For me dealing with a trailer gets to be a hassle sometimes so I’m pretty excited about this new project in which I will be able to haul up to two slayer propel kayaks on the back of my mini pickup truck with plenty of space left over for equipment in the truck bed! Loving the crossbar hull cradles on the wooden yak rack. Easy loading even by myself! I’ve already sealed the wood so all that is left to do now is remove the saddles and paint the wooden frame. Can’t wait to get it finished!
This is just a simple overview showing what to expect when your online purchase of a Native kayak arrives to your home as I have now added another Native Slayer Propel 10 to my fleet to replace the West Marine Abaco Tandem 13.5 paddle kayak that was recently sold.
Yup… The sad news today is that I just sold my West Marine Abaco 13.5 kayak 😢 but on the flip side there is good news to be had… A replacement kayak will be here tomorrow – a 2019 Native Slayer Propel 10!
SLAYER PROPEL 10
I finally found the time to take out my Hobie PA14 on its first maiden voyage with the new ama upgrade and continue on with the new outboard motor break-in process. Everything went great and had an awesome day out on the water! I got to test out the pvc keel guard as well – thing is solid! Also found that is was a super simple process to put the landing gear down while out on the water with the engine raised prior to heading in to the boat ramp. In conclusion I found nothing to fix or anything that would need changing with this mod in its current configuration.
As this was my first time trying to do this mod, no video was taken of the process but the end results were amazing to me so I wanted to share these results in the hopes it may inspire others to follow suite who are also looking for solutions to minimize damage to a known high wear area on most kayaks.
Shout out to “Sea Monster Fishing” whose instructional video of his skid plate made this possible! Go check out his video and make one for yourself. See link below:
In this video I show a simple alteration that needs to be done to the fwd aka when using a 2015 aka with a 2014 ama.
In this video I show the additional addon modifications that went along with my 2012 Hobie Pro Angler 14 / Adventure Island ama mod.
The Motor Mount – 0:36
Motor Mount Installation – 2:45
New Grab Bars – 3:58
The Motor – 5:50
Break-in Procedure – 7:19
Motor tip – 8:26
In this video I show how I mounted the modified Adventure Island Xbar to my 2012 Hobie Pro Angler 14.
Attaching Xbar Front Mounts – 0:35
Attaching Xbar Rear Mounts – 3:17
In this video I show how I lengthened the Adventure Island Xbar so that it would fit my 2012 Hobie PA14.
Components – 0:35
Modified Xbar – 1:27
3d Printed Parts & Assembly – 3:09
The last few months of 2018 had me on a very busy handyman schedule with family and relatives especially when the holidays rolled in but I made sure to find the time to work on this project that I affectionately named POSEIDON in hopes of finishing it up for the start of the 2019 year. Aside from from having to do some updates to my kayak trailer, it is just about done so I can get the Hobie out on the water for testing and do a final break-in session on the outboard motor. I did manage to document most of the conversion process which I will be showing in a three part video series for those wanting to do a similar build as there is not a lot of information out there to be found.