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Replacing lost skeg

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The skeg on my No 2 kayak has dropped out, and is now somewhere at the bottom of Loch Sunart. So I need to source or make a replacement.

The kayak was manufactured without a skeg ( and is an 'orribe paddle without the skeg). Sometime between 1998 and 2002 I bought a skeg kit and fitted it - but I can't remember from whom I bought the kit. Here's a picture of it deployed (i apologise for the rather macabre skull), and a sketch of what I think it looked like.

Anyone recognise the make?

If I want to make a new one, what material do I want, and what thickness?

Any other ideas of what to do?

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The photo (but not your diagram) looks like the retro fit kit being sold by Southern Sea Kayaks. However, it seems horrifically expensive:

https://www.sseak.co.uk/product/retro-fit-skeg-kit/

I'd suggest you download the Shrike build manual for free and go to the section where it describes how to build the skeg out of plywood. You'd need to cut it to a different size/shape, but that shouldn't be too difficult to work out - just keep experimenting with bits of cardboard until you've got a shape which fits, and then use that as a template. You might even be able to scale up the photo of the skeg in the link above to make your template.

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I think it's a Valley skeg...

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I have made a replacement skeg using a nylon (or whatever it is they are made from) breadboard.

Cut the board to shape, sand a bit of a profile onto the leading / trailing edges and attached the cable by drilling intersecting holes, one for the cable to lead into and a second, perpendicular to the first, to use as an anchoring hole (this is the hole seen end-on in your sketch). Push the cable down into the through the first hole then fray the cable end out before burying it in Araldite in the "anchoring" hole. Cut the cable to length at the control end. Job done - and the breadboard only cost a fiver with plenty left over to use as a camp site chopping board.

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Chopping board is a good option, but measure your slot and prospective boards they can be quite thick.

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Aled beat me to it, I too was going to suggest a Valley skeg. Starboard marine plastic (HDPE) is another option for fabrication.

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Thanks, folks.

Any idea what the material thickness should be? IIRC it was thinner than my kitchen chopping board

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I just measured the skeg on my wife's Valley Aquanaut at 4.5mm thickness.

The remnants of the breadboard I used (not for the Aquanaut but a Current Designs Sirroco) for my cheap & cheerful replacement is 5 mm thick...

Jim is quite right - measure up first and hope that your breadboard isn't as thick as I can often be ; )

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With assistance from the ever-helpful Ann at Karitek, I found that Sea Kayak Oban had a Valley skeg in stock. Ordered it, and fitted it this morning - perfect fit.

Thanks to all.

It's 6 mm think, by the way

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Saw this thread too late, but I can supply engineering plastics to any dimensions you require. HDPE or a vast array of alternative plastics determined by application in almost any thickness, we can plane to size, cut, bend, weld and cnc router your material to your requirements.

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Ooh. That's interesting. Do you have a website or something?

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Sean_soup wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:02 pm
Ooh. That's interesting. Do you have a website or something?

Visit aiplastics.com , if you need any guidance e-mail newport@aiplastics.com or telephone 01633 271003.

Don't order through the webshop or go by those prices as we can price it better if you contact us direct.

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Thanks, handy to know. I'll file that away for future reference. :-)

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