Starting this post to detail some of the little tips and tricks I use in my Eddyline Sitka LT to improve my comfort, experience and access to the gear I need while paddling.
I’ll be adding more content to this post as I am out and about in my LT.
The first thing I like to do is to do a few things to address any potential noise that can come out of a new seat. I don’t fault Eddyline for this but instead know that shiny smooth plastic can make noise especially when you introduce water and sand. Poly kayaks don’t have this issue because their seats are resting on soft plastic. Also, they bolt the seats in whereas the Eddyline Sitka LT has a nice sliding seat which is great for trim adjustment, cleaning and unlikely repairs. It costs nothing to address this and a little effort can make all the difference. There are two course of action that I like to take:
- The first is quite easy. Just add some paddling to the plastic on plastic contact areas! I use the neoprene foam that is used in cheap give-away koozies. This can also be done with PVC/Vinyl tape that is sold at Home Depot/Lowes. I use this same tape to pad my bars on my trailers. It won’t last forever but it gives the seat something to slide along and cuts down on any scratching that can happen if there is sand between the seat and the hull.
2. The second little hint I do (which I believe Eddyline is now doing in-house) is that I rough up the seat back pillar holes as shown here: