Post by ryanward10 on May 26, 2009 17:52:59 GMT -5
An easy, often overlooked modification to any touring kayak is a drain plug. The whitewaters usually come equipped, but the bigger/touring boats seldom do. Having one makes it mighty convenient to pull over, stand the boat on its end for a few seconds and be empty and ready for the next rip / drop. I suppose all of you are such experts you never tip, but I seldom seem to run anything interesting without a roll or skirt implosion. I got this one at MEC for $8, installed with stainless screws and silicone after boring with a 1" spade. I bet somebody's going to tell me I shouldn't have used silicone, sigh. I'll have to think up another solution for the 16ft since it has front and back hatches.
I can attest that his drain plug was a great addition Hey Ryan, for the bigger boat, why not come up with some sort of a bilge pump? Who knows, someone out there has probably already set up an electric one so all you have to do is push a button!
An electric pump sounds bulky, my co ckpit isn't big enough for much more than a beverage. I worry about the survivability of an electric system if the boat spends any amount of time under water. No reproach for using the silicone eh? That's a good sign.
Last Edit: May 27, 2009 6:47:27 GMT -5 by ryanward10