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Old 08-20-2011   #1
 
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too tight spray skirts

so i just picked up a a new to me immersion research skirt. its a sweet skirt with a thick rubber gasket that seals great to my boat. however it is ridiculously hard to get on. it takes 2 people. as a result its pretty hard to pop as well. i was just wondering if there is a way to loosen or stretch the skirt so that its not so tight. also:
How so you know if the skirt is too tight? or does that problem even exist?

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Old 08-21-2011   #2
 
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Leave the skirt on your boat a few days to stretch it. Also, get your skirt wet and it will go on and off easier. The fit is really up to your personal preference.
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Old 08-22-2011   #3
 
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I've got an Immersion Kling-On.

It was the same way the first couple times I put it on. The first time took two people to get it on (definitely wasn't going on with just me alone). It has loosened up since.

I let it sit on the cockpit for a couple days to stretch a bit.

Having it wet also helps a bit.

What size do you have? I've got a large skirt on a Dagger Axiom.
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Old 08-22-2011   #4
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Why deal with this? I skirt is too tight if it's a constant struggle to put it on and esp. if you can't put it on without help. A skirt does not need to be that tight for it to seal and stay on. I dealt with a skirt too tight for my boat for probably an entire season. It was stupid. I was always the last one in the water because I'd sit there at the put-in fumbling with my skirt for 10 minutes, sweat dripping into my eyes, trying to pull the thing over my cockpit. The skirt did stretch out, but never enough to make it fit properly. However, it stretched enough such that it fit too loose when I put it on other boats. Ditch the skirt and get one that fits your cockpit.
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Old 08-22-2011   #5
 
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Hi Guys,
We have a website designed to help you choose the correct size skirt for your boat. Skirtfit.com. To the gentlemen with the Axiom, that boat has a 90" cockpit circumference, so you should have gone with a size XL skirt, the L is a bit too small, which explains the difficulty in putting the skirt on. "One legged wonder"- shoot me an email with the size skirt that you purchased, the model of the skirt, and the model of the boat that you are trying to fit, and hopefully I can help you with the issues that you are experiencing. Thanks for supporting IR! [email protected]
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Old 08-22-2011   #6
 
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seedubs. im putting the skirt on a fuse 48. im pretty sure that it is a large but like i said i got the skirt used so i cant find a size or model on it any where.
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seedubs. im putting the skirt on a fuse 48. im pretty sure that it is a large but like i said i got the skirt used so i cant find a size or model on it any where.
Probably is a size Large. I have no trouble with mine after a couple of uses.

My wife uses the XL on the same size cockpit, and I'd be worried about it popping off on me honestly (she is a lot more casual paddler and doesn't do any playboat moves, so it works great for her being easier on/off).

Just give it a few uses. If it doesn't get easy enough for you to comfortably use, get an XL.
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I had a size-too-small bungee skirt on my boat. It took every once of energy and strength to put it on, when wet. As soon as I got on the river and did some practice rolls, it imploded. Went up one size and it was perfect; I've been in some pretty gnarly stuff upside down and it hasn't ever imploded.

Maybe a rubber-rand makes up for the implosion qualities (a tad) that you get for it being too small, but you should still go a size up. Implosion happens for both being too big (too loose) and being too small (no give).
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