Canoe Airbag Bouyancy Bag Fitting Kit - Pad Eyes for Wooden Gunnel
This fitting kit is the ideal accessory to fully secure the your Canoe Airbags, or indeed a buoyancy block. It is most suited for wooden gunnels as it is supplied with self tapping screws.
We sell two other versions of Airbag Fitting kits , please check other listings.
The kit has the following items:
10 Pad Eyes
1 x 5m length - Polypropylene 5mm Cord ( same used for kayak deck lines and rigging )
2 End Hooks
3 Cable Ties ( tie wraps )
20 x Stainless Steel Self Tapping Screws.
I can supply this kit with 5mm Black Bungee shock cord if you prefer for the same cost: just get in touch
Please have a look at the pictures which will help with these instructions. The pictures show a 90cm Airbag at the stern of the canoe fitting nicely behind the seat. The process is the same for the front where the 105cm bag works well, but you will need to secure the eyelets to the pad eyes instead of the seat.
1. Inflate the bag and fit in place to judge where the airbag will sit whilst fitted.
2. Use masking tape to mark where the pad eyes need to be placed . They need to be evenly spaced along the length of the bag.
3. Fit the 10 pad eyes ( 5 on each side ) using the supplied self tapping screws ( you may wish to use rivets instead )
4. Refit the airbag and secure each corner using the eyelet. This is important to stop the airbag escaping. You can either use the supplied cord or a tie wrap. The picture shows cord securing the eyelet at the stern and tie wrap adjacent to the seat.
5. Thread the cord as shown in the picture, carefully measure the right length and cut ( seal with a hot knife or flame ), fit the hook and your done. The Airbag in the picture required just over 3m when cut to the right length. I have included a fair chunk more to cover the variations in pad eye spacing and for the bow bag fitting. This will give some spare cord which you can use to secure the eyelets.
6. Fully inflate the airbag underneath the the mesh.
Note : There are many ways to fit airbags, there is no right or wrong way as long as the bag is secure in the event of a capsize . Please search the many forums and articles for some great advice and alternatives.