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Author:  Papsmagee [ Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Nautiraid Grand Raid II Expedition

I am 6'7", 260, and am therefore unable to fit comfortably into the cockpit on my Grand Raid spray deck. Also, I cannot come even close to fitting into the spray skirt that came with the boat. I get absolutely NO REPLY to my emails for help to Nautiraid, so I am trying to solve this myself.

Can anyone out there in "kayak land" send me information on a fabricator in the US that can build me a new spray deck with larger cockpit dimensions? This is the only way I can think of to solve this problem. My wife and I plan to paddle for a week in the San Juan Islands later this summer, and I'd feel my better about the trip if I could use a deck and skirt.

Thanks for any suggestions you can give me.

Bill

Author:  chrstjrn [ Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Nautiraid Grand Raid II Expedition

I think Pakboats might know someone who can do those sorts of jobs. You could look on their website for their number and give them a call and ask if they have a referral.

Author:  gbellware [ Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Nautiraid Grand Raid II Expedition

First, I completely agree that a trip in the San Juans would be best with a spray skirt. That water is cold and the weather can change quickly. If Pakboats works that is great, I would also give Mark Eckhert at Longhaul a call, he is pretty knowledgable and might be of some help.

Best,
g

Author:  siravingmon [ Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Nautiraid Grand Raid II Expedition

A large Feathercraft sprayskirt easily stretches to 35". I used one on my Narak, advertised as having a 36" cockpit, with an extra rope lip. At 36+" it was a little bit tight so should be perfect at 35". Extremely well made.

Author:  ChrisO [ Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Nautiraid Grand Raid II Expedition

Bill,

Have you tried Seda (Nautiraid's rep) in San Diego?
Am I correct that the spray cover is for a double?
I second Simon's suggestion to look into Feathercraft.

Chris O.

Author:  mje [ Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Nautiraid Grand Raid II Expedition

Talk to Mark at Long Haul. He makes a lot of custom gear and mods. He made me a custom backpack for an inflatable I used to own.

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