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  Fit issues - more thoughts
  Posted by: Celia on May-13-13 11:14 AM (EST)

-- Last Updated: May-13-13 11:16 AM EST --

OK, to start if it is an Extreme Tour, it'll have a thicker bungie than some of their other variations including neo decks. The Extreme Tour is what is sitting on my Vela right now, and the skirt it is replacing was a plainer version and had a less thick bungie. A neo deck is a requirement if you want to get serious about wet work like rolling - nylon just doesn't work out well - but if this is a rec type boat I suspect that is not on the horizon for you with this boat.

The value of the more worked up neo deck skirts is that they are also reinforced around the edges so that you can haul boats over your own in on-water rescues and not shred the skirt. But if you are not planning to be doing that on a regular basis, the basic neo deck is plenty strong.

The other fit issue is reach. If this is a very long cockpit and you are not a very long person, it could be tough for you to reach forward and actually be a little ahead of the lip of the coaming. The Hurricanes have a sharp edge, so you need to be able to reach about an inch forward of the edge of the coaming up front to get the skirt on and off. You can't just yank them any old way like on a plastic cockpit rim.

So for safety, you need to have the skirt work to not only make the reach to the front edge of the coaming, but a little beyond.

Some manufacturers have extra release options built in, like a knee strap that'll lift from around the sides in a pinch. I suggest that you ask Seals about what options they have along those lines. They are a good company, and are willing to work with someone.

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