I want to show off my newest Folbot kayak that just arrived this last week. I have been curious about this new boat with its white Elvaloy hull material. I really feel this silky smooth material has a nice way of cutting through the water as I glide across the big water on Lake Mead in the southern most part of Nevada. On this summer-like day, I go open cockpit style. I can easily rock forward out of my seat and onto my knees and extend up for a little better view.
KS-GII Mid-Trim Sail Mount Kit $24.95
Made for Each Other...
The Folbot Greenland II forward cockpit area happens to perfectly match the length of Kuvia's KayakSailor sailing rigs. And the width of the sail rigs just happen to match the width of the GII cockpit. All of the overall dimensions match up beautifully! All that is needed is a simple, durable, and affordable mounting solution to marry them together.
The KS-GII Mid-Trim Sail Mount Kit secures the KayakSailor sail rig solidly in place - especially while hoisting up the sails. What’s so good about this mounting kit? The stop-rocker flange at the base of clip post rides on the underside of the GII washboard and forms a triangulated relationship with the bolt. This creates a very strong foundation eliminating movement of the mounted sail rig in either direction along the length of the boat. The crossover tie down straps bind the sail rig to the interior frame of the kayak and prevent any side to side play. Also, these straps hold the rig firmly to the mounting clips and give you that feeling of total integration between boat and sail.
Here is a photo of a platform kayak just out of the bathtub. Yes, everyone needs to relax in a nice, hot tub every once in a while ...including skin-on-frame kayaks. This kayak got a little uptight this winter, being cold, dry, and dusty. In fact, she got so uptight I could not get the skin onto the frame!
I didn't really know what to do and after scouring the net and talking to the manufacturer I still didn't have a really good answer. In fact, the manufacturer sent me instructions for cutting the frame down ...making the boat smaller. ( Not too appealing.)
So I had this idea. Why not soak the skin in hot water and maybe she might relax enough so I can get the skin on to the frame. Guess what? Voila! It is still a bit of a tight fit but at least it goes on. Actually, everything fits pretty well. I can zip it up, attach the washboards and inflate the sponsons. Prior to the soak, the longerons overlapped to such an extent, I could not get the fore and aft frame sections to fit together.
I'm going to give her another nice, hot soak in the tub and see if I can get the skin to relax a little more for an even better fit!
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