We have a North Shore Atlantic-II double. The foot-pegs in the rear cockpit are closer to the bottom of the hull than are the foot-pegs in the front cockpit. The position of the rear-cockpit foot-pegs (from the hull [vertically]) work well for me. The front-cockpit foot-pegs are too high (vertically) from the hull for my wife to be able to place her toes (let alone the balls of her feet on the pegs\pedals).
Our apparent options are:
Move the peg guide rails down about 2” closer to the bottom of the hull. Downside; drilling new holes in the hull and plugging the existing holes. Upside; the forces on the pegs and guide rails will be similar to what they were designed to be.
Gluing foam onto the inside bottom of the hull to raise her feet such that the balls of her feet rest on the pegs. Downside; The hull below the pegs is pretty vertical (the upper part of a generous radius) so the added foam results in the place where her heels will rest moving inward more than moving upwards. Feet moving into position might tend to peel off the foam (and possibly complicate wet exits). Upside; No real alterations required.
Obtain foot-pegs that extend down (toward the bottom of the hull) lower than the current foot pegs (see attached sketch]. Downside; The forces on the foot-peg guide rail would induce some torque into the peg-rail connection that is not in the original design. These might have to be custom-fabricated if not commercially available. Upside; No holes need added to the hull and the existing guide-rail holes would not need plugged/sealed.
Drill (4-5) holes in the existing foot pegs and attach a rest plate that extends the required distance below the existing foot rest.Upside; Seemingly easy alteration. If existing pegs get compromised they can be replaced - since they are an OEM item. Downside; Seems like it could be rickety and more prone to failure than some of the other options.
Remove the existing foot-pegs (leaving the guide rails in-place) and glue in either one large block (or two smaller individual blocks) that get glued to the bottom of the hull and to the bow hatch bulkhead wall. Upside; Should be easy to try. Downside; cockpit probably won’t fit other paddlers (although we don’t foresee other paddlers needing to use that cockpit).
Looking for thoughts on these options and/or other ideas.
Steve & Linda
Southwest Ohio, USA