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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:00 pm 
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When I started storing my TI outside, I found that the Hobie cover allowed big puddles to form. Hopefully you can see this photo showing the puddles... the puddles were made with my garden hose, so the water is much cleaner than the puddles after they've been on the boat for a few days.
https://goo.gl/photos/tqa7Lj8WjNdWbCnD7

So I built a 3/4" PVC frame to go under the cover. Here are photos of the PVC frame by itself and on the boat:
https://goo.gl/photos/s3y8xVarU5rwuFM86
https://goo.gl/photos/Y9RwFZC4Y7fpgVyi8

At the aft end, the crossing fits in the fish finder hole:
https://goo.gl/photos/axcx7pq2abQgYXsC9
https://goo.gl/photos/MQc58afk3E2tfKxDA

Amidships, these two fittings go in the top of scupper holes. The type of fitting isn't important, it just needs to keep the PVC from sliding into the scupper holes:
https://goo.gl/photos/gctmgCTjfezk7Qg26
https://goo.gl/photos/HzsRfaaADZmdgV638
https://goo.gl/photos/A1jrnt7kjeopzzbC8

At the fore, the cutoff tees nestle over the fore crossbar:
https://goo.gl/photos/dgKSwFGG4h4PbHq7A
https://goo.gl/photos/hd9YvitXbbGz5ken6

And finally, the cover with the frame installed. Not very exciting, but it's been working like a champ.
https://goo.gl/photos/8w7kgnt5u9hUrg8L8


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:24 pm 
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I place my mast/sail in it's bag, centered on the AI & TI under the cover. I clip the top of the bag to the bow handle and use the closure lines to loop over the rudder to keep it centered. Yours looks good too!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:37 am 
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KayakingBob wrote:
I place my mast/sail in it's bag, centered on the AI & TI under the cover. I clip the top of the bag to the bow handle and use the closure lines to loop over the rudder to keep it centered. Yours looks good too!

And that's enough to keep the puddles from forming? When I put my mast in that location, the puddles form between the mast and the akas. If I don't need the frame that would be even better.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:48 pm 
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Timely thread. We have had a couple of big rain events here in Sydney and I have been thinking about the same sort of frame setup to deal with those two big puddles. Will try the mast idea.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:37 pm 
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I cut two notches into a 6" diameter pvc to set it lengthwise across the akas down the middle of the boat. Works nicely.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:47 am 
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There are belly straps and loops along the bottom edge so you can add lines for getting some tension on it too.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:54 pm 
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I know this thread is old, but I'm working in solving the same problem here. I'm wondering if this is related... as I was looking at the cover today I noticed there's a loop (overlapping straps, really) at the top/center of every strap, and there's some velcro in the middle too. The "loop" is about the size of a hand, but obviously using this as a handle to lift the kayak wouldn't make sense. Any ideas what these loops are for, anyone?

Maybe @mmiller has a definitive answer? :)

I'm asking on this thread because it occurs to me that running 3/4" to 1" PVC through those handles, while leaving the seats up (Vantage CT - stiff backs) would create a nice arc that might keep the puddles away pretty well.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:25 pm 
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I place a pair of upside down five gallon buckets on the crossbars, it tents the whole cover nicely.


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