I recently purchase an EPI-Sea kids kayak for my two boys. Seems like a great greenland style boat that promises to aid in their development as sea kayakers - at least that’s Dad’s agenda.
The boat has a rear foam bulkhead that seems relatively well installed. The front does not have a bulkhead and I plan to add one. I know this has been discussed ad nauseum on this board, but I’d like any tips on installing the foam bulkead. A few specific questions:
- I will use a cardboard cutout (w/ solder wire for sizing) to make the bulkhead. I plan to use 3" minicell. Should I score the poly with sandpaper where I plan to glue in the foam? What’s the best glue to use? I am planning on using 5200 for the sealer.
- Do I need to drill some kind of vent in the foam? I want to make this watertight, but I’ve seen references on this board to pressuirized oil canning when there is no vent. On this note…
- I plan to add a basic screw-on hatch (similar to rear hatch). It looks straight forward, but any tips on that install is welcome. If I have the hatch installed, do I need to put a vent in the bulkead.
- Unrelated - The boat doesn’t come with a backband. My boys are 8 and 11 and there might be an argument they don’t yet need a backband, but for the sake of comfort, what’s a good bakband for this boat - I know IR makes a small, narrow backband that could work well and it would require minimal effort to screw on.
Thanks for your feedback!