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I had to remove the seat from my old and much loved Impex Susquehanna and noticed that under the seat where the foam blocks rests against the fiberglass is starting to wear thin due to trapped sand. It also has similar issues where my heels rest against the inside of them hull under the footpegs.
I am considering getting a piece of Carbon kevlar cloth and covering the whole inside of the cockpit up to the hull/deck joint to fix the problem and make her good for another 12 (or more) years.
Anyone ever done this? Can I use epoxy to wet it out? Also, do I need to sand the inside of the cockpit to make it adhere to the existing glass?
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Posted by: Kudzu on Sep-21-13 5:46 AM (EST)
I wore a hole through the hull under the seat of my Tempest. A plastic piece of the seat rubbed through the foam and eventually the hull. I filed down the plastic thingy and replaced the worn foam. To fix the hole I just bought a fiberglass patch kit and followed the directions. The patch is maybe 3" x 3".
If it is just wear you can fix it simply|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-21-13 6:30 AM (EST)
by cleaning it. Then sand it lightly and just use a coat of two part epoxy.
as they said|
Posted by: suiram on Sep-21-13 8:01 AM (EST)
The folks that sell Keel Easy, have a product called Heel Eazy - two patches of vinyl tape that get placed under your heels to reduce wear and tear on both the kayak and your heels.
Under seat wear|
Posted by: falcon on Oct-07-13 4:46 AM (EST)
I wouldn't waste carbon/Kevlar, but |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-21-13 5:29 PM (EST)
you could use either Kevlar or a cheaper synthetic like polyester or nylon. Reason I wouldn't use glass inside is that there's a possibility of glass fibers getting into your heels. Not a strong possibility, but it's there.
not just me!|
Posted by: jesse59 on Sep-22-13 1:43 PM (EST)
Thought maybe I had really sharp heels. I had the same thing happen with my heels rubbing on the hull of my Impex Force 5. I put a thick coat of epoxy on her last year and its been fine.
Had that happen to my boat|
Posted by: booztalkin on Oct-07-13 12:46 PM (EST)
My seat pan wore a hole in my hull, too. I sanded down the area and applied two layers of class/epoxy.