NRS Paddle Bag

Originally submitted at NRS

Total protection for your 2-piece touring kayak paddle. The NRS Touring Kayak Paddle Bag protects your paddle from scratches and cracks that occur during road trips and airline travel. Padded and fleece-lined for the ultimate cushioned protection from all the hard knocks of traveling. Fleece lining…

Paddle bag

By quinnjalan from Groton MA on 7/23/2013
5out of 5

Pros: Easy to Transport, Durable, Good Zippers, Lightweight, Large Capacity

Best Uses: Extended Travel, School, Airline Travel, Weekend Trips

Describe Yourself: Casual Adventurer

What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist

Was this a gift?: No

This is a nice paddle bag, well made and easily holds three paddles. It sure beats trying to carry 3 paddles that are broken down, making a total of 6 pieces! All I need to do now is grab the bag and toss it into my car and I don’t have to think twice about our paddles.


Kayak compass install

I picked up some stainless steel 8-32 screws and self locking nuts. The machine screws that came with the compass would most likely have worked fine, but fine never did it for me.

Here’s the fit up.


Mounting holes drilled.


I figured that having screw head in the forward hatch was better than the threads and nuts ripping at every dry bag I’ll ever put in there. I put a ring of marine sealant around the screw heads and inserted them up through the recess mount. Then I put another ring of sealant around the top. In this case more is better as I don’t want water in front hatch if I can help it.


The finished product.


Kayak compass mount

Some time ago I kicked around the idea of installing a compass in my kayak. You know, for that tran Atlantic trip I’ll be taking some day! In all honesty that may never happen, but a more realistic use may be some coastal treks or larger lakes. Unlike many roto type kayaks mine did not come with a compass recess per molded into the hull.

The first order of business was finding one. I found what I needed at Reed Rockpool North America and a few other goodies which I ordered. Given that this was a PayPal type interaction I figured I’d be waiting a few weeks for my gear. After three weeks I decided it was time to email. Another week passed and no word then I received a reply from a lad named Ray. Turns out they had no spare paddle holder or recessed compass mounts and the owner (Chris) had the machine for making new decals on the road with him. Mind you on the road was in Alaska! I asked the Ray to call me and talk about what we can do and where we can go from here.

Ray replied and said he’d call the following day. He did and informed me that the web site was in need of updating… it should say whats in and whats not in, really I thought to myself and he also said the owner would not be back for another two weeks. Hmmm….I asked for a full refund, go it and asked that the owner contact me when he returned.

Three weeks passed, then four. On the fifth I decided to email again. This time mailed Chris via the still outdated web site and Ray. No response from the Chris, but Ray said that my recessed compass mount was sitting on a work bench in Chris’ shop. Great I said, please have Chris contact me as I wanted to talk about the decals. Okay was the reply. Many more weeks go by and no word. Once again I emailed Ray and he said “Chris was waiting to hear from you”! Hmmm…So at this point I had a compass sitting on my desk acting as a paper weight, a compass recess sitting on a bench the other side of the country and a business owner who either has his head so far up his ass that he has no idea how to run a business, or he’s so busy he can’t enen think straight and reply to any of mt emails.

As Clark Gable said “frankly my dear, I don’t give a dam”. I figured what did I have to loose…..I’d just order it again on line and hope that some day I’d get it. At least if he did not show up I could send him a few more email he surly ignore and them I’d be rightly pissed.

Well finally after a few months, thirty odd email, two phones calls, one refund and countless occasions when I considered buying a kayak with a per installed the mount showed up.

Here it is.


The kit also came with epoxy.


According to the video on YouTube in which Chris demonstrates installing the mount he states that the kit will include a template for cutting the hole correctly, well guess what, mine did not have one! I made my one.

Here’s everything prior to starting installation.


Go watch the video for a live version. However, here are a few shots on my install.

String to find center and a level for good measure. For those of you who know me I cant do 1/2 measures!


Finding center.



Template in place and lines transferred. The “Deep End” was reminder to install the mount in correct orientation.


Laid out as we say in the welding trade.


Corners drilled.


Rough cut (by jig saw).


Finished hole. It was at this point that you don’t want to regret your decision!


Final fit up.


A couple over sized band aids to hold it all in place.


Completed mount.


Kayak buffing update

Well I said I was not going to buff the too of the kayak, but when I turned it right side up after finishing the bottom I changed my mind.

Typical marks and scratches photos.



I removed most of the side ropes and elastic cords. I buffed twice just like the underside and it came out great.

After shots.




Buffing my kayak

Ever since I ran a recon shop (cleaning cars not repossessing things) I wanted to get at my own buffer. It wasn’t high on my priority list, but I thought about it once in a while.

So a few weeks ago I did a little research and came across a site selling refurbished DeWalt equipment. I ordered a buffer and a pad. 7 days later both show up. On first inspection all looked well.

Unit in box.




It has a new style handle that’s adjustable (forward and backward) and easy to change your hand hold. All was well until I tried to get the pad onto the backer. Hmmm, I’m no rocket scientist but 1 and 1 made 3 or possibly 4 in this case. The backer part that attaches to the buffer was covered in Velcro (the nylon part). However, the pad itself had no Velcro and no other way of joining to the backer.

I called the seller and had a very unsatisfying customer service experience. Considering I bought the pad on the same page as the buffer and it was labeled related product I assumed that they would work together. Alas, we all know what assume really stands for! After a few minutes of going back and forth it was apparent that we were not making progress and the rep asked if I’d like to talk to the manufacturer (DeWalt). Since nothing beats talking to the source I said absolutely put me through.

The DeWalt rep listened to my story and the first thing he said was the backer I bought was discontinued! Hmmm I thought again, good job your web site and the sellers are up to date as both still list it. So I asked “what are you going to do for me?” The rep suggested a combo backer and pad and said that this should work. “Should work I replied”, and asked what this solution would cost. Mean while I did my own search and found it on sale for $29.95. The rep ask if he could put me on hold and I said yes, a few seconds later he came back and said that it will work and he was going to give it to me for free! I thank him and said I really appreciated the gesture and got off the phone.

Since I had to wait another week for the solution to show I decided to try and gerry-rig what I had. A quick trip to the store and I had a tool of sticky back Velcro. I cut the Velcro into 3″ strips and stuck them to the pad which in turn I stuck to the backer. I plugged in the buffer and pulled the trigger and everything stayed in place. I reckoned the pressure of actually buffing would also keep the pad on, and I was correct.

So finally we get to the actual buffing!

Since my boat is an ex-rental it was you know what hard and put away wet on more than one occasion. The bottom was well hacked up but the sides were okay, only the odd gouge, scrape or mark. I picked up a few different types of buffing compound which proved to be useless and then I bought a bottle of Maguire’s # 9. This seems to work really well and I was able to buff out many of the minor scratches and marks. I went after a few of the really deep ones with 600 grid sand paper and then buffed. I worked at it over a few nights and a couple of hours yesterday. When I was finished with the Maguire’s I went over the whole boat again with blah blah.

Here’s a typical before shot.


After shot.


Not sure if the top needs a buffing yet, but in any event I think it can wait until the off season. Here’s hoping all the hard work will make the boat slice through the water better.

Some additional photos.

Buffer and gerry-rigged pad.


Variable speed.


Close up of buffer model tab.


‘s new ride

Over the weekend I bought the GMan his own Kayak, Wilderness System Tsunami SP. It’s a scaled down version of an adults kayak. Like they took a big one and put it through the shrinkie dink machine! Cant wait till we take it out for its maiden voyage.

Here’s a shot in our driveway.