Day 5: Batten down the hatches

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The weather forecast for the indefinite future ( 1-3 days) guesstimated a horrendous summer storm of epic proportions, approaching Finland from the NW..

So after 3 days of muscle grinding toil, we opted for the easier solution. Have a rest day! Besides R n R, we needed to have another look at Markos kayak, maybe do something about it, update blogs, prepare our camp for the impending storm and just lolly gag about.

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Updating blogs with nothing but a smartphone is a pain! Slow, mistake ridden process! Cannot imagine why anyone would do it. Editing pictures is another nuisance, so I wont even bother! Try to cope with askew horizons and over or under-exposed images.. I miss my PC with Adobe Lightroom…

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Marko’s kayak. After removing several layers of clear Gorilla tape, we first washed and rinsed (with fresh water)the  affected areas. Then fortunately the sun came out to help the wind dry it out… this took over several hours.

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I had a small batch of 5-minute epoxy which I thought best suited for the job. The problem with  epoxy is that it generally needs 15-20 degrees centigrade air temperature to work.

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This problem we think we might have solved by heating small stones, putting them in two cotton tennis socks and placing these stone warmers over the affected areas after the epoxy was filled into the gouges. Before applying the heat do to speak we put clear packing tape tightly,over the epoxy filled holes to act as an temporary mold. To protect the hull from excessive heat we used a 3 mm Polyethylene cutting board,  which also nicely bent into shape by the heat…

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It was not pretty! But under the given circumstances we think we didn’t make things worse! 😁

After the epoxy cured the rest of the evening, we slapped on several layers of Gorilla tape.. time will tell…

As I write this blog @22:56 hrs.. we are still waiting for the storm to arrive….

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Author: Jouhou

I suspect I'am a wee bit touched in the head ! Something, anything and pretty much everything that has to do with sea-kayaking has my undivided attention, adoration and possibly worse.. ;)