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Strip: Where and how to install skeg

Hey Builders:

I am building a Guillemot L, and in the next few weeks I will be installing a skeg. I researched this forum and other sites and determined I want to use one of the Kajak-Sports skeg..so I ordered and received the 520101 skeg directly from Finland. I ordered the lipless version.

Questions?

1) Where is the best place to put the skeg on the keel line? Is their any guidelines or formulas...ie... distance from waterline bow or stern, or distance from the cockpit or a ratio compare?

2) What is the best way to install the skeg? ie... I haven't attached the deck yet! I see folks using dookie schumtz/ epoxy putty on the inside. But what about the outside bottom of the hull. I thought to cut an accurate slot, and epoxy the skeg slightly proud, and then shape down the skeg to the hull. But the Kayak Sport skeg is thin and made of plastic!

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thank you

Kevin