Folding Kayaks Forum

The user forum for FoldingKayaks.org
It is currently Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:11 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:17 pm 
3 month ago I bought a Pakboat Saranac. It is my first boat and I like it a lot, apart from one thing - tracking. I used it mostly on the fjord nearby, and often have cross winds and waves. I bought with the boat with a skeg. While looking on the many row boats around, I got an idea to make a better keel to my boat that will help me to keep it going where I want.
I bought two pieces of a T shape elastic band, about 2 meters long each. It is made for gluing on the floor of shower’s corners to keep the water in. It is about 3.5cm wide and 5cm high. First I attached the bands to the keel with rubber strings through small holes I made and carbines hooked to the D rings on the boat. With 2 bands (4m) on the improvement of the tracking was amazing, I used much less effort and attention to keep the boat on track. Using one band (2m) improved the manoeuvrability, but since it was so easy to put on and off, I always use the long version in the fjord. Lately I had a better idea and bought a long Velcro band with adhesive layer on both part, glued the band with tiny plastic hooks on the boat’s keel and the other band glued to the T bands. It works just as well, looks better and add another protecting layer to the deepest area of the keel.
Bad tracking is one of the main disadvantages of kayaks and canoes with smooth bottom, especially foldable and inflatable. I find this keel improvement very cheap and effective, very easy to make and easy to remove if one wants better manoeuvring.
Try and enjoy.


You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:47 pm 
lord high faltbotmeister
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:46 am
Posts: 535
Location: inland Pennsylvania, USA
Very clever modification! I've used a strap-on skeg for my Feathercraft kayaks for years (much like a shorter version of your original cord connected design), but this velcro invention of yours looks like an even better solution for the kayaks' tendency to windcock. Just curious though -- what is the actual material that you used, the flexible T shape, and from what sort of store did you buy it?

_________________
Current:
Feathercraft Wisper
Pakboat Quest 135
Pakboat Puffin 12
Pakboat Swift 14
Greenland SOF
P & H Easky 15LV
Previous:
Feathercraft Kahuna
Feathercraft K-1 Expedition
Pakboat XT-15


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:39 am 
The material feels like a sort of soft plastic. It is so soft that I do not remove it when I fold the boat. I got it from a friend who works in a shop that deals with bathrooms. As I wrote it is made for glue to the floor and keep the water in the shower corner. Since I live in north Norway, I guess an address will not help you. I saw in the internet that one can buy T shape rubber bands.

The effect of this long keel extension is much better than the effect of a rather short skeg. A week ago I went for 2 hours tour on the fjord, with head wind 30deg to my right, and waves of 30+cm. In these conditions there is always enough length of the keel to keep me on track, and reduced the drifting of the boat to the left, although I was not going fast. To test the effect I stopped and removed the keel extension. After 5 minutes I stopped to put back on.


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:12 pm 
forum fanatic

Joined: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:10 pm
Posts: 73
The Saranac shown in the photos is from the 2012 model year. 2013 Saranacs and newer come with factory installed removable skegs to address the tracking issue.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:50 pm 
Brotherhood of the Golden Paddle

Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:05 pm
Posts: 1398
Location: South Salem, NY
Pretty ingenious, and easy application with the velcro. Something to keep in mind and maybe even in the tool kit if you ever find yourself on a long journey battling a cross wind. Pretty cool idea.

d

_________________
Klepper Aerius II
Klepper T9
Long Haul MK1 Expedition 'light'
Klepper S4 sail rig
Kayaksailor 1.6 +genoa
BSD 36HP


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group