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  Full-Width Foot Board, OR
  Posted by: Kocho on Jan-17-13 9:51 AM (EST)

Why not use this opportunity and install a foot board across the foot pedals and then put a layear of "minicell foam" (sold in most paddling stores or online) on top of it? Or a Yoga block cut in two alongthe long side to cover the entire width? A full width foot board is soooo much more comfortable...

You can initially just tape it in place and you can make it from a piece of scrap wood to see how you like it. If you like it, you can install it more permanently with a pair of stainless steel bolts and locking nuts on each side... No drilling of the kayak required, just one or two holes per side on each foot peg.

Another optionis to move the seat closer, but for short people, they usually have the weight already farther back than ideal compared to the average sized person, so it might negatively impact the boat front-to-back weight balance (provided it is OK now, of course).

Or, if you are even lazier, split a Yoga block in two, shape it with a wood file to conform to the contour of your boat, place it against the foot pegs and glue it with contact cement to the boat. You got yourself a fairly stable and comfortable foot peg extension without any drilling or taping. This setup will likely stay in place pretty well...

As for just comfort, I have added a 1/4" minicell layer on top of my P&H Delphin's plastic foot pegs - glued with contact cement to the pegs and no tape. This has stayed in place, rather surprisingly, over the course of 2 seasons now and is very comfortable - I could not paddle for longbarefoot before because the foot pegs are very 3-d for traction with shoes, which makes it painful barefoot...

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