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Spray HPK: Outfitting

Posted By Dan Caouette

With a freshly painted kayak sitting in the shop, all  that’s left is the final outfitting: carve and install the seat, run the decklines, install the steering components, fit out the hatches, add the interesting paddle park and GPS mount and finally apply the decals.

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The seat is a carved piece of minicel foam, shaped to fit the hull curvature.  For back support a simple foam block is very effective.

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The decklines are a mix of 3/16″ polyester line with walnut sliders and 1/4″ bungee.

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The foot brace was installed in the cockpit and the lines were run to the rudder.  A weed guard was also bonded to the hull just in front of the rudder.

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Foam hatch tape was applied to the lips.  Nylon pull tabs were threaded through and sealed to the hatch lids.  Internal bungees and tethers were run.

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My customer requested two things on the fore deck: a paddle park and a place to mount his Garmin GPS that he uses mountain biking.  I combined them into a solid piece of carbon fiber.  The shaft of the paddle is set in the hollow and held by the bungee.  The GPS attaches to the mount with a quarter-turn. Simple and light.

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Last thing was to install the decals.

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Done!  When it ships it’ll be wrapped in bubble-wrap and cling tape.

Finished weight came in around 36 lbs (16.4 kg).  I consider it pretty good considering large a kayak it is and the beefy the construction.  There are 3/16″ strips throughout and double glass on the hull.

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