06/03/2020 – Knowing the winds were going to be high and coupled with weather predictions of a cloudy / overcast day with temps in the low 80’s and the weather radar showing rain prediction to the south of my location made it ideal for me to go out and ride the wind! What a fantastic time I had! I love my Pro Angler but I can hardly wait to get my recently acquired Hobie Tandem Island repaired and back in the water for some true action packed sailing fun so stay tuned for future upcoming sailing content!
Awww yeah! New project and bucket list sailing kayak that I picked up a couple of days ago and in my favorite color to boot! Hobie Mirage Tandem Island. This should be loads of fun! 😁
I just completed a leak check this afternoon on the hull to make sure that there are no hidden cracks which I don’t yet know about. It’s a bit time consuming to do but necessary sometimes for a peace of mind… At a length of 18.5 feet long – she is a beast! 😳
Although the last few months of 2018 had me very busy I made sure to find the time to work on this project I affectionately named POSEIDON in hopes of finishing it up for the start of the 2019 year. I did manage to document most of this conversion process which I share in this 35 minute video for those wanting to do a similar build as there is not a lot of information out there to be found. If you found this video useful or entertaining in any way then be sure and help support the channel by giving it a like and subscribing to my channel on YouTube and THANK YOU for watching.
► My parts list can be found here: https://floridafishhunter.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/hmmm-amas-on-a-hobie-pa14
See the available time lines links below for reference to a specific section of the video that you may be most interested in.
The Components – 0:35
Modified Xbar – 1:27
3d Printed Parts & Assembly – 5:17
Attaching Xbar Front Mounts – 11:21
Attaching Xbar Rear Mounts – 14:04
The Motor Mount – 17:58
Motor Mount Installation – 20:10
New Grab Bars – 21:22
The Motor – 23:14
Break-in Procedure – 24:43
Motor Tip – 25.51
Storage – 27:42
Aka Modification – 28:45
Maiden Voyage – 29:46
This was a last minute, unplanned trip of discovery on local waters seeking what seems to be a mostly undisturbed fish-able areas of this particular secluded canal system.
I finally was able to get the kayak registered to begin testing the outboard motor mounts that I made for my Native Slayer Propel 10 kayak. In this video I am testing the DIY side mount which will be used in conjunction with Hobie Sidekick floats to help add stability to the kayak due to the offset weight of the motor. Aside from checking for stability I will be also looking at what speeds are attainable with the Suzuki 2.5 when pushing the hull design of the Slayer kayak.
Another short teaser video of a second option I created for mounting an outboard on my Native Slayer Propel 10. Currently waiting on my tiller extension to arrive so I can continue on with this project…
I thought I would share a short teaser of my latest yak project that I have been working on that is just about finished…
Be sure to check out my online google map link below to access the GPS coordinates for the specific spots within the artificial reefs of site 14 and 15 and I’ll be seeing you out on the water! 😉👍
Artificial Reef Sites 14 and 15 GPS map
This is my truck bed yak rack which now allows me more use of the available real estate on my Mazda truck bed below the kayaks to securely transport the rest of my gear when traveling to and from my destination while still providing a easy on and off loading of the kayak(s). Heck I even got to keep my aluminum toolbox! I will be looking to see how well this wood structure holds up even though it has been sealed for water otherwise I will use this same basic design to re-fabricate one out of a more durable material like aluminum.
TMS Kayak / Canoe Cradles https://amzn.to/2vzfT6Q
04/15/2019 – A Relaxing day out on the water with my beloved to include a training session for her on the Native Slayer Propel 10 kayak at Lake Butler Chain.