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Submitted: 07-02-2007 by Ben
Love these mounts... However, a huge flaw with the design. If any Kayak owner has a glass/kevlar boat it's going to get rubbed and eventually take off all the gel coat and dig into the hull.
Poor salesmanship and design for yakima engineers. I mean come on you're in the business of catering to the kayaking community. The least you could do is is recommend placing felt covers on the Mako saddles. Still, thats another $10 USD for these pads... Just include the pads as an accessory for the saddles. You'll have happier customers!
My suggestion for owners. Go down to your local hardware store and find a 6"x9" felt pad, usually selling as FELTAC ($2 USD or LESS!) used for the bottom of furniture on wood floors. Take the pad and place it below the saddle and the piece facing you make sure it's flush to the saddle (inside should be sticking out). This makes it so you don't waste a lot of felt. After you've drawn the outline, take a ruler and mark where you're going to cut with your utility knife. Once you're done you should have about an 1"x4" hole in the center. Tear the back paper off the adhesive and apply to saddles... trim as needed.
I have noticed the felt pad does recede over the rubber, so you may want to take a small knife and trim away some of the excess felt on top. I've noticed there's about 4 ply of felt placed on these sheets so removing about an 1/8 of it might do the trick.
Save the scraps.. You've just saved yourself 16+ bucks YAHOO anyone?!
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