This is an image of the two kneetubes mounted in my hull. The larger pipe is 4" diameter PVC pipe. The smaller is, uh, smaller. I have drilled 1/2" holes throughout the smaller tube to shave off some weight. Both tubes were mounted using heavy-duty silicone and allowed to cure overnight. Tip of the week: mount with the boat inverted. Here are the tubes with some stuff. Note the floor pad I siliconed in using an old sleeping bag pad. If I'd had some neoprene or better closed-cell foam around I would have used that instead. The pad is comfy for bare feet in the summer, and warm for cold feel in winter waters.

Here is some of the various junk I keep in the tubes. The center tube can hold a paddle-float, a light jacket, a bottle of water. The Naglene bottle shown is my "emergency bottle". The water-proof bottle sports a sassy closed-cell foat jacket that keeps in snug in the bak of the kneetube. A cord clipped to the front of the tube keeps in accesible. In the bottle I keep flares, a smoke grenade, an emergency energy bar, a signal mirror and probably some other things I am forgetting about. Here is my boat in front of the Minnesota Boat Club, which is where I keep this particular boat. I am the sole kayaker in the rowing club located along the Mississippi river in St. Paul, Minnesota. Some other hull modifications that this Current Designs GTS sports are 1/4" shock-cord (factory supplies 1/8"). I have a double strip of cord running through two mounts in front of the front hatch cover. This allows me to stow a paddle during an assisted rescue. Aft, I have a length of cord with a plastic hook running over the read hatch cover. This allows me to keep my spare paddle blade-forward and secure.

O.K., this isn't an outfitting image. This is my hull a few years back. Stripped off the gel-coat and punctured the hull a few times. Not a pretty picture. But hey, this sure is a pretty picture! This is post-repair. I am working on an online tutorial that explain how to make these repairs to your very own boat. Stay tuned...

In addition to repairing the hull, I added a keel-strip. I discovered that I kept losing bits of gel-coat either due to my incopetant repair or perhaps the keel being vunerable to a lot of abuse what with launches and landing. The keel strip is simple fiberglass seam-tape attached with polyester resin. It's been on for a few months now and is holding up well. Another shot of the keel strip. Just 'cause I had the camera and need to fill this space.

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