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PostPosted: June 19th, 2006, 2:27 am 
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I would like to make my own spray skirt. Any advice would be appreciated.


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Use high quality materials, obvious perhaps but unless you hit on a special deal the proper material will not be cheap.

I'm partial to the strap and ladderlock attachment system, it's ugly and aggravating but the most secure if you have a runaway boat.

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quila, do you have "plans" for one?
If so, where did you find it?

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Use the Search function.
I just did a search-using-all-terms for spray cover and got a few relevant hits, including this one:

http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/viewtopic.php?t=11029&highlight=spray+cover


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Here are some pictures of one I made a few years ago. I didn't have a "plan". I just tapped the fabric around the hull, measured out from the gunnels a few inches to allow for a seam and some overhang, the started cutting. Next I sewed on the ladder lock attachements. Next I cut out the cockpit holes and sewed the tunnels. I added a velcro opening to the front of the tunnel and a shock cord in a seam at the top to allow it to be pulled tight. Lastly I sewed reinvforcement pieces along the gunnels where I expeced the paddle to rub.

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I think www.bivouac.com has a description of another home-made spraydeck. I believe the guest membership should get you on the site long enough to read it.

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PostPosted: June 20th, 2006, 5:31 pm 
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Thanks for all the replies. All great advice which I will follow up on. The pictures look great. No I don't have any formal plans but I have some sewing experience so thought I could do it myself. My husband and I are going on our first (what we consider big) river trip to the lower missinaibi - mattice to moosanee. Perhaps we don't even need one but I want to explore the possibilities.


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PostPosted: June 20th, 2006, 10:52 pm 
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quila wrote:
My husband and I are going on our first (what we consider big) river trip to the lower missinaibi - mattice to moosanee. Perhaps we don't even need one but I want to explore the possibilities.
A spray deck isn't required and in fact won't help you much running the rapids. Only a few have big waves to contend with. You're more likely to wreck on rocks. The later you go, the more you'll see. All significant rapids have portages.
Might help if it's windy and cold, though.


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