Referring back to the first photo...

Attach the Base Plate to the kayak first using the existing forward strap. Some experimentation with the strap length adjustment will allow you to just snap the buckle together while causing the strap to firmly hold the front of the Deck Plate in place.

Use heavy-duty Nylon tie-wraps to secure the factory installed eyelets of the kayak to the holes in the Deck Plate that they line up with. Pull the tie-wraps tight. The Deck Plate should now feel pretty firmly attached to the kayak.

By now, you will have semi-permanently mounted the aluminum Boom Brackets to the Deck Plate centered along the center-line of the Deck Plate and at the exact width of the Boom.

Secure the thick end of the Boom into the Boom Bracket and let the Boom rest on the Support pin in the lowered position. Place the unfeathered Paddle onto the Paddle lock and posiiton it exactly perpendicular to the centerline of the kayak as shown. Roll the paddle such that the blades are exactly perpendicular to the ground. Also, position the paddle such that it is centered left and right with the Boom and not the swivel-caster. Securely duct-tape the paddle to the Paddle Lock, wrapping first in one direction, then in the other as required to maintain the blades perfectly perpendicular to the ground.

Note that the perpendicular orientation of the blades to the water is essential to keep the blades from diving or climbing during the paddle stroke.
This is brilliant. I've been looking for something to help with paddling and this would work perfectly. Thank you so much for posting this.
Dear KayakDiver,<br><br>You are a wonderful human being to devise this design, and to share it so clearly at no cost with everyone who can benefit. <br><br>I'm not a religious person, but I want to say &quot;God bless you&quot; too.
As an addition, would it be possible to make a &quot;hooks plate&quot; that strapped onto the foot for easier manuverability with the feet? Something like:<br>____|------|<br>|________|<br> ( )<br><br>That would just rest around the pole and allow for grip moving back and forth. Just an idea :)
Asolutely. There are many solutions for aiding keeping the feet in place on the paddle. Just don't do anything that you can't break free of quickly and easily in case of capsize. <br> <br>One of the simplest things we did was to tie and tape a piece of thick rope onto the paddle just where the outside of the shoe would be. This kept the paddler's foot from sliding off the end. If you taped a slightly hooked strap of metal or hard plastic to the bottom of the shoe, these two things together would work very well. The hook does not have to go very far around the paddle shaft. Some experimentation will make that clear. <br> <br>Thanks for writing!
Awesome designs. Great to see adaptive kayak solutions. The club I originally learned with avoided working with disabled kayakers, because of liabilty issues, etc.<br><br>Seemed a tremendous loss.<br><br>Glad to see your designs reversing this trend and bringing the opportunity to more people!
This is really attitude! Sharing this idea is sharing hope.<br>\o/<br>God bless you<br>
Very, very cool. I've been wanting to go kayaking for years, but I don't have the upper body strength. The straightforward design, low cost, and ability to attach your fixture to a rental make it entirely do-able now. How cool of you to make it freely available to everyone, too. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out adaptations (I do more now than I did before the disability) but this had me stumped. Thank you so, so very much! <br><br>This video has nothing to do with kayaking, but it's another great example of human ingenuity and perseverance (and I just really love dirt bikes): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e86TtTr-Jvs
Once again , thank you for sharing this .
This is brilliant!!
Talk about mixed emotions . Thanks so much for sharing your design this is a great idea . I just wish I had know about it a few years back so I could have shared your idea with my son's Boy Scout Troop who has a young man with only one good arm . He just became an Eagle Scout yesterday .
awesome for everyone - now I can read while I paddle with my feet *coff* - seriously, you rock, and especially for putting these in the public domain :)
At first I was thinking: Kayak = rapids, device = impalement. However after looking at the pictures, it makes sense in calm waters. And it could pretty easily be adapted to almost any style small, open top form. Kudos :)
Awesome! I am an avid kayaker. The wife and I go out about once a week for a about 3 years now. I love it! I sometimes wonder what I would have to come up with if I were ever to not able to do it conventionally. You sir have done just that. I think it's great what you are doing and your creativity is inspiring. If I may, I would like to share a video that I came across with all of you. Very inspiring! It really brings home the idea that you should never let anything hold you back from doing what you love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c6uM950uFY
Thanks TWT for the comment and the video link! There is a huge message (actually several) in that video. I think EVERY ONE should watch it and take what they will from it!
inspring! incredible!
Very impressive, and I agree with canida - a fantastic project. I'd be interested to see this in action, too - most rehab-type systems or adapted systems for disabled persons I've seen are bulky or difficult to handle, but this is very sleek and simple. Kudos.
Wow, this is awesome! <br />Great ideas, and very clearly explained.

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