15

I used the method that Joe Greenly describes - a dab of hot clue in the middle of the stud plate-  to fasten studs for a footboard today.

It worked well,

I found it was simpler to add the glass cloth 'rounds' after the studs were 'stuck' in place with the hot glue.  I spread thickened epoxy over the stud plate then added the glass and wet out each piece as I put it on. 

Put a tight-fitting tube (vinyl) over the threads.

Stud with thickened epoxy around the edge, small amount of hot glue in middle.

Stick in place

Add more thickened epoxy around the stud plate margins and make sure all the holes are well filled.

Slide on glass circle and wet out, slide on another glass circle, wet out.

Add larger PeelPly circle and flatten glass layers.


Thanks, Joe!


Though the pedals on all of my kayaks are for steering, fixed pedals could be made instead. The mounting bar is along the centre of the kayak and the aft end could be fastened to the seat and a support (block of wood with a hole) glued to the bulkhead. I use, for the aft end, a bolt (plastic toilet bolt) glued to the hull and the bar can be quite short. Adjustment is via a strap which goes to a camlock mounted at the end of the bar closest to the seat. This makes adjustment the easiest it is possible to be.

Look at the PDF for pictures.


Wed, 07/01/2020 - 00:24

I've used a footboard with only a central bar - Nick provided details of  one with the free Guillemot plans (and in his book?), and that was one of my first kayak builds.

If you can put up with the inefficiency of a board that swivels a bit from side to side with every stroke (and the 'clack' noise) , it's a convenient system.

Even the slightest movement of the footboard is energy that isn't going into moving the boat.

Solid anchor rails on each side help with that.

It's no accident that  some surfskis  and some fast kayaks (Stellar) use side anchors as well as a central channel for a '3-point' anchoring system. The more solid, the better.