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c. Cut out hole in deck for attaching tunnel. This should obviously be placed according to the position you sit in your cockpit.

d. Glue the tunnel to be a tube. This edge to edge seam is remarkable strong, but just to provide a little additional reinforcement I hand-sew a couple stitches at the top of the tunnel seam.

e. Glue the tunnel to the deck with a 1/2 inch overlap. The outside of the tunnel is glued to the underside of the deck. Place the deck on the table bottom side up. Apply 1/2 inch wide strip of glue to the bottom side of the deck around the tunnel hole, and to a 1/2 inch wide strip around the bottom of the tunnel on the outside of the tunnel. Turn the tunnel inside out and attach to deck. I prefer to glue it so the tunnel seam is at the back of the deck.

f. Glue down the edges of the neoprene wherever you did an overlap seam. This is a neat way to dress up the edges of the overlapped seams and it also improves the durability of the seam.

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g. Cut hole in front/center of the bungee casing and pull the bungee into the bungee casing.

h. Test on kayak to make sure you have the right tension in your bungee. Clamp bungee with two stainless steel hog clips to desired tension, leaving enough material on either end to pull back together to make a grab loop with a third hog clip. The tension should be set so that the sprayskirt can be easily be installed on the cockpit combing, hold firmly in use, and most importantly easily release when pulling forward on the grab loop. I have temporarily tied off the bungee with a plastic zip-tie and used the sprayskirt a few times to test the bungee tension before installing the hog clips. I also have had good results in covering the hog clips on the bungee loop with shrink wrap tubing (available from the electrical supplies aisle of your local hardware store).

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  Material Suppliers

Neoprene – Seattle Fabrics, Foamorder.com, Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics - owfinc.com/ , John R. Sweet – sweetcomposites.com, Aleeda Wetsuits -- www.aleeda.com

Glue – Local Dive Shops, John R. Sweet

SS. Clips -- John R. Sweet, Marine Supply Shops

Bungee – Local Hardware Store, John R. Sweet, Neocorp

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