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Old 06-15-2009   #1
 
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Real, genuine rec boat spray skirt?

Does anyone know of a real, heavy-duty, tight-fitting spray skirt like those for whitewater boats, but for a rec boat? The ones I've heard about are made of rubberized nylon and so-forth and do not keep the water out if the boat is rolled.

I'd like to have the option to do a real roll in this behemoth if it's at all possible. Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-15-2009   #2
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Yes.

Contact either Skirtworks or Mountain Surf and they will build you a custom skirt for your boat.

You will need to take a cockpit tracing. Take a newspaper and trace the cockpit (inside and outside of lip), mark the setback (seat back), and front and back. They will build you whatever you want.

You most likely can not buy a very nice premade Rec deck. Just not enough interest in the market. LevelSix and IR both make thin neo skirts for rec kayaks, but not quite the same as a whitewater skirt.

Hope this helps.
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I think you are probaby out of luck, unless you want to spring for custom work.

Jackson is working on (or may now offer) a splash skirt that will keep waves out, but does not fit tight around your waist.

Could you even reach the front of the cockpit to snap it on? Does your rec boat have thigh braces?

Don't stand up in it and keep it upright!
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I second the Mountain Surf company, they made a white-water skirt for a lakeboat for us a couple years back. Works great!
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rec skirt referral

Could you even reach the front of the cockpit to snap it on? Does your rec boat have thigh braces?

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Thanks to Dave, Don, and Jen for responding to my question about getting a real neo skirt for my rec kayak.

Dave:

I can reach the front of the cockpit and I am planning to add braces. It will be a weird hybrid when I'm done.

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