Posted by: old_user on Aug-04-10 9:54 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I just acquired an old Perception Mirage 13 foot kayak. It has thick foam blocks running the length of the bow and aft sections of the boat. Are these blocks a critical part of the boats structure? Would I be stupid to remove them, or at least the front one? A pair of float bags came with the deal, they do not fit real well with the foam in there. Can I shorten the foam to fit the bags in each end?
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Posted by: michaelcrouse on Aug-04-10 10:05 PM (EST)
The foam pillar is there to keep the kayak from collapsing and to give it structure. It is a WW kayak after all.
If you remove the pillars, the Mirage|
Posted by: ezwater on Aug-04-10 11:09 PM (EST)
will be too flexy even for flatwater use. The pillars don't weigh much, and also supply some flotation.
Posted by: johnysmoke on Aug-04-10 11:32 PM (EST)
Saw one of those today while ww paddling...
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Posted by: old_user on Aug-05-10 4:36 PM (EST)
Posted by: pblanc on Aug-05-10 4:56 PM (EST)
If you are only using the boat on flatwater, you can probably get by without bags. On moving water, the bags will greatly diminish the volume of water in your boat if you exit it.
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Posted by: ezwater on Aug-05-10 6:09 PM (EST)
stiffening the boat. Poly WW boats back then had poor structural integrity without walls and bags. Todays poly boats are much stiffer, which tempts some to run them without bags.