I am considering this route for my new kayak. I plan to order a custom bulkhead with about 4 inches of extra room. Getting the bulkhead largely to increase hatch volume and don’t want it too short for resale potential (short legs)
This does allow me to go the foam bulkhead route which everyone seems to love.
I have a few questions:
- First, with pegs I generally have them adjusted to where they make contact with my feet with a little pressure when my legs are straight. When my feet are on the pegs when paddling it is just the balls of my feet that make contact and that therefore are pushing.
- How about with foam? In this instance your entire foot can make contact with the bulkhead. Do you still have it placed such that you are pushing with just the balls of your feet when paddling? Or do you paddle rather flat footed?
- Do you use the entire bulkhead to press off of at various times, or do you generally keep your feet to the outside where your foot pegs would be?
- Do you provide some sort of a cutout or gap in the middle such that you can stretch out your legs when you want to?
- What do you use to seal the holes in your hull from the foot peg rails?
My tentative plan would be to order the boat with 4 inches of extra room at the bulkhead and use two 4 inch thick foam blocks placed on the outside of the bulkhead with a large gap in the middle. This would provide two platforms for my feet placed to allow me to keep my knees at the right angle and be able to engage the thigh braces and then have room in the middle to stretch my legs for a rest.
Of course, if you feel that the middle of the bulkhead provides a usefull location for bracing when paddling then I may re-think this.
thanks for your help