Hi everyone, I have a rec kayak that I'm looking to make safer so I purchased some float bags for it, I just need a little guidance in installing them. They are the ones from Harmony, the one for the bow is specifically for 10' rec boats which mine is. It has the two gromits in the back to be tied to something, I'm just not sure what I'm supposed to tie it too. The one for the stern is pretty straightforward, I think, in that I just shove it up behind the seat and then inflate it.
While I'm asking questions, is there anyway to install decklines to it? It has some bungees in the back but I would just like to look into something better in case I have some problems and need to be towed.
I'm sure someone will suggest that I just buy a better boat instead of spend money on this one so I feel the need to explain myself. My schedule is too hectic for me to get out on the water as much as I'd like (right now I'd be happy to get out on the water two more times this year) so I couldn't justify spending a lot on a boat that isn't going to get used much. I had kept my eye on the local craigslist but never found a really nice boat on there. Anyway I just want to make this boat safer in the event it should capsize. I have been taking lessons so I'm trying to learn the correct safety and paddle technique, but for right now this boat is my "stead".
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Posted by: wildernesswebb on Aug-08-13 11:19 AM (EST)
Easy to instal and bungy material easy to find. Drill a few holes and voila!
Posted by: kvw1988 on Aug-08-13 11:48 AM (EST)
Well I see myself getting lost on this website haha. Thanks this is exactly what I was looking for :)
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Posted by: ezwater on Aug-08-13 12:04 PM (EST)
on a front float bag can be attached to the front end of the footpeg tracks. You might have to loosen them to add a connecting loop.
Posted by: Peter-CA on Aug-08-13 12:26 PM (EST)
As others have said, add some bolt for the float bag. Requires drilling. I would consider doing the back bag also.
Posted by: ShadyClip on Aug-08-13 12:56 PM (EST)
There are kits out there for adding deck rigging. If you are planning on adding a perimeter line the same mounting hardware is used but you probably want rope instead of bungee like cord.
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Posted by: wildernesswebb on Aug-08-13 1:12 PM (EST)
Someone just pointed you to their website and I've dealt with them quite a bit. Excellent folks to deal with!
Posted by: ShadyClip on Aug-08-13 1:21 PM (EST)
I wished I lived in Austin sometimes...
Posted by: ShadyClip on Aug-08-13 1:20 PM (EST)
If you are just doing mellow rec kayaking on a calm lake and wearing a PFD, I wouldn't worry too much about securing the float bags. Just make sure they are inflated enough and stuffed in the bow. Finding some thin nylon rope or if close enough even a light-weight carabiner and attach to the end of the foot peg rail is best if you need more peace of mind.
Posted by: Celia on Aug-08-13 3:52 PM (EST)
I run pad-eyes all over my boats...|
Posted by: rikjohnson on Aug-08-13 5:52 PM (EST)
I run a series of pad-eyes along the top deck from bow to stern using bolts and nuts with nylon inserts, then I run a rope through themn as a deck-line.
Posted by: kvw1988 on Aug-08-13 11:49 PM (EST)
Thanks everybody for your suggestions!! I looked all over online for some sort of directions for installing these and found nothing so I am super thankful for your help.