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The Hobie Mirage is a sit-upon rotomolded plastic kayak that can be paddled or can be propelled using a novel pedaled propulsor that drops through a s...
The propulsor slot shown from the bottom of the boat, one-foot ruler. The plug is made of RIGID plastic insulating foam from the smallest can availabl...
A piece of shirtboard covers the slot at the bottom of the boat, held in place by UCM (Universal Clamping Medium, which some people inexplicably refer...
Plastic wrap is used to cover the insides of the propulsor slot and the footwell of the boat. No mold release spray is used, because it would keep pai...
Foam expands out of crevices in the mold structure. Brick weights are removed and mold disassembled once foam has had plenty of time to reach ultimate...
Plug peeled out of the molding materials, after being marked with "F" to note forward end, since propulsor slot is not symmetrical. Yellow plastic wra...
Plug fits in slot and can be fastened in place by hold-down latches. Plug is not intended to seal slot water-tight, just stop waves and boat wakes fro...
Plug in place as viewd from the bottom of the boat. Unmolded plug edges were filed and sanded smooth, and the plug was given two coats of white exteri...
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Posted:Jun 8, 2007
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