What does the slider box look like on this one?
IMO, there's really no reason to cover the attachment area inside where the tubing attaches to the control box.(And just for the record, this approach is not a "Valley or Nordkapp only" phenomenon, there are SOME Gulfstreams, Assateagues, Shadows and more, of a variety of vintage, out there with the same skeg housing attachment...)
Oh, I agree. It's just not uniquely Valley who doesn't / didn't seem to care / think about real life experiences and maintenance of the skeg system once it's gone through their QC.IMO, there's really no reason to cover the attachment area inside where the tubing attaches to the control box.
Resin won't stick well to that white (polyethylene ?) plastic tubing, so it's purely cosmetic....eventually.
I've read that there's a compression fitting at the skeg box to connect the plastic tube to the skeg box. On this kayak that was all covered with a liberal amount of glass mat and resin, too.
I sent an email to Valley asking them about this, wondering if they had a preferred repair strategy. What a surprise...I haven't got an answer.
Product support, circa 2021.
That's much better! Thanks for that info and pic.
Sorry, no access to my graphics program right now, I hope the wording makes sense...How does the nylon fitting attach to the tube?
Since the local plumbing supply specialists were "reluctant to problem solve outside of the box" I ended up in the plumbing section of the red or orange building supplies (box) store. Accessories for ice making units in fridges...And, where do you get those parts?
While I do some preventative maintenance / optimizing on some skeg systems, generally I go by "if it ain't broke..."That's so skookum, it might not be bad: when repairing tube problems, put the fitting where the glass ends? I guess it also depends where the glass stops.
There's plenty of stuff in some commercially made kayaks (from a variety of manufacturers) that does not make sense from the repair person's perspective...Yes, but it would be silly if the end was not close to the fitting, make sense? For instance shorten the glass sarcophagus [good term!] so it could be?