I wanted a gaff for my kayak when going offshore but did not want to go the traditional gaff route so I decided to make my own version of a hawaiian / kage spear gaff. This video shows how I made it using a 5/16″ rod and how easily it all went together. The best part for me is that it floats and I can easily remove / replace the spear portion when and if necessary.
The file for the 3dprinted insert can be downloaded using the link below and is available for 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″ or 1/2″ diameter rods.
When it comes to lighting, if you run a motorized kayak at night, especially if registered in your state, then you should follow the same rules and regulations as a boat. This is a simple mount that I created so that I could attach a specific bow navigation light to my Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak. The navigation light that I used is sold by Shoreline Marine and is battery powered. No drilling required. This mount is attached using an adhesive, double sided carpet tape or 3M tape to the top of the Hobie emblem found on the bow of the kayak. The 3d printed file for this base is available for download on thingiverse for those who would like to make one for their kayak. A link will be provided below:
► 3D Light Base → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3174345
I am happy to share a video from a fellow youtuber named JTgatoring in where he was working on a project of making the longtail mudmotor for his jonboat weedless. After watching his initial weedless video, the solution he came up with worked fine but it also created another issue for him of not having easy access to use a prop removal tool when needed. I began thinking – “how would I tackle that situation?”. I offered JTgatoring my solution and with that said, the following video explains the rest of this story…
For those interested in the updated spacers – please visit the following link:
The net cradle was designed to be mounted on the threaded insert of the Native Watercraft propel drive located on top of the units pedal drive assembly. The bungee, shown in the video, is optional but does aid in securing the net when not in use. Requires a 1/4-20 x one inch long stainless steel bolt for mounting.
I have been using this net cradle for quite some time now and have only good things to say about it. Also this is one of those “must have” accessory mods for me on the Native Slayer 10… I did not realize until now that I never shared this mod so as they say “better late than never”. Hopefully those that make this cradle will get some joyful use out of it as I most certainly have.
► Thingiverse → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3066613
I recently purchased a GoPro microphone adapter so that I can mount it on to my aluminum camera shell. I needed a way to securely mount the adapter but also be easily removable as well. I’ve seen some of the other youtube channels that displayed their setups with mounting the adapter but none of them appealed to me so I decided just to go ahead and design one for myself and 3d print it. I’m very happy with the way it turned out so I will be sharing the file with all those who may be interested in something like this for their personal camera setup.
► Thingiverse → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3053274
This is a diy “on the water selfie solution” while fishing or kayaking where taking a video selfie from a distance is difficult when one is alone. Although a stakeout pole can be an option for video selfies, the float cam allows the camera to be mobile thereby giving you more options for some great video shots. You can also just tow it along with you without taking up more space on your kayak until you are ready to use it or you can just film yourself while you tow the camera behind you for another new perspective. This obviously should be limited to calm waters as it would not be a practical solution during windy or rough water conditions unless of course you recording with the rig inverted for some amazing under water footage!
Now wouldn’t it be awesome to float the camera a distance from you while you cast your lure at the camera for a retrieve? I think so… Especially if a fish strike was included during that retrieve! This is definitely a easy project to tackle for those interested in something like this to try out for themselves.
► Thingiverse Link → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2344666
This is my new upgraded weed shield design derived from my original weed shield project for the prop shaft of my Native Watercraft Slayer 10 propel drive. With this version the direction of water flow while moving forward is now blocked off by the shield while it overlaps the base of the prop hub itself. Now with that said it is virtually impossible to prevent weed wrapping over the prop when hitting grass covered areas but with this method, at the very least, it should make removal of the weed wrap a quicker headache to deal with.
I am sharing the project files of my new design on thingiverse for those who would like to 3d print their own or would like to have one made by one of many 3d printing services available online. At this time, for those needing a print service, I would like to recommend 3dhubs
► Thingiverse Link → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3029155
► 3dhubs Link → https://www.3dhubs.com/3dprint
As I’m finally going to try out my unused, brand new Refuel for my GoPro that has been sitting in the camera drawer, the retaining clip decided to snap in half after inserting the camera… What to do… The return window for a replacement Refuel has already expired so I had to improvise… Hopefully this is the last of things to go wrong it before I have had a chance to fully try it out.
► 3d File link → https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3025069
Although I’m happy with the drain screen that I made recently for my Native Slayer Propel 10 kayak I kept thinking of ‘what if’ situations and so I decided to try and see if I can make a self bailing type of drain. So far I think I have succeeded so now I just have to do a real world test and see if it will actually function as planned…
For a while now I had been thinking of making a set of scupper drain covers for the Native Slayer 10 so I went ahead and began prototyping today and here is what I got done so far with the 3d printer…