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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:20 pm 
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Brand new PA12 360. I mounted these cradles exactly 67" apart (center to center) per the user manual/cradle instructions. Neither cradle seems to conform too well to the kayak regardless of position. Even when the kayak was upside down, it was hard to find a good spot for either (regardless of spacing). Is it just me, or is something wonky going on? For $275 I would have expected them to fit like a glove.

I'm not really sure what I should do now. I also noticed the better conforming spots seem like they're at an angle -- so mounting the cradles level doesn't seem to make as much sense...

Now I'm brainstorming and thinking about ditching the cradles all together and molding some heated PVC to conform to the kayak perfectly, add a 1/2" strip of neoprene rubber, and see how that works...

Any thoughts/suggestions? How worried should I be about deforming? Should I keep it stored upside down on the rails until I figure this out?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:28 pm 
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Looks like the boat needs to move forward on the cradles.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:43 pm 
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mmiller wrote:
Looks like the boat needs to move forward on the cradles.


If I do that, it exacerbates the issue with both cradles (even bigger gaps/less contact). The pics below are about as close of a fit as they get in any particular position...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:04 pm 
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It looks, from the side image, that the cradles are not level? Tipped? In any case, cradles are a close fit not a net fit in many cases and as long as the load is spread from a single contact point, they work. The hulls molds do distort over time and different colors shrink differently.

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