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Re: Flush-mounted deck ha
Posted by Alan Speakman on Dec 17, 2006
I use rare-earth magnets to hold the paddle on the deck of my wife's MC 13. It works extremely well... I simply glued a couple of very strong magnets on the underside of the deck and also attached a couple of them on the paddle shaft. Now whenever she wants to "ship" the paddle, she simply slides it along the deck until the deck "grabs" it... Extremely cool.
* The wife uses her Mill Creek in pretty much flat water for photography. (The ability to silently slide the paddle into instant holding is very handy. * If for some reason the magnets were to fail and the paddle were to fall overboard, she'd just reach over and pick it up... On the other hand, I think I'd want a more failsafe system for a deck hatch that might see rough water. * Remember, these magnets are very strong... I wouldn't dream of getting them around a compass, my wallet and credit cards, MP3 players, GPS, etc., etc., etc. * Safety is an issue. Believe it or not, rare-earth magnets can pinch! * They also can shatter when they come together. * I know that there are Web sites out there that discuss this topic... Google on "magnet kayak hatch" (without the quotes,) and you can find info on it.
In Response to: Flush-mounted deck hatch by Richard K on Dec 15, 2006