Spray skirts for Pelican kayaks
Posted by: flynhi4u on Feb-05-13 10:21 AM (EST) Category: Other Gear
I have 4 pelican kayaks and wanted spray skirts, splash decks, and road covers for them. Even the ones made for them have that common problem of not staying on real well as the comb on Pelican boats is so shallow. I found a Seals splash deck for a tandem that had a review from a user that had a Pelican 14' tandem like ours that he said he was able to make it work and loved it. Too bad he did not say what he did to get it to work. So I bought one and started trying to find a way to make it work. What I come up with was very simple and cheap but works great.
In order to make the comb hold the edge of the skirts better I took nylon acorn nuts from the hardware store, 8/32 thread size, painted them yellow to match and sucured them to the outside edge of the comb with 8/32 stainless counter sunk screws in the areas that the skirt wanted to slip off the comb. This gave more for the skirt to hold onto but still allowed it to slip off too easily. So I took another nylon acorn nut and placed it on the flat part of the kayak about a 1/4" infront of the acorn nut I placed on the edge of the comb and about a 1/4" away from the inside edge of the comb. This in effect made a simple one lug cleat. The tighter you can make the gap between the two nuts the better. Once you get the spacing right the nylon cord almost pops into the space created by the two nuts and holds very well yet still allows the skirt to be removed quickly in case of a water exit is needed. I fixed all our pelicans this way for less than 20 bucks. Yes, I had to drill small holes in the comb and on the flat area below it but a lil sealer on the screws when I put them in and they are plenty water tight. The acorn nuts do not stick out so far that you get hooked on them and if you get a paint really close in color to the boat they are hard to spot anyway. If you need pics of what I did just send me an email with your address and I will send some to you. Good luck and paddle on!
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Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-05-13 12:11 PM (EST)
Posted by: flynhi4u on Feb-05-13 2:52 PM (EST)
Well seems we get a lil wet each time we go out. We know these are rec kayaks and we use them as such. Just like to stay dry and warm. We typically stick to lazy rivers and calm lakes. Prefer to paddle early morning or late evening in calmer water. We are out for the enjoyment more than the challenge. That said we are going to try a few over night trips in them to see if we enjoy kayak camping before we decide what boats, if any, to get next. Would like to build our next boats, Pygmy or Redfin. I just see several people woth Pelican's with the same problem getting skirts and covers to stay on. Thought I would share what I did to get ours to work.
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Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-05-13 4:15 PM (EST)
POST THE PICS PLEASE|
Posted by: scorpion5 on Feb-08-13 7:50 PM (EST)
I would love to see the pics if you can post them. Thanks
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Posted by: shirlann on Feb-09-13 8:41 AM (EST)
Old Town Loon 111's. We were able to purchase it years ago, but they may not be available anymore.