Sean Thomas of Echo Composites in Issaquah, WA finished the job my removing the old foam and glass and replacing with styrofoam, and two layers of 5 ounce glass. He molded two scuppers and venturi’s and added rail leash plugs to attach the thigh straps.
My first session in the new boat was a success while surfing 5′ wind waves in a 25 kt northerly on Puget Sound. The scuppers worked great, the boat was only a few pounds heavier than the original 37 lbs and it rolled without any differences than the prior version. The skeg will be converted into a pull up – push down variety off the back deck behind the cockpit since we removed the side slider. The skeg never really worked well as a slider, sometimes breaking (cable got jammed).
Boat: 2009 Sterling Illusion
Scupper: Home Depot parts
Venturi’s – Custom molded by Sean (he has a cnc).
Foam: Mixture of EPS 1 lb and blue insulation foam
Foot Pegs – Out of production model purchased from NW Outdoor Center in Seattle. They have a box of rudder parts and foot pegs.
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Contact Sean Thomas of Echo Composites for more tech builders info. He’s thinking of creating a plug to more easily place a cockpit in existing boats. Doing so manually was quite a bit of work. *Sean Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org in Issaquah, WA
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