Next week I'm taking delivery of a new i14t and have to fly with it almost immediately. Naturally, I've read all the posts on packing/wrapping issues - these forums are full of extremely helpful folk.
Unfortunately, all airlines in this part of the world have a rigid 32kg (70.5lb) single-bag limit, like the one mentioned here:viewtopic.php?f=47&t=33590&p=133700&hilit=weight#p133700
Worse, the fitted hull weight currently shown on Hobie's Australian site is a too-high 34.25kg (75.5lbs) - see http://www.hobiecat.com.au/kayaks/mirage/i14t/
- and even worse, it seems to imply this is all quasi-permanent stuff, like handles, rudder etc.
So - to those who have flown with an i14t - or who have a fairly recent model and some scales
- in your experience, are there at least two kg of easily-removable odds and sods that are included in the fitted hull weight? I don't want to be removing anything that's too hard to put back, but I may need to get it down!
It doesn't help that Hobie's Australian site differs from the US one (which quotes a just-manageable 70.5 lbs / 31.98 kg, though that's without the bag). Don't ask me which one to believe, but obviously I need to play it safe!
Thanks in advance for any advice.