Just bought a used Islander Lipstik on eBay, and to complete the outfitting, I’ll need to install some footbraces. It’s apparently built to be outfitted with the Keepers footbraces - those seem to be universally slammed for cheap construction in the paddling.net Reviews, so I’m a bit reluctant to consider them. Another interesting variable is that the Islander products have been discontinued, so there’s no real “compatibility matrix” I can refer to (Keepers were all that the reps at Islander knew would fit).
I’m pretty short, so I can’t just stick my feet in the footwells for support - footbraces are a necessity. Questions for you folks (especially anyone who’s installed footbraces in an SOT):
- What models of footbraces do you recommend (and where can I find them)?
- I won’t be taking posession of the kayak for another month or so, yet I’d like to use it the weekend I pick it up - what measurements or other data do I need from the current owner to insure that a particular model of footbrace will fit?
- What tools does one usually need to install footbraces (drill, rivet gun, etc.)?