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Re: Convert composite to a 3-piece, take-apart kay

: I'm looking for information on the best way to convert a fairly standard
: fiberglass sea kayak into a 3-piece, take-apart kayak. I have seen them
: held together with bolts and o-rings.

: Have one with fiberglass bulkheads, and I know that several manufacturers
: offer take-apart boats, but don't have the money to do that.

: Experience and thoughts appreciated!

: Bob

Hi Bob,
It can be done, you have to be brave with a saw. The potential problems are that the standard bulkheads are designed for water-tightness rather than high strength, the bulkheads for each section would have to be strong enough to cope with the length-wise stress in use.
Getting a smooth transition between setcions is another problem.

If I was going to do it, I'd make temporary forms for the outside the hull and deck at the cutting place, before cutting, to prevent distortion.
I'd make the paired buldheads oversize before cutting the hull and take templates off the cut to get a good fit in the hull. This would make it easier to fit the connecting bolts and seals.

Hope this helps,
Mike Savage
South West Cork

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