HydroSpider

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  1. Another kayak cave that was functional but needed a bigger exit.
  2. I am enjoying the container/ cave so far. It's only about 100 yards from my river take out and it was my only workable option. In the past I have enjoyed some fun and functional kayak lounges. I miss the work space but the container will do for now.
  3. Materials have arrived and it's time to go to work.
  4. Getting ready to get into this project on a few boats. Ive some experience with a few products but I was curious what the current kayak fishing culture is using for traction pad projects/materials. I've used Seadek for a template on the Jackson Coosa and then chose Conceal as the sheet material. Also have used Hydroturf on a Tarpon 140 with positive results. I know there are other products out there but I haven't worked with any others yet. Self adhesive backing is preferred. Part of this project will be removing the factory pads from a Jackson Kraken. I am hoping it will come free with alcohol and some work and prefer not using heat.
  5. My interest in rolling SOTs originates from those surf days too. I rode the WS riot and the Cobra Strike. Rolling bigger SOTs was just to see if I could do it, but the work really paid off when it came to my high brace. Most SOT paddlers might not find value in training to roll a big SOT but it has developed my high brace into something near bomb proof. My roots are in WW boats so the C2C roll was the first that I learned and my comfort zone. The C2C was not the right roll for the SOTs, so I started studying the Greenland styles and sort of created a hybrid roll that I have had the most success with. I was curious to see if others are rolling SOTs and what styles they have had success with.
  6. Anyone else practice rolling the SOTs? I still have more success when I have extended the paddle, but getting better. Rolling the Scupper Pro here. I also had a RTM Disco that I was able to roll, but I was never able to get my Tarpon 140 back over.
  7. For those who plan on adding flotation for the first time or who might already be using PFDs or random free floating flotation, it is wise to stuff them in a balanced way and try to create bulkheads. If all of the flotation is in one end of the boat or shifts during the swamping, you will likely end up with a Cleo's Needle scenario. While there is a solution for this situation, it is tough to pull off, even without fishing gear and with a skilled partner. * Here's 2 shots of Cleo's Needle in effect from a quick web search.
  8. Not really difficult but there is some extra clean up/drying that needs to happen. It all kind of depends on how I have the flotation arranged for that particular boat. I velcro the key foundation pieces to the hull and the smaller supportive parts are just tightly fitted into place. I am careful to leave dead space around the drain hole and most of the time it is easy to wash and drain with most of the flotation in place. After the rinse I keep all the hatches open to air to prevent that swamp smell and funk. If a boat is going to be on the rack for some time, I pull out all the smaller support pieces and leave the foundation. Not having all of it fixed also allows me to remove parts to allow for more gear storage if needed. Flylikabird, Cost varies but it is more than your very specific estimate. I believe my Jackson Coosa takes around 32 pool noodles with room for dry bags. I have a few new boats on the way and ill keep track of how many each boat takes and $. Solid core and larger diameters are more expensive. I try to look for good deals and then stock up. Here is another example of functional flotation.
  9. Thought that I could contribute to this thread with a few pictures of my internal flotation. I try to keep my hull space functional while still trying to fill up all the dead space and to keep stored gear from shifting. I also try to fully inflate my dry bags for additional flotation. I still have a pump as I believe it is a flotation/pump combo that helps keep you out of trouble when the hull becomes swamped.
  10. Thanks That was an O.K prowler13 . Not mine, but a loaner from the ranch that we were staying at. Trips like that help me appreciate having my own gear. The rub of flying in vs driving..
  11. Hello boaters, Found this site awhile back when I was hunting for info on the Swell Scupper 14 and the ScupPro. I really enjoyed the initial thread and the review that followed. I dug a bit deeper into this section and decided that I would like to learn more from this group and hopefully contribute. I am looking forward to delving into all of the archived wisdom when I am not working on boats. Thanks for letting me join.