Neoprene spraydeck sizes
|COCKPIT CIRCUMFERENCE (CM)
|COCKPIT LENGTH (CM)
|COCKPIT WIDTH (CM)
|177 – 192
|66 – 75
|40 – 44
|Dagger Axiom 6.9
|192 – 207
|75 – 83
|44 – 47
|Slalom kayaks and some older sea kayaks
|207 – 217
|83 – 89
|47 – 50
|Dagger whitewater kayaks and some sea kayaks
|217 – 227
|89 – 95
|50 – 53
|Dagger Katana; Pyranha, Waka, Zet or Spade whitewater kayaks; and most sea kayaks
|227 – 237
|95 – 101
|53 – 56
|Dagger Axis E
|64 – 72
|72 – 80
|80 – 96
|96 – 112
|60 – 127
GETTING THE RIGHT FIT
Measure the circumference of your kayak by running a tape measure or piece of string around the cockpit of your kayak under the lip of the cockpit.
Measure the length of your cockpit from the longest point of the outside of the cockpit rim from bow to stern.
Measure the width of your cockpit from the widest point of the outside of the cockpit rim.
Measure the waist circumference at the smallest part of your waist. Neoprene waist tubes are stretchy, so you might want to choose a smaller size to help keep water out if you are paddling without a jacket, or a slightly larger size if you are wearing lots of thick warm layers.
You may want to choose a deck size larger than suggested here, especially if you kayak sits at the upper end of the recommended size. Different kayak brands have different styles of cockpit. Wide short cockpits may fit the same size of spraydeck as a long narrow cockpit. Use the largest dimension to determine which spraydeck to purchase. Or better yet, visit one of our dealers and try before you buy.
Fitting your spraydeck
Check out the Palm guide to putting on your spraydeck here. Make sure the release strap is outside the cockpit and easily accessible. Practice removing your spraydeck and getting out of your boat in a controlled situation so that you are able to remove the deck easily, even when upside down.
A tight fit
The easiest spraydeck to put on might not stay on the best or keep the most water out. Which is most important to you?
A simple shock cord neoprene deck (like the Sport deck) will stretch more easily and be easier to put on than a reinforced deck (like the Orbit) that has a rand and panels of KNytex, Gripsil or other protective materials. A neoprene spraydeck can be easier to put on when it’s wet, try wetting the neoprene to allow more stretch. If your neoprene spraydeck is hard to put on when your first buy it, get a friend to help you put it over the cockpit of a kayak and leave it for a few days to help with the stretch. Over time, a neoprene spraydeck will stretch with use, becoming easier to put on your cockpit.
Fitting a spraydeck
PUTTING ON YOUR SPRAYDECK
- Step into the body-tunnel and pull it up until the base of the tunnel is level with your hips.
- Sit in your kayak being careful to avoid sitting on the back of the spraydeck.
- Lean back and hook the rear edge of the spraydeck under the back of the cockpit rim.
- Lean forward, keeping tension on the elastic, and feed the edge of deck around and under the sides of the cockpit rim.
- Stretch the deck away from you and hook the front of the deck over the front of the cockpit rim. At this point it is important to ensure that the release strap is outside the cockpit and easily accessible.
- Sit upright and check around the edge to ensure the deck is properly fitted and sealed under the cockpit rim.
REMOVING YOUR SPRAYDECK
- Find the release handle at the front of the deck by running your hand forwards along the edge of the cockpit.
- Pull the handle forwards (away from you) and up to release the front of the deck from the cockpit rim.
- Practise removing your spraydeck and getting out of your boat in a controlled situation so that you are able to remove the deck easily, even when upside down. The swimming pool is a good place to familiarise yourself with the capsize/wet-exit drill.