BTW before I ask this question I just want everyone to know that I did not make the wrong purchase I bought this Kayak because I wanted a challenge and something that can really handle large waves etc. and also track really well. I’ve also noticed that my whole core section has really strengthened up since kayaking…this Kayak handles huge waves and I even ended up Kayaking the Journey 14 through a mild storm once with zero problems…aside from the massive workout with the tall waves and wind…but again I went with a touring style Kayak for this particular type of Kayaking in mind to begin with.
I just recently started Kayaking and what can I say it is changing my life for the better. I have a Jackson Journey 14 and absolutely love it. Here is my only complaint with touring style Kayaks such as the Journey…Some days when the weather is really calm my favorite thing to do is to go way out in the Lake…I mean way out. I am a bigger guy over 200 pounds but still I have no problem paddling this Kayak straight and fast. …however…when the waters are really calm and I am way out in the lake I like to just quit paddling for a while…relax and lounge back like one would on a fishing or recreational style Kayak…these Touring style Kayaks sit much lower so I kinda have to just scoot myself up into the Kayak and lay my back against the soft short back rest and cockpit…it’s okay but but it can be more comfortable for just chilling out in the water. I forgot to mention I have tanned so dark overnight since Kayaking,lol I am happy but for situations like this it would be so nice to have some kind of nice taller back rest that I can just sit back and “lounge” on…rather than the slight awkwardness of the way I am lounging now.
Is there any kind of add ons or self DIY ways that I could just either purchase or make myself a taller back rest that I can just slip between my legs when I am out really paddling and hitting the waves…and then when the waters get calm I can pull this device out and just put in behind my back somehow in order to have the feeling of being in a recreational kayak? I would imagine I would need something that sat about 3 to 4 inches higher in order to achieve this.
I noticed that right behind the seat there is a dip that goes down about 2 to 3 inches in a 90 degree angle (I’ll have to look at this again tomorrow as I was in my dark garage and just felt it with my hand) so maybe cut out a piece of plastic and adjust height and just put in right down into that area so it could catch and hold it (I could loosen the back rest all the way and put this in front of the rest so that there are no pulleys in the way…the ones that are behind the back rest). Then simply lean back up against the back of the cockpit and have a higher back rest. Not sure if this is possible but it does not hurt to ask.
Thanks in advance.