Only a few of the kayak plans on PaddlingLight include specific cockpit designs, which leaves it open to you to decide which cockpit to use. I like a cockpit that runs around 32 inches by 17 inches. The plans for this cockpit run just slightly over 32 and just under 17. I find this length and width makes it easier for people over 5’10” to get in the kayak vs. 30-inch versions. The Iggy plans include a smaller cockpit
The plans come as a pdf that you can print off at a office supply store, such as Officemax or Staples, or any printing store that can print up to 36 inches. If you don’t have access to a large-format printer, I included dimensions for every 2 inches. Using the dimensions, you can draw the cockpit out yourself. To do it:
- Draw a 32-3/8-inch centerline on a 24 inch wide piece of paper. Tack the paper down to a piece of 3/4-inch plywood.
- Mark intervals on the centerline every 2 inches.
- Run a line perpendicularly to the centerline the specified distance at each 2-inch interval.
- Place a nail at the end of that line.
- Place a nail on each end of the centerline.
- Run a flexible batten around the nails.
- Draw a line around the batten to draw the cockpit outline.
- Mirror the outline for the starboard side.
- Add in the knee braces following the same procedure.
Note: To reduce the cockpit length to 30 inches, remove the sixth line from the left and make the spacing between the fifth and seventh line 2 inches.
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