No explanation, images speak louder than words.
Apr 12, 2013
Since receiving my 6lb. Llama I have acquired a lot of extra weight in accessories. D-rings & attachment points, foam floor, seat back, thigh straps, Cargo Fly with bags, hip pads, self adjusting grab loops (handles) all add up the weight to get my boat up to the 8-10lb set up depending on the accessories I decide to install for each given trip. I have found that by making most of my own accessories I can have the features I want and try and conserve the weight as much as possible. Currently I have 2-4 different set ups, I just install what I need for different trips. Am I going to be out for a week on easy water or a day trip on a class IV piece of water, each has different set ups. Here are some pictures of some of the random extra parts we have come up with.
So there it is, a bunch of random pictures for people who like to "geek out" on outfitting boats. With all these parts and pieces I can really customize the boats set up for any kind of trip depending on the kind of trip and the amount of weight I want to carry. All the foam pieces stack together nicely and fit inside my life-jacket and can be attached to the outside of my pack. Weight of foam with life-jacket is about 4lbs.
Rigid thigh braces to come.
|Right at 10 lbs. loaded up!|
|Stripped down and light.|
|Not so light with hip pads.|
|Hip pads added, everything is so much easier with Hip Pads! I have seen some photos of inflatable ones being developed, but air moves and it cannot do what is meant to do, hold your ass down in the seat when you're upside down!|
|I have a few different sets, removable and adjustable, thick and thin. Here seen with a heavier padded set of thigh straps unlike the simple strap set up above.|
|All are backed with velcro, to be interchangeable. I use these on all my other boats also (kayaks)|
|Thick and thin for different winter and summer clothing options. Closed cell foam is awesome, so easy to shape.|
|Padded Thigh Straps. Made some of these years ago for a friend with an IK and had a extra set. Really not needed but comfortable, the 3 point attachment with the simple loopie strap seen above is pretty bomber, comfortable, no rub spots and lighter.|
|How did I get the velcro on the boat?|
|Simply used what was there to move the seat foreward.|
|Super simple back band with bungee cords to keep it stable.|
|Small piece of yellow fabric glued through existing patch. Replaceable when it rips out and you can clip things like dry bags in.|
|Quick release buckle for adjustability... 0" to 8" forward.|
|Foam floor with with holes to keep if from floating up and moving from any water in the boat.|
|Extra foam for ankles and heels... rocks hurt!|
|Although not part of the boat, I love the my throwbag and want it attached to my person, not my boat.|
|Rigid foam seat (with inflated under-seat that can be adjusted while paddling) with molded hip pads all parts attache directly to the boat and can be removed easily.|
|Hip pads Velcro to the boat, and cut outs in the seat for the hip pads keep the seat from moving back, very rigid set up. I can stay in the boat while upside down without any pressure on the thigh braces allowing for a better hip snap to roll.|
|Velcro on the boat is sewn to a piece of PVC material and then glued to the boat. I can use this set up with just an inflated seat also and prefer this to the "lace in" system shown above plus quite a bit lighter if I do not need the full blown seat.|
|4" foam bulkhead cut to fit the boat exactly with 1" foam foot/ankles paddling that attaches to the boat. Along with the seat this set up really makes it feel like a hard shell kayak.|
|Not shown in this picture but there is a strap that attaches these two pieces together and to a attachment point on the floor of the boat.|
Rigid thigh braces to come.