Foam thigh hooks
For whatever reason, some
of us still prefer a keyhole style cockpit. The problem
with most home made long cockpits is a lack of positive thigh and knee
hooks to keep a good grip on the boat while manuvering and
rolling. Here are some quick and easy knee hooks you can
make at home.
I start with a couple
blocks of minicell foam 4" x 6" x 1.5" thick. If you really
want a good grip you could even go bigger.
Next I cut them into a
hook shape. I used a band saw which seemed pretty dangerous, I'm
sure there's better way.
Then I get into the kayak
and position the hook so it feels comfortable and captures my kneecap
and some of my thigh. Once I'm positive I have it in the
right spot I'll mark where it goes on the coaming.
I make a mask out of
paper to shield the surfaces that won't be glued. Next I spray
the area with a light coating of spray adhesive, and I spray the top of
the thigh hook with spray adhesive.
Once both surfaces are
tacky I glue it together being careful to get it perfectly lined up
before sticking it together. I found toeing the block in
slightly like this gave me the best support.
The finished block looked
kinda squarish to me, so I take some sandpaper and smooth it into a
more natural shape.
These work well for me
and gave me a good combination of support and freedom to raise my knees
when I wanted. I also found that in a 23 inch wide kayak, the cut
out pieces were perfect for support outside of the knees along the
gunwale. Working with the minicell foam is easy and your thigh
hooks can look however you want!
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