Boat Building Forum

Find advice on all aspects of building your own kayak, canoe or any lightweight boats

Re: 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

I'd want to glass it in place, can use a filler for a filet, but that alone isn't really strong enough. If you hit the skeg on something slightly from the side and break the bond you'll fill the boat pretty quickly. Location, there has been some conversation fairly recently about putting it closer to the cockpit, heck of alot easier to access it if there are problems after it's decked in that location. Can pretty much be anywhere from the back edge of the cockpit to the stern though.

Bill H.