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Lately I've wondered why there has been more water in my cockpit than what I'm accustomed to. Fearing the worst, I ran through the possibilities you might expect: leak from boat damage (though the worst that's happened are some scratches/scuffs that don't go down to the glass), skeg box leak (but all the hatches are still dry), coaming separating from deck (appears to be in good shape). I use an all-neo sprayskirt that fits well.
There's more water inside after a nonstop paddle than what I used to get from launching and taking one or two breaks during the paddle. Maybe between 1 and 2 cups' worth of water?
Then it dawned on me. With winter just around the corner, the air has become much cooler and damper than it was in the dry season, which is summer and early fall in this location.
In Colorado, when I paddled in late fall I'd pick sunny, dry days, with air temps typically in the high 50s to about 60. Water temps were not much different from what the sea temp is here at this time.
The really huge diff is in relative humidity. Like 80 to 95% now, instead of, say 35% like it was in the Rockies on those sunny days. I guess that would account for having about twice the amount of water on the cockpit floor now. It also explains why even wearing a Gore-Tex drysuit has my longjohns a little damp after paddling, unlike in Colorado. It dries out quickly if I take a break, but when I do a nonstop paddle I come out noticing the difference. No, I do not pee in my suit.
The dehumidifier in the garage also needs to be emptied more often.
Has anybody else noticed a similar change?
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Posted by: blackboat on Nov-07-13 2:52 PM (EST)
........a supra-tek skirt ???
Posted by: magooch on Nov-07-13 3:10 PM (EST)
The possibility of condensation causing that much water, would not have ever occurred to me. I would still be looking for a leak, or at least blame it on the skirt. But what do I know? I've been looking for the reason for a little moisture in the day compartment and sometimes the aft compartment on one of my boats and I guess condensation could be the culprit. Yeah, I'll go with that.
It's regular neoprene|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-07-13 3:41 PM (EST)
Fabric face on both sides. SnapDragon brand, same one I've had for years.
Oops, you are correct and I am wrong|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-07-13 11:43 PM (EST)
It IS SupraTex. I just looked at the SnapDragon website and my skirt is made of whatever variant of neoprene makes it SupraTex. Why do you ask?
Posted by: blackboat on Nov-08-13 2:51 PM (EST)
.............begins to weep and/or leak in about two years, because the neoprene layer in between the cloth is so thin.
Posted by: blackboat on Nov-08-13 2:53 PM (EST)
.............now comes with a longer cockpit opening than the original.
Condensation in Open Boats Too|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Nov-07-13 5:52 PM (EST)
Visible puffs of breath|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-07-13 10:29 PM (EST)
I think you're right|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-08-13 8:53 AM (EST)
When I go out in winter I don't usually practice rolls or reentries, and always have a neo sprayskirt on. By the time I take out the inside of my boat and my dry suit are dripping wet.
Posted by: bignate on Nov-07-13 7:10 PM (EST)
that even neoprene skirts begin to let in more water over time. I would guess that the material naturally wears and degrades.
moisture in kayak|
Posted by: ret603 on Nov-07-13 8:47 PM (EST)
While a check for leaks is a good step to explore, I also suspect leaking through an older neoprene skirt is the cause of the water in the kayak.
Not these couple of times|
Posted by: pikabike on Nov-07-13 10:37 PM (EST)
No rolling or other upside-downism, no real surf (not counting small wakes). The skirt is only 3 years old but it's been used often. I probably ought to order a replacement, since when the time comes for replacement I'll want it right away and it's not a common size.
Have you started to layer clothes?|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Nov-07-13 9:23 PM (EST)
A change in clothing causes me to sometimes get folds and creases in my top that allow water to leak into my boat. If I smooth out the skirt more carefully it takes care of the problem.
Put kayak and skirt in water|
Posted by: cliffjrs on Nov-08-13 7:32 AM (EST)
with skirt opening sealed with duct tape for twice as long as you'd normally paddle. Check for water. Buy new skirt.
Water in kayak?|
Posted by: JerrySmith on Nov-08-13 11:21 AM (EST)
You may have a slow leak that you haven't found yet.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Nov-08-13 12:17 PM (EST)
do a leak test. The proper method is to get some food dye and add it to a gallon of water then pour the mix into each sealed compartment. I used this method when I suspected a boat had a leak and sure enough it did.