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Re: Skeg/Outfitting
By:John Monfoe
Date: 9/26/2001, 6:20 am
In Response To: Re: Skeg/Outfitting (Steve L)

: Not to discourage your skeg building experiments but you may want to take a
: look inside your boat. I paddle a lot of whitewater in an 8 1/2 FT boat
: that spins easily and is not known for tracking. I have spent a bit of
: time making the boat fit very well (snug). The fitting includes foam
: contoured bulkhead for feet, backband, thigh braces, knee pads on the
: outside against the hull and most importantly hip pads with hooks on top.
: This may or may not be a bit much for a touring boat but it is very
: comfortable and the boat is not sloppy. By sloppy I liken it to trying to
: down hill ski with your boots unbuckled. It is really hard to make a boat
: go straight if it doesn't fit. After a really hard day of paddling it is
: usually my stomach mussels that are the sorest because they are what
: transfer your paddling strokes to the boat and I hate to do sit ups. The
: skeg will definitly fix the problem but you may find you can control the
: boat with a better fit and not give up manuveravlity when you want it. I
: have an old solom boat that used to feel hard to control (no outfitting)
: and I made up a temporary fin that I would duct tape on for flat water
: paddling. After a while you just don't need it anymore. Even if you do go
: with the skeg you would not regret working on a nice comfy fit on the
: inside. Steve

Hi Steve,

This yak is so high and wide that bracing is probably out of the question. The sides where hip braces would go has two side storage compartments with 8" hatches that would be in the way. Its a good boat to just plunk around in. I am really thinking of building a high performance kayak and then everything you are telling me will be what I need to do.

Thanks, I will keep it all in mind.


Messages In This Thread

Skeg *Pic*
John Monfoe -- 9/24/2001, 5:14 pm
Re: Skeg
Ray Port Angeles -- 9/25/2001, 10:08 pm
Re: Skeg
John Monfoe -- 9/26/2001, 6:30 am
Re: Skeg
!RUSS -- 9/25/2001, 7:52 am
Re: Skeg
John Monfoe -- 9/26/2001, 6:08 am
Re: Skeg/Outfitting
Steve L -- 9/25/2001, 8:40 am
Re: Skeg/Outfitting
John Monfoe -- 9/26/2001, 6:20 am
Re: Skeg
Dan Nelson -- 9/24/2001, 8:42 pm
Re: Skeg
John Monfoe -- 9/25/2001, 6:31 am
Re: Skeg
Paul G. Jacobson -- 9/24/2001, 5:53 pm