Saturday, July 25, 2009

Changes on Decks--Nordkapp HS (1987)

Here's a link to a photo gallery tracing my summer project to improve the Nordkapp HS (1987).

The main inspiration for the project was the removal of the hand-pump behind the seat. While it still worked 20 years after being originally installed, it was inoperational in rough water.

Many Greenland-inclined paddlers note that the Nordkapp's cockpit is too high at the back for layback rolls. So I decided to lower it by about 1 inch and make it flush with the back deck. I have pretty long legs, so an ulterior motive for this was to make my squeezing into the ocean cockpit easier.

I consider the project a success! It is much easier to get in now.

I hope this will serve as inspiration or a step-by-step to someone. Would appreciate to hear any feedback or suggestions on improvements or alternatives.

In addition to the pump and cockpit rim changes, the project included:
- Installing a day hatch
- Installing a bulkhead behind the seat to create a third water-tight compartment
- Relocating the skeg control box from behind to in front of the seat
- Installing a recessed deck compass receptacle

Conversion of the hand-pump into a foot-pump is next on the list.