Canoe Outfitting Finishing touches Page 4*
SO far we've measured and marked, glued it up and we now have a boat with Saddle, knee pads, ankle blocks, foot pads, thigh strap and air bag D rings.
We need to build a cage for the air bags. Most WW boaters drill (they can be pushed
through with a sharp punch) small holes every 4 to 6 inches just under the gunnel the
length of the air bag. Through those holes they lace 3mm accessory cord from gunnel to
gunnel from end to center. These cords terminate by passing through the the air bag d ring
to form the top and end of the cage. There are many good systems that use small eyes that
attach to the gunnels instead of punching holes in your hull. (see the blue boat on p 1)
Go back to page 1 and look at the pictures of the grab loops, painters, ankle blocks, and foot pads
I'll keep adding to finishing touches as things come up.
SHAPING the SADDLE to fit YOU. Everyone fits in a saddle a little different(ly). As part of the initial outfitting you don't want to go cutting and rounding willy nilly. A saddle is a little like hair. Easy to get off tough to get back on.
Kneel in the saddle. Settle down on it. If you feel a sharp edge, trim it a little with a surform tool or coarse sand paper. Try it again and trim some more if necessary. Save the final shaping until after you've paddled a few times in flat as well as WW. As said its good to keep in mind wet suits, dry suits etc. since different clothing, shoes etc. changes the way you fit in the boat
If you think you may need to build up the seat don't round off any edges until you glue on the new layer. Since its tough to glue a layer of foam over a round edge.
These are thumbs of a wide Mohawk saddle that's been seriously modified to fit the way I like to paddle. Seat is cut down to about 7 1/2 inches, thigh scoops heavily cut away and rounded. White (so you can see the changes) foam has been added, shaped and sloped so that my entire thigh to knee is in full contact with the saddle. Front has been cut off to install a "knee bar" when I figure out how to do it.
STUFF TO ADD NEXT:
GMP/T&E SYS INK.