Securing a spray skirt to my old glass kayak.

I have an old glass kayak purchassed in 1971 from the Foloboat company. It is not  an elegant craft and I have suplimented my little fleet with a P&H from the UK and a rotomolded light touring craft manufactured in the USA. The Old Foloboat is basically a white water design in which I installed a CLC skeg kit this summer. It now goes very straight in waves, wind and tide. It is a dry boat, but I would like to be able to secure a Seals spray skirt just the same. This will require some sort of "lip" on the outside of the 2 to 3" high cockpit rim. Any suggestions? I really enjoy the boat, and feel very comfortable thrashing about in it on day trips. I am comfortable with the process of melding wood to glass, and have considered 1/4 round ash. Is there something like an extrusion that might work better?

                                Tom

                tlefavour@comcast.net

 

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RE: Securing a spray skirt to my old glass kayak.

A wood lip glassed into place would probably be the most effective but there are several options from rope to glass rope to wood to whatever you like, really.

As I said, I think your idea will be the most successful for the uses you've mentioned.

FrankP

RE: Securing a spray skirt to my old glass kayak.

Thank You Frank. The rope solution might be the easiest to accomplish. The wood lip would, as you suggest offer the most security, a big consideration in a roll, but this boat, being wide and high, does not lend itself to that maneuver. I'd just like to stay dry when setting out, and returning through breaking surf.

                                                                    Tom 

RE: Securing a spray skirt to my old glass kayak.

Tom,

In that case, the rope lip would be the fastest/easiest method and in my experience with SOF boats works just as well for "light" duty.  I don't really take my boats in truly rough water so I can't speak to that level of security from a rope lip.  For simply staying dry during entry and exit and light duty paddling it works great, though.

FrankP

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