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Convert sea kayak to center foot braces?

8 years 5 months ago #16080 by dyno
New question: Is there an easy way to install centered foot braces in large sea kayak for winter training? I found the standard rudder foot braces too wide to translate to my surf ski, but due to cold, I prefer to train in the large sea kayak in winter. Any advice? I dont need them to move the rudder, just need them to get leg drive.

Sandy Hook NJ - Any one ski paddling?
Epic v10 double
Epic v10 sport * 2
Epic v8
Epic v8 double (summer '17)

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8 years 5 months ago #16083 by gstamer
Dyno,

One solution would be to convert to a gas-pedal/footbar type system, such as what ONNO has at www.onnopaddles.com/onnocomponents.html .

The cheapest solution might be to mount a closed-cell (e.g. Minicell) foam block against the bulkhead, that fits between your current footrest and permits leg drive with your feet/knees close together.

Please be aware that not all sea kayaks have a big enough cockpit or enough deck volume to allow you to adopt a similar leg position as per a surf ski.

Greg Stamer

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8 years 5 months ago #16084 by Trilobite
In my Epic 18, I fabricated a crossbar to span the footpegs using an aluminum closet rod, after seeing one someone else had made. After measuring and cutting it to size with a hacksaw, I hammered the ends flat and pop riveted two flat flanges on either end, drilled for bolts.

Since the boat has the Smart Track pedals, I shaped the flanges with a slight curve to match the curve of the pedals, then drilled straight through the ribs on each pedal, threaded a long bolt through the flange and into the pedal. Due to the length of the bolts, I didn't even need a nut to secure.

While the coaming doesn't quite allow a knees up and out position, driving with the legs with the feet centered (despite not being able to reach the Toe Pilots from the center position), made a big difference.

Another option is to convert to Pat from Onno Paddles' foot pedal assembly. I swapped out the tiller bar in my EFT for his setup and never looked back. Incidentally, the Westside boats essentially use a closet rod along with the tiller setup, as well.

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6 years 4 months ago #23882 by Suburbanbloke
Hi Trilobite,
Can you please post some photos of the 18X foot pedal modification? I'm thinking of modifying my Stellar S16 foot pedal to turn into a racing kayak for winter paddling. From memory both boats have similar beam width: 56cm and both uses SmartTrack pedal system. As such I should be able to literally copy yours.
Cheers,

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6 years 4 months ago #23885 by vikingsurfer
www.lettmann-shop.de/en/accessories/stea...pedale-verschraubung

I swapped the smarttracks in my wifes seakayak to be more surfski-like.

Lettmanns variant above is easy to mount, just sikaflex or similar under the aluminium-profile. The pedals can be just about vertical (on the picture they are quite far apart), just two bolts to fit in predrilled holes to change angle.

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6 years 4 months ago #23886 by Suburbanbloke
Thanks a lot VikingSurfer

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6 years 4 months ago #23888 by owenw
How about these little beauties - better than the ONOs I have fitted to my Taran. expedition-kayaks-australia.myshopify.co...ak-foot-plate-system

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6 years 4 months ago #23889 by Suburbanbloke
Thanks Owen.

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