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When rolling, you can make sure you don’t just fall out of the kayak by pressing against the footrest to force your knees up into the knee braces. If you ever surf your kayak, even accidentally, it is possible you may come to an abrupt halt by crashing into the sand or a rock. So that you do not slide forward off your seat and have your sprayskirt rip off the cockpit, you need a strong footrest.

Many older sea kayaks have a light, simple and effective footrest which consists of two horizontal flanges, one inside each side of the kayak. Each flange is about 18 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, and is permanently attached halfway up the side of the kayak. gas finder A row of holes is drilled along each flange at one-inch intervals. The footrest is a horizontal aluminum tube which bolts to a hole on each side. You can adjust the footrest to fit taller or shorter kayakers by bolting it to the most suitable holes.

b) Better ones consist of a pair of adjustable nylon or aluminum pedals (A), one on each side of the kayak, which slide along nylon or aluminum tracks (B). One trade name for this sort of footrest is Yakima. You can quickly slide the pedals to a comfortable position. They don’t take up much space, so you can straighten your legs and have a good stretch if you get stiff during a long paddle. Unless adjustable footrests are often adjusted or cleaned, they tend to jam after long use in salt water, and the aluminum ones corrode.

If you are very tall, no commercial footrest will fit you. You can easily make a good non-adjustable footrest out of closed-cell polyethylene foam, cut to shape with a bread-knife so that it fills in all the space between your feet and the front bulkhead. It gives the kayak extra flotation, is comfortable and acts as a shock-absorber if you crash into something. If you leave a foot-sized slot in the middle, you will be able to partly straighten one leg at a time for comfort during a long trip.

Well-designed rudders have been available for sea kayaking since the 1970s. Britain, France, New Zealand and Tasmania all get a lot of windy weather. Most English and French sea kayakers have a skeg or nothing but rudders are quite popular in Scotland, we are told that in Tasmania nearly 100% of sea kayaks have a rudder, and Sandy Ferguson of New Zealand tells us "NZ is windy and just about all… kayakers use or have rudders, not necessarily deployed all the time". Skeg

"One of the Eskimos here has a small wooden fin attached to the bottom of his kayak about a yard from the stern: It is ten inches long and four inches deep at the most. Most of the kayakmen on the West Coast [of Greenland] use them to counteract the sidewise motion caused by each stroke of the paddle, and also to keep the kayak steady in a side wind. duke electric orlando It is unsuitable for conditions here, as it would be more difficult to dodge around in thick ice and would prevent the hunters sliding their kayaks from an ice-floe down into the water".

Drop skeg. An adjustable skeg works just like the centerboard of a dinghy. The fin pivots inside a vertical slot so it can be dropped down into the water when needed. It is usually made of a rigid plastic which is intentionally weak. If it gets forced in the wrong direction because you reverse into a rock, it will snap off before it damages the kayak’s structure.

Detachable skeg. If your kayak has no skeg, does have a tiring tendency to weathercock in side winds, and you don’t mind if you reduce its maneuverability in caves and amongst rocks, you can add one. If you have a general-purpose kayak that could mean a detachable skeg which you fit in seconds before going afloat on a windy day. Some traditional Inuit skegs attached with straps, just like this one from Feathercraft:

Is this as good as the 1980s polypropylene skeg? This was a big sleeve of thin plastic that you slipped over the back end of the kayak and pulled forwards until it jammed. Then you attached it with a length of shock-cord that you clipped to the decklines. gas density conversion The fin was permanently riveted to the belt. Light, folds flat, won’t come off or flop over however many rocks you hit, and practically indestructible. Your editor still has one somewhere that turns up every few years.

Fixed skeg. If you have a fiberglass or wood sea kayak that has no skeg and seems to need one, it’s easy to add a permanent fixed skeg. In general see How To Add Accessories To A Kayak. You can make the fin from fiberglass. Its total area is seldom much more than that of your hand. It must have a low profile so that it does not catch on rocks in shallow water, and so that it does not prevent the kayak sliding down a beach for a "seal launch". If you look at your kayak from the side, you will see that the line of the keel is almost straight for the central 80% of the hull. The keel line has only a slight upward curve ("rocker") over most of its length. Near the stern it starts to curve up more sharply. A fixed skeg usually extends the straighter line of the central section backwards over a length of about 18 inches, so that the bottom edge of the skeg is almost horizontal. The rear edge of the skeg is almost vertical, finishing well short of the tip of the stern. After all, a skeg is supposed to be an underwater fin.

You can make the fin from three layers of medium-weight chopped strand mat (CSM) fiberglass reinforcement, laying it down on a flat surface covered with a layer of polyethylene, and using a brush to saturate it with a small amount of polyester resin. Leave it in a warm place for a couple of days to get really hard, and you can then use abrasive paper to smooth and shape it. As with an aircraft wing, you want a rounded (parabolic) leading edge and a sharp trailing edge. See Making Rudders, Leeboards & Foils.

To attach the finished fin to the hull, make what boat-builders call a "fillet" along each side. For each side, cut three strips of CSM. Each strip should be slightly longer than the skeg and 1 to 2 inches wide. Use abrasive paper to clean and roughen the parts of the hull and skeg where you are making the fillets. Hold the skeg in place temporarily with adhesive tape. gas pain in chest Make the fillets on one side at a time, with the kayak lying on its side so gravity encourages the resin and CSM to stay where you put them. Mix a small amount of resin and brush a little onto the roughened parts to make them slightly sticky. Place the first strips along the hull-skeg join so that they are half on the skeg and half on the hull. Use a little more resin to wet them out, then lay the second strips on top and wet them out, using as little resin as possible but making sure you eliminate all bubbles and white patches. gas natural Same for the third strips. Turn the kayak over and do the other side.

According to the Gougeon Brothers’ technical publication Epoxyworks 16 (Fall 2000) it is possible to stick a fixed skeg to a polyethylene kayak using two-part epoxy resin if you prepare the surface properly. The article recommends first sanding the surface with 80 grit abrasive paper. Then, less than 30 minutes before you apply the epoxy it says you should oxidize the surface of that part of the hull using a propane blowtorch. The idea is to keep the tip of the flame just above the surface and "move it across the surface at a rate of 2 or 3 inches per second, overlapping the previous pass slightly. Keep the torch moving and only allow the exhaust gases to hit the surface. If done correctly, the surface will not discolor or burn in any obvious way". An interesting idea, but you would spend the next X years wondering if the back end of your kayak was now dangerously brittle.

Rudders made specifically for sea kayaking tend to be an expensive blend of stainless steel and carbon fiber ("graphite"). Good ones are designed so that they project down deep into the water but allow the kayaker to raise them out of the water before entering surf or rocky areas. Some retract by flipping up onto the rear deck as shown, others have a blade which slides upwards in a case like a daggerboard.

A rudder may be operated by a small tiller fitted to the front bulkhead between the kayaker’s feet, connected to the rudder with control cables made of stainless steel. gas national average 2008 There are also stirrup-type rudder controls and combined rudder-footrests consisting of a horizontal tiller bar where you would expect to find a foot rest. The tiller bar is not fixed at the ends, but mounted on a vertical pivot in the middle so the kayaker presses with his/her right foot to go right. These arrangements are fine as long as they don’t prevent effective use of the footrest.

Those who don’t like rudders cite a variety of reasons. Some are unwilling to drill holes through the hull or deck of their kayak for the rudder attachment or the control cables, or cut the rear 6 inches off their kayak, which is often necessary to fit a rudder. Others suspect that a rudder is heavy (4.5 lbs is a common total for the rudder and controls), easy to damage, likely to jam when small stones get between the rudder stock and the blade, and could make it hard to reverse out of a cave in a hurry.

Although a sea kayak rudder has a small blade, it still creates significant drag even if it is pointing directly forwards-backwards. When you use a rudder to turn or to stay on course, you are putting on the brakes on one side. Usually you can achieve the same thing by substituting, for a forwards paddle stroke, the occasional forwards sweep stroke. This will knock you back on course without slowing you down. See Forwards Sweep Stroke.

Expedition kayakers who go long distances on open water with laden kayaks very often swear by rudders. Paul Caffyn, the great kayak circumnavigator, says he started off "suffering from the Pommy anti-rudder sentiment" but was gradually converted. By steering with his feet, he is able to maintain a smoother paddling rhythm and he calculates that it increases his daily average distance by nearly 25%. See Caffyn’s Comment on www.sissonkayaks.co.nz