cockpit cover safe for highway use?
Posted by: old_user on Jul-20-13 4:09 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Fairly new kayaker here using a lay-flat cockpit-up Thule single mount system and I'm looking for advice on a cockpit cover with two goals in mind.
I need something safe at highway speeds that will help cut down on air turbulence from cockpit and increase MPG, and keep the rain out.
I have a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 with a huge cockpit so these are more of a worry for me than most.
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Posted by: ezwater on Jul-20-13 4:18 PM (EST)
the open cockpit will be in a turbulent area between the boat and the car top, and whether the cockpit is open or has a cockpit cover will make very little difference.
If you find one that increases your MPG|
Posted by: jackl on Jul-20-13 4:23 PM (EST)
please let me know.
Posted by: carldelo on Jul-20-13 8:41 PM (EST)
In my experience, a Seals cockpit cover large enough to fit your boat will have a belly strap to keep it from flying away, in addition to a clip to attach it to the deck rigging.
Get a Seals cover|
Posted by: sjt78 on Jul-20-13 9:47 PM (EST)
I had a Pungo 120 and my wife currently has a 140. We have used Seals covers with great success. Keeps the rain and bugs out. They fit tight and also have an auxillary strap just in case. While they won't increase mileage, they help keep the kayak as aero as possible.
I'll add that...|
Posted by: tjalmy on Jul-20-13 10:50 PM (EST)
you should use a D ring or carabiner to the cockpit cover to your deck rigging, if your not using straps to hold the cover on your boat.
Seals and Snapdragon|
Posted by: andy on Jul-21-13 6:52 AM (EST)
have stayed put on mine at interstate speeds. Seals has a girth strap. I do secure the front grab loops on both. But never had one get pulled off or collapse from water.
Posted by: old_user on Jul-21-13 8:34 AM (EST)
Thanks for the responses, everyone. I'm paranoid about it coming off so I'll work on some additional securements.
Unless it's raining|
Posted by: carldelo on Jul-21-13 10:43 AM (EST)
I have cockpit covers, but don't use|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jul-21-13 12:02 PM (EST)
I have cockpit covers, but generally don't use.