|The Avocet LV|
I've tried several solutions, including spray foam, roll foam and various skirts, with no success. Then a friend suggested I try a whitewater skirt in which the neoprene extends beyond the bungee and might deflect the water that continues to sneak in.
We've always loved Snap Dragon skirts, so we checked out what that USA-based company offers first. Sure enough, its Lip Lock EXP whitewater skirt had the feature we were looking for, but it was sized for whitewater boats and not for the unusual coaming size and shape of the Avocet LV.
This is one of those times when small is beautiful. Despite its large stature in the paddling world, Snap Dragon is basically a little shop outside Seattle. Rich Wilson began the company in the 1980s because he needed gear he couldn't find, and he's still there and very hands-on. We called Rich and described the problem. He asked us to send him the exact dimensions of the coaming.
|The photo we sent, along with dimensions.|
|Got the skirt. Where's the boat?|
|The Lip Lock skirt covers over the curvy park of the deck and the gap between it and the coaming.|