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 Post subject: Simple Kayak Cover
PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:01 am 
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A simple and effective kayak cover can be made from stretchy tubular fabric used to make T-shirts.


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Choose a tube diameter smaller than the kayak diameter. The stretchy material ensures a tight fit that will not flap around at speed on a roof rack.
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Because it is tubular you only need to sew one end. My wife left a small hole for the bow handle and hemmed in a pull-tight cord at the other end.
Great for keeping the sun off the kayak or saltwater off the car when carrying the kayak on the roof. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:11 pm 
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Two things:
- where did you find the material?
- what are you using to support the stern of your kayak?

Since I use the Yakima racks on my Chevrolet S10 pickup, I am looking for something to support the stern while I am loading and unloading the kayak. This should keep it from getting scraped and scratched on the parking lot asphalt or whatever. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:54 am 
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G'Day Tim,
We got the material from our local fabric warehouse. I'm not sure of the correct name but it is tubular and available in a variety thicknesses and diameters. Any large material shop should stock it.
In the pics the kayak is supported on foldeable camping stools. To prevent 'skeg rash' I use some outdoor carpet about 4 foot long.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:40 am 
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stringy thanks for the information.

Skeg Rash is a good term! As usual I was overthinking a solution. A small piece of carpet is high on my list. Now to find that material. Thanks again.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:42 pm 
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Those old carpet samples that you can pick up at the carpet stores work great. They come hemmed and ready to go -- usually free or a dollar. 8)
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stringy I found the material locally though it is open on both ends. I am goping to wait and buy it next Monday with a 40% coupon. This material is $6.99 a yard. Thanks.

Roadrunner a friend says he has carpet samples so that should be good.

Thanks.

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