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Re: Strip: Location of Knee Braces
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I built my Guillemot a few years ago and used the "keyhole" pattern in the cockpit because I thought it looked cool. My wife, who has taken a sea kayak course, now says the knee brace supports are in the wrong place. Where should the knee brace platforms be placed?

It's possible that if you are taller than your wife, the thigh supports are in the right place for you, but too far forward for your wife. This is a very common problem with commercial boats.

Depending on the boat - how sensitive it is to fore/aft trim, and how easy it is for you to move gear/ballast, moving the seat forward so that the thigh pads contact your wife's thighs (not knees, ever, IMO- you don't want your knees touching the deck) might be the easiest solution.

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