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Modifying kayak for dog

How much are the parts going to cost to modify a kayak? I'm a long time fisherman, so I can easily find the parts but I don't have a clue how to modify the kayak. Does anyone have a good price on the parts to modify?

When you get in to the bow and stern, you need to make sure your seat isn't going to have any issues. You don't want your dog sitting in the seat for hours and it starts feeling hot. This is a very simple job, but if you don't do it right, you can end up with a very expensive repair. You need to take the seat out and remove it from the frame and then remove the foam cushions, then cut a hole for the dog to sit. This can be done with just a hacksaw, but it needs to be cut carefully so that it doesn't fall apart when the seat is put back in place. Make sure you know how to cut the foam and the foam needs to be cut so that it is a smooth surface and so that you won't get any foam pieces stuck in the dog's hair. Once you've cut out the foam, you'll need to replace the cushions, if the seat was a foam type, with a pad that is the appropriate size for your dog. If it was a foam seat, you'll need to find the exact size of your dog and then purchase an appropriate sized pad and cover it with a nice fleece or vinyl or whatever cover you have on the seat. Make sure you're using a seat with a good width, the seat should be a minimum of 9" and preferably wider to give your dog the best possible chance for safety. If you put the seat back in place, you need to use double stick tape on the top and bottom of the seat and on the bow and stern to keep the foam in place. This should give you plenty of strength if your dog does decide to remove the seat.

I agree with what others have said. You will need a dog pad. I would also get a seat belt extender (you can get them at any auto parts store for about $10). This will allow you to put the seat in the back for kayaking, and the front so you can sit.

I would also check out the kayak. Most of them come with a plastic insert in the stern area to help protect your dog.

If I don't have the time to do something right, I'll hire someone else to do it.

I have a 10 year old Lab and a 7.5 y/o retriever and they both love the kayak. We have taken them fishing in the spring/summer and just boated around for the rest of the time. They sit nicely in the back. We put a dog pad in the bow and stern and we also tied the seats in. The bow and stern pad is about 5x5" and the seat covers are about 6x6". We also tied the seat belt extenders to the back so you can go up and down the kayak easily.

I agree with everything already said, but the dog seat pad is also critical. You can find them at most pet stores or order from the Internet. Don't forget the dog pads come in various sizes to fit any size dog, not just small dogs. A 6 month old lab had one of those seats in the back (the one you are thinking of installing), and she was a lot heavier than her size suggests. We got a seat that was much bigger than the one she was using, and it fit her perfectly. And it's going to keep her safe, no matter how much she's grown!

When the seat goes back in, don't forget the tape, as others have said. The seat cushion will keep her from jumping off, but when you get home, she'll want to jump into the seat and it will be a disaster.

Also, when you are going to be using the boat, make sure your dog wears a life vest. The boat can't go anywhere without her, and it's easy to get out of the seat and fall over the side if she's not in a proper harness.

You will need a dog pad. I would get one in a larger size than the one you are currently using. A 6 month old lab had one of those seats in the back (the one you are thinking of installing), and she was a lot heavier than her size suggests. We got a seat that was much bigger than the one she was using, and it fit her perfectly. And it's going to keep her safe, no matter how much she's grown!

When the seat goes back in, don't forget the tape, as others have said. The seat cushion will keep her from jumping off, but when you get home, she'll want to jump into the seat and it will be a disaster.

Also, when you are going to be using the boat, make sure your dog wears a life vest. The boat can't go anywhere without her, and it's easy to get out of the seat and fall over the side if she's not in a proper harness.

Good advise!

I found a $4 seat pad at Harbor Freight. It fits snugly in the bow and stern, but it's not a perfect fit.

If I don't have the time to do something right, I'll hire someone else to do it.

Good advice. I've always wondered what it would take to make a bow cushion that fits snugly but doesn't leak. I know that dog pads come in various sizes to accommodate any size dog, and I think the same is true for kayaks. My question is, do you think a dog pad that's bigger than the kayak and the seat would fit? I would also like to know what the cost would be for a kayak like this. The picture doesn't look bad, but the ones on this site are usually more than $600.

Good advise. I've always wondered what it would take to make a bow cushion that fits snugly but doesn't leak. I know that



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