My Hobie Tandem Island Update

I finally got the hull crack welded up on my Hobie Tandem Island despite how hot and humid the temperature was outside today. For this being my first time doing plastic welding I have to say that it was a pretty simple process. I originally was planning to use welding staples to help keep the two sides of the crack together to help begin the welding process but decided to just go with a one wire twist method. Overall I’m very happy with the way the weld turned out. Now waiting on the parts that I ordered online that were missing on the kayak when I originally got it to begin arriving in the mail. In the mean time the plan for me will be to update my jetski trailer that I primarily use for my Hobie PA14 and make it dual purpose by extending the tongue so that it can also accommodate the length of Tandem Island.


2019 Hobie Outback DIY Rudder Upgrade

My buddy purchased a new 2019 Hobie Outback but after several outings with the kayak he was very disappointed with the way the rudder performed and turned to me for help. This was the fix that I performed on his kayak.

A plastic cross tab that takes the shock hit of the rudder coming back up to protect the hull sadly did not make it into the video but is shown below for reference…


DIY Floating Bait Livewell ( Ver 2.0 )

This is version 2.0 of my floating bait livewell that I can drag behind me with the kayak or use it off a pier, the shoreline or jetties. It’s circumference is the size of a five gallon bucket but the netting allows it to hold a large amount of bait. I like this setup for the main reason that the bait is in its environment with no need to worry about water temp, circulating the water or using a air bubbler to oxygenate the water to try and keep the bait fish alive.

Links to key products used in this video:
► Mesh Laundry Bag →
► Bait Bucket Lid →
► 5 Gallon Bucket →

Kydex Keel Guard for my Native Slayer

I finally got around to adding some additional protection against abrasion to my kayaks by making keel guards for both of my Native Slayer Propel 10 kayaks and am very happy with the final results of this project. I should have made this a long time ago but as they say “Better late than never!”. These guards only add additional protection to the high wear areas of my specific kayak which is the nose and tail section of the keel and not the complete length of the keel itself. This video documents the complete process involved that I used to make these that can be applied to any kayak out there regardless of make and model.

Material used for the Keel Guard is called KYDEX.

– Kydex thickness used in this project is .080″ but .060″ is also an acceptable thickness for this project.
– Kydex was mounted using Scotch heavy duty exterior mounting tape (3M vhb tape).
– Kydex is an extremely durable acrylic/PVC alloy. From acrylic, it obtains rigidity and formability; from PVC, toughness, chemical resistance.
– Kydex is weather-proof.
– Kydex can be easily formed with the application of heat (oven or heat gun) and will not stretch or shrink under normal conditions.
– Kydex is scratch resistant with a (Rockwell scale “R” hardness of 90).




► Removing the old Keel Guard :
► Prepping the Kydex :
► Cutting the Kydex :
► Forming the Kydex :
► Pre-Forming (Rear Keel Guard) :
► Final Forming (Rear Keel Guard) :
► Applying the 3M Tape :
► Attaching the Keel Guards :
► Perimeter Sealing the Keel Guards :