Air bladders at bow and stern??

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B4bass
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Air bladders at bow and stern??

Post by B4bass » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:37 am

Is it ok to remove the air bladders at the bow and stern of the straitedge angler?? I want to use these areas for more storage. I've looked closely and can't see a reason why they couldn't be removed, besides having the piece of metal sticking out from the bow and stern supports.

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Post by rsimpson » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:56 am

The airbags provide support for the bow and stern ribs. They should not be removed.

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Post by B4bass » Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:17 pm

Thanks

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Post by PJohanson » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:35 pm

I'd love to be able to replace one or both of those bags with a version that was a kind of emergency drybag.
Yeah, I know that putting in a kit holding a space blanket, an elastic tensor bandage, Band-aids, a candle and matches all in a metal tin... well, it would be bigger than two packs of cigarettes and it would not fold up as flat as the existing bow or stern airbag. But maybe I could put my little emergency kit into the airbag as I inflated the kayak.
It's just that my paddle group and I are real believers in carrying a dunk bag. A couple of times one of us has tipped over. It's so nice to have a snack bar after a moment like that.

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