Lee Arbach

Waterkeeper

Boat People Fin Kit for pvc inflatable kayaks, removable skeg

Boat People Fin Kit for pvc inflatable kayaks, removable skeg
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Price: $79.00
Manufacturer: AIRE
Shipping Weight: 3.00 lbs

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The first image is what we've been selling (and making ourselves), and the second photo shows what we will be selling as far as the patch goes, after we run out of the turquoise colored patches.

This kit for AIRE and other inflatable kayaks has a pvc mounting patch only and for now we are not offering this in hypalon. Our reasoning is simple: a) the Innova kit in this kayak acessory section works for most hypalon boats fine so there is no reason to make another one ourselves, and b) other than models from Innova and Grabner (a company that already offers their own glue-on fin kits) no other hypalon boat on the market is really a touring model. Putting a fin on something as ploddingly slow as a Hyside or NRS kayak would be pointless since these are river boats.

You can glue our fin mounting patch to any pvc inflatable kayak as long as the bottom surface you are bonding it to remains relatively flat after inflation. Our Boat People fin kit works best on models from AIRE and Airis, though the latter have small low profile skegs already. We mainly intended this fin for older AIRE Superlynx's, Tributary Strike II's and Tomcat tandems, and Force XL's. Certainly you could use it on the Lynx II or some of AIRE's other solo models as well, but they are not really flatwater boats.

The fin itself is made of heavy 5/32" aluminum and stands off the bottom of your boat 5", and the width is a bit under 3" at the maximum point. It is bigger in surface area than the delrin fin on the AIRE Skeg Kit that we also sell or the current Innova fin, though still not huge. It seems to do the job well enough on the Superlynx. It is less hassle to take on and off than the bolted AIRE Skeg Kit. Once the patch is glued on no tools are required to secure the actual fin. It just slips into opposing slits at each end of the mounting patch as you unroll your kayak, and is locked in once your ducky is inflated tight. This is the same fin you find standard on the AIRE Sawtooth's and on our Trinity II-USA kayak.

Here's the caveat: gluing to pvc is not all that easy. You need to get some MEK at Home Depot or other hardware store if you can still find it (CA locations now carry something called "MEK Substitute, which may not work at all), and use it for the final step known as "re-activation". Heat guns will also work for re-activation but are dangerous to use around inflatable floors. Two coats of glue with substantial drying time in between should be used on both surfaces. Instructions are included, but understand that even the best boat repair pros sometimes have pvc items come unglued. Be clear also that if you get the fin patch down a bit off kilter, you will be forever going in circles.

These run $79, and include a can of urethane glue for adhering them to the bottom of your kayak. For pvc only!


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